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May 21, 2007 06:11 AM

Overrated in Monmouth County

Which restaurant would you say is the most overrated one in the county?

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  1. Even though the whole hype of this place has faded (Thank God)...I would say is Brioso in Marlboro on Route 9. I would cring when I would be in Shoprite or Target and overhear other people talking about this awful place!

    1. Based upon my one visit, I found I Cavallini to be overrated. From apps to entrees to desserts I was less than impressed. This was back when Chef Toni Froio was still in the kitchen. Although I haven't heard much "buzz" since Chef Toni departed, S.J. Gintzler did just award 3 stars in last week's Star Ledger.

      1. Avenue
        The Raven and the Peach
        David Burke's Fromagerie

        ooops, sorry, you just asked for one ;o)

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        1. re: seal

          ohhh How did I COMPLETELY forget about Avenue!!! Thanks, seal for reminding me of my dreadful experience there! ha ha

          1. re: Angelina

            Hey Angelina,

            What was the problem with the Avenue? Have been wanting to go there for some time , was waiting for the weather to get warmer.Maybe should not go?

              1. re: Barbarella

                Thanks, jsefin!

                Barbarella, the location is beautiful and the space is decorated beautiful. Unfortunately, it all ends there! Seriously over priced for mediocre to average food. I have yet to find someone who has something good to say about the food. You can see for yourself, but I will never go back!

                1. re: Angelina

                  Sorry Angelina - I seem to be the only one who doesn't bash this place. While I agree the restaurant is a bit full of itself (especially during the summer) and somewhat overpriced, I found the food to be quite solid.

                  1. re: bgut1

                    I'll let it slide since I know you have good tatse. Afterall, we almost met each other at Shipwreck! lol!! ha ha....

                    1. re: Angelina

                      Thanks Angelina. Your the best!

          2. Dish in R/Bank
            The brunch @ Molly Pitcher
            Manhattan Steakhouse
            and I'm so tired of hearing about Nicholas! sorry all.

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            1. re: HillJ

              Wow HillJ. Three of my favs. How could you? :)

              1. re: bgut1

                I always thought Nicholas was overrated as well. Very good but not great on my one experience there (when it first opened). Wasn't impressed enough to go back. The Molly Pitcher and the Manhattan Steakhouse aren't the best in the world but they don't claim to be either! Manhatan is practically around the corner from me and we tend to go there quite a bit. Doesn't compare to Peter Lugers but you get a consistently good steak.

                1. re: FattyMcFatPants

                  Hey Fatty - we must be neighbors. For some reason I crave that house salad they serve family style in the large bowl. The owner Jaime is also a great guy. Not the best steak I've ever had (nor the cheapest) however it does well in a pinch. That being said, I haven't found a local steakhouse that does one better including Brennens, Danny's, and What's your Beef.

                  1. re: bgut1

                    I've tried all of those as well and I always end up back at Manhattan when I crave a steak. Or being in Oakhurst, maybe I'm just lazy! :)

                    as for Nicholas, it gets such raves that maybe I will go back. It certainly was good but it wasn't one of those really memorable meals that I've had (maybe I'll relate my Per Se experience here that was memorable!).

                    1. re: FattyMcFatPants

                      The only thing I remember about my meal from Nicholas was how hard the wait staff tried to be perfect. It got really annoying after a while.

                      1. re: njeggy1

                        SO TRUE. I couldn't place my uncomfortable feeling but that was definitely it. That silly behavior really robbed the food of "its" moment.

                        1. re: MDM

                          For those of you who aren't sure about a return visit to Nicholas - try the bar. I LOVE their bar, and quite frankly I don't know if I'll ever return to their dining room. Why deal with the reservation and the full service atmosphere (and full size bill) when you can pop in for a couple of delicious dishes and drinks at the bar? That way you don't have to shell out another 100 bucks to see if you like the place or not.

            2. If crowds can be considered over rating I would have to say Bahrs in Highlands. Also every Outback, Chili's, TGIF, and Carraba's. Actually any chain for that matter.

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              1. re: Herm

                Don't forget Red Lobster and Olive Garden! Why are those places always so packed with so much good food to be had in the area!

                What about Bouna Sera in Red Bank? Since I'm new here I'm not sure how you guys view it but my brother-in-law thinks its great. I think its mediocre.

                1. re: FattyMcFatPants

                  I agree with Fatty. I think Buona Sera is terribly overated. I would also like to throw Le Fandy into the mix.

                  1. re: bgut1

                    Couldn't agree more. Come to think of it, the county could use a restaurant makeover. 400 "channels" and nothings on!

                  2. re: FattyMcFatPants

                    Call me crazy...but I LOVE Olive Garden's salad and Chicken Marsala. :p