seafood dinner within 30 miles of asbury park area
That says it all--money no object a long as the food and dining experience is worth the price. A view of the water a plus but not a must.
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Ouch, I balk at the suggestion that Shipwreck is a notch below Doris & Ed's. In fact, I'd have to say the former is notches above the latter. Like RGR said (got it, RGR, not BGUT1!), D&E has been riding it's hype for too long now and raking in the dough.
Shipwreck has excellent seafood; Langosta Lounge has excellent seafood, though not strictly a seafood restaurant. I'd even put Klein's in Belmar or Sunset in Neptune ahead of Red's and I don't even like Klein's (no relation), though their seafood market is without equal. And don't get me started on The Shrimp Box.
The sad truth is that finding a purely satisfying seafood restaurant in the Shore area isn't as easy as one would think. Most of them think they can put up a "seafood" sign and cutesy picture of a fish and that's all there is to it.
RGR here! ;) I actually have no idea what bgut's opinion of Doris & Ed's might be. I formed my opinion the very first time we tried it, as I said in my post below to shorebilly, probably going back 30+ years. We couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. What were we missing? So, over a long span of years, we tried it a few more times. Still couldn't figure it out.
Most of the other Shore seafood places we tried way back when that are still with us today (for example, Bahr's) had food that was mediocre at best. So we just crossed them off the list.
I think one is better off finding a "regular" restaurant that does fish and seafood well. An excellent choice is the Greek spot, Niko's Trapezi, in Long Branch. The Greeks have a way with fish and seafood, and Niko's is superior in that regard.
I keep forgetting to use my little emoticons when being sarcastic... should have written "RGR, not BGUT1 ;)"... just a little sarcastic knock on myself to be sure I wasn't mixing the two of you up again! But isn't it so disappointing that we live on the Jersey Shore and have a hard time talking about excellent seafood restaurants? It's depressing.
I don't know what the big deal is about Doris & Ed's, other than the impressive and expensive wine list. I will have to consider Niko's, though I have reservations (as in, I don't want to go) about Pier Village... is that where Niko's is?
Ah, well, I'll need to go back to Nevis and eat spiny lobster at Seafood Madness... but that's another show.
Although I haven't been to either in quite some time, I have always been partial to Shipwreck Grill in Brielle for a more upscal-ish seafood and Inlet Cafe in the Highlands for a more seafood shack like meal.