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Spring Lake, NJ

Planning on a brief trip to Spring Lake in early June. Any recommendations for restaurants in the immediate area (can be upscale, no matter) and perhaps a bar where they might serve local microbrews (I know NJ has a few). Thanx!

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  1. You could try Piancone's in Bradley Beach and for a burger type place go to the Porch in Spring Lake.

    1. Psych, post this request in Mid-Atlantic so more NJ CH's see it!
      Lots of great suggestions in Mid-A Board

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      1. re: HillJ

        Mods, thank you for moving this question to Mid-A from Tri-S

        1. re: HillJ

          Thanks for redirecting me to the right area (I wasn't sure where the border was). I learned of a place called the Island Palm, which supposedly has a chef who worked under Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill. Anyone have any comments on this place?

          1. re: Psychobabble

            Happy to help, Psychobabble.

            I second timmy's rec for Piancone's in Bradley Beach. The swordfish at Whispers/Spring Lake was delicious last time I was there. The Mill @ Spring Lake for Sunday brunch is also nice, very fresh buffet.

            1. re: Psychobabble

              http://www.islandpalmgrill.com/ I've heard it's good, but I haven't been there, I have been to Whisper's and liked it alot......

        2. Psych
          - For upscale try the Mahagony Grill in Manasquan or Whispers and The Black Trumpet, both right in Spring Lake. Never been to either (I frequent more Northern monmouth county estb.) but I know they are popular places for upscale dining in the local area.
          As far as local brews go I'm not quiet sure about that but there are many, many Irish type pubs and bars in Spring Lake and neighboring Sea Girt, Manasquan and Brielle. All right on or just off of Rt. 71 I would try Ron's or O'Neills (O'neills also surpinsingly has good sushi!) Good Luck!

          1. In Spring lake, I really enjoy the Black Trumpet. (BYOB) Also nice after dinner, you can go for a stroll on the boardwalk. Very quaint.

            For a microbrewery, go to Red Bank and go to Basil T's. (the pasta is homemade there and very good.)

            Have a great time!!

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            1. re: Angelina

              Angelina, going off topic here but coincidentally, I was just about to post about the bad fresh pasta I had at Basil T's on Saturday night. See post.

              1. re: fershore

                Have to agree w/fershore on this one. Basil T's has changed and I was very disappointed in my last two visits there for pasta. The beer selection is always fun to taste test!

            2. A fun, new place is St. Stephen's Green on RT. 71. It is an Irish Pub and although not a micorbrewery, it does have interesting Irish imports and irish Food. Located in the old Eggeman's.

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              1. re: SusieQQ

                Hey SusieQQ,

                have you eaten in St. Stephen's Green? What type of Irish food does it serve, and how about seafood? sounds good.

              2. Stewarts of Kearny in Point Pleasant Beach makes outstanding fish and chips and the best cole slaw I've ever tasted. It's quite casual and reasonably priced. You might want to try it for lunch. http://www.stewartsofkearny.com/. It's 5 miles south of Spring Lake

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                1. re: Ellen

                  I've been meaning to try Stewarts and always forget about it. Thanks for the reminder.

                2. I live in Spring Lake and All of the previously mentioned options in Spring Lake are great (Island Palm Grill, Whispers, Black Trumpet) as are the Irish Pubs - St. Stephens is a nice place, and Harrigan's in Sea Girt is another great place to grab a drink. Other excellent restaurants can be found in the Bradley Beach area - head north on Rt. 71. Clementines Cafe (ate there last Friday) was just delicious. There is also a great Mexican place, La Hacienda in Bradley Beach as well as a Latin-fusion place - Casa Solar - I have yet to try but have heard wonderful things, and they can even make sangria with the wine you bring. Brandl is a truly delicious goumet experience - in Belmar. There are plenty of excellent choices right in the Spring Lake area. Have fun, and enjoy!

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                  1. re: beccafin

                    Do you know if La Hacienda has re-opened yet? I know it was closed for some remodeling. Also, could you tell me a little more about Clementines Cafe ( Avon? )

                    1. re: tuxedo

                      Sorry it took me a few days to respond...yes La Hacienda is back! I have eaten there twice already since they reopened!

                      Clementines....where to begin...We tried the "special" salad they were offering, with spinach leaves, feta, cranberries, huge blackened shrimp, with a tasty vinegarette dressing...and this salad was delicious - I've had salads with similar combinations before, and somehow this one was done perfectly. My husband and I were expecting "smallish" portions, so we had also ordered the lobster bisque, which we definitely didn't need since the salad was the size of an entree!
                      The bisque was also tasty, very creamy and smooth. My husband ate most of it and he enjoyed it very much.
                      My dish was the blackened tuna that came with a side of potatoes and I chose a side of green beans with pine nuts. I asked for the tuna to come out cooked around the edges, but mostly pink inside, and they did it perfectly! EVERYTHING was absolutely delicious. The spices on the Tuna was not too overpowering, which I was worried about. I was able to enjoy my meal without feeling like my mouth was on fire. My husband had the blackened Tilapia and enjoyed his also.
                      We had a slice of the pecan-glazed cheescake for dessert and this was also very tasty. I wish I had asked if the cake was homemade or not, but either way it was delicious.
                      We needed a reservation, we were only able to get one at 6:30, which was early - but we stayed until 9:30 and the place was steadily packed from 7pm on. We asked the waitress to bring out our dishes slowly and she was very attentive asking us if we were ready for them to "fire up" our dishes. She was the only waitress in the place and I was more than impressed. BYOB to top it all off! Definitely worth a try!

                      1. re: beccafin

                        thanks very much for the reply - it is much appreciated - La Hacienda was a fav of ours all of last summer and well into the fall sitting outside!
                        With your description of Clementines, I can hardly wait to try it -
                        Only a couple of weeks until the summer folk arrive!

                        1. re: tuxedo

                          what is the exact address of La Hacienda? Are reservations required, guess it is a BYOB.

                          1. re: Barbarella

                            not sure of the exact address...but..it is diagonal across from the train station on main street, across from the police station - on the corner - yes, byob!

                  2. here is a link to the restaurant list for Spring Lake on Seacrest By The Sea's B&B site.