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Any good places in Bradley Beach?

I am spending a couple of days in Bradley Beach NJ but can't seem to find any info online about restaurants and the such. Does anyone have some suggestions for good meals?

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  1. plenty of places in and around - what are you looking for?

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    1. re: tuxedo

      I like to park my car and walk for the entire time I am at the beach so anything in Bradley Beach would be great. I would love to find a good seafood restaurant with a decent raw bar menu. I am probably only going to have two dinners there so my price range is flexible. I just don't want another fried seafood.....menu on the wall....boardwalk place.

    2. A brief list of recs:

      In Bradley Beach:

      Sushi - Osaka by the Station (BYOB)
      Pizza/Italian - Vics, good thin crush pizza, like the pizza and soups, not a big fan of their entrees (Also on Main near movie theatre)

      I would stay away from Cerrato's (BYOB) where I had one of the blandest meals and only go to the Draughting Table for drinks and mayby apps.

      There is a new breakfast place that opened on Main Street near Osaka that I've been meaning to try.

      1. There are no great restaurants in Bradley, IMO, but you can eat pretty well there. La Nonna PIancone's is respectable Italian. The burgers at Draghting Table are ok, but not much else. I second Vic's and Osaka. I've only been once, but had a very good dinner at Bella Sogno - the address is on Main, but the entrance is around the corner.
        Bamboo Leaf makes good pho and spring rolls and I've had very tasty salmon and soft shells there, too.

        1. There are some very decent places in BB nothing gourmet or upscale but you can egt some pretty good "eats"
          Vics for good thin crust pizza and red sauce italian
          Fins for cali-mex (fish tacos and the likes)
          CBO Brick Oven Pizza hass IMO the best brick oven Pizza its prob my fav place in Bradley beach it is very tiny though only about 10 tables and fills up FAST. BYO
          If you like Thai Bamboo Leaf has some decent Thai and vietnamese food. As far as seafood though you willa vhe to go into Belmar. Nothing in Bradley beach.

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          1. re: stack_c

            I agree with the above entries. Osaka is really good for sushi, but not too much else. I am not a fan of Nonna Piaccone's either-although their deli is good. I would recommend walking into Ocean Grove for lunch-some really cute places on the main street with outside dining. Beach Plum (Bradley) has very good ice cream BTW. For seafood drive into Belmar. Went to Klein's a week or so ago and it was not bad (on 71 right by the bridge).

            1. re: stack_c

              Sorry, I disagree with CBO pizza. They used to have the best pizza. Past few times (recent) the pizza is totally soggy, spongy "crust". Would not go back. As far as Bamboo Leaf, again, used to be very very good. Last time we went about a year ago, never went back, terrible. Don't mean to be negative, but that has been our recent experience at both those places.

              1. Aren't La Hacienda and Clementine's in Bradley (or very close by)? Two places I've been meaning to try.

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                1. re: jsfein

                  La Hacienda - (if it is the place I'm thinking of) is at corner of Main & La Reine in BB, never been.

                  Clementines is on Main in Avon, I've had two good meals at Clementines. BYOB

                2. Nonna Piancones is good, but haven't been there since they changed owners. Recently had a great meal at Bella Sogno, don't forget to BYO. Agree on Bamboo Leaf for Asian, but it's a little pricey. For the best meals in the area, get into your car and drive five minutes to either Bistro Ole (Latin/Spanish, BYO) or Moonstruck (new American.) No reservations, so get there early or be prepared to wait. (If you put your name in in person at Bistro Ole they will call your cell phone and give you five minutes to get there.)

                  1. Try La hacienda on Main street and Lareine for some great Mexican. I have been going there for about 6 years ever since they opened and the food is always excellent. Light dish-try the el pastor tacos. Fire grilled pork yum yum!

                    You also get fresh homemade chips and salsa on the table,. They are the best in the area and probably the state. Nothing store bought/or from a tostitos bag!
                    For a regular meal, try the chicken sunrise, chicken xxx, poblano, or any of their special meals.

                    Don't forget the tamales. Some of the best I've had anywhere including mexico. And be sure to try the habanero salsa. Stellar taste and hot as the sun!

