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Restaurant Review: Rainforest Cafe (Menlo Park Mall – Edison, NJ)

If you read my blog regularly, you know I have a serious dislike for Chain Restaurants with very few exceptions: Muscle Maker Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack (although I haven’t been to one in about 10 years) Cheesecake Factory and very few others. However; Rainforest Cafe is one of those! And they are above all else!

The food is fresh and creative! The atmosphere relaxing and interesting! The huge salt water fish tank in huge lexan tubes is awe inspiring and tranquil. It reminds me of the days I spent thousands on my own saltwater tank (except its free lol) have your kids watch finding Nemo before you go and have fun watching them identify the fish! Oh that’s Nemo (a clownfish) oh that’s dory (a hippo tang) etc…

They have some fun attractions too! Every few minutes I believe on the hr and on the 1/2 there’s a rain storm and the lights go dark, clouds rumble, rain noises etc. They used to have a low hanging fog machine back in the day (you couldn’t see your feet) but I think they got rid of that. There was also an animatronic alligator by the entrance that the kids loved and of course: their huge gift shop! I still have my rainforest cafe mug!

Pictures can’t capture this place but, here are a few courtesy of yelp:

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There’s the animatronic alligator I was talking about!

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Unfortunately; they do have fried and unhealthy food to please the masses and children, but they do have great healthy meals and salads, but there are no pictures!

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That’s not the entire menu I left out: appetizers, pizza and pasta and kids menu

If you want a fairly healthy creative (I can’t get this anywhere and it would cost a fortune to duplicate) meal then find the nearest one to you! They used to be all over especially in the NJ area! North Jersey, I believe Paramus had one, the palisades center (4 story the largest mall on east coast) had one etc.. But the is still one in Menlo Park!! (Edison) When the others closed I thought they all dried up except the Disney location, but I was wrong! Go check them out and help keep them open and maybe they will expand again!!


Attractions: Sussex County Boardwalk – Vernon NJ

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Check out this awesome boardwalk threw the marshland:

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There are a couple bridges including a big one seen here:

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The view is spectacular:

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There’s even a bike path at the end not sure how to get there:

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There isn’t a parking lot as far as I know, cars line the shoulder of the road on a beautiful day.

Take advantage of this beautiful spring weather and get in shape while enjoying nature. You can even bring your dogs for a walk, but don’t forget your pooper scooper!!

Enjoy!

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Restaurant Review: McWhorter Barbecue, Newark NJ

Restaurant Review: McWhorter Barbecue, Newark NJ

I wasn’t going to post this, because it is locational, but this place rocks soooooo much!

Summary:
1. This place is amazing! 5 stars
2. Not fancy, just amazing healthy food!
3. Amazing Rotisserie chicken, and the ribs are incredible!
4. The combo at $12-13 is crazy! I honestly don’t know how they can afford to give away all that food for only $12. I am serious!!
5. Make it healthy by requesting salad and black beans instead of rice and French fries.
6. The size is crazy!! You get a giant oval metal platter piled with food, enough for two meals unless you are a big guy like me then it’s one big stuffed meal!
7. The place is always packed! Lunch time it’s filled with police and military. We used to go there all the time for lunch 😉
8. The owner is a super friendly extremely kind older man. His English isn’t very good, but he’s so nice!
9. The staff is friendly and speak: Portuguese, Spanish and English.
10. The hours are excellent:
From 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
7 Days a Week

You will love this place! If you live far, it’s worth the drive! I promise you!

Menu
104 McWhorter St. Newark NJ 07105

Tel. 973.344.2633 Open 7 days a week

From 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Appetizers

Shrimp in Garlic Sauce……….. $10.00
Spanish Sausage ………………$4.00

Soups and Salads
Soup ………………………. $2.00
Tossed Salad …………………$3.00

Caharcoal Grill

Beef Combo …………………..$13.00
BBQ Chicken ………………… $11.00
Pork Steak……………………$

11.00
Pork Ribs…………………… $12.00
Combo ( Half Chicken Half ribs).. $12.00
Pork Chops………………….. $11.00
Pork Cubes…………………. $11.00
Beef Cubes …………………..$12.00
Steak Sandwitch ………………$6.00
Grilled Chicken Sandwitch ……..$6.00
Sausage in Bread …………….$6.00
Beef Steak with Onions & Peppers $12.00 

Half Orders– Serverd with French Fries & Rice

Half Grilled Chicken Breast…… $7.00
Half BBQ Chicken …………….$6.00
Half Pork Ribs………………. $6.00
Half Pork Chops ……………..$7.00
Half Pork Steaks…………….. $7.00
Half BBQ Beef Ribs………….. $7.00

Specials For Tuesday

Fried Chicken ………………..$11.00
Fish Filet…………………. $7.00
Grilled Chicken Breast……….. $11.00
BBQ Beef Ribs………………. $13.00
Parrillada De La Casa ………..$20.00
Picanha BBQ………………… $24.00

Side Orders

Beans ………………………$3.00
Fried Bananas ……………….$1.00

We serve Orders in and take out!

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