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  1. Thank you. I have to say that I'm skeptical. I like the brunch here and we go every year for Easter and Mothers Day but the carving station on those buffets are nothing to write home about.
  2. RS, do you know if they will be serving tableside or will they have everything up on the buffet as they do for every other meal in Cuisine?
  3. Daley's Cafe 780 5th St Secaucus NJ 07094 Phone: 201-617-4043 I worked in Secaucus in the mid '80's. This was the first place I thought of and I googled it to see if it was still there. Simple pub kind of a place, beer signs on the wall and all that but the food is good in a very basic way. Go check it out, what do you have to lose?
  4. Come hungry but don't come too early. The one time I went to this sale I got there before 11 AM. They were still in the process of cooking the food and the food they did have ready wasn't stuff you wanted to eat before lunch. Having said that, I did get some great Spanish specialty items and do agree that this is a place worth checking out.
  5. Ok, now I'm going to this place just because I think this is the funniest thing I've read on eG in a year.
  6. yes. avoid the tasteless cauliflower. enjoy the excellent pork shank. ← I didn't love the grass fed ribeye that I had though the chimichurri sauce had a great kick. I guess I'm so used to the flavor/texture of corn feed beef or maybe it wasn't a great example of the grass fed kind that ended up on my plate. I do agree that the service was excellent and that the chef/owner went out of his way to be nice to us. He even sent over a dish of that "tasteless cauliflower" gratis, which, btw, I didn't find tasteless.
  7. so, no verdict on the dry aging?
  8. That space would be way too small and the parking lot is way too small as well. ← Ok... I'll take your word on the size of the building, but there's no way that there is a parking shortage. That lot is HUGE. ← Try going to Costco on a busy Saturday, you can barely find a space in that lot. Office Max, which was a big store, used almost no spaces in that lot. Go to the Wegman's in Bridgewater and look at their lot on a weekday, its usually full. The Princeton store, which is even bigger, has a bigger lot and that lot is also usually full. There's no way that lot is big enough for a Wegman's.
  9. That space would be way too small and the parking lot is way too small as well.
  10. Holly, sorry to disagree but I think White House Subs is incredibly overrated. I've gone to AC with people who talked it up but I've been 3 times and have never figured out what all the fuss is about. The place is the Rocky Horror Picture Show of restaurants if you ask me. PS, I remember they had a picture of OJ-mouth open wide, stuffing in one of their subs, have they taken it down? Now if we're talking about traveling for one specific dish then I'd say to add Copeland in Morristown for their amazing burger. More about that here.
  11. I would just like to thank thereuare for the great site: betterbidding.com. If this new site is half as good then it belongs in everyone's bookmarks. Keep up the good work and thanks, I've saved lots of $ with the travel site.
  12. Menton, I would have bet the house you'd recommend the Bonefish Grill , a chain owned by the same people as Outback, Carrabba's etc. Right up your alley. Of course, I've been to their location in Bridgewater and thought it was ok. Not a rave, and not in the right place to have mentioned as an option for this topic.
  13. I know that Menton1 has been talking up Seafood Gourmet in Maywood for years. Here's a link to that thread here.
  14. This restaurant is now called Oceanos. Good write up here.
  15. Yeah, it takes some research which most people have neither the time nor the inclination to do. Sure, you can find places serving better food for the same or less money than some of the chains but certain chains cater to kids. I'm thinking of places like Applebee's which I wouldn't say is good but I will say that my kids like it. They eat mac and cheese or chicken nuggets and they get crayons on the way to the table and a balloon on the way out the door. When you're 2.5 these things matter more than the food does. Plus, you can talk all you want about well behaved children but how well behaved is a 2.5 year old going to be? You can go to one of these places and not care if your child is well behaved (within limits) because no one else's kids are well behaved either. As for this assertion that food at a chain restaurant is always inferior I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. I still maintain that certain chains like Legal Seafood or even the Outback do a very good job at what they do. BTW, went by Let's Eat today. Huge sign in the window advertising the space as available for lease.
  16. I don't think I've oversimplified things at all. To get back to Let's Eat, they didn't really want to satisfy their customers. They wanted their customers to be satisfied with what they had to offer. They had zero room for special requests. I went in one day and asked for a couple of ham and cheese sandwiches and was told that they couldn't make them because all they had was some fancy rosemary ham and that I should order from the pre-made sandwiches in their case. In the case of Charlie Brown's I'll bet you that the people who pack that place 7 days a week don't think its mediocre. They may be wrong but they don't think so and if they keep coming back then thats all CB's cares about.
  17. Glad to see this topic now as I have a meeting in Rutherford on Tuesday. Any additional info appreciated like the names of those restaurants mentioned up thread.
  18. Doesn't happen as often as you would expect; look at the wild success of Charlie Browns... ← Menton, not to pick on you but just how heavy is that chip on your shoulder about "chain restaurants"? I know you hate chains, and you've laid out your case clearly in other posts, but why bring up a chain restaurant here? If Scarlet Knight is correct about Darwinian capitalism then the "wild success" of Charlie Brown's argues for that restaurant to stay in business for years to come. Let's Eat went out of business because they did a bad job of offering people what they wanted. Charlie Brown's stays in business by offering people what they do want, even if thats not what you think they should want.
  19. I think the concept wasn't very well thought out. We went for lunch a few times, the food wasn't very good and the menu was very limited. You couldn't just walk in and order a sandwich, you had to pick from the few sandwiches that they had pre-made. That mall may be good for Toys R Us but not for most other businesses. The carpet guy is going out also, or at least he's had a "moving sale" going on now for the last 3 months and the Office Depot is always empty.
  20. Couldn't we just let this part of our state be annexed by PA and be done with it, already?
  21. John, can you explain why Tommy's in Elizabeth won for best Italian dog and also for best potatoes? This doesn't hold with what you've written above. No knock on Tommy's, I'm an Elizabeth guy and grew up eating those potatoes.
  22. Finally, an answer to your question about the burger on the blackeyedpig.
  23. Here's what I don't get: AHD wins for best deep fried dog but not for most creative toppings? I don't care whose "salty balls" we're talking about here, how could you not give the nod to a place that puts tuna on one dog and creamed corn and corn flakes on another. BTW, that Phoenix dog is really good. It will go down as Rachel Perlow's greatest contribution to NJ cuisine, the jello mold not withstanding.
  24. Meredith, which is more important, good selection of beer on tap or good wings? I would say An American Grill but I think they're closed on Sunday's. Lou, has this policy changed now that the summer is over? I'm trying to think of any Mo. County place that has really good wings and I'm coming up empty. Worst of all, I think Sunday night isn't going to be a great night for the Giants. Too much Peyton, not enough DB's, imo.
  25. I was happy with the meal, maybe more so than Tommy after reading his blog post about it. When we got there we told them we might have a third person even though we only had a reservation for two. They seated us at a table for four just in case you showed. A very gracious gesture, imo.
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