Preview: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week 2013

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

Atlantic City Boardwalk on a postcard, circa 1913-1916.

After being cancelled last Fall due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore Restaurant Week returns today with more than 60 restaurants participating. Patrons can enjoy 3-course prix-fixe dinners (for $20 and $30) at a wide variety of eateries up and down the Shore. The Asbury Park Press bills it as “an event that will showcase a rejuvenated culinary scene along a rebuilt coastline.”

In addition to restaurant specials, JSRW has its own food events, including a bacon tasting called “Eat. Drink. Indulge. Bacon.” Guests will be able to try gourmet bacon dishes and “bacon-inspired” cocktails created by baconeer chef, Jimmy Vena.

Restaurant Weeks like the one in Jersey Shore have been popping up across the country. Owners use them to showcase their restaurants and attract new business during off-seasons, while diners get the chance to try a variety of cuisines at affordable fixed prices. Local food communities benefit from new connections being formed between owners, diners and area food writers.

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Reservations
Many restaurants in JSRW accept online reservations through OpenTable.
Dates: November 8th – 17th, 2013
Participating Restaurants: More than 60. Full List.
Social Media Updates: Facebook, @JSRWeek

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Top restaurants with online delivery in Elizabeth NJ

Looking for online food delivery near Elizabeth, New Jersey? At BringMeThat, we recently added more than 2,300 NJ restaurants to our online food delivery service, including 25 in Elizabeth

Simply enter your location to browse restaurant menus, compare prices and quickly place delivery orders through the Web. No phone needed!

Here’s a guide to some of the best delivery options in the Elizabeth area:

Algarve Restaurant | Portuguese Food
656 Van Buren Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

“Self-described healthy barbeque and Portuguese cuisine. Algarve Restaurant offers a range of food, from Frog Legs, to Filet Mignon, to pasta and seafood options [..] I can see why this is a local hot spot.  If I lived closer to Elizabeth, I’d certainly be a frequent visitor. The prices are just right (less than $20 for grilled Chilean Sea Bass!) and the seafood seemed surprisingly fresh; I no doubt underestimated the freshness from this unassuming restaurant in the middle of Elizabeth.” (Bergen County Foodie)

Don Julio Restaurant | Cuban / Hispanic / American
50 Marshall St, Elizabeth, NJ 07206

“Don Julio, a neighborhood restaurant facing the Elizabeth waterfront, is the perfect place to sample Peruvian “Chifa” cuisine. Chifa, from the Mandarin “to eat rice,” is the name for the distinctly Peruvian versions of Chinese food originating in Peru’s immigrant Chinatowns [...] Winning options off the Peruvian menu include the ceviche de pescado and a ginger-inflected seafood soup.” (Ethnic Food NJ)

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Elizabeth, NJ

Michelino’s Pizzeria | Pizza / Italian Food
169 Washington Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

“Great Pizza! Our favorite. No other can compare near to Michelino’s. Even for my boyfriend who has an Italian born and raised palette. I hope this will not change. A neighborhood gem. Bravo!” (iDine)

Tequila’s Grill | Mexican / Hispanic / Bar / Grill
824 Pearl St, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

“Food is delicious and savory with the sense that you truly are getting a real Mexican experience and nothing made up or cookie cut as you would in most Mexican restaurants in the tri-state area.” (Yelp!)

Seaport Diner | Greek / Irish / Deli / Sandwiches
798 Dowd Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

“This diner looks like it is straight out of Goodfellas. It’s the stereotype of diners. The food is amazing. The Greek salad I ordered was delicious. Fresh feta, and vegetables and a great authentic tasting dressing. The others people at my table got a Reuben and a Philly cheesesteak by with which they were both impressed. Friendly quick service. Great food. Cheap prices. What’s not to love?” (UrbanSpoon)

Bella Pizza | Pizza / Pastas / Italian Food / Burgers / Seafood
5 Broad St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

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Preview of the 2013 NC State Fair

NC State Fair

Photo by NC State Fair

The annual NC State Fair kicks off tomorrow (Thursday, October 17th) at the Raleigh fairgrounds and will run for 11 days. Featuring inventive deep-fried foods, historical agricultural exhibits and classic carnival attractions, the festival is likely to draw about one million people.

