I went to Harold's Deli's (new 2nd location) in East Brunswick on back- to- back days! Sat. JAN 3rd and Sun. JAN. 4th, 2009 . (www.haroldsfamousdeli.com
I drove straight there Sat. night, after dealing poker in AC
From the NJ Turnpike, it's 1/4 mile away off exit 9 (great pit stop for travelers!!!
I was to "meat up" with Gil, who lives about 20 minutes away. I just met him during the week, while dealing $1.00-$2.00 blinds "no limit" poker to him in AC
We started with the MATZOH BALL SOUP. One size, (feeds 2) for $15.95
We ordered 2 PASTRAMI sandwiches. $15.50 each
Pastrami was up to par . MOIST ! Melted in my mouth!
Carnegie in NYC is still my favorite pastrami, with Irvings in Livingston 2nd place.
Harold's is a STRONG 3rd, however. Harold's fresh seeded RYE BREAD is #1, IMO
And the Pickle/health salad/rye bread bar is a STRONG ASSET!
He had told me on the phone a few days back that he was 49, just like ME!
And that he was turning 50 on Jan. 4th , which was the day after our pastrami.
So, I did a little "gag gift" shopping at Spencer Gifts in the mall....I figured it always feels nice to get some "stocking stuffers"...
I bought doubles on a lot of the "big 5-0 " stuff, so I'll have some cute accessories for my OWN big 5-0! I'll be proudly displaying the "honk! Driver just turned 50"
Note the green "pickle bar" sign on the back wall...(pickle bar is on right)
No visit to HAROLD'S is complete without a pic of their TOWERING CAKES!
Next time I'm going for an ECLAIR! (I'm usually more of a choc. layer cake gal,
but THIS eclair has me sold!)
I crashed out at my sisters house, near Freehold.
I ended up going BACK to Harold's the next day.
(after lunch at BLITZBURGERS in North Brunswick, anyway!)
JAN 4th, 2009 BLITZBURGERS, North Brunswick. They have only been open for a year. There is 1 other location in New Brunswick. Great CHARBROILED burgers
Separate Blitzburger report coming soon!
Then, a "RETURN to HAROLD'S...in daylight. Note the "world's best bbq ribs" sign
What IS that in front of me ??? Is it a piece of prime rib???
It's a giant BEEF RIB ! ($14.95 on their appetizer menu)
I'm glad I noticed the appetizer price, as I thought I only had that $41.95 choice!
It had a nice, crispy, charred taste on outside... good , but a bit too fatty on inside. (and the menu said "fatty", too) However, there was enough good, tender meat in there to make it worthwhile. Besides' I only ate about 1/4 of it.
(but all of the crispy parts!!)
HAROLD'S BEEF RIB...this is one GIANT rib!!
How the HECK did I get the idea to have a beef rib at Harold's?!??
Well, I had googled "best beef ribs in NJ", and at the very TOP listing, there was a link to a FLICKR photo from a SIR DUKE. He claimed the beef ribs were the best secret on the menu. Here's the FLICKR pic from "SIR DUKE". I put him on my favorites list
Watch out when you see this "taxicab yellow" car in front of a joint.
It means the good stuff might be gone already!!
I took out a piece of CHEESECAKE ($12.45) enough for 3 people
So rich and creamy, and I love a good graham cracker crust..
the piece was big, but not "all that"... EXCELLENT taste!
I'll be eating it at home all week (a few bites a day to spread the calories out!)
See you again soon, Harold's!
I also took out a BRISKET SANDWICH, which I am still eating 3 days after
It's the real thing, and it came with a nice side of "au jus" .
Note the 10 pieces or so of RYE BREAD slices it came with. About HALF A LOAF !
(usually they give out 5 piece with a regular sized sandwich. I got lucky, huh?!)
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