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MarlboroMan Nov 29, 2010 06:13 PM

Thought I'd give this place its own thread.

This is where "Just Good Food" used to be. Mo' Greens is owned by the same people who run "Mixed Greens" - which is a salad place in the same strip mall.

Ate there tonight with my daughter and in-laws.

I love good BBQ but it is hard to find in this area. This is not good.. it is GREAT. It far exceeded my expectations!

Father in law had 1/2 barbecued chicken. This is not your usual piece of chicken coated with gloppy sauce.. in fact, there was no sauce on it.. didn't need it.. it was dark from being smoked 13 hours, great flavor, tender and moist. Sauce could be added from containers on the table.. regular BBQ sauce (sweet), and a mustardy BBQ sauce. (All sauces are homemade).

MIL and daughter split Yuengling beer battered shrimp. My 20 month daughter loved the shrimp. She tends to be a picky eater like most kids her age but ate really well tonight.

I had a hard time making up my mind, but had the pulled pork platter. A generous mound of pulled pork.. crispy, yet tender. Served dry with no sauce. Came with 3 sides.. I had the confetti slaw. Usually I only like sweet cole slaw.. this was sweet enough, with a hint of vinegar. I also had crinkle cut sweet potato fries.. these were excellent as well.. crispy on the outside, but also moist on the inside. Loved the fried mac n cheese, too. Corn bread is dense, but in a good way. Lightly but not overly sweet.

I asked if they could sell me a rib so I could try them.. they gave me two - no charge! Again, served "dry" with no sauce. Tender, excellent flavor, large ribs with a pronounced smoky flavor. Washed it all down with sweet tea, brewed in house. Sweet tea was the only thing that needs work.. not quite sweet enough.

Dessert was 6 mini fried candy bars. Milky Way, I think. 6 about the size of ping pong balls, maybe a little smaller. Fantastic! They also have home baked pies, like pecan and cherry.

Forgot to mention, I also had an order of 6 wings ($5), with the mild smoky dry rub. Yes, these were great as well. I took a lot of food home. :)

They offer free local delivery and are open 7 days a week. No website yet, though they're working on one. They do have a Facebook page (Mo' Greens Roast House BBQ). They take cash and credit cards.

I am in no way affiliated with this restaurant, just a happy customer who will be returning really soon!

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    MichelleM131 RE: MarlboroMan Nov 30, 2010 01:29 AM

    Nice review, Marlboro Man, we know you're legit! Where in Manalapan is this place to be found?

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      tom246 RE: MichelleM131 Nov 30, 2010 02:03 AM

      Thanks Marlboro Man, great report. Can't wait to get back home and give this place a good workout :)

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        JessKidden RE: MichelleM131 Nov 30, 2010 03:28 AM

        "Where in Manalapan is this place to be found?"

        "This is where "Just Good Food" used to be." (Don'tcha just hate "directions" like that?)

        Looks like it's on Rt. 9 North, that small strip mall with all the bus stop shelters in front of it, between the Spirits Unlimited liquor store and the Lukoil gas station & Wawa (based on the website of Mixed Greens http://www.mixedgreensandgrill.com/ which gives the address as 356 Rt. 9 North).

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        Gold RE: MarlboroMan Nov 30, 2010 04:22 AM

        Nice review- Can i assume this place is much better than that othr BBQ place on RT 9 in Marlboro which is pretty bad?

        1. tommy RE: MarlboroMan Nov 30, 2010 05:02 AM

          13 hours for a chicken is quite a lot of time. I have a hard time believe that.

          At least they're using wood.

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            MarlboroMan RE: tommy Nov 30, 2010 05:39 AM

            Maybe I'm getting the chicken confused with the ribs. I know SOMETHING was smoked 13 hours.

            After dinner, i was raving to a couple of people outside who were perusing a menu. One guy asked if it was anything like "that other BBQ place up the road?" I said I'd never eaten there, as the reviews were mixed and leaning towards poor. "That place is HORRIBLE," he replied.

            I talked with one of the owners quite a bit.. he said they checked out all the local "competition" before opening.(BBQ Steakout, Otis BBQ in Englishtown.. not sure if there's any others).

            The ribs I had last night blew away the ribs I had at Otis'. No comparison on the chicken, either.

            Roast House also has beef brisket on the menu, though they were out of it last night.

            Here's a run down of the menu: (Please keep in mind all prices include tax!)

