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Jan 8, 2008 01:08 PM

New to Brick. Suggestions?

Hi, a board newbie here. I moved to Brick not long ago and would love suggestions on reasonably priced, local restaurants (i.e. in line price-wise with the mass market chains). I tend to like ethnic food (Mexican, Italian, etc), exceptional American food (really good burgers, pizza, wings, etc), but I'm willing to try new things. I don't mind chains but I love to discover unique places and I prefer to put my money in the pockets of locals, not corporations. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! I live in Brick and work in Ocean Twp. So anything around or between those areas are fair game.

One specific place I've wondered about, does anyone have any experience with the little Mexican place on Burnt Tavern Rd at the intersection Burnsville/Lanes Mill? I can't think of the name, but it's right there at the intersection, I think next to a day care place.


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  1. jlou04 - Welcome to the board. The restaurant you are talking about is Mexico Lindo and it is in fact the real deal. Probably one of the best mexican restaurants in the state. For Italian, Villa Vittoria is solid although I haven't been in a while. Although chains, I do enjoy the ribs and brisket at Famous Dave's (if you travel a bit to Hog Heaven in Point the product is much better) as well as a nice piece of fish at the Bone Fish. For Ocean Township I used to recommend Piccola Italia in the Cobblestone Village but recent reports have been disappointing. My only other standby in that town is the Manhattan Steakhouse. If you are looking for a quick salad/panini/burrito, All Mixed Up on West Park is fresh and tasty. Good Luck.

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    1. re: bgut1

      Thanks for the suggestions! With that ringing endorsement, I'll definitely be checking out Mexico Lindo! I've eaten at the Famous Dave's on Rt 1 in New Brunswick, and agree with your opinion of the brisket. I'll definitely put your other suggestions on my to-do list, thanks again!

    2. I've lived in Brick for many years. Some of my favorite local, reasonably priced restaurants are:
      Breakfast - Mariner's Cove (Brielle)
      Mexican - El Tenampa (Brick)
      Italian - Maria's (Manasquan)
      Main Street Trattoria (Manasquan)
      Pizza - Pete & Elda's (Neptune) thin crust pizza
      J&G's (Brick) regular pie
      American - Craig's (Brick)

      Mexico Lindo is the place on Burnt Tavern Road - I have been but was not thrilled. I may have ordered the wrong items. I know many people like it and hear they make a great mole sauce. I'll have to give it another chance. Welcome to Brick!

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      1. re: shoremom

        If you like Sushi, Fune is a good choice in Ocean Twp., in Cobblestone Village. They have a sushi buffet, I also hear Takara on Rt. 35 is good.

        1. re: retrovertigo

          Have to disagree with retro on Fune. I know my review is around here somewhere but I would stay far away. For sushi you have many other decent options in the area including: Takara, Ichiban and Sawa. All are head and shoulders above Fune. Good Luck.

          1. re: bgut1

            Also, there's a small and authentic Mexican restaurant on Rt. 35 in Pt. Pleasant called Mi Mexico worth checking out.

          2. re: retrovertigo

            I went to Fune once for the buffet but was not impressed. It's ok, and if you want to eat a lot it's good value, but there are many better places for sushi, e.g. Sawa at rt. 36. The best close Chinese is Magic Rice, also in Cobblestone, or Eastern Empire across 35. Lots of decent sandwich shops. Also the Happy Hobo at 35 and W.Park is good.

          3. re: shoremom

            Thanks much, shoremom! I had Pete & Elda's pizza at a pizza party here at the office a couple weeks ago, I practically ate two whole pies! Loved it!

            Thanks for your input!

            1. re: jlou04

              absolutely go to Maria's in Manasquan

            2. re: shoremom

              I agree with the list ,but would like to add Brennen's Hwy 35 ..Nepune City for (steak ),Four Winds (American) Hwy 35 .Wall N.J. and stay away from the Pilot House Brick, awful food, bad service !! Welcome to the Shore

              1. re: big1515

                Brennan's has been pretty much universally panned on this site lately as a place that has really gone downhill. How recently have you been there? My two visits in the past few months were disappointing, to say the least.

                1. re: bnemes3343

                  I was there right before Chistmas with no resevation .Friday @ 6:30.The place was packed and my wife and I had to eat at the bar ..drinks were very pricey ,but we both had steak and tail .both were cooked perfectly and were very tastey ..I have not had a bad meal there ..maybe I have been luckey

                  1. re: big1515

                    Well, eating at the bar probably guaranteed good service. It's one of my favorite places to eat at many places. You've got an attentive server at your beck and call. Good to here your meals were good. We were only 50-50 on the four steaks we had there...

            3. Add another vote for Mexico Lindo. I would add that some of the sports bars have some pretty good eats as well. I live in Belmar, so 507 Main and Boathouse (same owners, different food) always shine for me and the prices are very reasonable. I'm pretty sure 507 Main has 1/2 price apps most nights (until 6 or 7, not sure) and you can put together a very nice meal just from these. Kelly's in Neptune is pretty good, and if I can just grab a stool at the bar, I like Jack's (right before the bridge into Belmar on 35).

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              1. re: bnemes3343

                Kelly's has very good corned Beef and large portions , food over all is at best average ,but the place is always jam packed especially in the Summer ... What is there secret ??

              2. By all means check out Via Veneto in Brick, as it is one of the best Italian spots in Ocean and Monmouth counties. It is a BYOB with many daily specials along with
                an excellent menu that will not break the bank.

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                1. re: bjsimmons

                  Do not take children to Via Veneto, my kids are 9 and 13 and complete foodies. They are also very well behaved since they have been dining out their entire lives and would not be allowed to act out in any public place. That said, about a year ago we went with hubby and kids. The hostess was incredibly rude, because we had kids with us, she informed us in no uncertain terms that the kids were not welcome. At that point I wanted to leave and just go elsewhere, hubby insisted we stay because he had heard the food was good. The food was just ok, not great, not completely horrible. Veal was very tough, still had lines of silverskin in it. I will never return, simply due to the extreme rudeness! We did not, nor do we ever ask for a kiddie menu. And these two kids have better table manners than many adults do nowadays.

                2. burgers/bar food; frankies, cubbard, craigs
                  italian; villa vittoria, villa amalfi
                  fine dining; bistro 44
                  steaks; mia cafe strip on menu, usually has a good special
                  sushi; nobi
                  kids; shogun is a lot of fun, good food
                  seafood; crabs claw
                  ribs; hemingways in seaside are awesome

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                  1. re: ocdiner

                    spot on recommendations from ocdiner. good job