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When ordering at La Chula Tex-Mex & House 157, you will be able to experience Carribean, Mexican, Nigerian, and more. The chicken tacos comes with a colorful array vegetables & guacamole.

La Chula Tex-Mex Rahway NJ

Want to visit a Local Grub nearby? La Chula Tex-Mex promises a vibrant and flavorful dining experience, but its offerings proved to be a mixed bag. While the birria tacos were a highlight, other dishes fell short of expectations.

The star of the meal was undoubtedly the birria tacos. These tacos were juicy and seasoned to perfection, with tender, flavorful meat that practically melted in my mouth. The consommé was rich and savory, offering an added depth of flavor when dipped into it.

However, one notable downside was the portion size—only four tacos came with the order, leaving me wishing for more of this delicious dish. The price I paid for the tacos alone was $20.

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Unfortunately, the other food items we tried did not live up to the standard set by the birria tacos. The street corn was a disappointment, as the cheese had an unpleasant, almost spoiled taste that overshadowed the sweetness of the corn.

For my first time trying street corn, this unfortunately set the bar low. It failed to capture flavors typically associated with Mexican street corn. 

The Mexican wings were decent but underwhelming. The taste gave the average taste of wings having a crispy exterior, which gave it a reminiscent of regular wings rather than something distinctively Mexican. The promised spices and seasonings did not come through strongly, resulting in a forgettable dish 

Compared to other Mexican wings I tried at a place called Cazadores Mexican Restaurant in Perth Amboy. There I was able to experience the spicy, seasoned, and crunchy taste of Mexican wings. It’s $6 cheaper than the Mexican wings at La Chula Tex-Mex. 

In conclusion, when in need of an affordable grub to eat at, La Chula Tex-Mex is a spot worth visiting for its birria tacos alone, which are truly exceptional. However, the other dishes hit the notes of delicious and flavorful. If you find yourself dining here, be sure to order an extra round of birria tacos, and perhaps skip the street corn and wings in favor of other menu options. 


House 157

Photo via; House 157,
House 157, 157 E Westfield Ave, Roselle. House 157 offers Caribbean food, Southern, Latin, and Asian. You can find entertainment of DJ every Thursday, and live music at brunch on Sundays. Was also awarded diner’s choice by Open Table.

When it comes to experiencing authentic Caribbean flavors, House 157 in Roselle is a place for it’s Grubtastics qualities, it stands out as a must-visit dining restaurant. From the moment I walked in, I felt a warm, inviting atmosphere with its beautiful scenery. 

First up was the jerk chicken it was traditional and well-seasoned. The crispy and charred edges of the chicken complemented the tender. Elevating the dish. 

The rice and peas were another highlight of the meal. The dish was incredibly flavorful, with the peas perfectly cooked and the rice infused with rich, savory spices. Not to mention the portion size was generous.

One unexpected star of the meal was the seasoned cabbage. It was my first time trying this dish, and it did not disappoint. The cabbage was well cooked, retaining just the right amount of crunch while absorbing the flavorful seasoning. It was a versatile dish that paired wonderfully with jerk chicken rice and peas.

Dominique Daniels says about her meal “ As a Caribbean myself, this food was amazing, I got the jerk chicken with rice and peas, salmon and baked mac & cheese, it hit all the key points in flavor and cook time. You can tell they put love into their food. 

Aaralyn Ranalds speaks about her salmon dish ” I just wish I got something else rather than the salmon, I feel there wasn’t much flavor I’m used to when eating salmon, kinda of disappointing for my birthday dinner meal being about a 5 out of 10.

While the wait for the food was a bit lengthy, every second was worth it for the quality of the meal. If you’re looking for a nice local date night spot, I wouldn’t recommend House 157 enough as the top grub place for high-end.  The staff at House 157 were attentive and friendly, making sure my dining experience was enjoyable from start to finish.



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Faith Ruth
Faith Ruth, Reporter
Faith Ruth is a seventeen-year-old junior in high school at Colonia High. She currently owns her own business in lash extensions & e-commerce. Her plans for her future are going to cosmetology school for lashing and college to become a radiology technician. She always felt a connection with entrepreneurship and loved learning a new skill to achieve greater and better goals down the road. Her hobbies include making music, self-care, and bible study. Ruth is passionate about her religion as she believes that God is the light and life in our lives, and she continues to grow with him daily. Ruth’s bucket list is to travel enough to fill a wall of travel in her future home, The places she wants to travel to are Japan, Italy, Greece, Africa, and more! She also is a foodie of culture, she loves to try new food with different nationalities attached to it, her favorite type of food is Mexican, and a go-to for her is empanadas and Mexican rice.

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