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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!

You are what you eat

In Hoboken – you are what you eat! {carb lovers}

After you’ve “cracked the code” when it comes to proper nutrition – you become much more in tune with the rest of the world (and what’s wrong with it). One such plainly obvious sign is you can tell the general health of certain people – just by looking at their trash (especially on recycling days). “You are what you eat,” remember?

Take this painful display below. In this “doctor’s visit waiting to happen,” you have half a dozen pizza boxes, a Costco-sized box of Special K cereal, a jumbo carton of chocolate-covered chewy granola bars, and a case of “light” beer. I bet there was some “skim milk” tucked away in there too. Now while I can’t guarantee the people in this household are morbidly obese, there’s a good chance they are. And even if they have the special genes to avoid obvious girth – they almost always will have some other kind of health condition (diabetes, restless leg syndrome, blood pressure issues, skin problems, etc.)

Maybe one day they’ll get it – and hopefully before it’s too late.

Hoboken warning signs you are what you eat

Who orders Pizza Hut in Hoboken?

And this one wasn’t as bad – as their refuse wasn’t piled to the sky with glucose. However, I’m wondering – we have tons of authentic pizza places here in Hoboken (that have a better chance of using fresh, natural ingredients). But this family decided to order Pizza Hut? That’s not even supporting local businesses for Christs sake! Double whammy!

If you’re going to indulge – jeez, at least get a tasty brick-oven pizza from Napoli’s or Grimaldi’s… Pizza Hut? Unfathomable!

Pizza Hut Boxes Hoboken NJ who is supporting local business

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Amanda Bananas

Amanda Bananas at Hoboken’s Pier 13

Figured I’d get this addition to the Hoboken Food Truck Directory in before the summer ends! Amanda Bananas is a mobile food truck which is a regular over at Pier 13, but can also be spotted at other spots like the Hoboken Family Farmers Market or other waterfront events (like the Jets Bash at Pier A last week).

What is Amanda Bananas? Well, we tried it recently for the first time. I had one bite because I had to at least taste. It’s frozen bananas. That’s all. No added anything (unless you add toppings). My girlfriend liked it a lot, saying it was “more refreshing” than “FroYo.”

Amanda Bananas Hoboken NJ Pier 13

Tasty, but avoid at all costs if LOW CARB

It’s all fine and dandy, I guess. Amanda Bananas touts the “healthy” nature of a banana, as having about 110 calories each, low cholesterol and fat, high in fiber and rich in other vitamins and minerals. Sounds healthy to the current dieting paradigms that dominate main stream publications, right?

However, each $5 cup appears to have at least two bananas, maybe more. And considering one banana has 51 grams of carbohydrates – each cup of Amanda Bananas (with toppings like pineapple and chocolate syrup like she ordered), probably clocked in at more than 150 grams of carbohydrates.

If you plan on living a low-carb life – we recommend staying away, as you’ll destroy any chance at nutritional ketosis or body fat loss. Remember, “low fat” no longer means anything if you jack your blood sugar up sky high. Maybe that’s why they didn’t mention how many carbs on their web-page?

But we will add – if you’re hell-bent on having something cold and sweet – this beats 99% of the artificially flavored treats out there. So if you’re going to be bad, and “cheat,” might as well be natural about it.

Amanda Bananas Hoboken NJ Pier 13 2

Description: Frozen banana truck
Address: Varies – follow for status and location updates
Phone: 973-495-7718
Online: amandabananas.comTwitterFacebook

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?

Chris Christie needs to live low carb

Christie gets angry over Doc who questions his weight

Not everyone is a “fan” of politicians these days (except those who don’t know better), but this recent “flame war” between an Arizona Doctor and NJ Governor Chris Christie cracked me up.

We all know Chris Christie isn’t exactly in great shape (although he calls himself the “healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”). He became insulted when former White House Doctor Connie Mariano was concerned if he ever became our President: “It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office.”

Hoboken411 agrees, and can solve the problem instantly: Chris Christie needs to live a low carb life.

Christie, in his usually stylistic way, threw a barb back at the critical doc: “I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who has never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history, could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away. She must be a genius.”

That was a cop-out in my opinion. Obesity has only become an issue in the last few decades – as “modern technology” and other evils have ruined our food supply. I’m certainly not laying blame on Christie for knowingly fattening himself up – a lot of people are ignorant of the true facts of nutrition after repetitive misinformation. And others suffer from cognitive dissonance, and refuse to open their minds as to how they’ve been misinformed.

Give me one year as Christie’s nutritional consultant – and I’d BET he’d be at least 100lbs. lighter, and even healthier than he claims he is now (only if he stays on plan).

Oh – and check out this great post from Jimmy Moore’s Living La Vida Low Carb Blog – where he shows how CLUELESS the populous has become. Counting calories, excess orange juice, and blatant lies from the giant food monopolies of the world. We’re on a downward spiral for sure.

Do you think Chris Christie needs to live low carb like I do? Or is blaming genetics, family history or anything else a fair argument?