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…

Perth Amboy’s Portuguese Manor Has Sold; Will Changes Come?

Portuguese Manor is a restaurant I blog about frequently on Eating New Jersey. It’s my favorite restaurant in the world. I feel as if I have grown up there. They have been open since 1983, and my family started going there in the mid-90’s. I remember having my first filet mignon there as a teenager,…

Travel Guide MD: BJ’s on the Water (Ocean City)

We ended up here by accident. Why this was is cause for another post, but everything happens for a reason. I am glad fate brought us to BJ’s on the Water. I ate here once as a child, when I was about 13. I did not remember anything except sitting outside by the bay. This…

Travel Guide MD: The Crab Bag (Ocean City)

Talk about a seafood marathon. After eating way too much fried food that afternoon but still in the mood for seafood that night, we decided to give The Crab Bag a try. I had read that they had the best crabs in Ocean City. Their menu is actually gigantic. There are more choices of various seafood…

Restaurant Review: West Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant (Matawan, NJ)

Will’s fried tofu and sauteed vegetables. Unlike Crown Palace, this sit-down Chinese restaurant does not hearken back days of old. There are no uniformed waiters or expensive umbrella cocktails. Actually, West Lake is a BYOB, something which acts as a saving grace as you will see later on in this review. While takeout places are…

Restaurant Review: Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge, NJ)

I had driven past Ponte Vecchio in Old Bridge for years but never actually gave it a try until last week. Will was in the mood for seafood and since the place bills itself as a “Seafood Grill”, we figured it was worth a shot. The menu is an eclectic mix for an Italian restaurant. There…

Restaurant Review: Woody’s Ocean Grill (Sea Bright, NJ)

Pulled pork sliders. Though I am always in the area, I very rarely eat in Sea Bright or Long Branch. Past experiences have shown me that all most of these restaurants care about is pushing expensive drinks and then feeding you over-priced but below average food. Restaurants and businesses cater to the nearby area’s wealthy…

Restaurant Review: Portuguese Manor (Perth Amboy, NJ)

There are some people that may call Portuguese Manor in Perth Amboy dated. Some may complain that the decor and menu has not changed in at least 12 years (that’s just how long my family and I have been eating there; they have been in existence much longer). But with that reluctance to change comes…

Quick Hits: Zarzuela at Portuguese Manor (Perth Amboy, NJ)

If you care to read why Portuguese Manor is one of the greatest restaurants on earth, then click here. To cut to the chase, keep on reading. In short, I’ve been coming here since I was like 10. There was a good stretch spanning more than a decade when I never had anything there other…