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Brickwall (Asbury Park)

harder to find microbrew, unique selection. like i was saying, they have magic hat number 9 on tap, the flagship brew from the burlington vt company, but as delicious as it is its becoming more commonplace at bars all over the shore. other than that sierra nevada is the only brew outside of the beer belt brews offered. not a knock at all on the place, its great, just sayin brickwall does indeed deliver on the craft beer front. now its 1 pm and it's already been decided i'm grabbing a beer straight from work, thanks for ruining my willpower with this thread ha

Sep 13, 2010
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Brickwall (Asbury Park)

they don't have microbrews at bond st. bar, though the prices are indeed more economical. sierra nevada and magic hat #9 are standard at like houlihans at this point, whereas brickwall swtiches up a good 4 or 5 rotating taps with some harder to find selections (loved the turbo dog all summer long) . the food is where a great disparity occurs, however. brickwall has indeed gone pretty far downhill; the original inception had an ambitious gastropub style menu that was quickly downgraded, replete with well-executed bar snacks. it has been trimmed and supplanted a few times since, but i just can't seem to get a good meal there anymore besides a french dip sandwich. bond st. is definitely holding down the well-done bar snacks demographic, with dave cooking up great burgers and stuff. brickwall has become drinks only, whereas bond street's culinary path is entirely left up to whether they want to continue with the awesomeness or become complacent . like em both

Sep 10, 2010
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Best Dish in a NJ Restaurant this Summer- What's Yours??

a wealth of burgers and a king's bounty of grilled cheese variations at bond st bar, post-work, getting through the hectic jersey shore summer with burgers and beer. all have been excellent. nice

Aug 19, 2010
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Nicholas' new $29 bar menu

true. a the onset of a new defining classicism, completely understand/ center city was worlds away from south philly but despite the actual proximity, as a child it was indeed awe-inspiring and loomingly impressive. walnut and chestnut now are barely even drivable now with the constant construction and the eateries lost some luster

Aug 11, 2010
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Nicholas' new $29 bar menu

it's a better place with young chefs all over the board rediscovering food movements and artisinal vendors and etc etc. not spurning obvious masterful chefs and institutions like le bec fin, but the philly scene was a lot of antiquated pomp, go to northern liberties or some of the cooler spots in fairmount to grab an idea. striped bass is still missed, however, without argument.
post script question, has anyone ever tried the stone harbor/avalon outpost of blackfish, or the conshohocken original outpost? one more, the diving horse in avalon, trying to get some feedback for a soon-to come trip south

Aug 11, 2010
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Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

99% chance it was vac-pac'ed lobster meat, broken knuckle meat probably. if not frozen meat, then it could be culls, one armed lobsters restaurants often buy to make lobster rolls, bisque, etc. anything that equires loose meat or husks.

Aug 05, 2010
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Help finding the Best Pizza at the North Jersey Shore?

max's is an old-school, informal place to sit down and eat an expensive, but good hot dog (get the cheese dog). they have sheet metal menu items displayed on the wall, you can grab a miller lite, and ...ah i can't get the enthusiasm up enough, it's ok, everything on the shore up here gets murdered by superlatives. nothing diners drive ins and dives-worthy. its cool. say hi to ms max, she won't say hi back haha

Jul 21, 2010
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The Boards Restaurant-Asbury

my fault for lack of clarification, they have a sushi chef from takara right behind the bar, he brings product from takara and prepares it fresh at the boards. by concession i was trying to lazily describe the setup, in that the sushi bar is a separate entity, like a food stand in a mall. brings his own stuff, sets up, sushi's away, cleans up goes home. i suppose its easier than bringing a sushi chef on board at an otherwise un-sushi like spot.

Jul 19, 2010
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The Boards Restaurant-Asbury

its a concession-style setup, works out nicely for both of them

Jul 19, 2010
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The Boards Restaurant-Asbury

sushi is care of takara in ocean

Jul 19, 2010
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Crown Chicken Long Branch

hahah not to be negative at all, but i find this funny. i lived half a block away the last few years, just moved, and never thought of crown as an actual option for comida. it was more a place for buying cigs or blunts at 2 am, once in awhile potato wedges. a lot of friends in the area swear by the beef patties...but...haha i dont know, this whole thread's presence on chowhound is humorous, but in a good way! take care be safe, sketchy late night

Jul 14, 2010
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West Side Gravy/Alex Capasso in Collingswood

that was a pleasant review, haha. loved it. best of all, affirms awesomeness of chef alex's new venture...blackbird remains my all time favorite dining experience. thanks again

Jul 10, 2010
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Bond Street Bar - Asbury Park

dave from market in the middle is running the kitchen concession-style i believe, his burgers are quick and well-priced, hate to switch up chef's menu offerings but most have swiss, haha. brisket sandwich is excellent. place has a south philly hipster vibe to it, little too grimey and neighborhood-y to be brooklyn. not necessarily "craft" beers, but number 9 is uncommon and damn good. 2 for $3 nips are good deal, esp. the sols. all in all a cool place, will supplant brickwall and all in all make both more successful.

