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Jul 20, 2009 10:29 AM

Boondocks Fishery & Grill - Red Bank

New place opened up at the Irwin's Marina in Marine Park. Have not tried it yet but got a copy of the menu. Looks pretty darn simple with a very limited selection of seafood offered fried, cajun or blackened, as a sandwich or a platter.

Even if they are just OK, it's really a nice alfresco setting. I still miss Navesink Cafe and Osaka Sushi...

Here's the menu:

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  1. I was here yesterday for lunch and I must say I really liked the place! Thanks Mark for posting about this last year, as this is the only way I remembered the place!

    I had a soft shell crab scampi style sandwich! DELISH! It came with really nice fries, and cole slaw. My husband had the fried shrimp sand. same thing. The shrimp were not overly fried with a glop of breading.

    The day was perfect! I want to go back on a Tues. when they do the loster special. Has anyone else been there for that?

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    1. re: Angelina

      Wow! We were so close to going last night but decided it would be too chilly to eat at the water with the babies. We will definitely go next week, maybe on a Tuesday for the special as well.

      1. re: MichelleM131

        The place has only a few things on the menu, but it was prepared well, so I loved it! (Of course I am almost 8 months pregnant so I enjoy EVERYTHING! :)

        Let me know if you go for the lobsters. I want to try them there!

        1. re: Angelina

          Congrats Angelina! Some times I wish I could be pregnant so I have an excuse to eat everything! Then again looking at my gut I may as well be pregnant. Haha

          1. re: joonjoon

            ha ha! You are funny, joon joon! Thank you very much! :)

            1. re: Angelina

              Sadly, after 4 pregnancies, I am now a weight watchers member because I went with the eating for 2 thing wholeheartedly. Congrats and enjoy it while you can! It was totally worth it (the eating everything, I mean. Oh, but the kids are worth it too)!

              1. re: MichelleM131

                Thanks very much Michelle!!! This is our first, but I have been actually very good throughout the pregnancy. (I get a little obsessive about weight gain...not that I am crazy, but I sooo know what you mean about weight! On our honeymoon I packed on 10 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks, it took me forever to lose that! Since that nightmare...I have always been very good, at times!

                I appreciate yyour thoughtful comments! :)

                1. re: Angelina

                  We tried Boondocks over the weekend. We do plan to try it again, even though it was a bit inconsistent.

                  First off let me say that the service was very good and very friendly.

                  Items tried were, Blackened Tuna Bites, these were good. Next was Fried Calamari, this dish was very tasty & very fresh, unfortunately also very greasy.
                  Next up, my scallop sandwich & fries. The sandwich had only four scallops on it, and the fries were tasty but also very greasy. They had a saturated in oil look. My wife had the Grouper sandwich, that was very good, too bad it also had very greasy fries.

                  Thought $42 was a bit steep for what we got; and attributed it to the water front view.
                  Since the wait-staff really hustled and did a great job, we left a 50% tip.
                  Just hope they improve the fry station methods, or that it was simply an 'off night'.

                  1. re: rickster71

                    someone just told me to give this place a try...sounds great! Are the lobsters on the menu every day or just on Tuesdays????

                    1. re: stack_c

                      Don't see lobster on the regular menu. When in doubt, give the place a call!

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        Mark.....Osaka in Ortley Beach has been closed for a while is that where you meant?

                        1. re: Tapas52

                          No. Theresa, the lady who ran theOrtley Beach place had another at the Irwin's Marina location for 2 seasons about 5 years ago, the year after Navesink Cafe lost their lease.

                          Not related to Osaka in Bradley Beach...

    2. I tried Boondocks in Red Bank with a few friends last week and was pretty pleased. We went on a tuesday which is their Lobster night. You can get two 1 lb. lobsters for around $23, which is a great deal! The atmosphere is awesome, and really makes you feel like your at a roadside seafood stop in the south. It was laid back with wooden benches and tables and a walk-up window to place your orders. On the night we went the wait was a bit long, almost 45 mins, but the fresh lobster and scenic sunset over the river was well worth the wait. The only complaint we had was with some of the appetizers. The tuna bites and garlic shrimp were pretty over priced and not very tasty at all. The fried calimari however was done very well and was not as greasy as one of the other reviewers had described above (atleast for us). Overall this quaint new BYO is a breath of fresh air for red bank which has become well known for their over priced restaurants that just don't seem to live up to the hype. I'm actually going back tonight!

      1. I really love the Boondocks location and view, but the menu is more suited to a boardwalk snack bar than a sit down restaurant (Except for lobster night). A seafood place with no shellfish or crab selections? Not even a simple shrimp cocktail? The only vegetable matter on the menu is cole slaw. I do miss Navesink Cafe, but that is getting to be quite a while ago...

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        1. re: equal_Mark

          we went 2 Saturdays ago....the steamers were pricey but worth it! The rest of the food was good but nothing special ( we ordered the grouper fingers, coconut scallop app and a fried fish sandwhich) My only complaint was that the portions were on the smaller side and there are no "sides" however the atmosphere really makes up for it. What a great setting!! And not only is it BYOB but its also BYOD (bring your own dessert!) There were large grousp there with cakes and pies...that makes it worth it! We are very excited to go back for lobster night (with a strawberry rhubarb pie from Delicious Orchards!).

        2. I went yesterday for another delicious soft shell crab sandwich!!! Soo good! Of course, even in the shade I was super hot, but that crab made up for it! :)

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          1. re: Angelina

            You finally made it there! Still haven't been. Any baby yet?

            1. re: MichelleM131

              Thanks Michelle! 2nd trip and it was just as good as the first time! Baby is due next week!!! 8/13 :) Thanks for asking.....

            2. re: Angelina

              Do they always have softshells? They're not on the menu...

              1. re: equal_Mark

                Hi Mark! I don't think they always have them, because they are always on the lunch special board. I had them the other day and maybe about a month ago. Very good!

                I still want to try the lobsters!!

                1. re: Angelina

                  I read a nice review in today's NY Times. I ate there yesterday, it was good and I would return. Much as described here. One thing I do not understand is why lobsters are only on Tuesday? Any ideas?

            3. Figured they might have their act together after I first noticed the place a couple Summers ago, so I decided to give them a try. It was a nice Summery evening and how busy could they be on a Tuesday night?


              Got there at 6pm and there was a wait in excess of an hour for seating. Gave up and decided to wait for a rainy cold evening... :-(

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              1. re: equal_Mark

                Tuesday is lobster night so they get a big crowd.

                1. re: seal

                  Well, last night was rainy and cool, so I gave it a go. Worked out almost too well as I was the only one there at first.

                  Started with the grilled tuna bites appy which were six or seven chunks of spiced grilled tuna served with a remoulade sauce for 8.95. they were pretty tasty and not overdone. Followed that with a lobster roll for 14.95.. There was a lot of lobster, though a bit overdressed on a hot dog bun.

                  At $27 total before tip it was overpriced, given that other than the tuna bites it was pretty much snack bar quality. Iced tea was bottled, meal was served on paper plates and was accompanied by a handful of potato chips and a little 2 oz. plastic container of cole slaw and a 3 inch long pickle spear.

                  Will still consider going for ess ambitious fare if only because it is a nice venue. Still pine for the old Navesink cafe...