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The Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten... Essen!

I need some education here. :-) What's the difference between a German Beer Garden and a Austro-Hungarian Beer Garden?
While I do see the Goulash on the menu, I've only heard of German Beer Gardens.
I've been to the Asbury location twice, before the grand opening and we really enjoyed the food and great service.
The only two issues I see - 1. The noise reverberates to the point that it seems like a torture device. 2. Lots of luck with parking. Once Moon Struck gets back from winter break, parking will be a nightmare. This Saturday night (Moon Struck was still closed) the parking garage was filled 100% before 7pm.

Feb 09, 2015
rickster71 in New Jersey

Looking for Craft Beer Restaurant halfway between Stockton and Point Pleasant Beach

The Pizza Uno in Hamilton has a very good craft beer selection.
225 Sloan Avenue, Hamilton

Dec 19, 2014
rickster71 in New Jersey

Worst Restaurants in NJ

The worst experience I ever had in a restaurant / bar was in The Linwood Inn Tap House, in Linden, NJ. It's an old place trying to reinvent itself by selling Craft Beer. (This really isn't the demographic for craft beer.) I knew I was in for it, when the sticky menu stuck to my fingers and my elbows to the bar.
The beer must not sell very well. The two I tried had a very off taste and I could see tiny flakes floating in the glass. That's a sign of the beer lines not being cleaned.
I'm not sure of Chow's guidelines as far as what details I can post? Let me just say, I will never, ever, set foot in there again.
Would heartily recommend others do the same.

Nov 29, 2014
rickster71 in New Jersey

Yelps top Monmouth County Restaurants.

Still picking my chin off the floor with mention of The Buttered Biscuit.

Apr 11, 2014
rickster71 in New Jersey

The Committed Pig - Manasquan

Too Expensive for What You Get.
Two orders of blueberry pancakes, bacon and coffee for $31.50..?
We hoped a place with a Pork Centric menu would have a higher quality bacon. I've never had bacon (before) that had no taste and virtually all fat.

Feb 22, 2014
rickster71 in New Jersey

NEW Cluck-UChicken to Open in Toms River NJ

I went to the now defunct Cluck U on RT-88 in Brick about five years ago.
It's still in my bottom three meals of all time.

Dec 20, 2013
rickster71 in New Jersey

NEW Roadside SMOKED BBQ Rt 571 Jackson NJ

It's not a matter of, "Looking for Mac & Cheese, or Sides."
It's a matter of, this is what they put on their menu and what they chose to serve.
I found that the main staples suffered (Ribs) and need more attention. It's attention and prep time that was wasted on mediocre side dishes.
Any pasta dish (in this case bake mac & cheese) has a short steam table life and will turn to mush.

Sep 18, 2013
rickster71 in New Jersey

NEW Roadside SMOKED BBQ Rt 571 Jackson NJ

Tried it the other day.
I tried the two meat platter, Ribs & Brisket. For sides I chose corn bread and cole slaw.
Also tried baked macaroni.

I'd love to see this place succeed, the following is meant as constructive evaluation / advice.

The brisket was very good, moist, with great flavor, not much smoke though. I have an impression the Au Jus it comes in dilutes the smoke flavor.
However I really enjoyed it.
The two sauces I sampled were both very nice.

Next up were the ribs.
Nice smoky flavor, unfortunately very fatty. They weren't cooked long enough for the fat to break down.
I'll try these again, it may have been a one time issue, hopefully.

Now for the sides:
The corn bread was very nice, the best of the sides I tried.
I would like to humbly suggest to change the cole slaw recipe.
We dumped it out after one taste.
I'll say the same thing I say in most NJ BBQ places.
Why serve mushy noodles that taste predominantly of milk and flour with very little cheese?
Skip the baked mac & cheese, and put your efforts into other items you already have.

Spoiled by Texas BBQ

Sep 12, 2013
rickster71 in New Jersey

2013 Red Bank Roundup

Triumph Brew Pub is going into the new 2 acre site along with 90 lofts, 13,000 square feet of antique and retail space, a 221 car parking garage.
Danny's will sit surrounded by the whole thing. Similarly to when they built the AC casinos and that one tiny house was left, because the women refused to sell.