This year, hungry fairgoers can expect new eccentric Southern-style cuisine. “We have a pork barbecue and slaw egg roll. We have Krispy Kreme Sloppy joes. Someone’s going to try fried ice cream this year. We have deep-fried pink lemonade funnel cakes,” said fair official Brian Long. There will also be double-decker candy apples.

NC State Fair

Krispy Kreme Sloppy joe. Photo by NC State Fair

NC State Fair

Double-decker Candy Apple. Photo by NC State Fair

The fair has been running since 1853, with brief pauses during the American Civil War and World War II, and has hosted speeches by three US presidents (Teddy Roosevelt, Gerald Ford and George HW Bush). Its official purpose, broadly speaking, is to showcase NC agriculture.

Organizers have promised that their production will be second to none. As someone who’s attended this fair multiple times, I highly recommend the pig races. If you end up going, let us know what you tried and how it went!

When: October 17 – 27
Where: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 2760
What: Food, carnival rides, live music and exhibitsCheck out the event schedule.
Tickets: $7 for adults. Free for kids. Advance tickets available.
Follow on Twitter: @NCStateFair

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Top restaurants with online delivery in Erie PA

Looking for food delivery in Erie? At BringMeThat we recently added more than 1,900 Pennsylvania restaurants to our online food delivery service, including 26 in Erie.

Simply enter your location to browse restaurant menus, compare prices and quickly place delivery orders through the Web. No phone needed!

Here’s a guide to some of the best delivery options in the Erie area:

Teresa’s Deli | Pizza / Subs / Salads
5360 West Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16505
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When you talk about getting your money’s worth, Teresa’s is the name for it! You get HUGE portions and the prices aren’t even pricey to begin with. Homecooking and delicious! (Insider Pages)

Famous Dave’s | Barbecue / Chicken Wings / Soups / Salads
7165 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509

“Lucky for me I found Famous Dave’s. The chopped pork was amazing. I tend to drown mine in sauce so I mixed rich and sassy with zesty and sweet. Mac and cheese was another shining star with jalapeños and corn mixed in. The sweet tea could have used a little more sugar, but that’s probably just my southern roots. Will be back again for sure.” (Urbanspoon Review)

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Golden Wok | Chinese Food
3204 Pittsburgh Ave, Erie, PA 16508
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“The best Chinese I’ve had in town. What I liked is the obvious freshness of the food. The pork fried rice has a stir fry flavor and wasn’t greasy. The wonton soup had plenty of wontons in it, and the bbq ribs had that same stir fry flavor. The chicken in garlic sauce tasted delicious with fresh veggies and hot peppers. They also do delivery.” (Yahoo! Travel Review)

Valerio’s Pizza | Chinese Food
1803 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16510
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“Taco Ball …These are the words that lured me here. They take a pepperoni ball, slice it open, add taco meat, lettuce and tomato, and serve it with sour cream and picante sauce. It was splendid … and cheap! Two could easily make a meal. But my friend that I went with wanted a calzone … and these are amazing, loaded with cheese! And one calzone was more than enough for two people. We had leftovers.” (Yelp! Review)

Calamari’s Squid Row | Seafood  / Italian Food / Soups / Wraps
1317 State St, Erie, PA 16501

Barbato’s Italian Restaurant | Pizza / Subs / Salads
1529 W 38th St, Erie, PA 16508
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Best restaurants offering online delivery in Newark

At BringMeThat we recently added 2,400 New Jersey restaurants to our online food delivery service. By entering their location, residents and visitors in the Garden State can browse a comprehensive database of restaurant menus and quickly place delivery orders through the Web.

We currently deliver from more than 53 restaurants in the Newark area. Here’s a guide to some of the best options:

Hobby’s Delicatessen | Deli / Sandwiches / Vegetarian / Soups
32 Branford Pl, Newark, NJ 07102
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“I finally made my first stop to Hobby’s and what a delicious experience it was [...]The corned beef is pickled on the premises, and perfectly scrumptious, salty, moist, and robust.  Each bite is faintly accompanied by a subtle “squish” sound, owing to the fine craftsmanship and delicate texture of the sliced meat.  To dress it up a bit – and this is encouraged, I promise – I slap on some of Hobby’s wonderfully spicy mustard which acts as the perfect sidekick to it all.  A brilliant combination.  The bread is fresh, sturdy, but not overwhelming or distracting towards the meat.  Really an amazing sandwich.” (John and Elana)

Delicias De Minas Restaurant | Brazilian food / Buffet
168 Mcwhorter St, Newark, NJ 07105

“This is a terrific find in Newark. Superb Brazilian quasi-buffet – some vegetables and fish dishes on a traditional buffet table, but the best & freshest offerings are at the carving station. Continue reading…

BringMeThat News and Reviews

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BringMeThat was recently featured in The Temple News, the student paper at Temple University in Philadelphia. Reporter Sarae Gdovin wrote about BringMeThat’s expansion into Philadelphia and about the state of the online food delivery business.

