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Middletown NJ - chow notes

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Middletown NJ - chow notes

Val G | Sep 2, 2003 12:54 AM

Notes on Middletown area chow. Comments are welcome. Always looking for new places to try...

- New cafe in Campbell's Junction.
Lots of Middletown folks are unaware of Campbells Junction, a couple of tiny strip malls that serve an old-fashioned neighborhood. It's one mile off Rt 35, turn west at New Monmouth Rd, by the Pathmark.
Valentino's cafe is at 105 Leonardville Rd, a few steps from the video store. They have pastries and breads from a bakery in Brooklyn. (I have not tried them.) Italian sodas and waters. Coffee, etc. Nice quiet place to sit oudoors.
The real treasure of Campbell's Junction is Sabato's meat store, which I've written about before. Top quality and service. Last night we grilled their outrageously good filet mignons.

- Two different Luigi's Pizza joints (one bad; one good)
New pizza place called Luigi's Famous on Rt 35, Middletown, next to McDonalds. I took home a pepperoni pie and tossed salad. It was below average. Will not go back.
Please don't confuse this new place with the old Luigi's Famous on Middle Rd in Hazlet (732-787-4669). The old Luigi's makes a really good rectangular pizza, which I learned about from another chowhound. All their other pizza is just ordinary. Order the rectangular (not sicilian). I don't think the two Luigi's are related.

- The Turning Point, Rt 35, Holmdel
Went for brunch and really liked the food. Delicious soups. Had a potato red pepper soup and a carrot ginger soup. They serve tea properly!!! Loose tea in an infuser in a pot! The room and staff are very pleasant.

Has anyone tried the sushi place next door to the Turning Point?

- Greek to Me, Rt 35, Holmdel
A few months ago I said I didn't like this place. I still maintain that the Greek items are disappointing. But on my last visit I enjoyed more mainstream items. Had a nice fresh garden salad topped with grilled chicken, and a nice lentil soup.

Anyone have any Middletown area tips? Please post!

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