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Salsarita's in Old Bridge?

Angelina Apr 19, 2007 08:46 AM

I just went through one of those numerous coupon catalogs we get in the mail, and I saw the ad for this place. It is going to be at that new strip mall on Rt. 9 in Old Bridge.

Has anyone eaten at one of these places? The menu looks nice, especially the part with the Margarita's. ha ha :)

http://www.salsaritas.com/

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    Mark Leeper Jun 19, 2007 05:44 PM

    I tried it and did not like it very much at all. The acoustics are terrible which would not be a problem except that each server down the line has to ask you what you ordered. The portions were small for the price ($2.80 for a small taco). The food was not very authentic.

    My suggestion is to go two or three miles further down Route 9 to the Old Bridge Shop-Rite shopping center. There they have the very authentic Noa Noa Mexican Restaurant. The crowd is mostly Mexican day laborers from what I have seen. The music (or the TV) are in Spanish. But the food is reasonably priced and it is the real deal..

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    1. re: Mark Leeper
      Angelina Jun 20, 2007 07:15 AM

      I know it is not authentic Mexican, more Cal-Mexican. For a chain, I think it was o.k.

      Naturally, I prefer El Meson in Freehold, but instead of Taco Bell, I think this place is alright.

      1. re: Mark Leeper
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        RGR Jun 20, 2007 11:15 AM

        Hey, Mark,

        While I no longer shop in that Shop-Rite (I did years ago), I pass it all the time, have noticed that Mexican restaurant, and have wondered how good it might be. Even though, like Angelina, I'm a fan of El Meson, I'm always on the lookout for another excellent Mexican option. So, can you tell us a little more about the authentic food you've had at Noa Noa?

        1. re: RGR
          m
          Mark Leeper Feb 5, 2008 05:31 PM

          I used to live in California and this is not like the Cal-Mexican I had there.

          Their menu is at
          <http://www.allmenus.com/menus/32887/N...>

          I visited today. They have remodeled and the prices are up quite a bit. Before they were cheap, now they are moderate.

          1. re: Mark Leeper
            r
            RGR Feb 5, 2008 07:36 PM

            Which dishes do you particularly recommend?

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              m
              Mark Leeper Mar 7, 2008 04:46 PM

              I have ordered off the current menu only once. I liked one of the big combination plates. They are distinctly different from what you get in most Mexican restaurants here for the big platters. But I would say just order something you don't recognize.

              1. re: RGR
                Passadumkeg Mar 8, 2008 03:14 AM

                RGR, the prices have jumped! I'm used to 5 tacos for less than 5 bucks. This is a good Oxacan menu, good portions, not US/TexMex/SoCal etc. When we used to teach in New Mexico we used to camp around Mexico in the summer and this is the food of the south. Hard for me to find up north in Maine! I have had and Iike the chile rellanos, castillas en salsa verde and the charasco. Surprised no menudo.
                Provecho!
                It's not far from my mom' s and we pop in here or for a cheaper, but different meal at the small cafe on Main St. in South River. I think it is called Tapatio's. My mom prefers Noa Noa because it is "fancier"; she's got style. For 92, she is an amazing chow hound! We take her, she eats it and loves it, no matter the cuisine, just as long as it is not a long drive. She is returning from Las Vegas in 2 weeks and we'll be down for Russian Easter to chow down and resupply!

                1. re: Passadumkeg
                  r
                  RGR Mar 8, 2008 12:25 PM

                  Thanks, Mark and Passadumkeg, for that additional input on Noa Noa.

                  My husband is must more adventurous than I am, so maybe he'll order something less familiar and I can try it. Looking at the menu, I see they have one of my favorites: Camarones al Mojo de Ajo. I order it a lot at El Meson, so I can look forward to doing a comparison.