                    One thing, the servers are generally very young and a little unsure of themselves, and some don't speak the best english! But for some reason it adds to the charm! They also have inside and outside seating

                    Enjoy.

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                    1. re: camel653

                      I agree about La Hacienda - We found it last year by mistake!
                      Love to eat outdoors - There is a good place in Asbury as well, but does not have outdoor seating ( La Tapitia ) -

                    2. Only tourists like Vic's. They actually suck.

                      Here is what is actually good:

                      Pizza: Pizza on Main
                      Italian: Citrico's is great and so is Mom's Kitchen in nearby Neptune
                      Thai: Bamboo Leaf is excellent
                      Stay away from Giamano's, it's overpriced and way too greasy

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                      1. re: julesb33

                        I think you're wrong, and since you used the word "great" to describe Citrico's and Mom's Kitchen... well, maybe you need to work on that. Vic's does what it does pretty well and I think the pizza is good. It will never be confused for Babbo or Del Posto, but IMHO it's a fine red-sauce-Italian-American restaurant with 60 years of experience behind it. They must be doing something right.

                        The Great Pizza Wars of New Jersey may never end. I could throw Pete & Elda's, Federici's, Dom's, Tuzzio's or Mr. Pizza Slice out there and you'd get yays and nays. But I think you overstated it when you wrote that Vic's "sucks." And I'm sure I'm not alone. At least you got the Giamano's part right.

                        1. re: aklein

                          I agree with akein.
                          You can't just state "Vic's sucks." It's been there forever and must be doing something right.
                          I'm not a tourist and I have been going there for over 35 years. There are some things they do very well.

                          1. re: highlandsnj

                            I will have to disagree with highlandsnj. "Being there forever" doesn't necessarily equate with producing good food. I know I'm in the minority but on the several occasions that I've tried both Pete and Elda's and Vic's I found nothing appetizing about their pizzas. I agree however that the term "sucks" is pretty harsh.

                            1. re: bgut1

                              b., I agree totally that a restaurant's longevity does not mean alway mean excellent food. In fact, it always surprises me how many places there are in our area that have been around for ages where the food is poor or no better than mediocre.

                              With regard to pizza, this is one of the few instances where you and I part company since Mr. R. and I are big fans of the pizza at Pete & Elda's. We've never been to Vic's. Is the style of pizza there the same as at P&E's, i.e, ultra-thin crust?

                              1. re: RGR

                                It's okay that we don't agree all the time. :) While thin, Vic's pizza isn't as "cracker" thin as P&E's.

                              2. re: bgut1

                                You're right. Being there forever doesn't mean producing good food. I agree with that statement, and I didn't mean to imply that with my comment. But, the fact that they've been there for years and people keep going, I think they are doing some things right. I think they do a decent job with their pizza, but I like thin crust, and so maybe that's why. I just don't think they "suck."

                                1. re: highlandsnj

                                  The Shore is littered with mediocre dining establishments that have survived on the sheer fact that people either don't know or demand any better.The quality of Pizza in particular is way overrated IMO, and in an area that should be teeming with decent 'Seafood Shacks' we have overpriced, deep fried, frozen food mills.I really don't know why people fight the summer traffic to get down here sometimes.Even the state of the fast food vendors in our State Parks is abysmal.Can you Imagine a Danny Meyer joint on Sandy Hook,a Pearl Oyster bar in Sea Bright,a Capogiro Gelateria in Spring Lake.I think I've just been smoking something and inhaled !

                                  1. re: xny556cip

                                    b, r, the rest: you're right, history isn't always a factor --- heck, vic's has been around only a little longer the McDonalds! --- but I think the point is that we have seen so many restaurants, both good and lousy, go under that maybe sometimes history should at least be considered. You know, at least for consistency? I think, to a point, that a 60-year-old restaurant must be doing something right, must be making the clientele happy (both the locals and tourists), must be allowed the change to avoid "sucks" in any reviews.

