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  1. Does anyone know what or who will take over the location?
  2. I go back far enough to remember when this place was the Back Door, and later Just Allen's.. Does anyone have any information about the new owners?
  3. Sorry, but I for one do not know the who, what or WHERE. Please share. What was the previous place, or where exactly is it? Owner? Chef? You,know- a little info for those not in the loop?
  4. paryzer -- interesting, and I was unaware. First, I don't understand the "got beat up" thing. Well, I think a few of the bullies were tired of me posting about the same restaurants each time (like Laurel & Sage, Cafe Panache, Tillies, Viaggio, etc.), even though I would only post the new and interesting specials that they had that time, and not the same meals. It just wasn't worth it. ELA, you should give Hungry Onion a try. They have a New Jersey section. Although the majority of the members are from Central Jersey they are very friendly and welcoming, and are looking for more North Jersey posters. I actually met a few of them and had dinner with them. They have little HOdowns (HO for Hungry Onion) at some of the restaurants and invite everyone that is interested. I'm not sure if I am considered one of those "bullies" or not. I am pretty sure that I do not flame or post negative personalizations about other posters. However, in recent times I certainly have commented on the repetitive posts regarding the same "NY wannabe" restaurants. How many times does the same place need to be reviewed by the same person to be helpful? Then again, I too received negative feedback when asking for reviews and info on places never mentioned, or not of the same style as those that seem to be preferred here. I came here because in my work I spend a LOT of evenings away from home and eating on the road. Since I am not as well trained in the culinary arts as most here, I was looking for advice and inspiration regarding many different places. Recently I found myself taking a beating if giving a negative review, and my suggested places for discussion either being ignored or simply flamed without explaination in many (but not all ) cases. Maybe it's my fault because I don't buy into "Presentation over Quality" that many places seem to get away with these days, and let folks know about it. All that being said, I apologize to ELA, Paralyzer, and anyone else who may have taken personal offense at my posts. No disrespect was intended- I was just trying to jar this place out of a deep rut. Anyway, I don't think it was me that slayed this beast. One can only read the same thing so many times before looking for another source. That is why I have been so quiet lately.
  5. I highly recommend Maggiano's, though it is in Hackensack. The service is top rate, the food very good, and reasonable. Seasons' food has turned to crap, and is overpriced. I have been to several events there. The cocktail food at weddings is good, but the entrees seem to be left on the plate quite often. Biaggio's food is fine, but once again over-priced. Sanzari's has simply aged out. I think Bacari Grill would be a close second to Maggiano's, but still second. I would add that if the gathering will be small, you may consider the Bonefish Grill in Paramus. The atmosphere is bland, but of no consequence for a business lunch, the food good and reasonable. Again, good for SMALL gatherings
  6. Wolfgang Puck Express PIZZA????? Ok, that's new to me. Where are they? Any in NJ? OK, That's Pizza Hut. Can you rate it and other chains in order? I'd rate Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John's at the bottom. Sbarro would be above them. Above it would be California Pizza Kitchen, Costco and above them would be Wolfgang Puck Express. CPK has declined a lot from the days it was owned by a couple of attorneys.
  7. That link sent be to pictures of pizza and descriptions written with Asian alphabet?
  8. OK, That's Pizza Hut. Can you rate it and other chains in order?
  9. f it's a chain, it counts- but you must rate it in comparison to other chains.
  10. Daniel, I'm from NJ, where Pizza was actually INVENTED ( Look it up). I have great pizza all around me. However, not at all times. Sometimes I'm either I'm up too late ( note the time I'm posting this) or am in to much of a hurry to wait for the good stuff. Then it's chain. This thread is not supposed to be a comparison to fresh parlor pizza- it's just a fun look at chains. PS: A Frozen Pizza rating for you: I used to go for the Ellio's you mentioned, but you should try Stop & Shop Self-Rising. Of course, both have to be "doctored".
  11. Yes, I realize that rating chain pizzas is something like choosing a favorite bug spray, but no one has been posting anyway and I'm the mood for fun. Please keep in mind that when rating from best to worst, we are only making comparisons with other chain pizzas, and everyone understands that they are not in anywhere near the same league as our favorite fresh pizza shops. Here I go: I start with Pizza Hut at number one. Unlike Domino's "easy bake" oven, they can make my pizza well done, and the crust isn't too bad at all. Their only problem is that if you call in a lunch order for pick-up, they still won't start cooking it until you get there. Domino's is number two only because I like their BBQ chicken pizza, and every once in a while they come up with something unique to try. I have never tried CeCe's or Little Ceasars, but still put them in the next to positions because: At the bottom: Papa John's is the ONLY pizza I have ever tried of ANY type- including frozen- that was completely inedible. I have tried them from 3 different locations. A sloppy mess of horrendous flavors- Never more than one bite. These are the only chain pizzas that I have heard of in my area. Feel free to add any that may be from anywhere in the US. And......go.....
  12. In the location as the previous Recovery Room, Burke's, etc.. Lolita's Mexican Cantina Went for the first time about 2 weeks ago with companions. The wait staff was attentive, friendly, and always there when needed. The cocktails were absolutely delicious, whether a Mango or strawberry Marguerita, or a simple highball. Ok, the food: We had a huge assortment, so I will skip the dish by dish. There some dissention in regard to flavor. Some- who were more used to Tex-Mex- found the food under-seasoned. However, I and another who are used to actual Mexican food knew that the genuine article gets it's more subtle flavoring from the mix of foods cooked together rather than herbs and spices. I found the food to be genuine and as gently delicious. My only problem is that all the bare wood included in the decor makes this a pretty loud place. What was once the back party room has been incorporated into the dining room with naught but a half wall, adding to the din. As in many Mexican resaurants, the pricing was very attractive. It's not the Casa Riviera in Augusta, but it's certainly a good place to eat, especially in groups. In the location as the previous Recovery Room, Burke's, etc.. Went for the first time about 2 weeks ago with companions. The wait staff was attentive, friendly, and always there when needed. The cocktails were absolutely delicious, whether a Mango or strawberry Marguerita, or a simple highball. Ok, the food: We had a huge assortment, so I will skip the dish by dish. There some dissention in regard to flavor. Some- who were more used to Tex-Mex- found the food under-seasoned. However, I and another who are used to actual Mexican food knew that the genuine article gets it's more subtle flavoring from the mix of foods cooked together rather than herbs and spices. I found the food to be genuine and as gently delicious. My only problem with the place is that all the bare wood included in the decor makes this a pretty loud place. What was once the back party room has been incorporated into the dining room with naught but a half wall, adding to the din. As in many Mexican resaurants, the pricing was very attractive. It's not the Casa Riviera in Augusta, but it's certainly a good place to eat, especially in groups.
  13. 94 views, no replies. Not part of the favored few, I guess. I know that I have been sounding a bit frustrated with this forum lately, but at this point I think you can understand why..... Maybe if I put this into the lost Northeastern NJ thread...
  14. Sorry- there are several edits that should have been made, but the edit button was not working. I am literate, but a fat-handed two-finger typist and was working on the virtual keyboard of a tablet.... :-(
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