Restaurant Review: Chilangos (Highlands, NJ)

For years I had heard from people, “Chilangos is the best Mexican food in Highlands”. Well, they are right, but with a caveat: they are the only Mexican restaurant in Highlands. Actually, in the entire surrounding area. You would have to venture into Red Bank or Keyport for true Mexican food above the “fish tacos”…

Photo of the Day: June 3, 2018

Back-to-Back spicy shrimp dishes featured in the Photo of the Day column. This is named (simply enough) “Hot and Spicy” Shrimp, from UJ’s Asian Bistro. It had wonderful flavor, but despite the sinister look with all those chili flakes, really failed to deliver on the heat.

Photo of the Day: June 2, 2018

There are dishes that change your life. This would be one of them. Camarones ala Diablo is a fiery, rich dish containing about a dozen shrimp in a blistering sauce. The ingredients, as told to me by the owner of Los Corrales herself, are simple enough, but the complexity that follows sends you into a…

Restaurant Review: House of Chong (Middletown, NJ)

My friend Roy read my review of Temple from last week and called me up saying I needed some good Chinese food in me. I obliged, and my mom and I joined him and his wife Joanne and daughter Katie the other day. They are ardent fans of House of Chong, which has been in…

Restaurant Review: Temple (Red Bank, NJ)

My friend 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,…

Restaurant Review: Barnacle Bill’s (Rumson, NJ)

It is always a good start when your Mai Tai comes in a pint glass. When  space is not being taken up by half an orange and there is no freakin’ umbrella. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by how they treat their cocktails. Are they giving you what is right, or trying…

Shots From This Year’s Thai New Year Celebration at Kunya Siam

For the fourth year, I found myself working at Kunya Siam in Atlantic Highlands for their Thai New Year celebration, also known as the Songkran Festival. I could explain how I came to work in a Thai restaurant once or twice a year, but it is a rather long story. We will make this post…

Restaurant Review: The Chowda House (Red Bank, NJ)

The Chowda House ran out of Chowda! That’s what my friend Roy and I were told the moment we walked into the Red Bank seafood establishment on a rainy Thursday afternoon. He had been wanting to take me there for some time, and assured me that the Lobster Bisque was even better than their chowder,…