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Sep 16, 2013 08:02 AM

central NJ spots for good Pernil? lets talk pig

It can be any type, just has to be good! (Puerto Rican, Cubano, Dominicano)

I realize going north is the way to go but anything in Monmouth county or ocean?

Come to think of it, how about roast pig in general?

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    1. re: equal_Mark

      Mark, I just went last night and wanted to say thanks for the recommendation. For ten bucks this was a tasty plate of pork! I will definitely be back and will try the Ethiopian food.

      I am not sure if I lucked out but I had a boat load of nice crispy "outside" pieces of shoulder meat. That is the best part in my eyes. The rice and beans were very tasty. Next time I need to bring some hot sauce of my own but no big deal there. The beef and chicken empanadas were spot on as well...overall a good night that didn't break the bank. They are very nice people too.

      She asked how I found out about her restaurant and I told her you sent me. She smiled : )

    2. Mark, do you have any Ethiopian recommendations or should I just get the combo?

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      1. re: corvette johnny

        Just get the won't be sorry!

        1. re: joonjoon

          Will do....any proper etiquette for eating Ethiopian food that I should know about before this adventure? 100% newbie to this kind of food.

          Speaking of pernil, I heard havana was back open in highlands. Some of their dishes were always hit or miss with me but their pork shank was a good one. They changed owners so I am not sure if it is on the current menu. I need to investigate.

        2. re: corvette johnny

          I like the Doro Wot, but for an introduction the combo is the way to go, especially if you bring friends & family...

          1. re: equal_Mark

            I've got a doctor's appointment next Tuesday in Long Branch.. got it scheduled around lunch time so I could have lunch at Ada's.. definitely getting the pernil and asking for some crispy pieces. :)

            1. re: MarlboroMan

              I think you will like it. It need a little salt in my book but the texture was on the money for me. it's a pretty good sized dish. With the rice and beans I could not finish it.

              I'd try an empanada for good measure lol (both chicken and beef are tasty)

              They had a chicharon special that I wanted to try too, but I opted for the pernil. The wifes skirt steak was pretty good but I thought the pernil out-shined it. I really want to get back to this place. Good eats, nice people and fair prices.

              1. re: corvette johnny

                Note: It's not on the menu but Ada does an excellent ham & cheese empanada to order...