Mar 24, 2013
rickster71 in New Jersey

Casked Brooklyn Bitter in Northern NJ

I wouldn't just limit yourself to Brooklyn Brewery beer.
Here is a link that will help:
Lots of great beer out there, enjoy the search.

Sep 23, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Coming Soon 21 SOUTH Bar & Grille. Formerly Stadium Pub Jackson NJ

We've been back twice since our first visit.
They have a new chef that is doing a great job. This is in contrast to the first chef that exaggerated his qualifications and seemed to be in the weeds most nights.

Had a clam & mussel appetizer to start. While the shellfish fish was very fresh, the wine butter sauce could've been better.
Seemed like it was artificially thickened with something.

For our second visit we both had burgers. They were large and cooked as ordered, got them with non-greasy sweet potato fries.

We had the tuna entrees on our third visits. One was sesame crusted and the other blackened.
Both were perfectly cooked with garlic mashed and a veg as sides.

This place can be a 'keeper' if they get a few rotating Craft Beer taps, tweak a few items and pay attention to detail.

Sep 04, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Red Sky Restaurant - Keyport

To bgut1

Well thank you for allowing me to be entitled to my own opinion.

My wife and I have had a very bad, and bazaar experience at Drew's, and will never return.
When I told of out experience in the original Drew's thread (a few years ago) the entire Drew's thread was deleted.
(Yes, it was that bad.)

Red Sky, at three weeks old, is Head and Shoulders above what Drew's was on our last visit. Sorry just our opinion.

Aug 27, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Red Sky Restaurant - Keyport

We went the other night for dinner, four in all.

For starters we had the fried Shrimp Dumplings w/ sweet chili sauce and the Corn Fritters. Both were perfectly fried and crisp, not greasy at all.
This was a great start, the fry station is handled by a pro.

My friend and I both had the Grilled Swordfish Tacos w/ mango salsa, sesame slaw and avocado. Easily ranked among the top three tacos we've ever had.
Our wives had the Linguine in Clam Sauce, and a Bayshore Cobb Salad. Both were very good; I can attest to the linguine & clams, as I helped finish it off.

The only slight stumble was at desert. The Chocolate Lava Cake, the cake portion was very dry, while the Bananas Foster was excellent.
Last, however not least, the service was very good.

IMO Red Sky is head and shoulders above Drew's Bistro.

Aug 27, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Coming Soon 21 SOUTH Bar & Grille. Formerly Stadium Pub Jackson NJ

Had a very good burger there, cooked as ordered and sweet potato fries were good.
I was hoping for a Craft Beer selection, but was disappointed with their beer choices.
The usual adjunct watery lagers.
They have a cell phone booster inside. That is very nice, since that area has no Verizon tower for miles.

Aug 03, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Coming Soon 21 SOUTH Bar & Grille. Formerly Stadium Pub Jackson NJ

Has anyone tried 21 South yet?

Jul 24, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Best Breakfast Monmouth County

For breakfast it has to be The Cottage, 35 Broadway Point Pleasant Beach, right next to the party boats on Inlet Drive.
Very good Pancakes and French Toast, along with the rare properly cooked egg.
It's a mom & pop owned and operated for at least 30+ years. No frills, good food.

May 01, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Klein's in Belmar AND Colts Neck Inn- Need options on BRUNCH and PRIVATE PARTIES, please!

We've been to weddings and many charity functions at the Crystal Point in Point Pleasant.
Excellent food and service. It may be worth giving them a call.

Mar 14, 2012
rickster71 in New Jersey

Is there no lobster salad in Monmouth Co.?

I remember Butler's Deli used to have it, or they will makes it as a special order.
Don't know if they still do....maybe call first.
91 E River Rd
Rumson, NJ

Butler's Deli
91 E River Rd Ste 1, Rumson, NJ 07760

Aug 14, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Lobster is Cheap Again - SWEET!

Here are two links with soft shell lobster info.
This also matches what I was told from a family friend that's a commercial fisherman.

