Another successful trip to Mr. Bruno’s in Lyndhurst after New York Comic Con 2014 with Chas and the gang!
10:00 pm • 19 October 2014 • 31 notes
TJ’s Pizza, Main Street in Asbury Park, NJ
Over the weekend I drove down to Asbury Park with fellow reviewer Katie C and John “Pickle” Tappen to see Lifetime play The Stone Pony! Being a bunch of pizza fiends, we decided to check out one of the local pizzerias as none of us had ever checked out the Asbury za scene on past trips. We did a quick Google search and found a couple highly rated spots. However, it took us stopping at three different places before we ended up getting any slices. First we went to Porta Pizzeria literally down the street from The Stone Pony, but they only serve full pies and had a wait time of more than an hour. No thank you. After that, we headed to an interesting sounding place called Crust & Crumble, but this time we couldn’t find it even though we were using a GPS. Annoyed, we headed for a third spot, TJ’s, and actually found some slices to refuel our stomachs. TJ’s had some high ratings online, so I was pretty excited!
The first thing that weirded me out about TJ’s was the fact that while they had single slices, only a sicilian pie was out at the counter. The rest were in a stack of pizza tray holders that you wouldn’t notice if you had never been there before. Why, I don’t know, because I had no idea they had buffalo chicken until I heard someone else ask and buffalo chicken is OBVIOUSLY something I want to try. Anyway, I ended up getting one of those and a pepperoni, Katie got a plain and a sausage, and Pickle got a pepperoni and a sicilian. I also bought a DRINK (which I never do) because they had Arizona Blueberry White Tea which is my fave Arizona drink.
Anyway, we were all pretty underwhelmed by this pizzeria. First off, they really skimped on the toppings. Look at Katie’s sausage slice, it has like two tiny pieces on it! She said it was great sausage, but what a tease. Both of my slices were the same, as I took a number of bites that had no topping in them which is total BS. I also was not crazy about the sauce. My pepperoni slice had a nasty sauce spot that looked like paste that I avoided like the plague. The crust also was nothing special, while the cheese was pretty good. Pickle noted that the distribution of cheese and sauce was really whack though, as there were some bites where he got one but not the other. LAME. At least it was cheap, with all of our meals averaging $6. I was expecting much better from a shore spot as notable as Asbury Park, but luckily the Lifetime concert and Wawa trip that followed later on in the nite made up for the forgettable pizza and made the trip totally awesome. I’d love to trip Porta one day, so hopefully I come thru on an off day next time! Now go listen to Bruce Springsteen.
11:00 pm • 18 October 2014 • 15 notes
Frank’s Pizza - Warwick, NY
I’ve been here before but on this trip back I decided to try something new, the meat lover! Pepperoni, sausage, and ham. Delish!
11:00 pm • 17 October 2014 • 31 notes
Bravo Pizza - Oakland Ave in Warwick, NY
I met up with Katie C the other day near Warwick to celebrate my birthday and we ended up stopping in town to grab some dinner. I usually hit up Frank’s Pizza when I’m in the Warwick area, but we decided to sample another spot before going back. Bravo Pizza is a stone’s throw down the road so we figured why not? However, once I stepped through the door I was already not excited. The variety was extremely weak with only plain, pepperoni, sicilian, and veggie slices out on the counter. I decided to snag the last ‘roni they had and Katie grabbed a plain. They were both grossly overpriced though. I paid $3.50 for my slice and Katie paid probably $3 for hers! For that price you’re expecting some pretty dynamite slices, but Bravo blew it.
While neither of our slices were terrible, they felt like a lot of wasted potential. The cheese was very runny and gave the slices a slimy taste. The crust was chalky and had a funny aftertaste. Not what I’m expecting when I’m past the $3 mark. The slices were a little larger than your average pie (maybe 20”?) and the pepperoni itself was great (once again not cooked until it was reheated!), but it was hardly worth it for the cost. For a New York pizzeria, Bravo should be ashamed. Do yourself a favor and go up the street to Frank’s for pizza that tastes better for less money.
10:00 pm • 15 October 2014 • 23 notes
In all my years of reblogging shit, this has got to be the best picture to grace the page of tumblr. I don’t know why but this picture makes me very emotional.
It’s everything I ever wanted for that little table.
Pizza over everything.
