Korean food after Korean Spa in Palisades Park, NJ
- Grilled Mackerel with Bean Paste Stew
- Handmade Noodle Soup with Chicken
- Seafood Scallion Pancake
I eat. I cook. I travel. And I blog about it.
"Houston’s has the best ribs. I think there’s one in Jersey", says my uncle. And so, that is how we took a road trip to Hackensack, NJ to find the only Houston’s restaurant in the state.
We decided to do an early 5PM dinner on Saturday, but it still wasn’t early enough to beat the crowds. The maître d’ said the wait was 45 min-1 hour. The wait was totally worth it.
For starters we shared the spinach artichoke dip which I thought was pretty standard; nothing too special. Uncle and I both ordered the BBQ Ribs. Little cousin had the Hawaiian Ribeye and Aunt had the Roasted Prime Rib. The ribs were so tender they literally fell of the bone. It came with french fries and coleslaw which was superb as well. I tried a piece of the Hawaiian Steak and it was just so tender and juicy. It’s no wonder my little cousin claimed that she wanted to come back and said she’ll use her own money to have this meal again. I would also love to come back; this time to try their famous veggie burger.
Houston’s, One Riverside Square, Space 181, Hackensack, NJ 07601
I had lunch today at a local Peruvian restaurant called El Marino. I pass by this place about a million times, but never thought to go try it until about a month ago. Out of the blue one day, I deliberately drove slower so that I can get a better look at the place, and saw that it was a Peruvian restaurant. Instantly, I knew that I had to come try it out.
El Marino is a tiny local spot with about 8-9 tables, 1 waitress, and a huge flat screen TV broadcasting futbol. I don’t think they ever had Asian clientele before, as we got stares from some of the patrons…haha! The little girl at the next table was so excited to see us, she had her mother ask if she can recite to us numbers 1-11 in Chinese. Her pronunciation was pretty spot on. Her mother also introduced to us some of the foods they were eating: fried plantains and this milky beef noodle soup. The soup looked really good, so we ordered one as well. We also ordered Causas Relleno- mashed yellow potato stuffed with tuna, served cold with hard boiled eggs, an olive, mixed veggies, and drizzled with mayo. It was really good. We also tried the Ceviche Mixto-raw pieces of white fish, squid, and shrimp marinated in lime juice with red onion, cilantro, red chili topped with this seaweed and served with their huge pieces of Peruvian white corn. We also ordered two other entrees: Roast Chicken and Seafood Paella. The portions were huge! By the time the beautiful plate of paella came out I was already full.
The place was packed for Saturday lunch. People just kept coming in and the phone was ringing off the hook. The waitress was running around so much I didn’t really get a chance to ask her some questions that I had. I’m definitely coming back. The prices are reasonable for the potions they serve. The food is good and service is friendly.
El Marino, 130 Mount Hope Ave. Dover, NJ 07801
By the time we arrived at the Bent Spoon, only 6 flavors were left. I had a cup of coconut. It was good; however a little too sweet for me. Also stole a taste of mango which I thought was excellent.
The Bent Spoon- 35 Palmer Square West, Princeton NJ 08542
Took a trip down to Princeton, NJ over the weekend and dined at Triumph Brewing Company. I tried fried pickles for the first time. I never knew fried pickles would be so good. Also the Epic Burger with pork belly, fried egg, carmelized onion was pretty tasty as well. Good eating and good friends = perfect weekend!
Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542