Takeout Joints Vol. 9: Pizza/Italian Part 5

Restaurant¬†Review #230: Villa Pizza (Middletown) Still searching for pizzeria food that is better than just average, we landed on Villa in Middletown. This being different from the copious amounts of Villas in the area. Last year they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The inside bears some remnants of the times. The menu board is vintage. There…

Restaurant Review #176: Temple (Red Bank, NJ)

Justin and I were originally going to a food truck festival in Keansburg today. Because of how hot and humid it was, we then decided to go to an actual restaurant instead. Somewhere. Anywhere. We ended up in Red Bank and felt like Chinese. Having passed Temple many times and heard decent reviews, we figured…

Restaurant Review #173: Off the Hook (Highlands, NJ)

Long before Guy Fieri was blathering the phrase “Off the hook!”, there was the restaurant Off the Hook which is, in self-explanatory fashion, located just feet from Sandy Hook and the Gateway National Recreation Area. Admittedly, I had driven past this restaurant hundreds of times over the years. Each time, I would glance up at…

Photo of the Day: March 6, 2018

This is the scene when I’m in my element. Mis en place for chicken which would be stuffed with cheddar cheese and asparagus. On the side are rolls and my homemade garlic butter, stuffed peppers, and mashed sweet potatoes. And a vodka and cranberry, of course, to help get in the zone.

Photo of the Day: November 26, 2017

Another home-cooking pic, this time a cheesesteak on a Kaiser roll. It tasted better than it looks…and it looks pretty good! Splash some hot sauce on it to seal the deal.

Photo of the Day: November 25, 2017

I’m very self-critical, but that’s one of the best things I’ve ever cooked. Chicken in a spicy peanut sauce with peppers and onions. The sauce consisted of peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, garlic, black pepper, chili flakes, oil, and water. Cooked until thick and poured over rice. The pepper and onion maintained a crunch, while the…

Restaurant Review #124: Max’s Restaurant (Jersey City, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Filipino restaurant” is how this review should begin. Actually, We are both white by appearance, but since he is half Filipino, I was the only Haoli in the restaurant at this particular time. I say all of this in humor, but as is the case with each visit to…

Restaurant Review #114: Nonna’s Citi Cucina (Englishtown, NJ)

Any restaurant which¬†starts you off with homemade bread this good is okay in my book. I had heard about Nonna’s for years. People rave about them, but that is mainly directed at their family-style dinners. It may be a misconception that family dinners are all that Nonna’s serves. They actually have a full ala carte…

Restaurant Review #97: California Pizza Kitchen (Plymouth Meeting, PA)

I don’t usually review chains, but because this is for the Travel Guide, I will make an exception. The other “big mall” in the King of Prussia vicinity is located in Plymouth Meeting (the town we stayed in). It’s much smaller, but gives you additional dining options in terms of well-known chain restaurants. We gave…