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September 21, 2017

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $64.00 ($32.00 per person)


September 14, 2017

Chimney Rock Inn (Bound Brook): $84.00 ($42.00 per person)


August 31, 2017

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $140.00 ($46.67 per person)

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July 20, 2017

Texas Roadhouse (North Plainfield): $99.00 ($33.00 per person)

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July 13, 2017

Sol (Branchburg)


July 6, 2017

Skylark Diner (Edison): $108.00 ($36.00 per person)


June 29, 2017

The Stirling Hotel (Stirling): $80.00 ($40.00 per person)

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June 22, 2017

Brick House (South Plainfield): $72.00 ($36.00 per person)

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June 1, 2017

The Outback (Green Brook): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)

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April 13, 2017

Jake's Restaurant and Bar (Flemington): $128.00 ($32.00 per person)


March 23, 2017

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $75.00 ($25.00 per person)

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February 23, 2017

The Stirling Hotel (Stirling): $111.00 ($37.00 per person)


January 12, 2017

NIK'S 202 - Outpost Barbeque (Bridgewater): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


December 8, 2016

Ferraro's of Westfield (Westfield): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 10, 2016

Texas Roadhouse (North Plainfield): $142.00 ($47.33 per person)


November 3, 2016

Texas Roadhouse (Parlin): $125.00 ($25.00 per person)


September 29, 2016

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $132.00 ($44.00 per person)


September 8, 2016

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $224.00 ($56.00 per person)


August 4, 2016

The Stirling Hotel (Stirling): $147.00 ($49.00 per person)


July 21, 2016

Phattra (Metuchen): $175.00 ($35.00 per person)


July 14, 2016

Winberie's (Summit): $70.00 ($35.00 per person)


June 23, 2016

Skylark Diner (Edison): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


June 8, 2016

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $102.00 ($34.00 per person)


May 26, 2016

Red Lobster (East Brunswick): $127.00 ($31.75 per person)


May 12, 2016

Qsine (King's Wharf, Bermuda): $1,125.00 ($45.00 per person)


April 28, 2016

The Outback (Green Brook): $78.00 ($26.00 per person)


April 14, 2016

Jose Tejas (Iselin): $100.00 ($25.00 per person)


March 17, 2016

Campozino (South River): $48.00 ($24.00 per person)


March 10, 2016

Bahama Breeze (Woodbridge): $144.00 ($36.00 per person)


March 3, 2016

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $460.00 ($38.33 per person)


February 25, 2016

Pho Da Nang (South Amboy): $22.00 ($11.00 per person)


January 7, 2016

The Cheesecake Factory (Bridgewater): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


December 3, 2015

Ferraro's of Westfield (Westfield): $114.00 ($38.00 per person)


October 29, 2015

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $255.00 ($36.43 per person)


October 22, 2015

Spanish Pavillion (Harrison): $126.00 ($42.00 per person)


October 8, 2015

Fuddruckers (Parsippany): $85.21 ($21.30 per person)


September 24, 2015

The Stirling Hotel (Stirling): $240.00 ($48.00 per person)


September 17, 2015

The Outback (Springfield): $105.00 ($35.00 per person)


September 10, 2015

Molly Maguire's (Clark): $96.00 ($32.00 per person)


August 13, 2015

Red Lobster (East Brunswick): $102.00 ($34.00 per person)


August 6, 2015

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $172.00 ($43.00 per person)


July 16, 2015

Texas Roadhouse (Parlin): $307.00 ($27.91 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard takes a drink, and looks surprised)

This Jamaican Cowboy is actually pretty good!


July 9, 2015

The Outback (Green Brook): $102.00 ($34.00 per person)


July 2, 2015

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $96.00 ($32.00 per person)


June 25, 2015

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $364.00 ($52.00 per person)


June 11, 2015

Ashia Oriental Restaurant (Warren): $120.00 ($24.00 per person)


June 4, 2015

Garlic Rose (Cranford): $185.00 ($37.00 per person)
Dessert: Cranford Vanilla Bean Creamery (Cranford): $22.54 ($4.51 per person)

Howard's Review

Buoy's thing looks good!

(Referring to beef tenderloin medallions)

... except for the green stuff.

(Referring to parsley)


May 28, 2015

California Pizza Kitchen (Bridgewater): $210.00 ($30.00 per person)


May 21, 2015

Eccola (Parsippany): $138.00 ($46.00 per person)


May 14, 2015

Casa Maya (Gillette): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)


April 30, 2015

The Cheesecake Factory (Bridgewater): $160.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to a dipping sauce that came with an appetizer)

What kind of sauce is that?

I don't know yet. It's hot.

Is it pesto-based?

I don't know yet. It's hot.


April 23, 2015

365 Bistro (South Plainfield): $185.00 ($37.00 per person)


April 16, 2015

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $188.00 ($47.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What is that sauce?

(Howard responds:)

Try it! You might like it!

(Howard tries the sauce)

How is it?

The sauce? Fine!


April 9, 2015

The Outback (Green Brook): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)


April 2, 2015

China Gourmet (West Orange): $198.00 ($33.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Picking up a conversation in the middle of a sentence:)

... and it's in Feni, and...

Ooooh, I do not like fennel.

No, not fennel - Feni is not fennel.

I know that Feni is not fennel. And I do not like fennel.


March 26, 2015

Red Robin (South Plainfield): $156.00 ($26.00 per person)


March 19, 2015

The Stirling Hotel (Stirling): $210.00 ($42.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard takes a drink of beer and makes a displeased face)

That's terrible.

What is it?

I don't know.


March 12, 2015

Food (Summit): $230.00 ($46.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(An appetizer included two different types of peppers, and there was some question as to which if either was hot or mild)

(Howard eats a pepper)

Not hot at all.

Which one?

The one that I had.


February 26, 2015

Ellery's Grill (Middlesex): $35.00 ($17.50 per person)


February 19, 2015

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $296.00 ($37.00 per person)


February 12, 2015

Mannion's Pub (Somerville): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


February 5, 2015

Texas Roadhouse (Parlin): $180.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How are the ribs, compared to Famous Dave's?

Well, they're not the same.

(Howard pauses slightly, then continues:)

They're different.


January 29, 2015

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $128.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Pointing at a dipping sauce, someone asks:)

What's that?

Good. I like it.


January 22, 2015

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $390.00 ($30.00 per person)


January 15, 2015

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)


January 8, 2015

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $176.00 ($44.00 per person)


December 30, 2014

Sol (Branchburg): $225.00 ($45.00 per person)


December 29, 2014

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $155.00 ($31.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard, who owns stock in Famous Dave's, was disappointed in several recent changes to the menu and to other aspects of the restaurant)

I'm going to have to show up at the next shareholders' meeting and make my feelings known.


December 22, 2014

Ruby Tuesday's (Union): $170.00 ($34.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What's in the Ruby Relaxer? I am on vacation so I need to relax.

(Howard orders a Ruby Relaxer.)

(Later, after finishing the Ruby Relaxer:)

How relaxed do I want to get?

(The waiter asks:)

Would you like another one?

Yes.

Wow! Unprecedented! Howard's getting two drinks!


December 18, 2014

Roosterspin (Westfield): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)


December 11, 2014

Winberie's (Summit): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)


December 4, 2014

Ferraro's of Westfield (Westfield): $308.00 ($38.50 per person)

Howard's Review

(Someone besides Howard is asked:)

What did you get for dessert? Is that the bread pudding?

Yes it is.

How is it?

I like it! I like the custard layer, underneath. Howard didn't like it so much, though.

The custard layer in particular?

That's right.

(Howard adds:)

The top part is better than the bottom part.


November 20, 2014

The Stirling Hotel (Stirling): $222.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the grape ice cream)

Tastes like grape!

(Howard pauses slightly)

... ice cream.


November 13, 2014

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $190.00 ($38.00 per person)


November 6, 2014

China Gourmet (West Orange): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)


October 30, 2014

Molly Maguire's (Clark): $240.00 ($40.00 per person)


October 23, 2014

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $44.00 ($22.00 per person)


October 16, 2014

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $144.00 ($36.00 per person)


October 9, 2014

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $205.00 ($41.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding his crawfish etouffee, of which he ordered the spiciest variety)

I can handle the heat!

This isn't the first time you've gotten the hottest kind, is it, Howard?

I wouldn't normally get it.

And how is it?

I can handle the heat!


October 2, 2014

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $198.00 ($33.00 per person)


September 25, 2014

The Outback (Springfield): $114.00 ($38.00 per person)


September 18, 2014

The Stirling Hotel (Stirling): $264.00 ($44.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(As Howard was having French onion soup)

We have to make sure to get Howard's opinion on the French onion soup! We always get that recorded.

It's alright, there, MC.

(MC responds)

"It's alright there, MC"! I got referenced!


September 11, 2014

Brick House (South Plainfield): $217.00 ($31.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding various dipping sauces that came with the house baked soft pretzels appetizer)

(Howard points at one sauce)

Good...

(Howard points at another sauce)

... best...

(Howard points at the third sauce)

(Howard shrugs and makes a dismissive face)

... mustard.


September 4, 2014

Jenny's Japanese (Summit): $140.00 ($28.00 per person)

Howard's Review

I'm thinking about getting the seafood yaki udon again.

Was the seafood yaki udon good last time, Howard?

(Howard shrugs, makes a "How should I know" face, and pauses)

I guess so?


August 21, 2014

Martino's Cuban Restaurant (Somerville): $245.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the tres leches)

It reminds me of tiramisu. I am not a fan of tiramisu. Too soggy.


August 14, 2014

Red Stone Tavern (Parsippany): $128.00 ($32.00 per person)


August 7, 2014

Food (Summit): $280.00 ($56.00 per person)

Howard's Review

I do not like American bread pudding. I like Jamaican bread pudding.

What's the difference?

They're different.


July 24, 2014

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Several people, Howard included, each had a shot of tequila, due to Howard having informed us that it was "National Tequila Day")

How was your tequila?

It was... tequilary?


July 10, 2014

Stuff Yer Face (New Brunswick): $65.00 ($16.25 per person)
Dessert: Thomas Sweet (New Brunswick)


June 26, 2014

The Wood Pit (Montclair): $60.00 ($20.00 per person)


June 19, 2014

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $190.00 ($38.00 per person)


June 12, 2014

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $50.00 ($25.00 per person)


June 5, 2014

The Outback (Springfield): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

That's good!

What's good? The sauce?

Yes, it's good!

What kind of sauce is it?

(Another person answers for Howard)

It's good sauce!

(Howard laughs and nods in agreement)


May 29, 2014

Rockaway River Barn (Rockaway): $152.00 ($38.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding one of the appetizers)

The stuff is good!

Yeah! What is it?

Pulled pork!

Mmmmm!

With potato twists!

(Later)

I'm not a fan of the cole slaw.

What's wrong with it?

(Howard is chewing, and makes a motion that he will answer afterwards)

Too chocolatey?

(Howard makes a disbelieving "Are you kidding me?" face)

Not enough bacon?

(Howard laughs)


May 22, 2014

Casa Maya (Gillette): $125.00 ($25.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Stuffed.

"Stuffed"! I haven't heard that one before! There's no historical precedent!

Yeah, maybe it has happened, but I don't ever remember it!

Stuffed.

Usually it's "full". "Stuffed"!

Past full.

"Past full", I haven't heard that one either! I've heard "over full", but not "past full".

Is this like a typical "Full", Howard eats more, "Full"?

Well if there is food in front of me, I will usually eat it.

If there's food in fr--

(Howard lifts a finger to make a point)

Usually.


May 8, 2014

Garlic Rose (Cranford): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


May 1, 2014

Brick House (South Plainfield): $63.00 ($31.50 per person)


April 24, 2014

Food (Summit): $240.03 ($40.01 per person)

Howard's Review

(Someone besides Howard is asked:)

How's the tea?

I haven't tried it yet.

(He tries the tea)

The tea is hot.

Heat hot or spicy hot?

Heat hot.

Howard is always asked "Heat hot or spicy hot", and the answer is never spicy hot.

My fish tacos were hot.

Heat hot or spicy hot?

Burn my tongue hot.

So, heat hot?

Burn my tongue hot.


April 17, 2014

Ashia Oriental Restaurant (Warren): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: Several dishes were being shared by everyone, instead of each having an individual dish)

Could I please have the Hunan crispy duck?

(Howard passes the dish, and says...)

I was disappointed in the duck.

Oh?

Yes, I was.

How so?

Try it! You'll see.

(Later)

So did you try the duck?

Yes I did.

And what did you think?

I liked it! So now I'm confused about this theory that if I tried it, I would figure out why you didn't like it.

(Howard laughs)

(Howard shrugs)

(Howard does not elaborate)

(Later, when only a little of one particular dish was remaining)

Come on Howard, you've got to finish that one off.

No.

No?

I am done.

(Howard picks up the serving spoon)

I am done.

(Howard spoons the remainder of the dish from the serving plate to his own plate)

I am done.

(Howard taps the serving spoon on the serving plate to make sure to get all of it)

I am done.


April 3, 2014

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $124.00 ($31.00 per person)


March 27, 2014

Camillo's (Sayreville): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


March 20, 2014

Winberie's (Summit): $180.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding his lager braised duroc pork shank, while with broccoli on his fork)

This is good!

Good broccoli?

Good everything! And good sauce! With the Sam Adams in the sauce!


