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ken8038

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RE: Mexican Food in NJ Tue, 02/17/09 9:53 PM (permalink)
Nice list Food_fan. I don't have too much experience with Dover but I did eat at Jai Alai last year with a couple of friends. I'm not the expert on this, but the food was Basque/Porteguese, not Mexican. Anyway, it was very good and reminded me of the Porteguese Restaurants in Newark's Ironbound.
 
I also loved the location, tucked away on a side street under a highway overpass. Totally off the beaten path, but it can be very crowded on weekends.

Afterwards we took a walk around Dover and probably passed several of the places on your list. It would be good to know which ones are worth eating at.



 
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    Food_Fan

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    RE: Mexican Food in NJ Wed, 02/18/09 12:53 PM (permalink)
    “I'm not the expert on this, but the food was Basque/Porteguese, not Mexican. Anyway, it was very good and reminded me of the Porteguese Restaurants in Newark's Ironbound.”
     
    Ken8038,
              I don’t know anything about Basque cooking except for what I’ve read. It’s said to be the best in Spain and is heavy on seafood. Since Basque Country is on the border of and continues into the Aquitaine region of France I would think that there would be a bit of a blend. I would love to taste authentic Basque food. Can you recommend a place to visit?

    I’m not trying to be a wiseacre I just want to learn.

    As far as I know 99.8% of the restaurants in NJ that call themselves Spanish are really Portuguese and NOT Spanish.

    I know this is off topic but I think that you might enjoy this restaurant in Dover. I always did. It’s called The Quiet Man. The bartenders and servers were always friendly and the atmosphere warm and comfortable. All their food is good.
     
    http://www.quietmanpub.com/
     
    Here are their photos:
     
    http://www.quietmanpub.com/picture.html
     
    It’s on Rt. 46 East on the right side. The building is on the corner but faces the side street.
     
    Good place.
    <message edited by Food_Fan on Wed, 02/18/09 12:56 PM>
     
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      ken8038

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      RE: Mexican Food in NJ Wed, 02/18/09 1:30 PM (permalink)
      << I don’t know anything about Basque cooking except for what I’ve read....Can you recommend a place to visit?>>


      I'm pretty sure Jai Alai bills itself as a Basque Restaurant, although they don't have a website that I can double check. As I said, I'm not an expert and it seems to me that Basque and Porteguese food is similar. In any event the food and service at Jai Alai was good and I'd recommend it.

      The only other Basque Restaurant I've been to is Manolo's in Elizabeth (obviously much closer to Roselle) at 91 Elizabeth Avenue.  Food was good there too, but a little on the expensive side.
       
      I have been to Quiet Man for beers, nice place. Another place in Dover I've been meaning to try is Atillio's. I was there a couple of times when they were in Denville and it was very good. They moved to Dover a couple of years ago, and went a little more upscale:
       
      http://www.attiliostavern.com/

      <message edited by ken8038 on Wed, 02/18/09 1:46 PM>
       
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        Food_Fan

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        RE: Mexican Food in NJ Wed, 02/18/09 4:30 PM (permalink)
        Re: Manolo's

        Both of my parents grew up in E-Port and I have watched the changes over the years. I've driven past Manolo's several times at night and the small parking lot is always full. Even though so many people have told me that the place is good I have reservations about parking a block or two away. I don't have a carry permit.
         
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          ken8038

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          RE: Mexican Food in NJ Thu, 02/19/09 9:17 AM (permalink)
          <<I have reservations about parking a block or two away

          It's not really in the worst part of the Port. I'm sure you know that some of the streets down the road a bit can be very dicey. We parked about a block away and didn't really worry about it, and my wife and I are sort of yuppie-looking. Growing up in Brooklyn and often going off the beaten path for ethnic restaurants, we are used to bad neighborhoods, and just try to stay street-smart. So far so good. Daylight helps.

          It was late May when we went to Manolos and it was still light out when we were walking back to the car at about 8:30. Maybe that's the time of year to go there.
           
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            Food_Fan

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            RE: Mexican Food in NJ Sat, 02/21/09 6:54 PM (permalink)
            ken8038,
                    Thanks for the tip.

            Your statement about daylight made me realize why I've  never been past there during those later daylight hours. I've been sitting having a drink looking at the ocean or a river or both. I'm a sucker for a water view.
             
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              harriet1954

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              RE: Mexican Food in NJ Thu, 02/26/09 9:05 PM (permalink)
              I personally do not eat Mexican food, but I know many people who do, and I read restaurant reviews with fervor. Here are two local places who've been around a long time and have wonderful reputations:
               
              http://www.mexicanhope.com/  I tried to type in the name while I was using the "link" feature and it wouldn't work. The name of the restaurant is La Esperanza. It's in Lindenwold, NJ, straight down the road from where I live about 10 minutes without traffic.
               
              The other one is http://www.losamigosrest.com/Berlin/ Los Amigos. It's on Route 73 on the Northbound side, in Berlin, NJ. I just saw when I looked at their site that they opened one in Atlantic City, too!
               
              Anyway these places come highly recommended.
               
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                ellen4641

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                RE: Mexican Food in NJ Mon, 03/2/09 2:01 AM (permalink)
                Hi Harriet,
                That Los Amigos in Atlantic City has been open for a long time..
                Back in the early days of casinos, I used to take the casino bus down from north Jersey...(particularly in early 80's, before I ran off to live in Vegas!)  

