Where Are All the Filipino Restaurants?

Crispy, crunchy, salty, sweet, savory, deep-fried. Those are just a few words I would use to describe Filipino food, and they are all sensations that Americans love in what they eat. If you live in New Jersey, chances are you have at least two or three Chinese places within ten minutes of your house and…

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

“A white guy walked into a Filipino restaurant” is how this review should begin. Actually, Will and I 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…

Travel Guide PA: Revere Tavern (Paradise)

The Revere Tavern was my favorite Lancaster restaurant as a child. I’ve always been a history buff, so maybe it was just because this was a chance to dine at a historic tavern. Built in 1740, the building served as a stagecoach stop for nearly a hundred years before it was purchased by Stephen Foster’s…

Restaurant Review: Thai Thai Cuisine (Old Bridge, NJ)

With two friends who own Thai restaurants in New Jersey, I know good Thai food when I see it, err, taste it. I had eaten at this establishment years ago when it was Pooket. Since it changed to Thai Thai, I had driven past many times without giving it much thought. Then last week, Will and…

Restaurants We Miss: Eurasian Eatery (Red Bank, NJ)

I was never old enough to fully appreciate the Eurasian Eatery, which was located on Monmouth Street in Red Bank. I feel like I ate there a lot as a child with my parents. They closed when I was in my late teens. It was a small, cozy restaurant which was ahead of its time…

Restaurant Review: Toki (Red Bank, NJ)

Japanese and sushi places are getting to be a dime a dozen, but I would be inclined to expect more when said restaurant is located in Red Bank. Housed in what used to be the old Broadway Grill, Toki managed to exceed my expectations. Right off the bat, I was struck with the attentive service. I…

Travel Guide TX: El Fenix (Dallas)

Billed as the oldest Mexican restaurant in Dallas, opening in 1918, many reviewers and locals also say it is the best. Now, claiming either Mexican food or BBQ is the “best” in Texas is like a restaurant saying they have the best pizza in New York City. They’re all the best in the eye of the beholder….

Travel Guide TX: Taqueria La Ventana (Dallas)

Don’t tempt me with a $3 beer at 11 a.m. when I’m on vacation. I just might bite. With Will away for meetings, I did some exploring of the city by myself. I was hoping to find some place cheap, and also eat slightly healthier due to the damage I did the day before. Well,…

Travel Guide CT: Agave Grill (Hartford)

Let’s give a shout-out to Renee, a lady we met while at the Connecticut Old Statehouse on this spring trip. She was a worker there and asked if we were from out-of-town. We hit it big when she asked us if we wanted restaurant recommendations. One of the first she gave us was Agave. I…

Restaurant Review: Bollywood Tadka (East Brunswick, NJ)

On my original blog, I gave Bollywood Tadka a 4.5. That was a long time ago, after only one or two visits. Now that I am a regular, I have decided to up their grade. Yes, for the first time, I’m going to come right out and award a 5 out of 5 stars rating…

Restaurant Review: Flavours of Manila (East Brunswick, NJ)

I consider myself an experienced eater of Filipino food. Will is half Filipino himself and has eaten this type of cuisine his entire life. So for both of us to look at each other while at Flavours of Manila in East Brunswick and say this may be the best of such food we’ve ever had, that…

Restaurant Review: Fiesta Grill (Jersey City, NJ)

This is going to be an odd review, because I’m not going to be able to actually name any dishes. Instead, I will rely on descriptions of what I ate, because quite frankly, I was the only non-Filipino eating in Fiesta Grill at the time. Part of me is grateful for that, because it made…