March 13, 2014

Jenny's Japanese (Summit): $152.00 ($38.00 per person)


March 6, 2014

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $111.00 ($37.00 per person)


February 27, 2014

The Outback (Green Brook): $93.00 ($31.00 per person)


February 20, 2014

Molly Maguire's (Clark): $172.00 ($43.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

Unprompted.

Huh?

Unprompted. I said "unprompted". My reviews always say "Unprompted, Howard says 'I said something unprompted'", or something.

(Later, regarding his French onion soup)

The soup's not too hot! I can actually eat it!

And how is it besides that?

What, this?

Yes, is it alright?

(Howard shrugs)

Eh, it's alright.


February 6, 2014

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)


January 23, 2014

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


January 16, 2014

China Gourmet (West Orange): $160.00 ($40.00 per person)


January 9, 2014

The Office (Summit): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)


January 2, 2014

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $50.00 ($25.00 per person)


December 26, 2013

The Cheesecake Factory (Bridgewater): $200.00 ($40.00 per person)


December 19, 2013

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $46.00 ($23.00 per person)


December 12, 2013

Maggiano's (Bridgewater): $315.00 ($45.00 per person)


December 5, 2013

Ruby Tuesday's (Union): $46.00 ($23.00 per person)


November 27, 2013

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $184.00 ($46.00 per person)

Howard's Review

The carrots are actually good! It's surprising, I don't usually like carrots!

And they're not even in cake!

That's how I like my carrots: carrot cake!

(Later, several times, regarding his steak)

That's not medium well.

That's not medium well.

Oh, ho-ho-ho, that's not medium well.

Is that medium well, Howard?

Oh no, that's not medium well. There is blood. Blood is oozing out on my plate. That's not medium well.

(Later)

Everything is good!

Even though it's not medium well?

(Howard laughs, but does not respond)


November 21, 2013

Darby Road (Scotch Plains): $205.00 ($41.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Howard, have some of the hummus.

(Howard makes a displeased face and shakes his head)

(Howard suddenly changes to a smile and speaks in an excited voice)

Or, I could combine!

(Howard dips another appetizer into the hummus and pops it into his mouth)

(Howard suddenly turns displeased again and speaks with an urgent tone while chewing)

No!

What happened, Howard?

(Howard shakes his head while chewing)

Did hummus happen?

(Howard continues shaking his head and chewing)

(Howard swallows)

No!

What's wrong, there, Howard?

Hummus!

(Howard shakes his head again, and assumes a calmer but still displeased voice)

No.


November 14, 2013

The Cheesecake Factory (Bridgewater): $250.00 ($50.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Not a review, but had to be recorded for posterity)

Oh! Did you guys see that the Iggman did whatever it was that the Iggman was doing?


November 7, 2013

Casa Maya (Gillette): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding flavoring agents in the dish such as cinnamon sticks and leaves)

I do not like the things that you're not supposed to eat. The things that you're not supposed to eat get in the way of the things you're supposed to eat.

(Later, after the meal)

So, what's the verdict?

It's alright.

Alright OK, or alright fine?

Alright.


October 31, 2013

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $93.00 ($31.00 per person)


October 24, 2013

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $255.00 ($51.00 per person)

Howard's Review

This is better than I remember!

The apple pie?

Better than I remember! Even with the pecans!

There are pecans in this?

No, there are walnuts.

Even with the pecans!


October 17, 2013

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $168.00 ($42.00 per person)


October 10, 2013

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $196.00 ($49.00 per person)

Howard's Review

The pumpkin ice cream tastes like pumpkin pie!

That's probably from the pumpkin.

But you know I don't like pumpkin.

Then why did you order pumpkin ice cream?

I do not like *pumpkin*. I like pumpkin *pie*.


October 3, 2013

Food (Summit): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


September 19, 2013

Brick House (South Plainfield): $180.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Suddenly and emphatically, while eating his onion soup)

Disappointing!


August 29, 2013

Winberie's (Summit): $220.00 ($44.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: Howard, struggling to find a dessert, wound up ordering a Toll House pie, which he laughingly described as "something Coletti would eat")

So Howard, what's up with the dessert? Something Coletti would eat?

I'm doing all sorts of things I wouldn't do today.

You wouldn't eat something Coletti would eat?

I had the salmon!

You wouldn't normally have salmon?

I would not. And now the Toll House thing!

And how has branching out been so far? The salmon?

(Howard shrugs)

Fine.


August 22, 2013

The Outback (Springfield): $185.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding his salmon and shrimp special)

This doesn't look like it did in the picture.

(Later)

These shrimp aren't the size they are in the picture. False advertising.

(Howard pauses momentarily)

It's pretty good, though.


August 15, 2013

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $150.00 ($50.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: The table's bread was served with small dishes of butter, hummus, and a sun dried tomato/artichoke paste)

Hummus, ugh.

Hummus in general ugh, or this particular hummus ugh?

Hummus in general ugh.

(Later, regarding the bread pudding)

This is unimpressive.


August 8, 2013

Buffalo Wild Wings (Bridgewater): $108.00 ($27.00 per person)


July 25, 2013

Texas Roadhouse (Parlin): $205.00 ($41.00 per person)


July 18, 2013

Porcini (Totowa): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Another person, regarding the eggplant rollatini)

These are really good!

What, the rollatini? I know! That's why we always get them!


July 3, 2013

Maggiano's (Bridgewater): $230.00 ($46.00 per person)


June 27, 2013

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: The menu noted the return of Chef Hass, who is renowned in Food Club due to the supreme quality of his marinara sauce, in particular on his chicken parmigiana, which Howard was having)

How's the chicken parm? Hasstastic?

(Another person who was also having the chicken parmigiana gives a thumbs up)

No, I disagree. It's... it's good, but...

(Howard starts coughing as if something went down the wrong pipe)

You OK there Howard?

(Howard nods and coughs)

Need an Oid slap?

(Howard assumes a defensive posture, shakes his head emphatically, and coughs)

Chicken parm's not Hasstastic?

(Howard shakes his head and coughs)

It's attempting to kill him. How could it be Hasstastic?

(Howard laughs and coughs)


June 20, 2013

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $128.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Another person, regarding his own ribs)

Very messy.

(Howard responds in an "of course" tone)

What, the ribs? They're ribs!


June 13, 2013

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $74.00 ($37.00 per person)


June 6, 2013

Joe's Crab Shack (South Plainfield): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, while cutting open a piece of crab)

I am enjoying myself!

(See also Howard's review of July 18, 2002)


May 30, 2013

Bonefish Grill (Iselin): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


May 23, 2013

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $56.00 ($28.00 per person)


May 16, 2013

Food (Summit): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


May 9, 2013

The Outback (Springfield): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What is that, Howard?

Honey glazed something.

It's a honey glaze, and it's glazing... something?

Pork.

Honey glazed pork?

(Howard nods)

Honey glazed something.

(Later, unprompted)

I do not like it.

The honey glazed something?

Tastes like Indian food.

And you don't like Indian food?

Tastes like Indian food.


April 25, 2013

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard suggested going to Famous Dave's to try their new "burnt ends" dish)

So what's the verdict on the burnt ends?

(Enthusiastically)

Fine! I liked it!


April 12, 2013

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $165.00 ($33.00 per person)


March 28, 2013

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $82.20 ($13.70 per person)


March 21, 2013

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $46.00 ($23.00 per person)


March 14, 2013

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)


March 7, 2013

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $74.00 ($37.00 per person)


February 28, 2013

Hunan Tea Garden (Warren): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)


February 21, 2013

Food (Summit): $90.00 ($45.00 per person)


February 14, 2013

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $60.00 ($30.00 per person)


February 7, 2013

SuzyQue's (West Orange): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How are the sauces, Howard?

(Howard shrugs)

Any standouts?

(Howard shrugs)

Can't really tell them apart.

What are they advertised to be?

(Howard shakes his head)

They're not.

(Howard laughs, and points at the red bottle)

Red...

(Howard points at the yellow bottle)

... and yellow.

(Later, unprompted)

Full.

Full?

Oh yeah. I am very full.

That's the second "full" - one more and he's done!

Full.

There's the third.

(Howard points at his cornbread)

I'm trying to finish my thing, but...

Your cornbread?

Whatever. I'm trying to finish my thing, but...

(Howard shakes his head)

... full.

(Later, Howard eats more)


January 31, 2013

Dublin Pub (Morristown): $136.00 ($34.00 per person)


January 24, 2013

Chengdu 46 (Clifton): $165.00 ($55.00 per person)


January 17, 2013

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)


January 10, 2013

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $124.00 ($31.00 per person)


January 3, 2013

Winberie's (Summit): $168.00 ($56.00 per person)


December 27, 2012

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $86.00 ($21.50 per person)


December 20, 2012

Porcini (Totowa): $132.00 ($44.00 per person)


December 13, 2012

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


December 7, 2012

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 29, 2012

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $54.00 ($27.00 per person)


November 15, 2012

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $180.00 ($60.00 per person)


November 8, 2012

The Outback (Springfield): $96.00 ($32.00 per person)


November 1, 2012

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $45.00 ($22.50 per person)


October 25, 2012

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $40.13 ($13.38 per person)


October 18, 2012

The Cheesecake Factory (Edison): $99.00 ($33.00 per person)


October 11, 2012

Hunan Tea Garden (Warren): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


October 4, 2012

Grasshopper Too (Wayne): $64.00 ($32.00 per person)


September 27, 2012

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $180.00 ($45.00 per person)


September 20, 2012

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $120.00 ($24.00 per person)


September 13, 2012

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $220.00 ($55.00 per person)


September 6, 2012

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $70.00 ($35.00 per person)


August 30, 2012

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $96.00 ($32.00 per person)


August 23, 2012

Longhorn Steakhouse (Parsippany): $105.00 ($35.00 per person)


August 9, 2012

The Outback (Green Brook): $124.00 ($31.00 per person)


August 2, 2012

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $114.00 ($38.00 per person)


July 26, 2012

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $42.15 ($14.05 per person)


July 19, 2012

Famous Dave's (Metuchen): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


July 12, 2012

Red Lobster (Union): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


July 5, 2012

The Outback (Springfield): $124.00 ($31.00 per person)


June 28, 2012

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $126.00 ($42.00 per person)


June 21, 2012

Brick House (South Plainfield): $116.00 ($29.00 per person)


June 14, 2012

The Cheesecake Factory (Edison): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


June 7, 2012

Ruby Tuesday's (Union): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Howard, are you full?

I'm good.

(Later, unprompted)

The "full" is catching up to me.


May 17, 2012

California Pizza Kitchen (Bridgewater): $135.00 ($22.50 per person)


May 10, 2012

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $54.00 ($27.00 per person)


May 3, 2012

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $44.00 ($22.00 per person)


April 26, 2012

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $185.00 ($37.00 per person)


April 19, 2012

Arirang (Mountainside): $144.00 ($48.00 per person)


April 12, 2012

Hunan Tea Garden (Warren): $75.00 ($25.00 per person)


April 5, 2012

Brick House (South Plainfield): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)


March 29, 2012

The Wood Pit (Montclair): $50.00 ($25.00 per person)


March 14, 2012

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


March 8, 2012

The Outback (Springfield): $102.00 ($34.00 per person)


March 1, 2012

Don Pepe (Pine Brook): $150.00 ($50.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to the orange duck)

I'm not a fan of the orange.

How about the actual duck, ignoring the orange?

The duck is orange.


February 23, 2012

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $129.00 ($43.00 per person)


February 16, 2012

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $184.00 ($46.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(While looking at the menu...)

Seafood stew....

(Howard makes a displeased face)

Doesn't sound good?

(Howard makes another displeased face)

Seafood stew.

(Later, to the waiter...)

I'll have the seafood stew.

I thought the seafood stew didn't sound good?

I am trying to branch out.

(The seafood stew comes with a significant portion of lobster, still in the shell, unexpected by Howard)

(While inspecting various parts of the lobster...)

What is this? Are you supposed to eat this? It's brown or something.

There's only one way to find out!

(Howard eats it)

(Howard makes a displeased face and shakes his head)

(Later, after having finished)

Remind me not to get this again.

No good?

It was fine, but it wasn't what I was expecting.

What were you expecting?

I was expecting some thing that you would eat.

I'm sorry, did you just say you were expecting some thing that you would eat?

Some *thick* thing that you would eat.

So this was fine, but not what you were hoping for?

I wasn't *hoping* for anything. This wasn't what I was *expecting*.


February 9, 2012

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $125.00 ($25.00 per person)


January 26, 2012

Basil Thai (Piscataway): $48.00 ($24.00 per person)


January 12, 2012

Old Mill Tavern (Chester Township): $84.00 ($28.00 per person)


December 29, 2011

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $224.00 ($28.00 per person)


December 22, 2011

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


December 15, 2011

East L.A. (Hoboken): $80.00 ($40.00 per person)


December 1, 2011

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the "Sweet and Zesty" barbecue sauce)

That Sweet and Zesty is good!

I know! That's why I eat it!


November 17, 2011

The Wood Pit (Montclair): $40.00 ($20.00 per person)

Howard's Review

I don't know this Kim, but I like her bread pudding!


