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  1. Yea..It was sad to see the Hudson Street close. I heard there was like a 4 hour wait the last day they were open. I do like Robbinsville DeLorenzo's too...I think only a real critic could tell a difference..I cannot...kind of like a critic differentiating between Luger's and Wolfgang's (can't differentiate that one either). Next time I'm in the area I have to try Papa's. I always liked Papa's too. Jersey has lots of great pie places.. Delorenzo's still remains my fav.. ttyl
  2. IMHO DeLorenzo's has the best pie in NJ.
  3. steakas - I'm not disputing that I'm in the "extreme" minority about Vics. All I'm saying is that the Pizza didn't do anything for me and I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. As far as your hypothesis that there is a direct correlation between the age of a restaurant and quality; I'm sorry but I can't agree. Please don't take this the wrong way, but I would appreciate your impressions AFTER you have had a chance to dine there. ← You are very right! It's bad to make assumptions about someplace I've never been to. After I try it I'll then express my opinion. Based on what you said, and given the support herein, I'm in no rush to go there.But 60 years? Sixty years is longer than most of us are living. I'm sorry, but serving a "not good" pizza doesn't keep a place in business for 60 years. Sixty years is a long long time! Dave I wanted to do a full circle here, six years later. I went to Vic's today. Going there today reminded me of this past post and how I once spoke defensively about Vic's. Today made me realize how I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, or its age. The pizza at Vic's is mediocre at best. The sauce had a garlic taste which repeated on me throughout the day. The place does however have a nice pizza place parlor/pub decor, but that's about it. Go back for food? Not necessary. The pizza sauce congealed as me and one other guy ate a single large pie. The sauce tasted more like something that should have been served on pasta. I will not go out of my way for pizza at Vic's anymore. Sorry to write something negative about a place that's older than most, however their pizza doesn't do it for me.
  4. A great little gem in Campbell's Junction. http://belfordbistro.com/. Lots of writeup at chowhound.
  5. I'm probing again to see if anyone knows of a 3-bean chili, with both Pork (Shoulder I think) & Stew Beef. I recall the beans requiring pre-soaking. Thanks
  6. 2 for 2 - closed it's now Gianna's.. not sure how it's doing. hopefully they do well, but I won't try it unless i'm prompted
  7. A new resturant opened in Belford (Middletown Township): Belford Bistro So far I went twice, each for a dinner and a lunch. So far they are 2 for 2. I'll work on getting PDF of the menu. Please give this little guy a try. Read below for starters. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/491445
  8. Hey guys: I don't know if this is the correct place for this posting but I'm desperate and looking for a chili recipe. My wife made it about 3 years ago. All I remember was that it had the following characteristics: 1. Pork AND stew beef (I think 1.5 lb of each) 2. Three types of beans 3. Cooked in a slow cooker (crock pot) This recipe was printed from an online site. I’m certain it had the other chili basic ingredients. I cannot find that recipe anywhere. Can somebody help me? Thanks, Dave
  9. My good friend just called this afternoon on his way back from lunch and reported that the pie is even better than Hudson street with the added addition of fresh antipasto. Sammy Amico is making the pies here. Long wait for lunch but we know a guy who isn't supposed to hold tables but you know...I'm going for lunch next Friday and will report back firsthand ← i'm waiting...
  10. Another newcomer? Never heard of it.. Website.. I'll wait until I hear something exciting
  11. I went to Bistro Jeanty last night. My only two complaints are (1) the meals took forever to come to the table (at least 1 hour) and when they did, (2) my escargot was still frozen. Other than that the place is very cute and my steak tartare was excellent. I almost went to Tom Keller's Ad Hoc, but didn't feel like waiting. For a Monday night it was packed. I tried doing a search but Egullet's sophisticated search engine doesn't allow me to search the name (i.e., One or all of your search keywords were below 4 characters or you are searched for words which are not allowed, such as 'html', 'img', etc. Please go back and increase the length of these search keywords or choose different keywords."). I wish I would have waited and ate fried chicken for $45. I'm sure it would have been exceptional. Any thoughts? Thanks.
  12. There's always Arthur's in North Brunswick. Casual steak, burger & brew joint... 644 Georges Rd North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (732) 828-1117 edit... my mistake. they sold out to Harold's deli and are now run differently http://www.arthurssteakhouse.org/ they apparently kept operations the same but are now run under new ownership. I have no experience here since and cannot back them. Try and tell.
  13. Mustard pie? Sounds disgusting... It actually tastes good???
  14. Now THAT is a white pie I'd really like!! Is the garlic sauteed first, or just spread raw, and allowed to cook in the oven? Too often white pies are studded with broccoli. I do not like broccoli on my pie, Sam I Am! ← Denino`s Pizzeria opened in Strathmore plaza, Rte. 34, Aberdeen, NJ. Finally... great pizza close to home. What a great pie! I only had the sausage... it was unique... great. It's a must-try for all of you guys. I hope they remain consistent.
