We moved to Monmouth County from Essex County 5 years ago. I had four meals out to find down here. I have read and read and tried assorted places and so far I’m batting 1 for 4.
One: The easy one was pizza. Medusa, Porta, DelPonte’s. Simple
Two: a great burger and real fries. JSBBQ can, on a good day, come close. The real fries have proven most elusive. I told the truth about Main Street and got 86’d - their fries weren’t real, anyway
Three: a simple plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Should be easy but I’ve been nothing but disappointed with my stops. Most were so long ago that specifics elude me. I remember finding Jimmy’s simply unwelcoming.
Four: a simple steak with real (simple) sides. Medium rare; real fries and steamed green things. I’ve found a good steak but the rest was too … fancy, wrong, whatever … for me. A reasonable price would also be welcome - but if all the components were right I’d open the wallet a bit wider.
Yes, these are “first world problems” and I should be thankful for what I’ve found. But every now and then I miss what there was near the old ranch - and, yes, these were my staples up north.
Thank you for being my sounding board.