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Best bourbon selection in MonOc?

I'll take store recommendations though I know quite a few. I'm more interested in restaurant/bars with outstanding bourbon and whiskey choices, beyond the usual Maker's Mark/Woodford Reserve/Jim Beam Black Label.Thank you in advance!

Dec 14, 2014
aklein in New Jersey

Has anyone been to Birravino in Red Bank?

Same ownership?

Oct 16, 2014
aklein in New Jersey

Best Breakfast Monmouth County

strong list... missing Chat N Nibble (Asbury Park), Seabreeze Deli (Spring Lake), St. Stephen's Green brunch (Spring Lake Hts... Irish breakfast available anytime)

Feb 20, 2014
aklein in New Jersey

APP is reporting that the 3 new restaurants at the Toms River Rt 9/Rt 37 site are

... and Ocean County forges ahead in its quest to underwhelm. Sigh.

Feb 20, 2014
aklein in New Jersey
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Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

I was going right in for Tortuga... can't believe I got beat! Good call, also on the Main Street location of Rajun' Cajun.

Also have to mention The Farm House in Little Silver, Eurasian Eatery in Red Bank and Chef Ed's in Belmar, along with many others already on the page.

Aug 03, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

What's your favorite farm stand pie in Monmouth Co?

Smith's, New Bedford Rd in Wall

Jul 15, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Cheesesteaks in the Mon/OC

Mamaluke's on Ocean Ave. in Belmar.

Jun 08, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Danny's Steakhouse/Sushi/Wine Bar...Red Bank, on Kitchen Stakeout 4/24/13

Whoa. Didn't see that coming. Hard to believe, but you sound like you might have inside info. Makes it all even worse... and makes me ill (if true).

Apr 28, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Danny's Steakhouse/Sushi/Wine Bar...Red Bank, on Kitchen Stakeout 4/24/13

Saw the show and, frankly, I think this one was really over-doing the reasons for the restaurant's apparent demise. One foul-mouthed bartender, another lifting some cash from the bar, two lousy servers....? They never presented any palpable problems with Danny's, especially with the food. I can't say if the food is good or not, haven't been for anything more than a drink in five years. But the saddest thing was that it *seemed* that the business had passed Danny by with no one there to hold things up.

Apr 26, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Return of Blue Marlin in Bradley Beach?

I like this idea.

Mar 30, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Return of Blue Marlin in Bradley Beach?

Makes sense. Did you go to the soft open?

The only restaurants that seem to fly in SE Monmouth are either red-sauce Italian or Irish pubs. There are a few exceptions, but not many. We were at Aires De Columbia in Bradley Beach last summer (not the best Colombian but still) and the place was empty while the TWO Italian restaurants on either side were packed and people were in line. Said it all.

Mar 30, 2013
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Return of Blue Marlin in Bradley Beach?

Why so definitive that there's no interest?

Mar 30, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Return of Blue Marlin in Bradley Beach?

Driving down Main Street yesterday and saw a sign in the window of an empty space to watch for the "Grand Re-Opening of the Blue Marlin." The space also hosted Juanito's II and a host of other abject failures, but I can't remember anymore if it was also Blue Marlin's original location. I just remember the jerk.

Does anyone have more info than this? I didn't see a date for this return. Hopefully this incarnation will be as good or better than the original.

Feb 25, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Currently obsessed with finding the best...

...cold sesame noodles. My recent favorite is the offering at Little Szechuan in Little Silver, though I hear good things about a place in Matawan/Marlboro. Thoughts?

What are you hunting for these days?

Feb 22, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Dive bars in Long Branch

Ron's West End Pub. If Frankenstein's is still open on Broadway, it's was the ultimate dive bar. And +1 for Brighton Bar.

Feb 21, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

The Committed Pig - Lafrieda blend burgers in Manasquan, NJ

I saw them. Just me I guess, but the name/logo just seems disconnected from the menu a bit. This is not a criticism of the restaurant (I haven't even been yet) just an opinionated observation. I'm sure it's great.

Feb 07, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

The Committed Pig - Lafrieda blend burgers in Manasquan, NJ

Hopefully going this weekend, but I am a little confused by the name versus the menu. Hardly seems to be any pork products on the menu (ham or bacon here and there, Taylor Ham on the brunch side). It's a cute name, but it does scream pork. Like naming a restaurant, say, The Smoke House, and offering a BLT and kielbasa. Still holding out great hope for my visit and I'm sure the name has nothing to do with the quality of food, whatever it is.

Feb 07, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

The Rail (officially The Irish Rail: http://www.theirishrail.com/defaultol...) is literally at the Manasquan Train Station . Overall decent food, good beers. The Onion Burger is served with caramelized onions and swiss on an onion roll and served with a cup of onion soup for dipping a la French Dip. Yeah...

Feb 05, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

yeah, we'll be there asap. thanks for the info

Feb 05, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

I don't know how I missed this place. Living in Belmar I usually have a pretty good idea of what's around. How long has Committed Pig been in action? I just looked at their site -- http://www.thecommittedpig.com/thepig... -- how does the rest of the food compare to the burgers (Burgernut!)? Wonder if this place can keep me from the Onion Burger at The Rail.

Feb 05, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

The Rail, Manasquan

Feb 02, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

10th Ave. Burrito Co. - Belmar ~ Featured on DD&D

ouch!

Jan 27, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

10th Ave. Burrito Co. - Belmar ~ Featured on DD&D

Guess that's good news/bad news regarding the liquor license. Good for their income, but bad for us. I think the BYO at the second location was perfect and the food was better. You're right, the kitchen can't keep up. I don't know if they're cutting corners or just slow, but it really took the quality down several notches. I know the owner cares about the place, but I think it's too big, too fast and now, it might be over (for us).

Jan 27, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

10th Ave. Burrito Co. - Belmar ~ Featured on DD&D

In all fairness, I think they may have bitten off more than they could chew (!) when they moved up to the new, larger location. I don't think it's a lack of interest in the customers, though I'd argue that some of the new hires in the front of the house are clueless and distant. They're trying but it's not going well, I fear. We have been strong supporters of 10thAve since the original location and worried when they announced the move from #2 to the new space, since it's so much larger and they're obviously banking on the season liquor license to pay the rent. We'll keep trying, but I thinik they've lost their way.

Jan 27, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

The best Cassoulet in NJ?

Thanks, kids. Will try to hunt these down.

Jan 22, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

The best Cassoulet in NJ?

Who's got it? Where is it? Gotta have it.

Jan 20, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Irish pubs in Monmouth County?

^^^^ to Harrigan's craft beers. food fair, brew makes it better

Jan 20, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Irish pubs in Monmouth County?

McDonough's, Dublin House, CelticCottage, Kelly's, Rod's... all decent bars, but just because there's Guinness and Tullamore Dew at the bar and Sligos on the menu it's not necessarily a true Irish pub. Nor is St. Stephen's a true Irish pub but IMHO it's the closest in the area.

Jan 17, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Why are there so many terrible restaurants in Jersey?

thanks, HillJ... sorry for going OT... back to your regular programming!

Jan 06, 2013
aklein in New Jersey

Why are there so many terrible restaurants in Jersey?

^^^^^^^ awesome....did you get the recipe? never had the chance. that was my #1 order

Jan 06, 2013
aklein in New Jersey