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Jul 15, 2007 03:21 PM

Are they still good--the Ruby Palace (Holmdel Area) & Americana Diner (Eatontown)

These used to be two of my favorite hang-outs in high school, one for Chinese food (off of Rt.35) the other a diner near the Monmouth Mall. I've recently moved back in the area and while I realize they aren't exactly traditional/fancy food, I was wondering if they were (still) pretty good?

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  1. My husband and I go to the Americana Diner at least three to four times a week. We do breakfast twice and then dinner usually two nights. Their French Toast and pancakes are very good. Dinners and sandwiches are good at night.

    1. I was just wondering if you are talking about the late 70s.

      For a few years at least in the late 70s Ruby Palace had an excellent chinese chef. I studied with a chinese kung fu teacher and we had all our meals and banquets there. I have no idea how long he stayed as I left for college in the summer of 79.

      These days the hot ticket is Westlake on Rt. 34 in Matawan. You can get anything we could get back in the day at Ruby Palace there and also some of the best fresh seafood dishes.

      Also, as an added bonus if you like thai food, right next door to Westlake is a very good place called Cafe de Thai. My wife and I had dinner there tonight and enjoyed it very much. I read good things about the other half of their menu (french food) too.

      5 Replies
      1. re: seal

        Do they have ratatouille? My daughter and I just saw the movie and wants to try it. Now we know how old you really are! :)

        1. re: wench31

          I was born in 1974. So I am thinking of a more recent incarnation of the Ruby Palace on Rt. 35, like in the late '80s. Thanks for the tips on the Americana, though, always nice to know that a diner stays the same!

        2. re: seal

          seal, I was hoping to take a friend to Cafe de Thai tomorrow for her birthday. I tried locating a site that provides menu/hours of luck.

          Could you make a few menu recommendations for a first timer and do you happen to know their hours of op. TIA.

          1. re: HillJ

            To answer wench31, yes they do have ratatouille on the menu but I have not tried it.

            For HillJ, I have a take out menu right here, but I am sorry to tell you that it says they are closed Tuesdays. Other than that, lunch is 11:30-3 and dinner 5-9.

            So far I have only had the thai food, and my favorites are the drunken noodles (not suggested for the spicy-intolerant) and their homemade "thai slaw" which is really green papaya salad with cabage replacing the papaya.

            I've liked the green and red curries and the grilled beef I got also, but thought that the pad khing (ginger sauce) was better elsewhere.

            One of these days I will try the french food and one of their desserts.

            1. re: seal

              seal, thank you for the fast, helpful first-hand rec's and info re: Tues. We have some flexibility on which night to celebrate in order to give Cafe de Thai a try. So we'll plan accordingly, you've confirmed our interest.