                                    And to XNY's point, I don't understand... when Danny Meyer arrives at the Shore, we'll have that establishment to put up against the rest. We can only relate to the "best pizza" within our reach, or post to the NYC or Naples, Italy, boards when it applies. So without a Pearl Oyster Bar, we struggle along trying to find the closest thing. When Bobby's Burgers (of the Flay kind) opens in Eatontown, we can put up the rest of our burger joints against it. Where's Mario Batali or John's Pizza or Ray's? Not here, so I'll take Vic's and Pete and Elda's and Fed's in their place.

                                    1. re: aklein

                                      "Where's Mario Batali or John's Pizza or Ray's? Not here, so I'll take Vic's and Pete and Elda's and Fed's in their place."

                                      The Shore is littered with mediocre dining establishments that have survived on the sheer fact that people either don't know or demand any better.

                                      That is my point..........Ray's ,Batali pizza.....LOL.

                                      1. re: aklein

                                        I think xny's initial comment is spot on. Most people are not "chowhounds" and are not passionate about food the way we are. And that goes for a preponderance of those who descend upon the shore areas during the summer season, as well as the locals. Thus, it isn't too surprising to me that so many of the dining establishments, whether they be pizza joints or seafood shacks or places with wider-ranging menus, are serving food which is mediocre by our standards.

                                        An eatery that has been around for 60 years must have a large enough customer base to have lasted that long, But if the food has a history of being consistently mediocre, it's obvious those patrons could care less about the food's quality.

                                          1. re: RGR

                                            Whether food is good or not is inherently subjective. Enough subjective agreement as to what is good will generate a consensus, but it will never generate an objective conclusion that it is good. Thus, who is to say whether any food is good? All you can accurately state is that you liked it.

                                            As far as the state of pizza at the shore is concerned, spend time somewhere like Charlotte or Indianapolis and the worst pizza in Monmouth County will taste like the best you've ever eaten!

                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              I like that MGZ.Beautifully put.Can I use it?

                                              BTW one thing I will say is that if a four year old tells you something is crap,i'ld take that to the bank.

                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                We've been down this road so many times that the cobblestones are worn to pebbles. But here we go again anyway.

                                                I'm not so sure that 'goodness' in any area, food, music, etc, is entirely and inherently subjective. I (along with Robert Pirsig, the brilliant author of 'Zen and The Art Of Motorcyle Maintenance') sense that 'goodness' or 'quality' as Pirsig calls it, does indeed exist, and is neither objective nor subjective but interactional. It's difficult to summarize four hundred pages in a single paragraph so I do recommend that anyone concerned with 'good' or 'quality' of any kind read the book.
                                                That said, according to Pirsig (and yours truly) quality does exist prior to the subject/object relationship in that quality *creates* that relationship as an interaction of which we are aware post hoc. So, getting back to the subject at hand, one of my offices is ten minutes from Vic's, and I know firsthand from what I speaketh. Compared to the piss poor pizza in Charlotte, say, Vic's is better. Compared to the average pizza in a mom/pop shop in Provence, it's pretty bad. But unless you've been exposed to better (meaning, according to Pirsig, that the 'you' growing out of the experience of 'better' is better) you can delight all you want in Vic's but be careful not to close your mind (and thus, according to Pirsig and me, limit your very self) by calling it great.

                                                1. re: mmgpsych

                                                  I enjoyed your writing and may I add to it that restaurants are like people- they all offer different things on different days and one fills what the other 'can't' -or should I say doesn't- on any given occasion or mood. I am not going to Per Se for street food or Pete and Elda's for fine dining and they are both what they are.
                                                  That being said, from what I understand the restaurant D'Jeet in the Shrewsbury Grove is having a fall tasting menu dinner soon and I hear it's going to be superb. I enjoy the approach to food that they have there and I find it refreshing and much-needed in our area. I'm going as soon as I hear more about it. Thought someone else would like to know.

                                              2. re: RGR

                                                ... or maybe the food just doesn't suck, especially from the perspective of the people that have been going there for 60 years. Remember, taste is subjective, so we don't need to lump everyone into right/wrong groups because some don't like Vic's and some do. I know many people who don't appreciate Le Fandy for various reason (my last trip will be my last for several reasons) but those same people would kill and die to eat at Blue Hill or Daniel or Ouest or Le Cirque again... are they wrong because they didn't like Le Fandy and therefore must lack taste? Does it mean that because they didn't like Le Fandy they are wrong? That's arrogance.