  15. I like the Sitting Duck after the races.... It's nice and close, and casual. Or you can take a ride to Pier Village where's there's a few good places..... I haven't been to Avenue but here it's very good, but drinks are at NYC rates...
  16. DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies in Trenton is BY FAR my favorite pizza in NJ. They have two locales in Trenton, one on Hamilton and one on Hudson. Hamilton is always on the mark, always great, while Hudson is sometimes a little off. But when Hudson's good, they are soooo good. However, one reason to go to Hamilton instead is that Hudson doesn't have any restrooms! ← DL Hudson St will offer you sanitary service if needed; you just have to ask.
  17. Capital Grille sucks. ← Sucks? I wouldn't say so, and I've been there twice—both when other people suggested it. Everything about Capital Grille feels very "corporate," which is understandable as it's a national chain. In a city full of indigenous steakhouses, there's no good reason to visit places of that ilk (including Morton's, Ruth Chris, Shula's, etc.), not because they suck, but because they're not New York restaurants. ← Okay maybe "sucks" is a bit much. I happened to be there on a corporate lunch. The "claimed to be dry aged" bone in strip was tasteless. Maybe it was a bad first experience but this experience doesn't give me any inclination to go back and retry it. There's no reason for me to go back when there's at least 20 other steakhouses in the City that I know are better and more consistent. When you spend $40+ on a tasteless steak, it tends to leave a bad taste in your mouth (even if I didn't pay for it). Maybe I caught an off steak but I don't want to chance my disposable income on 2nd try.
  18. I can only think of three. I'm on the bandwagon with Tabasco. The sauce simply goes best with raw clams, oysters, up eggs and everything else. It’s heat without over dominating flavor. I love it. I can consume it alone per teaspoon. One I didn’t see mentioned here is Boar's Head Jalapeño Pepper Sauce. I am not a pepper sauce critic but this sauce is excellent. It's enjoyably spicy and has a robust pepper flavor. I can only find this sauce in local delis and not online, not even at boarshead.com. It’s great with guacamole and nachos. Another favorite is Susie’s Original hot sauce. It’s another hot favorite, without too much overbearing heat and also has a perfect Habañero pepper flavor. Dave’s insanity I find is only good to heat up chili. Otherwise it’s useless.
  19. "Old world pizza" out of a conveyor oven? Sounds kind of warped.
  20. Thanks. Believe it or not, I really don’t buy meat anywhere around here. When I do stay local I buy it from Whole Foods. They’re pretty pricy though. You’re the second person to recommend Citarella. I stumbled upon it a couple months and saw the beef. It looked good but I didn’t buy anything. In fact until you mentioned it I forgot all about it. I will check it out. Thanks.
  21. Don't know if this is the appropriate place for this post, but McDonald's has a new Angus burger out http://www.angusthirdpounders.com/. It's surprisingly pretty good (especially for fast food).
  22. I went back last week and our meals utterly sucked. The tripe was still good but our meals were terrible. They are also understaffed, so as you can guess service also sucked. I withdraw my previous good statements. Edit: Prediction: this place will fold like Villa Eduardo of Red Bank did. So far I'm 1 for 1 with predicting closings. Let's see if I go 2 for 2...
  23. I had a T-Bone steak from Johns again. It's been almost one year. Prices are up to $24.95/lb. The new owner blamed the price hike on scarceness of prime beef. The superior quality and tenderness is still there but the dry aged, earthy, minerally flavor didn't exist. I can no longer wholeheartedly recommend John's like I did in the past. I’m not writing them off, they will get another shot. Maybe I will turn back to Lobel's. Dave
  24. I went to an Italian Restaurant named Focacceria, which used to be called Regina's before they changed ownership. It’s relatively new and opened sometime about 6 months ago. Last week I was invited to Focacceria for an 8th grade graduation party on a Sunday afternoon. The food was excellent. They served the basics which were all impressive and very tasty; notably fried calamari, eggplant rollatini, stuffed mushrooms (okay) and clams oreganata (probably all are very Americanized Italian). The shining star appetizer (to me) was the Tripe Fra Diavolo. Most guests didn’t eat it, but I finished it. It was superb. It is served in a spicy marinara with peas and potatoes for $8. Last night I ate there and had the same superb appetizer. I ate Chicken Parm for the main dish, something basic that can’t be screwed up. It too was excellent. Their marinara is not overwhelming and very good. Portions are oversized and made for a good lunch today. The big portions are not what impressed me. Where else can you get tripe on a menu? The last place I remember was Sal’s on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank. Two appetizers, two meals and two coffees, tax & tip ran me $50. I’m going back this week, and I’m looking forward to it. Don’t bother googl’ing Focacceria; they’re located at: 965 Route 36 (at Avenue D) Atlantic Highlands, NJ 732 291 5343 BYO When I get a chance I’ll scan & post the menu which will give you a better about the food. I cannot wait to go back!! edit: I found another article on this place. I was wrong, it open 11 months. http://www.bayshorenews.com/4/dg_template.php?ID=86
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