November 10, 2011

Arthur's Steakhouse and Pub (North Brunswick): $222.00 ($37.00 per person)


October 27, 2011

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)


October 20, 2011

Margaritas (Livingston): $76.00 ($38.00 per person)


October 12, 2011

The Famished Frog (Morristown): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)


October 6, 2011

Longhorn Steakhouse (Parsippany): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)


September 28, 2011

The Cheesecake Factory (Bridgewater): $102.00 ($34.00 per person)


September 22, 2011

Brick House (South Plainfield): $84.00 ($28.00 per person)


September 7, 2011

Bistro Seven Three (Bernardsville): $220.00 ($44.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the French onion soup?

Not bad so far.

Not bad so far?

But not as much cheese as some other places.

(Later, unprompted)

It reminds me of Scotty's French onion soup.


September 1, 2011

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $110.00 ($27.50 per person)

Howard's Review

You've got a lot of corn products there.

Yes.

Corn on the cob, corn bread, corn fritters.

I like corn.


August 18, 2011

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $46.00 ($23.00 per person)


August 10, 2011

Ruby Tuesday's (Union): $100.00 ($33.33 per person)


August 3, 2011

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $134.00 ($33.50 per person)


July 28, 2011

J.J. Bitting (Woodbridge): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)


July 20, 2011

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $59.06 ($11.81 per person)


July 13, 2011

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)


July 6, 2011

Zafra (Hoboken): $129.00 ($43.00 per person)


June 30, 2011

The Olive Garden (Springfield): $76.00 ($38.00 per person)


June 23, 2011

California Pizza Kitchen (Bridgewater): $86.55 ($21.64 per person)


June 8, 2011

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $108.00 ($36.00 per person)


June 1, 2011

Bahama Breeze (Wayne): $195.00 ($39.00 per person)


May 26, 2011

Brick House (South Plainfield): $55.00 ($27.50 per person)


May 18, 2011

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $96.00 ($32.00 per person)


May 11, 2011

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $195.00 ($39.00 per person)


May 4, 2011

Texas Roadhouse (Parlin): $122.00 ($24.40 per person)


April 27, 2011

The Cheesecake Factory (Edison): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


April 20, 2011

GrilleStone (Scotch Plains): $64.00 ($32.00 per person)


April 13, 2011

Uno Chicago Grill (Metuchen): $78.00 ($26.00 per person)


April 7, 2011

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $136.00 ($34.00 per person)


March 30, 2011

The Outback (Springfield): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


March 23, 2011

California Pizza Kitchen (Bridgewater): $200.00 ($40.00 per person)


March 16, 2011

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $57.00 ($19.00 per person)


March 9, 2011

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $150.00 ($25.00 per person)


March 2, 2011

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


February 23, 2011

The Cheesecake Factory (Edison): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


February 16, 2011

The Outback (Springfield): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)


February 10, 2011

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $108.00 ($27.00 per person)


February 3, 2011

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $164.00 ($41.00 per person)


January 27, 2011

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $42.12 ($14.04 per person)


January 20, 2011

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $70.00 ($35.00 per person)


January 13, 2011

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $80.00 ($20.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the burros, Howard?

A little salty.

A little salty, or too salty?

A little salty.


December 30, 2010

Winberie's (Summit): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)


December 16, 2010

Bonefish Grill (Iselin): $159.00 ($53.00 per person)


December 2, 2010

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $81.17 ($13.53 per person)


November 24, 2010

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $217.00 ($31.00 per person)


November 18, 2010

The Outback (Springfield): $128.00 ($32.00 per person)


October 28, 2010

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $200.00 ($50.00 per person)


October 20, 2010

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $78.00 ($26.00 per person)


October 14, 2010

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $69.00 ($23.00 per person)


October 6, 2010

Brick House (South Plainfield): $100.00 ($25.00 per person)


September 29, 2010

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $222.00 ($37.00 per person)


September 22, 2010

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $222.00 ($37.00 per person)


September 15, 2010

Arirang (Mountainside): $156.00 ($39.00 per person)


September 8, 2010

The Outback (Springfield): $111.00 ($37.00 per person)


September 1, 2010

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $170.00 ($34.00 per person)


August 19, 2010

Longhorn Steakhouse (Parsippany): $123.00 ($41.00 per person)


August 5, 2010

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $84.00 ($28.00 per person)


July 29, 2010

Hunan Tea Garden (Warren): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


July 22, 2010

Sol (Branchburg): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)


July 1, 2010

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)


June 24, 2010

The Outback (Springfield): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


June 17, 2010

Fuddruckers (Parsippany): $44.85 ($11.21 per person)


June 10, 2010

J.J. Bitting (Woodbridge): $93.00 ($31.00 per person)


June 3, 2010

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


May 20, 2010

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $50.00 ($25.00 per person)


May 13, 2010

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $70.00 ($35.00 per person)


May 6, 2010

Ruby Tuesday's (Union): $154.00 ($30.80 per person)


April 29, 2010

Red Robin (South Plainfield): $44.00 ($22.00 per person)


April 22, 2010

The Outback (Springfield): $111.00 ($37.00 per person)


April 8, 2010

Bahama Breeze (Wayne): $108.00 ($27.00 per person)


March 25, 2010

Red Lobster (Union): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


March 18, 2010

Zafra (Hoboken): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


March 11, 2010

Winberie's (Summit): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Upbeat, regarding his French onion soup)

Soup's pretty good!

(Later, regarding the restaurant as a whole)

It's better than I remembered! I mean, at least compared to recently.


March 4, 2010

Ruby Tuesday's (Union): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


February 18, 2010

The Office (Summit): $135.00 ($45.00 per person)


February 11, 2010

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $92.00 ($46.00 per person)


February 4, 2010

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $52.00 ($26.00 per person)


January 28, 2010

The Outback (Springfield): $75.00 ($25.00 per person)


January 21, 2010

Arirang (Mountainside): $76.00 ($38.00 per person)


January 7, 2010

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $275.00 ($55.00 per person)


December 30, 2009

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $225.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Howard, did you see they have lamb?

(Howard makes a displeased face and shakes his head)

Rack of lamb.

I thought you liked lamb.

(Howard again makes a displeased face and shakes his head)

Rack of lamb.

You like lamb, but you don't like rack of lamb?

It is not cooked enough for my tastes.

Rack of lamb isn't usually cooked very much?

I don't know.

You don't know if it's cooked very much or not, but you do know it's not cooked enough?

(Howard laughs)

Yes.

I think they'll cook rack of lamb to order, won't they?

Probably.

So order it cooked a lot.

It is not cooked enough.

You don't know how it's usually cooked, and they'll cook it to order, but it's not cooked enough?

(Howard laughs)

Yes.


December 23, 2009

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $105.00 ($35.00 per person)


December 17, 2009

Chevy's (Clifton): $62.00 ($31.00 per person)


December 10, 2009

The Outback (Springfield): $64.00 ($32.00 per person)


December 3, 2009

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $80.00 ($40.00 per person)


November 25, 2009

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $240.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 19, 2009

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $240.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 12, 2009

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


November 5, 2009

Red Robin (South Plainfield): $50.00 ($25.00 per person)


October 29, 2009

J.J. Bitting (Woodbridge): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard asks the waitress a question)

What's the soup of the day?

The soup of the day is butternut squash and sweet potato.

(Howard makes a displeased face)

I thank you.

(The waitress laughs and leaves)

What's the matter with the soup? Not enough bacon per soup?

(Howard laughs)

Yes, but... not enough....

Not enough lack of butternut squash per soup?

(Howard laughs)

That's it.


October 22, 2009

Red Robin (Clifton): $42.00 ($21.00 per person)


October 15, 2009

The Office (Summit): $86.00 ($43.00 per person)


October 8, 2009

Merchant House Tavern (Fairfield): $176.00 ($44.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How are the ribs, Howard?

(Referring to wild boar ribs, St. Louis style)

They're... different than I was expecting. They're... I want to say gamey.


October 1, 2009

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

That's hot.

What's hot? The catfish fingers?

Uh huh.

The catfish fingers themselves, or the dipping sauce?

Heat hot.


September 24, 2009

Redwoods (Chester Borough): $100.00 ($25.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's your Absolut chicken?

I don't know yet. I only had a vegetable. I like to go from bad to good.

So how's the vegetable?

(Howard pauses)

Acceptable.


September 17, 2009

Piri Piri (Hoboken): $64.00 ($32.00 per person)


September 10, 2009

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $250.00 ($50.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Did you ascertain...

I ascertained that I don't like that.

(Referring to the Spicy Tuna Pizza appetizer)


September 3, 2009

Bahama Breeze (Wayne): $270.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(While looking at the menu)

I think I want something Jamaican.

How about the Jamaican grilled chicken breast?

(Dismissively)

Ehhhhhhhh... chicken breast.


August 27, 2009

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $135.00 ($27.00 per person)


August 20, 2009

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $164.00 ($41.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the pasta special)

This has a nice amount of bacon per other stuff!

(Moments later)

Nice bacon ratio!

(Later)

It's like there's a taste of bacon in every bite!


August 13, 2009

Porcini (Totowa): $222.00 ($37.00 per person)


August 6, 2009

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)


July 30, 2009

Red Robin (South Plainfield): $110.00 ($22.00 per person)


July 23, 2009

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $168.00 ($42.00 per person)


July 16, 2009

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $264.00 ($33.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(As Howard is eating his bread pudding, he lets out an annoyed moan)

Ohhhhhhh... what are all these nuts doing here?

(Later, in a disappointed voice)

I shouldn't have gotten this.


July 9, 2009

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


July 2, 2009

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $225.00 ($45.00 per person)


June 25, 2009

Cajun Queen (Woodbridge): $160.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

They've got grits! I don't think I've ever actually had grits.

I don't like grits.

What's wrong with them?

What's wrong with them? I don't know... too gritty?

(Howard laughs)

(Later, while eating the fried green tomato appetizer)

I don't think I'm a fan.

Of fried green tomatoes?

Yes. I don't think I'm a fan.

(Howard puts some of the restaurant's hot sauce on the fried green tomato, and takes a bite)

That's really good!

(Later, there is one slice left)

Anybody want the last fried green tomato?

I thought you weren't a fan!

But then I used the stuff!

(Howard points to the bottle of hot sauce)

(Later, Howard is having a cup of gumbo)

Ehhh... Meyersville Inn's gumbo is better. Even Jose Tejas' gumbo is pretty good.

(Howard puts some hot sauce in his gumbo, and takes a bite)

This is good!

(Later, Howard puts hot sauce on his entree)

(Later, after the meal)

I approve of the hot sauce!


June 11, 2009

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Howard, would you say that tea is stainy?

I do not like tea.


June 4, 2009

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $170.00 ($34.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(While perusing the dessert menu)

I'm not a fan of rice pudding.

No?

(Howard shakes his head and makes a displeased face)

(Later, Howard asks:)

So what are you getting?

I think I'm getting the stuff you don't like.

(Howard looks surprised and disgusted)

Rice pudding?!

Rice pudding.

(Howard makes a displeased face)

You don't like rice pudding?

(Howard makes a displeased face)

How about tapioca pudding?

(Howard makes a displeased face)

That's another thing I don't do.

Wait, you've never had tapioca pudding?

(Howard makes a displeased face)

How do you know you don't like it?

The way it looks! It looks...

(Howard makes a displeased face)

Well you don't have to look at it!

(Howard makes a displeased face)


May 28, 2009

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $126.00 ($18.00 per person)


May 15, 2009

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $55.75 ($13.94 per person)


May 7, 2009

The Outback (Springfield): $156.00 ($26.00 per person)


April 30, 2009

Bertucci's (North Brunswick): $320.00 ($35.56 per person)

Howard's Review

(To Iggy, as Iggy is cutting a piece of focaccia appetizer for Howard)

Don't forget to put some stuff on it!

("Stuff" being the sauce that came with it)

Yeah, the stuff is really good!

(Howard nods approvingly)

I know. That's why I said to put some stuff on it.


April 23, 2009

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $170.00 ($34.00 per person)


April 16, 2009

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $154.00 ($22.00 per person)


April 9, 2009

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $111.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard eats a nacho)

Too many appetizers. I'm full.

What do you mean, too many appetizers? There are only two.

Plus the soup. I'm already full!

(Howard takes another nacho)

I say, as I take another nacho.

(Later)

I don't think I'm a fan of the meatloaf.

You don't think so?

I don't think I am.

What's wrong with it? I'm going to guess 'too soggy'.

(Howard laughs)

Too crunchy?

(Howard laughs again)

No, I don't know, maybe there's black pepper in there? Too much black pepper?


April 2, 2009

Cheeseburger in Paradise (Iselin): $156.00 ($26.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard takes a sip of his beverage)

(Howard's face registers displeasure, and his voice indicates both displeasure and mild disbelief)

There's... there's something wrong with this drink!

What's wrong with it?

It's got... it's got a taste!


March 26, 2009

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Red velvet cake was listed on the dessert menu both here and at the previous Food Club)

Wasn't someone trying to convince you to get red velvet cake last week?

Yes. Coletti was.

(Coletti replies)

No, not me.

Or Iggy was.

But you didn't get it?

It is usually too sweet.


March 19, 2009

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $228.00 ($38.00 per person)


March 12, 2009

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $342.00 ($57.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard asks a question regarding an appetizer)

How are the mussels?

Good! Try them!

I will try a mussel.

(Howard takes the plate of mussels, takes one from it, and eats it)

(Later, Howard takes the plate of mussels again, and takes more mussels)

Going back for more mussels?

(Howard does not respond, still taking mussels from the plate)

You're a fan of them?