            Sandwiches are called "Grips". All come with choice of 1 side. There are 9 choices.. some examples are:

            Thigh and Mighty - Boneless BBQ Chicken Thighs, Crunch Onions, Confetti Slaw on Soft roll - $9

            Pistol Whip - Grilled pastrami, Pickled Red Onion, Brown Mustard, Shmear of Russian Dressing on Onion Hero - $9

            Brisket King - Low and Slow Smoked Beef Brisket, Caramelized Onions on Hearthy White Bread - $10

            BBQ Pulled Pork - Carolina Style Dry Rubbed, Confetti slaw on soft roll - $9

            Shrimp Po' Boy - Beer battered shrimp, tomato, shredded lettuce, avocado, Bayou Dressing - $10

            Hot Plates

            Quantity of meat is the same.. small plates come with 1 side and corn bread, large plates come with 3 sides and corn bread. Examples:

            Pulled Pork BBQ - Long Smoked, Hand Pulled with choice of BBQ sauce $9, $12

            St. Louis Ribs - Dry Rubbed and Slow Smoked BBQ Goodness. 3 Ribs - $10, $14
            6 ribs - $15, $19

            Smoked Beef Brisket - The real deal, smoked for hours and hours - $10, $13

            BBQ 1/2 chicken - Marinated and smoked, grill kissed $10, $13

            Boneless BBQ Chicken Thighs - Dry Rubbed and grilled, lightly sauced, no bones about it. Delicious. $10, $13

            Buy The Pound

            Pulled Pork 1/2 lb. $6 1 lb. $11
            Ribs 1/2 slab $12, full slab $22
            Beef Brisket 1/2 lb. $10, 1 lb. $18
            BBQ Chicken 1/2 bird $7, full bird $13

            Sides - Small order $3, large order $5

            Mashed potatoes
            Steak Fries
            Golden Rice
            Potato Salad
            Confetti Slaw
            Baked Beans
            Buttered Noodles
            Fried Pickles
            Braised Red Cabbage
            House Garden Salad
            Seasonal Vegetables
            Fried Mac & Cheese
            Sweet Potato Fries
            House Made Potato Chips

            Desserts

            Home Baked Chocolate Bread Pudding - $5
            Fried Mini Candy Bars 6 for $3
            Assorted Home Baked Pies - $3
            Chocolate Chunk Cookies - 3 for $2

            They also have daily specials that are not on the printed menu. Last night I saw they had steak chili.

            Enjoy!

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              tommy RE: MarlboroMan Nov 30, 2010 05:49 AM

              Yeah, the only things on that menu that would take 13 hours are the pulled pork and the brisket. Looks good though. I like they they are serving fried mac & cheese. Frying it gives it a much better chance of being interesting. Too many of these places serve watery Velveeta-tasting mac & cheese.

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                MarlboroMan RE: tommy Nov 30, 2010 09:59 AM

                My wife was a little upset that I went without her, as she had been wanting to try it, too.. so, guess where I had lunch today? :)

                I was going to get the chicken thigh sandwich, but the counter guy talked me into the burger. Said it was the best burger, really juicy, etc.

                It lived up to his hype. Cooked medium rare, the burger was oozing juice. Great taste, very moist.. came on a nice roll that had some character. I opted for cheddar cheese and crispy bacon (bacon is not one of the options, but they happened to have it on hand). Lettuce and tomato finished it off.

                Wife had the beef brisket. The last time I had brisket (at Jersey Shore BBQ), I thought it was good. I was wrong, then. This stuff blew it away. Tender, moist, smokey.. with just enough fat (but never any gristle). Freaking fantastic.

                Sweet tea was much better today. Also, I had the braised red cabbage as a side. LOVED it.. kinda hard to describe, though. Daughter ate really well again. Wife said "new favorite restaurant."

                OK, someone else's turn now. :)

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                Jersey Shore BBQ
                811 Belmar Plaza, Belmar, NJ 07719

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            gwh912 RE: MarlboroMan Nov 30, 2010 06:42 PM

            Have to agree with MarlboroMan. This is a welcome addition to the area. I had the brisket sandwich with some fried macaroni and cheese (sorry, couldn't help myself....). The brisket was perfectly balanced ; not dripping in sauce, but tender, smoked and just fantastic. My only issue was the bread was thin and may not have been the best vehicle for the brisket as it did get soggy and hard to eat. That all aside, the flavor was out of this world good.

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              taste test RE: MarlboroMan Dec 4, 2010 10:36 AM

              I tried this place yesterday and thought it was great. I wish the service and ambiance were better but the bbq is worth it. I'm a carnivore and I'm usually disappointed with bbq places due to heavy sugary gloppy sauces. I ordered take out by the pound- ribs, brisket and pulled pork. I ate the ribs and brisket as is and dipped the pulled pork in a little side of bbq sauce because it was a bit dry. The flavor and texture of the meat was wonderful....I'll definitely go back. I try to stay on a low carb-ish diet so no deep fried mac and cheese or candy bars for me which required a painful amount of self control.

