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Eats on the way home from Island Beach State Park

gbean Jul 21, 2009 05:48 AM

We were looking for a casual place other than the Boardwalk to park and have fish and chips or something along those lines, w/ the kids. Unfortunately we ended up at the Boardwalk and had pizza. On the way home over the bridge I thought I saw a little seafood restaurant/fish store? Anyway, any suggestions? We wanted to go somewhere other than Berkleys, and the restaurants right around there.

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  1. Tapas52 Jul 21, 2009 07:37 AM


    Try Camerons for fish & chips in Brick on hooper ave.

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    1. re: Tapas52
      gbean Jul 22, 2009 09:15 AM

      Thanks we'll try that next time!

    2. shorebilly Jul 21, 2009 12:47 PM

      The place you saw was Picses Fish Market and Restaurant and I am a huge fan! Their stuff is always fresh, you can get fish and chips or more upscale fare.

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      1. re: shorebilly
        gbean Jul 22, 2009 09:15 AM

        Damn I wish we had seen it earlier. Next time! Any other suggestions?

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        coolptnr Jul 26, 2009 07:25 AM

        my sentiments exactly...was at IBSP yeasterday and saw the place over the bridge, but didn't go to it.(I'll try it next time) . Instead wound up at McCloones in Long Branch, a good hour or so later. There has to be a good place near IBSP, so I'll add my thanks to those who shared the 411!!

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        1. re: coolptnr
          gbean Jul 28, 2009 06:43 AM

          Yah we drove around Brick and Lavalette for abt 1/2 hour but if there were some good places around there we must've been on the wrong route to find them and so, we ended up back at the Boardwalk.

          1. re: coolptnr
            bgut1 Jul 28, 2009 08:38 AM

            There is a good place nearby and its called Atlantic Bar and Grill in Seaside Park. http://www.atlanticbarandgrillnj.com/

            1. re: bgut1
              gbean Jul 28, 2009 09:09 AM

              Thanks, I've been there and it's wonderful but a little upscale and pricey for a bunch (ages 2 and 9) of sand beaten kids and adults just coming off the beach.

              1. re: gbean
                newfie29 Jul 28, 2009 09:50 AM

                How about Surf Taco in Seaside Park? The food's great, the atmosphere is casual, and it's always a hit with kids...

                1. re: newfie29
                  gbean Jul 29, 2009 08:18 AM

                  coolptnr: Do try Atlantic Grill when you get a chance--it's the best restaurant at the shore that I've ever been to. PS also try Ebbie's for great sandwiches to bring to the beach.
                  newfie29: I love fish tacos....where-abouts is Surf Taco?

                  1. re: gbean
                    newfie29 Jul 30, 2009 05:19 AM

                    On the main drag as you're leaving IBSP, on the right hand side, two blocks past B&B department store. You won't be disappointed!

                    1. re: gbean
                      coolptnr Jul 30, 2009 03:46 PM

                      Thanks... And where is Ebbies? I've been stopping at the Wawa's just before the bridge for sandwiches to bring to the beach(not bad...you can customize a good sub there), but wouldn't mind trying a new place...

                      1. re: coolptnr
                        MGZ Jul 31, 2009 06:46 AM

                        Ebbies is far, far better than Wawa.

                        Surf Taco is quite awful. The food is bland, lowest common denomiator stuff. Boiled salsas? Tilapia? I cannot fathom their following other than to say people who otherwise might go to McDonalds feel as though it's a healthy alternative. (By the way, do they still hypocritically use styrofoam?)

                        On the way off of IBSP, assuming you went up 35 and not 38, you would have passed:
                        1. Labrador Lounge on 35 in Normandy Beach. Fresh ingredients, clever preparations, outdoor seating, bathing suit friendly.

                        2. Klee's in Seaside which has pretty good thin crust pizza.

                        3. Further up the Island in Point, you could have gone to Mi Mexico on 35 South. Good, honest, authentic Mexican. Cheap tacos in many flavors. Order a variety, two at a time.

                        Also, their is Red's Lobster Pot on the channel. Sit outside. Bring a six pack and eat simple, fried fish, squid, clams, etc. and sample the myriad hot sauces by the counter (the "You Can't Handle This Hot Sauce" just might live up to its name!)

                        Had you gone down 38 towards GSP Exit 81, you could have tried El Familiar which has very good Columbian/Mexican food (search this board for the discussions), as well as others (again, seach this board for "Toms River") Another funky choice might have been Joe Joe's hot dogs. Not fine dining, but certainly a fun, greasy spoon experience.

                        1. re: MGZ
                          coolptnr Aug 2, 2009 10:23 AM

                          Well...now I have quite a few choices!! I did pass some of the restaurants you mentioned here as I drove up 35. Maybe I'll try one next weekend. Thanks again!!

                    2. re: newfie29
                      tom246 Jul 31, 2009 07:01 AM

                      A short drive north is Super Pollo ll for some delicious and inexpensive Peruvian food. See the recent thread for more info.

                  2. re: bgut1
                    coolptnr Jul 28, 2009 09:38 AM

                    Yes...seems a bit upscale for coming off the beach. But will keep this in mind as a possibility when I'm out with the lady. Thanks!!

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