                                                The point is that if I think a restaurant is pretty darn good but doesn't stand up to another somewhere else, does that make it actually bad and me wrong for such thoughts? Can't we appreciate what we have without being bogged down in snobbery? There are too many mediocre restaurants in the area and that's a shame. And there are good ones as well. But do we need to put the great and powerful Restaurant Nicholas or Shipwreck Grill against the world's finest every time? I guess the answer is "yes and no." But this all started with "Vic's sucks" and that we don't have a "Danny Meyer joint" in Monmouth County. So what? We can't always compare a pizza joint in Bradley Beach to one in New York or Chicago or Naples, then just declare that it sucks. I'd love to travel to Spain to eat at El Bulli, or France again and again, or Japan, but I can't. Guess I just have to relax and deal.

                                                1. re: aklein

                                                  My comments are not founded in snobbery at all.I absolutely refuse to pay outrageous prices for overpriced,over hyped food.It's one of the reasons I will no longer go to UPN in New York for a $23 neapolitan inspired pizza.As i've written before,he hardly had a soul cross his doors in Point Pleasant (when it was $14 )
                                                  yet reportedly always has a line out of the door in Manhattan.What does this tell me? Monmouth / Ocean Co residents are not sophisticated enough to support anything they don't understand or isn't hyped up.Djeet? on Rte 35 does a better burger than any i've had in Manhattan or Jersey,yet it gets no attention on here and people get pointed to the usual mediocre legacy Burger joints.One of my favorite dining choices is a Portuguese BBQ in Long Branch where two people can dine on Chicken / Fries (hand cut ) / Rice / Beans and a glass of red each for less than $25 for two ! Hardly elitist or bogged down in snobbery, I just refuse to go out and support the mediocre crap we have anymore,let alone point someone else in that direction.I contribute to this forum in the hope that I can get honest opinions and also a level of knowledge about the availability, preperation and presentation of restaurant food that is above and beyond that of the average opinions found on the likes of other "mainstream' web searches.Maybe Im misguided and should stick with the more elitist Egullets and Gambero Rossos of this world.I don't particularly want a "Danny Meyer Joint". here.I want more local restauranteurs to raise the bar, challenge the mediocrity and remain fairly priced and competative.Why can't I find a decent lobster roll that compare to one in Maine or Long island for $20 or less at the Jersey Shore? Why...because no one really cares.
                                                  They can get away with selling second rate food to people who don't really care,and would rather pay $20+ for a plate of 50 cent pasta at a phoney 'Tuscan' trattoria in Rumson.

                                                  1. re: xny556cip

                                                    Agreed, for the most part, except for the 'no one really cares' statement. One can care a great deal but without a point of comparison, one also can foolishly shoot one's mouth off about how 'great' some food is when it's as commonplace and pedestrian as a puddle. (Trust me. I've done it myself) But the concept of 'caring' is a big one. How does one care? To me, it's a matter of a quiet, sensitive, open minded awareness of one's ongoing experience, along with a belief in one's innate ability to know what is and isn't Good.

                                                    1. re: xny556cip

                                                      xny-- i think we have more in common than I thought at first. all of us here still find the need/desire to seek out good food, new places, word-of-mouth hotspots, quality meals, etc. I couldn't agree more than most places charge too much, but we could go on forever about why. and I'm all for the cheap eats places like Portugese BBQ, 10th Ave Burrito, etc. etc. Last night we went to Spike's in Point for the first time. The "fish shack" atmosphere was there and the menu read right, but my $25 clam bake dinner was over steamed and they left the beards on the mussels while my wife's halibut was excellent at $24, but not local and in the end, with a few sodas, we found a $66 tab with tip. Now, I was on the floor over the price, but I paid it and we had a nice time sitting at the counter and talking with some fellow diners. So, could we just cook it ourselves for half the price? Probably. But do I just refuse to go out to dinner anymore? No. Overpriced food is not unique to the Jersey Shore and I guess if everyone stopped going/paying, restaurants would more likely go out of business than change because of all the other costs they incur every day (mortgage/lease, utilities, food costs, salary, etc.). Of course, that doesn't make me accept the high-priced lobster roll, but I think I get understand.

