Three Nibbles: Royal Grill 37, Joe Joe’s Italian Hot Dogs, Tacolicious

My regular 9-to-5 gig keeps me tethered to the Toms River area, so I've been making it a point to take a lunch hour here and there and explore. Ocean County has a well-earned reputation for being a food wasteland, and yet there is good eatin' to be found - if you're willing to look … Continue reading Three Nibbles: Royal Grill 37, Joe Joe’s Italian Hot Dogs, Tacolicious

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Three Nibbles: Bill’s BBQ Shack, Taconelli’s, Oxtail Pho and Banh Mi

It's a new year (so I've been told), and I've decided to try a new little somethin'-somethin' here. If you know me, you know my penchant for the goofy. And my fondness of the word 'nibble'. So here for you now is the first installment of what I am calling Three Nibbles. The concept is … Continue reading Three Nibbles: Bill’s BBQ Shack, Taconelli’s, Oxtail Pho and Banh Mi

Koi in Brick is Coming to Toms River

Koi is getting a bigger pond. The Japanese/Chinese/Thai behemoth that took an old Denny's on Brick Boulevard and made it a happy happy place for tricked-out sushi rolls and other culinary delights is opening a second Ocean County location. I had been noticing banners for a place called Koi the was coming soon to the … Continue reading Koi in Brick is Coming to Toms River

A Few Words About Caffrey’s Tavern

Sick to my stomach. That's what it felt like watching the video of Caffrey's Tavern burning. Hours later, and it doesn't feel any better. I wasn't born in Forked River, but this has been my home town for 14 years. Other than the town I grew up in (Willingboro), I have not lived in any … Continue reading A Few Words About Caffrey’s Tavern

Caneda’s White Rooster: An Interview with Patricia Caneda

  Q: Do you think Toms River is ready for this? A: I think Toms River needs this. It was only a few years ago that Caneda's "An Empanada Experience" snuck up on us on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River and gave the gastronomically-curious a small sampling of Cuban cuisine in empanada form. But owner … Continue reading Caneda’s White Rooster: An Interview with Patricia Caneda