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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...

about 11 hours ago
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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.

about 12 hours ago
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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.

about 12 hours ago
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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.

about 12 hours ago
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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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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

If Falco is doing the catering there, run as fast as you can away from the English Manor. I've never been impressed with their food, though the sports banquets, etc were a direct result of 'budget'. That being said, the food has always been less than pedestrian. Bland, dry, lacking taste and panache.

Jul 11, 2014
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Where to eat in Cape May this summer?

410 Bank Streets best days (as a good restaurant) have long since receded in the rearview mirror.

Jul 06, 2014
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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

And the world is that much poorer. But I still have my dear wife's version. And that's something to truly look forward to (when the weather cools)

Jun 29, 2014
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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

I doubt that very much. Maybe Joe Romanowski's version - yes. But GC - no thank you.

Plus, they cannot make it any better than my wife's version at the homestead. That 'favorite' of mine in the bio is the real deal and that's the sides we ALWAYS have (no corn, no green beans) - just limas (preferably 'fresh Jersey' which we get from about Aug - Nov (and which we will freeze) along with cucumber in a vignarette. The ultimate.

Jun 28, 2014
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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

Herm, why would I read every post on this thread? I've skimmed it (anytime it finds its way to the top) and I've become nauseated. A question though. why do you think people veer off topic? ADD addled? or to quote Lennon 'everybody's talking but no one says a word.' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBCdlB...

Jun 28, 2014
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Good Mexican Tacos near Piscataway or Somerville NJ?

Punicea, Joyce's is what you say. Authentic and GOOD..

Here's something for you. While its' named Joyce's, the owner's name is........................................... Sally.

Joyce is her daughter (I believe) and she's now all 'grown up'.

Jun 28, 2014
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Best Softshell Crab Sandwich in Monmouth County?

Bingo EM. While not my first exposure to SSC, they were a real treat whenever I stopped in to this pretty good summer fair.

While I'm not a fan of Klein's - they usually do a credible job (and it's a good value). So, if I'm hostage to 'group whim', and it's on the menu, there is some solace there.

Little Szcheuan (sp) in Little Silver does it up beautifully when they're in season.

Jun 28, 2014
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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

never underestimate the culinary tastes of the average American, even so called 'foodies'. Damn, what is going on here that this thread won't DIE and disappear as it should????

141+ posts for this garbage???? Spin it all that you want. Mediocre will always be mediocre. And with good beef going for what it does these days, ever wonder wtf are you folks eating when you "mmmmmmmm', that's a pretty good steak.

Jun 28, 2014
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good food in strange places

I really like the wings at Mogo. Wings at Bond St. have gone downhill (imho)

Jun 21, 2014
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good food in strange places

Have you ever had Tom Kha Gai soup elsewhere (at a good Thai restaurant) to say that this one in 'Pan at a Chinese resto is that extraordinary????

Jun 21, 2014
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Why are there so many terrible restaurants in Jersey?

There's always Manhattan for you sweetheart.

Mar 30, 2014
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Seagrass Restaurant- Anyone?

Thanks for an updated review here as it's been a couple of years since we last visited this fine restaurant.

Going to see Amos Lee in a few weeks at the Basie, and while it's always nice to dine (in RB) and then walk to the show, maybe, just maybe we'll try Sg.

Mar 30, 2014
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Central NJ small party private dosing suggestions needed

If you want trendy, Due Mari fits the bill but it is more appropriate for a wedding rehearsal dinner etc (as it has a bar and is a bit more hip and adult). Food is excellent. LouCas, while not trendy (why does one need trendy for a Communion party is beyond me) is also top shelf. It's excellent.

You'll also probably pay less per head going to LouCas as well with their room (Lou Cas's) affording far more quiet than DM (which I believe is just a 'set aside' in that large room which gets noisy once diners start filling in).

As for dosing, you can always get off quicker just dropping it into your eye, unless you have liquid. :-)

All the best with your event.

Mar 30, 2014
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Best Italian in Monmouth County

My favorites: Piccola Italia in Oakhurst for northern Italian.
I also really like Gaetano's in RB.

Favorite pizza place is now Sea Bright Pizza. Outstanding

Mar 26, 2014
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Bistro Ole and Johnny Mac's

looks interesting (architecturally). Don't know what it'll be food wise, but this looks like a nice project.

It sure looks like a roof garden. http://asburyparksun.com/johnny-macs-...

PS: Computer crashed and with that some email forum names. Yours truly JustJake.

Feb 24, 2014
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Langosta Lounge - Asbury Park

Dined there last evening with my wife and my oldest son for his birthday.

