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Jun 6, 2009 02:54 PM

Toms River, NJ

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. Some Suggestions:

    Japanese - all very good
    Wang Sushi and Asian - They have a little bit of everything!

    Shogun Bea Lea


    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!

    1. 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:

      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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      1. re: websterwoman

        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.

        1. re: MGZ

          El Familiar is Colombian & mexican cusine.

          1. re: Tapas52

            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:


            1. re: MGZ

              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...

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

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          1. re: mcjays

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

            1. re: mcjays

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

            2. 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: