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!
I haven’t been there myself, but I’ve heard an awful lot of good things about the Shipwreck Grill in Brielle http://www.shipwreckgrill.com/ . There’s the Shrimp Box in Pt. Pleasant Beach http://www.theshrimpbox.com/ 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 http://www.atlanticbarandgrillnj.com/ . I’m sure there are many more. You might want to check http://www.artfuldiner.com/top10shore2008.html and http://www.nj.com/shore/diningguide/ . Let us know how you make out. Bon Appetite.
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 http://www.ilgiardinosulmare.com . I haven’t been there, but I hear that their sister restaurant Villa Vittoria in Brick is also very good. See http://www.villavittoria.com .