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Any good restaurants in the Jackson, NJ area?

Was wondering if anyone knows of a good restaurant in the Jackson, NJ area. I know the choices are pretty lean, looking for a good place to eat between Point Pleasant and the Trenton area, and the Jackson area seems to be a pretty good halfway point. We're both pretty flexible and love trying new places and new foods. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Its been a very long time since I last ate there, but Casanova Ristorante in Romeo Plaza (sorry, don't recall the address) was a pretty good Italian restaurant ... sort of upscale/casual. Another Italian restaurant that seems to be hugely popular in Jackson is Solo Bella, but I found it mediocre. If you want Mexican, there is Juanitos 2 on Rt. 9 South in Howell, but I find this location to be quite inferior to the original in Red Bank. A better Mexican option would be El Meson in downtown Freehold Borough.

    1. Fritzy's, a German restaurant, located in Howell, has always served delicious food in humoungous portions. However, there was recently a change of ownership, and we haven't been there since that took place.

      In Freehold Borough, I agree with jsfein that El Meson is excellent.

      Aangan, on Route 9 North, in Freehold (not in the Borough), serves pretty good Indian cuisine.

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      1. re: RGR

        I don't know how changing ownership can change the food when the same employees are there?? cooks, waiters... I have found both sets of owners to be very friendly and maybe you should try to go back again with an open mind..

      2. In Allentown (main st), just off route 195, La Piazza is solid for either pizza or Italian dining.

        1. i was shopping at the jackson premium outlets on thursday and as dinner time approached, i decided that i didnt want food court fast food. one of the salesclerks recommened tommys inn at millstone. being told that it was a bar-restaurant i was prepared for mediocre food,but to my surprise,it turned out to be excellent- one of the best meals i ever had.

          its on monmouth road west of interstate 195. it has an amish horse and buggy in front as a landmark,and looks like a log cabin. theres the bar in the front when you walk in, and a small dining room to the left. there is a larger one on the other side of the building. they have bands such as yasgurs farm perform,karioke night and other events.

          i had seafood ravioli stuffed with lobster and shrimp and it was delicious. my friend had seafood cannaloni which was also excellent. since these were complete dinners,they came with soup,salad and either coffee or tea.

          the address is 560 monmouth road millstone nj
          ph # 732-928-6600

          1. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. As it turns out, we wound up going a totally different route and went to a Japanese restaurant called Oyako Tsos. They have a hibachi area, but we stuck with the sushi. Worked out well, everything was great. I'm often in the Jackson area, shopping at the outlets and such, and I will absolutely try Tommys Inn. We need a good restaurant out that way, it's one of the reasons I often avoid those outlets--they're great except if you're there long enough to warrant a meal afterwards.

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            1. re: liljax80

              liljax80 I have lived in jackson my entire life and I can say without a doubt Tommy's Inn is not now and never has been a good restaurant to dine at. The food is horrible and is way over priced. Solo Bella is another so called Italian Restaurant alot of jackson residents try and say is good but is also a sad excuse for an italian restaurant.

              1. re: frutann

                i agree. went once and have never been back. foood was cold and unappetizing.

                1. re: frutann

                  Totally agree Tommys has never had good food. And i have been there more than once because it is local.

              2. Try the Jackson Crossings Mall. Koto Sushi, Surf Taco and the Jackson Diner are all great places to eat. 21 Hope Chapel Rd, Jackson, NJ

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                1. re: julesb33

                  Koto in Jackson Crossings Mall is so good. The atmosphere is simple and upscale. Prices are great. The fish is so fresh and the presentation is unreal. They really know what there doing here. Everytime we go there they change it up and its refreshing and welcomed. havent tried the hibachi side. Service is awesome. I hope this place makes it. If your into Sushi...its worth the drive every time! Four Stars!

                  1. re: giamia

                    Have to give another vote for Koto.
                    We've been there and had sushi at least eight times, and are very happy with the food.
                    It's always been very good, with helpful and friendly service.
                    Haven't tried the hibachi side yet.

                2. Solo Bella in Jackson is very good. There pizza is to die for, really. Go for the smaller brick oven pies. So simple, crispy and delish! the atmosphere is the best there is in Jackson. Try it!

                  1. Cassville tavern on hwy 571 .A working man's bar/grill excellent steakes and burgers ..beer is the drink of choice ..Don't ware your college sweat shirt ,because you might feel out of place

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                    1. re: big1515

                      The Cassville Tavern has been around for many, many years and the bar food remains as good as it gets. A burger and beer, nothing better.

                    2. I would travel 1 town over into Howell as Fritzys is a good resturant which serves german food and american dishes. Reading some of the replies i feel people are unaware that the food is the same as it always was .My husband and i go often and for those who think ownership changes, well its a mind thing cause the same cooks are there. We like some of the new disnes as the chicken elaine and we always love the desserts!! Who doesnt like dessert!! In Jackson Sola Bella is great too!!

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                      1. re: Dana Honehorst

                        Jackson is a wastland for upscale recs ,actually Ocean County has very few good places to speak of . Rt 70 (Brick) is starting to get some'' cain ''places to fill the void ..The Ocean area will support a good upscle place ,but it does not appear ,with this ecomomy ,one forth coming

                      2. Has anyone tried the Rotisserie Chicken at Kick N Chick N in Jackson?

                        Let us know. Thank you.

                        1. Do yourself a favor and head to Aanghan on Route 9 North, just a few minutes before the Freehold Raceway Mall. If you're new to Indian food they have a Thursday night dinner buffet that is affordable and offers a generous array of dishes.

                          Bamboo Leaf, on Route 9 South in Howell by Swing Time, is fantastic for Thai. In the same shopping center (can't recall the name!) there is Christie's, a reliable Italian/seafood restaurant. I was impressed by Cafe Calore on 9 North in Freehold, but their prices are a bit much for regular visits (at least on my family's budget).

                          1. When I'm in that area I go to The Italian Villa on Rt. 539 in Cream Ridge. Good fresh pasta and pizza.