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                tom246 RE: MarlboroMan Dec 4, 2010 04:05 PM

                Stopped here mid afternoon for an early dinner. Overall was very good. Had the pulled pork platter with 3 sides and corn bread.
                The pork was crispy but still moist and tender. Excellent flavor on its own, I added some vinegary BBQ sauce, one of three on the table. Nice sized portion for 12 bucks. Sides were baked beans which combined various beans and a good deal of bacon mixed in and the confetti slaw, both had very good flavor. Only let down for me was the fried mac and cheese which was surprisingly bland and had a taste of old oil.
                Wedge of corn bread had nice flavor and helped sop up that delicious pulled pork.

                You come here for the food, the place is neat but lacking in ambiance as mentioned in a previous post. Nice value as the pulled pork platter, three sides, corn bread and a soft drink was $13.00 with the tax included.

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                  Tchip RE: MarlboroMan Dec 12, 2010 02:03 PM

                  Just picked up a menu for this place and they are way overpriced.
                  $14 for 3 ribs and a side & $13 for a roasted chicken is crazy for a take out place.
                  Prices like that and this place won't last long.

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                    tommy RE: Tchip Dec 12, 2010 03:24 PM

                    $14 for 3 ribs and a side? I find that a very, very, hard to believe.

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                      fourunder RE: tommy Dec 12, 2010 03:31 PM

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7502...

                      It's actually $14 for 3 ribs and 3 sides (Large

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                      3 Ribs and 1 side is $10 (Small)......both come with cornbread.

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                        taste test RE: fourunder Dec 12, 2010 03:58 PM

                        We went again yesterday and had two small plates...I had the brisket and braised red cabbage, my husband had the pork and house made chips. They were out of ribs. I think the food is terrific and a good value. The portions were generous enough. We also took home a pound each of brisket and pork.

                        The owner came out to chat with people and ask if everyone enjoyed their meal. My favorite places are run by individuals who take pride in their food.

                        Only down side is the guy at the counter who just isn't fast enough to take orders and run the register. He seems like a nice kid so I hate to criticize but the situation might actually hurt business.

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                          Gold RE: taste test Dec 13, 2010 09:50 AM

                          A barbeque place running out of ribs?

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                            fourunder RE: Gold Dec 13, 2010 09:55 AM

                            That's the goal of every Barbecue Restaurant I know of.....

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                              Gold RE: fourunder Dec 13, 2010 11:53 AM

                              Thats like a burger place running out of burgers....Does not make sense. Only thing to do is try it out...and I will

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                                fourunder RE: Gold Dec 13, 2010 12:10 PM

                                If you are ever in Lockhart Texas, I suggest, unless you gather up your appetite early in the day and get to to a BBQ house before late afternoon rolls around.... or, do not expect to get what you want in any of the big 3-4 big places for either brisket or ribs where the rule is:

                                the BBQ is ready when it's done.....and we close when it's gone.

                                It's the same at Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City and Sonny Byran's in Dallas

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                                  tommy RE: Gold Dec 13, 2010 12:59 PM

                                  It's actually not like that at all.

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                                    equal_Mark RE: Gold Dec 13, 2010 01:00 PM

                                    Unlike a burger place, BBQ can not be cooked to order. It makes more business sense to smoke only as much as you can expect to sell. Any remaining BBQ at the end of the day is essentially wasted (especially ribs, brisket & chicken, pulled pork not so much).

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                                      tommy RE: equal_Mark Dec 13, 2010 01:59 PM

                                      It goes right in the beans baby!

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                              coldsolderjoint RE: tommy Dec 13, 2010 06:12 AM

                              I stopped by on Saturday for Dinner, Had the Brisket King Sandwich with House made potato chips, tried a half pound of pulled pork, and my Financee had the chicken snitzel with fried mac and cheese.

                              Everything was very good.

                              I'm usually not a fan of pork, but I have to say this pulled pork was really really good. I added just alittle of the red bbq sauce and it complimented the meat very well.

                              Also the corn bread was moist and good.

                              Price was about $30 for two people.

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                            ospreycove RE: Tchip Mar 5, 2011 09:04 AM

                            For high quality; I will pay more than for the average gloppy, no attention to detail, stuff.

                            Hey, Tchip...First post ...........Eh?

                          3. seal RE: MarlboroMan Mar 4, 2011 01:26 PM

                            Just had a nice dinner there w the family.

