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Need recommendation, Sea Bright/Long Branch

dani0622 Apr 18, 2008 07:20 AM

Hi,

Looking for dinner recommendations for a party of 4. Open to all types of cuisine. We're coming from Upper Monmouth Co., they are coming staying in Long Branch area so they are not familiar at all with area. It would be ideal to stick to Ocean Ave along Long Branch up through Atlantic Highlands. Also, looking for moderately priced place, entrees in $20 area, nothing too fancy or too expensive.

Thank you.

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    yankeefan RE: dani0622 Apr 18, 2008 08:47 AM

    Oooph. tough selection on the strip there. Lots of good views, not a ton of good eats.

    I would venture into Rumson and hit Barnacle Bill's if it were me. Very laid back atmosphere and great food if thats what your game for.

    Other selection for me would be Sallie Tee's in Monmouth Beach.

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      dani0622 RE: yankeefan Apr 18, 2008 01:06 PM

      that's what I was afraid of. not a lot of good eats that way. did a search on Bill's and keep reading it's one of the best burgers in the state!

      Been to sallie tee's for lunch, never dinner though. Found it to be enjoyable, not great, but good bang for the buck, especially with the size of those sandwiches.

    2. Bob Martinez RE: dani0622 Apr 18, 2008 09:53 AM

      I'll second Sallee Tee's with the caveat that the place is better for lunch than at dinner. They do some very good deli sandwiches at lunchtime and the chicken portobello sandwich is very good too. Their Salee's burger, served with pepperjack cheese and sweet red peppers, is outstanding and is available at dinner time as well. I

      The Inlet Cafe in Highlands is quite good at lunchtime (we haven't been for dinner but mean to correct that omission.) I highly recommend the cajun chicken quesedilla sandwich. Nice views as well.

      For more serious food I recommend Bay Avenue Trattoria, also in Highlands. Very good new American fare served at attractive prices. BYO helps keep the cost down too. (You'll *definitely* need reservations. Call 3 or 4 days in advance.) While the Trattoria doesn't have a water view you can go for pre-dinner drinks at nearby Windandsea which overlooks Sandy Hook inlet. On a clear day you can see the lights of New York in the distance. (Don't be tempted to eat there - the food is adequate at best.)

      All 3 restaurants are very close to Ocean Avenue.

      http://www.salleeteesgrille.com/#

      http://www.inletcafe.com/

      http://www.bayavetrattoria.com/

      http://www.windanseanj.com/

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        dani0622 RE: Bob Martinez Apr 18, 2008 01:07 PM

        two votes for sallie tee's.

        forgot about inlet cafe. haven't been there in a while but thought it was pretty good.

        thanks for the other recommendations. been to windansea, not really impressed with food, but nice view.

        heard good things about bay ave.

        thanks

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          JerzeyShore RE: dani0622 Apr 18, 2008 04:20 PM

          I'll second Bay Avenue Trattoria - it's been on my top (5) Jersey Shore list forever. I've been there a dozen times and each and every meal was delicious. Joe and Maggie do a fantastic job with this small and well run eatery in the Highlands.

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          Saint Andrews RE: Bob Martinez Apr 20, 2008 08:04 PM

          I had dinner at Sally tees this evening. Maybe I should have gone there for lunch instead. I never hard anything bad about this place but i expected more based upon common chatter. The menu is as big as the portions served. That didnt put me off initally, but after having my meal I was left feeling like quality lost out to quantity.

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            Bob Martinez RE: Saint Andrews Apr 21, 2008 05:34 AM

            As I mentioned in my original post, dinner isn't their strong suit. I wouldn't call it bad, just decent. Considering that lots of places in Monmouth county charge 20% more for equivalent food that might help take some of the sting out of the memory.

            It *is* possible to have a good meal at dinner but you need to order carefully. The roast loin of pork is quite good and I'd gladly have it again. The Sallee's burger with pepper jack cheese is also available at dinner and is very good indeed. OTOH I had a chicken dish at dinner there last year which was decent but nothing more than that.

            It's a useful neighborhood restaurant. The prices are fair and it's very good at lunch and decent at dinner with some careful ordering.

        3. Angelina RE: dani0622 Apr 19, 2008 03:26 AM

          What about Anjelica's on Ocean Ave. in Sea Bright? BYOB

          http://www.anjelicas.com/

          Maybe a little more pricey, but the food is very good.

          Sallie Tee's was a great pic, too for the area.

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            tom246 RE: dani0622 Apr 19, 2008 05:36 AM

            Agree with the choice of Old Bay Trattoria, great little place with a very comfortable casual atmosphere.

            Angelina also has a solid pick with Anjelica's. We have not been there in a couple of years but always enjoyed previous visits.

            Only problem I remember was the very tight table spacing for parties of two.

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              F77 RE: dani0622 Apr 20, 2008 09:27 PM

              I like Zacharys which is across from Monmouth Park Track on 36. Not much of a view but the food selection and prices are right on for what your looking for.

              McLoones Riverside.
              Bahrs?
              Wind and Sea
              Crabhut.

              I always recommend staying out of Policetrapville...(SeaBright)

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                yankeefan RE: F77 Apr 21, 2008 06:18 AM

                Very good call on Zach's - underrated but the ownership can really screw things up and be rude

                Bahrs is solid, but I for one would stay far from the McLoones establishments.

              2. dani0622 RE: dani0622 Apr 21, 2008 06:29 AM

                Thank you all for your suggestions. Unfortunately, we ended up at Windansea. Tried the calamari for appetizer, it was decent. For my entree had the Linguini with White Clam Sauce. It was terrible - rubbery clams, watery, tasteless sauce. I should have known better though. Been there before and thought it was pretty mediocre. Next time I'm sticking with places you people recommend. Thanks again.

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