                                                      But when you venture into this territory: "Monmouth / Ocean Co residents are not sophisticated enough to support anything they don't understand or isn't hyped up." (your words, not mine)... Many of us here bristle. There's more to it than that, in any area, any city. You don't mince words, which I guess is good. But you still come off a little elitist with statements like that. Many of us know more than you think, and some just like to go out to dinner and have a nice time and not think about every little detail and penny every single time.

                                                      1. re: aklein

                                                        "Many of us know more than you think, and some just like to go out to dinner and have a nice time and not think about every little detail and penny every single time."

                                                        It isn't a matter of thinking about every little detail. It's more a matter of remaining aware. If you eat enough mediocre crap without paying attention to how it does or doesn't taste, sooner or later your ability to discriminate deteriorates because you have to 'dumb down' your palate to enjoy any of that stuff. It isn't at all elitist to remain focused on the quality of what you're eating at all times. Most people don't. Many people read when they eat. Most people's attention drifts elsewhere after they take a first bite; they fall into numb confluence with what's in their mouths and return to tasting their food only when they've swallowed and taken a new bite. If being an elitist means doggedly staying grounded in one's senses and refusing to zone out while eating mediocre crap, then I'm proud to be a snob, and then some.

                                                        1. re: mmgpsych

                                                          um.... sorry, I lost my train of thought... ok then

                                                          1. re: aklein

                                                            Pick it up at the next station but don't eat the fast food! :-))))

                                                            1. re: mmgpsych

                                                              "But do we need to put the great and powerful Restaurant Nicholas or Shipwreck Grill against the world's finest every time? "

                                                              aklein Jul 20, 2008 02:30PM

                                                              Well I live around the corner from Nicholas,so on a nice Summer evening we decided to venture to your other recommendation for our wedding anniversary.Neither of us have been previously,and after checking the website and the reviews it sounded like an equitable balance of casual dining and solid performance.It was mid-week and I made a reservation for 9.00pm.We arrived @ 8.50 and were seated at 9.15.The place was busy with standing room only at the bar.This place could easily have been in Maine,Maui or Manesquan.It seemed that the crowd had happily discovered Tommy Bahama at the Jersey Shore.Demographics were mostly 40 something,with the occasional 'Trophy Bride' and an abundance of those who clearly felt they deserved to be, at the very least, considered for one.

                                                              After a few minutes a busboy dropped of our menus,and that was it for the next five minutes.No water-no bread-no wine list. Our slightly flustered cheery waitress came over and did the pre -requisite intro and recited the nights specials before leaving us.No water-no bread-no wine list.

                                                              She returned took our order and asked what we would like to drink? I then said "a wine list would be nice?"

                                                              Miraculously it arrived,and that was then followed by what was really just un-inspiring run of the mill Italian sesame crusted loaf.Not a great start.

                                                              My wife surprisingly opted for a salad of California Mixed Greens with Feta , Cranberries and Candied Walnuts - delicious fresh and the cheese both creamy and delicate.

                                                              I had the single (small-is) Jumbo Lump Crabcake with Remoulade Beurre Blanc, which seemed to be overwhelmed by the gargantuan Olive sized Caper berries used as its garnish.Both were well prepared and enjoyable.Our entrees consisted of a Surf & Turf and a Butter Poached Lobster with Leeks, Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Fresh Fettuccine .I honestly didn't pay much attention to the Surf & Turf ,but it looked nice enough,with the exception of the lumpy looking potatoes which my partner said were merely luke warm.The menu description of the butter poached lobster/pasta dish had me salivating southbound on the Parkway.Sadly it did not live up to my expectations? Both entree's were plunked down on the table by a food runner or someone who seriously needs a lesson in service.Maybe he knew how long the dish had been sitting waiting to be rescued from the hot plate? Haste is a word that springs to mind?The Fresh Fettuccine looked like a stranded Kelp bed.The creamy coating barely clinging on and almost at breaking point.Oddly I was expecting a single substantial lobster tail cut into succulent medallions ,on inspection I found some quite tasteless petit split tails in the shell.My Wife immediately commented that a dish like that was far too rich for her.That is EXACTLY what I had hoped for - a rich, creamy, tender perfectly seasoned dish.Unfortunately this was devoid of any seasoning and the only real flourish of flavor was from the occasional bite of an oven roasted tomato.All in all we were disappointed....

