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Pollo Tropical

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Pollo Tropical is a fast food chain that started in Miami, Florida. It specializes in Caribbean cuisine and is known for its flame grilled marinated chicken, beans and rice. They opened a location is New Jersey sometime in 2009 and our family fell in love with its food. It’s our go to restaurant on lazy weekends. Sadly they closed down in 2012. When we went to Florida for a short vacation over the holidays we made it a point to visit a location. It was actually our first stop. We…read more

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

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We just came back from a trip to Universal Orlando to visit the new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. The place was simply amazing, it was like stepping into the world of Harry Potter. Anyway, I’m here to talk about our dining experience there, we chose to eat at Leaky Cauldron. Leaky Cauldron serves traditional British fare. A menu board is placed on both sides of the entrance, inside there are roped lines leading to the register where you place your order. After your…read more

Tendon Hannosuke

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One of the reasons we love going to Mituswa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ is their foodcourt. They have a number of restaurants that offer quality and authentic Japanese food. One of these is Tendon Hannosuke. This is not our first time to dine at this outlet. We just didn’t realize that this is part of the famous “Kaneko Hannosuke Restaurant in Nihonbashi.” It is a known fact that this restaurant has the longest queue in Tokyo. Customers would wait for an hour just to be seated. It just dawned on…read more

Maharlika NYC (Filipino Moderno)

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I am really thrilled to say that Filipino food has finally arrived. It is becoming more main stream here in the United States. There are several Filipino restaurants that have opened in the New York City area in recent years that caters not only to the Filipino palate. One of these is Maharlika in downtown New York. They started as a pop-up moving from one restaurant to another, which finally led them to opening a place in East Village. Reservations is highly recommended when you visit if you are a…read more

Le Pain Quotidien TriBeCa

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Le Pain Quotidien is our go to place for breakfast and brunch whenever we go to New York City. We discovered this restaurant back in 2012 when we were in Georgetown, Washington DC. This is an international chain of bakery/restaurant founded in Brussels. Le Pain Quotidian literally means daily bread. It started with the goal of serving fresh oven baked bread. A common theme in any Le Pain Quotidian that strikes you as soon as you enter is the long wooden communal table at it’s center. They use organic ingredients…read more

A Salt & Battery

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It’s very hard to find a good fish and chip shop in the US. I’m not talking about the one’s you get at chain restaurants but authentic British fish and chips. I heard lots of good things about “A Salt & Battery” after doing research. We just never have gotten around to try out the place. We had the opportunity to do so today, albeit unplanned. We were just strolling down West Village in New York City when we happen to pass by it. The restaurant is real small once…read more

Max’s Restaurant and Red Ribbon Jersey City

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We finally decided to try out the Max’s Restaurant in Jersey City. They opened sometime in 2010, the first ever in the East Coast. For those who are unfamiliar, Max’s Restaurant is a Filipino chain that specializes and is known for fried chicken. Hence, it’s called “the house that fried chicken built”. They have been in business since 1945 and has already become a household name. I remember eating here since I was a child, most of the time we would order “to go” and the chicken would come with…read more

Noodle Go Go

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We are always on the lookout for authentic Chinese restaurants in our area. We just learned about Noodle Go Go Asian Bistro from social media. This is not your typical Chinese take out place where you can just order Orange chicken or Sweet and Sour Pork. One indication that food will be good is that if you see a lot of Asians eating there, not to be racist or anything. My husband and I ate here for our Friday date night. The place is neat and nicely appointed. We were…read more

Jose Tejas

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Jose Tejas is a very popular restaurant in our area that serves authentic Tex-Mex food. Expect long waits even on weekdays so be sure to come early as soon as they open at 11 am if you want to be seated right away. We came for lunch last Thursday as a treat for the girls. Prices in this restaurant are reasonable and serving portions are huge. They will give you complimentary housemade chips and salsa as soon as your are seated, which is refillable by the way. Chips are excellent…read more

Shanghai Dumpling House

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Our family usually eats out after church services on Sundays. On this particular day everyone agreed we wanted Asian food. We didn’t want to go to our regular place which is either Wonder Seafood or China Bowl both located on rt 27 in Edison. I suggested Shanghai Dumpling House, I spotted this place as we were on our way to New Brunswick for a date night. A quick look on yelp and trip advisor was enough to convince me food will be good. The restaurant opens at 11:30 am and…read more