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central NJ spots for good Pernil? lets talk pig

corvette johnny Sep 16, 2013 08:02 AM

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?

  1. corvette johnny Sep 26, 2013 07:38 AM

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

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    1. re: corvette johnny
      joonjoon Sep 26, 2013 10:47 AM

      Just get the combo...you won't be sorry!

      1. re: joonjoon
        corvette johnny Sep 26, 2013 12:34 PM

        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
        equal_Mark Sep 26, 2013 07:06 PM

        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
          MarlboroMan Sep 27, 2013 10:06 AM

          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
            corvette johnny Sep 27, 2013 12:56 PM

            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
              equal_Mark Sep 27, 2013 09:02 PM

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

      3. equal_Mark Sep 16, 2013 11:12 AM

        Ada's in Long Branch.


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        1. re: equal_Mark
          corvette johnny Sep 24, 2013 08:57 AM

          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 : )

          1. re: corvette johnny
            equal_Mark Sep 25, 2013 10:27 AM

            Congrats, you're family!

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