The mussels? They're all right.


March 5, 2009

Bahama Breeze (Wayne): $216.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding his key lime pie)

I'm not going to be able to...

I don't think...

(Howard makes various hand and face gestures)

It's not what I expected.


February 26, 2009

Hunan Tea Garden (Warren): $168.00 ($28.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding an appetizer)

I think that crap had shrimp in it.

The vegetable crap?

The vegetable crap.

Did you like it?

(Howard shrugs)

(Coletti predicts a response)

He ate it.

I ate it.

(Later, pointing to an appetizer)

What is that?

(Howard pauses for a moment, too brief for anyone to respond)

Doesn't matter.

(Howard eats the appetizer)


February 19, 2009

T.G.I. Friday's (Springfield): $128.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard comments on another person's potato chips, as they are arriving)

Ooooh, I don't like the fries.

The chips?

Whatever.


February 12, 2009

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $231.00 ($33.00 per person)


January 29, 2009

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $120.00 ($24.00 per person)


January 22, 2009

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $195.00 ($39.00 per person)

Howard's Review

ERRNNNFFF!

What's wrong, Howie?

I don't like that sauce.

What sauce?

Green sauce!

Why don't you like green sauce?

It tastes like Indian food.

You don't like Indian food?

I do not like Indian food.


January 15, 2009

Zafra (Hoboken): $93.00 ($31.00 per person)


January 8, 2009

Maggiano's (Bridgewater): $215.00 ($43.00 per person)


December 30, 2008

The Outback (Springfield): $180.00 ($30.00 per person)


December 23, 2008

The Outback (Springfield): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard looks at a special menu item, "tilapia with lump crab meat")

This looks good, but it's fish!

(Howard orders the tilapia with lump crab meat)

I can't believe I ordered fish!

So what's the verdict, Howard?

(Howard shrugs)

(Howard shrugs again)

(Howard shrugs a third time)

There's nothing objectionable. It's fine.


December 18, 2008

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $170.00 ($28.33 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the mussels appetizer which came in a tomato sauce)

The sauce is good.

You recommend the sauce?

I recommend dipping the bread in the sauce.


December 11, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)


December 4, 2008

Seabra Rodizio (Newark): $240.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(While eating what he had got from the salad bar)

This is good!

What?

(Howard gestures to his plate)

It! All of it! Everything! It's good.

(Later, referring to the complimentary collard greens appetizer)

The seaweed stuff is good. Garlicy.

(Later, while eating some sort of meat)

Full.

(Howard takes another bite of meat)

(Later, after having eaten more meat)

Really full.

(Later, after having eaten more meat)

Full.

So you were really full, but now you're back down to full?

Full.


November 26, 2008

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $152.00 ($38.00 per person)


November 20, 2008

Gelone (Lyndhurst): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)


November 13, 2008

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $111.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Two desserts - blueberry crumb pie and bread pudding - were shared by the table. Howard always liked the bread pudding very much, but they recently changed from serving it with a rum sauce to an orange sauce, which he does not enjoy as much)

(Howard takes a bite of the blueberry pie)

Not bad blueberry.

(Howard takes a bite of the bread pudding)

Not bad bread pudding!

Is it orange, or rum, or neither?

I didn't get much orange.

(Howard takes another bite of the bread pudding)

Oh, more orange.

(Howard takes another bite)

More orange! I think I was on the edge of the orange, now I'm working to the center of the orange.


November 6, 2008

Porcini (Totowa): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

That was good.

What was it, chicken parm and vodka rigatoni?

(Howard nods approvingly)

Rigatoni vodka.

(Later, while eating carrot cake)

(Howard moans)

You all right there, Howard?

Full.

Full?

(Howard nods)

Full.

(Howard takes a bite of carrot cake)

Done.

Done?

(Howard nods)

Done.

(Howard takes a bite of carrot cake)

(Howard pushes the plate away)

Should've had the cannoli.

(Later, the waiter asks Howard about his dessert)

How was the carrot cake?

Too big.


October 30, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $175.00 ($35.00 per person)


October 23, 2008

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $87.00 ($21.75 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the gumbo, Howard?

Not kicked up.


October 16, 2008

Red Robin (Clifton): $88.00 ($22.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Excitedly, while eating French onion soup and a piece of bread)

Oh, that's good!

The soup or the bread?

The soup!


October 9, 2008

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $182.00 ($26.00 per person)


October 6, 2008

Zafra (Hoboken): $132.00 ($44.00 per person)


September 25, 2008

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $24.00 ($24.00 per person)


September 18, 2008

Maggiano's (Bridgewater): $215.00 ($43.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Do you like spinach artichoke dip?

No, I said Coletti likes spinach artichoke dip.

But do you like it?

I have nothing against it.

(Later)

So you like the dip?

I have to say that I did!

(Later, after Lisa asked for a second plate)

Mix your salad with the sauce, I highly recommend it!

(Later)

You see, you have to mix both salads together, and then add the dip stuff....

(Howard meshes his hands together in a mixing motion)

(Later, holding up a gnocchi)

I'm not a fan of these.

(Howard continues eating gnocchi)

(Two bites later)

I'm full.

(Later, unprompted, regarding ziti and gnocchi)

I have to say, the salads were better.

(Howard continues eating ziti and gnocchi)

Full.

(Later)

More chicken parm?

No, I had some, and it's kinda crunchy, and... full... and....

What about the gnocchi?

No, no....

The ziti?

I was not a fan of that sausage thing.

(Later)

Howie, you have to try the fish.

No, I don't like... it's too....

C'mon, it tastes like beef.

Too lemony.

But you're drinking....

That's lemonADE.

(Later, Howard tries the fish)

It's not bad... it doesn't taste like beef....

What does it taste li....

WAIT! I detect fish.


September 11, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $204.00 ($34.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard points to the salmon appetizer)

That's good.

What, the salmon?

That's good.

I thought you didn't like fish?

I know. I don't want to admit it, because it's salmon, but it's good. So I'll just say that's good. That stuff.


September 4, 2008

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $74.00 ($37.00 per person)


August 28, 2008

East L.A. (Hoboken): $80.00 ($26.67 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard bites into a jalapeno popper)

Broccoli?

(Apparently there is broccoli inside his jalapeno popper)

It's broccoli, but it's good.

(Later, unprompted)

I'm full.


August 21, 2008

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $240.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Immediately after sitting down)

We should have the wings.

(Another person sits down)

We should have the wings.

Howie, do you think we should have wings?

Yes, we should have wings.

Are you sure?

I recommend them!

(Howard opens the menu)

Oh... wait... they're jerk wings?

Should we still have the wings, Howie?

Now they're extra-recommended!

(Later)

How's the bread and butter pudding, Howard?

(Howard takes a bite of his dessert)

NO!

(Shaking his head)

(Later)

It's too soggy.


August 14, 2008

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $66.00 ($22.00 per person)


August 7, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $136.00 ($34.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: Another person didn't have the muffin or the corn on the cob which came with his dinner)

The muffin's good!

Oh yeah?

The corn too!

I guess I should've had them!

Both!

Two great tastes that taste great together?

See, sometimes you've got to combine.

Yeah?

Sometimes it doesn't work out well, though.

Like what?

I have had tuna fish and peanut butter.

Tuna fish and peanut butter?

(Howard raises his eyebrows and makes a pleased face)

I like tuna fish!

And peanut butter?

And I like peanut butter!

(Howard makes a displeased face)

But tuna fish and peanut butter....

Didn't work out?

I will not try it again.

(Howard makes a pleased face)

But I tried it!


July 31, 2008

Bertucci's (North Brunswick): $102.00 ($34.00 per person)


July 24, 2008

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $288.00 ($32.00 per person)


July 17, 2008

Minado (Morris Plains): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)


July 10, 2008

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $99.00 ($33.00 per person)


July 3, 2008

Papa Razzi (Short Hills): $255.00 ($51.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(While having pasta fagioli)

I didn't know pasta fagioli was spelled like that.

Fa-gee-oh-lee?

(Howard nods, raises his spoon towards his mouth, and raises his eyebrows)

But this is good, though.

Regardless of how it's spelled?

(Howard takes a bite and nods approvingly)

This is good, though.


June 26, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $240.00 ($30.00 per person)


June 19, 2008

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $132.00 ($44.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard asks a question)

How's the chicken parm?

Excellent! As always!

(Howard responds with mild disappointment)

Yeah. I'm missing the chicken parm.

Why, how's your etouffee?

(Howard shrugs)

Fine.

But it's no chicken parm?

It's no chicken parm.


June 12, 2008

The Outback (Springfield): $124.00 ($31.00 per person)


June 5, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $231.00 ($33.00 per person)


May 29, 2008

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $225.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the berry tort, Howie?

(Howard shrugs)

It's got berries in it.


May 22, 2008

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $243.00 ($34.71 per person)


May 5, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $240.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

I am OK with my meal so far.

What is your meal?

Ribs and ribs?

So far, I think, he's had corn.

And firecracker!

(Referring to the firecracker green beans)


May 1, 2008

The Outback (Springfield): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(The Outback staff starts singing "Happy Birthday" at another table; Howard begins bopping to the music)

How's the Queensland Salad?

(Howard's mouth is full)

(Howard continues bopping while chewing)

(Howard shrugs while bopping and chewing)

(Howard swallows, continuing to bop)

Fine.

(Howard continues bopping)


April 24, 2008

Bonefish Grill (Pine Brook): $200.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(See also Howard's review from May 3, 2001)

What is that, Howard?

Crab.

Crap?

Crab.

Crap?

Crab.

Crap?

Yes.


April 17, 2008

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $264.00 ($44.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: The Meyersville Inn is once again under new management, with a new chef and a new menu; we suspected that it might be the same as its older incarnation, and were trying to figure out whether it was or not (and it turns out that it is))

(Three appetizers were ordered for the table: Cajun popcorn crawfish, calamari, and hummus)

So far, I'm OK with all of the appetizers.

(Howard does not like hummus)

Except the hummus?

Well, I didn't have any of it. So I'm OK with it.


April 1, 2008

Don Pepe (Pine Brook): $230.00 ($57.50 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard had previously mentioned that he was going to combine the sausage appetizer with the mozzarella and peppers appetizer)

Well, Howie, how is it?

How is what?

Combining them.

I always combine!

I didn't ask if you always combine. I asked how it was.

Fine.

(The questioner makes an exasperated noise)

(A question is directed to the original questioner)

What did you expect?

(Howard interjects)

Why would you not combine?


March 25, 2008

Charrito's (Hoboken): $64.00 ($32.00 per person)


March 18, 2008

Chengdu 46 (Clifton): $310.00 ($62.00 per person)


March 11, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $180.00 ($30.00 per person)


March 4, 2008

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $144.00 ($36.00 per person)


February 21, 2008

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $180.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard takes a bite of his Cajun ribs, and makes an urgent face)

NNNNNNNNNNNFFFF!

What's wrong?

Hot!

Heat hot, or spicy hot?

Heat hot!

(Later, unprompted)

These ribs have a lot of sauce. There's more sauce on these than the others, and not as much meat.

(Howard inspects a rib)

Look at this - sauce. It's hard to find meat.

(Howard picks up a large rib, and perks up)

Ooooooh, a big bone!

(Later, the waitress asks Howard about his meal)

How are those ribs?

Hot.

Hot? Are they good?

(Howard shrugs)

They're good.

Good.

(The waitress leaves)

Hot.


February 14, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


February 7, 2008

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $165.00 ($33.00 per person)


January 31, 2008

The Outback (Springfield): $140.00 ($28.00 per person)


January 24, 2008

On the Border (Woodland Park): $84.00 ($28.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the appetizer sampler platter)

The quesadillas are good.

(A moment later)

That other thing's good, too.

Which other thing?

(Howard gestures towards the nachos)

Nachos thing.


January 17, 2008

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, regarding the whipped cream that came with dessert)

I do not like whipped cream.

I don't believe that.

I do not like whipped cream.

You don't believe that Howard doesn't like whipped cream?

That's correct.

I do not like whipped cream.

Here's some whipped cream right here, Howard; try it.

(Howard grimaces and shakes his head)

I do not like whipped cream.

But you've got to either refute or confirm Coletti's claim!

I have had whipped cream.

I believe that you've had whipped cream. I don't believe that you dislike whipped cream.

I dislike whipped cream.

He's going to start saying 'Well, it's OK, it's not bad, it's fine...'

OK, maybe 'dislike' is too strong a word.

See what I'm talking about?

(Howard laughs)


January 10, 2008

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $96.00 ($24.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard wanted to try something different, and wound up ordering a cup of the new Portugeuse style stew instead of his regular cup of gumbo)

So Howard, how's your experiment?

(Howard, while chewing, makes no sound)

What was that, did you make some sort of facial gesture? I didn't see it. I need a verbal response.

(Howard, still chewing, laughs)

This? I think I prefer the gumbo.

(Howard pauses a moment)

Yes, I definitely prefer the gumbo. The gumbo's better.

Is it spicier than the gumbo?

Not really. The gumbo's better. This reminds me of Indian food.

I like Indian food.

I do not.


January 3, 2008

Bella Napoli (Bloomfield): $180.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding tiramisu)

I don't really like soggy.

What about bread pudding?

Bread pudding is not soggy.

Bread pudding can be soggy.

No, Jamaican bread pudding is not soggy. And the bread pudding that we got at the shell thing place...

