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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ironbound? Newark for a burger...liz in guest entry entices

i have recently moved to the ironbound .i had started to scope
out our newark n.j. neighborhood. when we lived in the far frontier of new
brunswick, we didn't get many visitors. while i believe this has to do
with the fact that those who love and care for us actually fear
visiting beyond the north jersey line unless they're boarding a plane
( i swear s and v have been visited more in edwardsville, il.
than we were in new brunswick, NJ. come to think of it b and j
may have been visited more in washington in the year they've been there.
but i digress), i also realize we didn't "sell" our location. As a
result, so i must tempt you with the charm
of down neck (so called because of the way the Passaic River curved to
form what looked like a neck), aka the ironbound (result of the many
forges and foundries that were found in this area during the latter
half of the 19th century; however, the name could also have come from
the rail tracks that surrounded the area when the railroads were
constructed during the 1830s.)

so today i decided to check out krug's tavern. and i had one of the
best burgers i have ever had. first off, for those bartenders among
us. you think you have it bad, you don' t even know. these bartenders
are also the cooks. and there not just slinging burgers and fries back
there. the menu included shrimp scampi, chicken parm, and a host of
sandwiches (with fresh roast beef on tues and thurs and fresh ham on

i got the bacon cheddar burger. wow. it's a 3/4 lb burger, which is
huge. as you wait for your burger to cook they hand you a half a
pickle (one of those kosher deli treats) and two hot cherry peppers to
nosh on, but be sure to save some to put on your burger. high quality
meat. did i mention it was one of the biggest burgers i've ever had?
they also have a nice selection of beers on tap and some of the
coldest bottled Bud I've ever had. that last part was directed to
someone in particular. i expect you to be among the first to clamor
out here.

filled with a few old-timers who switch between what a disaster
rasner's pitching (no surprise that the pitcher jeter has gotten the
most hits off of is bosox tim wakefield - yankees play sox more than
any other team and jeter and wakefield both started with their teams
in '95; and still he's only 30 hits off the knuckleballer) and
politics (ferocious but balanced debates about who should be our next
president. biggest issues - health care and taxes for those who are
interested) and how to cook fresh italian sausage from arthur avenue
in the bronx (too many ways to count).

and for those of you who are not swayed by having a burger at krugs
(or the shrimp which looked, and from what i've heard is, delicious)
than maybe you could be tempted by the boutique across the street -
please, innocents among us read no further or shield your ears if
someone is reading this to you - a boutique for erotic dance and foot
wear (its tagline, not mine)...sassy assy. i kid you not, that is the
ps - did you notice i didn't start with the portuguese food - it's
because there's so much more than that...By LIZ from Newark

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