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Mar 1, 2009 07:04 AM

Brickwall, Asbury Park

Checked out Brickwall in Asbury Park last night. Very crowded and hard to find parking. Great hangout type of place. The three of us started with the Stuffed Artichoke. Very flavorful but the artichoke needed to be cooked more. The leaves were hard to tear off and were a little tough.

I had two sliders and a side of mac and cheese. Mac and cheese was nice and cheesy. Sliders were a little greasy but very good. My one friend had sweet potato fries that were pretty good. Other friend had the pulled pork sandwich. I took a bite of the pork and it was also good.

For dessert we shared the peanut butter pie. This was heavenly, very dense and gigantic. Very good.

NIce place overall, not the best meal I've ever had but good, cheap eats. I would definitely go back here again.

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  1. I could not agree more - I love comfort food - meatloaf and potatoes with gravy. The turkey chili is also very good.

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    1. re: stickman731

      ""The Wall ""does the right thing, resently I went to a fundraiser for an ill girl and the food was donated by them .The Irish place across the street (Cookman) is a mess and should be avoided

      1. re: big1515

        LOVE the brickwall. The Irish place across the street is good too. We just happened to be across the street at the "irish place" one night when they had closed and they were sending people to the brickwall which was very nice of them.

    2. try their shrimp and grits one day. heaven. it's one of our go-tos when we want to be assured of a good meal.

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      1. re: ejdb

        Yep, the Grilled Shrimp with Parmesan Grits is unbelievable. Even found a recipe that comes close so I can make it at home whenever I want.

        1. re: JerseyBites

          would you like to share that recipe?? or at least where to find it??? Thank you !!

      2. I ran into the chef and manager of Brick Wall at a food show this weekend. The chef told me i've gotta try their shrimp and grits so i'll swing by for a taste.

        But in general, they have a great beer selection at a great price (Stone IPA on tap!) and somewhat decent food. For whatever reason I find myself flipping through their menu and deciding I don't want anything on it though...

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        1. re: joonjoon

          I like the idea that you can get a can of Schlitz beer for a couple of bucks, which is nowhere else to be found in Jersey.

          1. re: JerzeyShore

            Yup, this place has the best beer selection i can think of in our area, and the best prices. can't beat that.

            As far as their food - finally tried the shrimp and grits, thought it was just meh.

            My gf ordered chicken fingers and some of them were completely raw in the middle...

            Friend's mac and cheese was tasty.

            Ordered a plate of fried peppers....what a joke. it's just a couple of sauteed peppers for like 6 bucks..

            But the Stone IPA I was drinking was cheap and most delicous! :D

        2. Yes, we love this place too, great food at fair prices. I do not like the fact that there is always lots of people smoking out front and to get in this place you have to walk through a cloud of SMOKE. They should make everyone go down the road a bit to smoke.

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          1. re: FrankieT945

            I love Brickwall. I moved to NJ last August and have been so disappointed in the dining choices. I live in Red Bank and the food is way more expensive than I'm used to. I moved from Portland, OR and lived in Minneapolis before that; so, I'm used to having access to good, high quality food at reasonable prices.

            I go to Brickwall for the turkey dinner. It's excellent. The mac and cheese is pretty good. I had the sloppy joe and while it wasn't the best one i've ever had; it was good and I'd order it again.

            I have to agree with you about the smoking out front. I tried to eat out there this past weekend and couldn't because it was so smokey.

            It's also pretty noisy in there.

            I have found that a weeknight evening is the best time for ME to go to Brickwall. It tends to be a little bit quieter; the wait staff is not as stressed; and overall it's just more pleasant.

            The smoke won't keep me from going but this summer when I want to be outside more I probably won't choose them.

            1. re: luckysparkplug

              Yes, i agree about the noise, it's just too much, more of a bar/hangout loud crowd rather than a quiet dinner place. I agree with you about the food, it's great. However, I do not enjoy having to walk through aand inhale a cloud of smoke just to get inside this place to eat, it's not worth it. They should not allow people to hang out in front and smoke, they should have to go down the road to the grassy area and smoke.

              1. re: FrankieT945

                The space is nice but I've never been a fan of their food.

                1. re: bgut1

                  Oh, it's not "gourmet" for sure................just quick, pubby, taverny food at best. I hate to repeat myself, but once again the other night, I was had to walk through a cloud of smoke just to get in the door, so yucky.

                  1. re: FrankieT945

                    I hate that too. The one time I was there, didn't notice it. I have noticed it at other places and made note to the management and they have rectified the situation. I suggest that for everyone. I will certainly do next time I am there.

                    1. re: dani0622

                      Agree with dani -
                      Yes, definitely, take a moment as a loyal customer and tell them about how much walking through the smokers bothers you. If they do not change, then it is your choice, your freedom, whether or not walking through the smoke to get your eats is worth all of the frustration.

                      Ahhhh FREEDOM!

                      Random Side Note: Was driving past here at some point several weeks ago, and they were standing RIGHT smack, in front of the door smoking, I thought of all your posts.