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Cheap Lunch Freehold Main St.

yCf Jul 28, 2008 11:24 AM

I will be passing by Freehold this week during lunchtime, alone. Just looking for recommendation on what and where I should eat. Looking to spend about $10-$15 on a decent meal.

I have try Ibby's already (loved it). I am thinking about Cafe 360.

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  1. Angelina RE: yCf Jul 28, 2008 11:42 AM

    What about El Meson? Yummmmm

    I just love that place. Those chips are addictive, too! I always order the enchillada's.

    1. Tapas52 RE: yCf Jul 28, 2008 11:56 AM

      El Familiar Restaurant
      3 W Main St
      Freehold, NJ 07728
      (732) 303-9400

      Excellent Colombian/Mexican

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        shesallthat RE: Tapas52 Jul 28, 2008 12:24 PM

        And you really can't go wrong with Cornerstone Cafe. They have a variety of everything and the best sweet potatoes fries I think.

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          shorebilly RE: shesallthat Sep 5, 2008 10:39 AM

          Great split pea soup too!

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        RGR RE: yCf Jul 28, 2008 01:48 PM

        I have never tried the food at Cafe 360, but their gelatos are delicious!

        I second Angelina's El Meson rec.

        1. seal RE: yCf Jul 28, 2008 02:04 PM

          I'm with you on Ibby's - vg!

          I'll also agree on Cafe 360 for sandwiches and dessert.

          I have given El Familiar three chances already, the third just last night as they now have arepas, but they are no Arepa Lady! I really can't give them another try as nobody in my family liked their food again.

          I also don't like Cornerstone Cafe - so much so that even with the coupon on restaurant.com I won't eat there.

          For another option I would rather eat a Sorrento's sub or choose from among the few decent dishes at the sub-par Marco Polo buffet.

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            bgut1 RE: seal Jul 28, 2008 02:39 PM

            Seal - I'm surprised about El Familiar. I've only had excellent meals at the one in Toms River.
            I'll add Mi Lindo Mexico to the mix. I had a very nice and inexpensive lunch there a while back. Good Luck.

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              Tapas52 RE: bgut1 Jul 28, 2008 05:40 PM

              We all ate at El Familiar Tonight it was EXCELLENT!!! as always.....stick with the Colombian dishes.........The Empanada, Sancoho Soup, & Pork Tinga w/Arepa were exceptional tonight!
              One of my Top Three Choices for sure!

            2. re: seal
              angelo04 RE: seal Sep 5, 2008 08:27 AM

              Seal - Ever have arepas at the Arepa Bar on the east side off of 1st Ave and I think 8th. They are to die for. From your post it seems like El Familiar's don't even come close. I got excited when I read that they have them, I may have to give then a chance even if they are just OK as I don' think there is anywhere else to get them in our neck of the woods.

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                seal RE: angelo04 Sep 5, 2008 12:35 PM

                I have indeed eaten at Caracas Arepa Bar on E 7th St in the city and those are good enough that Bobby Flay did a throwdown with the women who own the joint! El Familiar in Freehold had things they called arepas ...

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              yCf RE: yCf Jul 29, 2008 05:27 AM

              I am leaning toward either El Familiar or El Meson. Thanks for all input.

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                seal RE: yCf Jul 29, 2008 05:46 AM

                Please report back if you go to El Familiar. I know I am picky, but ...

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                  jsfein RE: seal Jul 29, 2008 06:49 AM

                  I've posted about El Familiar in Freehold as well. I've been a few times and have found mostly everything we've tried ok. There seems to be a disconnect between the raves for the Toms River location and what's being put out by the Freehold location.

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                    Tapas52 RE: jsfein Jul 31, 2008 09:48 PM

                    The Toms River location is a different owner.....the food is superior there also.
                    Try all the colombian dishes.............we love it there .

                  2. re: seal
                    yCf RE: seal Jul 31, 2008 05:54 AM

                    Went to El Meson instead. It was good. I had the Enchiladas and my wife had the Burrito. It was good and we enjoyed it.
                    El Familiar is definitely next on the list.

                    Anyone know anything about Metropolitan Cafe. Is that place any good?

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                      RobertinRedBank RE: yCf Jul 31, 2008 07:24 AM

                      I work in Freehold and the Metropolitan Cafe is my favorite lunch place along with El Meson. The Metropolitan Cafe is excellent for lunch, well within the price range you stated.

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                        yCf RE: RobertinRedBank Sep 4, 2008 05:53 AM

                        Is Metropolitan Cafe kid friendly for dinner? Would it be a big mistake to bring a 2 yr old there?
                        If Metropolitan is not kid-friendly are there other places on Main St. that are?

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                          jsfein RE: yCf Sep 4, 2008 08:48 AM

                          While I haven't brought my kids to Metropolitan Cafe, I have seen kids at the outdoor tables. Not sure if they have high chairs. Definite kid friendly on Main St. includes El Meson, Della Solla, Cornerstone Cafe, Fedrici's, Court Jester, Cafe 360, and the Japanese restaurant whose name escapes me. And on South Street - Solo.

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                  aklein RE: yCf Sep 5, 2008 04:56 AM

                  no one's grabbing a burger at The Court Jester?

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