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Casual Dining in Manahawkin?

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My daughter has a dance compeition coming up in spring at the Stafford township Art Center in Manahawkin. Are there any places nearby that offer a diversified menu and isn't a chain? Thie kids are all 14 years old and we will have several hours to kill. Thanks.

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  1. Makoto in the Shoprite Shopping Center is 2 minute drive from Arts Center. They
    have very popular Hibachi tables which is great for large groups. The kids all seem to really like it. New Restaurant on McKinley Avenue, also very close to Arts Center is
    The Garlic Grill. Good Italian food, nice decor.

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    1. re: Lindy Lou

      Thank you Lindy - I'll tell the group!

      1. re: Lindy Lou

        I tried Makoto recently, and although the food-tossing will entertain most kids, I can't recommend it. Everything tasted like salt.

      2. Francesco's is also in the Shoprite plaza and they serve very good italian food and make all different kinds of pizza. They have a pizzaria setup on one side and a restaurant on the other. Both are casual, though.

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        1. re: diablo

          Thank you Diablo - adding to my list!

        2. The Stafford Diner on the westbound side of 72 is the typical diner menu -- big. Food can be hit or miss, but the diner staples are all OK.

          1. Another good choice is Mud City Crab House on Bay Avenue. They're very family friendly and accommodating...and the food is excellent.

            1. The Grapevine 10 minutes south on hwy 9 from Manhawkin .. seafood and more . good prices .I did hear it changed hands ,but I think it is good stop

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              1. re: big1515

                Thanks for your help!