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tgseaver Apr 10, 2007 02:03 PM

What's not to be missed?

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    mattress2k1 RE: tgseaver Apr 10, 2007 05:44 PM

    Windmill!! Griddle Dogs rule.

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      bgut1 RE: mattress2k1 Apr 11, 2007 08:45 AM

      Even better - ask them to toss one in the deep fryer for a ripper.

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        tuxedo RE: bgut1 Apr 11, 2007 09:03 AM

        "rippers" are the best at Rutt's Hut ( a legendary northern NJ hot dog place )

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          bgut1 RE: tuxedo Apr 11, 2007 03:04 PM

          Yeah I know but when do you get a chance to go up to North Jersey? For me, Windmill is close enough :)

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            tuxedo RE: bgut1 Apr 12, 2007 06:26 AM

            for food? I will make time to travel!!

    2. seal RE: tgseaver Apr 11, 2007 09:11 AM

      I think I can safely say that there is nothing in Long Branch that is not to be missed.

      If you expand your search to the nearby towns, then we may have a meal or two, but otherwise...

      Max's/Windmill - try em both and join the ongoing argument (I prefer Max's) over who has the best hot dog.

      Jack's is in West Long Branch, but they definately have the best local chicken wings and their ribs are not bad if you don't have to have your ribs smoked.

      1. Bob Martinez RE: tgseaver Apr 11, 2007 09:30 AM

        Freddie's pizza on Broadway is outstanding - perfect classic style pizza. Next door is Acapulquenos, a very good Mexican place. Both are informal and BYO.

        Try Tuzzio's for very good classic red sauce Italian.

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          jsfein RE: Bob Martinez Apr 11, 2007 09:40 AM

          Bob -- we cross posted and you nailed the name of the Mexican place which I can never remember. Seems like we frequent some of the same places when in L.B.

          Another to add to the list is The Turning Point at Pier Village for breakfast and brunch. Although I haven't been to this location (I go to the one in Manalapan), I've heard its pretty much the same.

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            val ann c RE: jsfein Apr 11, 2007 10:42 AM

            Acapulquenos. Me too. IMO, it's the best Mexican in the area. Very casual and inexpensive. It's on Broadway in West Long Branch.

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              tuxedo RE: val ann c Apr 11, 2007 11:57 AM

              curious as to what type of mexican Acapulquenos is..."authentic"? fusion?

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                jsfein RE: tuxedo Apr 11, 2007 12:23 PM

                Someone who's actually eaten there will have to confirm, but I believe its considered "authentic" Mexican.

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                  Deb Van D RE: jsfein Apr 11, 2007 12:48 PM

                  "Authentic" Mexican, yes, not fusion. While it is not exactly my cuisine of choice I think they do a very nice job. We like the chicken quesadillas fine, but prefer the chicken tostados and the chorizo enchiladas in salsa verde are very good. I've ordered around the specials, too, once liking "Mariscadas al diabla con espaguety;" tiny lobster tail and some shrimps, the red sauce kind of soupy and the spaghetti was kind of fun in its way. We admire both the red and the green salsas here and the service is sweet.

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                  Bob Martinez RE: tuxedo Apr 11, 2007 02:06 PM

                  95% of the clientele are Mexicans. Yes, it's the real deal.

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                    val ann c RE: tuxedo Apr 11, 2007 07:10 PM

                    Acapulquenos cooking is central Mexico. One of the reasons I like them is their really good rice and beans. Also the steak tacos. It's a very simple place. The staff is nice.

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                      tom porc RE: val ann c Apr 12, 2007 01:42 AM

                      Very good Mexican. Have tried several dishes and all were great. Simple place but bright and colorful. I always order take out but its comfortable inside to stay and eat.

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                Soup RE: Bob Martinez Apr 11, 2007 12:01 PM

                second on Freddie's. Excellent pizza. My fav. place in LB

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                jsfein RE: tgseaver Apr 11, 2007 09:33 AM

                I agree with seal that there's not much in the "not to be missed" category in Long Branch. That being said, you can still get some pretty good eats in Long Branch. Pearl of Lisbon serves solid Portugese fare. Richard's Deli does a nice Jewish style sloppy and smokey joes with really great (and complimentary) macaroni salad. I also like the ribs at Jack's. Charley's, which I haven't been to in a while, is known for its prime rib and fresh fish. Freddie's makes a decent pizza. Tuzzio's is a pretty good American-Italian restaurant. And there's a mexican place (I think on Broadway), the name always escapes me, which I've heard is good.

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                  stack_c RE: jsfein Apr 11, 2007 02:51 PM

                  Cask 591...used to be Joe & Maggie's on Broadway. It has been getting some mixed reviews on the boards but as of late seems that people are pretty impressed and I've always had wonderful meals there. If u like brick oven pizza try Manna'a in West End (next to the Mix) which incidently makes great martinis. Ribs at Jacks are fall off the bone good and sushi at Izu (also in west end) is pretty decent. You can't beat the cheese fries at the windmill.