                                                              The Funny thing is that when the waitress took our order,I asked her a very open ended question:

                                                              Is this place usually like this?..... (meaning busy)

                                                              She said that it was during the summer and went on to explain one of her children's ailments,and her lack of ability to focus on the job that night.More info than I needed and certainly she felt the need for a pre-emptive apology?

                                                              No,aklein,you're right, we should never put these places up against the worlds finest.They are so far removed.

                                                              BTW I also dined a Burger King,Djeet?,Lucky Garden,Amano and a couple of Diners recently.I generally only choose to report on places that exceed my expectations or ones that I have found to be over rated.

                                                              Many of you know more than you presume I believe , and some of you just like to go out to dinner and have a nice time and not think about every little detail and penny every single time.

                                                              Mmmmmm. Such luxury .

                                                              1. re: xny556cip

                                                                uncle already! i'm out, right or wrong

                                                      2. re: xny556cip

                                                        See my posting above for a reply here. I placed it on the wrong post.

                                                        1. re: joseph boloud

                                                          I'll be sure to check it out.Thanks joseph.I was thinking of Djeet? just this evening as I munched on a less than desirable burger at the otherwise nice Red in Red Bank.Thankfully the half price wine made it somewhat better,though still nothing comparable to any Djeet? offering.Sadly I need to be in the right frame of mind to visit the new Djeet? location.PB,BR,Brooks Bros,Anne Taylor et al,all in one relatively small location induces a certain nausea.Of course it is a great business move for this young caterer, just not to my personal preference.Hopefully they have continued to play excellent music and not adjusted to the obvious demographic differences!

                                                          1. re: xny556cip

                                                            No sweat. Initially I thought the same as you regarding the location but while there I don't feel like I am in a 'mini mall' or otherwise swamped with expensive stores- the location just feels right, comfortable, and they have not changed one bit of their flair, personality, and excellence.
                                                            I am thrilled to say that we ate there tonight and enjoyed the brand-new fall menu (not the tasting menu dinner which is coming the first weekend of November we found out). It was spectacular. The duck confit and frisee salad, the pear and parsnip soup, the poached pear salad, the short rib entree, and the sauteed trout entree were all loaded with flavor, style, and authenticity. The menu is wisely crafted and thought out. I am really happy about this place. This restaurant is exactly what we need in our area. Hope you return and enjoy it as much as we do.

                                                2. re: xny556cip

                                                  Please XNY, we don't know why you fight the traffic either. You should stay home with your lousy attitude, leave it to the locals. BTW, there are 2 delicious gelato places not 15 minutes from my door and I can't find pizza I like better outside of "The Shore" unless I'm in Italy or NYC.

                                      2. Giamano's in Bradley is very very good. The food is from local markets and they carry all organic meats and poultry, plus organic seasonal veggies. We were there last night had a wonderful organic cuke salad with fresh basil, very light dressing, warm crusty italian bread. For entrees I had a wonderful lobster over capellini, it was delicious. Service was excellent and they did not rush you at all. I would suggest reservations unless you go really early.

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                                        1. re: CatLadyJan

                                          Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizza - I don't know why no one has mentioned it yet. Best pizza around. It's around the corner from Pianconnes (which I don't recommend)

                                          1. re: briellefoodie

                                            If you check the threads I think you'l find that I mentioned it sometime ago.It's not to my personal taste (Due to the use of cornmeal and coal )but it is better prepared than most others in the area.

                                        2. CIBO is my pick for best pizza in the area since Una pizza in Point moved up to NYC. Funny thing, you have to eat it there. It's just no good once you get it home.