                            The chicken wings were really good. Buffalo wings second only to Jack's locally. Also, the chili was good too. It had a lot of meat in it, and a good mix of meat too, not just ground beef.

                            I had the brisket platter with 3 sides and there was a good amount of perfectly smoked brisket. For the sides we had fried mac n cheese (get this one - the kids loved it), fried pickles (the adults loved them) and a forgetable mashed potatoes. It also came with a good sized piece of cornbread. I thought it was a lot of food for $13. For dessert we shared some of those fried mini candy bars and the kids went nuts for them - a real treat!

                            I liked it all so much that I got some pulled pork and ribs to take home. I'll post later and let you know how they were.

                            Definately worth a trip. I know I'll be back soon.

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                              equal_Mark RE: seal Mar 4, 2011 01:37 PM

                              http://www.roasthousebbq.com/

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                                seal RE: equal_Mark Mar 5, 2011 07:14 AM

                                Thanks =M!

                                Now that I've had a chance to try the ribs and pulled pork, I like them even more. Both were not sauced, but I did get sides of Carolina Mustard-based sauce and a sweet red one. The meats were both smoked perfectly and nice and moist. I liked the yellow sauce a lot, but the red was just a small notch above the lousy one at Pom Pom. I would also give the edge to Mo's on the meat, but just by a wee bit.

                                One other big plus for us at Mo's was the wings and the sides. The wings were still good reheated for an early lunch today, and the fried mac n cheese was awesome.

                                I'm loving the fact that in a few months we've gone from no real que in the area to comparing two good choices.

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                                  equal_Mark RE: seal Mar 5, 2011 07:41 AM

                                  Are those all the sauces available? One thing I noted on the website was that several of the dishes came with "Choice of Sauce," but nowhere on the site could I find what the choices were...

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                                    seal RE: equal_Mark Mar 5, 2011 08:07 AM

                                    Both of those were on the tables and available for take out. I don't believe there were any others. We should have a taste test of the bbq from Mo's and Pom Pom one day. And just to make it interesting, you or I could smoke up some meat too and see which is the hounds' choice.

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                                    tom246 RE: seal Mar 5, 2011 08:14 AM

                                    Nice report seal, the only thing that didn't work for me was the fried mac n cheese which was past its prime when I sampled it.

                                    Was going to start my own thread but will latch onto this one.
                                    Who is up for a BBQ taste off between the best from Monmouth and Ocean counties. I was thinking a Saturday afternoon and hitting Pom Pom, followed by Mo Greens, then down to Jersey Shore BBQ and finish up at Brasas in Toms River.
                                    I am offering to do the driving, my car can comfortably fit 4 so its me and 3 others.
                                    Only catch is since I live relatively close to Pom Pom is we start there and then drop people off there when we are done.
                                    If we start at around noon, we can easily finish in a afternoon.
                                    Anyone interested. At worse by the end of the day we will be full and smiling :)

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                                      seal RE: tom246 Mar 5, 2011 08:53 AM

                                      I'm in. I'll email you to discuss details as per Chowhound policy.

                                      Back to the food. We had a fresh out of the fryer piece of mac n cheese and it was melty, gooey bliss. Same with those teeny fried candy bars.

                                      I talked with them about their fried pickles as well. There aren't many places to get those locally. Turns out they slice dills fresh, then they get their secret coating and are fried up crisp. I would've loved a thicker cut, but we did finish them and now I want more ;o)

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                                        bgut1 RE: seal Mar 6, 2011 09:13 AM

                                        Hey Guys - I'm in too.

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                                          rookietw RE: bgut1 Mar 14, 2011 08:06 AM

                                          Had dinner from this place. The xxxl sized wings were smaller than game hen wings.Ribs didnt have much flavor.The chicken not much either.The brisket was ok.Beans were also good.From reading the reviews from awhile ago this place has changed for the worse.

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                                krystinamarie RE: MarlboroMan Mar 19, 2011 04:57 PM

                                MarlboroMan- thank you so much for starting this thread! My husband and I wanted something different today, and I am so glad we stumbled on this place. I just started an account so I could comment on the food.

                                We walked in and it smelled heavenly. They said they had just pulled some ribs out of the smoker and I believe it. The people behind the counter were so friendly, and really nice. You could tell they were totally proud of the food, the guy said "I love running deliveries here on a Saturday because when I get into my car on Sunday, it still smells like BBQ." Now that's dedication :)

                                We got the beef brisket and pulled pork, plus fried mac & cheese, fried pickles, and potato chips. Everything was REALLY delicious! The smoke ring on the brisket was insane, and it was so tender. I work in the city, and everyone always raves about the brisket at Wildwood, but I actually think this was much better.

