Oddfellows closes in Hoboken, NJ – Mexican up next

Wow – it’s been over six years since we ate at Oddfellows! Thank God I’ve been documenting my life here on Hoboken411, it seems to have a better memory than I do!

Anyway – those that don’t know – tomorrow is Oddfellows LAST DAY in Hoboken – and they’re having a party to celebrate their goodbye. Not sure how many people consider a PATH bar their “regular” spot – but Oddfellows had good bar food, fun Mardi Gras events, and other stuff like darts and pool. For a typical city bar / restaurant – Oddfellows certainly was unique enough to stand out. They’ll be missed by many.

Up next is apparently a Mexican place. Will it be “Tex-Mex” like the Texas Arizona next door, or will they have a special formula that will allow them to survive in Hoboken?

Oddfellows Reviews in Hoboken NJ – 2006

Description – A first-class Cajun-Creole eatery featuring well-seasoned food, a nice patio and popular bar. Gives diners an excellent taste of New Orleans.Zagat rated. Entrée price range $10-$15.
Services – Bar, Cajun food, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Pool Tables, Dart Board, Sports on 6 TV’s
Website – www.oddfellowsrest.com
Address – 80 River St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-5626
Telephone – (201) 656-9009

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August 16 2006 – Second review this month!!

After our delicious “Buffalo Drummies” experience, we decided to have a couple more of their menu choices just for kicks. Especially after that horrific experience at Texas Arizona.

Oddfellows has a pretty diverse and tasty looking menu, but we went with some of the more common items.

My dining companion chose the Chicken Po’ Boy and a bowl of baked beans. The sandwich was outstanding. Perfectly seasoned blackened chicken, lettuce and tomato, with herb mayonnaise. She thought it was great, with the exception of a bit too much of the mayo for her taste, which she normally gets on the side. The Jazz Fries were also a tasty treat. Way too much food to finish in one sitting. She also thought the beans were good as well, not too sweet.

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I chose the cheddar bacon cheeseburger, since my self-imposed ban until August was now over. Wow. This thing was humungous. 3/4 pound blackened burger on a large sandwich-sized english muffin (my favorite). The meat was extremely flavorful. Almost had a meatloaf-like taste. Again, way too much to finish and maintain consciousness. The meat to bread ratio was a bit over the acceptable limit. Maybe if they reduced the meat to 1/2 pound or 1/3 pound it’d be more manageable.
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Overall, the food at Oddfellows has been fantastic. Way above par compared to other Hoboken “bar joints”. I guess it is a real restaurant afterall.

Those wings are in my sights still. If you haven’t been there in a while, give it a shot again. Great stuff!

August 7 2006 – Buffalo Wing Review

To continue along with the recent wing reviews, we decided to give Oddfellows a try.

We sat outside because it finally wasn’t 100 degrees, and Oddfellows doesn’t get a lot of sun in the afternoon. Not the greatest spot in town, but the breeze was nice and had some PATH people watching to do.

Our waitress came over and took our simple order. She was friendly and accomodating.

Then the wings came out. Based on our previous 4 wing reviews, I think we have a new leader. The wings were phenomenal.

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The taste was excellent. Not too hot, not too mild. It wasn’t sloppy, nor dripping with too much sauce. The wings were meaty AND crispy. The juicy meat fell off the bones with ease. Practically perfect. The veggies included were a bit on the teeny side, but otherwise one of our favorite plate of wings in Hoboken so far. We will most certainly be back for these. Bravo!

Nothing much else to say about them. Give them a shot, and you’ll see why we feel this way.

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