Some more info from a marine biologist with The Lobster Conservancy, in Friendship, Maine

Aug 05, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Lobster is Cheap Again - SWEET!

Forgive me if this was already mentioned.

I've never been a fan of summer or out of season lobster, and here's why:
Soft-Shell lobsters have less meat in proportion to total body weight than hard-shell lobsters. Hard-shell meat is firmer, while soft-shell meat is soft and tends to have more water weight.
Because soft-shell lobsters are not as strong as hard-shells, they do not ship well. Those are a few reasons why soft-shell lobster is always less expensive.

Aug 04, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Lobster is Cheap Again - SWEET!

Agree, they're very sweet.
A little small this year compared to other years though.

Aug 02, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Fan's pub and grill Jackson N.J.

I can't understand why they're letting such a prime location go to waste. Seems like (for them) being in denial is such an insurmountable force.
They need to get some pointers from the other places in that mall that are always busy and serving better food & craft beer.

Jul 24, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Wineries in New Jersey/Wines from NJ

I have a good friend that's a sommelier and one thing he's told me is that, "There's no such thing as a good NJ wine.
After going to the NJ Wine Fest at Allaire State park for a few years I'd have to agree. This state is pretty good for Craft Beer, but the wine scene just isn't happening.

Jul 07, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Great NJ Beer Stores

This one may not meet the location criteria, it's a suggestion for the rest of us that have a need right at Exit 88 off the Parkway, it's across from Home Depot.
Wine Academy has a great Craft beer selection
Don't let the name fool you. Even though it has a vast wine selection, it also has one of the best Craft beer selections I've seen with more than fair prices.

Jul 06, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Pancakes-Best in NJ?

The Cottage has the best pancakes, and that reminds me the French Toast is very good too.
Hands down it's our favorite breakfast place.
One the most consistent we've been to.
35 Broadway
Point Pleasant Beach

May 26, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

How many pizzerias in your town? Do we need that many in NJ?

It seems to depend on the perspective.
From that of the consumer, it's probably just going to be another mediocre pizza place.
If we consider the pizza shop owner's view, It's very cheap ingredients and a cash business.

Apr 17, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Surf Taco coming to Red Bank

I do understand what you're saying.
Though I tend to think the perceived safety from this homogenate comes more from familiarity than racism.
An example being, people that drive to Florida; they will eat at McDonalds instead of trying an unfamiliar place.
They aren't racist; they simply find safety / comfort in what's familiar. Much like an infant that recognizes their mother's voice & face.

Nice tap beer selection at Shipwreck Point also. :-)

Mar 02, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Surf Taco coming to Red Bank

Prejudice and racism? Really?
With all due respect; that's far off base.
Surf Taco was never sold as 'Authentic Mexican,'
It's more of a lighter, healthier style of Mex food.
Their words, "Our coastal cuisine menu features our unique blend of Surf Mex"

For me, it's similar to getting tired of old fashioned authentic red sauced Italian food; and searching out something Mario Batali would make.
Though I may be a little tired of red sauced Italian food; doesn't mean I'm racist. My Italian mother might get upset.

I love Mi Mexico, though I'm tired of it. I like the lighter fare & the craft beer at the Jackson location.

Mar 02, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Surf Taco coming to Red Bank

I went to Red Bank the other day to check for a bar. Unfortunately they have brown paper over the windows. So I'll have to wait and see...

Feb 20, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey

Surf Taco coming to Red Bank

I wouldn't describe it as typical Tex-Mex. They (ST) describe themselves as 'Coastal Cuisine' some kind of Calif-Mex hybrid.

I wonder if they will have a bar? The Jackson location has one of the best craft beer selections on tap that I've seen.

I've been hooked on the Mango/Shrimp tacos and one or two of the beers. Admittedly it's the beer that makes it. IMHO
The beer selection changes almost weekly. For those interested, here are a few from the last week in January: Stone Ruination, Green Flash Imperial IPA, DogFish Head Palo Santo Marron, Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Also bottles of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale.

Feb 18, 2011
rickster71 in New Jersey