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Foods you have drive an hour to find?

creamfinger Jun 15, 2011 12:53 AM

Kimchi Chigae, Soba, a decent Al Pastor taco. These are just a few of the things I have to spend an hour in the car to find. I live in West Orange.

Any help finding these would be welcome!

What foods can't you find locally?

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    RGR Jun 15, 2011 08:23 AM

    We recently drove an hour to Blue Fish Grill, in Flemington, for their fish and chips. Sensational! And the homemade Key Lime Pie was not too shabby either!

    Blue Fish Grill photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626856064838/


    1. fershore Jun 15, 2011 09:01 AM

      You will find delicious Al Pastor tacos at North of the Border in Red Bank. Also good, but not as good IMO, are the Al Pastor tacos at El Rancho in Long Branch.

      North of the Border
      176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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      1. re: fershore
        equal_Mark Jun 15, 2011 10:28 AM

        For what it's worth, North of the Border is easily accessible by train across the street at the Red Bank station...

        North of the Border
        176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

        1. re: fershore
          creamfinger Jun 15, 2011 05:52 PM

          Asides from the fact that NYC is closer to me than Red Bank, wouldn't you head south of the Border for good tacos? When you go north of the Border you find stuff like good Chinese food.

          1. re: creamfinger
            equal_Mark Jun 15, 2011 06:16 PM

            I would never consider driving an hour to get tacos from North of the Border. As they are only a 10 minute drive for me, driving around for 50 extra minutes would just be silly.

            1. re: equal_Mark
              Mr. Bingley Jun 16, 2011 04:09 AM

              10 minutes from me, as well.

              Though there have been times when it's taken me another 10 minutes to find a parking spot.

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          coldbeer Jun 15, 2011 11:48 AM

          Cevape, at Cevabdzinica Sarajevo in Queens.

          1. menton1 Jun 15, 2011 09:27 PM

            French Prunes, New Catch Dutch Herring.

            1. j
              joonjoon Jun 16, 2011 05:25 AM

              Where do you go for all these things?

              You can get kimchi chigae in Parsippany which should be less than 1/2 hour from you. I'm surprised there aren't other mexican restaurants that serve al pastor in your area!

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              1. re: joonjoon
                creamfinger Jun 17, 2011 08:45 PM

                I assume you're referring to Keo Ku. I've been there a few times and each time was worse then the time before. Bad banchan, bad bbq, bad chigae, bad haemul pajeon, bad everything. Fortunately there's a Korean market across the street, so I can make my own.

              2. ambrose Jun 16, 2011 07:34 AM

                Last year I drove to NYC to pick up two dozen Montreal bagels at Marketa (yes, I did do some other things while in the city). When Marketa closed about six months ago "for renovations" I thought about making a bagel run to Mile End in Brooklyn but have not done it. Mile End does do mail order though!

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                  mamahess Jun 16, 2011 10:32 AM

                  A couple of times of year I drive to Philadelphia - Port Richmond Section - to Czerw's Kielbasy to stock up on the best kielbasy I've had since childhood. My daughter and I make a loop..to the polish supermarket, bakery for rye bread, and yet another bakery for the best pound cake I've ever eaten in my life (tastes like it has 16 sticks of butter!)


                  1. MGZ Jun 16, 2011 11:02 AM

                    Given where I live at the Shore (the land of Pizza and Big Portions), at least a half hour drive for almost anything interesting and at least of B- level tastiness is necessary. An hour for good (B+ or better) Polish, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Korean, etc. is similarly required. Moreover, that hour drive transports us to what seems like a radically different land.

                    New York and Philly provide fixes for various things, as well as a bit of adventure (though, I'd never drive to the former). Then, there's really good barbecue which means at least ten hours at the wheel.

                    On the other hand, I awoke to the smell of the ocean this morning and took my daily swim before walking into work . . . .

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                      albinoni Jun 16, 2011 01:08 PM

                      Can't beat the quality and prices to be found for Turkish and Mid-Eastern foods on Crooks Avenue in Paterson/Clifton, and with Corrado's around the corner, that's a worthwhile 1-hour drive from me.

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                      1. re: albinoni
                        creamfinger Jun 17, 2011 08:46 PM

                        Agree on Corrado's.

                      2. Tapas52 Jun 16, 2011 01:41 PM

                        Anytime I want Pizza I drive 45 minutes down I-195 west to Trenton for really great Tomato Pies at Papa's.....IMO nothing else compares.


                        1. menton1 Jun 16, 2011 08:59 PM

                          New Catch Dutch Herring is only available for 3 weeks in June (right now!) at Russ & Daughters, an institution on Houston St in Manhattan. A very unique, mild taste, had it in Holland many years ago, and we go every year to R & D to savor the memories!


                          1. Duppie Jun 17, 2011 06:37 AM

                            From Monroe Township I regularly drive to queens for Thai at Sripraphai, China town for Malaysian ,steamed pork buns and Bahn Mi as well as old fashioned American Cantonese food at Danny Ng's,Montreal for Poutine,smoked meat at Schwartz's, everything pork and fois gras at Au pied de Cochon,unpasteurized Camembert and Lavazza Crema e Aroma coffee beans at their Costco.

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                              mamahess Jun 17, 2011 08:26 AM

                              I almost forgot! I actually drive 2+ hours for the best Portuguese I've ever encountered! Casa Vasca on Elm Street in Newark!! Love, love, love it!

                              Casa Vasca
                              141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

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                              1. re: mamahess
                                jmoryl Jun 17, 2011 09:35 AM

                                I hate to break it to you but Casa Vasca is not Portuguese; it is supposed to be Basque (=Vasca).

                                A thing I wish I could get locally (Essex County): Fresh (roasted within 2 weeks with a date stamp), high quality (e.g. Gimme!, Stumptown... etc.) espresso beans.

                                Casa Vasca
                                141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

                                1. re: jmoryl
                                  kimmiebruce Jun 18, 2011 08:52 AM

                                  For the espresso beans, you may want to try Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters. My husband received a gift of monthly shipments for a year and loved it. They roast and ship the next day.

                                  Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters
                                  64-B Thompson Ave, Leonardo, NJ 07737

                                  1. re: kimmiebruce
                                    jmoryl Jun 18, 2011 06:41 PM

                                    Thanks, I heard Jersey Shore is good. But I know lots of great places where I can order by mail - I want a place that I can stop by and pick up some beans when I run out! Right now I'm stuck grabbing some Gimme! or Stumptown when I go into NYC...people in N Jersey just don't seem to understand that you need freshly roasted beans for proper espresso. I'm constantly told to buy some Illy or some such.....

                              2. sixelagogo Jun 18, 2011 03:22 AM

                                curious where you go to find good soba (is it still in NJ??)

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                                1. re: sixelagogo
                                  creamfinger Jun 18, 2011 09:53 PM

                                  I'm still heading into NY for my soba fix. There's probably soba to be found somewhere near Edgewater, but I haven't found it.

                                2. sixelagogo Jun 18, 2011 03:25 AM

                                  My lust for Indian food puts me at the +1hour drive from Bergen County to Edison/Iselin's Chowpatty....I still haven't figured out why BC does indian SO WRONG, but it's worth the gas+time to head south

                                  1. phDuh Jun 18, 2011 05:21 PM

                                    While not a restaurant destination per se, my husband and I drive an hour to the Blairstown Farmers Market on Saturdays (10am-2pm), and then eat lunch at the Blairstown Diner. And we are happy. (and it's not in Zagats...we just like it)


                                    Blairstown Diner
                                    186 State Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825

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