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Jul 21, 2009 05:48 AM

Eats on the way home from Island Beach State Park

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

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    1. re: Tapas52

      Thanks we'll try that next time!

    2. 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

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

      2. 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

          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

            There is a good place nearby and its called Atlantic Bar and Grill in Seaside Park.

            1. re: bgut1

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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 can customize a good sub there), but wouldn't mind trying a new place...

                      1. re: coolptnr

                        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

                 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

                      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

                    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!!