The Meyersville Inn?

Yes, the Meyersville Inn, their bread pudding is solid.

What about the bread pudding at that ribs place?

Famous Daves? It is solid.

(Later, regarding his dessert, which was a cannoli with some chocolate sauce drizzled on it)

Cannoli's good. Would have been better without the chocolate stuff.

You don't like chocolate?

I'll have chocolate.

He likes chocolate; he doesn't like chocolate flavored things.

(Howard nods)

At this point, you have to put it completely out of your mind that chocolate is a chocolate flavored thing.

(Howard laughs)

So a candy bar...

It depends. I don't like candy bars with stuff in them.

So you'll have a Hershey's - just plain Hershey's bar...

I'll have a Hershey's.

But not a Three Musketeers, or a Snickers, or anything like that.

No.

But isn't that sauce on your cannoli chocolate?

(Howard looks down at the sauce and grimaces slightly)

The chocolate sauce is chocolate, but it makes the cannoli a chocolate flavored thing.

(Howard laughs)

I mean, look at that stuff, who would eat that?

I would eat that.

By itself?

Sure.

I would not eat that.


December 27, 2007

Longhorn Steakhouse (North Brunswick): $170.00 ($34.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard drinks some of his lemonade)

AUGGGGH!

(Howard hangs his head and holds it in his hands)

What's wrong, Howie?

(Howard neither replies nor moves)

Howard, are you OK?

Brain freeze!

From lemonade?

Brain freeze!

You got a brain freeze from lemonade?

It's icy! There is a lot of ice in it!

(Howard picks up his glass and shows that there is a lot of ice in it)

See? It is very icy!

I can't believe you got a brain freeze from lemonade.

It is very cold!

(Howard drinks some more of his lemonade)


December 20, 2007

Red Robin (Clifton): $126.00 ($25.20 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

I like reading my own reviews!

(Later, regarding his drink, known as a "Jamaican Shake")

Mine is strong! Woah!

Howie, how do you make a Jamaican Shake?

(Howard smiles and shakes)

(Later, regarding that same drink)

It was a little alcoholy.

A little alcoholy, or a little too alcoholy?

And chocolatey. It was chocolatey. It wasn't too different from your chocolate shake.

But what in it would be chocolatey?

(Howard shrugs)

Kahlua?

But Kahlua's not chocolatey.

I know.


December 6, 2007

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $295.00 ($32.78 per person)


November 8, 2007

Arthur's Steakhouse and Pub (North Brunswick): $198.00 ($33.00 per person)


November 2, 2007

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $36.00 ($18.00 per person)


October 25, 2007

The Olive Garden (Livingston): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to a dipping sauce that came with the appetizer sampler platter)

What kind of sauce is that? Is it tartar sauce?

(Howard shrugs)

I had it.


October 18, 2007

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $168.00 ($42.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, while eating ribs)

I am enjoying myself!


September 27, 2007

Texas Arizona (Hoboken): $44.00 ($22.00 per person)


September 13, 2007

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $210.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to the hummus appetizer, as it was being passed to him)

That sucks.

You've had it before, Howard?

I had a little bit tonight. That sucks.

(Later)

How was the hummus?

(Howard makes a displeased face)

Tasted like hummus.


September 6, 2007

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $180.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: Howard had previously made a point of making sure that it was known that the hot wings ordered as appetizers should not be boneless)

How are your bones and ribs?

(Howard smiles)

There are bones in there!


August 30, 2007

The Outback (Springfield): $135.00 ($27.00 per person)


August 21, 2007

Red Robin (Clifton): $115.00 ($23.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: Earlier in the evening, Howard was trying to explain what taste the word "stainy" describes)

How's your malt?

I haven't had a malt in twenty years.

Is it stainy?

(Howard laughs)

No, it's not stainy.

How is it?

This? It's fine.


August 16, 2007

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $150.00 ($25.00 per person)


August 9, 2007

Spanish Tavern (Mountainside): $250.00 ($50.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, regarding the chocolate lava cake)

I think I'm going to try some of the lava thing.

But it's chocolatey, Howie!

I think I'm going to try it.

You're going to risk it?

Yes.

(Howard takes a bite)

(Howard makes an urgently displeased face)

HOT!

(Howard makes a displeased face)

No.

No?

No.

What part didn't you like about it?

Most of it.


August 2, 2007

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)


July 26, 2007

Siam House (Scotch Plains): $84.00 ($28.00 per person)


July 19, 2007

Texas Arizona (Hoboken): $85.00 ($28.33 per person)


July 12, 2007

Rio 22 (Union): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard points at a basket of complimentary appetizers)

Wasn't there something in here that I liked last time?

Yeah, I think there was.

What was it?

I don't know. There are french fries, and onion straws, and cheese bread, and bananas, and...

Cheese bread sounds right. Maybe it was cheese bread.

(Howard picks something out of the basket)

This?

Yeah, that's cheese bread.

(Howard pops it in his mouth)

(Howard makes a displeased face)

I am not impressed.


July 5, 2007

The Office (Summit): $103.00 ($25.75 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: Howard generally dislikes beer, but ordered a Blue Moon beer)

Howard got a beer! Walked right up to the bar and said "Blue Moon"!

How is it, Howard?

(Howard responds in a positive tone of voice)

This is the third time I've had it!

So... how is it, Howard?

(Howard laughs)

(Later)

How's the beer, Howard?

Did you ask, "How's the beer, Buoy"?

No, "Howard". How's the beer, Howard?

(Howard shrugs)

Fine.


June 28, 2007

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $44.00 ($22.00 per person)


June 21, 2007

Ruth's Chris (Parsippany): $630.00 ($90.00 per person)


June 14, 2007

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $240.00 ($48.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(The Meyersville Inn is under new management, with a new menu)

(Howard tastes the ribs)

(Howard makes a displeased face and shakes his head)

No?

No.

(Howard shakes his head again)

I am disappointed. I had high hopes.

Disappointed relative to those high hopes, or disappointed regardless of those high hopes?

Regardless.

(Later, unprompted)

The potatoes have too much vinegar.

(Later, regarding the bread pudding; note that Howard had always had high praises for the previous Meyersville Inn's bread pudding, and disliked that of Famous Dave's)

It's not quite as bad as Famous Dave's.

Not quite?

Not quite as bad. It's not bad. It's good, it's good.

(Later, more enthusiastically)

It's definitely not as bad as Famous Dave's!


June 7, 2007

Cucharamama (Hoboken): $240.09 ($60.02 per person)


May 31, 2007

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $124.00 ($31.00 per person)


May 24, 2007

Porcini (Totowa): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the combination chicken parmigiana and pasta with vodka sauce)

Have you had that before, Howie?

Yes. It's good. Better than the other things. I like the other things, but this is good. It's better than them.


May 17, 2007

Chevy's (Clifton): $110.00 ($22.00 per person)


May 10, 2007

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $200.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to Coletti's chocolate-based dessert)

I was not impressed by that.

Well, you don't like chocolate, right?

(Howard nods approvingly)

Well, I should say, you don't like chocolate-flavored things, right?

(Howard nods approvingly)

(Howard directs a question at Coletti)

What was that, Coletti? Chocolate Mud Loaf?

(Coletti shakes his head.)

Chocolate Lava Cake?

(Coletti shakes his head again, and answers)

Chocolate Sensation. It's a sensation!

I disagree.


May 3, 2007

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $259.00 ($37.00 per person)


April 26, 2007

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $155.00 ($38.75 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, regarding the firecracker green beans, which are green beans with bits of bacon)

I've had better firecracker.

Not explosive enough?

(Howard takes another bite)

Oooh, they're getting better!

(Howard takes another bite)

Oooh, and they're still getting better!

(A moment later)

The cornbread is good.

But you haven't had any yet!

It's good from the last time. It's good from every time!

Not like the firecracker green beans, which got better?

Maybe I hit a chunk of bacon.


April 19, 2007

Harold's (Parsippany): $144.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

It's a new...

A new what?

What's the word, a new...

Paradigm?

Style... not style...

Trend?

Trend!

What's a new trend?

Knish and ketchup.

(Howard pours ketchup on his knish)

You're a trendsetter.

(Howard tastes his knish with ketchup)

So how is your new trend, Howard?

What, potato and ketchup? They were born together.

Not much of a trendsetter, then.

But this is a knish.


April 12, 2007

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $130.00 ($26.00 per person)


April 5, 2007

Jose Tejas (Iselin): $160.00 ($20.00 per person)


March 29, 2007

Chengdu 46 (Clifton): $228.00 ($57.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to the fact that one of the dishes was messy)

You know what I say: Messy is good.

Oh yeah?

Yes. Hot roast beef and cheese, the gravy coming out, messy.

You going to Vito's after this, Howard?

(Howard laughs)

(Later, unprompted, regarding a spinach-like vegetable served with a scallop dish)

The green stuff is good.


March 22, 2007

The Outback (Springfield): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


March 8, 2007

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $180.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, gesturing to a bottle of tabasco sauce)

I do not like that.

What, tabasco? Too spicy?

It's not that it's too spicy. I don't like the taste.

(Howard puts tabasco sauce in his soup)

(Howard tastes his soup)

This is good!

You must like the taste of tabasco, then!

Whatever! This is good!

(Later, after the meal)

My soup was good. Especially...

(Howard smiles and points at the bottle of tabasco sauce)

This is like the second or third time you said you liked that!

I was pleasantly surprised.


March 1, 2007

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $102.00 ($34.00 per person)


February 22, 2007

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $186.00 ($31.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Everyone likes snacks.


February 8, 2007

Alexus (Clifton): $186.00 ($31.00 per person)


January 25, 2007

Porcini (Totowa): $180.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How was yours, Howie?

Good. It was kind of like the other thing.

What other thing?

Pork. Pork shank.

What was yours?

Veal. Osso whatever. Osso buco.


January 11, 2007

Joey's Bar-B-Q (Hoboken): $48.00 ($16.00 per person)


January 4, 2007

Scotty's (Springfield): $210.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

That stuff is good.

What stuff?

Shrimp-sausage thing.


December 28, 2006

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $126.00 ($18.00 per person)


December 21, 2006

East L.A. (Hoboken): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 22, 2006

Famous Dave's (New Brunswick): $192.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

This is better than the one on 22!

The other restaurant of this same chain, on Route 22?

Yes! Or, at least my ribs.


October 26, 2006

East L.A. (Hoboken): $92.00 ($23.00 per person)


October 19, 2006

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $288.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Excitedly, pointing to a sauce on the sampler tray)

I didn't see that - what's that?

That's a remoulade sauce. It's for the catfish fingers.

(Howard dips a catfish finger into the sauce)

I don't think I like catfish.

(Howard pops the catfish finger into his mouth)


October 5, 2006

La Isla (Hoboken): $66.00 ($33.00 per person)


September 21, 2006

Rio 22 (Union): $74.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Upon being offered chicken hearts, and being told that no self-respecting Jamaican would refuse them)

A guy where I work says that I'm not really Jamaican - I'm Jamerican.


September 7, 2006

Satay Malaysian Cuisine (Hoboken): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)


August 24, 2006

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $99.00 ($33.00 per person)


August 10, 2006

J.J. Bitting (Woodbridge): $150.00 ($25.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the cider, Howie?

(Howard shrugs)

(Howard shrugs again)

(Howard shrugs again)

(Howard shrugs again)

(Howard shrugs again)

All right.


August 2, 2006

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $120.00 ($24.00 per person)


July 26, 2006

East L.A. (Hoboken): $84.00 ($21.00 per person)


July 12, 2006

Piccolo Roma (Hoboken): $104.00 ($26.00 per person)


July 6, 2006

Famous Dave's (Mountainside): $99.00 ($33.00 per person)


June 29, 2006

The Jerk Pit (Montclair): $144.00 ($24.00 per person)

Howard's Review

So, Howard, what's the official result, with regards to authenticity and such?

I liked it, but I don't know about authenticity.

What do you mean?

Well, you don't get ribs in Jamaica.


June 22, 2006

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $95.00 ($19.00 per person)


June 15, 2006

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $72.00 ($36.00 per person)
Dessert: Ben & Jerry's (Hoboken): $9.30 ($4.65 per person)


June 8, 2006

Oddfellows Rest (Hoboken): $258.00 ($43.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to Howard's hurricane)

How is that?

This? Not fruit punchy enough.

Not fruit punchy? Every time I've had a hurricane...

Enough.

Oh, fruit punchy enough. I just heard fruit punchy.

(Howard raises his finger and eyebrows as if to make a point)

Enough.


June 1, 2006

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $238.00 ($34.00 per person)


May 18, 2006

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $203.00 ($29.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: several different desserts were being shared by the table)

(Unprompted)

What's in that cheesecake?

It's got caramel, and chocolate, and pecans....

(Howard makes a displeased face)

Doesn't sound good?

(Howard shakes his head while answering)

I heard "caramel", and "chocolate", and "pecans".

(Howard tries a bite)

How is it?

(Howard makes a displeased face and shakes his head)

Caramel.

(Later, unprompted)

You know, I did try some of that apple thing. I do not recommend it.

It was no good?

I do not recommend it.

(Later)

(Howard takes a bite of chocolate cake)

(Howard gives a surprised yelp and looks thoroughly grossed out)

What's the matter?

(Howard licks the spoon that he had used)

(Howard again yelps and looks grossed out)

No good?

