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60 Second Review: Crepe Guru

Crepe Guru blesses Hoboken with tasty grub!

Crepe Guru – at 315 Washington Street opened up just a week or two ago, and they’re already “knocking ‘em out of the park.”

Great owners, a fabulous product, and a unique niche filled in Hoboken. What a winning combination.

Crepes are 10x better than “wraps”

Crepe Guru Hoboken 60 second reviewWhen thinking of “crepes,” most people typically refer to the dessert kind… sweet. But Crepe Guru does those, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner! Egg sandwiches, chicken, steak, vegetarian, and even salads if you want to go way low-carb.

For the purpose of this review – let’s get the one product I tried out of the way first. The “Dyno-mite” Chicken Crepe. (See Crepe Guru menu here).

The “Dynomite” Chicken Crepe – is grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, honey mustard and cholula sauces, plus diced tomatoes and lettuce. For those who still might have trouble picturing what a crepe really “is,” think of it as a “super deluxe” Hot Pocket, or even better – a “gyro” that doesn’t squirt all over and end up on your back.

Your crepe is prepared on one of six electric crepe pans in the center of the store. (The back kitchen area is for “prep.”) The “dough” used for the crepe “sandwiches” differs slightly from the softer dessert kind – as it’s “stronger.” Consider it a light, crispy superior to the god-awful carbohydrate-dense “wraps” that have probably killed more people than all gun and knife violence in the world.

And if you’re lucky enough to have co-owner Peter Alvarez be the one that makes it for you – be in for a symphony of crepe-making magic. Quite amazing he does it with such finesse and attention to detail.

Overall, the taste was fantastic, crepe was piping hot and fresh, and hit the spot perfectly. Not overly stuffed, nor was I left feeling hungry. Can’t wait to try the breakfast crepes!

PS – you can also see artwork from Ocean Clark on display in the store, which is also available for purchase. Give Crepe Guru a call if you’re hungry for a tasty, well-prepared meal! (201)795-4878. Oh, and they’re open early (at 7am) and late on weekends (till 3am).

Crepe Guru chicken Hoboken NJ delicious

60 Second Review: Slider Street

Slider Street “gourmet sliders” in Hoboken

“Sliders” can take many shapes and forms. Such as White Castles, to ultra-mini “squished meatballs” on even tinier buns – and everything in-between. Then you have Slider Street (138 Park Ave.) who specializes in gourmet sliders of all kinds.

But how are they? Read on to find out…!

Breakfast lunch and dinner at Slider Street

After months of agonizing construction, a bad winter, Slider Street opened about two weeks ago to much fanfare, and almost 10,000 sliders sold already!

They offer a top-to-bottom menu of various sliders. From egg sandwiches in the morning, to hamburger, steak, chicken – even veggie sliders of all kinds. Each slider is given a “Street name” (which was too clever for me to pick up on at first!) And they deliver every minute they’re open – including that hungover breakfast for those too embarrassed do the “walk of shame.” Rounding out the MENU are various potato sides (tater tots, french fries, sweet potato, etc) and a few dessert options.

For this purpose – we “sampled” just a few items – and can report back very positive results!

Slider Street Hoboken NJ chicken egg sandwiches

New U2 song? Where the Sliders have a Street (name?)

  • Las Vegas Blvd: Pretty much a bacon egg and cheese. But it’s nicely packed. One egg on a small brioche bun is incredibly more satisfying (per bite) than a diner egg sandwich so puffy with bread you can have a kids bounce-house party on it. And the way they “grill” the bread gives it that hybrid “toasted / grilled” taste. A+
  • Mulholland Drive: A grilled chicken (I ordered mistakenly – wanted a burger), with provolone, bacon, arugula (fancy lettuce to the layman), and this awesome creamy avocado spread (on the same nice bun – you have to request the “grilled” bun for non-breakfast sliders, FYI.) Delicious and hit the spot like a champion dart player. A+
  • Poppy Street (not pictured): A burger “stuffed” with bacon, cheddar, jalapeno’s – the same fancy lettuce and some mystery “slider sauce.” KEY WORD: STUFFED. Initially, we shamefully didn’t see the word stuffed, and thought we got stiffed out of those “toppings.” After further review, the menu does indeed say “stuffed.” The burger tasted ok, but we felt it was way too small. After speaking with one of the owners, they’ve since “re-calibrated” the portion size of the “stuffed” sliders to take into account the extra ingredients “stuffed” inside. As for this verdict? INCOMPLETE due to first day “kinks.” We’ll try again later this week. Happy reviews from other customers put the Poppy Street burger in the Top 5 category.

We sacrificed our low-carb lifestyle temporarily to taste these hand-held gourmet delicacies (when you can run a marathon in your sleep – you’re allowed those privileges), and can assure you – they have this genre down pat.

For those not in the mood for carby buns – can also get their sliders in a salad version too! We’ll sample that for the next update one day soon.

Call Slider Street at 201-683-9444 to place your order to pick up or have delivered. Can’t imagine they’d have one unhappy customer – ever!

Kudos to Slider Street for starting out of the gate with tasty creations and rock-solid execution!

60 Second Review: Ali Baba

Ali Baba Mediterranean Cuisine

Hoboken 60 Second Review Ali Baba MediterraneanAli Baba (912 Washington) is one of the longest-lasting restaurants here in Hoboken. Serving the community for over 30 years, and run by some of the nicest, friendliest people (and BYOB), it should be in the rotation of every resident and visitor of the Mile Square.

