Making Friends at the Revere Tavern

This is one of those posts where I know exactly what I want to say but have to figure out just how to say it. Sometimes an experience can be that awesome. If I did not give the Revere Tavern a 5-star rating in February, I would have done so on this most recent trip…

Restaurant Review #242: Oriental Empire (Red Bank, NJ)

With a name like “Oriental Empire”, you may be inclined to think this place was nothing more than a takeout joint. That’s what I thought as I walked past this establishment for years, never bothering to look inside. I was wrong! Justin and I both had some time off yesterday, and decided to head to…

Do You Remember…The Wild Scallion (Leonardo, NJ)

Unlike the other restaurants profiled in “Do You Remember…”, it is hard not to “remember” Leonardo’s Wild Scallion. Even though they have been closed for what seems like more than 15 years, the sign still remains. I have vague memories of eating there as a small child. I could not have been more than 10…

Three New Restaurants in Middletown

NOW OPEN: Wahoo’s (1147-NJ 35; Bed, Bath, and Beyond Plaza) They have been around for over 30 years, but have only a couple of months ago made their way to New Jersey. Wahoo’s brings a California surfer vibe to a chain specializing in fish tacos. The menu is reminiscent of Surf Taco, but customers will…

I’m Very Excited for Il Nido

With a soft opening last week, and no grand opening to speak of, Marlboro’s newest Italian restaurant has already taken the area by storm. As a member of a food forum, I already know two people who have eaten there and come back with rave reviews…and delectable pictures. Il Nido has burst onto the scene…

Matawan’s Pride of the Sea and a Social Media Explosion

Let me start out by saying that this blog is in no way affiliated with Matawan’s new Pride of the Sea Fishery. Nor is this blog affiliated with any of its competitors or has anything against the business or its owner. This blog is independent. While I focus mostly on restaurant reviews and food pictures,…

No Better Bang for Your Buck than The Sitting Duck & Pour House

The Sitting Duck in Long Branch and Pour House in Tinton Falls are sister dining establishments. They boast similar if not identical menus. While I have not yet been to the latter, the first place mentioned has become one of my recent favorites. The deal was sealed this summer, when I ordered a soft shell…

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…

Photo of the Day: November 10, 2018

A spicy and flavorful Jambalaya with chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage cooked up by my friend Walter during a Cajun-themed dinner last month.

Food Pics from my Grandma’s 90th Birthday Dinner

My grandma’s 90th birthday was the other day and we ironically took her to Nonna’s (which means “grandma” in Italian) in Englishtown. This is a restaurant which has cranked out quality meals and cocktails without fail every single time I have gone there. Their prices may be on the higher side but the portions are…