                  Pass, If I'm lucky enough to reach your mom's age, I hope I'll be just like her, i.e., a chowhound with style! :-))

                  1. re: RGR
                    Passadumkeg Mar 8, 2008 12:57 PM

                    If you eat the Camarones, it is so garlicky your husband won' be able to get close to you, share w/ him, your choice. The churasco is mild.
                    Mom's a Rutgers alumna, I call her my favorite nappy headed ...
                    Boy, I never appreciated the wealth of Jersey food until I moved to New England. I think Yankees are lacking taste buds. But I'm a lucky man, my purebred Yankee wife is a chow hound too. I can take her to dives in N Bruns. or "Pert" and she loves 'em. NJ is like going overseas for her. She will even eat kishka!
                    Mark too
                    Mom is a Russian immigrant coal miner's daughter from Pa. Pop was born on Whitehead Ave. in SR., Russian too. I believe all the kapusta and kolbasi I was forced to eat as a kid made me the chow hound I am today!

                    1. re: Passadumkeg
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                      RGR Mar 8, 2008 02:26 PM

                      I can't remember the last time I had kishka! Yum!

                      If you're interested in Russian food, there are several Russian restaurants along the Marlboro/Manalapan Route 9 corridor. I've also spotted one on Summerhill Rd., in Spotswood, but I'm not sure it's still open.

                      1. re: RGR
                        Passadumkeg Mar 8, 2008 05:10 PM

                        You know, I think it's one of those things one grows up with and is filled w/ nostalgia and Grandma/ma's cookin' is the only "authentic" and one can not replicate it in a restaurant. I bring back the ingredients from South River and cook my own. I spent a year in the old Soviet Union and the food, of course, unless home cooked, was terrible. I remember eating in The Russian Tea Room 35 (Yikes!) yrs. ago, with Julie Christy and Warren Beatty at the next table and only thinking "Not as Good as Grandma's". I feel thats often why there is so much Chowhound dissension, food is perceived differently based upon personal experience or inexperience. Some things are better left alone. Especially Mexican and Chinese! Even if a meal is not what I expect it should be, I remember Benny Goodman, "If it tastes good, it is good."
                        Peace, Pax, Paz, Mir, Fred, Paix

                  2. re: Passadumkeg
                    m
                    Mark Leeper Aug 3, 2008 03:45 PM

                    Update as of July, 2008. Noa Noa claims to be under new management. The same woman was waiting the table but that does not really prove anything. Their prices have come down again. I suspect they lost too many of their old customers when they hiked up the price. They no longer have a daily lunch special on the menu, but we were told orally what the special of the day was. I will probably start frequenting them again. I believe the current menu is at:

                    http://www.allmenus.com/menus/32887/N...

                    1. re: Mark Leeper
                      r
                      RGR Aug 4, 2008 08:27 AM

                      We tried Noa Noa twice. The first time, we shared a combination platter which, while not rave-worthy, was tasty enough for us to consider going back. Second time, very disappointing. My shrimp in garlic sauce was totally bland with not a hint of garlic flavor. I can't remember what my husband had, but he wasn't thrilled either. We will not be returning to Noa Noa.

                      1. re: Mark Leeper
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                        Mark Leeper Apr 11, 2009 05:58 PM

                        Noa Noa has gone under.

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                          eleeper Nov 19, 2009 11:13 AM

                          Update: When we passed Noa Noa (Old Bridge) yesterday it had a big "Grand Re-Opening" sign in the window. So we pulled into the lot to read it better, and it said the grand re-opening was October 31, 2009, at midnight! A look in the window told us that this probably didn't happen, since it looked like it was still being redecorated (tables removed, etc.). On the plus side, it does look like it's being redecorated. :-(

            2. Angelina Jun 5, 2007 08:44 AM

              I went last night for the first time. I had no idea it happened to be the first day open!!

              I must say, for a chain it was very good. I had 3 shrimp tacos in a hard shell ($ 6.99) The shrimp were very tasty and they were not the mini canned ones either. The setup is a lot like Qdobo Grill in Short Hills. You place an order and it goes down the assembly line. (kind of like Subway.)

