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New Buffalo Wild Wings to Open in Toms River Next to Shoprite Rt 37

Funny and right on the money EB. Once was enough (and that spot was chosen for me (a birthday luncheon) no less by a co-worker, a 300 lb woman ---- true story).

Sep 24, 2014
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Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

They do make a good pie. Sicilian, grandmas, sausage & pepper are what I usually get. Stay away from most others (most definitely their ricotta dolloped eggplant which I made the mistake of ordering at a recent get together there - the margharita, the S&P were good that day; the eggplant totally devoid of any taste). I also happen to like their sicilian/grandma with vodka sauce.

In all deference though Tap, I much prefer Nunzio's, Freddies, Tony's in town. Straight up 'plain pie' or with S&P and dining there when it comes out of the oven.

Sep 23, 2014
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BBQ SHOWDOWN South Amboy 9.28.14

If the Protection FD is selling their dry rub ribs, go for it. They're delicious. They would typically have a long concrete block grill (50' or so) going.

Sep 23, 2014
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Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

Why doesn't that surprise me Monica.

Sep 21, 2014
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Sea Bright Fish Co.

Post post followup: I had my wife's leftovers 3 days later. That's no typo - and how many of you would do so?

Whipped up my own tartar sauce and dropped the fried flounder on a searing hot cast iron. It was excellent. I just don't know wtf happened at the dining table that afternoon. It was still salty as hell upon our collective recollection yet not a problem on this reheat.

Again, must try again one of these days.

Sep 21, 2014
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Sea Bright Fish Co.

Had occasion to stop in for lunch today as my wife wanted a fish sandwich and we decided to try it over Jody's, Mr. Shrimp, or Kleins, with Keyport, Pete's or Morgan Fishery's being a bit long of a ride.

The decor didn't bother us at all. Wifey would have preferred a haddock sandwich (her favorite/mine as well) and settled for the fried flounder. I opted for the Fish & Chips sandwich (which was a bit strange. No chips, just fries).

Observations: Very limited fish offerings as opposed to some of the seafood joints cited above. Fish was very fresh, with a nice crisp coating. But after the 2nd bite I couldn't help but ask my wife as to the seasoning - we both agreed that it was way too salty - and we're not any special diet, etc. It was that noticeable and I continued to try and nail down if it wasn't sodium and possibly another seasoning that caused us to think it was sodium (I actually thought there was some cinnamon in the breading that may have resulted in that 'after taste'. No lemon included (I know that they're nearly $1 a piece these days, but why have it on the board?) as I always squeeze lemon on my fish, be it fried, broiled, or baked. Portions were more than ample, yet the little cup of tartar (very tasty) isn't close to being enough to flavor the fish.

French fries were even saltier (didn't think that was possible). Why does a cook feel that they have to finish with salt, especially french fries? Leave it to the diner to add if they care to. As I finished my beer (and was that ever needed) and got up, I was going to ask server about the sodium thing they got going there, but said to myself, just leave it alone.

Not a bad spot. Not a great spot either. I'll probably be back one of these days. Hopefully I won't be sodiumed to death again, as I won't let it get that far come next time.

Sep 13, 2014
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NY Foodie moving to Jupiter, FL - need recs for quiet, good food

I'm with you on the Coolinary Cafe. Found this spot a few years back and always make the time to dine there when I'm down.

Sep 12, 2014
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Help finding the Best Pizza at the North Jersey Shore?

I like your 'tastes' Life Geek. Those two are amongst my favorites as well. The Eggplant slice at SB is outstanding.

Actually, the margharita or any Porta pie is so much better with the proper 'reheat' the next day. The way they move so many pies on a given nite, well, I'm not a big fan of doughy. Very often, there's very little if any 'crispy char'. That's a sin imho.

Aug 30, 2014
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Since summer is over (yes I'm bitter) what is your favorite.....

Summer's not nearly over for those of us below the Driscoll. Thank you for your post.

Aug 25, 2014
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Great Find: Mara's Continental Cuisine South Amboy

fwiw, my brother commented that there's an Auction sign in front of the building, scheduled for 9/15.

Aug 17, 2014
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ISO high end caterers in Monmouth County please!

Mumford's is top notch. Stack, this is someone whom you should also check out for your party.

Aug 07, 2014
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Great Find: Mara's Continental Cuisine South Amboy

You're correct on that comment/prediction Jerzeegirl. My brother lives up there and has dined there. He says it's amazing that they're still even open - rarely a crowd let alone having an issue getting a table. He really likes the chef and the food - that location is just plain terrible; on a terrible stretch of forgotten highway.

