Best seafood at the Jersey Shore (Central)
Why is it so hard to find good seafood at the Jersey Shore? I have lived here my whole life (Monmouth and Ocean Counties) and it has always been hard to find really great seafood. The most popular/been here forever places like the Lobster Shanty, Wharfside, Shrimp Box, Bahrs, etc are about as good as Red Lobster. I would have to say that Reds Lobster Pot/Dock in Point Pleasant is probably my favorite (both inside and outside) and, of course Doris and Eds is good if you have the cash.
I know there are some great restaurants with pretty good seafood dishes, but I am talking about a straightforward, everything on the menu is seafood kind of place. Thoughts?
=Mark's Law of NJ Seafood: The quality of NJ Shore Seafood is inversely proportional to it's proximity to water. The closer to the bays or ocean, the more the view takes precedence over the quality of the food.
For straight seafood I like Rays in Little Silver or Navesink Fishery in Atlantic Highlands. Both are unassuming storefront establishments, but put their attention to the quality of their food.
I know there have been negative comments here, but the one exception to the Inverse Law in my book is Doris and Eds in Highlands. They are pricey but I've not been disappointed with what they offer.