              My husband had a ground beef burrito. It was the large one so it was rather big! Too much rice in it for me, but you get to pick what you want in it. The chips were pretty good too. Nice and salty! Just the way I like them. A few varietys of salsas. On the dark side, no margarita's! :-( Only the ones with no alcohol.

              Overall, the place was very good. Attentive young staff members, and many managers, I guess since it was day 1. We were very please and I would go back again for the shrimp tacos!!

              1. r
                RGR Apr 26, 2007 11:13 AM

                A couple of days ago, my husband and I decided to take the very short ride over to the new shopping complex to see what was going on. Turns out, nothing is open yet. Though a few stores looked as though they were gearing up to open fairly soon, others are still under construction, and some still have plywood covering them with no hint of what's going to be inside. Didn't see any sign indicating where Salsarita's will be located.

                1. rockhopper Apr 26, 2007 07:51 AM

                  It is a chain. There is one in Haddonfield.
                  Better than Taco Bell.
                  Not a destination for this cuisine. If there is nothing else around try it.

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                    RGR Apr 19, 2007 09:02 AM

                    Hey, Angelina, I clicked on the website, and it's still under construction. But from the headings, one of which is "Locations," it looks as though Salsarita's may be a chain. :-( As yet, I haven't seen anything in the ad mailers I've received. Did your ad include menu listings?

                    Btw, I'm not sure I'd describe that new comples as a strip mall; rather, I think it's a shopping center patterned after The Grove, in Shrewsbury.

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                    1. re: RGR
                      Angelina Apr 19, 2007 10:03 AM

                      Hi RGR! Try to click on my link again, the web page worked for me. I just tried it again. It is a chain, from what I read on their website.

                      I go the coupon in one of those "Clipper" magazines. The black and white ink one. I got it in Tuesday's mail.

                      You are correct, it will be a shopping center. whooo hoooo...more shopping!! :)

                      What are they building at Freehold mall? I know an open air shoppoing area, and I heard P.F. Changs, but what about across from JC Penny/Lord and Taylor? They are grading the lot it looks like. Maybe the Cheescake Factory rumor is true after all!

                      1. re: Angelina
                        r
                        RGR Apr 19, 2007 11:10 AM

                        Tried it again and still no dice. No big deal, really. I did a little Googling and read some reports and opinions about it. I'll put it this way: I'm sticking with El Meson!

                        I haven't been to the Raceway Mall in months, and I have no clue as to what's being built there. Neither P.F. Chang's nor Cheesecake Factory interests me.

                        1. re: RGR
                          bgut1 Apr 19, 2007 11:51 AM

                          PF Changs and Cheesecake factory coming to Freehold Mall is not a rumour. From what I recently read in the newspaper, both are intended tenants with PF Changs having entered into a lease agreement from what I recall.

                          1. re: bgut1
                            Barbarella Apr 19, 2007 12:47 PM

                            Yahoo

                            I love Changs

                            1. re: bgut1
                              karins Apr 19, 2007 12:57 PM

                              I went to the Cheesecake Factory's website and to stores coming soon and it's not listed.

                              1. re: karins
                                bgut1 Apr 19, 2007 07:41 PM

                                karins - If I recall, the owners of the Mall announced in the article that CCF is a prospective or intended tenant but pointed out that they have yet to sign a lease. I wouldn't read much into the website omission. In the past I have been able to glean more info from their public filings anyway.

                        2. re: RGR
                          tuxedo Apr 20, 2007 11:56 AM

                          got to the web page - but nothing worked!

                          1. re: tuxedo
                            r
                            RGR Apr 20, 2007 12:32 PM

                            Aha! I just tried it again and discovered the trick to getting it to work. You need to wait until it loads and the music comes on.

                            1. re: RGR
                              tuxedo Apr 20, 2007 12:53 PM

                              worked!!! thanks rgr

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