                                It's probably more of a takeout place, but inside was clean and well-lit, plus the staff was so friendly and it's also BYO. We took our food to go this time, but I'd be happy to eat in. And they deliver, all the way down to Freehold and up to Old Bridge!

                                So happy to see a good, high quality restaurant open up nearby. We're in need of more great places like this on Rt. 9!!

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                                  RGR RE: MarlboroMan Mar 20, 2011 08:48 AM

                                  We finally made it to Mo' Greens Roast House BBQ on Friday. All I can say is I'm really, really sorry it took us so long! Especially since it's less than a 5-minute drive from our house!

                                  Everything -- and I do mean *everything* -- we ordered was expertly prepared and seriously delicious! Pulled pork, ribs, fried mac & cheese, sweet potato fries, fried pickles, baked beans. When we couldn't decide between the beans and the confetti slaw as the third side on that order, they gave us some slaw on-the-house. Yum! Plus, each order came with a hunk of very moist and flavorful corn bread. We ended the meal by sharing a slice of the excellent homemade blueberry pie: crisp crust and intensely flavored filling.

                                  With regard to the St. Louis ribs, they differ in style from Pom Pom's. More meaty and dry-rubbed with no sauce though two sauces are available for application at the table.

                                  Portions are extremely generous, so we had a boatload of leftovers, which were just as tasty when I reheated them (except for the slaw, of course) for dinner last night.

                                  The space has simple decor (lots of snaps on the wall of people eating there and looking happy for good reason). There's one booth, quite a few tables, and seats at a dining counter.

                                  I couldn't figure out the Mo' Greens part of the name until I learned that the owners also own the salad place in the same strip. Cute connection!

                                  Hey, gang! Let's get the word out! We expected it to be empty at 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. Still, we need to make sure this place does a healthy business and stays open. With food this good, it would be a shame if it failed. We'll definitely be doing our part by stopping by regularly. :)

                                  Photos of Mo' Greens Roast House BBQ: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                    jsfein RE: RGR Mar 20, 2011 09:23 AM

                                    Nice review (and photos), RGR. Had some Pom Pom for dinner last night and need to get over to Mo' Greens for comparison...maybe today!!

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                                      RGR RE: jsfein Mar 20, 2011 10:02 AM

                                      Thanks for the compliments, jsfein! :) While we did like Pom Pom, Mo' Greens is so much closer to us that it will be our regular "go to" spot for bbq in this area.

                                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                    RGR RE: MarlboroMan Apr 7, 2011 09:25 PM

                                    Went back to Mo' Greens yesterday. Just as terrific as the first time.

                                    We had some repeats: St. Louis Ribs, Sweet Potato Fries, Fried Mac & Cheese, and Confetti Slaw.

                                    New for us this time: Smoked Beef Brisket and Buttered Noodles. The brisket is fabulous! Tender, moist, with just the right amount of fat, and with a wonderful smokiness. The noodles are cooked perfectly and are, indeed, buttery.

                                    The corn bread that comes with each plate remains the best we've had anywhere.

                                    For dessert this time... Can they bake a cherry pie? Yes, they can! Yes, they can! Fantastically flaky crust and a juicy, very cherry filling.

                                    If you haven't yet been to Mo'Greens, get there asap! And if you've already been, then I'm sure like us, you'll be back time and time again!

                                    Mo' Greens Roast House BBQ photos (this visit): http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                      beenzee RE: MarlboroMan Jul 11, 2011 11:14 AM

                                      reviewed by NYTimes..

                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/nyr...

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                                        yCf RE: beenzee Jul 11, 2011 11:25 AM

                                        Pretty spot on review, especially the bit about the lemonade.

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                                          equal_Mark RE: yCf Jul 11, 2011 12:17 PM

                                          On our visit the brisket was rather dry and did not pass the "plastic fork" test...

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                                            bgut1 RE: equal_Mark Jul 11, 2011 12:54 PM

                                            I agree with equal_Mark. The brisket was dry while the ribs lacked any smoke flavor. However, the sides were all stellar from the fried pickles, mac n cheese to the red cabbage. I will add that I took home a bread pudding for dessert that day and agree with Ms. Cook that it was in fact "leaden".

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                                              Tapas52 RE: bgut1 Jul 11, 2011 01:35 PM

                                              I'm already disappointed & I haven't had a chance to try it yet.. :-(
                                              when will NJ get some banging bbq?

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                                                RGR RE: bgut1 Jul 11, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                We've been to Mo' Greens 4 times, most recently for lunch a few weeks ago. It helps that it's only a less-than-five-minute drive from our house. :)

                                                We've had the brisket several times. Not once has it been anything but juicy and delicious.

