Oh, Zafra.  How modest you are… Your chef (Maricel Presilla) finally won a James Beard award, yet there’s hardly anything pretentious about your small, yet totally awesome establishment.  Your Ropa Vieja is to die [die,die,dieeee] for, while your Llapingachos con Salsa de Maní y Ají (potato & cheese patty w/ peanut sauce and spicy aji relish) was passable.   

Oh, and your BYOB?  

Oh yeaaa

Slow Cooked Sweet Southern Slammin’ Sandwich (Boneless Baby Pork Rib, Caramelized Onions, Swiss cheese, BBQ Sauce)with Onion Rings

@ Mikie Squared - Hoboken - NJ

Thought this was going to be an obnoxious bar with sub-par food.  Expectations low.  Pleasantly surprised.  Sandwich was messy. BBQ-y. Filling.  Onion rings legit.  Beer selection decent.  Trivia night… way too long.  Way too many cheaters.  Getting off topic.  Yes.  Number of periods in this write-up.  13 not counting the ellipsis.  17 if you do.  Okay, 18!

This is a Chicken Parm sub with Pepperoni.  and it was awesome.  Giovanni’s may have the best chicken parm sub in Hoboken.
@ H&S Giovanni’s - Hoboken, NJ

This is a Chicken Parm sub with Pepperoni.  and it was awesome.  Giovanni’s may have the best chicken parm sub in Hoboken.

@ H&S Giovanni’s - Hoboken, NJ

Good Morning, Sausage and Peppers.  Every time I cook, a lesson is learnt… and going forward I’ll remember to use white onions instead of red onions here.  

@ The Apartment - Hoboken, NJ

They need to make this a permanent flavor.  Rocky Road-ish > any other Rocky Road.

@ Ben & Jerry’s - Hoboken, NJ

What The Fuck Is This Shit?
@ Asian Cuisine - Hoboken, NJ
Thoughts: No, really. what the hell is this?  This is not what I ordered… See the thing about ordering Chinese food online is that there’s no confusion.  I mean, I assume that the boxes I check translate to Dinner Special H43 or however you say Sesame Chicken Dinner Special (not spicy) in your language.  Is that wrong?  I mean… I guess.  I was already livid with the fact this took over an hour to get here, then you fuck this up big time?  Everything boxed in red is fucked up.
Pork Dumplings? No, here’s some mini-dumplings… they’re filled with cat.
Sesame Chicken? No, here’s some PLAIN CHICKEN with mixed vegetables. 
Oh, but here’s some sauce on the side.  ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
ahhh fuck you asian cuisine. fuck you long time.

What The Fuck Is This Shit?

Asian Cuisine - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: No, really. what the hell is this?  This is not what I ordered… See the thing about ordering Chinese food online is that there’s no confusion.  I mean, I assume that the boxes I check translate to Dinner Special H43 or however you say Sesame Chicken Dinner Special (not spicy) in your language.  Is that wrong?  I mean… I guess.  I was already livid with the fact this took over an hour to get here, then you fuck this up big time?  Everything boxed in red is fucked up.

Pork Dumplings? No, here’s some mini-dumplings… they’re filled with cat.

Sesame Chicken? No, here’s some PLAIN CHICKEN with mixed vegetables. 

Oh, but here’s some sauce on the side.  ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

ahhh fuck you asian cuisine. fuck you long time.

Little Bacon Cheeseburger (lettuce, tomato, green peppers) with French Fries

@ Five Guys - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: I didn’t have Five Guys for maybe the first 23 years of my life… then shit got real.  Then I OD’d on Five Guys bacon cheeseburgers (Two Patties!) for the next few years.  Then I thought about how I couldn’t function properly after eating at Five Guys.  So.. then I stopped.  I stopped smiling, loving and caring.  I was able to function, but only in a greyscale world.  Life pretty much lost it’s meaning.  

So last week I went to Five Guys.  I got two one patty bcb.  I took a bite, and… I smiled.  Green peppers on a burger… it’s almost tricking myself that I’m eating a salad, but they’re good.  This particular burger wasn’t incredibly juicy, and the tomato was chunky and not perfectly ripe, but still.  good burger.

Instead of eating the fries, I actually just sucked the grease off the brown paper bag.  mmmmm

Honestly, a double patty burger from Five Guys should only be done after drinking (speaking only for myself here), otherwise it’s just kinda irresponsible.  

Shut up, you don’t know kung-fu.