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                    tom porc RE: stack_c Apr 12, 2007 01:49 AM

                    Yes, Cask 591 seems to have improved since it opened. I have to put it back on my "to do" list. Tuzzio's, Freddie's, Jack's are all solid standbys. Tavolo's is ok although the interior isnt comfortable and too dark. If the new lebanese place Kam Zaman is like the old Ranoosh that should be very good.
                    I still havent tried Jesse's Cafe (vegetarian) or Roselli's.

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                      fershore RE: tom porc Apr 12, 2007 10:21 AM

                      Has anybody dined at Dino in Ursula Plaza? It hasn't been mentioned in the recent Long Branch threads. I've been meaning to try it for years. The handful of people I know who have tried it said it was good.

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                        tom porc RE: fershore Apr 13, 2007 01:16 AM

                        I havent but a co-worker has and they (4) enjoyed it. Although she did say it was quite expensive. I will ask for details when I see her again.

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                  njchick RE: tgseaver Apr 12, 2007 08:33 AM

                  I live in Long Branch and the hamburgers at Nip-N-Tuck Bar and Grill cannot be missed.

                  Here's a good review in the Asbury Park Press:


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                    dineoutnj RE: njchick Apr 13, 2007 05:20 PM

                    I live in LB as well. Dino's is very good, but yes it is pricey. Kam Zaman is the old owner of Ranoosh, the food is great but, you are still limited to Kosher wine. I stick to vodka while there, some of the best lamb chops I have ever had when he has them. I have had several great meals at cask 591 recently and put it on my regular rotation. And BTW, Max's is much better then WIndmill, unless it's 3am and you are wasted!

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                      tom porc RE: dineoutnj Apr 14, 2007 01:41 AM

                      With several people living, working or eating in LB we probably have run into each other and not know it.

                      Btw, I also like Carmella's in Pier Village for dessert.

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                        dineoutnj RE: tom porc Apr 14, 2007 06:32 PM

                        Never been to Carmella's, I love Strollo's soft serve and their Italian ice in the summer.

                  2. RobertinRedBank RE: tgseaver Apr 17, 2007 01:00 PM

                    I have to agree with a few others about Dino. It is a great place. Been there four times and I (nor anyone with me) have never been disappointed. Their NY Strip is delightful. I had my doubts when first taken there by a friend since it was in a strip mall and I have this thing about places in malls. Anyway, the decor was quite nice, softly lit, and noise level not bad even when full. I didn't find them all that expensive, but probably because it is a BYOB.

                    Also check out Tony's Pizza across the street from Tuzzios and Nuzzios. It is a great neighborhood pie/bar that makes a delightful saugage thin crust.

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                      bgut1 RE: RobertinRedBank Sep 4, 2007 12:11 PM

                      I tried some of those famous Jack's BBQ babyback ribs yesterday at a labor day party and was blown away. I don't know what was better, the fall of the bone tender meat or that sweet BBQ sauce? I'll definitely give the restaurant a try soon.

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                        tom porc RE: bgut1 Sep 5, 2007 01:46 AM

                        The place is always so crowded. I at first thought college kids but even in summer its a busy place. Never tried it. Seemed too noisy for me. But I love ribs. Dilemna.

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                          bgut1 RE: tom porc Sep 9, 2007 12:10 PM

                          I was in LB this afternoon and decided to kill two culinary birds with one stone. I picked up some food at both Acapulquenos and Jack's. At Acapulquenos I tried the pork tostados as well as the beef tongue tacos with a big container of melon agua refrescos. Everything was great. Some of the best Mexican I've ever had. Then off to Jack's for some takout ribs. I'm enjoying the ribs now while watching some football. Happy Happy. I'll exercise tomorrow. :)

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                            tom porc RE: bgut1 Sep 10, 2007 01:08 AM

                            Glad you enjoyed them both. I picked up a couple of dinners a few months ago but havent had a chance to go back to Acapulquenos despite living a few blocks away.

                            Tostados, tacos and ribs for lunch? So very awesome!

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                              bgut1 RE: tom porc Sep 10, 2007 08:29 AM

                              Thanks Tom - I was good to myself yesterday. Too bad my Giants lost.

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                      jsfein RE: tgseaver Sep 4, 2007 12:39 PM

                      I drove through West End a few weeks ago and noticed a restaurant near the post office. Sort of looked like an upscale pub/bar from the exterior. Don't recall the name. Anyone have any info from my cryptic description?

                      1. kcijones001 RE: tgseaver Sep 4, 2007 12:42 PM

                        piccolo forno.....Family favorite...


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                          yankeefan RE: tgseaver Sep 4, 2007 12:47 PM

                          Havent read rest of posts yet, so apologize for duplicates.

                          Windmill dog and cheese fries, double dough pie at Tony's

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