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I've been going back to Brookdale to brush up on some skills to hopefully get a new job. I've been going at night 6Pm to 8:45. I work in Piscataway, and run down the parkway and get off at 109 and stop at Queso Grill which is decent.

Aside from the pizzerias, subway, or dunkin, is there anything else in the area which might be worthwhile?

I'm on a sort of tight schedule, and would try to keep it healthy (paleo-ish) if possible.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Well I guess healthy can be subjective but something to consider would be a turkey sub from Luigis or perhaps some sushi in that same shopping plaza. I know you said no pizza joints but just tossing the idea out there.

    I have been to the sushi place twice but for Korean food which I liked (I am a korean newbie but I thought it was good. I'd check out their stone bowls...not sure how healthy they are but they taste good lol)

    Acme might have a deli, haven't been there in ages though.

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    1. re: corvette johnny

      I agree wholeheartedly that "healthy" is in the eye of the beholder, but in this case, the OP mentions "Paleo". I also agree that Kimchi & Sushi is pretty much the only place I would go to eat in that general area (my apologies, though, as I'm not sure where Brookdale is, so I'm not sure if K&S is along the chosen route). I'm just not all that sure if most Asian foods are "Paleo" friendly, given the prevalence of rice and soy sauce.

      Nevertheless, Coldsolder, here is a link to the K&S site so you can see if there's anything in your comfort zone: http://www.kimchiandsushi.com If nothing else, there's sashimi.

      Moreover, at least you know that you can get 'hound approved Korean food when you want to break the diet. In addition to the bowls that johnny mentions, the soft tofu soup (hae_mul sun_du_bu) is good way to take that first step toward the "Archaic".

      1. re: MGZ

        Thanks Guys.

        I took a look at their menu seems like the bulgogi could be an option. I'm a Korean Food Newbie Also.

        I have been getting burgers on top of salad at Queso which is good, but getting boring.

        I did notice a place across the street "Pat's Meat Market" which has mixed reviews on the Google.

    2. Unfortunately it's pretty slim pickins in that spot. When "we" lost Saigon II, we lost a decent choice.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Didn't lose Saigon II, Lori just moved it to Red Bank as Pho Le. It has a plausible walk in trade now and is pretty busy. Unfortunately for the OP it is not really a quick stop between Brookdale and Exit109.

        1. re: equal_Mark

          I didn't forget about the move I'm just not as taken by Pho Le as I was with Saigon II. Even the fresh spring rolls are made diff.

          And to the OP's original question, the departure of Saigon II left Lincroft with little to call delicious.

      2. My daughter goes there too at the same time and we have the same problem. There really isn't anything healthy in the area.

        1. Would suggest taking Exit 114 and Red Hill Road and Everett Road south as a shortcut to get to Brookdale. Theres a deli on the left side of Everett Road that has decent sannies.

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          1. re: scrappyone

            Are you talking about cracked olive?

            1. re: coldsolderjoint

              Scrappy is taking about the sunnyside deli. I have lived in middletown my entire life and have never been in there ....need to stop by one day.

          2. If you are getting off at 109 there are a couple of "options" that won't take you far out of your way. While not direct between the exit and Brookdale it's a small detour.

            Cypress Cafe on 555 Shrewsbury Ave. prides itself on being a "healthy" cafe.

            Also there is Moose''s Tavern 1202 Sycamore Ave. Tinton Falls, not that the food is ANYTHING I would recommend however they have an excellent salad bar, and I'm sure it can be paired with an appetizer or soup without it being too bad.

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            1. re: jrvedivici

              Is that what used to be Charlie Brown's?

              1. re: cantkick

                Moose's is yes. The salad bar remains and is very similar to Charlie Browns. Please note that is the ONLY reason I'm recommending this place.

            2. Thanks Everybody. Last night I was running a bit late, but I had saved most of my carbs for the night, and although it wasn't Paleo, I stopped at Pat's meat market for a chicken parm which was pretty good.

              I'm going to try to not get stuck at work again on Tuesday and try one of your other options.

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              1. re: coldsolderjoint

                If you ever want to go total caveman, you could probably grab a rotisserie chicken at Acme.

                1. re: MGZ

                  Caveman don't need no steenkin' rotisserie. Raw steak from the meat counter....

                  1. re: drongo

                    I'll be fancy and put a little salt and pepper on it