Aug 07, 2014
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Seafood Birthday DInner

You know the adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away?. Substitute garlic for me - I couldn't live without it.

mccloones rum runner was just leveled

Help me out here. Wtf restaurant we talking about here (forgive my French; it's my second language and I'm into a 2nd pitcher of margaritas), but again, who are we talking about? McLoones?

Post edit: Oh wait. Now I got it. Costa Verde

Jul 30, 2014
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Seafood Birthday DInner

Thanks Foody. I may be visiting a friend of mine who runs a non-profit farm in Burlington County in the next few days. This place sound great (I was thinking of stopping into DeLorenzo's/Robbinsville - but this is closer to my itinerary).

Jul 30, 2014
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mccloones rum runner was just leveled

I remember it well Mark. They all have gone the way of the dinosaur. That the shore has been 'gentrified', 'suburbanized', and 'vanillized' is without question.

Robbie, you're a couple of decades too late. Not being smug. It's just the reality and landscape of all of the oceanfront.

You can still have your choice of 'views' on the water at literally dozens of spots having a burger and beerz for the afternoon if you'd like. It's just not being cooked over charcoals in 55 gallon drum. I mean, I remember the Clearwater being but a handful of bungalows, bonfires and partying on the beach with virtually no one bothering you. Then again, Richard Millhouse was in the WH too.

Sometimes nostalgia is just an abdication of reality.

PS: Any truth to the Chuckling Oyster also being leveled this past week?

Jul 30, 2014
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Redbank late nite Eats after Count Basie show suggestions?

With next week's mid week schedule having the Bon Jovi show and an appearance from Andrew Dice Clay, I don't know that Tapas is looking for an "Inkwell" experience, where they'll have a low light quiet light meal.

Most restaurants (without a liquor license) are closed at that hour. Mid week will be far less noisy (than a Friday/Saturday nite), with any of the recs more than adequately fitting the 'bill' (i.e serving food at that hour).

Jul 28, 2014
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mccloones rum runner was just leveled

Robby,you're wrong in your assumption and also mixing oranges with apples here (having good restos on the water and they're not wanting your business - which couldn't be farther from the truth). There's plenty to be had. My comments on Ama & ABG were that they were excellent restaurants on the water which Tim could put together in the reincarnation of the RR. Causal places are all around - Highlands (Inlet Cafe, WindNSea, OffTheHook or even that blue haired favorite Bahrs <<<uggh). Keyport has em, where you can dine on the bay (Burlews (seafood), Nemo (Asian fusion is excellent). Hell, you can get a great deal at the Keyport Fishery (takeout only) and park yourself on a park bench/table overlooking Raritan Bay if you want to rough it. Asbury has 4 restaurants within 200' of each other with outdoor dining through November (with good Indian Summers) overlooking the ocean

There's also handful of places tied into marinas (River Rock in Brick and there's a few more of those places on the Metedoconk than I know as that begins to be out of the area that I like to play in). Included in those South of the Northshore, is an excellent Shipwreck Grill in Brielle.

So your comment as to there not being restaurants here YEAR ROUND that want your business - well, that's a bit of a broadstroke. They're out there - for you to get a burger, a grilled tuna sandwich etc to high end - be it on the Raritan Bay, Deal Lake or the ocean. Suggestion: R-E-L-A-X - most of the touristas will soon 'book' back over the Driscoll, and we can assure you that the Shore doesn't close shop like Block Island does on Columbus Day. Stick around.

Jul 28, 2014
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mccloones rum runner was just leveled

Well, they were referenced as 'good to very good restaurants' that sit on the water. There's a Chowhound adage/probability theorem that measures eatery quality to it's position near the water. AMA or Ama is a Ristorante right down the Avenue from McLoones at one of the beach clubs (http://amaristorante.com/), with ABG being the Atlantic Beach Grill (right before the entrance to Island Beach SP - a gem).

Jul 27, 2014
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mccloones rum runner was just leveled

I don't know that any forum regular will offer or can offer one of Tim's restaurants for a meal. I know that I can't - and though I haven't eaten at all of them, I've been to 3 or 4 to KNOW that it's all sizzle. It's all faux branding.

He's a great guy with a big heart. Does so much for the community and NJ on the whole. All I can say, maybe they also bulldozed the former chef and staff under with all of that rubble and maybe Tim will have a change in mindset as to the new new RumRunner when it comes to dining. One need only look to AMA, or Chef Mike's ABG to know that fine dining can be had right on the water.