                                                Brisket: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                I think the ribs are great, as is the pulled pork. (We haven't tried the chicken.)

                                                While all the sides are excellent, my favorite remains the sweet potato fries, which always come to the table sizzling hot and crispy. Best I've had anywhere.

                                                Sweet Potato Fries: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                Haven't tried the bread pudding. But the slices of blueberry and cherry pie we've had were fabulous!

                                                Blueberry Pie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                Cherry Pie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                I do agree that the lemonade could stand impovement.

                                                I've often found fault with Karla Cook's reviews. But in this case, I think she's got it exactly right when she says, "Worth it!"

                                                Congrats to the guys at Mo' Greens for garnering what amounts to a rave review!

                                                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                                  bgut1 RE: RGR Jul 11, 2011 02:17 PM

                                                  RGR - While I've always respected your opinion and therefore do not doubt your assessment, I believe all in attendance at our "crawl" (tom246, equal_mark, seal and myself) agreed that the brisket was dry and the ribs were the least favorite of the group. Maybe it was just a bad day, however the thinness of the cut of brisket (as seen in your picture) makes me think otherwise. Again, no dispute on the sides. They were all spot on and in fact the best of the day. If someone could combine the BBQ at Local Smoke with the sides of Mo Green's they would have the perfect BBQ restaurant.

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                                                    tommy RE: bgut1 Jul 11, 2011 02:25 PM

                                                    Yeah what's with the thinness of the brisket? It looks like roast beef. To my mind it should be pencil thick.

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                                                      RGR RE: bgut1 Jul 11, 2011 02:41 PM

                                                      bgut,

                                                      Of course, you and the guys who were on the crawl can only judge from what you were served. And so if you all say it was dry, then it was dry. However, my opinion is based on having had it more than just once. Thinly sliced though it may be, it was still incredibly juicy. So, I think it may be a somewhat fairer judgment as to how good it usually is.

                                                      Not having been to Local Smoke, I obviously can't make any comparisons. All I can say is that Mr. R. and I are huge fans of Mo' Greens and are thrilled to have it practically on our door step.

                                                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                            capt14k RE: MarlboroMan Aug 17, 2011 02:57 PM

                                            Had the pulled pork sandwhich and shrimp Po Boy. Pulled Pork was tough and dried out and not edible like eating leather. Shrimp Po Boy was frozen shrimp on stale bread. Sent food back owner insisted everyone loves his "pulled pork" asked him to try it and he wouldnt'. Asked him to try some "fresh" from back and still wouldnt. Doesn't say much when owner gets complaint but refuses to try food for himself. Pulled pork was replaced with ribs. Ribs were cold and also tough. It is quite obvious that they precook food here and reheat as needed even if it has been sitting around for days. Would not recommend anyone wasting their money here. Pom Pom BBQ on Rt 33 is a much better choice on most days. Food is fresh however some days it is so salty it is not edible either (can't quite figure out why). Hopefully one day we will have a good BBQ joint in area or at least an alternative to Italian, Chinese or Fast Food.

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                                              equal_Mark RE: capt14k Aug 17, 2011 06:37 PM

                                              The problem with commercial BBQ is that it can't be cooked to order. Unless there is a constant demand that allows an establishment to serve product until it runs out like many southern joints will always be an issue in NJ. I myself enjoy the babybacks, pulled pork and wings served at Memphis Pig Out in Atlantic Highlands (though their house cut fries often are lacking).

                                              JSBBQ in Belmar has veered back & forth from excellent babybacks & brisket to some inconsistency over the past year. Local Smoke in Neptune and Cookstown has offered some good meats though I've found their beans to be a bit pasty (Love the smoked poppers tho)..

                                              All in all the central NJ BBQ offerings are variable, but offer much more in the way of choices and competition as opposed to just a couple years ago...

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                                                Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Aug 17, 2011 08:15 PM

                                                I agree Mark I've about given up on any good BBQ around here....nwxt step is order online from good BBQ places down south ?

                                                http://bbq.about.com/od/restaurants/R...

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                                                RGR RE: capt14k Aug 17, 2011 10:47 PM

                                                I'm sorry that you had such a disappointing experience at Mo' Greens. We've been there numerous times, and the hot foods have always come out hot. We've had the pulled pork a couple of times, and it's been juicy with bits of cracklings mixed in. The ribs, which we've had often, have always been meaty and tender. I can't comment on the shrimp po' boy as we've never tried it.