                I would then venture away from the casinos to get the tacos over at Los Amigos.  It was hard to find Mexican food in NJ at the time, so this was a real treat...

                went back a few more times recently; some menu items I liked, some I did'nt.... but overall, it's a good joint...
                 
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                  Dog Boss

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                  Re:Mexican Food in NJ Sat, 06/20/09 12:16 AM (permalink)
                  abby's, downtown MATAWAN,NJ  not far from the train station, afew trips not bad, english is a problem..........
                   
                  PACO TACO, RT. 520 @ RT. 79  Malanpan,nj    2 two trips so far, been good, worth a trip, nothing like i'm used to, i still perfer califorina taco stands for my fix., they have a very large display of hot sauces. many many flavors to chose from.
                   
                  they also do there sauce in a sample bar.
                   
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                    cameron074

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                    Re:Mexican Food in NJ Mon, 06/29/09 9:47 AM (permalink)
                    2 restaurants have quietly opened in Hackettstown,  Tu Tierra and Panco Villa. I tried Tu Tierra a week or so ago, it's located in the strip mall across from Hometown Hardware on Route 46/Main St. Small, quiet place, very colorfully decorated. They serve Costa Rican, Mexican, and Columbian fare. I tried the sopes with beef, the thick tortilla was very tasty. The beef was a little under-seasoned in my opinion, but their green chile sauce is very, very good. My girlfriend had fried chicken quesadillas, and she said she enjoyed them. I tried a bite of them and was also quite happy. I'll go back, their menu is too big to only go once. Cash only currently, and BYOB.

                    At some point we'll try Pancho Villa and try to get a few pictures. I've heard from several friends that their tacos are very good.

                    Tu Tierra

                    Pancho Villa


                    Oh one more thing: Smokehouse BBQ (yes I know, BBQ) on Route 46 in Hackettstown has been doing Taco Tuesdays since Cinco De Mayo. $2 large tacos, very, very good. Hard and soft shell. I've been there almost every single Tuesday.
                    <message edited by cameron074 on Mon, 06/29/09 9:57 AM>
                     
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                      1bbqboy

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                      Re:Mexican Food in NJ Mon, 06/29/09 10:19 AM (permalink)
                      Is naming a restaurant Pancho Villa's in NJ like naming an American Restaurant
                      in Iran George W's?
                       
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                        bartl

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                        Re:Mexican Food in NJ Tue, 07/7/09 10:47 PM (permalink)
                        There are several Mexican restaurants in Bergenfield (not to mention a couple of Mexican markets where you can buy hard-to-find ingredients like Mexican oregano for genuine chili). My favorite is Chapala Grill; if you want to see a review on my website, here it is.
                         
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                          cameron074

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                          Re:Mexican Food in NJ Fri, 07/10/09 1:54 PM (permalink)
                          Pancho Villa on Main St/Rt 46 in Hackettstown was very nice. Stopped in last night. Not feeling super adventurous I ordered a few chicken and steak tacos. They start you off with tortilla chips and a very tasty, not too spicy homemade salsa. When dinner came we were surprised we hadn't noticed the garnishings area. Several homemade salsas, thick and chunky, some creamy, others spicy and thin. All very good. There was also some onions and cilantro I believe.

                          Small menu, standard mex fare, but they make it very very well. The steak was delicious, not overcooked and the chicken was incredibly tender and seasoned wonderfully. All the taco shells looked homemade, and tasted very fresh. I paid $6 for 5 of these and they were worth it.

                          8 out of 10
                           
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                            bartl

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                            Re:Mexican Food in NJ Fri, 07/10/09 5:09 PM (permalink)
                            As long as we are talking about Route 46, has anybody here tried El Norte?
                             
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                              NYPIzzaNut

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                              Re:Mexican Food in NJ Thu, 08/13/09 5:06 PM (permalink)
                              Do they offer horchata at these NJ places? Or tongue or goat?
                               
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                                NYPIzzaNut

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                                RE: Mexican Food in NJ Thu, 08/13/09 5:09 PM (permalink)
                                fattybomatty


                                I remember tijuana joe's in north plainfield, but it got raided years ago by INS and now is a drug store
                                That happens in Ohio at Chinese restaurants sometimes.


                                 
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                                  cameron074

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                                  Re:Mexican Food in NJ Fri, 08/14/09 11:13 AM (permalink)
                                  NYPIzzaNut


                                  Do they offer horchata at these NJ places? Or tongue or goat?


                                  I remember Pancho Villa offered goat as a filling for the tacos, but I'm not sure about Tu Tierra.
                                   
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                                    CoachG

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                                    Re:Mexican Food in NJ Mon, 10/5/09 7:30 PM (permalink)
                                    Juanito's in Red Bank was always solid when I lived in the area.  Parking was occasionally challenging but the food was usually top notch.  Dining outside during the summer months was nice as well.  I believe that it was BYOB.

                                    http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/juanitos.html

                                    Man, I miss Jersey.

                                     
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                                      Johnd2876

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                                      RE: Mexican Food in NJ Sun, 12/13/09 3:20 PM (permalink)
                                      If you want Great Mexican food take a trip to Passaic, NJ.  Passaic has a large mexican community, with alot of good mexican spots.  One of my favorites is
                                      El Aguila its on 334 Monroe St.  and its open 24 hrs.  Trust me you won't be dissapointed.  ENJOY..
                                       
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