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                                          1. re: noodlebang

                                            I agree. I love CFBO - my favorite pizza in the area. So much better than P&E's.

                                          2. We vacationed at the shore in 2004 and had a very good meal at Giamano's and again just last week (mid-July 2009). It was excellent both times. I had a beet salad that was huge and absolutely delicious and worth every cent. Their manicotti is also really good with fresh ingredients. True they are not cheap but they have next to no turnover in the kitchen and the food is therefore very consistent. The service was a bit uneven but not bad. Their outside dining area was very pleasant. We'd go back there any time we go to the shore. We had a downright unimpressive and very pricey meal at the Columns or whatever that restaurant is right on the ocean in front of the Atlantic View B&B in Avon.

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                                            1. re: tarbysmom

                                              We also love Giamano's and think the food is a big step up from other area restaurants. However, beware of the wine and drink prices. You can pick a reasonable wine, because they give you the wine list, but my husband ordered an after dinner grappa and they charged us $22.00. We initially said we would never go back again but the food is just too good. We are now very careful about ordering anything that doesn't have the price posted.
                                              We also like Bella Sogna - it is right next to CFBO and and is also good. It is a BYOB. They are currently running mid-week specials of three courses for a prix fixe. ( forget the exact price, but is was very reasonable)
                                              As for Vic's - it is what it is - a red-gravy family restaurant. The pizza is decent, they are very accomodating with kids and the prices are reasonable. They certainly won't win any culinary awards, but sometimes you're just in the mood for a red-gravy style place.

                                              1. re: twotodine

                                                Giamano's is not bad and Bella Sogna is OK but try Nicchio in Belmar a new place which is better than these two Bradley restaurants ...

                                                  1. re: Barbarella

                                                    Nicchio's on the corner of 10th and Main in Belmar. I agree, try Nicchio. I stopped in with my wife tonight and had a great and affordable meal. We also shared a dessert, by far the best chocolate molten cake I have ever had in my life! We plan on returning soon.

                                                    1. re: nj106

                                                      I agree with you concerning your comments on Nicchio which is destined to become one of the best restaurants on the Jersey Shore. See my recent post for the meal we just had there.

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623607

                                            2. A few days? Vic's pizza. Period. And if by some crazed wildness you're not feeling Fins, I love Bella Sogno and La Hacienda.

                                              1. I was not impressed by Citricos in Bradley.

                                                We had 2 appetizers: steamed mussels and artichokes with portabello mushroom. The mussels were fine, I guess there isn't too much that can be done wrong with steamed mussels. But the artichoke appetizer was soupy and honestly very overpowering with strong lemon flavors. Overall a real mess of flavors - not a simple Mediterranean dish.

                                                After the appetizer, there was a long delay in receiving our Entrees, so I was very surprised to discover that my pork chop was downright raw. Not pink, but cold and raw in the middle. I sent it back and was told that it was a high quality pork chop that could be served that way. My wife and I ended up sharing her Swordfish. The fish was dry and not impressive.

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                                                1. re: manfredtex

                                                  Ditto on Citricio's. Used to better when it was...I'm blanking on the name but it was owned by a husband-wife team and suddenly closed b/c of family circumstances (there was a story about it in the paper). The food was okay but they threw onions all over the salads when we'd asked for no onions. The waitress was nice, but was a space cadet with the worst timing...just an odd experience.

                                                  1. re: jerseyeats

                                                    I have been going to Citricos for the past 4 years and absolutely love the menu. The service is always first class and my meals have always been excellent. I especially enjoy the lasagna, stuffed pork chops and Veal Parmigiana. My husband has had almost every fish special and never once had a dry fish. The rice balls are the best thing I ever ate. We have had the artichoke appetizer and it was not soupy at all.

                                                    jerseyeats - maybe you went to a different restaurant. Citricos only has waiters. I did not hear any story about a husband-wife team and new owners.

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                                                    Citricos Mediterranian Italian Grille Ristorante
                                                    812 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

                                                2. Citrico's is King for italian food......great continental fare can be found at "Some Other Place" in the mansion on Main Street- Good home cooking at George Barrys Tavern.....and great baked goods at Master Bakers on Main Street 1977