                                                Mo' Greens photos (including the pulled pork and the ribs): http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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                                                  seal RE: RGR Aug 19, 2011 08:39 AM

                                                  We were just there and really enjoyed our meal, especially the fried mac and those teeny fried candy bars too. Also have put the dry rub wings into our permanent rotation.

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                                                    RGR RE: seal Aug 19, 2011 10:50 AM

                                                    Yup! That fried mac and cheese is really delish! You can see that splendid little square of goodness in this photo set:

                                                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                    Haven't tried the wings yet or the fried candy bars.

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                                                      equal_Mark RE: RGR Aug 19, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                      Fried Pickles!

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                                                        Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Aug 19, 2011 02:31 PM

                                                        the beans looked good......

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                                                          MarlboroMan RE: Tapas52 Mar 5, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                          Went to Mo Green's tonight for the first time in a long while. I finally decided on the half chicken, then changed my mind after I ordered and decided to get the wings. Too late.. order had already been started. I asked twice if I could add on a couple of ribs, but it went unheard, or ignored (or so I thought). Alas, when my meal came out, there were a couple of ribs on the side - on the house (and a wink from the owner!) Chicken was delicious as always. Wife had the brisket, but found a tiny piece of fat with two veins in it, and couldn't eat anymore (she's a bit squeamish), so looks like I have brisket AND chicken for lunch tomorrow! Everything was top notch, including the beans (I usually don't eat beans, but my wife ordered these for some reason, didn't like them, and I wolfed them down.. it was a mix of beans, including black beans, in a meaty sauce). Oh, and they finally changed the sweet tea to something that actually tastes like sweet tea (It was a weird off-brand before).

                                                          Oh - side note.. I could definitely taste the smoke in both the ribs AND the chicken.

                                                          Only reason we went out was because my wife failed to put away the crockpot full of pot roast I made for Sunday's dinner. I didn't think it was a good idea to eat it after it had been sitting out on the counter for 16 hours. :(

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                                                            RGR RE: MarlboroMan Mar 6, 2012 11:23 AM

                                                            We finally got around to trying the bbq'd 1/2 chicken a few weeks ago. Excellent! All the other things we've had many times before. Still terrific!

                                                            Mo' Greens photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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                                                              seal RE: RGR May 28, 2012 10:40 AM

                                                              Anyone been lately?

                                                              I called today to see if they were open and got a recording saying the number was not in service anymore.

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                                                                RGR RE: seal May 28, 2012 10:58 AM

                                                                That doesn't sound good. :(

                                                                We had lunch there in February (photo set below). We did take-out more recently; however, I didn't take photos and can't remember exactly when that was.

                                                                http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                                I'm going out in a little while, will stop by to see what's up, and will report back.

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                                                                  tommy RE: seal May 28, 2012 01:21 PM

                                                                  No mo' Greens?

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                                                                    RGR RE: tommy May 28, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                                    Well, I have no clue why the phone is not in service (I called and also got that message). I stopped by Mo' Greens and though it was closed, everything inside looked normal. There was a sign on the door saying that they'd be closed on Mondays through May. I'll stop by again tomorrow to find out what's up with the phone.

                                                                    tommy, their first place, Mixed Greens & Grill, is in the same strip. It's been there for quite a few years and is hugely successful. So, if Roast House BBQ were to close -- and I sincerely hope it doesn't -- there will still be "mo' greens." :)

                                                                    http://mixedgreensandgrill.com/

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                                                                      eleeper RE: RGR May 29, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                      If you talk to them, ask them why, if they're "Mo' Greens", the one side order that seems obvious for them to have--greens--isn't on their menu!

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                                                                        tommy RE: eleeper May 29, 2012 06:51 AM

                                                                        I haven't looked because I'm afraid to, but does Mixed Greens and Grill offer mixed greens?

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                                                                          toonik RE: tommy May 29, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                          I went into Mixed Greens earlier this month and spoke to the owner. He said that basically he was closing Mo' Greens but wasn't sure. That's why I didn't want to write a post about it in case he changed his mind.

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                                                                            HillJ RE: tommy May 29, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                            Mixed Green and Grill is a fresh salads, wraps and such joint. Of the two I'm sorry to hear Mo'Greens might have given up.

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                                                                            equal_Mark RE: eleeper May 29, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                                            green?Perhaps to owner is named Moe Green? :-)

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                                                                              chefdaddyo RE: equal_Mark May 29, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                              Morty Greenberg.

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                                                      RGR RE: MarlboroMan May 29, 2012 04:26 PM

                                                      It's official. Mo' Greens Roast House BBQ has closed. I spoke with owners Steve and Jeff this afternoon. They are attempting to sell it. I'm not holding out much hope that that will happen. But who knows?