Jul 27, 2014
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Mr Shrimp. Belmar

We were there last nite with my Mom whose in from FL. Took a long summers nap (yesterday's humidity s*cked) and didn't make a reservation. Waited nearly 90 minutes, though we did take her to Bar A for some cold beeerz and peanuts ;-).

Wifey's Flounder Francaise was good for her (I patiently slow heat up these leftovers as I write). I ordered the Halibut Dayana (special) which had a nice sized filet sitting atop mashed potatoes, arugala and diced tomato & capers with assorted shellfish (shrimp, littlenecks, mussels). Dish description had it being in a garlic wine sauce, but I believe they just ladled in the broth the clams were cooked in as it was a bit salty as I finished up the bottom of my plate. A tasty dish still, though.

Jul 27, 2014
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Seafood Birthday DInner

Duuuuuuuuude. A couple/three additional options off the top of my head. Old School/seafood joints have gone the way of upscale condos on the water (the Oyster Creek Inn remains one of the few exceptions - their food is decent, but not worthy of a 75 minute trip down the GSP). Asian places are a very good bet these days. I can't help you there, but I know they're out there. But here's what I got...

Consider taking a trip to Princeton. They're still dealing some of the best seafood to be had. Great raw bar and excellent, numerous fish dishes to choose from the menu. http://www.opentable.com/blue-point-g...

You could also do far worse than choosing NICHOLAS (if your wallet allows) and do their Lobster special (at the bar) on a Sunday nite. While not a fish house per se, the overall quality of this place is unrivaled in most of NJ. Plus, as it's just over the bridge from Redd Bank, you can drive the 3 minutes into town and have a good time in any of the area bars. https://www.restaurantnicholas.com/fi...

Last but far from least. Try Seaside Park but don't do it on a weekend (if you're traveling from CNJ) as it will negate any vibe you get from a wonderful meal at Chef Mike's ABG. http://chefmikesabg.com/our-menus/

Have a blast and do let us know what you decided upon (others will no doubt offer additional good recs) and a review of same.

Jul 27, 2014
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Birthday dinner near Middlesex

While not a seafood restaurant per se, there's more than a few goodies on Drew's menu that would fit the bill for most seafood lover's palettes. Plus, it's so damned good.

http://www.bayshorebistro.com/pdf/din...

Jul 23, 2014
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DeLorenzo Tomato Pie in Robbinsville

Tap, that pic is just scrumptiously delicious and has just 'stoked' me into wanting this salad this evening. Looks like I'll be buying my figs at Weggies as most shore fig plants that I have access had major die off from this past winter - most came back slowly and from the roots. It's also good to know that the DeLorenzo pie continues - I'm just never in or around Robbinsville, let alone being able to find it. Need to google and get some coordinates as Hamilton & Church locations recede in the rear view mirror.

Jul 23, 2014
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Mr Shrimp. Belmar

Thanks Johnny. I was there in early spring doing a small job in Nave-A-Sink :-) and did a light lunch there. Will definitely give this dish a go when I'm there again.

Jul 23, 2014
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Widespread Stone Fruit Recall in NJ Markets - Listeria

I try and not eat California peaches and I make a point of it seeking out the produce guy should a fruit not have a label on it. Not for the lysteria issue, but that they typically suck, tastewise. I was at Wegman's yesterday and loved that they had local NJ grown peaches there. Peaches and balsamic - nothing better as a side summer dish.

Jul 23, 2014
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Mr Shrimp. Belmar

Johnny, I've been to both of late. I've probably 'shut down' Navesink as a place to go to have fish though. Their pricing is reasonable, one gets a decent cut of fish and what's my problem? No flavor. No sauce. It's bland.

Mr. Shrimp is a bit closer and I find it to be a bit better on the 'finish'. Hell, I had a wonderful tasting haddock platter just last week at Burlews up in Keyport.

One needs to up their game on their prep.

Jul 19, 2014
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Sea Bright Fish Co.

Just got back from Cape May. If you want lobster bisque, this is the place to go. $25 and fully worth it.

Jul 16, 2014
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Sea Bright Fish Co.

fwiw, I'll be at Harry's tonight. Slick Aguilar is playing outside, and there'll be plenty of small plate specials.

I'm going to make a point and spend some time enjoying Skip and revisit the best damned lobster bisque around.

Jul 11, 2014
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

Beautiful spot, the Shadowbrook. and yes, it's storybook traditional and beautiful.

One of my closest friends is the head chef there.

Jul 11, 2014
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