(Howard shakes his head)

(Howard again licks the spoon that he had used)

(Howard gives a disapproving grunt and shakes his head)

Why do you keep eating it?

It's on the spoon.

(Later, referring to that chocolate cake, with displeasure)

You know, that reminded me of the taste of dark chocolate.

Wasn't it dark chocolate?

(Howard laughs)

Probably.


May 4, 2006

East L.A. (Hoboken): $69.00 ($34.50 per person)


April 27, 2006

Minado (Morris Plains): $334.27 ($33.43 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

Oh, did you see, I tried sushi!

Oh yeah? What kind?

(Howard mumbles and makes "I don't know" gestures)

How was it?

(Dismissively)

Ehhhh... fish... fish taste... I do not like fish taste.

(Later, unprompted and upbeat)

I like buffets!

(Later, while eating lobster)

(Howard takes a bite and makes a displeased face)

(Howard looks at the lobster)

(Howard sniffs the lobster and immediately jerks his head away)

(Howard looks at the lobster with displeasure)

(Howard again sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

This is....

(Howard sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

This smells like bleach!

(Howard sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

This smells like bleach!

(Howard sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

This smells like bleach! Does this smell like bleach?

(Howard holds the lobster towards other people, who refuse to sniff it)

(Howard sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

This smells like bleach! Smell this!

(Howard again holds the lobster towards other people, and is again refused)

(Howard sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

This smells like bleach!

(Howard sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

(Howard takes a bite of the lobster)

(Everyone laughs)

I did not say it tasted like bleach.

(Howard makes a displeased face)

Oh, it's starting to taste like bleach, too.

(Howard sniffs the lobster and jerks his head away)

(Howard puts the lobster back on his plate and pushes it away)


April 13, 2006

Famous Dave's (New Brunswick): $135.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(After dinner)

So, Howie, are you getting the bread pudding?

(Howard sighs)

I guess....

(Howard sighs again)

Yeah.


April 6, 2006

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $140.00 ($28.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to Howard's review on December 22, 2005)

I think this is the place where Howie said he needed "bigger these things".

Yes. I like bigger things. Bigger is good.


March 30, 2006

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $135.00 ($27.00 per person)


March 23, 2006

Uno Chicago Grill (Metuchen): $156.00 ($26.00 per person)


March 16, 2006

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $258.00 ($43.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Pleasantly, regarding his Bailey's Irish Cream mousse dessert)

It tastes like Bailey's!


March 9, 2006

Tick Tock Diner (Clifton): $107.95 ($17.99 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, deciding what to order)

Should I be good and get a salad?

(Howard orders a Philly cheesesteak with steak fries)

(Later, unprompted, regarding the steak fries)

I like big fries.


March 2, 2006

Porcini (Totowa): $136.00 ($34.00 per person)


February 23, 2006

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $243.00 ($27.00 per person)


February 16, 2006

Cucharamama (Hoboken): $320.00 ($64.00 per person)


February 9, 2006

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $245.00 ($35.00 per person)


February 2, 2006

Harold's (Parsippany): $180.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard takes a bite of stuffed derma)

(Howard makes a pleased grunt)

That's very good!

(Howard takes a second bite of stuffed derma)

(Howard makes another pleased grunt)

That is good.

(Howard takes a third bite of stuffed derma)

(Howard makes a displeased face and a displeased grunt)

What's wrong?

(Howard shakes his head and makes another displeased face)

It's....

It got worse?

Yes.

(Howard takes a fourth bite of stuffed derma)

(Howard makes another displeased face and another displeased grunt)


January 26, 2006

The Outback (Springfield): $87.00 ($29.00 per person)


January 19, 2006

Johnny Carino's (Clifton): $178.17 ($29.70 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, after having eaten one or more olives)

I definitely do not like olives.


January 12, 2006

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $214.28 ($42.86 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

I recommend the brown bread.

What kind of bread is it?

Brown.

(Later, unprompted, regarding the lentil and bacon soup)

The soup's good.

Better than the last time?

Yes.

(Later, while Howard is eating vanilla bean cheesecake)

Okay, Howard, here's a question for you: It's rare that there's something that you say that you really like. Most of the time it's okay, or fine, or whatever, but vanilla bean cheesecake is something that you always say is good, and that you look forward to having, and you're always excited about. So... what do you have to say about that?

(Howard shrugs)

Don't want to go on record?

Enquiring minds would like to know.


January 5, 2006

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $224.00 ($28.00 per person)


December 29, 2005

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $111.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, referring to his seafood corn chowder)

Good soup.

(Later, referring to Jim's dessert)

That blueberry stuff looks pretty good, but it usually disappoints.

(Later, Lisa refers to Howard's dessert)

Wow, that's cinnamony!

That would be the ice cream.


December 22, 2005

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $154.00 ($22.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

I need bigger...

Did you say you need beer?

No, bigger, I need bigger.

Bigger what?

I need bigger these things.

(Referring to tortillas for his fajitas)

Hey Belugee, don't you think they should give us bigger these things?

Much.

See?


December 8, 2005

The Store (Basking Ridge): $174.00 ($29.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Howie, why don't you try the balsamic apple chicken salad?

(Howard shakes his head disapprovingly)

It's balsamic... and apples... and chicken... Oh! And walnuts! I don't like nuts in my food.

You don't like nuts?

I like plain nuts, just not when the nuts are in my food.

What about Rocky Mountain oysters?

That's just plain nuts, so that's OK.

(Later)

Howie, how's your salad?

It tastes like salad.


December 1, 2005

Echoqua (Springfield): $288.00 ($36.00 per person)


November 10, 2005

Tutta Pasta (Hoboken): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What's a Napolean?

(Howard points at his Napolean)

That.

(Howard pauses, then resumes)

It's got papery stuff, and it's got some filling inside it, and the filling is - what's this stuff called?

(Howard points at whipped cream)

Whipped cream?

Yeah. It's got papery stuff, and filling inside it, and the filling is not very sweet. It's not as sweet as the whipped cream.


November 3, 2005

Helmers' Cafe (Hoboken): $210.00 ($42.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

I like sour cream.


October 27, 2005

Porcini (Totowa): $99.66 ($33.22 per person)


October 20, 2005

The Melting Pot (Somerville): $377.00 ($62.83 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

I finished the cheesecake.

How was it?

(Howard shrugs)

Cheesecake.


October 13, 2005

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $60.00 ($30.00 per person)


October 6, 2005

East L.A. (Hoboken): $100.00 ($25.00 per person)


September 29, 2005

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $200.00 ($20.00 per person)


September 8, 2005

Longhorn Steakhouse (Parsippany): $224.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

That's good.

What is it?

Firecrackers!

(Referring to the Firecracker Chicken Wraps)

I like it.


September 1, 2005

The Famished Frog (Morristown): $78.00 ($26.00 per person)


August 25, 2005

Chilis (East Hanover): $125.00 ($25.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Points to his chocolate dessert)

I would say that was good.


August 18, 2005

Porcini (Totowa): $160.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to the flakes of vegetable matter on top of his rigatoni)

I'm not a fan of this green stuff.

Vegetables?

Yeah.

It's wafer thin; it's barely noticable.

It alters the taste.


August 11, 2005

Legal Sea Foods (Short Hills): $216.00 ($54.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard asks:)

What's polenta?

It's a dish made of corn meal.

That's crap.

No, it's actually really good.

(Howard shakes his head disapprovingly)

It's cornmeal.


August 4, 2005

Carrabba's (Green Brook): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


July 28, 2005

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $216.00 ($27.00 per person)

Howard's Review

I recommend the peach lemonade.

Howard recommends the peach lemonade! It's good?

It's okay.


July 21, 2005

The Outback (Springfield): $150.00 ($21.43 per person)


July 7, 2005

Bella Napoli (Bloomfield): $200.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, regarding his fettucine alfredo)

Hot.

(Later, unprompted)

Too hot.


June 30, 2005

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $248.00 ($31.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What is a Thai lettuce wrap?

It's crap.


June 16, 2005

Longhorn Steakhouse (Parsippany): $246.00 ($41.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding the Caramel Chocolate Canyon)

So what do you think, Howie?

(Howie makes various "thinking" faces while chewing)

That's nice.

(Later, in clarification)

I said it was nice because I did not think it would be good.


June 9, 2005

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $180.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

Hey Iggy, what should I get?

How about pork chops?

I do not like pork chops.

You're always saying things you don't like. Well what do you like?

I like pork.


June 2, 2005

Minado (Morris Plains): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)


May 26, 2005

The Outback (Springfield): $288.00 ($32.00 per person)


May 19, 2005

Echoqua (Springfield): $175.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

The bruschetta here is better than other places, because the bread is softer.

Not as crunchy.

Right.

And you're not a crunchy kind of guy.

(Gives an approving nod)

(Later, regarding Vander Heyden Vineyards' 1997 Amador Country Late Harvest Zinfandel)

The wine is not bad for a wine. But it is still a wine.


May 12, 2005

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $250.00 ($50.00 per person)


May 5, 2005

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $246.00 ($41.00 per person)


April 28, 2005

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $189.00 ($27.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Regarding his drink)

I think I'm beginning to feel the effects of whatever this is.


April 21, 2005

Bangkok City (Hoboken): $72.00 ($36.00 per person)


April 14, 2005

Alexus (Clifton): $160.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, referring to his review from June 21, 2001, and to his clam chowder)

I hope the clam chowder I had for my review was better than this.


April 7, 2005

The Olive Garden (Livingston): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: The Tour of Italy is a sampler of lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and fettucine alfredo.)

I'm thinking about the Tour of Italy.

Not me.

Why not?

(Howard shrugs)

Not a Tour of Italy kind of guy?

(Shakes his head no)

Not a lasagna kind of guy?

(Shakes his head no)

Not a chicken parm kind of guy?

(Shakes his head no)

Not a fettucine alfredo kind of guy?

(Shakes his head no)

Then you're not a Tour of Italy kind of guy.

(Laughs)

(Later, unprompted)

I'm going to get another lemonade.

Yeah, this lemonade's really good, isn't it?

(Shrugs)

Kind of weak.

(Later, unprompted, regarding the after dinner mints that came with the check)

No chocolate for me.

No chocolate for you?

(Makes a 'gross' face)

Mint.

No mint for you?

(Shakes his head no, and makes another 'gross' face)

Mint.


March 31, 2005

Longhorn Steakhouse (Parsippany): $210.00 ($35.00 per person)


March 24, 2005

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $210.00 ($42.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What do you think of the soup, Howie?

Good.

Good? Wow, that's....

All right.

"Aieeee?"

"All right."

I thought you said "aieeee". That's a new one.

"All right."


March 10, 2005

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $230.00 ($46.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(The waiter, picking up dishes, asks Howard about his peanut butter pie)

You liked that?

Uhhhhh....

I like that one.

Yeah, you like that?

Yeah.

Good.


March 3, 2005

The Outback (Springfield)


February 24, 2005

Bella Napoli (Bloomfield): $208.00 ($34.67 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard initiates the questioning)

How was yours, Coletti?

Good. How about yours?

I am done.

You didn't eat your shellfish.

I am done. Do you want it?

No thanks.

I am done.


February 17, 2005

Fitzgerald's Harp and Bard (Clifton): $96.00 ($16.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Referring to carrot cake)

How was it, Howard?

That's the way I like my carrot: carrot cake.


February 10, 2005

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $110.00 ($22.00 per person)


February 3, 2005

Chevy's (Parsippany): $203.00 ($29.00 per person)


January 27, 2005

Longhorn Steakhouse (Parsippany): $273.00 ($39.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How do the ribs compare to Tiffany's, Howard?

Not the same, but good.

(Later, Howard turns the questioning on Lisa)

How did you like it, Lisa?

Good!

You're happy?

I'm happy!

Good, because when you're happy, I'm happy.

Thanks, Howie!

And even when you're not happy, I'm happy.


January 20, 2005

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $80.00 ($20.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

The slaw is not as bad as it used to be. It's not that bad. Did I say this the last time we were here?


January 13, 2005

The Cheesecake Factory (Edison): $280.00 ($40.00 per person)


January 6, 2005

The Outback (Springfield): $256.00 ($32.00 per person)


December 23, 2004

On the Border (New Brunswick): $208.00 ($23.11 per person)


December 16, 2004

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)


December 9, 2004

Chengdu 46 (Clifton): $300.00 ($60.00 per person)


December 2, 2004

Banzai (Denville): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 24, 2004

The Outback (Springfield)


November 18, 2004

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $192.00 ($48.00 per person)


November 11, 2004

The Cheesecake Factory (Wayne): $272.00 ($34.00 per person)


November 4, 2004

The Olive Garden (Livingston): $93.00 ($31.00 per person)


October 28, 2004

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $100.00 ($25.00 per person)


October 21, 2004

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $115.00 ($23.00 per person)


October 14, 2004

Ruth's Chris (Parsippany): $528.00 ($88.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the gumbo?

Fine. Hot, though.

Spicy hot or heat hot?

Heat hot.

Heat hot?

I can't handle the heat.


October 7, 2004

East L.A. (Hoboken): $104.00 ($26.00 per person)


September 30, 2004

Winberie's (Summit): $145.00 ($29.00 per person)


September 23, 2004

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $180.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

These are the best ribs I've ever had here!

(Later, unprompted, referring to cole slaw)

This stuff isn't as bad as it used to be.


