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Beacon Street Grille in Neptune, NJ

wench31 Jan 14, 2008 10:35 AM

Has anybody been to the Beacon Street Grille?


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  1. Angelina RE: wench31 Jan 14, 2008 10:38 AM

    Too funny...we ate over the weekend at Synakis in Asbury (which I will post about that horrendous meal later) after Asbury we passsed Beacon St. and the place was PACKED!! I did not eat there ever, but I am curious like you!!

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      big1515 RE: wench31 Jan 14, 2008 10:44 AM

      Just ok.... tries to be another Kelly's ...Good location ..the building has changed hand a number of times ...Go a little futher north/west and stop at the Cabin on Hwy 33 Howell ..good eats and pizza is like Pete and Eldas in Neptune City ..

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        jsfein RE: big1515 Jan 14, 2008 11:11 AM

        I would not recommend the Cabin to anyone. Having had mediocre meals there many years ago and having not visited in more than 5 years, I stopped in with my family earlier this month needing a break from our usual spots. Nothing we ordered was edible, including a reuben sandwich, french dip and cold chicken fingers. The pizza which I had heard good things about doesn't hold a candle to Pete and Eldas and generally went untouched by my 9 and 7 year old boys who are in training to tackle a Pete and Elda Double XL. FWIW, the bar scene at The Cabin was hopping and its an attractive lodge-like space. Go for a beer, but not the food.

      2. bgut1 RE: wench31 Jan 14, 2008 10:57 AM

        okay pub type fare ... nothing special but if you order carefully you can have a decent meal. I seem to recall that the new england clam chowder in a bread bowl was pretty good.

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          fourunder RE: wench31 Jan 14, 2008 11:07 AM

          I generally do not like to knock places, but this one is an exception. The food is ordinary at best....typical pub grub...........but the beer is cold.

          My problem with BSG is the advertising they do is deceptive IMHO......the food is not as advertised on the radio spots I have heard........and Chef Gil is a SHAMELESS Self Promoter who praises himself while knocking competitors, stating he does better versions of others signature items, e.g., Pete & Elda's thin crust pizza. That may very well be true, but this guy does it on other forums........no class.

          BTW........they paid for a Four Star rating from Gail Gerson.........for what it's worth.

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            bgut1 RE: fourunder Jan 14, 2008 11:57 AM

            four - I had to do an internet search to see who Gail Gerson was. I recall seeing these so called "reviews" hanging in a few local establishments and never paid them any mind as they looked like advertising. I never knew where they came from before today. Thanks.

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              fourunder RE: bgut1 Jan 14, 2008 05:17 PM


              Back in the 80's, GG's approach was novel. Back then there were few media outlets doing reviews and print media was not known to really dedicate space for reviews...... food critics were a joke and very biased........but not as bad as they are today.....

              GG advertised heavily in the NY Daily News and Bergen Record......she brought attention to restaurants that did not receive any from the print media at the time....it gave the little guy some exposure and some prospered very well.......

              However, today her clients and columns are not seriously considered by the public nor any respectable establishment. only the sheep.........not long ago, Chef Gil got hammered on the Star Ledger's restaurant forum for his antics........from me and others..... he claimed his employees were very loyal to him and they signed on to his account without his knowledge......

              BTW....what's the skinny on Mom's Kitchen in Neptune? Is it like a Spirito's in Elizabeth or Laico's of Jersey City.......if you are familar with either......both of them have been going strong for a long time.....Spirito's for about 70 years......Laico's for 40?

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                big1515 RE: fourunder Jan 15, 2008 07:03 AM

                Mon's has been there forever .The pie's are good .the crowd has been the same for years some dishes are excellent others are @ best OK ..I do not thing they have put a dime into remoldling since the 50"S . The Alderelli family run it ..it's interesting ..try it ..

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                  fourunder RE: big1515 Jan 15, 2008 07:52 PM


                  Thanks for the insight......should I get the veal parm on the anniversary special.......or the veal with ravioli...... or beef braciole?

          2. Barbarella RE: wench31 Jan 14, 2008 12:38 PM

            DO NOT GO-- We went there a few months ago and it was nasty!1 I have a book and I make notes each time we go to a new place. That place was SOOO bad I did not even include it in my notes. It was probably the worst meal I had in years. Believe me all the cars in the lot belonged to the drinkers, not the eaters!!

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              aklein RE: wench31 Jan 14, 2008 01:52 PM

              am I allowed to say sux? blowz? IHATEDIT?

              so many better choices, including baja fresh!

              1. wench31 RE: wench31 Jan 14, 2008 01:53 PM

                Thank you all! My friend and I were trying to decide where to go with the kids for lunch in the area next week because,. sadly, she has to go to Social Security to file for widow's benefit.
                Beacon Street Grille just happens to be right across the street from there. I will try and steer her away from that place. Thanks again!

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                  tom porc RE: wench31 Jan 15, 2008 12:57 AM

                  Nothing positive to add regarding Beacon St Grill.

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                    Freeholdtwsp88 RE: tom porc Jan 15, 2008 07:12 PM

                    they dont even have a good hamburger, avoid

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                      bethyzz1 RE: Freeholdtwsp88 Jul 6, 2010 07:06 PM

                      Went tonight and the French Onion soup and Clam Chowder were great. Calamari was really good though a small portion. The burgers however were terrible. We wanted medium however got well done and dried out burgers that tasted somewhat bitter. The meat I believe was possibly too lean. The burger rolls where terrible also. The fries were pretty good.

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