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Nov 2, 2013 06:38 AM

Red Bank Mexican Food Crawl?

I am just throwing out an idea here.

Lately there seems to be more and more chow worthy Mexican joints in Red Bank. Is there any interest in walking through town one day and seeing what's what?

I don't want to organize or plan, but I would participate.

So, let's start by making a list of the places that might be worth a visit:

North of The Border

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  1. I would consider limiting the crawl to tacos while expanding it to include Long Branch and Asbury Park. The number of authentic Mexican places in those cities is comparable if not greater than Red Bank.

    The main factor here, of course is finding someone to pick up the reigns and do this thing...

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    1. re: equal_Mark

      if only tacos as =marc posted include bradley beach cafe also and in lakewood madgrigal taqeria & the citco gas station on rt 33. if it happens and the date is right I'm there.

      1. re: Tapas52

        Where are the taquerias on rt 33 or Asbury? I'm headed that way today.

        1. re: lukshen

          On Main St near Asbury Ave., but personally I don't think they are as good as other places. I'd eat at Porta or At The Table if in Asbury today.

          1. re: seal

            Citgo mart gas station on rt 33 across from
            Lucentos restaurant.

            519 New Jersey rt33 Millstone, NJ
            (732) 446-2138

    2. I personally think if we're gonna do a Mexican crawl it should be in Long Branch...far more authentic Mexican joints than Red Bank...maybe we can do both :D

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      1. re: joonjoon

        Maybe we should do a NCAA bracket style contest and put four locations against each other. Within each location a winner can be chosen until we find the champion of Monmouth County. The regions could be Long Branch, Asbury Park, Red Bank, Matawan/Keyport for instance.

        I would limit it to one region per day to avoid traveling headaches.

        Would a Saturday afternoon work best for most hounders?

        I would add International Mexican Grocery to the Red Bank crawl. I'm dying to try out their al pastor tacos.

        1. re: LifeGeek

          This sounds fantastic and I am in!!!

          I think Freehold also has a decent # of Mexican joints.

          1. re: joonjoon

            Maybe we can replace Matawan/Keyport with Freehold. I was just throwing some places out there to kick things off. We could also make the fourth bucket an "everwhere else bucket." Someone mentioned the spot in a citgo station for example. It sounds as if Long Branch, Asbury Park, and Red Bank have enough spots to hold their own bracket.

            If we want to get started next Saturday at noon, I could make it out. I'm in and out of town for the next month so hopefully I can make most if not all of the events.

            So maybe we should choose either Red Bank or Long Branch for the first event? I guess we could do both, but don't want to overdo it and be sick by the end of the trip. It could negatively bias the places toward the end of the crawl if we all get too full.

            I guess we will stick to tacos on this round, but I am already getting excited for the follow-up torta/cemita crawl.

            1. re: LifeGeek

              I won't be available this Saturday, but any other Weekend after that is fine.

              1. re: equal_Mark

                I can't make it this Saturday either.

                How does next Saturday, November 16th sound to everyone?

                Kick it off in Red Bank? We could meet at NOTB and take it from there.

                  1. re: LifeGeek

                    I was kind of hoping for a walkaround so that's why I just suggested Red Bank. Maybe we can do different areas on different days?

                    1. re: seal

                      I say we start with Red Bank next Saturday at noon. I think joonjoon and =Mark are in. Can you make that date? Anyone else out there game?

                      1. re: LifeGeek

                        I work most weekends....besides traffic, parking on a Saturday is nuts out there..

                        1. re: Tapas52

                          I think that is why it makes sense to meet at NOTB. There's usually plenty of parking at the train station across the street on weekends. I'm assuming they won't tow you from there?

                      2. re: seal

                        Most of the Long Branch tacos places are clustered around one area on Broadway...we can do a walkaround there!

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          We could end the crawl with a few craft cervezas at Jack's Goal Line Stand too if we do it in Long Branch!

                          Why don't we take it to a vote for next Saturday?

                          Keeping with the title of the original post tho, I vote for Red Bank for this crawl.

                          1. re: LifeGeek

                            I can prolly get away for a few hours on Saturday the 16th so a walk through Red Bank is fine as is a quick tour elsewhere. I did have my heart set on Red Bank though ... ;o)

                            1. re: seal

                              I'm most interested in this crawl - and it should be a crawl, i.e. centered in one town at a time. Next Saturday I'm away should you start it up. The following weekend I'm available and look forward to a taco parade.

                            2. re: LifeGeek

                              Crap! I'm not available next Saturday... :(

                              1. re: joonjoon

                                what about a weeknight early evening crawl?

                                1. re: Tapas52

                                  I'm starting to see why this has been difficult to plan in the past. ;)

                                  I can only make it out early Friday evenings.