(Source: thejogging, via pandaswarpaint)
6:14 pm • 14 October 2014 • 572,003 notes
Franklin Lakes Pizza and Restaurant - Franklin Ave in Franklin Lakes, NJ
After our lackluster experience at Junior’s Pizza, Paul and I decided to test our luck at Franklin Lakes Pizza, a short ~10 minute drive away. When we pulled up, we were immediately a little sketched out by the exterior. Paul thought maybe we had ended up at a different pizzeria than the one he had found online, but once we walked in we realized we had made it to where we wanted to be. We were pretty impressed with Franklin Lakes variety, offering a bunch of slices that looked pretty appetizing, including a “Chicago Deep Dish” pizza. An interesting thing I noticed was that a lot of their chicken slices had some extra garnish on top, such as diced tomatoes or whatever green stuff was on top of my buffalo chicken slice (celery maybe? Can’t be sure.). Anyway, I went for the aforementioned buffalo and Paul went for a grandma, which we both ended up paying a pretty standard $3 for.
While still nothing incredible, Paul and I both preferred Franklin Lakes Pizza over Junior’s. The buffalo slice was the kind where the chicken itself is spicy and they don’t put any bleu cheese or hot sauce on the actual pizza. Not my preference, but pretty good for what it was. Like I said, I don’t know what those green things were, but I didn’t even notice them while I was eating, so it was no big gain or loss. Paul said the grandma was pretty good as well. It was big for a grandma slice, which ended up being both a good and bad thing. For instance, the sauce was good but became overwhelming because of how much they heaped on. Proportional for the slice, but not for the palette. It was nice and fluffy though and sprinkled with parmesan cheese (one of Paul’s favorite touches), so it was definitely a worthwhile choice.
(Thank god their pizza didn’t look as bad as the pictures)
Though Franklin Lakes Pizza was definitely the better of the two pizzerias on this journey north, it’s pretty clear that the pizza just gets more and more mediocre the further you stray off the beaten path. Paul and I talked about how this pizzeria definitely had that “local hangout” vibe and we could see kids going here to grab a slice after school all the time. It’s definitely an awesome place if you’ve grown up going there, but without any nostalgia factor it just didn’t wow me. Also, if these two pizzerias are any indication, it seems pizzerias in this area have a wider variety of menu options besides pizza. Is it to combat their so-so pizza? Who knows. All I do know is that I won’t be gunning to go back because there is plenty of better pizza closer to my house. Don’t blame us if you end up trying it and are disappointed!
10:00 pm • 8 October 2014 • 13 notes
A chicken quesadilla slice from Vinny & Son in Lake Hopatcong that actually looks like a chicken quesadilla! Delicious!!
10:00 pm • 7 October 2014 • 51 notes
If this looks good to you, please unfollow us.
10:00 pm • 6 October 2014 • 30 notes
Junior’s Pizza & Subs - Ramapo Valley Road in Oakland, NJ
Paul and I met up for a pizza conference the other day and decided to check out some spots up 287 North in the Franklin Lakes area, a part of NJ we had yet to really explore. Our first stop was Junior’s right off of Route 202 in Oakland. They had a pretty generous selection, but a lot of their slices looked kind of wacky. The buffalo chicken as well as the chicken bacon ranch both had tomato sauce on them, which we all know is a big no-no. They did have another chicken bacon ranch slice without sauce, but it had cut up raw onions on it which also didn’t seem to jive, so I just stuck with the tried-and-true pepperoni. Big up for putting the pepperoni on after the pie was cooked, because that is the way to GO. Paul ordered what was advertised as a penne vodka slice but found out once he bit into it that they had actually given him a baked ziti slice. Once again, weak. I owed Paul a slice so I paid for both and it totaled $5.30 which for two slices isn’t too bad.
Number one thing I noticed about this pizza is that it was very light. Both slices had a good amount of toppings on them, but we both felt hungrier than we expected after we had finished. Being hungry after a pepperoni doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but pasta slices are usually heeeavy. I didn’t dislike anything about my slice, but I also didn’t particularly love anything, except maybe the crust. The sauce and cheese blended well and the pepperoni added a nice touch, but I still wasn’t sold on making a return trip, which Paul agreed with. I mean he didn’t even get what he ordered! They do advertise that they specialize in fat sandwiches, so maybe those taste better than their pizza. Also, they are open until 2 in the morning on Fridays and Saturdays, so if nothing else I would recommend this spot to satisfy those late nite pizza cravings. Otherwise, don’t go out of your way to check it out, it’s nothing special.
10:00 pm • 5 October 2014 • 19 notes