Toasted Sesame Bagel with Bacon and Cheese
@ JP’s Bagel Express - Hoboken, NJ
Thoughts: Because it’s the only bagel place within two blocks of my apartment, it is essentially the default go-to for bagels.  Don’t get me wrong, their bagels are good, and this baby was overloaded with baconness, but they have an estimated 70% failure rate in getting your order right.  These situations may include, but are not limited to: giving you the wrong bagel, put an egg on your bagel despite you saying no egg, toast / don’t toast the bagel (the opposite of whatever you wished), or giving you the wrong cream cheese.
In conclusion, they didn’t fuck up my order this time and this was a great breakfast sandwich.

Toasted Sesame Bagel with Bacon and Cheese

JP’s Bagel Express - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: Because it’s the only bagel place within two blocks of my apartment, it is essentially the default go-to for bagels.  Don’t get me wrong, their bagels are good, and this baby was overloaded with baconness, but they have an estimated 70% failure rate in getting your order right.  These situations may include, but are not limited to: giving you the wrong bagel, put an egg on your bagel despite you saying no egg, toast / don’t toast the bagel (the opposite of whatever you wished), or giving you the wrong cream cheese.

In conclusion, they didn’t fuck up my order this time and this was a great breakfast sandwich.

Good Morning.  Depending on how you look at it, this was either a really late dinner or an extremely early breakfast… 
Chicken Selects… because there is no late night dollar menu in Hoboken
@ McDonalds - Hoboken, NJ

Good Morning.  Depending on how you look at it, this was either a really late dinner or an extremely early breakfast… 

Chicken Selects… because there is no late night dollar menu in Hoboken

@ McDonalds - Hoboken, NJ

Chicken McBreakfast.  BBQ sauce is the new egg.
@ McDonalds - Hoboken, NJ

Chicken McBreakfast.  BBQ sauce is the new egg.

@ McDonalds - Hoboken, NJ

Fried Wontons and Pork Lo-Mein (no vegetables)

No. 1 Chinese Kitchen - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: I’m still hungover, so I’ll keep this short.

I enjoyed it.

Honey-Hickory Boneless BBQ Wings with French Fries

@ Cluck-U - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: Was there a “Wings-Over-_______” in your college town? 

  • Yes? Then you already know how good this is.
  • No? I’m sorry you had such a terrible college experience.

Cluck-U is pretty much a replica of what (I remember) Wings over Albany to be like.  The only difference is that if you order a five piece here… they give you about eight.  

OD’d on this place when I moved to Hoboken, and now it’s a once-every-two-month kinda spot.  Great value.

hello internet

Been MIA for a little, but comin back strong.  Coming up this week:

  • Proposal for my Hoboken Washington Street Food Challenge
  • Kicking off my regular scheduled programming with a special Shake Shack post.  mmmm.

For the meantime, here’s some food for thought:

 

Bash Burger @ Burger and Barrel.  Full post coming soon.

Large Half Bacon / Half Chicken Pizza
@ Pizza Republic - Hoboken, NJ
Thoughts: Pizza Republic - although the name makes it sound like a chain, the pizza here is pretty, pretty good.  I usually just order a large chicken pie, which will be breakfast / lunch / dinner for a few days, but decided to mix it up a little (oh yea… I’m dangerous).  They don’t skimp on the toppings either - I’ve always gotten a healthy amount of grilled chicken, and there was an ample amount of bacon on the other half.  This, along with consistently quick delivery and decent prices help keep Pizza Republic in my delivery rotation.  

Large Half Bacon / Half Chicken Pizza

@ Pizza Republic - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: Pizza Republic - although the name makes it sound like a chain, the pizza here is pretty, pretty good.  I usually just order a large chicken pie, which will be breakfast / lunch / dinner for a few days, but decided to mix it up a little (oh yea… I’m dangerous).  They don’t skimp on the toppings either - I’ve always gotten a healthy amount of grilled chicken, and there was an ample amount of bacon on the other half.  This, along with consistently quick delivery and decent prices help keep Pizza Republic in my delivery rotation.  

Grilled Sopressata with Cheddar Cheese on a Martin’s Potato Slider Bun

@ The Apartment - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: This is strictly the product of seeing what’s in the fridge and realizing that your potato rolls will go bad in a few days.  You might think that these three ingredients don’t go with each other at all, and you may be right.  Still, I threw these sliders on the panini grill and they came out crispy, cheesy and full o’ flavor.  It was actually a pretty good breakfast.