With the rapid business turnover and Hoboken retail locations for sale or for rent – it’s important to keep the local economy thriving (unless you love the strip mall style and soulless chains…)

But how is the food over at Ali Baba?

See photo gallery here, and trademark Hoboken411 60 Second Review below…

How Ali Baba holding up in Hoboken?

Had a quick dinner there the other night – and we’re happy to report that the food has remained consistently good since we moved to Hoboken nearly two decades ago.

  • Grape Leaves – Some of the best in town. ‘Nuff said.
  • Mixed Vegetarian Platter – Super fresh, and some of the tastiest and best-textured falafel in Hoboken. This was a custom arranged dish, which is nice about Ali Baba. They’re extremely flexible with the customers wishes.
  • Lamb Chops – Grilled to perfection, a bit on the rare side (which is how meat really needs to be consumed). This dish was also customized with veggies for the low-carb lifestyle.
  • Coffee & Espresso – With all these newer coffee places opening up like Mod Cup (nice) or Bwe Kafe, the coffee at Ali Baba is outrageous. Imported from the middle east, the coffee packed with flavors and layers you will have a hard time finding elsewhere in town. Worth a visit for this alone!

Overall – we love going to Ali Baba, for the graciousness of the hosts, the BYOB, and the unique tastes not found elsewhere in Hoboken. Highly recommended.

Top 3 Hoboken Chicken Wings

What are the Top 3 Hoboken Chicken Wings?

As some of you might remember – a few weeks ago we had the Best Hoboken Chicken Wing competition over at the Elks Lodge.

Let’s compare their results with Hoboken411′s Top 3 Hoboken Chicken Wings selections!

The best: San Giuseppe Coal Fired Chicken Wings

San Giuseppe Top 3 Hoboken Chicken Wings

Chicken wing opinions are definitely subjective. Some people like hot & spicy. Others prefer “quantity over quality,” and so on. Some judge the overall flavor, while others include texture and moistness in the rating process.

But the wings at San Giuseppe (14th & Adams) meet almost all criteria successfully.

With no “fancy sauce” drowning out the flavor of the chicken, Owner Joe Russo simply uses a basic secret seasoning, the 1000 degree coal-fired oven and some carmelized onions to make what we feel are our favorite wings in Hoboken. Meat falls off the bone, and wings are bursting with mouth-watering flavor. No other wing is comparable. Not even close. Great for a full meal for a single person, or a shared appetizer. We order them almost every time and never, ever regret it!

They were also crowned overwhelming victors at last month’s Hoboken chicken wing competition. Deservedly so!

Mikie Squared Chipotle Maple Wings – Unique!

Top 3 Hoboken Chicken Wings Mikie Squared Chipotle Maple

Coming in as 1st Runner up at the competition were the Chipotle Maple wings over at Mikie Squared (616 Washington St.)

Their entry into the contest was actually not a regular menu item – but rather a custom sauce recipe – and people loved the taste!

We agree, the taste was terrific indeed – as they recently added the winning recipe to their menu (you might have to specifically ask for it). The actual chicken pieces could possibly be upgraded a bit, but didn’t necessarily harm our opinion. Still a worthy dish to consider ordering!

Best Fried Chicken in Hoboken? Chicken Factory

Top 3 Hoboken Chicken Wings Chicken Factory Korean

If you consider the meat alone – the chicken at Chicken Factory (529 Washington) is the best in town, hands down. I mean the best FRIED chicken, of course! Because that’s the only way Chicken Factory prepares their chicken – not baked or grilled – but DOUBLE deep fried, skin and all! A Hoboken411 low-carb pick as well!

And they don’t just sell “wings,” but wings, drums, thighs, boneless and even whole entire chickens. And they use the best Bell & Evans chicken as well. They offer two sauces – Sweet & Spicy or Soy Garlic.

411 Tip: You are NOT required to pick a sauce. You can order them “naked” and apply the sauce of your choice at home. Something like creamy Sriracha, or any other kind of hot sauce you want (even Frank’s Red Hot). Heck – you might even be preventing ingestion of MSG!

What is the most important factor in your favorite chicken wings? Flavor? Value? How hot they are? The quality of the chicken?

Spicy Ricotta Spread

Subway testing out Creamy Sriracha Sauce (a Hoboken411 idea)

Back in May of last year – Hoboken411 shared this low carb recipe (click to read).

It was essentially a “creamy Sriracha sauce,” and made ours using fresh Ricotta (which is interchangeable with Sour Cream as well – specifically for salads).

Well – apparently the marketing crew at Subway must read this site – because now they’re testing a “Creamy Sriracha Sauce” themselves in certain markets. Apparently just California and Florida (those states are chain-store wastelands). And I can almost bet that if a chain store is making it – it’s loaded with artificial ingredients as well. So if you want to see out great it really tastes – you’ll just have to make it yourself!

Click to see original creamy spicy Sriracha recipe from May 2012…

3rd Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival

Hamilton Park BBQ Festival in Jersey City – Sept. 15th

You gotta say, Jersey City does have some unique, fun events!

Like this Saturday, September 15th from 12pm to 8pm is the 3rd Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival!

Just head over to 232 Pavonia Ave. in Jersey City (map) for all the fun!

Tasty (low carb) BBQ food, plus booze, music, games and crafts by Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fairs.

Notable attendees include Hamilton Inn Restaurant, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Jimmy’s BBQ (from PA), Fizzy Lizzy Soft Drinks and many more.

Plus for the kids – NJ Traveling Petting Zoo (Happy Tales Pets) will be there with friendly farm animals and pony rides!

Enjoy!