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Apr 10, 2007 06:30 AM

Favorite resturant in Highlands/Atlantic Highlands?

My husband and I have become Neil's in Highland's junkies! I am usually not a big fish eater, but I can't get enough of thier fish dishes.

What does everyone else like in the area?

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  1. Have yet to try Neil's, but my current favorites are Bay Ave. Trattoria & copper Canyon. I still haven't tried Navesink Fishery, also want to try the Mexican Restaurant on Bay Ave. I believe it's called Chilango's (although not sure) but I have heard Raves about it lately.

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    1. re: Herm

      I like the Inlet Cafe, next to WindandSea. Small, comfortable and food is tasty. Not 5 star but NJ Ledger always gives + reviews.

    2. I've heard good things about Doris and Ed's. I have not been there, but please opine if anyone has.

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      1. re: angelo04

        I have always considered Doris & Ed's to be extremely over-rated. We first went there years ago, and I was not impressed. Thinking that maybe I was missing something, we gave it a few more tries spanning a number of years before giving up and taking it off our list. My view in a nutshell: nothing special food at ridiculously high prices.

        1. re: RGR

          I'm with you, RGR, and consider Doris & Ed's consistently overrated. Your experience there is a mirror of my own, having eaten there many years ago and giving it another try years later. The place seems tired to me with its stuffy atmosphere, and tatty, windows and mirrors smudged. Its reputation seems to linger from days long ago when it was the only Swell place in the area and the prices are meant to impress.

          1. re: Deb Van D

            I'm willing to give a nod to the Chef & Owner for their support of important local causes and culinary generosity. Doris & Ed's has a loyal following for many reasons..beyond menu.

            A few years ago we won a prize: 4-course at D&E. I can't say that every bite was a absolute winner but we were treated very well and the simple white walls and small tables didn't bother us at all.

            1. re: HillJ

              It wasn't service problems (I never recall any) or the ambiance (I have nothing against plain) that turned my husband and me off. It was the simple fact that, in our view, the quality level of the food was never worth the very high cost. Now, if we won a prize of a free dinner for two there, since the food is not horrible, I think we could somehow manage to stand going there again. Just not on our dime!

              1. re: RGR

                I see nothing wrong with offering another D&E experience to the thread, RGR.

                Dh & I enjoyed that meal well enough and yes, a free dinner may have its own perspective....altho not guaranteed deliciousness...however, we had been to D&E before and after that particular meal and enjoyed dinner as paying customers.

                Highlands/Atl Highlands has so many restaurants in its small 'village' - for dh & me it will always be about having FUN first and a well prepared meal second.

                Plus the water taxi is a blast!


                1. re: HillJ

                  HillJ, We all bring our own dining perspectives to the board, and I completely agree with you that all are welcome. In fact, in many respects, the disagreements make for more interesting discussion than the agreements.

                  1. re: RGR

                    Touche! and, while I think of it...thank you for posting the new Matawan restaurants opening in town it's a terrific cheat sheet.

                    Care to tackle the new digs sprouting in Asbury Park!

                    1. re: HillJ

                      While a discussion of the Asbury Park restaurant scene would be useful, it probably deserves its own thread. In any event, I believe there is a Taste of Asbury Park event going on this Sat., April 14, in case you're interested.

                      1. re: jsfein

                        thanks jsfein..AP probably does deserve its own thread...anyone attending the Taste of...who can report back?

                      2. re: HillJ

                        It may surprise you to hear that it's been about 30 years since we've dined at a restaurant in Asbury Park. And, then, there was only one place that we went to with a bit of regularity; that was the Italian restaurant Posillipo. In the days of our youth, it was what constituted "upscale" NJ dining for us and our friends. (That and the Old Orchard Inn, now called the Old Orchard Manor, in Eatontown.) As the expression goes, "We've come a long way, baby!"

                        My husband has fond memories of the Opera Night he spent at Posillipo with the husband of one of my friends. During the evening, they managed to polish off two bottles of wine. How they drove home without getting themselves killed remains a mystery to me!

                        Posillipo is still there. I've occasionally thought about checking it out again to see what we would think of the food now.


                        P.S. Diaz is a Latin American restaurant in Asbury Park. We tried it once when it was located in Avon and thought the food was tasty. It's family-owned, and the husband and wife take turns cooking. It's a BYO. You might want to give it a try.

                        1. re: RGR

                          Thank you for the recommendations!

                          1. re: RGR

                            Unless they've changed things recently, Diaz is only open for dinner Wed thru Friday. When they moved to Asbury, lunch became the focus...

                          2. re: HillJ

                            Hey and rgr , where is this matawan list you speak of? I live in Old Bridge so I am interested as you 2 seem knowledgable. As a side note, I've been to Paulines on 34 in Matawan. Food is great, better than your typical red sauce joint. Ambiance is OK to good not great. Food more than makes up for it, especially when Pauline comes out and debriefs you on the menu.

              2. re: angelo04

                Doris and Ed's is one of the few restaurant's where I always clean my plate. We've only ordered from the Shore Today menu, as opposed to the Shore Yesterday, which is what seems to keep the more mature crowd coming. I too thought at first that it may be too stuffy, but I've discovered that it's what you bring to it...if that's what you expect, that may be what you find. After a friendly conversation about oysters and the great Northwest, the manager/seafood buyer actually wrote down my recommendations on places to dine in Portland. I used to consider it a special-occasion place but lately the prices of so many local places, for example, Le Fandy, Brandl, are on par. Sheesh, even Basil T's prices range from $23-37 (actual entrees, not pasta dishes), whereas Doris & Ed's range from $24-38, more if you want to dive into Kobe beef territory. Plus, they KNOW how to make a drink and have a lovely selection of oysters always.

                1. re: fershore

                  We ordered from the Shore Today menu the last time we were there but the food, while more interesting than the yester-years offerings, still didn't impress us enough to want to go back.

                  P.S. For superb cuisine, I will even put up with stuffy. lol

                2. re: angelo04

                  I have always enjoyed the food,presentation, and service here.The place really doesn't have too much competition,The one BIG thing I always gripe about is that they serve crap espresso at the end of it.if you are going to invest $$$ in an espresso machine at least train a barista / servers of how to prepare coffee and serve a decent grind ( Illy / Kimbo? )The dining room is a little dated / sedate but is nice and bright from the natural light of the big Bay view windows.

                3. Doris & Ed's rocks - I actually went to their dinner at the James Beard House several years ago. They have a great selection of fresh oysters (pricey, but worth it).

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                    1. re: newfie29

                      What did you find so Rockin' about D&E's ... I was soo disappointed ... about the food. Service was great, but that don't make up for the food.

                      1. Although I've only been there twice, I really enjoyed both of my meals at Bobo's 33. During the warmer months, after a pitcher of sangria at the Inlet Cafe, everything tastes great.