Farside Bar & Grill

4/4/2007 Mini Update:

See below for two reviews. A recent quick one-dish review and an otherwise mediocre one from last summer.

Description – Bar & Grill
Services – Bar, Lounge, Live music, Grill
Address – 531 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4905
Telephone – (201) 963-7677
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March 2007, Quesadilla review:

Was playing darts there the other day, and my friend ordered the Chicken Quesadilla. I had a piece. It was very good. For those that prefer breaded chicken cutlet over grilled, this is your place. Very flavorful and “stick to the ribs” tasty.

To quote Chris:

“Nice mix of chicken and cheese. Not sloppy and had a distinct flavor. Delicious. It’s big enough for two people, but I’m not complaining… I AM two people!”

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And for a rather disappointing experience last summer….

August 2006:

What a beautiful weekend it was, so after milling around Hoboken for many hours, we decided to swing by Farside to try their menu out and see how it fared against other “bar menu” places.

Luckily there were not too many people out on this day, and we got a table. The bar inside was deserted, but understandably so.

Looking at their brief menu, we just ordered a few random greasy and unhealthy things as a hangover fix from the previous night.

Here’s a summary of what we ate, and what the verdicts were.

#1: Buffalo wings – “hot version”

  • Not horrible, but lacked any significant flavor.
  • Meat came off bones well enough.
  • Blue cheese dip was fine. Celery was plentiful and fresh.
  • Probably will not order these again, better choices in Hoboken. Maybe “DaBomb” version would be better?

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#2: Potato Skins

  • Massive. Two whole potatoes topped with bacon and cheddar. Skins shouldn’t be like this. Too big.
  • Soggy and too thick. Which is how you’ll feel after eating them.
  • Flavor was eh, ok. Will not order these again in the future either.

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#3: Big BLT

  • Bacon was good. Had a BBQ grilled taste which is a bonus. Way too much though. Had to remove some.
  • Was a bit too sloppy to manage. Maybe I just had the shakes.
  • Fries were nothing to write home about. Soggy.

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#4: Side of Salt & Vinegar Fries

  • Again with the sog-factor.
  • No real “vinegar” taste.
  • We hardly ate any.

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We didn’t have a downright nasty meal (like at Texas Arizona previously), but the food just didn’t hit the right spot on this day. Maybe the “Fat Bastard” burger is their signature dish. But again, this is bar food, with a target market comprised of people that drink, and then get hungry. Easy to please patrons, I’d imagine.

We’ll try again eventually.

Anyone else have good/bad experiences there? Good/bad days of the week? Different chefs? They do seem to have a consistently decent crowd.

6 Responses

  1. eskimo says:

    Here’s my thoughts on Farside’s kitchen- too much food and overall it’s so-so.
    Their burger is pretty damn good, but I can’t for the life of me finish it and the fries don’t do anything for me.
    The mozz sticks are good, but the marinara they use is awful!
    The chicken quesadilla is probably my favorite go-to dish from this kitchen and whenever I’m there meeting friends I usually end up ordering it, but as with all of their dishes it’s simply TOO BIG! I can easily share it with 2-3 other people and we all get plenty of food. Which isn’t bad when you’re there with an actual group who can help eat it, but it sucks when you just want a snack to stop the munchies after work.

  2. carrie says:

    SEE, we should have went with the quesadilla!! I was along for the ride at Farside.. Salt and vinegar fries tasted like the regular fries.. I was excited to try them, but ended up very disappointed! The potato skins, well the above review was def on target!! I felt “thick and soggy”.

  3. Fisty McDIll says:

    I like the vitteles. Good portion, good price and good service.

  4. eam144 says:

    They took their nachos off the menu a while back and they were the best thing on there! Individual chips with beans and cheese with either steak or chicken. Also they don’t serve anything on plates anymore – what is up with those baskets? Buck up and serve the food on proper plates. I think they got a new chef a while back and the food has not been so good since. But – IZZY rocks!

  5. Biffy B For Mayor says:

    I heart the back patio and the fire place — but dont tell too many people shhhhhhhhhhh

  6. donnie b says:

    The Farside Two dart team is an embarrassment to humanity. If I could erase the memory I would. Unfortunately, I am saddled with the excruciating experience of juvenile behavior. If you want to experience a bar that is loaded with the typical meathead, this is the place for you. Where people can all congregate, pound on the bar, and behave in borderline Neanderthal behavior. Those who are reading this and are fans of Farside, I am sure you are using a dictionary right about now. And I mean you Duke.

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