Hooked JC (Jersey City, NJ)

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Knock before you enter.  Remember saying that to your mother when she saw you doing things you weren’t supposed to?  Yes, of course I’m referring to you making your bed.  (This is a rated G critic site, duh)  That analogy reminds me of this restaurant.  The outside resembles something you should do the opposite of.  “You Should Eat Here” is written in what appears to be chalk over top of a blue door.  Do I dare go in?  Of course. We aint raise no b****es over here!


After I got over my fears of going in, I entered to what appeared to look like an interior of a bar for the roughest in town.  You ever watch Deadpool when they were in the pool hall?  Yes, that’s exactly what it looks like, minus the pool table.  It can be most described as vintage decor.  But, what happened next made me feel stupid for judging a book by its cover.  The most friendly staff made sure that I was well taken care of and made sure my experience was better than pleasant.  Tory Aunspach, who is the owner of this establishment, made my experience that much more enjoyable.  He was personable, knowledgeable, and communicative about how the restaurant was started and the direction he sees it going.


I came to this restaurant expecting a good Lobster Roll and some kind of Po’Boy, but what I didn’t realize is that those sandwiches would be life changing.  I decided to go with the Lobster Roll and Fried Porgy PoBoy as my two options for the day.  The Lobster Roll and Fried Porgy both came with hand cut french fries and the Lobster Roll came with a side of Jicama-Green apple Coleslaw and Honey-Jalapeno Hushpuppies.  The amount of Lobster that was stuffed into this sandwich made me believe that at least six pounds of Lobster meat was dumped inside of it.  (Yes, I’m exaggerating)  This was one of the best Lobster Roll’s I’ve ever had.  Sweet, succulent, and meaty.  I honestly don’t remember chewing, because that’s how perfect it was.  What impressed me the most was the Honey-Jalapeno Hushpuppies.  Golden on the outside and soft and chewy in the inside.  The sauce was so good that I wouldn’t mind taking a three hour trip again just to indulge in it.  Unbelievable.


The Fried Porgy wasn’t anything short of amazing either.  The Porgy was deboned perfectly and three good portioned sized filets were served in a bun with homemade remoulade, tomatoes, and lettuce.  The presentation for these dishes were also unique.  They were served in Newspaper which I thought was a cool idea.  This dish is one that can fill you up and have you wanting more at the same time.


Overall, this restaurant is worth a drive.  You can’t judge a book by its cover, and this is the main reason why.  When you all decide to go, make sure you let me know how much you loved this “hole (gift) in a wall).


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