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Feb 4, 2009 10:16 AM

Dinner in Monmouth Beach area

Any suggestions for a place to have dinner on a weekend?

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  1. For Italian try Tavola. Also, Dino's and Charley's are very good and just over the border in Long Branch. For more options look in Sea Bright, Sushi-Yumi, Pizza-Mad Hatter, Fine Dining-Harry's, Italian BYOB-Angelica's.

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    1. re: Papa Bing

      Has anyone been to Charlies recently? We went last Summer about a month after they reopened after renovations and it was not a happy experience...

      1. re: equal_Mark

        Charlie's should have satyed the same bfore the renovations. The food went downhill. We went twice over the summer hoping it would be good. Not at all. We had an appetizer of chicken quesadillas to share, the peppers and onions were not saut'ed, they were raw, they were horrible, and then to top it off, we paid $17 or $18 for these crappy quesadillas.

        I will never go back. Not only for that reason, but another time I had shrimp salad on a crossaint, and the crossaint was stale and the shrimp salad was bad..actually the mayo spoiled. horrible! (I know I spelled crossaint wrong...too lazy to look it up!)

        Anyway, you are not missing a thing!

        1. re: equal_Mark

          Very recently, only because it is so nice and nearby (and because the bar makes a nice martini), but there is no good news as far as the food. Burger, decent, chicken Savoy has been enjoyed by my guy, but that's about it. Even the bread on the once passable "prime rib" sandwich has changed for the worse. The ribs were awful and the drunken clams too salty to eat. Sad.

          Tavolo might be worth a try, although we stopped going there a couple of years ago because our meals were progressively less enjoyable. While I like Sallee Tee's for lunch, I just don't care for their dinner menu. Alas.

          At the moment, my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood is Tuzzio's in Long Branch.

          1. re: Deb Van D

            Good call, Deb. I forgot Tuzzio's. One of my favorites. Don't miss the special salad. Order one for three or four.

            1. re: Papa Bing

              Ah, back in the 80s we lived on Morris Ave (Before it got blocked by the train station) and Nunzios, Tuzzios and Tony's Tomato Pies were all a 5 minute walk away. Even then we knew enough to walk past Casey Jones... :-)

              1. re: equal_Mark

                Casey Jones, holy fright. You have to wonder what is going on with the space, "now hiring" signs posted there since, what, last summer? There is no sign of progress (not that I am in a hurry for a reincarnation). It is such an uninviting space that I can't imagine anything short of a total pull-down.

                1. re: Deb Van D

                  Do you ever think that the last owner left the place with such a bad reputation, and in such a shambles, that it took more unexpected time to get things ramped up? You would not give a newly opened restaurant a chance, based on it's old owners and past? Check it out - they did a great job, the food is terrific and very reasonable, not to mention extremely generous, the staff is fun and inviting, and they still offer the ambiance of the "ole railroad" itself with the train cars, etc. I love it, and have had great meals there. They are really trying to bring an old landmark back to life. You should reconsider and give it a chance sometime. Don't judge it by what other owners had done to it.

                  1. re: LynnF

                    Considering the loathing with which the old Casey Jones is widely remembered I am amazed that the new owners would keep the name. I mean really, was "Hitler's Hofbrau Haus" already taken?

                2. re: equal_Mark

                  I personally love the new Casey Jones. Maybe you should give new owners a chance. How long ago was that when you went - and you won't consider another chance?

                3. re: Papa Bing

                  the Tuzzio's salad has got to be one of the best in the county!!

                4. re: Deb Van D

                  Tuzzio's covers everything with a mountain of mozzarella that even a steak knife can't get thru!

              2. re: Papa Bing

                A Greek restaurant will be openining in the space of Dino's. It might already be open.

                1. re: wizard2

                  sorry to hear about Dino's, always enjoyed the food there - wonder where Dino went, does anyone know.
                  the one thing I did not enjoy about Dino's was his father - probably the worst host ever!!! maybe that's why they are gone.

              3. Sally Tees is usually reliable.

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                1. re: cantkick

                  Agree .. diverse menu ... something for everyone.

                2. Have heard that Prairie is good...

                  1. We haven't been in over a year and have noticed that the prices are getting up there but have always had excellent dinners at Bay Avenue Trattoria on Bay Avenue in the Highlands. A short drive from Monmouth Beach.

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                    1. re: tom246

                      Love that place! I recreated their Short Ribs recipe at home. Is the place still hard to get into on the weekend without a reservation made a week in advance?

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        Last time we went we needed to set the reservation a week or so in advance. Also love the mac and cheese!

                        1. re: tom246

                          If you live close enough, they do "take away".