Fantastic Food!

Fantastic Food!

Food comes in many forms; restaurants, pubs, specialty stores, donut shops, Jewish delis, breakfast spots, gourmet take-out, butcher shops and more. We’re scouring the Jersey Shore to find the best ones and present them to you each Monday.

P.J Clarke’s

PJ Clarkes

Posted Monday, September 10, 2018

It is hard not to like PJ Clarke’s, the legendary pub on the East Side of NYC, around since 1884. Frank Sinatra regularly closed the place down at Table #20 and Johnny Mercer wrote “One for My Baby” on a bar napkin.

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Ebby’s South


Posted Monday, June 18, 2018

Ebby’s South in Seaside Park, is a delightful little Italian gem with a fulll bar and weekend entertainment. Here’s a sampling of their menu:
Clams Ebby’s
Sauteed Little Neck Clams, Fresh Garlic, Cannellini Beans, Baby Spinach, Lemon Broth
Mussels Marinara
One Pound of Steamed Mussels, Ebby’s Marinara Sauce, Fresh [...]

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Weekly Specials at Crab’s Claw Inn

Crabs Claw

Posted Monday, June 11, 2018

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Joe’s Surf Shack

Joe's Surf Shack

Posted Monday, May 28, 2018

The third leg of the growing empire for the Fahey brothers, Bob and Chris, is up and running in Lake Como. This is the perfect “off the beach” spot with great apps like Chips and Salsa, Fried Clam Strips, Roasted Street Corn, Shrimp Bucket and Stuffed [...]

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The Offshore

The Offshore

Posted Monday, April 23, 2018

It is hard to beat the physical charm of The Offshore in Point Pleasant Beach. Beautifully decorated with cozy booths, a fireplace room, an intimate bar, it is a place that is so comfortable  and warm, you can’t help but keep coming back.

Long run by [...]

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Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant


Posted Monday, April 2, 2018

Every time we go back to Jimmy’s we find something else to like. This trip we sat at the bar and enjoyed a complimentary antipasto that the bartenders offered with our cocktails. We tried the Eggplant Rolletini that was loaded with cheese and more than [...]

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Posted Monday, February 26, 2018

Everyone has their “go to” place for a casual meal and ours is, Harpoon Willy’s on the westbound side of Rt 70 in Manasquan. The menu is a big step up from conventional pub food and an excellent wine list completes the transformation. The setting [...]

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Jersey Shore BBQ.


Posted Monday, February 5, 2018

If you are a BBQ aficionado and haven’t been to Jersey Shore BBQ in Belmar you are missing an extraordinary experience. Winner of “Best Beef” and “Best Ribs” at this summer’s BBQ & Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park and previous winner of “Best Pork”,  “Best [...]

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Delicious Orchard’s Apple Harvest Salad


Posted Monday, January 22, 2018

Chicken Apple Harvest Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

3 cups spinach
3 cups mesclun salad
4 chicken breasts (6 oz. each)
4 TBS olive oil, use more if necessary
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
2 apples, sliced
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 TBS mayonnaise
2 TBS Italian parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground black [...]

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Brunch at Porta


Posted Monday, January 8, 2018

Our quest to find great Sunday brunch spots took us this week to Porta in Asbury Park. Start, of course, with a refreshing cocktail. Porta’s got the obligatory Bloody Mary (and a good one), my favorite a Salty Dog, Belvidere vodka, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice [...]

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Amazing Meatloaf


Posted Monday, December 18, 2017

We were served this delicious meatloaf, from a recipe in the Wall Street Journal, by our friend Jenny. Wonderful comfort food!

BROOKLYN-BORN CHEF Edward Lee found his footing, professionally and creatively, in Louisville, Ky.—not to mention his home, his wife and his love of bourbon. Mr. Lee’s [...]

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Great Comfort Food at Half Moon Point

Half Moon 3

Posted Monday, November 27, 2017

I don’t always want to have a big meal when I go out to eat. Sometimes, particularly at this time of year I just want some great comfort food. Half Moon Point’s winter menu fits the bill perfectly. Here’s some highlights:

Gourmet Short Rib Mac & Cheese
Day [...]

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Philly’s Most Luxurious Restaurants Worth Splurging On, by Price Point

Warm Parmesan Custard | Clay Williams

Posted Monday, October 23, 2017

Philly’s dining scene trends toward casual, no-reservations-needed spots with tasty, unpretentious food and, frequently, BYOB policies. But sometimes you want to get all dressed up and have a dining experience. Maybe you want to pop the question. Or [...]

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Il Posto

Il Posto

Posted Monday, September 18, 2017

Il Posto, in Neptune is one of those places you wish were in your neighborhood. The atmosphere is convivial and it is obvious that this is a local’s favorite.

The room is comfortable with a large bar with big screen TV’s and booths surrounding the perimeter. [...]

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Weekly Special at Crab’s Claw Inn

crabs claw

Posted Monday, August 21, 2017

Oysters of the Week – By the Piece
Served with a Champagne Mignonette

Delaware Bay – Delaware Bay, NJ
Salty, Mild, Sweet Flavor
1.75 Each

40n Rose Cove – Barnegat Bay, NJ
Cocktail, salty start, sweet finish
2.75 Each

Wianno – Cape Cod, Ma.
Medium salty, [...]