September 16, 2004

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $135.00 ($27.00 per person)


September 9, 2004

The Outback (Springfield): $180.00 ($30.00 per person)


August 26, 2004

The Cheesecake Factory (Edison): $224.00 ($32.00 per person)


August 19, 2004

Carrabba's (Green Brook): $128.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, referring to calamari)

I am not a fan of this.

(Takes some calamari and eats it)


August 5, 2004

The Outback (Springfield): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the Chocolate Chocolate Tower, Howie?

Chocolatey.


July 29, 2004

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $250.00 ($50.00 per person)


July 22, 2004

Papa Razzi (Short Hills): $300.00 ($50.00 per person)


July 15, 2004

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $238.00 ($34.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

I recommend that thing, Coletti. It's very good.

What is it?

I don't know, I just recommend it. And eat it.


July 8, 2004

California Pizza Kitchen (Wayne): $186.00 ($31.00 per person)


July 1, 2004

Winberie's (Summit): $104.00 ($26.00 per person)


June 24, 2004

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $222.00 ($37.00 per person)


June 17, 2004

J.W. Ginty's (Gillette): $126.00 ($42.00 per person)


June 10, 2004

The Outback (Springfield): $140.00 ($28.00 per person)


June 3, 2004

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $196.00 ($32.67 per person)


May 27, 2004

Fitzgerald's Harp and Bard (Clifton): $160.00 ($32.00 per person)


May 20, 2004

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $185.00 ($37.00 per person)


May 13, 2004

Spanish Tavern (Mountainside): $124.00 ($41.33 per person)


May 6, 2004

The Outback (Springfield): $84.00 ($21.00 per person)


April 15, 2004

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $105.00 ($35.00 per person)


April 8, 2004

The Olive Garden (Livingston): $81.00 ($27.00 per person)


April 1, 2004

Scotty's (Springfield): $120.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

The soup is good. The cheese looks a little thin.


March 25, 2004

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $74.00 ($37.00 per person)


March 18, 2004

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $224.00 ($32.00 per person)


March 11, 2004

The Office (Summit): $100.00 ($25.00 per person)


March 4, 2004

The Outback (Springfield): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's that chicken?

Good.

Good? Wow! That's probably the greatest review ever!

It's okay.

Don't try to take it back.


February 26, 2004

Dynasty (Green Brook): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

Chinese food. I like Chinese food.


February 19, 2004

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $69.00 ($23.00 per person)


February 12, 2004

J.W. Ginty's (Gillette): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)


February 5, 2004

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $148.00 ($37.00 per person)


January 29, 2004

The Cheesecake Factory (Edison): $228.00 ($38.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Have you had that before, Howie?

I think so. I'm full.

How was it?

(Howard shrugs.)

Acceptable?

(Howard shrugs.)

Good enough to get full off of?

I think I am over-full.


January 22, 2004

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $155.00 ($31.00 per person)


January 15, 2004

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $312.00 ($52.00 per person)


January 8, 2004

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $50.00 ($25.00 per person)


January 1, 2004

Jose Tejas (Iselin): $102.00 ($17.00 per person)


December 22, 2003

The Outback (Springfield): $180.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How was your salad, Howie?

(Howard nods)

Approving nod.

(Howard continues nodding)

Another!

(Continues nodding)

Another approving nod!

(Continues nodding)

Approving the approval!

(Continues nodding)

Recursive approval!

(Howard laughs)


December 18, 2003

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $80.00 ($20.00 per person)


December 4, 2003

Carrabba's (Green Brook): $145.00 ($29.00 per person)


November 26, 2003

Winberie's (Summit): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 20, 2003

McCormick and Schmick's (Bridgewater): $220.00 ($44.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What do you think of this place?

I am enjoying the appetizers.


November 13, 2003

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $66.00 ($22.00 per person)


October 30, 2003

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $66.00 ($33.00 per person)


October 23, 2003

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $54.00 ($18.00 per person)


October 16, 2003

Chilis (Parsippany): $126.00 ($21.00 per person)


October 9, 2003

The Outback (Springfield): $80.00 ($20.00 per person)


October 2, 2003

Fuddruckers (Wayne): $17.47 ($8.74 per person)


September 25, 2003

Molly Malone's (Whippany): $69.00 ($23.00 per person)


September 18, 2003

Winberie's (Summit): $65.00 ($21.67 per person)


September 11, 2003

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $135.00 ($27.00 per person)


September 4, 2003

Alexus (Clifton): $56.00 ($28.00 per person)


August 21, 2003

Fuddruckers (Wayne): $18.48 ($9.24 per person)


August 7, 2003

The Outback (Parsippany): $125.00 ($25.00 per person)


July 31, 2003

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $34.00 ($17.00 per person)


July 24, 2003

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


July 17, 2003

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $56.00 ($28.00 per person)
Dessert: Friendly's (Morris Plains): $12.00 ($6.00 per person)


July 10, 2003

City Streets (Morris Plains): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)


July 3, 2003

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $210.00 ($35.00 per person)


June 19, 2003

The Office (Summit): $78.00 ($26.00 per person)


June 12, 2003

The Outback (Springfield): $175.00 ($25.00 per person)


June 5, 2003

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $66.00 ($33.00 per person)


May 29, 2003

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $120.00 ($30.00 per person)


May 15, 2003

Winberie's (Summit): $135.00 ($27.00 per person)


May 8, 2003

The Outback (Springfield): $80.00 ($20.00 per person)


May 1, 2003

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $96.00 ($32.00 per person)


April 24, 2003

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $145.00 ($29.00 per person)


April 17, 2003

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $80.00 ($16.00 per person)


April 10, 2003

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $168.00 ($28.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's your bread pudding? Besides done?

It's done.

(Later, while Howard was telling a story (not technically a review, but it had to be recorded for posterity))

What they do is they make your father's first name be your last name. So Ig, if you had a kid, he would be Something Ig.


April 3, 2003

The Outback (Springfield): $168.00 ($28.00 per person)


March 27, 2003

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's your salad, Howie?

Fine.


March 20, 2003

Banzai (Denville): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)


March 13, 2003

Fuddruckers (Union): $32.30 ($10.77 per person)

Howard's Review

How is that Mardi Gras Burger?

It's not great, it's just got some extra stuff on it - ooh, here's some extra stuff now!

(Howard pops some extra stuff into his mouth)


March 6, 2003

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $205.00 ($41.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

That hush puppie was better than I remember the last one I had being.

That's probably the highest compliment you've ever paid any food.


February 27, 2003

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $64.00 ($16.00 per person)


February 20, 2003

Chengdu 46 (Clifton): $330.00 ($55.00 per person)


February 13, 2003

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $162.00 ($27.00 per person)


February 6, 2003

The Outback (Springfield): $208.00 ($26.00 per person)


January 30, 2003

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $280.00 ($40.00 per person)


January 23, 2003

Ferraro's (Somerville): $225.00 ($45.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the chicken?

(Howard shrugs)

Chicken.


January 16, 2003

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $132.00 ($33.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the ice cream?

(Howard looks up and smiles)

Fine.


January 9, 2003

Carrabba's (Green Brook): $210.00 ($30.00 per person)


January 2, 2003

The Outback (Springfield): $150.00 ($25.00 per person)


December 26, 2002

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $248.00 ($31.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What kind of sauce is that, Howie?

(Howard shakes his head and makes a displeased face)

Cajun.

No good?

I forgot I don't like Cajun.


December 21, 2002

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $258.00 ($43.00 per person)

Howard's Review

What's your take on the alligator sausage?

(Howard shakes his head noncommittally)

Fine.

(Later)

What's the difference between your "OK" and "fine"?

"Allright" is better than "fine".

But what about "OK"?

"OK" is allright.


December 12, 2002

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $112.00 ($28.00 per person)


December 6, 2002

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $140.00 ($20.00 per person)


November 29, 2002

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $116.00 ($29.00 per person)


November 21, 2002

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


November 14, 2002

Chilis (Parsippany): $144.00 ($18.00 per person)


November 7, 2002

Tiffany's (Morris Plains): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)


October 31, 2002

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $105.00 ($35.00 per person)


October 24, 2002

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $174.00 ($29.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the soup, Howie?

It's okay.

(Howard takes another spoonful)

It's done.

(Howard pushes away the bowl)


October 3, 2002

Fitzgerald's Harp and Bard (Clifton): $175.00 ($35.00 per person)


September 26, 2002

The Outback (Springfield)


September 19, 2002

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $192.00 ($32.00 per person)


September 12, 2002

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $75.00 ($25.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the quesadilla?

Full.

That's not what I asked.

(Howard shrugs)


September 5, 2002

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $87.00 ($29.00 per person)


August 29, 2002

The Outback (Parsippany)


August 22, 2002

Sweet Maggie's (Rockaway): $140.00 ($20.00 per person)
Dessert: Friendly's (Rockaway): $48.90 ($6.99 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the turkey noodle soup, Howie?

Good.

(A moment later)

Very Good.

Good very good?

Yes.

(Later, unprompted)

Turkey's good.

Turkey noodle soup, or turkey in general?

Turkey in general.


August 8, 2002

Harold's (Lyndhurst): $120.00 ($24.00 per person)


August 1, 2002

Jose Tejas (Iselin): $153.00 ($15.30 per person)


July 25, 2002

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $174.00 ($29.00 per person)


July 18, 2002

Red Lobster (Bridgewater): $180.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, while breaking apart a crab)

I am enjoying myself!

(Later, unprompted, while breaking apart a crab)

What's this? Is this edible?

(Pops an unidentified piece of crab in his mouth)

(Grimaces, shakes his head "no")


July 11, 2002

Fuddruckers (Union): $47.45 ($9.49 per person)


July 3, 2002

The Outback (Springfield): $216.00 ($27.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the burger, Howie?

I'm full.

That's not what I asked you.

Burger's fine.


June 27, 2002

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $64.00 ($16.00 per person)


June 20, 2002

Milan (Pine Brook): $273.00 ($39.00 per person)


June 13, 2002

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $76.00 ($19.00 per person)


June 6, 2002

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $224.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

I'm thinking about the pad Thai noodles.

I don't recommend that.

What's wrong with it?

I don't recommend it.


May 30, 2002

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $100.00 ($25.00 per person)


May 23, 2002

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)


May 16, 2002

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $234.00 ($39.00 per person)


May 9, 2002

Eccola (Parsippany): $240.00 ($40.00 per person)


May 2, 2002

Cafe Winberie (Ridgewood): $156.00 ($22.29 per person)


April 25, 2002

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains): $156.00 ($26.00 per person)


April 18, 2002

Chilis (Parsippany): $88.00 ($22.00 per person)


April 11, 2002

Harold's (Parsippany): $90.00 ($30.00 per person)


April 5, 2002

Texas Ranch House (Somerville): $101.92 ($12.74 per person)

Howard's Review

What've you got there, Howie, the gumbo?

Yes.

(Howard takes a mouthful)

How is it?

(Howard shrugs while chewing)

(Howard takes another mouthful)

(Howard again shrugs while chewing)

(Howard takes another mouthful)

(Howard again shrugs while chewing)


March 28, 2002

The Outback (Springfield): $140.00 ($28.00 per person)


March 21, 2002

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

The onion soup was sub-par.


March 14, 2002

Uno Chicago Grill (Metuchen): $171.00 ($19.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Howie, what's wrong with the potato?

(Howard waves his hand)

Full, and aaaiiieeeeeyyaaahhhhh....


March 7, 2002

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $198.00 ($33.00 per person)


February 28, 2002

Alexus (Clifton): $135.00 ($27.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard takes a bite of garlic bread)

Crunchy.

(Howard takes another bite of garlic bread)

I do not like crunchy.

(Howard takes another bite of garlic bread)


February 21, 2002

Snuffy's (Scotch Plains): $162.00 ($27.00 per person)
Dessert: Friendly's (New Providence): $33.00 ($5.50 per person)

Howard's Review

Howie, I assume the onion soup isn't that great, since it has no cheese?

Even without the cheese, it's very good.

(Later)

How are the wings, Howie?

They're good. That's how I like them.


February 11, 2002

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $350.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

Good. Very good.

(Later, unprompted)

(Howard shakes his head)

Full.

(Howard continues eating)


February 7, 2002

Ferraro's (Somerville): $294.00 ($42.00 per person)


January 31, 2002

Martino's Cuban Restaurant (Somerville): $204.00 ($34.00 per person)


January 24, 2002

Jose Tejas (Fairfield): $160.00 ($20.00 per person)


January 17, 2002

Sirin (Morristown): $289.00 ($36.13 per person)
Dessert: Friendly's (Convent Station): $40.00 ($5.00 per person)


January 10, 2002

The Outback (Springfield): $216.00 ($24.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How's the soup, Howard?

(Unintelligible response)

Did you say "it's fair?"

No, I said "Uhhhhhhh".


January 3, 2002

Chilis (Clark): $152.00 ($19.00 per person)

Howard's Review

That's not too crunchy, is it Howie?

(Howard shakes his head)

(Later, unprompted:)

I'm not a crunchy kind of person.

(Later, unprompted:)

I'm more a chewy person than a crunchy person.