                                                      To say I'm crushed is a severe understatement.

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                                                        Tapas52 RE: RGR May 29, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                        Thats too bad....I never got a chance to eat there but it was on my to go list....oh well..!

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                                                          tommy RE: RGR May 29, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                          Your pictures and reports (and the other reports) certainly made it sound like a winner. This is a shame.

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                                                            Tapas52 RE: RGR May 29, 2012 07:09 PM

                                                            There must be a very good reason why they closed... when you spoke to the owners what did they say?

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                                                              RGR RE: Tapas52 May 30, 2012 07:09 AM

                                                              "There must be a very good reason why they closed... "

                                                              Yes, a very good reason. Not enough business. :( :( :( They made it clear that they were reluctant to close. It lasted 15 months. They were keeping it afloat with profits from Mixed Greens, but that couldn't go on.

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                                                                MarlboroMan RE: RGR May 30, 2012 07:21 AM

                                                                Meanwhile, down Rt. 9, Applebee's is always packed. More chains open up, and will succeed. Not enough people appreciate good, quality food.

                                                                Except for us Chowhounders. :)

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                                                                  RGR RE: MarlboroMan May 30, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                  It isn't just chains. All the seriously deficient Italian and Chinese restaurants that remain open make it obvious that what most people in the Marlboro/Manalapan area prefer is mediocrity.

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                                                                    tommy RE: RGR May 30, 2012 08:24 AM

                                                                    I think you'll notice the same of most places in the country.

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                                                              cleverwon RE: RGR May 30, 2012 04:18 AM

                                                              Noooooooo!!!!!! :( That really really SUX.

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                                                                yCf RE: RGR May 30, 2012 05:55 AM

                                                                Same here. So sad that I could not get my Pulled Pork and Fried Mac N Cheese anymore...
                                                                The place seems to be doing okay (I guess)... wonder why they are closing shop.

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                                                                  equal_Mark RE: yCf May 30, 2012 11:40 AM

                                                                  Still doing OK down on the shore. NJBBQ in Belmar and Local Smoke in Neptune are still doing well, and I'm looking forward to Pit Boss BBQ in Middletown opening soon.

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                                                                    Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark May 30, 2012 02:59 PM

                                                                    How about Pom Pom BBQ on rt 33 ?...passed by Monday it looked closed .....maybe due to the holiday? Famous Dave's BBQ in Brick still packing them in also..
                                                                    IMO NJ is not BBQ country like it is down south or mid west...and that will always be the reason many try but never make it here. Also as an alternative I have eaten REAL great BBQ shipped here for a few online BBQ establishments down shout too just do a search there are many good ones..

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                                                                      RGR RE: Tapas52 May 30, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                      Jven't been to Pom Pom since just after it opened. There were a couple of recent posts indicating that the bbq has gone downhill.

                                                                      We ate at the Famous Dave's on Route 1 South, in New Brunswick, a few times after it opened several years ago. For a chain, I thought the food was pretty good. Maybe a revisit is in order.

                                                                      Big Ed's BBQ, in Old Bridge, has been around for years. I know there are many who think it's awful, but we always thought it was decent. It was our "go to" bbq place before Mo' Greens came along.

                                                                      Both have liquor licenses which makes a huge difference with regard to the bottom line.

                                                                      I wonder if Mo' Greens would have succeeded if it had been a full service restaurant. But it would have to have been a BYO because I doubt they could have afforded the exhorbitant cost of a liquor license.

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                                                                        equal_Mark RE: RGR May 30, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                                        I also have to mention Memphis Pig Out in Atlantic Highlands. They have gotten some negative reviews here, but I have to applaud their ribs and pulled pork as well as the amazing cold sides on their salad bar. Their wings are also pretty much the best when in comes to the crispy style.

                                                                        The main downfall of MPO is the fries. They gallantly soldier on with hand cut fresh french fries, but have issues with differing batches of potatoes. It is just hard to deal with differing ages, moisture and starch content of potatoes. They can range from crispy perfect to being able to tie in knots...

                                                                        Still, for over 20 years they have been selling good BBQ in an area that has only recently offered any other competitors...

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                                                                          RGR RE: equal_Mark May 30, 2012 08:15 PM

                                                                          Yes, Memphis Pig Out has been around for a long time. We went there once maybe 30 years ago. Obviously, the food didn't impress us enough to go back.

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                                                                            Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark May 31, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                                            I was also sad when Ben's extreme BBQ...in Bayville NJ on Rt9 closed for good.....

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                                                                              The Chowhound Team RE: Tapas52 Aug 24, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                              We split a thread about the follow-up restaurant to Mo's over to its own thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864951

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