“The convenience of food delivery used to be restricted to pizza and the occasional Chinese restaurant. But now, more and more restaurants are offering delivery for their customers. Websites like GrubHub and Seamless have made it easier by providing information on delivery to restaurants in large cities. A new website, BringMeThat.com, is taking that idea and expanding out of large cities, bringing a database of food delivery nationwide.” (The Temple News)

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The Food Hussy wrote a service review of BringMeThat after ordering a meal from our site. The Food Hussy has been blogging about Cincinnati restaurants and food culture for five years now. In June, she wrote a guest post for us exploring the best lesser-known restaurants in Cincinnati.

“It’s so much easier to go to one site rather than hunt and peck and wonder who delivers in my area. You might even find out about a new restaurant you didn’t even know was in your neck of the woods.” (The Food Hussy)

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The Philadelphia food blog, Phoodie, wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about our Pennsylvania launch, entitled: “BringMeThat.com Now Delivers In Pennsylvania Because You’re Fat AND Lazy.” Honestly, the real reason we’ve added online food delivery in Pennsylvania is because you’re smart and beautiful.

“[BringMeThat] is offering delivery not just to the big mean cities, but the suburbs and the Alabama part of Pennsylvania as well [...] Of BringMeThat’s 1999 restaurants in PA, 1480 of them are scattered about the state. As a suburban kid at heart, we can’t help but have slightly warmer cockles at the very idea of this idea.” (Phoodie)

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David L. McCreary is a food writer for Cary Magazine and for his own blog, Lunchboy Says. He tried out BringMeThat’s service and wrote a review of the experience.

“Recently I had the opportunity to check out an interesting online food delivery service called BringMeThat. Let’s face it: Sometimes it’s nice when you don’t have to cook or leave home to get quality grub! Bottom line: It’s a legitimate and convenient service available to make life easier for people like you and me. Be sure to give it a try.” (Lunchboy Says)

Best restaurants with online food delivery in Allentown

BringMeThat recently opened in Pennsylvania and now offers online food delivery from 2,000 restaurants in the Keystone state! At our site you can browse menus from nearby restaurants and place orders entirely through the Web. Great food is just a few clicks away.

We currently deliver from more than 29 restaurants in the Allentown area. Here’s a guide to some of the best options:

Ringer’s Roost | American / Hamburgers / Pizza / Sandwiches / Wraps / Steak
1801 W Liberty St, Allentown, PA 18104
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“Ringer’s Roost’s new menu additions make a great place even better. At this comfy, anytime spot, veggie burgers have equal opportunity with applewood bacon meatloaf and brown onion gravy.” (The Morning Call)

Kow Thai Take Out | Thai Food / Curry / Soups / Salads
1201 W Linden St, Allentown, PA 18102
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“The food is delicious, there are a variety of choices, and it has a Fantastic ‘greatest neighborhood find’ feel to it. It is truly the delicious authenticity and quality of the food that has me choose Kow Thai over its more expensive Thai competitors any day.” (Yelp! Review)

online food delivery in Allentown

Ray’s Famous Pizza | Pizza / Pasta / Hoagies / Italian Food
1424 Pennsylvania Ave, Unit 1, Allentown, PA 18109
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China King | Chinese Food / Dim Sum
1901 Hamilton St, Unit 2, Allentown, PA 18104
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Chianti Italiano Restaurante | Italian Food / Antipasti / Insalata / Wraps
4558 Crackersport Rd, Allentown, PA 18104
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We’re always adding new restaurants to our site; make sure to check back with us. Know a restaurant you want us to add? Contact us at [email protected].

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Pittsburgh Skyline. Photo by Robert Yochum.

Come celebrate food culture in the Steel City! Pittsburgh Restaurant Week kicked off Monday and will run through the weekend (Aug 12-18). The event has 69 participating restaurants, each offering discounted three-course meals, many created specially for this week.

