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.
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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
Posted Monday, October 23, 2017
By Sarah Maiellano for Thrillist
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 [...]Read more
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. [...]Read more
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
40n Rose Cove – Barnegat Bay, NJ
Cocktail, salty start, sweet finish
Wianno – Cape Cod, Ma.
Medium salty, [...]
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:
AVOCADO TOAST 10
Multigrain, Smashed Avocado, Chili Flakes, Shaved Pecorino, EVOO
Add Egg +2
EGGS BENEDICT [...]
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 [...]Read more
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, [...]
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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. [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]
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 & [...]
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...] Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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. [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]
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 [...]Read more
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
New England Clam Chowder
Root Vegetable Bisque
Most restaurants offer a “soup of the day” [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]
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 [...]Read more
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. [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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. [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]
Posted Monday, October 19, 2015
plural noun: cannoli
1. 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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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, [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
Posted Monday, January 5, 2015
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 [...]Read more
Posted Monday, December 29, 2014
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
Posted Monday, October 13, 2014
2207 Central Avenue,
Seaside Park, NJ 08752
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, September 1, 2014
2114 Route 88, Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, August 18, 2014
601 Grand Central Ave.
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, August 4, 2014
4 Robbins Parkway
Toms River, NJ
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, July 28, 2014
217 1st Ave., Manasquan
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, July 14, 2014
310 Main Street
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, June 23, 2014
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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; [...]
Posted Monday, May 26, 2014
1600 Rt 70, Brick, NJ
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, May 19, 2014
1400 Ocean Avenue
Sea Bright NJ 07760
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, May 12, 2014
13 Jefferson Ave.
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, May 5, 2014
110 Union Ave.
Brielle, NJ 08730
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, April 28, 2014
709 Arnold Ave.Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, April 21, 2014
29 Avenel Boulevard
Long Branch, NJ 07740
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, April 7, 2014
229 East Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, March 31, 2014
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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.
Posted Monday, March 17, 2014
703 16th Ave, Lake Como, NJ 07719
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, March 10, 2014
153 Sea Girt Ave
Manasquan, NJ 08736
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, March 3, 2014
2031 Rt. 71
Spring Lake Heights
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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.
Posted Monday, February 17, 2014
Rt. 35 South
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, February 10, 2014
522 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park, NJ
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
Posted Monday, February 3, 2014
403 Higgins Ave.
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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, [...]
Posted Monday, January 27, 2014
703 Baltimore Blvd/Rt. 71
Sea, Girt, NJ
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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.
Posted Monday, January 20, 2014
2655 River Road
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
106 Randall Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
711 Main Street
Belmar, NJ 07719
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
30 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: 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 [...]
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.
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: Industrial [...]
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]