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Fantastic Brunch at Cross & Orange

Chicken & Waffles

Posted Monday, August 7, 2017

Good a la carte brunches are hard to come by, but Cross & Orange in Asbury Park has one of the best. Great brunch cocktails, indoor and outdoor seating.

Here’s a sampling of their menu:
Multigrain, Smashed Avocado, Chili Flakes, Shaved Pecorino, EVOO
Add Egg +2

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Due Amici

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Posted Monday, July 24, 2017

When I haven’t been there in a while, I forget how much I enjoy Due Amici in Brielle. Piano music, good drinks, an affordable wine list and a cozy setting combine with a diverse menu to make this an enjoyable experience. Dishes are oversized (you can [...]

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Shipwreck Grilll Bar Menu

Shipwreck Grill

Posted Monday, July 3, 2017

If you are like me, sometimes I want to go out and eat, but don’t feel like a big meal. Shipwreck Grill in Brielle has the answer with their fantastic bar menu. Take a look:

*Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak 18.
Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, Frisee, Pickled Onion Salad, [...]

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Half Moon Shines

Half Moon 3

Posted Monday, June 19, 2017

Every time we eat at Half Moon Point in Point Pleasant, we enjoy something new on the menu. Most recently we had the Short Rib Wellington, tender, slow cooked short rib beef inside a wonderful puff pastry, served with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Also try the Steakhouse [...]

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Posted Monday, June 5, 2017

Ebby’s Ristorante & Lounge brings a taste of New York’s famous Italian cuisine to the Jersey Shore. Located in Seaside Park, NJ, Ebby’s features an array of your homemade Italian favorites from Chicken Parmigiana and Rigatoni Bolognese, to classics like Linguini with Clam Sauce and Papparedelle [...]

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Red’s Lobster Pot Opens for the Season


Posted Monday, May 22, 2017

Red’s Lobster Pot in Point Pleasant has opened for the season and it’s hard to beat a summer night dining outside on the deck, overlooking the river and watching the sunset. One of our favorite things to do. The lobsters are fresh from local boats [...]

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Make the Trip to Salt Creek Grille

Salt Creek Rear

Posted Monday, May 1, 2017

Living in Brielle, Salt Creek Grille is a little off the beaten path for us in Rumson, but every time we go there, we wish it was a little closer. The views of the river are spectacular (as are the sunsets), the staff is engaging and [...]

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Fresh Kitchen

Fresh Kitchen

Posted Monday, April 17, 2017

How many times have you heard, “I’m going to start eating healthier”? We all want to do it, but life seems to go by so quickly that it is hard to get there.

The relatively new Fresh Kitchen in Sea Girt (Foodtown Shopping Center) can help [...]

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Meemom’s Kitchen


Posted Monday, April 3, 2017

Meemom’s has become one of our favorite breakfast spots. Love the booths, great coffee, fresh squeezed OJ, interesting menu, like the OLD ENGLISH, house-made roasted beef, guiness onions, horseradish spread & two poached eggs served over a homemade garlic cheddar biscuit & topped with hollandaise sauce. [...]

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John & Elaine’s

John and Elaines

Posted Monday, March 6, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast place? John & Elaine’s in Point Pleasant has been around forever it seems and is consistently awarded “best breakfast” in reader’s polls. We love it because it’s cozy (Tiffany lamps, booths, counter service) and the food is great.

Their pancakes are [...]

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The “Remy” Burger


Posted Monday, February 20, 2017

Sometimes you don’t want a big meal and a great burger just seems like the right thing. Introduced over the summer, the “Remy” Burger at Remington’s in Manasquan features prime Wagyu beef, accompanied by Worestershire onions, aged white cheddar and bacon fat-tabasco fries. So good. Go [...]

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The French Market

The French Market

Posted Monday, February 6, 2017

Just by chance I passed The French Market on River Road (they call it “Rue de la Riviere”) in Rumson and decided to stop in and explore. What a wonderful discovery. It’s like being in the French countryside. Serving breakfast and lunch, this charming little shop [...]

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Reuben Sandwich

Posted Monday, January 30, 2017

Whenever I am in the Toms River area around lunchtime, there’s only one place to stop….Wolfies. Their rye bread is to die for, they have wonderful pickles, their fresh roasted turkey tastes like Thanksgiving and they have my favorite sodas…Dr. Brown’s (diet, of course).

They are also [...]

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Paramount Diner


Posted Monday, January 9, 2017

Sometimes something is so close you don’t even see it. The Paramount Diner has been in the center of Manasquan for as long as I can remember. I used to get the pharmacist coffee there when I worked at Squan Drug when I was in high [...]

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Oyster Point Hotel


Posted Monday, January 2, 2017

Over the Holidays we were searching for a place for lunch and wanted a view. After a little research we settled on the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank. Their signature restaurant is the Pearl, an intimate little gem with wonderful views out over the Navesink [...]

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Oh, That Dover Sole…


Posted Monday, November 28, 2016

We are huge fans of fresh Dover Sole. One of our Holiday traditions is lunch at La Grenouille in NYC, one of the last haute cuisine French restaurants left in the City. Their Dover Sole is made with a mustard Hollandaise sauce….just delicious. We were thrilled [...]

