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LUNCH OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN LONG BRANCH,N.J.

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thinfoodie Aug 4, 2009 05:41 AM

Not too pricey. Casual, great food, interesting.

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  1. Tapas52 RE: thinfoodie Aug 4, 2009 06:14 AM

    http://www.leclubavenue.com/

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      hotfoodhot RE: Tapas52 Aug 4, 2009 07:41 PM

      Tapas, I don't think you were paying attention. The first three words in thinfoodie's post are, "not too pricey". What is Avenue, if not "too pricey"? On a side note, if one is going to dine overlooking the ocean, one should expect to pay a premium for that view. Just sort of the way it works.

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        thinfoodie RE: hotfoodhot Aug 5, 2009 05:37 AM

        Good point re. paying a premium for the view! Avenue's menu does not appear to be too pricey.

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        thinfoodie RE: Tapas52 Aug 5, 2009 05:36 AM

        Checked out the menu. It is not too pricey. Any recommendations for lunch?
        Thanks.

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          thinfoodie RE: Tapas52 Aug 6, 2009 06:33 PM

          Pretty place. Prices were fine. Lobster roll was OK. Thanks.

        2. equal_Mark RE: thinfoodie Aug 4, 2009 07:46 AM

          Grab a hot dog and fries from Windmill and go sit on a bench on the boardwalk... :-)

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            travelmad478 RE: equal_Mark Aug 4, 2009 08:11 AM

            Better yet, sit on the hood of your car. This is really the way to eat a Windmill dog.

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              thinfoodie RE: travelmad478 Aug 6, 2009 06:34 PM

              Past the place. Not too exciting. Are the hot dogs worth sitting on the hood of my car?

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                travelmad478 RE: thinfoodie Aug 11, 2009 04:17 AM

                It's not that the hot dogs are so transcendent. It's the whole experience. If you grew up in the area you would understand the appeal!

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                  joonjoon RE: travelmad478 Sep 18, 2009 02:07 PM

                  I like to do what you said - grab some takeout and eat by the beach - but I prefer Jr's to Windmill. :)

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                shabbystorm RE: travelmad478 Aug 12, 2009 11:21 AM

                This idea was Brilliant! THANK YOU!
                Both Max's and Windmill serve up a good dog.
                Great Jersey Shore memory!

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                  bakersma RE: shabbystorm Aug 12, 2009 05:45 PM

                  Stay clear of Max's. Old woman who owns it was very rude to me when I went to pay for my purchase at the cash register. I did nothing to annoy her or cause her to act that way; in fact, I was surprised by her entire outburst and demeanor since I didn't do anything to cause it. Maybe she was having a bad day but never going back again....that is not how you run a business.

                  Never been disappointed or treated poorly at either Windmill location down by the shore. The southern one near West End on the corner in Long Branch that actually looks like a windmill is neat if the weather out is nice.....get your food/drink down below then go sit upstairs on the patio right below the windmill blades & watch world go by :-) Good stuff !!

                  Max's........feh!

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                    equal_Mark RE: bakersma Aug 13, 2009 05:37 AM

                    Maxine's been having a bad day for like 40 years. I quit going when she moved off of the boardwalk. $10 for a hot dog and a beer just wasn't the same when you could no longer hear the waves washing under the deck...

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                      hotdoglover RE: equal_Mark Aug 16, 2009 05:46 AM

                      I've been to Max's and the Windmill many times. Similar dogs; Max's uses a Schickhaus, Windmill a Sabrett beef and pork dog. Both good, but expensive, especially Max's. Mrs. Max as well as the staff (which includes a daughter and daughter in law) are often surly. When I went with the Star Ledger Munchmobile a couple of years ago, one of the women complained that the Ledger doesn't write about them enough. She's just wrong. They got mad when we decided to get our food to go rather than stay and eat it there. One miserable guy working there was overheard saying that he wished our group didn't even come.

                      When I'm in the mood for a grilled pork and beef dog I either go to the Galloping Hill Inn in Union, which is down the street from where I live, or the Windmill in Westfield, which is about a 10 minute drive.

                      When I've gone to Max's on my own, I usually intentionally irritate Mrs. Max by asking questions about the hot dogs. Last time she told me to "just eat the damn things".

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                        thinfoodie RE: hotdoglover Aug 24, 2009 06:46 PM

                        Try Johnnie an Hanges in Hawthorne! All the way soupy is the only way to fly. Sunday after 5:00 p.m. buy one get one FREE! The all time best. Also, Ruts Hut is great. Deep fried in old oil, YUM! Onion rings well done. THE BEST!!!

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                          tuxedo RE: thinfoodie Aug 25, 2009 09:19 AM

                          Thin -
                          You must be from North Jersey because very few people I have encountered know what "hot dog all the way " means!
                          Does anybody in Ocean or Monmouth county have an all the way sauce?

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                            seal RE: tuxedo Sep 13, 2009 04:50 AM

                            Frankly Burgers and More in Raintree Plaza in Freehold has an all the way sauce.

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                          joonjoon RE: hotdoglover Sep 18, 2009 02:09 PM

                          Max's just has an awful vibe to the place. It's like everyone working there is miserable and hates having customers. Every time I go there I get this "what did I do wrong?" feeling.

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                          thinfoodie RE: equal_Mark Aug 24, 2009 06:49 PM

                          $10 for a hot dog and beer sounds pricey without a great view. Thanks for the warning about Maxine. Any other ideas for Asbury, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, the general shore area?

                2. Angelina RE: thinfoodie Aug 5, 2009 02:44 AM

                  Some people hate this place, but I only order the same thing whenever I go there for lunch...

                  McCloones and I order the Lobster Cobb Salad. I don't think I have ever had anything else there..maybe at a few showers I went to there. It is on the water. Enjoy.

                  http://www.mcloones.com/pierhouse/

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                    thinfoodie RE: Angelina Aug 5, 2009 05:38 AM

                    Is the Lobster Cobb Salad big? Can I share it since I don't need too much food! I hope so for $24!

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                      Angelina RE: thinfoodie Aug 6, 2009 06:30 AM

                      You can definately shar! I usually do that when I am with my sister. It is a large salad, and I just LOVE that lobster!!!

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                        thinfoodie RE: Angelina Aug 6, 2009 06:30 PM

                        Great! I passed it today and it was packed at lunch time. I am going next week specifically for the lobster cobb salad. Ended up at Avenue. The place was beautiful, lobster roll just OK-great roll, salty salad!

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                          Angelina RE: thinfoodie Aug 7, 2009 04:18 AM

                          I am just obsessed with ANYthing with lobster in it. You could tell me they have lobster cereal, and I would be there in 2 shakes of a lamb's tail.....haa haa!!

                          Enjoy!

                          I agree about the lobster roll at Avenue. Too salty and too mayo-y. Also, more brioche thank actual lobster.

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                            thinfoodie RE: Angelina Aug 24, 2009 06:47 PM

                            Tell me when you find lobster cereal, I'm in!

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                    tom porc RE: thinfoodie Sep 13, 2009 02:28 AM

                    I think Rooney's is OK for a casual meal and drink. Not sure if I'd call it "great" but not bad for lunch. Location is good, though. Walk right onto the "boardwalk." Lots of free parking.

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