Eating in/around Avalon NJ?
Cafe Lauren has a nice laid back and quaint atmosphere
Food is not spectacular but is very good and well presented
Bring a good bottle of wine and you will enjoy yourself.
Avalon @ 18th street?
Second the vote for Karen and Reis
If you can travel and have deep pockets, Try Savaradio in
Linwood - you must have one of their desserts.
For a light lunch on a summer day, try the vegetarian and near-vegetarian offerings of Green Cuisine one town south in Stone Harbor. Good hummus, interesting sandwiches and salads.
And to make up for the wholesome goodness, top it off with a scoop or two from Springer's Homemade Ice Cream, also Stone Harbor.