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May 16, 2009 05:27 AM

Very Good to Great Shore Restaurants that are BYO's

from Keyport to and including Ocean County
Not looking for any particular style of cooking or price range - just interested in what everyone feels are the best restaurants at the shore.
Can you tell me your favs? Please include price range!

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  1. My list looks like this, YMMV.

    Drews Bayshore Bistro, Keyport

    Belford Bistro, Belford (going tonight

    Bay Avenue Trattoria, Highlands

    Boom Burgers, Belmar

    Island Palm Grill, Spring Lake (Have not been in about a year

    Bistro 44, Toms River

    Thats my very good to great list. There are also many "good" restaurants from Keyport to Ocean County.
    Enjoy wherever you go!

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    1. re: tom246

      I agree completely with tom246's selections and would only add Dish in Red Bank to that list.

      1. re: bgut1

        We went to Dish tonight and had an exceptional dinner with my wife having the Rosemary chicken and myself the talapia and shrimp both sharing a citrus salad and PEI mussels but no room for dessert. She enjoyed it so much that we are going back again next week for her birthday dinner and one of their special desserts.
        Thanks bgut1 for mentioning Dish in this thread - great recommendation.

        1. re: JerzeyShore

          Your welcome Jerzey. Make sure to save room for the chocolate bread pudding next time.

      2. re: tom246

        I would add Trinity in Keyport to this fine list.
        Only a few doors from Drew's Bayshore Bistro.
        Sample menu for selection & price

        1. re: HillJ

          HillJ, Trinity is a great choice but the criteria from eatinman was BYO.

          1. re: tom246

            True tom246, but I still thought it was worth mentioning given the Keyport location. I know myself "plans" can change with information. Trinity is a wonderful place, nice price point and cocktails can be enjoyed elsewhere.


        2. re: tom246

          100% agree on Boom.

          If willing to make the road inland a bit, I add El Meson.
          People love Drew's, I don't, but everyone else raves so it will surely be on this list.

        3. Bella Sogno in Bradley Beach and Eurasian Eatery in Red Bank are two of my favorites.

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            1. The best fish and chips and other fried (I mean really great) seafood platters can be had a Stewarts of Kearneys in Point Pleasant Beach. Don't go here worrying about calories, just fresh fish and incredible cole slaw.

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              1. re: Ellen

                Just ate at Niko's Trapezi on Ocean ave in Long Branch and would def add this place to the list. Liquor store nearby in case you forget to bring you own.

              2. must add Kanji in Tinton Falls (sushi,japanese) to the mix here, since it's arguably the best sushi from Keyport to Ocean County (again, I said, arguably)... if you don't know the place, Kanji is MUCH more than sushi, thus the reason I added it to the list... Kazu, Fuji, Sawa, Asahi -- all good, too... but I think Kanji falls into the good-to-great category more than any of the others