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It's time to reassess the Red Bank dining scene.

Right on about the Blue Water Seafood! Takes balls to cone parking spaces for his business when downtown merchants are always crying about the lack of parking.

Aug 11, 2012
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Best happy hour in Monmouth county?

Tommy's Pizza in Red Bank (Ocean Township and Brick also). M-F 4-7; S&S all day. Note that you must be in the bar area to get the HH specials. Draft beers are 50% off, house wines are $4, and well drinks are $4. Their $5 food offerings include: a tasty Italian chopped salad; a coal-fired 8” personal plain pie (toppings extra); a plate of ten good-sized wings with onions and hot peppers. I believe they are a few other items but we stay with those three items. My wife and I have three drinks each and usually share one chopped salad and two pizza pies. We both have had enough to eat and get away under $35 before the tip. I recommend the Red Bank Tommy’s located in the Galleria as I have not been to the others.

Aug 10, 2012
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Best beer and burger in Northern Monmouth

Last couple of times I was in Barnacles Bill's the burgers were not up to the standard they always were.

My favorite burger and beer place is the Pour House, Shrewsbury Avenue,Tinton Falls. Consistently a great burger cooked behind the bar....small but good selection of draft brews.

The Falls (formerly The Grist Mill) in Tinton Falls has a nice 12oz burger as well at the bar on the top floor overlooking the falls.

Dec 07, 2009
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Best Fries

Never been to the Keyport Fishery and will have to try their fries sometime. My favorites fries are at The Heidelberg Bar on the Keansburg "boardwalk", the Windmill in Long Branch and The Pour House, Tinton Falls.

Jun 23, 2009
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Ocean Grove recommendation needed

Try Moonstruck right across Wesley Lake in AP. The ice cream place you are talking about is probably Nagle's Apothecary Cafe on Main Street (very long lines).....I personally like Day's a couple of blocks from Nagle's.

Actually Nagle's is a fun place to eat.....decent diner fare in a great space....turn of century drug store. Not sure how late they serve and if they take reservations. Give them a call.

Jun 02, 2009
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Planning an affair

The Shadowbrook is definately the place to have an affair ;)

On a more serious note......the building and grounds are beautiful. The ground level rooms and the smaller private rooms upstairs are great......the lower level rooms are just rooms.

I can only speak to luncheons, both off the menu and buffet. On the whole the food is good. Not great, but good.

Jun 01, 2009
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Atlantic City

We went to Bobby Flay Steak last June before a Steely Dan concert. Being Flay fans we were excited about going. The place is rather nice but try to get a table against the far wall (in an area which is slightly elevated) away from the window that looks out onto the slots.

Unfortunately we were not all that impressed with the food. The salads were OK but we do better steaks at home. I had the NY Strip and my wife the ribeye......neither was anything to write home about. Maybe our exceptations were too high for a casino restaurant....I dunno.

We each had a couple of drinks so the meal cost us around $160-$170.

May 26, 2009
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Cheeburger Cheeburger Coming to Flemington

Have also been to the Manalapan one and it is a good burger. Definately a big step up from a fast food burger. I would say for a "highway burger joint" it is near the top, better than Five Guys. Great variety of shakes.

May 26, 2009
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Best Blueberry Muffins In The Garden State - New Jersey?

I also second Emery's. The owners, the Marchese family used to have a farm in Howell and they sold all kinds of awesome blueberry things. Unfortuately (for me since it was right near my place of work) they sold the Howell farm so no more blueberries there. But they did open the organic blueberry farm in New Egypt called Emery's Berry Patch.

May 21, 2009
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Top restaurants in Colts Neck/Freehold area?

Valentinos, Rt 9 northbound, Freehold Township just north of the BMW dealership. Although I see in other posts the jury is still out we have been three times with 3 different couples and everyone has been more than satisfied.

http://www.valentinosfreehold.com/ind...

May 20, 2009
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Where can I buy grits?

Sometimes on our annual 2 week vacation on the Outer Banks we travel via the Cape May-Lewes ferry. If we do we will check out Lewes Gourmet. Thank you!

May 20, 2009
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Where can I buy grits?

Thanks I will try them both.

May 20, 2009
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Where can I buy grits?

Thanks for the responses!

Interestingly when we returned form our trip the May issue of Gourmet magazine had an article on Low Country food. It mentioned S.N.O.B. and its signature dish....shrimp and grits. The article also contained the recipe. S.N.O.B. says they use grits from Hoppin’ John’s. We checked it out and you have to buy three bags @$7.00 apiece. They are two POUNDS each.

Then we looked at Anson Mills. They make you buy four bags, but they are 12 oz. @5.95 each. So the cost is about the same. since we really didn't need six pounds of grits we ordered from ordered from Anson Mills.

May 20, 2009
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Where can I buy grits?

After visiting Charleston, SC and eating some awesome shrimp and grits, especially at S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad), I wanted to make my own. Problem is I can't find any good yellow stone ground grits. I tired Whole Foods and Wegmans....nada....just basic Quaker Oats instant, quick and old-fashioned. i know I can get them on-line but wanted to know if anyone knew of a place in the Monmouth County area that sells them. Thanks.

May 19, 2009
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Burger Quest Part 1

My responses are limited to Monmouth County.

Best: The Pour House, Tinton Falls

Runnerups: Barnacle Bills, Rumson; On The Rocks @ The Falls, Tinton Falls (formerly The Grist Mill)

Dec 12, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Cheap Lunch Freehold Main St.

I work in Freehold and the Metropolitan Cafe is my favorite lunch place along with El Meson. The Metropolitan Cafe is excellent for lunch, well within the price range you stated.

Jul 31, 2008
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Ragin Cajun in Belmar, NJ

Had dinner at the Ragin Cajun last night with 4 other couples. The restaurant is located on Highway 35, just south of 11th Avenue in Belmar in a former single family house. You might drive by it a couple of times since it only has a very small (unlit) sign in the front yard. It is next to a convenience store (not sure if it is 7/11 or something else). We were set up in the "back room" due to the size of our party. A singer was performing in the front room. The place is a little funky with a peaceful vibe....very laid back....it was as if you were having a dinner party in your house. The owner took our orders and provided some great conversation.

I had the Cajun Jumbo Shrimp with rice/beans and broccoli....it was excellent. The "sauce" the shrimps were in was spicy but not overpowering.....the shrimps (5 huge) were cooked to perfection. The beans and rice were very nice and the broccoli was exceptionally tasty.

Don't think anyone had the same entree as anyone else and many folks took the specials. In general everyone was satisfied with their meal...some more than others. With only a couple of desserts, no appys, 10 entrees, BYOB the bill including tip came to $55 per couple.

Definately will go back.

Jul 31, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Are there any good bars in Central Jersey?

Just to clarify.....Asbury is a "place name" not an official municipality/town. It is located within the political boundaries of the township of Bethlehem in Hunterdon County.

Jul 04, 2008
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Some will say, "Hey it's only a sandwich", but.....

.......if a particular sandwich (and place) lives up to all its hype and then exceeds it, then I feel it deserves the recognition that any fine dish and/or restaurant gets on Chowhound. I am talking about the White House Sub Shop, located on the corner of Artic and Mississippi in Atlantic City.

On the day we were departing Atlantic City, after a less than satisfactory dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Bogata the evening before, we decided to get some lunch before driving home. After a little discussion I suggested getting some subs at the White House. I had not had a sub from there probably for 35-40 years. I told my wife that the place was legendary and has a rep for the best subs in New Jersey and maybe in the universe. She agreed to get some subs and we would take them out and eat them in the picnic area at Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge.

When we got to the WH at about 2:00pm there was a line out the door. That line was waiting for table/counter service, and we were told if we wanted take out just to go inside. We entered and the aroma of cold cuts, garlic, olive oil, peppers, cheesesteaks was overwhelming (in a good way). The place was small, with booths on one side and the stoves/sub making area on the other side. We went to the rear of the store and waited on a short take out line. Lining the walls above the eight or so booths were photos of celebs: music people, entertainers, politicos....all who have been to the WH. Quite an impressive collection! Behind the counter were about five or six guys making subs, cooking cheesesteaks. These guys all looked as if they actually enjoyed what they were doing. We ordered one and a half Italian (one of their "Our Famous").

In less than five minutes the fellow we ordered from put the big brown bag in front of us and told us to pay at the front. The whole sub was sticking about half way out the bag. The bag had alot of weight to it.Just beyond the stove/prep area was a small counter with maybe four stools and then the cashier. She was a classic, chewing gum with red lipstick and pencil in her hair, looking as if she had worked there for many years. Total cost for the one and a half Italian sub, $19.50. As we left the place the line was still out the door.

OK finally to the "meat" of this narrative. We got to Brigantine and went to a picnic table under the trees.....we were the only ones there. We took the whole sub out of the brown bag. It was triple wrapped. The sub was about 11/2 in length, no lie. And must have weighted two pounds.

Bread: As said it was long.....maybe 18"-22". Bread was somewhat narrower than any other sub bread I have had. Had a wonderful crusty top, but wasn't hard. It was, hands down the very best sub bread I have ever had. Apparently a local bakery delivers fresh bread to the WH many times a day.

Meats: Both the capicola and ham were extremely fresh and favorful. Lots of meat that had to be rolled up a little to fit in the narrow bread (it was impossible to just lay the slice of meat flat on the bread). I think a little of the inside of the bread was taken out to make a nice "bed" for the meats.

Cheese: The provolone was outstanding....again extremely fresh and favorful.

Tomatoes: Fresh and lots of slices, overlapping one another from end to end.....no "blank" areas.

Onions: Tasty and just enough.

Oil: Again just enough without creating a nasty oil sog.

Peppers: Another one of the things that makes this sub special is the peppers. A very liberal amount of chopped hot peppers, again from end to end, not missing any area of the sandwich. They were awesome.....warm but not hot or overpowering.

Lettuce: Fresh iceberg but not shredded. Like the lettuce alot more this way.

Findings: We both agreed that this was the best sub either of us has ever had...nothing came close. The quality of the meats and cheese, the correct amount of tomato and onions, and the two things that probably really took this sub to another level was the chopped hot peppers and the bread.

The one whole was enough for both of us so we took the other half home. The following day we split it....amazing that only a very small area of the bread had any sog to it.

Bottom line is that the White House Sub Shop lives up to the hype. I would find it hard to believe there is another place that is any better than the WH.

Jul 01, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Cheese shops in NJ

Whole Foods in Middletown has an excellent selection. Probably other WF do as well.

Jun 17, 2008
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Drum Ribs, DelMarVa, and Exmore, VA

Hey Sean......used to have lunch at your place when we stayed at the Gladstone House B&B every year on our way down to the Outer Banks....now that it is closed we didn't get to the Exmore, but hope to this September.

Mar 18, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Best burger in Mon/OC?

As I previously mentioned above I agree that the best burger in Monmouth County is found at The Pour House. I used to always have the cheedar burger until I found a real liking for blue/bleu cheese, so now that is what I get.

Anyway as an important update for those who frequent the Pour House.....it is so much easier to eat at the bar. Last Sunday after closinf they ripped out the old wood bar and installed a granite bar. Will take some getting used to, however you no longer have that high rolled wood edge that made it difficult to get to your plate.

Feb 15, 2008
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

My Kingdom For A Good Bagel!

I have never been to H&H, however I do believe that Brooklyn Bagels and Deli in Freehold Borough has an excellent bagel. They are located just off East Main Street in a strip mall (for lack of a better term) next to the Hall of Records Annex.

I would also recommend the Bagel Oven on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

Feb 15, 2008
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Kelley's Neptune City

One holdover from days past is the loud noise of glass hitting glass when the barkeep would sling the empty beer bottles into the trash barrel.

Feb 08, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

SONIC [moved from Mid-Atlantic board]

I didn't know NJ had Sonics. Anyway, after passing Sonics for probably 40 years while driving in the South I finally stopped at one down Rt.13 on the Delmarva to see what all the talk was about. Had a burger, fries and shake. All were below average fast food quatlity and taste in my opinion. Maybe folks just like the drive-in thing, and accept the food - I dunno. Will never go back.

Feb 08, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Chains

Front St Trattoria in Red Bank

My wife and I have been going to Tratt since the day it opened (don't remember exactly when but it was a long time ago). Those were the days when if you didn't see it on the menu, Michael or Val (the original and still owners), would have it prepared for you. Tratt was the original pioneer restaurant during the transformation from Dead Bank to the "Hippest Town in NJ" (don't like the term but.....).

Anyway, I think the Tratt has slipped a tad over the years, however we still enjoy it. The five cheese pizza is excellent as are the various focaccias. They make a great pesto. It is BYOB which is always a plus. It does tend to be crowded and noisy, but isn't that what a trattoria should be?

The Tratt in NB as well as one in Freehold used to be associated with the FST but no longer. I wasn't aware of one in Westfield, however fairly sure it is not related today.

In the warm weather they have a outside dining area, albeit overlooking the parking lot. Don't remember if indoor expansion took place before you left. The expansion is a room to the right after you go down the few steps from the door. The black and white sqaure tiled floor still exists as does the same chairs and tables. they now have alot of art on the brick walls for sale. The individually wrapped skinny bread sticks are still on the table.

I am sorry to hear about the bad experiences some folks have had, but as I said I have always been pleased. Good food, fair prices, nice ambience and BYOB.

Feb 08, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

Rod's Sea Girt- should have known

Sorry to hear about your bad experience at Rod's. We haven't been there for many years, probably at least 5, but used to go now and then when we were down in the south end of Monmouth County. We always got a decent meal (for what it is) and the wait staff was pleasant as I remember. Liked the booths and the overall ambience of the place.

Feb 01, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

super bowl celebration

Second MGZ's response....nothing like it in Red Bank or the immediate surrounding area. However, may not be the place for a lady.

Brannigans basically across the street (Wharf Avenue) from The Globe (West Front Street) would be another good place, or maybe even the Dublin House on Monmouth Street, (assuming no soccer is on the tube).

Feb 01, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic

What to eat in Colts Neck?

There's always Mary Anns Inn on 537 east of 34 about 2 miles from the CNHS.....a classic workingman's bar, with a decent pie.

Jan 31, 2008
RobertinRedBank in New Jersey

Kelley's Neptune City

Have been going to Kelley's Tavern since the early 70s and I agree with the others that the consistency has slipped somewhat recently. However, I still find myself craving their large (no mini here) corned beef reuben and my wife a sligo. We share sides of fries and rings. When we implement that craving and drive down 35 to Kelley's we are never are disappointed.

Jan 30, 2008
RobertinRedBank in Mid-Atlantic