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Jun 6, 2009 06:54 PM

Down the Shore Hot Spots - NJ

Looking for hot spots between Brielle/Pt. Pleasant and Seaside Heights. Have taken a sabbatical from fine dining while pregnant/having a newborn and am now rusty on the places to go and looking for the hidden gems.

Places we've regularly hit in the past - Sand Bar, Clarks Landing (I think to die for Oysters Rock) , Europa (OMG, the steaks and the Caipirinha's) , Rockafellar's in Point (now closed? A TRAVESTY!!!), Crab's Claw (mediocre at best) and The Grenville (Pretty, but worth the price?).

In past years, Heat Wave was the place to be, but I believe it is long gone? Again, I am out of the loop.

Also, Diamonds (Surf Club - decent but snooty?) and of course Used To Be's. My first date with my husband was Used To Be's for Lobster Quesidilla's (which were delish in the day) but what is good now? Then there is Labrador, Joe Leone's for takeout or catering, Lasola's for sandwiches and Charlie's for fruit, veggies, and JERSEY CORN.

Oh, and yes, Bayside for breakfast/brunch/lunch and not counting the boardwalk for (Two Brothers) pizza, sausage and pep's or cheesesteaks or the Oven in Lavalette for pizza!

So what I am missing? I heard there was hibachi on the bay? What else? Please tell me what I am missing!

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    1. I haven’t been there myself, but I’ve heard an awful lot of good things about the Shipwreck Grill in Brielle . There’s the Shrimp Box in Pt. Pleasant Beach for basic but good seafood. Another place I’ve heard good things about but haven’t tried is the Atlantic Bar and Grill in Seaside Park . I’m sure there are many more. You might want to check and . Let us know how you make out. Bon Appetite.

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      1. re: TomDel

        last time i was jersy i was taken to a place in point called something from kearney a fish place it was really good someone on this board will have to give the first name its an alzheimers thing go now to miss the bennies

          1. re: MGZ

            There was a fish & chips place named Thompson's of Kearny that relocated to Sea Bright 5 or 6 years ago, then moved again to Belmar and has since closed. I can't find any mention of it in Point...

            1. re: TomDel

              It's definitely Stewart's of Kearny. I posted a review of it on this board a couple of years ago.


              1. re: RGR

                Went to Stewart's of Kearny here about a year and half ago as a baseline before our trip to Scotland.
                Remember having sausage rolled in puffed pastry and delicious fish and chips. There is plenty of parking by the restaurant. It is good!

                1. re: shabbystorm

                  They were good, but they are now closed and the building is for sale.

                  1. re: shorebilly

                    That's too bad. A few years ago, another fish 'n' chip restaurant (whose name escapes me) which relocated from Kearny to Belmar closed.

                    Note: Stewart's place in Kearny is still open.


          2. re: TomDel

            Thanks for the links! I've been to the Ship Wreck - it is excellent and the inside of the place is beautiful.

          3. Il Giardino Sul Mare - It’s a little bit further south than Seaside, but I’ve had a couple of really good meals there. See . I haven’t been there, but I hear that their sister restaurant Villa Vittoria in Brick is also very good. See .

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            1. re: TomDel

              Villa Vittoria is good, but I thought Rockefeller's in Point was so much better. I am so bummed they are gone!

              1. re: miah

                i still really like villa vittoria, they're pretty good for what they have