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Wood Fired Steaks and Seafood – Prime 13

Prime 13 Steaks

Posted Monday, November 7, 2016

Why cook with a wood fired oven? The heat in a wood-fired oven generally ranges between about 500 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit. The benefit to flavor, many experts agree, is the evenness of the heat distribution. The smoke flavor imparted by the wood also adds an [...]

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Elbow Room Debuts in Bradley Beach


Posted Monday, October 31, 2016

Judging from the crowd last Thursday night, the Elbow Room in Bradley Beach is off to a flying start. Set in the space that housed Portuguese Shamrock and before that the Draughting Table, the Elbow Room is the classic neighborhood tavern, lively, fun, with good food [...]

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New Restaurants!

roast chicken

Posted Monday, October 10, 2016

Two new restaurants are on the horizon, one opened this week and one will open shortly. The Elbow Room in Bradley Beach opened this week in the space previously occupied by Portuguese Shamrock and before that the Draughting Table. The restaurant is the second venture of [...]

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Jake’s Downtown


Posted Monday, October 10, 2016

Sometimes you just get a hankering for some good seafood….hey, we do live at the Shore, right? Jake’s Downtown in Belmar will satisfy just about any seafood craving. Start with a raw bar of oysters, clams and shrimp. Then try Jake’s Famous Crab Cake Sandwich [...]

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Harrigan’s Sizzling Sliced Steak Sandwich


Posted Monday, September 26, 2016
Like most people we have our “favorite” dishes at Jersey Shore restaurants. Those are the dishes you say…”I need a ___________tonight. Whether it’s a pizza, a burger or something else, it’s usually done so well you keep coming back for more. One of those dishes for [...]

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The Hoffman Burger


Posted Monday, September 12, 2016

Cooler weather means comfort food and the ultimate comfort food is the all-American burger. Waypoint 622 in Brielle has a unique take on this classic…The Hoffman Burger. It’s an Angus burger topped with braised short rib, natural gravy, lettuce and tomato and
served with boardwalk fries & [...]

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River Cafe Opens in Brielle

river cafe brielle

Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

The River Cafe, formally Eloise’s, has opened in Brielle on Higgins Ave, next to the Post Office to rave reviews. Based on the traffic of the first few days, it is already a hit. Locals are lauding the fresh, clean decor with a marble bar, the [...]

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Weekend Brunch at Bar A


Posted Monday, July 25, 20916

Looking for a delicious, casual brunch that won’t break the bank? Look no farther than Bar A in Lake Como. Homemade Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas with fresh squeezed OJ set the bar high.

Have a Breakfast Burritto, a Trenton Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese, both served with [...]

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Drew’s Market


Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

We’ve been fans of Drew’s Market in Spring Lake Heights for years. Even though it’s a bit of a drive for us, the food is so good it’s worth the trip. They have a fantastic butcher shop where they hand trim all the meats, they grind [...]

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Remington’s – A “Go To” Restaurant

Remingtons New

Posted Monday, June 27th, 2016

Everyone’s got a “go to” restaurant, one that instantly comes to mind when you are thinking of going out for dinner. One of ours is Remington’s in Manasquan. Winner of a TASTE Award for “Outstanding Cocktail Program” and another for “Outstanding Wine Program”, the restaurant is [...]

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Have You Tried….?


Posted Monday, June 13, 2016

16oz Boneless Ribeye “Florentine Style”. Coarse Herbs, Warm Private Label Olive Oil, Sautéed Spinach, Baby Potatoes at Ama Ristorante.

Line caught North Carolina swordfish+local corn+farro+basil & pickled jalapeño at The Beach Tavern, Monmouth Beach.

Filet of Bronzino, Pan seared, citrus beurre blanc, garnished with colossal crab and Gulf [...]

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Brunch at the Beach

la dolce brunch

Posted Monday, June 6, 2016

Last week we told you about La Dolce Vita launching a new brunch program and this week we tried it! It was the perfect day for brunch, cloudy, about to rain. We sat at a corner table overlooking the beach with the Sunday paper. First came [...]

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Sunday Brunch at Yvonne’s


Posted Monday, May 30, 2016

Wonderful Sunday Brunch at Yvonne’s. Brought the newspaper and sat outside on the deck. Build Your Own Bloody Marys and $10 pitchers of Mimosas. Had a fantastic Berkshire Pork sausage and brie cheese omelet with excellent home fries. Lots of specials plus burgers and sandwiches. Great [...]

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Blue Peach Beckons

Blue Peach Cafe

Posted Monday, May 23, 2016

The Blue Peach Cafe. Manasquan. You gotta love a place that serves cocktails with breakfast. A Bloody Mary or Mimosa just starts the day off the right way. But the food here is great, they’ve got an open kitchen and a wonderful covered outdoor patio. [...]

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Great Restaurant Week Meals


Posted Monday, May 2, 2016

It’s always fun during RW to try new restaurants and re-visit old favorites.

Our “new” restaurant was Teak in Red Bank, a first time RW participant. This stylish Asian fusion spot is owned by the same folks who run The Bistro, also in Red Bank. The lively [...]

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Who Knew? Breakfast at Shore Points BBQ

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Posted Monday, April 25, 2016

Obviously a lot of people as evidenced by the crowd this past Sunday morning. Known for delicious BBQ offered with a variety of sauces like blueberry bbq, pineapple soy and rum & coke bbq, Shore Points has been making a name for itself as the go-to [...]

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Bum Rogers Crabhouse

Bum Rodgers

Posted Monday, April 11, 2016

There’s something fun about eating crabs. Lay some paper on a table, take out your mallet and beat up those bad boys. Oddly, there are few places at the Jersey Shore to enjoy crabs, but fortunately Bum Rogers Crabhouse in Seaside Park puts out some of [...]

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Dining with Friends


Posted Monday, March 28, 2016

There is no style of dining that is more conducive to enjoying a night out with friends than tapas. Here’s three great places to to find a tapas menu.

Cibo e Vino. Asbury Park
Grab a table by the window or if the weather is nice outside under [...]

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BBQ Comes to Rumson

surf bbq

Posted Monday, March 14, 2016

So I was driving through Rumson the other day when I passed Vic Rallo’s latest venture…Surf BBQ. I decided to stop and take a look. While not officially open yet (in about 10 days), Vic was there and his staff was practicing for the opening. I [...]

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Jimmy’s Cucina


Posted Monday, February 15, 2016

Local pizza/sub shops are a dime a dozen in New Jersey, so when you stumble upon one that is a step above the norm, it’s something to be savored. Jimmy’s Cucina in Brielle is the latest venture of The Miller family who has been serving [...]

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Soup’s On!


Posted Monday, January 18, 2016

As the temps dip into the teens, there’s nothing better than hot soup. Here’s some great soups available at lunch or dinner:

Joe Leone’s Monthly Line-Up
Zucchini Gorgonzola
New England Clam Chowder
Root Vegetable Bisque
Vegetable Beef
Potato Leek
Turkey Barley
Broccoli Cheddar
Italian Wedding
Shrimp Bisque
Split Pea
Tomato Basil

Most restaurants offer a “soup of the day” [...]

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Greek Eats

greek eats

Posted Monday, January 11, 2016

What more could you ask for in fast food – but fresh, healthy Mediterranean fare? From the seasoned folks who bring you The Bistro, Zoe Bistro and Teak, comes this wonderful Greek influenced take-out.

“The Greek Eats philosophy is simple – use family recipes to make real [...]

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Gourmet Take-Out – Joe leone’s January Menus


Posted Monday, January 4, 2016

Chicken con Funghi, Bone-in Chicken Cacciatore, Pork Loin Stuffed w/ Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives & Feta, Veal Stew, Molasses Glazed Salmon, Spaghetti w/ Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic & Oil,  Ziti w/ Artichokes & Arugula in Parmesan Cream, Asparagus Risotto, “GF” Eggplant Rollatine, Sautéed Zucchini & Yellow [...]

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The Beach Tavern

Beach Tavern

Posted Monday, December 21, 2015

Locals lamented the demise of Sally Tee’s in Monmouth Beach mostly for the camaraderie enjoyed there. In its place came the Beach Tavern in 2014 and those same locals should thank their lucky stars for this great new (2014) restaurant in their neighborhood. The building is [...]

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Holiday Menu at La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Posted Monday, December 14, 2015

La Dolce Vita is family owned and operated by two generations; ZIO (uncle) Giuseppe Salpietro and Nipote (nephew) Nicola Fuccilli who bring their passion for Italian cuisine and culture to Belmar.

The food here is terrific and the the setting on the ocean creates a special ambiance. [...]

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The Irish Rail

Irish Rail Burger

Posted Monday, December 7, 2015

Most of us are not always looking for a three course dinner when we decide to go out. Sometimes we just want something simple, well prepared that makes us feel….well, comfortable. Hence the name comfort food, I guess. The Irish Rail at the train station in [...]

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Buona Sera Shines

Buona Sera

Posted Monday, November 30, 2016

A Thanksgiving weekend lunch at Buona Sera made us remember why it is one of our favorites at the Jersey Shore. The soaring ceilings, ornate moldings, an antique bar and a mezzanine that overlooks the bustling main dining room create a wonderful atmosphere for chef/owner Chris [...]

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Mouth Watering Ribs


Posted Monday, November 23, 2015

There are few things more satisfying than fall-off-the-bone ribs drenched in a tangy BBQ sauce. Add some fries, an ice cold beer or glass of wine and you’re set. Here’s some of our favorite places;

Bar Anticipation, Belmar – Special house rub. Jack Daniels glazed St. [...]

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Daniel’s Amazes


Posted Monday, November 9, 2015

We’ve had many enjoyable meals at Daniel’s Bistro in Point Pleasant, but none as good as last week. Chef/owner Daniel Picard is a master at delivering rich and flavorfull soups and sauces. We started our meal with an amuse bouche (not many restaurants do this any [...]

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Prime Rib Bonanza at Four Winds

Four Winds

Posted Monday, November 2, 2015

We’re big fans of the Four Winds in Manasquan. Some of the best comfort food around, drinks made with fresh juices and a cozy local’s vibe….oh yeah, a fireplace and live music too.

Mondays and Tuesday this winter they are offering their delicious, slow roasted prime rib [...]

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Sunday Gravy – Cibo e Vino


Posted Monday, October 26, 2015

Here’s a fantastic deal at Cibi e Vino in Asbury Park for some delicious comfort food, perfect for the upcoming cold weather.

Choice of Salad – Caesar or Caprese
Gravy – (Penne, Fettuccini or Rigatoni) with Ragu, Pork Ribs or Sausage Bolognese
Dessert – Coffee or tea, Fresh Filled [...]

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Holy Cannoli!

Sempre Cannoli

Posted Monday, October 19, 2015

North American
plural noun: cannoli
Italian pastries in the form of hard tubular shells filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and often containing nuts, citron, or chocolate bits.

Oh my, an authentic cannoli shop right here at the Jersey Shore. Sempre Cannoli Company opened a month ago at 90 [...]

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Benny Burger Debuts in Lake Como

Benny Burger

Posted Monday, September 28, 2015

There’s a new burger in town and it is sure to give the others a run for their money. Benny  (named for those people who aren’t from here, but spend the summer here!) Burger has opened on Main Street in Lake Como. Offering burgers like The [...]

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Something’s Up at Danny’s


Posted Monday, September 21, 2015

There’s something always going on at Danny’s Steakhouse in Red Bank. Long one of the area’s most popular restaurants, now there’s even more reasons to go.

Mad Men Lunch. Mon-Fri. $15
Mondays – $2.00 off any glass of wine
Tuesdays – Burger Night. Burger, salad, and a pint [...]

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The Bonney Read

Bonney Read

Posted Monday, September 7, 2015

Wow! An honest to goodness old fashioned chowder house at the Jersey Shore. What took so long? The Bonney Read name is a fusion of the two most infamous female pirates who ever lived, Anne Bonney and Mary Read. The two jointly captained the pirate [...]

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Back Porch at The Parker House

Parker House

Posted Monday, August 31, 2015

One of the great pleasures about living at the Jersey Shore are places like The Parker House. Aside from its legendary night club, The Back Porch at The Parker House offers a wonderful apres beach experience. Truth be told, it’s also a great place to sneak [...]

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Anna Banana


Posted Monday, August 24, 2015

If you are like me, you don’t get enough fruits and vegetables, so Anna Banana is the perfect solution. From Fresh Pressed Organic Juices like the Power Punch; kale, spinach, cucumber, green apple, parsley and celery to Fruit Shakes like the Beach Bum: blueberry, peach and [...]

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Have You Tried………?


Posted Monday, August 17, 2015

This is the first in a series of posts on great dishes we have tried at Jersey Shore Restaurants.

Brandl, Belmar. Lazy Lobster. Poached in vanilla bean butter, served over asparagus risotto.

Crab’s Claw Inn, Lavallette. Grouper Islamorada, panko encrusted grouper topped with fresh diced tomatoes, [...]

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“Lobster Louie” at Fromagerie

Fromagerie SF

Posted Monday, August 10, 2015

Get your lobster on before the summer is over!

Join David Burke Fromagerie every Thursday for their legendary Lobster Louie! Indulge yourself with a three-course feast of classic lobster dishes. Take your meal to the next level with a flight of sommelier suggested wines that perfectly [...]

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Singing the Praises of Sunburst Pie Company


Posted Monday, July 27, 2015

For someone who seldom eats dessert, I have become somewhat obsessed with Sunburst Pies in Manasquan. Last night we had some friends over for dinner and got a fresh Jersey peach pie and a fresh Jersey blueberry and rhubarb pie, both in the small version, so [...]

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Jose’s Mexican Restaurant


Posted Monday, July 13, 2015

Nothing says summer better than an ice cold beer and some authentic Mexican food. Jose’s in Spring Lake Heights has been serving the best Mexican food around since 1997. Start with some homemade guacamole and house made chips. Try the delicious Cocktail de Camarones, a cold [...]

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Scone Pony


Posted Monday, June 29, 2015

Walk down Washington Avenue in Spring Lake almost any day and you’ll see a line outside the Scone Pony, one of the true delights of the Jersey Shore.

Baked fresh daily on premises. The crisp crust, rich buttery flavor and light and fluffy textured scones [...]

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Posted Monday, June 22, 2015

We are fortunate at the Jersey Shore to have so many wonderful Italian restaurants. Here are some of our favorite dishes:

Buona Sera. Red Bank. The best Pasta Fagioli anywhere. Grilled chicken paillard with plum tomatoes, red onion and sweet basil also a favorite. Wine Spectator [...]

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Top 5 Burgers at the Jersey Shore


Posted Monday, June 8, 2015

Any “top” list is always somewhat subjective based on the reviewers tastes, but we’re sure you’ll agree that these are great burgers.

1. Waypoint 622, Brielle. New to the scene, but their Hoffman Burger, topped with slow
roasted short ribs in a savory gravy on a brioche bun [...]

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Sunburst Pie Company


Posted Monday, June 1, 2015

A few years back when we heard that Harpoon Willy’s bartender Jay made pies on the side at the Holidays, we decided to give one a try. We’ve been a convert ever since. A holiday isn’t complete any more without one of Jay’s pies. We’ve enjoyed [...]

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Brandl Takes It Up A Notch


Posted Monday, May 25, 2015

We’re big fans of Brandl in Belmar. Chris Brandl is a talented and creative chef and is constantly re-inventing his restaurant concept. Last year he undertook a major redecoration project and added nearly year round patio seating. Most recently, Brandl, long a BYOB, began offering Domenico Winery [...]

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Esposito’s: Award Winning Pizza and Meatballs


Posted Monday, May 11, 2015

As I sat in the barber chair the woman who cuts my hair asked if I had been to Esposito’s in Manasquan. She told me they had just won a national competition for their pizza and a local competition for their meatballs. Of course, we had [...]

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German Comfort Food in Avon


Posted Monday, April 20, 2015

Like most people what I feel like eating is often on a whim….today it might be steak, tomorrow pizza, then maybe sushi….who knows where my taste buds will go. When it comes to ethnic, I love Italian, French and Spanish foods, but having traveled once a [...]

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Brunch at Cross & Orange

Cross & Orange

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015

I love brunch…it’s not breakfast…it’s not lunch. It’s the perfect meal to linger over the Sunday paper with a Bloody or a Mimosa. Newly opened Cross & Orange in Asbury Park just started their Sunday Brunch a week or so ago and judging by the number [...]

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Center Food Market

Center Food

Posted Monday, March 16, 2015

In every small town there are a few places that are such a part of the fabric of the community that you can’t imagine them not being there. Howie and Linda McKeon’s Center Food Market in Manasquan is one of those places. Its Norman Rockwell era [...]

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Mr. Prime to Open in Manasquan


Posted Monday, March 9, 2015

Mr. Prime Old Tyme Butcher is moving to their own shop at 75 Main Street, South Street Plaza in Manasquan. Manasquan’s only butcher was previously inside Agostino’s at 140 Main Street, which has closed.

Mr. Prime offers prime dry aged steaks, all natural grass fed beef, Bell [...]

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Broad Street Dough Company

Broad Street

Posted Monday, March 2, 2015

One of the hits of the Grand Tasting at Jersey Shore Wine Weekend this past weekend was the Broad Street Dough Company. Founded by co-owners and best friends Desdemona Dalia and Jessica McMullen, the doughnuts are made to order and topped with a variety of ingredients [...]

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Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten Opens February 7th


Posted Monday January 26, 2015

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten is in the midst of a trial opening for friends and family, working out the kinks for the formal February 7th opening. Located on Lake Avenue in Asbury Park, this is destined to quickly become a Jersey Shore favorite.

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten [...]

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Sickles Market


Posted Monday, January 5, 2015

1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, NJ 07739
Hours: Open today · 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Few places are as fun to shop as Sickles Market in Little Silver, especially if you are a foodie or gardener. There’s so much good stuff [...]

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Mueller’s Bakery


Posted Monday, December 29, 2014

Mueller’s Bakery
80 Bridge Ave.
Bay Head, NJ

Last week we featured a local butcher shop/market that harkens back to the old butcher shops of our youth (or at least mine).

This week we are highlighting another local treasure, Mueller’s Bakery in Bay Head. Since 1890, Mueller’s has provided homemade [...]

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Arctic Market & Butcher


Posted Monday, December 22, 2014

816 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

I remember as a young boy visiting the local butcher with my grandmother. Low ceilings, sawdust on the floor, the butchers in bloodied white coats, meats hanging over the counter. They would cut the meat to order and [...]

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Holiday Pies


Posted Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday pies are part of nearly everyone’s seasonal tradition and if you’re not inclined to make your own, the search begins for the “best” pies around. For years we have bought pies at Smith’s Farm Market on Alllaire Road in Wall. In the summer, their blueberry [...]

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Holiday Gift Baskets at Joe Leone’s

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Posted Monday, December 8, 2014

Dal Nostro Armadietto Italiano
“From the Italian Pantry”

Joe Leone’s offers Gourmet Gift Baskets in five varieties: $75, $100, $125, $150, and $200. They can also customize baskets from $100 to any denomination of your choice.

Gift baskets suggest the true essence of Joe Leone’s. Each basket contains a [...]

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Carter & Cavero-Old World Olive Oil Company


Posted Monday, November 17, 2014

As the Holidays approach and you’re searching for gifts, a wonderful local company, Carter & Cavero might just fit the bill. Opened in 2007 in Red bank, they now have stores in Pier Village in Long Branch and in Sea Girt Square in Sea Girt.

They [...]

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Irv & Karen’s Hot Pastrami Deli & Restaurant


Posted Monday, November 3, 2014

2114 New Jersey 88, Brick, NJ 08724

With all the delis at the Jersey Shore, it is surprising that there are few New York style Jewish delis. I don’t know what it is, but an authentic New York deli just seems to taste better. For a time [...]

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Gourmet to Go-Joe Leone’s

Store Front View
510 Route 35 South
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

When you don’t feel like cooking, need some great hors d’ouevres for a party, are craving something sweet, or just need a sandwich for the beach, there’s no better place than Joe Leone’s with locations in Sea Girt and Point Pleasant.

Established in June of 1997 as [...]

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The Food Shack at Ken’s Landing

Food Shack

Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, so I am always on the look-out for great places to enjoy that meal. A few weeks ago we came upon The Food Shack in Point Pleasant, on Broadway and Inlet Dr., right next to the boats and it [...]

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Bum Rodgers Crab House

Bum Rodgers

Posted Monday, October 13, 2014

2207 Central Avenue,
Seaside Park, NJ 08752

Nautical themed, great beach bar. Rectangular bar and booths in one room, separate dining room in another. Back bar and outside deck. Few places “get” the idea of having a signature dish or drink, but Bum’s does. People travel from [...]

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Shore House Bar & Grill

Shore House

Posted Monday, September 1, 2014

2114 Route 88, Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Lite woods and windows (unusual for a bar) create an open airy feel. Three lively bars, colorful crowd.
SERVES: Lunch, dinner and late night. Brunch weekends.
FOOD: Grilled or fried wings, salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps (Drunken Chicken– Hand Breaded [...]

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The Crab’s Claw Inn

crabs claw

Posted Monday, August 18, 2014

601 Grand Central Ave.
Lavallette, NJ

Our highest rating! This convivial bar/restaurant is always busy, whether its summer or winter,.People come for the “Cheers” atmosphere, the good food, the 100 bottle selection of beers, the wine list and the fresh squeezed OJ drinks. It is evident that [...]

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Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille

bakers water

Posted Monday, August 4, 2014

4 Robbins Parkway
Toms River, NJ

Water Street has it all; waterfront location, outside seating and bars, booths inside, fireplaces, delicious food, lots of TV’s, good entertainment and genuine service. Too bad this can’t be cloned all over.
SERVES: Lunch, dinner and late night.
FOOD: Raw bar, fresh seafood, [...]

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Leggett’s Sand Bar


Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

217 1st Ave., Manasquan

Huge bar room with two bars, local and sports memorabilia on the walls and Tiffany lights. Side dining room and outside “Garden”.  Not for someone looking for a quiet bar, it’s loud and raucous but great fun with a young vibe. Had [...]

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D’Arcy’s Tavern


Posted Monday, July 14, 2014

310 Main Street
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

Who knew that the old Barry’s Tavern in Bradley Beach has been transformed into a stylish (can you call a pub stylish?) tavern? Hardwood floors, dark wood furniture, paneled walls create a fresh and crisp new look to an old [...]

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Farrell’s Stout & Steak


Posted Monday, June 23, 2014

401 Broadway
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Green walls, dark wood, brick
SERVES: Lunch, dinner and late night.
FOOD: Wings, nachos, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, Irish specialties
COCKTAILS: List of signature cocktails and after dinner cocktails
BEERS: 20 on tap and another 19 in bottles
WINE: Small list, only 14 selections.
GO FOR…..Irish specialties; [...]

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River Rock

river rock

Posted Monday, May 26, 2014

1600 Rt 70, Brick, NJ

Wonderful riverside venue with 4 indoor bars, a music stage, TV’s everywhere and an outside deck with chairs, tables and umbrellas overlooking the marina and river.
SERVES: Lunch, dinner and late night.
FOOD: Apps, seafood starters (raw bar), soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches [...]

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Eventide Grille


Posted Monday, May 19, 2014

1400 Ocean Avenue
Sea Bright NJ 07760

Eventide (then called The Dockside) was one of the restaurants decimated by Sandy, but they are back with a fresh decor (light blue walls, crisp white moldings, blue marble bar and a nautical theme). Located right on the Shrewsbury River, [...]

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Four Winds

Posted Monday, May 12, 2014

13 Jefferson Ave.
Manasquan, NJ

Long time local’s favorite. Just try to get in on a Friday or Saturday without a reservation. Rough hewn walls, stone fireplace, live music and a large bar, make this popular for drinks, dinner or just for the music.
SERVES: Lunch, dinner and [...]

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Rella’s Italian Tavern


Posted Monday, May 5, 2014

110 Union Ave.
Brielle, NJ 08730

Very popular spot with locals and tourists alike. Open bar and dining room design, Fireplace, pizza bar.
SERVES: Lunch (weekends), dinner and late night.
FOOD: Apps, salads, paninis and wraps, soups, pasta, pizza, burgers, Italian specialties.
COCKTAILS: Excellent list of specialty drinks. Try the [...]

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709 – Point Pleasant


Posted Monday, April 28, 2014

709 Arnold Ave.Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Tanks of swirling water that change colors creates a “coastal” vibe. Fireplaces add warmth during the colder months. Booths and bar and sushi bar seating.
SERVES: Lunch, dinner and late night.
FOOD: Sushi, raw bar, pizza, steaks, fish tacos, wings, dumplings, [...]

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Charley’s Ocean Grill


Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

29 Avenel Boulevard
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Long history back to the ’30s when it was rumored a speakeasy occupied the site. Current iteration is bright and airy with a nautical decor theme. Fireplaces and outside decks with ocean views. Called the “Cheers” of North Long Branch, [...]

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Irish Rail

Irish Rail

Posted Monday, April 7, 2014

229 East Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Phone: 732-223-9300

Cozy little place at the Manasquan train station with gas like lamps over booths and a lively bar.
SERVES: Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast on the weekends.
FOOD: Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads.
COCKTAILS: No formal list but the [...]

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Klee’s Bar and Grill


Posted Monday, March 31, 2014

101 Boulevard
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

A neighborhood tavern since 1931, Klee’s is an institution in this part of the state. A friendly, often loud place with brick and pine walls, a huge bar centering the room and a rich Irish tradition.
SERVES: Lunch, dinner and late night.
FOOD: [...]

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Bar Anticipation

Bar A

Posted Monday, March 17, 2014

703 16th Ave, Lake Como, NJ 07719

Long considered the premier nightclub at the Jersey Shore, Bar A has evolved into much more than that. It’s still a great place to hang out and watch football or soak up the sun outside on a beautiful day, [...]

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Edgar’s Pub


Posted Monday, March 10, 2014

153 Sea Girt Ave
Manasquan, NJ 08736

Convivial, friendly atmosphere. Popular gathering place for 20-30 year olds. Fireplace, good food, great prices. Super, live music schedule in the summer. Owners involved in many charitable functions.
SERVES: Lunch, dinner, late night.
FOOD: Lengthy app menu, good salads, pizza, great burgers, [...]

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St. Stephens Green

St Stephens

Posted Monday, March 3, 2014

2031 Rt. 71
Spring Lake Heights

As close to an authentic Irish pub as you’ll find this side of the pond. Dark wood paneling topped by golden hued walls with two stone fireplaces and a 15 seat bar. Cozy and warm.
SERVES: Weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, late night.
FOOD: [...]

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Kelly’s Tavern


Posted Monday, February 17, 2014

Rt. 35 South
Neptune, NJ

An institution since 1949. Dark, with Tiffany lamps over the tables and a map of Ireland on the ceiling. The stop for every local Irish event. Male bartenders adorned in white (?) “Kelly’s” shirts that could stand some bleach and an iron, [...]

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Brickwall Tavern


Posted Monday, February 10, 2014

522 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park, NJ

Garnering our highest rating at The Shore thus far, Brickwall is a carefully thought out pub that has everything you would hope for; atmosphere (brick walls, murals, fireplace), creative and delicious food, tons of craft beers, excellent service and just [...]

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Simko’s Grill


Posted Monday, February 3, 2014

403 Higgins Ave.
Brielle, NJ

A lively bar area with a fireplace and cozy booths is the focal point of this popular pub, considered by many to offer some of the best values around.
SERVES: Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday breakfast.
FOOD: Appetizers, soups, salads, chili, pizza, sandwiches, [...]

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Harrigan’s Pub


Posted Monday, January 27, 2014

703 Baltimore Blvd/Rt. 71
Sea, Girt, NJ

: Cozy pub with green plaid wallpaper and pine paneling. Copper top bar in one room, dining/booths in the other. Convivial atmosphere, friendly bartenders. Excellent food.
SERVES: Lunch and dinner daily
FOOD: Excellent pub fare with an Irish bent. Black Angus steaks.

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Harpoon Willy’s

Detail section of a stucco and waincotting wall

Posted Monday, January 20, 2014

2655 River Road

: Wonderful setting overlooking the Manasquan River. 1792 building with rustic interior and a huge stone fireplace. Formally the iconic “Red Ranch”. Very popular bar. Ideal place for a rainy or snowy day. Go early, fills up quickly. This is a local’s and [...]

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Broadway Bar & Grill


106 Randall Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach

: Great beach bar with a nautical theme that’s been around for 20 years. Grill at the bar. Popcorn served. Perfect place for a rainy day. Laid back and casual. How can you not love a place that’s got a 7am Happy Hour. Fisherman, locals [...]

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Connolly Station


711 Main Street
Belmar, NJ 07719

: Lively pub environment featuring a large, square open bar with seating on all sides and surrounded by tables. Separate dining room removed from the entertainment for quieter dining.
SERVES: Lunch and dinner daily
FOOD: Pub fare; sliders, burgers, sandwiches, wings and Irish specialties like Shepard’s Pie and [...]

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Dublin House

dublin house

30 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701

: An old-style, Federalist building with two story columns houses a long inviting bar on one side and a warm dining room on the other, complete with a toasty fireplace. The building is set back from the street and a large tree shaded courtyard enclosed [...]

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Brick House Tavern + Tap

Brick House

3655 Route 66
Neptune, NJ 07753
Right outside the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets

OVERVIEW: Part of a 16 unit chain, but it is so unchain-like you would never know it. Unbelievably well-thought out concept from the décor to the food to the beer selections to the service. Extremely knowledgeable and pleasant staff.
: Industrial [...]

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Barnacle Bill’s

Barnacle Bills

1 First Street
Rumson, NJ 07760

 ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: A large square bar, with seating all around, features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Navesink River.  Several dining tables are in the bar area, in addition to a large dining room.   Can’t beat the location and view of the [...]

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Rod’s Old Irish Tavern

rods old irish tavern

507 Washington Blvd. Sea Girt, NJ

ATMOSPHERE/DÉCOR: Cozy Irish pub, checkered tablecloths, booths, large oval bar, back dining room and garden room.
SERVES: Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch.
FOOD: Appetizers and snacks, salads, soups and chilis, grilled meats and chicken, fresh seafood, pastas, and saloon [...]

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