We were contemplating Brandl, but those prices.....ouch!!! Chris, you need to find a building and buy it as I'm sure there's at least a 25% mark up at your current digs. And in this economy, value rules.

Not that Langosta is pub grub and pub grub prices. First time there. The ticket is to secure an early evening reservation based on Asbury's emerging attractivness. Being a local, it's but a 5 minute ride.

Appys: Bayou Shrimp (excellent), Summer Crab Cake (good, not great; nothing compares to a Joe Romanowski creation over in the Highlands), and I had the traditional Lobster Roll (skip this folks as it's chintzy. Delicious, I'll give you, but they dolloped onto the Hawiaan soft rolls like it was Beluga).

Entrees were very very good: Shrimp/Scallops in a light seafood cream sauce over rigatoni. SearedAhi Tuna over garlic smashed potatos with julienned carrots, squash, zucchini and sugar peas. I had the Lobster Bangock which had a curry based cocoanut milk sauce (ever so lighlty) over the same vegetables and Black Rice.

Desserts: Cuban Rice pudding (good/smallish portion), mango/passion fruit gelato ( a real winner) and flourless chocolate cake.

Nice room that does get crowded as the night goes on. They appear to have overcome any of the service shortfalls that I've read and heard about.

Nice place. Nothing extrordinary, but quite good. And what's not to like from a chef such as Marilyn Schlossenback who puts a lotta love and passion into here cooking. A beautiful evening, people are on the boards and Asbury has been on a real nice 'updraft'. Granted there are spots that still look like Beirut, but that was the case with the Lower East Side not too long ago.

I'm glad to have Asbury as an option to Red Bank which has become a bit sterile for this writer's palatte and 'hang'. Still love the Basie,; love some of the restaurants and some of the other musical spaces, but it's Asbury Park and the organic vibe that's hooked me.

I recommend Langosta for a fun evening and Asian/Latin cuisine. A nice pairing if you're going to the Pony or Lance's place.

Sep 04, 2009
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Pizza in Monmouth County

Somerset and Hunterdon can't hold a candle to the places in Monmouth. I grew up here and I've happened to work in Somerset for the last 20 years. There is nothing in Somerset that even comes close (not the Chimney Rock, not Stans, not anything in Sommerville).

I have a dozen spots within 10 minutes of me here in the RB-Belmar corridor that are as good as anything you'll find here in NJ (cept' the gold mine that Trenton continues to be)

Sep 04, 2009
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Pizza in Monmouth County

Tell us what spots that you have tried out. While Monmouth isn't like many places up north that still have ethnic enclaves and thus good pirzzarias and Italian, we DO HAVE VERY GOOD pizza joints.

Tell me where you've been.

Sep 04, 2009
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Christie's Italian Seafood Grill Rt 9 Howell NJ ?

I've also dined there a couple of times. Fine service and food. It was a couple of years ago, and if they're still in business, all of those 'right things' that they were doing are probably still in place.

Sep 04, 2009
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Best Pizza in N.J.

Agreed. The best I've ever had. It's all subjective and I've eaten good pie in and around NYC for a long time.

If I'm in the area, it's not a reach to drive the extra couple of miles and grab a pie from this place.

Sep 04, 2009
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Pizza in Monmouth County

It is what it is. Tomato Pie, the best remains to be found in 3-4 spots in and around Trenton.

As for pizza, my favorites in this order are: Vesuvio's (Belmar), Vics (Bradley), Freddie's (LB), Brothers (RB for the margharita), Frankie Fed's (Fhold), Squan Tavern, Tuzzios (LB), Val's (Rumson).

Sep 04, 2009
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Unofficial poll on best places to eat in NJ (high end and cheap) - moved from Tristate board

Favorite tomato pies: DeLorenzo's Hamilton
Farvorte pizza: Vesuvio's Belmar
Favorite Thai: Four Seasons, Edison/Tuptim, Montclair
Favorite Chineese: Little Schezauan Little Silver
Favorite Italian: Too many to mention
Favorite Seafood: Harry's Sea Bright
Favorite All Around Restaurant: Bay Ave Tratorria, Highlands
Favorite Mexican: Joyce's Bakery, Bound Brook
Favorite Southern: Jameson's Neptune
Favorite New American: Stage Left, New Brunswick,
Favorite Burger: Red, Red Bank
Favorite 'Special Occasion': Nicholas, Middletown
Favorite Fix Price: Green Gables, LBI
Favorite Romantic: Whispers, Spring Lake

Apr 26, 2009
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