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Middletown area – NJ – chow notes

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Middletown area – NJ – chow notes

Val G | Jun 2, 2003 11:28 PM

Any Middletown folks reading these boards? Where do you like to eat? Here are some comments on local chow. I welcome comments, suggestion and arguments.

Saigon II, 650 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft
What a pleasure to find very decent Vietnamese food in the area! Same owners as the South Plainfield Saigon. Good pho and other soups. I love the Hu tieu mu dac biet – seafood noodle soup. The delicious Pho bo xe lua doesn’t have much tripe, but they include more if you ask ahead of time. Good appetizers: spring rolls, marinated pork balls, fried calamari, Cha Gio (fried shrimp and pork rolls). They serve a whole red snapper which I have yet to try. BYOB
NOTE: Located in an obscure strip mall at the corner of Newman Springs and Middletown-Lincroft Rd. Turn into the Subway Shop parking lot and drive to the back.

Dearborn Farms, Rt 35, Holmdel
New Jersey produce showing up here. Spring rabe is good. Strawberries are not very sweet due to all the rain. Slice and add sugar. Miles better than long-shipped California berries.

Greek To Me, Rt 35, Holmdel
Can somebody tell me where to get good Greek food??? Greek to Me is not the place.

Sabatos Prime Meats (732) 787-9119
113 Leonardville Road, Belford
A rare gem! Old-fashioned butcher shop –- quality, selection and courteous service. Belford is an old neighborhood – one of the little towns that got incorporated into Middletown township. I suspect there is a concentration of picky Italian grandmothers who keep this place going. I am totally spoiled by better quality steaks, ribs and pork chops. They grind the sirloin and I cook my hamburgers an hour later. Yum! I cannot return to the supermarket.
Closed Sunday and Monday. Call for their business hours.

Hanna Krause Candy Shop, 1100 Route 35, Middletown (next to Sono Sushi)
If you’re in the area, Hanna Krause has pretty good homemade candy. The truffles are decent, but you can mail-order much better ones. A better bet are the old-fashioned candies: chocolate nut clusters, chocolate covered cherries. I especially like the chocolate-covered maple marshmallow.

What’s Your Beef, 21 W River Rd, Rumson
This comfortable pub been discussed on Chowhound before. It’s dependably very good. Beef cooked to order and always perfectly cooked. But I’m not always pleased with the seafood. Lobster tails (frozen) are good. Desserts are nothing special. (I prefer to go to Crazees ice cream shop across the street.) The salad bar is always fresh. Prices are moderate for the good quality of the food. Good service.

Crazees Ice Cream Shop
2 West River Road, Rumson
Ice cream for Thomas Sweet. I like the choc chip cookie dough flavor.

Adelphi Diner, Rt 35, Hazlet (north of Costco)
Recently renovated and under new ownership. After the first visit I have mixed feelings. My diner test dish, the grilled cheese and bacon sandwich, was perfect. Entrée portions are absurdly huge. But my bowl of chicken noodle soup was stingy, about one cup in volume. My husband’s diner test dish, calf’s liver and onions, was not to his liking. It was a lighter version of the diner classic. He expected onions cooked on the grill, but got scallions sauteed with white wine. Chocolate cream pie was the usual diner dreck dessert. Chocolate pudding was really good.
Service was inattentive and slow, but maybe that was because it was Memorial Day. I want to to return and try breakfast.

Restaurant Nicholas, Rt 35, Middletown
We are so lucky to have this sublime restaurant in our town. If you haven’t been, save up your pennies, dust off your dressy clothes, and go. http://www.restaurantnicholas.com/

Middletown people! What is your favorite local pizza/pasta place. Who makes good Italian subs?

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