                                  I'm assuming we are now canceling next Saturday's crawl in Red Bank? I'm going to hit up a few places regardless.

                                  I'm definitely hitting up International Mexican Grocery for the al pastor on the spit.

                                  I found a video of the place last night...gotta love the guy's enthusiasm...even though he went for only chicken and not the al pastor. wtf!?


                                  1. re: LifeGeek

                                    Rule #1 of organizing an event: You're never going to please EVERYBODY.

                                    Corollary 1: You're never going to find a time and date that is amenable to EVERYBODY. (Herding cats is a good analogy here). Try to accommodate most but not all.

                                    Corollary 2: If you take advice from EVERYBODY, you're just going to piss off the 90% of folks whose advice you don't follow.

                                    Conclusion: Pick a date, time & agenda. Announce it and hope for the best.

                                    Note: treat this advice in accordance with Corollary 2. :-)

                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                      Yeah LifeGeek, just set a date and time and make it happen!

                                      1. re: joonjoon

                                        Points taken. I'm going to international Mexican grocery in red bank next Saturday the 16th at noon. I'll take it from there depending on how much I eat and whether others show up. I may follow that up with a trip to either Kane or carton brewery to top off the gluttony. Hope to see some of you there. I'll report back regardless.

                                          1. re: equal_Mark

                                            Awesome! Any other spots you want to hit?

                                            1. re: LifeGeek

                                              As of now I will be there too. And I'm always up for a taco or two at NoTB. Maybe get a sweet one at Juanito's too.

                                              1. re: LifeGeek

                                                Senor Pepper across the street is not bad despite the name. I like their Cocktel de Camarones and tostadas.

                                                Other than that I'm curious about the tacos al pastor at international Mexican grocery. NOTB has always been glorious!

                                                If we are doing a Taco Crawl, should we limit consumption to like 1 taco per establishment? My main issue with these type events is that after like 2 places you start to get full.

                                                By the time we reached Local Smoke in Cookstown during the BBQ crawl, starting a new dish was hard enough, never mind trying and finishing all the sides.

                                                Of course I'm becoming an old fart in search of the local Blue Hair specials.... ;-)

                                                1. re: equal_Mark

                                                  There is one more place called Linares Grocery down the street from Jaunito's bakery. It is a deli as well with tacos in the back that a friend says is worth checking out. How about doing these three:

                                                  International Mexican Grocery
                                                  North of the Border
                                                  Linares Grocery

                                                  If we feel emboldened we can split a torta at Juanito's Bakery.

                      3. re: LifeGeek

                        Why not just add Freehold? You got something against Matawan/Keyport? :-)

                        1. re: eleeper

                          I love Matawan/ fact, I'm heading there this weekend for some dim sum at West Lake Chinese Seafood followed by a few pints at Maloney's Pub. It just seemed others were liking the idea of adding Freehold. Do you have suggestions for Tacos in the area? We should add this to the list as well.

                1. I'd love to join you guys, but with my stomach and Mexican food a Mexican Food Crawl, could easily turn into the Mexican Food Runs' for me. Enjoy!

                  If starting with Red Bank I do recommend stopping into Pop's Garage in Shrewsbury, only a mile from downtown Red Bank!

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                    1. K so ... (bad Spanish pun)

                      We are doing this Saturday the 16th at noon??

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                      1. re: seal

                        Yes, next Saturday the 16th at noon. We can meet at International Mexican Grocery.
                        92 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701

                        1. re: LifeGeek

                          It might be wise to limit this to like 1 or at the most 2 tacos per establishment, otherwise things can get rather uncomfortable. During the BBQ crawl a couple years ago judging the 3rd location required a bit of effort.

                          Also might consider SeƱor Peppers or Lino's to the mix...

                          1. re: equal_Mark

                            Yea limiting portion sizes is a must for sure.

                            I was driving around a week or so ago and saw several more delis serving tacos. It may be worth just popping into a few of these more unknown spots. I've found quite a few gems over the years following the crowds of Mexican eaters.

                            We may need several trips for Red Bank...

                            1. re: LifeGeek

                              By the way, does anyone speak Spanish that will be joining us? It would be helpful. I'm trying to see if a friend originally from Mexico City can make it, but he may have to work.

                              1. re: LifeGeek

                                For $20. Go to the Wa-Wa parking lot and hire a translator and guide for a couple of hours!

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  Ha ha ha ha ha ah that's funny. On Sunday's I sit in the parking lot at the Farmer market while eating Cinnamon Snail goodness, watching those guys jump in strangers cars.

                                2. re: LifeGeek

                                  Yo hablo un poquito de espanol pero mas que suficiente que ordenar unos tacos.