New to the Jersey Shore
We are fairly recent to the central Jersey Shore/Belmar. We like to eat out frequently and prefer locally owned restaurants to chains(doesn't everyone).
We love Kelly's for a burger and a beer but would like to find any hidden gems??
Also, what about good Mexican food. I'm from Arizona and I miss the flavors and spices.
Welcome to NJ!
Regarding Mexican food... keep your expectations low. I have never found anything in NJ to compare with the brightness of the Mexican flavors found in AZ, NM, and TX. My favorite in this area is Acapulqueno in Long Branch, as already mentioned by bgut. A very casual little corner place. BYOB.
El Meson in Long Branch is very popular on this board. I've only been once and wasn't impressed. But perhaps it was an off day.
If you find a Mexican place that satisfies your southwestern palate, I hope you will report it here.
I don't know many places in the Belmar area. If you don't mind a quick drive north, Restaurant Nicholas and Drew's Bayshore Bistro are great. Drew's is BYOB.
Drew's Bayshore Bistro
58 Broad St, Keyport, NJ 07735
160 State Route 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Acapulqueno Mexican Grill
571 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Have been working on a little reference guide on local places:
It's not reviews or recommendations, but a listing of local online restaurant sites.
That aside, I'd recommend Vivas in Belmar for Portuguese, Drews Bayshore Bistro in Keyport for Cajun and Saigon II in Lincroft for Vietnamese.
Hey Mark. Welcome to the Board. I remember reading many of your interesting posts on egullet. Since your open to making changes to your site, I suggest removing/revising the following closed/replaced restaurants: Bobo's 33, Foy's, Indigo Moon, Meritage (k/n/a Legends), Red Fusion (k/n/a Synaxis), and Citrus. Thanks.
Try Barnacle Bill's in Rumson for a burger..I just love that place!! No real atmosphere...just a burger/beer type place. Fun for kids because they can throw peanut shells on the floor (Which I HATE!)
BYOB~French ..I like Le Fandy in Fair Haven...cute little restaurant. The owner is also the chef..very good.
I just recently stumbled upon Harpoon Willy's in Manasquan. Great seafood dishes!
Shipwreck Grille in Brielle is just fabulous!!! ohh so good! Go now before the summer madness!!
I haven't been there in a while, but I always liked Taqueria dos Hermanos on 71 at 17th Street (give or take a block). It's kind of a hole in the wall, but the food might remiind you of what your missing.
There are some discussions here of Vivas, Casa Solar, and Brandl that might be worth your searching this site. They are probably the "better" restaurants in Belmar.
A hidden gem - 507 Main's sriracha sauce wings!