Just Good Food Rt 9 North Manalapan NJ
- shabbystorm Mar 29, 2009 03:05 PM
A New Restaurant/Take Out Food Place called Just Good Food seems to be opening soon - new big sign. It is in the strip mall with Mixed Greens and Panda House. If anyone sees it open or gives it a try let us know just how good.
Located in the space formerly occupied by Video Home Center (next to Bagel World). It's Wraps, sandwiches, chicken, salads, Middle Eastern fare & more - kosher (meat). Their 'soft' opening is today with a limited pre-Passover menu. Counter service with tables available. Post Passover menu will have more variety. BTW they also have WIFI access and you'll be able to order online or via your BlackBerry...
I don't give easy praise. I'm not a fan of most glatt kosher places or dairy likewise: we are a captive audience and mostly it's just....ok, acceptable, sometimes merely, passable.
So let me say this about Just Good Food: I'm about to drive 8 miles to get a corned beef hoagie from them. It is_ that_ good. Their food is quite good, some exeptional
They opened today......
The hamburger was so much better than even I hoped for.
The staff was freindly, helpful and attentive.
A True Glatt place to eat!!
Enjoyed Chicken Shawarma, Chicken Shawarma Stuffed Puffed Pastry, and Drumettes.
Great, kind, and helpful people work here!
This is Good Kosher Food!
Random Side Note: They have their updated menu available
Googling, I can't find a website. :-( It's less than five minutes from our house. I pass that strip mall regularly, so I guess I'll stop in and look at the menu.
There is no website printed on the menu.
Have a few minutes..Here is the menu - prices vary for lunch dinner, pita, plate, side order etc....
Soup of the day
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Portabella Mushroom Burger
Pepper Veggie Burger
Lots of toppings to choose from...
Steak in WIne Sauce
Fresh Homemade Challah...
Sweet Potato Fries
Rice White or Yellow
Rice and Beans
They Cater and Deliver Too - LOL - Hope this helps
I stopped off yesterday around 6:30 p.m. to check this place out. As I was walking from my car, a teenaged young man, who was standing in the parking lot, handed me a take-menu. Smart idea to station him there with these handouts since there is a major bus stop in front of this strip, and riders have to cross this parking lot in order to get to the commuter lot.
The menu does not emphasize that Just Good Food is kosher. The only indication is the Hebrew on the back which says, "Glatt kosher." When I went inside, a woman speaking to the young man behind the counter was saying she was surprised they were playing down the kosher aspect. The young man and a very friendly man who came out of the kitchen and who I presumed was the owner (both very pleasant) replied that the goal was to attract a wide clientele, to have people judge the food strictly on its merits and not get hung up on or turned off by the fact that it is kosher. I have to say I see their point. If the food is excellent, it should not matter whether or not it's kosher -- except, of course, to those who are observant.
The interior space is nothing fancy-schmancy. There are a few tables for eating in + the counter for placing orders.
I asked about a website. The owner said he's just putting the finishing touches on it and will have it up and running very soon.
I usually go to Mixed Greens, which has gotten sooo much better than it was before( new owners, i think) but decided to give JGF a try. I ordered the chicken Shwarma lunch special. It tasted good but the portion was very weak. Not much meat, not much veggies mostly bread. Maybe on the lunch special it's a smaller portion but still weak for 8 bucks!
I got a menu tonight, too. Unfortunately, that's all I got. They were closing early (6 pm) and were serving family and friends only after that. Couldn't have eaten there anyway because it was cash only (not sure if this is the case all the time) and I had left my wallet at home. Ended up eating wings at Carlos.
Anyway, menu looks really promising. Sandwiches are $9-10 and platters are $10-15, not really what I would consider expensive, not for good barbecue, anyway. Think about it.. go to any chain (not fast food) and you'll pay similar prices for a sandwich or a platter.
I'll post a few menu examples later. They open again on Friday. I most likely can't go then but definitely this weekend.