December 27, 2001

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $104.00 ($26.00 per person)


December 20, 2001

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $217.00 ($31.00 per person)


December 13, 2001

Colorado Cafe (Watchung): $176.00 ($22.00 per person)
Dessert: Friendly's (New Providence): $40.00 ($5.00 per person)


December 6, 2001

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken): $162.00 ($27.00 per person)


November 29, 2001

Mannion's Pub (Somerville): $261.00 ($29.00 per person)


November 20, 2001

Molly Malone's (Whippany): $154.00 ($22.00 per person)


November 15, 2001

The Outback (Springfield): $176.00 ($25.14 per person)


November 8, 2001

Banzai (Denville): $216.00 ($27.00 per person)


November 1, 2001

The Olive Garden (Livingston): $150.00 ($25.00 per person)


October 25, 2001

Tiffany's (Pine Brook): $217.00 ($31.00 per person)


October 18, 2001

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $231.00 ($33.00 per person)


October 11, 2001

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette): $320.00 ($40.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How was the...

Shell thing? Good.

No, that other thing.

(Referring to shrimp)

Oh. Good.

(Later, unprompted, to the tune of "Wild Thing")

Shell thing... you make my heart sing... shell thing, I think I love you.


October 4, 2001

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $178.00 ($25.43 per person)


September 27, 2001

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $296.00 ($37.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, regarding the lentil and bacon soup)

This is not as good as I imagined.

Not enough bacon per soup?

Not enough bacon.


September 20, 2001

Long Valley Pub and Brewery (Long Valley): $210.00 ($30.00 per person)


September 13, 2001

Milan (Pine Brook): $252.00 ($42.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(The waitress had talked Howard into changing his dessert order from lemon sorbet to lemon loaf)

So was the lemon loaf -

Good.

Worth changing from the lemon sorbet?

I don't know, I didn't have the lemon sorbet.


September 6, 2001

Harold's (Lyndhurst): $61.00 ($20.33 per person)


August 30, 2001

Spanish Tavern (Mountainside): $215.00 ($43.00 per person)


August 23, 2001

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $180.00 ($36.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Seemingly unprompted)

That was good!

What was good, Howie, the buffalo wings?

The wings are good, too.

What were you originally referring to?

(Unintelligible response)

What?

(Unintelligible response)

What?

(Unintelligible response)

What?

The Replacements.

(That being the name of a movie)


August 16, 2001

Fitzgerald's Harp and Bard (Clifton): $150.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

The onion soup was good. Although the cheese was not Arthur's cheese. But the cheese was still good.


August 9, 2001

Jose Tejas (Iselin): $154.00 ($22.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How was the pollo con jamon, Howie?

(Howard shrugs)

Eh.

Just eh?

(Howard shrugs)

I ate it.


August 2, 2001

Fuddruckers (Bridgewater): $96.80 ($9.68 per person)


July 26, 2001

The Office (Summit): $94.00 ($23.50 per person)

Howard's Review

How's your shrimp and linguini, Howie?

(Howard shrugs)

Fine.

(Moments later, unprompted:)

Hot.

Spicy hot or heat hot?

Heat.


July 19, 2001

The Outback (Springfield): $270.00 ($30.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How was your dinner, Howie?

(Howard gestures towards a near-empty plate)

You tell me. How was my dinner, Coletti?

Awesome.


July 12, 2001

East L.A. (Hoboken): $260.00 ($26.00 per person)


July 5, 2001

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $224.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

So what kind of cheesecake are you getting, Howie?

If I get any, it will be the same old.

Same old?

Same old.

What's the same old?

Vanilla bean.

You don't want to branch out, try something new?

(Howard shrugs)

Because you really, really like the vanilla bean, or because the vanilla bean is good enough?

(Howard shrugs)

I really, really like the vanilla bean.


June 28, 2001

Ferraro's (Somerville): $287.00 ($41.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

That's good.

What's good, the hot or the cold?

(Referring to the hot or cold assorted appetizers)

Hot.

Have you tried the cold yet?

Haven't tried the cold.


June 21, 2001

Alexus (Clifton): $96.00 ($24.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

Good.

What's good, the clam chowder?

Good.

(A moment later, pointing to the blooming onion appetizer...)

That's good too. Everything's good.


June 14, 2001

Eccola (Parsippany): $156.00 ($39.00 per person)


June 7, 2001

On the Border (Woodland Park): $175.00 ($25.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Howard ordered a dish called "Superior Dinner")

How is it?

(Howard shrugs)

Is it really superior?

(Howard shrugs)

That's what they say.


May 31, 2001

Harold's (Parsippany): $140.00 ($35.00 per person)


May 24, 2001

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster): $210.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted, looking at menu)

Let's see, what did I get last time?

What did you get last time?

I don't know.

How was it?

(Shrugs)

Fine.


May 17, 2001

Hunan Tea Garden (Warren): $107.00 ($26.75 per person)


May 10, 2001

Joe's American Bar and Grill (Short Hills): $192.00 ($32.00 per person)

Howard's Review

How'd you like this new place, Howie?

Fine.

Yeah? I thought it was better than fine. Not totally great or anything, but...

Good, good.


May 3, 2001

Milan (Pine Brook): $273.00 ($39.00 per person)

Howard's Review

(Note: Howard had a stuffed nose due to allergies.)

What is that, Howie?

Crab.

Crap?

Crab.

Crap?

The other other white meat.

What?

Crab.

Crap?

The other other white meat.


April 26, 2001

The Outback (Springfield): $216.00 ($27.00 per person)


April 19, 2001

The Thirsty Turtle (Bernardsville): $130.00 ($26.00 per person)


April 12, 2001

Chilis (Clark): $90.00 ($18.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Howie, why didn't you finish your dinner?

(This being country fried steak)

Too crunchy.


April 5, 2001

The Olive Garden (Livingston): $72.00 ($24.00 per person)

Howard's Review

I think I'll have the chicken alfredo. You've had that, haven't you, Howie?

I've had it.

How is it?

(Howard shrugs)

I've had it.


March 29, 2001

Jose Tejas (Iselin): $152.00 ($19.00 per person)

Howard's Review

Hey Howie, how is this dish?

(Pointing to a dish on the menu)

I don't know, I always got the one it replaced.

What dish was that?

I don't know.

(Later...)

How is that, Howie?

(Referring to chorizo quesadillas)

Fine.


March 22, 2001

The Office (Summit): $120.00 ($24.00 per person)


March 15, 2001

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack): $245.00 ($35.00 per person)

Howard's Review

You want a Mai Tai, Howie?

No no no no.

What drink did you have last time, a Caribbean Cooler?

Yes.

You want another one?

No no no no.

(Later)

You got the same thing as Root, the jambalaya?

Yes.

What's your opinion as to how hot it is?

Not too hot.


March 8, 2001

Ferraro's (Somerville): $290.00 ($48.33 per person)

Howard's Review

What is that, Howie?

(Howard shrugs)

I dunno, some special. Special number two.

How is it?

Fine.

What's that on it, some sort of garlic sauce?

Shouldn't be garlic sauce.


March 1, 2001

Chengdu 46 (Clifton)

Howard's Review

How is it, Howie, is it good?

(Referring to Peking duck)

(Howard shrugs)

Is it good?

Fine.


February 22, 2001

Chevy's (Clifton)

Howard's Review

What is that, Howie?

(Howard makes "I don't know" faces and gestures)

Gordo... plato... grando... grando gordo plato gordo grando I dunno... Did you ask 'What is that' or 'How is that'?

I asked 'what', but how is it?

(Howard points at vegetables)

You've got the vegetable crap...

(Howard points at dipping sauce)

... and the sauce...

(Howard points at shrimp)

... I'm full.


February 15, 2001

Harold's (Lyndhurst)

Howard's Review

How was it, Howie?

(Referring to Food Club in general)

Fine.


February 8, 2001

Scotty's (Springfield)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

That's good soup, let me tell you.

How's that soup, Howie?

That's good soup.


February 1, 2001

Tiffany's (Pine Brook)

Howard's Review

Something wrong with them, Howie?

(Referring to the fact that he did not finish his ribs)

(Howard shakes his head)

How are they?

Full.


January 25, 2001

The Outback (Springfield)

Howard's Review

How is it, Howie?

(Referring to Toowoomba pasta)

Hot.


January 18, 2001

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster)


January 11, 2001

Macaroni Grill (East Hanover)


January 4, 2001

The Cheesecake Factory (Hackensack)

Howard's Review

How are the pad Thai noodles, Howie?

Fine.

(Later)

How's yours, Howie?

Good.


December 28, 2000

Chilis (Parsippany)


December 21, 2000

Mannion's Pub (Somerville)


December 14, 2000

Jose Tejas (Fairfield)


December 7, 2000

Spanish Tavern (Mountainside)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

This is excellent soup.


November 30, 2000

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette)

Howard's Review

(Unprompted)

Oooooh, that's good.

What's that, Howie?

(Howard points at devilled crab)

Shell thing.


November 21, 2000

The Outback (Springfield)


November 16, 2000

Arthur's Tavern (Hoboken)

Howard's Review

So you finished the cheesecake, Howie?

Yes I did.

Even though you were full?

Uh huh.

How was it?

Okay.

Well worth it?

(Howard shrugs)


November 9, 2000

Banzai (Denville)


November 2, 2000

The Office (Summit)


October 26, 2000

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster)

Howard's Review

How do you like this place, Howie?

(Howard shrugs)

What did you get?

I got the same thing Coletti got.

How was it?

(Howard shrugs)


October 19, 2000

Harold's (Lyndhurst)


October 12, 2000

Jose Tejas (Fairfield)


October 5, 2000

Chengdu 46 (Clifton)

Howard's Review

You've been here before, Howard?

Yes.

How is it?

(Howard shrugs)

Okay.


September 28, 2000

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette)

Howard's Review

How is it, Howie?

(Referring to Taste of the Bayou)

(Howard shrugs)

Good.

(Later, unprompted)

Oh, this is good.

Have you gotten to the pork part yet, Howie?

That's good too.


September 21, 2000

Clam Broth House (Hoboken)

Howard's Review

Watcha got there, Howie?

Chicken Francaise.

How is it?

(Howard shrugs)

Okay.


September 14, 2000

The Olive Garden (Livingston)


September 7, 2000

Hilltop Cafe (Summit)


August 31, 2000

The Outback (Springfield)


August 24, 2000

The Office (Summit)

Howard's Review

What do you usually get here, Howie?

The Cajun gumbo, and... then I wing it.

How's the Cajun gumbo?

(Howard shrugs)

I always get it.


August 17, 2000

Milan (Pine Brook)

Howard's Review

How's the crab, Howie?

Fine.


August 10, 2000

Jose Tejas (Fairfield)


August 3, 2000

Eccola (Parsippany)


July 27, 2000

Macaroni Grill (East Hanover)


July 20, 2000

Willie's Taverne (Bedminster)


July 13, 2000

J.B. Winberie (Summit)


July 6, 2000

The Outback (Springfield)


June 29, 2000

Chilis (Parsippany)


June 22, 2000

Don Pepe (Pine Brook)


June 15, 2000

Macaroni Grill (East Hanover)


June 8, 2000

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette)


June 1, 2000

The Outback (Springfield)


May 25, 2000

The Office (Summit)


May 18, 2000

The Olive Garden (Livingston)


May 11, 2000

Milan (Pine Brook)


May 4, 2000

Banzai (Denville)


April 27, 2000

Geraldine's Grill (Parsippany)


April 20, 2000

Jose Tejas (Fairfield)


April 13, 2000

Hilltop Cafe (Summit)


April 6, 2000

Lone Star Steakhouse (Wayne)


March 30, 2000

Champps Americana (Edison)


March 23, 2000

Chilis (Parsippany)


March 16, 2000

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette)


March 9, 2000

Harold's (Lyndhurst)


March 2, 2000

Spanish Tavern (Mountainside)


February 24, 2000

The First Place (Bridgewater)


February 17, 2000

J.B. Winberie (Summit)


February 10, 2000

Arthur's Tavern (Morris Plains)


February 3, 2000

Jose Tejas (Fairfield)


January 27, 2000

The Outback (Springfield)


January 20, 2000

The Olive Garden (Livingston)


January 13, 2000

Milan (Pine Brook)


January 6, 2000

The Office (Summit)


December 30, 1999

Fuddruckers (Union)


December 23, 1999

Chevy's (Parsippany)


December 16, 1999

Harold's (Lyndhurst)


December 9, 1999

Eccola (Parsippany)


December 2, 1999

Jose Tejas (Fairfield)


November 24, 1999

The Outback (Springfield)


November 18, 1999

The Meyersville Inn (Gillette)


November 11, 1999

Braseiro Churrascaria (Eatontown)


November 4, 1999

J.B. Winberie (Summit)


October 28, 1999

The First Place (Bridgewater)


October 21, 1999

Chilis (Parsippany)


October 14, 1999

Hilltop Cafe (Summit)


October 7, 1999

Don Pepe (Pine Brook)


September 30, 1999

The Outback (Springfield)


September 23, 1999

The Office (Cranford)


September 9, 1999

The Olive Garden (Livingston)


September 2, 1999

J.B. Winberie (Summit)


August 26, 1999

The First Place (Bridgewater)


August 19, 1999

Fuddruckers (Parsippany)


August 12, 1999

Chilis (Parsippany)


August 5, 1999

Alexus (Mountainside)


July 29, 1999

Jose Tejas (Fairfield)


Before That

Who Knows?

Food Club started in 1995. Unfortunately, specific information about the early ones is lost in the mists of time.

If anyone invents a time machine, please let me know. Thanks.