El Senior Frog Manhawkin NJ
I eat there about two to three times a week for lunch. I LOVE the place. I have tried about almost all of the menu and my "fave" varies. I've been away from my internet connection for about a month so haven't been able to post.
The owner/chef is great! He loves what he does and prides himself on freshness and cooking. He does,as newfie says generously offer samples of his carnitas, totally YUM.
It is not listed on the menu, but his "Cubano" sandwich, is awesome. We call it the breakfast/lunch/dinner sandwich, it's huge and will last ya that long.
They usually serve 2 salsas both homemade and one is often a cooked one.
If you like heat, don't be afraid to ask, he will definately rev it up for ya.
The one photo is fratita and the other is his shrimp empana, excellent. He is fully willing to do requests that are not on the menu, if he has the ingredients. The waitstaff is excellent and will explain any dish to you cheerfully. The decor is quite minimalistic.
And if you see cake in the front display definately get a slice of that!!!!!!
Just came back from El Senor Frog - this time I expanded my horizons based on Quine's post and am I glad I did! The shrimp empanada is heavenly, and unlike any empanada I've had previously - first of all, it's huge - takes up half the plate (as in the picture in Quine's post), and is encased in a surprisingly light and delicate dough - the remoulade sauce served with it perfectly enhances the grilled shrimp/tomato filling - it's divine. I also tried the Cubano with breaded steak and ham - OMG it's the biggest sandwich I've ever seen and it too is excellent. I'm thinking leftovers tomorrow morning.... I hope this place makes it - it's a much needed addition to the Southern Ocean County dining scene.
Went there Friday evening for takeout - the interior is a bit harsh in terms of seating and lighting, so I prefer to get the food to go. The owner is a really nice man, and extremely enthusiastic - when I asked him about the different pork fillings available, he ran into the kitchen and got us a plate of pork he'd been braising for six hours - "just taste it, and I'll wrap the rest up for you to take home and enjoy." It was fall off the bone/melt in your mouth good.
We had an assortment of tacos, huaraches (my fave), quesadillas, and tortas - he sent us home with two sauces - one was a vibrant green cilantro sauce, and the other a picante that knocked our socks off. The prices are reasonable - the tacos come three to an order for $7.00.
Enjoy and report back after your trek!