I caught up with Brian McCollum, Director of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, to learn more about the event.

What are your thoughts on the Pittsburgh restaurant scene?

“I’m sure that people in Philadelphia want visitors to know that they eat more than just cheese steaks. In Pittsburgh, we feel quite similar. Though we have the utmost respect for Primanti Brothers, our city has a lot more to offer than sandwiches topped with coleslaw and fries. The cultural and dining landscape of Pittsburgh has experienced a renaissance in the past decade, and Restaurant Week is a great way to highlight and celebrate this.”

What’s the idea behind fixed-priced meals?

“By offering a multi-course set-price menu, it allows diners to experience three different courses at a restaurant at a discount. While it’s most popular for diners to venture and experience new restaurants, even local staples in the food scene have experienced great success by inventing new dishes in honor of the celebration.”

Could you give us a brief history of PRW?

“Originally planned as an annual event beginning in January 2012, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week has spawned into a twice-annual celebration between Pittsburgh restaurants and the community.”

McCollum said the first celebration had 30 restaurants and was so well-received that restaurants requested a second event in the summer. Compared with January 2012, this summer’s PRW will feature more than double the number of restaurants.

What’s the role of food bloggers in PRW?

“Personally, I think Pittsburgh Food Bloggers play a vital and necessary role in restaurant week. In fact, I started restaurant week because I am a food blogger passionate about Pittsburgh’s food scene, and I felt that it was time for Pittsburgh to have a restaurant week. To incorporate my fellow bloggers into restaurant week, I host an invitational dinner just for food bloggers.”

For more information, including menus and transportation directions, visit Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

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Restaurants with online food delivery in Pittsburgh

BringMeThat recently opened in Pennsylvania and now offers online food delivery from more than 2,000 restaurants in the Keystone state! BringMeThat compiles restaurant data (menus, prices, estimated delivery times) and allows you to place orders entirely online. Simply enter your address to browse restaurants that deliver to you.

We currently deliver from more than 150 restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. Here’s a guide to some of the best options:

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The Smithfield Bridge in Pittsburgh. Photo by Chuck Szmurlo.

Center Avenue Slice | Pizza / Salad / Soup / Italian Food
332 Center Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15229

“The pizza came quickly. It was hot and delicious. The crust was crusty and chewy (I love a good pizza crust) and well cooked. The sausage was by far some of the best I have had on a pizza. The cheese pulled for miles as you lifted a slice off the pan. There were so many toppings that they fall off as you pull a slice.” (New-Burghers Food Blog)

Rose Tea Cafe | Taiwanese Food / Tea & Beverages / Asian Food
5874 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

“I love this restaurant because the food is varied and packed with flavor; the service is quick, and the “bubble tea” (more on that later … ) is addictive.” (Pittsburgh Magazine)

Mandarin Gourmet | Chinese Food
305 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Osaka | Sushi / Japanese Food / Asian Food
2101 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
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My Big Fat Greek Gyro | Gyros / Souvlaki / Baklava / Greek Food
665 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Pizza Milano | Pizza / Soup / Wings / Calzones / Hoagies / Italian Food
6500 Steubenville Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15202

We’re always adding new restaurants to our site; make sure to check back with us. Want us to add a restaurant? Contact us at [email protected].

Guide: Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Cary

beer bourbon bbq festival cary 2013 koka booth

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The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival kicks off tonight in Cary!

“Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tasting’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an All-You-Care-To-Taste sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry and you can also enjoy seminars in the tasting theater and Live music all day. 11,000 attendees expected.”

Enjoy unlimited samples from more than 60 beer and 40 bourbon selections at this Cary food & drink celebration. Organizers promise mountains of barbecue and steady doses of live rock, blues and bluegrass.

FEATURES:
- Drink menu: http://www.beerandbourbon.com/cary/drink-menu
- Contests: Cary BBQ Classic Tasting Contest, The Miss BBQ Babe, The Triangle’s Best Beer Belly
- Music by: Rubberband, Jon Stickley Trio, Scarletta, Will McBridge Group

WHEN:
August 2 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
August 3 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

WHERE:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27518

TICKETS:
Partial access starting at $25 / full access for $75

This festival guide is brought to you by online food delivery service Bring Me That, now offering delivery from 25 restaurants in Cary and from more than 1,300 restaurants across North Carolina.