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…

Five Mini Reviews of Restaurants Visited Before this Blog

I started Eating New Jersey last September. I was food blogging on my personal website for a few months prior to that. Around that time and slightly before it, I visited a few restaurants which I did not review on my blog. I either forgot about them or felt I could not write enough for…

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,…

Dining Establishments Coming and Going in Atlantic Highlands

Volunteering at the Strauss Mansion Museum over the last few years has caused me to fall in love with Atlantic Highlands. It’s a beautiful small town that I could easily see myself living in one day. But considering its square mileage, there is no shortage of restaurants. There’s two pizzerias, two diners, two Chinese takeout joints,…

Travel Guide PA: Tokyo Diner (Lancaster)

There have only been a few dining experiences in my life that I would classify as “mind-boggling”. The other night at the Tokyo Diner would be one of them, though not in an entirely negative way. You may think we were asking for it, going to a sushi place in the middle of Amish country….

Restaurants We Miss: Tre Amici (Long Branch, NJ)

When you have something good going, you have to know when to stop and just let it be. That was the reason why Tre Amici in Long Branch failed several years ago. It was a fine dining establishment but also a BYOB which was incredibly rare for the pricey area they were in. In fact,…

Restaurants We Miss: Don Quixote Inn (Old Bridge, NJ)

I may have eaten my first steak here. How incredibly rare is it for a restaurant to offer a steak on the children’s menu? The Don Quixote Inn did. Maybe this was their way of trying to introduce younger diners to “adult” meals, I don’t know. There were chicken fingers and maybe a mini pizza as…

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…

Forgive Me If I’ve Run Out of Adjectives

“Good is good. It doesn’t matter where or when”. Those were the words of Anthony Bourdain on an episode of No Reservations a few years back. I find myself needing to heed the meaning behind such a simple phrase in order to stay sane while writing on this blog. Sometime in the next few months—possibly by…

Travel Guide PA: Plaza Azteca (Kennett Square)

Plaza Azteca is a chain restaurant. Usually, I try to stay away from chains on vacation, but this was the last night of our trip and it was within walking distance from our hotel. There’s actually quite a few Mexican restaurants in town. We were told by a shopkeeper that the Mexican food in and…