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mcjays Jun 6, 2009 02:54 PM

I just started renting a summer place here in Toms River and am having a hard time trying to find good dinner spots. It seems like there's plenty of Pizza/Italian and Chinese takeout places. If anyone can suggest anything - Japanese, Mexican, Korean even, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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  1. shabbystorm RE: mcjays Jun 6, 2009 03:06 PM

    Some Suggestions:

    Japanese - all very good
    Wang Sushi and Asian http://www.wangsushi.com/ - They have a little bit of everything!

    Shogun Bea Lea http://shogunbeylea.com/

    Nobi http://www.nobicuisine.com/

    El Familiar
    1246 Lakewood Rd
    Toms River, NJ 08753
    (732) 240-6613

    Creative American Cuisine - A Favorite here with chowhounds
    Bistro 44

    Hope this helps! Enjoy your summer down the shore!

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      websterwoman RE: mcjays Jun 6, 2009 03:23 PM

      Ah, summers in TR. Good times.

      While I personally am not a fan of Shogun Bea Lea, their hibachi is not bad; sushi, eh. Not my favorite. There are only a handful of sushi places that I'll hit up in TR, will try and put a formal list together. Been meaning to. I'm not sure there are any Korean places in Ocean County, even. If there are, I'd like to know. As far as Mexican goes: It's not "gourmet," but Surf Taco is solid, tasty food. There should be a few locations by you: www.surftaco.com.

      Honestly, some of the better eateries are over the bridge (to Seaside, that is). You'll have your typical fish places (Berkeley Fish Market, right before park entrance, was excellent last year, haven't been yet this year), a few decent cafes, lots of ice cream places. Heading into Pt. Pleasant isn't a bad idea, either. And just a random dessert bite: Rich's Ice Cream and its second, hard ice cream place are fabulous.

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        MGZ RE: websterwoman Jun 9, 2009 03:27 AM

        Mexican - El Familiar, Si. Mi Mexico, Point Pleasant, Si.

        Surf Taco - think what food would taste like if a class of 6th graders ruled the world. Sugar in salsa? Yuck!

        Across the Bay is Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach. It's a funky little BYO with some interesting, fresh tasting new American plates.

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          Tapas52 RE: MGZ Jun 9, 2009 04:00 AM

          El Familiar is Colombian & mexican cusine.

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            MGZ RE: Tapas52 Jun 9, 2009 04:23 AM

            Si Si- El Familiar mooey tasty! Try the chicharones.

            Also, it seems simeone need mention the ultimate food geek mecca in TR - the German Butcher on Route 9:


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              Tapas52 RE: MGZ Jun 9, 2009 04:30 AM

              Yes, Yes... the German Butcher is a welcome addition ........after the demise of Huller's German restaurant in Jackson, & Fritzy's in Howell.....we really need some GOOD German cuisine in the Toms River Area...

      2. shabbystorm RE: mcjays Jun 6, 2009 03:32 PM

        hear hear Surf Taco!!!

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          Tapas52 RE: shabbystorm Jun 6, 2009 04:13 PM

          To add......

          Villa Amalfi


          Cafe Italia


          River Market


          Wang Sushi


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          mcjays RE: mcjays Jun 7, 2009 06:42 AM

          Thank you for your suggestions. Also, if anyone can recommend a breakfast place that would be great!

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            shorebilly RE: mcjays Jun 7, 2009 07:47 AM

            Love the Cottage in PPB for breakfast, not fancy, limited menu, but always yummy. They cook bacon the way Mom would make it.

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              Tapas52 RE: mcjays Jun 7, 2009 08:49 AM

              Town & Country Restaurant Rt 37/Cardinal drive.....good home cooked food/breakfast, always crowded, great prices, specials.

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              piney RE: mcjays Jun 8, 2009 09:34 PM

              i haven't been here for a while, but, Phillipine Flavors, a combination store and restaurant in toms river, had made to order phillipine food that was very light for pinoy food. of note is the fresh lumpia - no matter what one orders, he or she has to try one or more there:


              don't go if you're in a rush - it's not fast food or served fast.

              as i said in the beginning, i haven't been here for a while. its website didn't have a link to an address. not sure why (hopefully not the sign of an obit). searching, found a link to the address on the site:


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                HelenB RE: mcjays Jun 10, 2009 07:29 AM

                Mcjays, welcome to the shore! I am here to second some of the good choices suggested. For Japanese food, especially sushi and sashimi, you really cannot beat Nobi. While Wang’s Sushi offers a variety of Asian food and they have the bubble tea. Many of the fellow chowhounders love Bistro 44, despite I was not particular pleased with the services during my early visits, improvement have been noticed and it is actually one of the best place to eat in town. I believe someone mentioned German Butcher on Route 9, that is really a wonderful place. The steaks are great and try their stuffed peppers, the small colorful peppers stuffed with sausages…not the best thing for your figure but definitely tasty! I know that there are tons of Italian places in TR but if you decide to have a quite dinner at home, I highly recommend to get the “Sunday Gravy” from Toscano Gourmet Italian Market(800 Fisher Blvd), it tasted great. My husband said that it resembles his Grandmother’s sauce!(Those that took a whole Sunday to make…)

                Well, as for breakfast….not sure if there is a good place to recommend at all! If you are a diner person, I am sure you will find something but I rather make my own!

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                  MGZ RE: HelenB Jun 10, 2009 09:09 AM

                  Hey, Helen, do you know if the German Butcher sells gift certificates?

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                    HelenB RE: MGZ Jun 10, 2009 12:38 PM

                    MGZ, they sell gift cards.

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                      MGZ RE: HelenB Jun 10, 2009 12:51 PM


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                  jontalx RE: mcjays Jun 10, 2009 03:54 PM

                  mcjays-- I am just getting into the posting thing but watch the boards carefully. By the way...RGR MGZ & Seal are my favorite posters...usually because they are right on with everything...and let's face it....I don't need to post when they are saying the exact same things I would for the most part.

                  Anyway, let's see if they agree with me for a change.... :->

                  A good and quick bite to eat in the southern side of TR on the way to seaside (RT 37 East) is a little hole in the wall Hot Dog joint called JoeJoe's Hot Dogs. You can sit down or take it to go but I recommend sitting to enjoy it. He has an amazing Italian Hot Dog & special sauce. I will say that I haven't been there in awhile but I could also say that JoeJoe's started in Iselin where I grew up then he disappeared only for me to find him in the TR location almost 15 years later.

                  I don't think it's just a nostalgic thing...the food seemed even better than when I was a kid even after 15 years...we all know it usually doesn't work out that way.

                  Just a suggestion.

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                    MGZ RE: jontalx Jun 10, 2009 04:36 PM

                    First – much obliged!

                    Second – Joe Joe’s – I had a chili dog there a couple weeks ago and it was good. I had never been before. I will admit that I loved the vibe in the joint: funky and old school – sweet tile walls . . . Funny, I though of mentioning it in this thread, but decided I should try the Italian Dog first.

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                      Tapas52 RE: MGZ Jun 10, 2009 05:49 PM

                      I also think that Joe joes uses delivered authentic round "PIZZA" bread from Paramount bakery in Newark ( Davenport Ave) also last time we talked for the Italian Hot Dogs.

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                      shabbystorm RE: jontalx Jun 11, 2009 05:21 PM

                      jontaix - You should definitely post more of your opinions! It's fun!

                      "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking" General Patton

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