Jul 09, 2010
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Carmine's Asbury Park - Brando's Citi Cucina

outdated and unhip, redux. inferior product undermines exhorbantly high prices. niche of old-school red sauce adequately filled by archetypal Jimmy's on Asbury Ave. swarmed trattoria assigned to Stella Marina, featuring great happy hour. Brando's would be inclined carve out a following, weekends cannot sustain them past October, good luck-ish

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Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Jul 06, 2010
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Wildwood NJ places to eat

good rec on duffers, but how did you recommend elsewhere for ice cream?!?! hahah. as a former employee back in the day, their homemade ice cream, though premium-priced, is all-around phenominal. rum straight from the jug goes in the rum raisin, o boy

Jun 30, 2010
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New Jersey vs NYC/Philadelphia

Nicholas in Middletown exists like a 1990's NYC hotspot: still amazingly detail-oriented, turning out intricate and creative dishes, but the luster has slightly dimmed despite no shortcomings. too close but too far from the shore, perhaps

I don't have firsthand knowledge concerning the status of stellar Italian restaurants in North Jersey, but from what I gather, they exist, and some rival NYC spots. I am from Philly and have done Osteria but never Vetri, would very much love to. Osteria's upscale trattoria very much trumps the enjoyable Stella Marina, but is not miles above. As far as disarmingly casual Italian featuring exquisite food, the Jersey Shore is replete with places like Bay Ave Trattoria and Piccola Italia, etc.

The steakhouses in NYC seem to be more atmosphere-oriented than anything, in that you pay for an experience, whether or not some dry-age Kobe gold overpriced cow is "worth" $75. We have plenty of that, and Danny's in Red Bank uses the same NYC purveyors, and have some devoted regulars

Anything to rival Per Se, though? Na

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Bay Ave Trattoria
122 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732

Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Piccola Italia
837 W Park Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712

Jun 14, 2010
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I'm thinking that the best seafood shack

not to be a downer, but consistently busy in no way denotes freshness, though it seemingly would. surf taco could frequently buy frozen or re-freshed, low quality fish fillets for their tacos. doesn't make them bad either, its all a matter of taste .

May 25, 2010
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Best Sushi in Monmouth?- Let's hear your opinion

Taka in Asbury Park for a night out with a 6 pack of nice beers
Izu in Long Branch for an unassumingly awesome meal, sit at the sushi bar with some beer from court liquors
don't like the Sawa in Pier Village, gummy rice and poorly tended to tuna

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Pier Village
30 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ

May 13, 2010
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Johnny Piancones~Long Branch

good red sauce style italian american dishes, tasty spiedini alla romana, a few more creative flourishes supplant a pretty typical yet well-executed menu. nice relaxed 10-seat bar, slow comfortable pace. miss cask a lot, but johnny piancones is a good choice, though rallo's is my preference for a similar menu and atmosphere.

May 11, 2010
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Jersey Shore Homemade Ice Cream?

sorry about the misinformation! i'll make up for it, crazee's in rumson is an extremely popular ice cream place on west river road, and they have outsourced but jersey made ice cream, there ya go haha. nice black raspberry

May 04, 2010
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Jersey Shore Homemade Ice Cream?

agee with another poster on wilson's in long branch, their mud pie ice cream makes an insane milkshake haha. worked a summer at duffer's in wildwood, summer after high school. i used to get there in the early hours before my breakfast shift bussing tables and help the crazy-eyed old guy make ice cream in big spinning machines that looked like they cleaned laundry. he used to pour a half gallon of puerto rican rum in the rum raisin haha. currently enjoy nagles homemade ice cream in ocean grove, and the outsourced but still jersey-made ice cream at day's in ocean grove. still haven't tried hoffman's, going to try it soon. also worth noting, eddie confetti on the asbury boardwalk makes a banana cream pie ice cream on occasion that makes the best milkshake i've ever had

May 03, 2010
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favorite restaurant in nj

blackbird in collingswood, had a very sentimental evening with a certain girl there. it was during SJ restaurant week 2005, amazing prix-fixe 3 course deal, nothing an afterthought. had the ethereal, highly-touted gnocchi, pernod-flavored thin scallop, crab and green apple compote app, braised rabbit with polenta for dinner. brought a bottle of conundrum, excellent wine service from waiter that acheived nearly indescribable balance of professionalism and effortless, casual table attention. immaculately informal is not quite the correct phrase, still searching for it. chef alex capasso's restaurant that night still stands out as the best dining experience i've had in NJ, so blackbird gets my nod for statewide fav.

Apr 29, 2010
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At The Table, Asbury Park, NJ

3 times within last 2 months. excellent low key evenings every time. chef janice has some amazing recipes, like the batter for the chicken and the turkey chop. the meatloaf is very good as well, tastes even better as leftovers. baked crock of mac and cheese has an inherent sweetness compliments of secret ingredients, swears its not brown sugar or cinnamon but i don't know haha. the place is so good i don't mind the no-byob stigma, as much as an ice cold yuengling or a blue moon would compliment my chicken feasting. At The Table is highly recommnended for take out or a laidback casual evening of good soul food.

Apr 26, 2010
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Monmouth County Bartenders

haha i figured there was a larger population of drinkers on this board. i'll add another then to keep it alive haha, i like all the brickwall bartenders, especially Alicia, Kelly and Casey

Apr 22, 2010
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Monmouth County Bartenders

Who are your favorite bartenders in Monmouth County? Maybe a favorite lifer at the local comfortable spot, or maybe a bartender who helped make a new restaurant experience memorable. Anyone who feels like detailing your favorite gin slinger send a reply, be a nice way to recognize some stellar individuals who make our favorite restaurants happen. Let's do first names only, positive superlatives only, no negativity please.

Some of mine... Lil from Jack's in West End, Long Branch. Cool yet affable, doesn't take crap from Monmouth kids, devoted lunchtime crowd of regulars for burgers blue moons and bud and shot guys hanging out. all around awesome bartender

Frank, don't know if he's still at Langosta Lounge, waited on us a few times, quality suggestions and nicely made margaritas. knew him from the lakehouse in loch arbour, his presence always denotes a good dining/drinking experience.

Also, Nancy at The Porch in Spring Lake Heights is very inviting and has a great, relaxed lunch.

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Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Apr 20, 2010
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