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First Time to the Jersey Shore: Where to Eat?

Hi There,

I'm heading to the Jersey Shore for the first time and am eager to hear suggestions from locals. I will be headquartered on LBI, and have heard good things about the following places: Sweet Vidalia's, Uncle Will's Pancake House, Bisque. If you have recommendations, I would love to hear about them. We don't like chains or over-the-top places, but warm, intimate places where the locals hang out for good food and good service. Also, even though we'll be on LBI, we also plan to visit some other nice parts of the shore (any recommendations on where to go? we hear asbury park is nice) So, any other restaurants/bakeries you recommend north of LBI are also appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Well, if you are going to Asbury Park (which may have some decent eateries, but is far from "nice") keep heading north to Atlantic Highlands and head to Flaky Tart, a bakery on Main St. near rt 36. I'd keep going up 36 afterwards and head to Drew's in Keyport for dinner.

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    1. re: seal

      I have to agree with seal-Asbury Park is not "nice". We went to Flaky Tart this morning. Love it...

      1. re: seal

        Just to be clear, there is no "Main Street" in AH - the Flaky Tart is on First Avenue. Would hate for someone to actually miss the carbo-glory that is FT for want of an address :)

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          1. Mud City can be hit or miss and at times the lines can be bothersome, but it is worth a stop.

            As for Flaky Tart, check their hours as, like many bakeries, they close early. And, for the record, Keyport is not close, but if you take the GSP it is a fairly quick trip.

          2. There are some excellent restaurants along the Jersey shore to set your sights on and these are my picks:

            Siam Basil - Sea Girt
            Vivas - Belmar
            Bia - Ocean Grove
            Moonstruck - Asbury Park
            Taka - Asbury Park
            Bay Avenue Trattoria - Highlands
            Table - Little silver
            Drew's Bayshore Bistro - Key Port

            Baker Boys - Ocean Grove (bake shop with a lot of goodies)

            Good hunting...