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Aug 24, 2009 05:48 AM

Clarks, Red's, Shrimp Box, LobsterPot...

Looking for waterside in PP, any of the above differ greatly for better or for worse?

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  1. Only one I've been to recently is Shrimp Box and it was very mediocre bordering on bad ... would not recommend. I've enjoyed Red's outdoor deck in the past, but its expensive for what it is.

    1. I am a fan of Red's deck. I stick to simple, fried fare, sample hot sauces, bring a six pack, and always have fun. The $11 fried calimari plate and 2-3 hot sauces is a favorite - the fries are mighty tasty as well!

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      1. re: MGZ

        I'd forego all of the above and instead try Spikes.

          1. re: boodie1821

            Shipwreck is not waterside, not in Point Pleasant, quite expensive, but does serve better food than any of the others.

            As to Spike's - I disagree.

            1. re: MGZ

              +1 on passing on Spike's. You also can't dock there if I remember correctly.

              1. re: BeerWeezil

                Didn't notice that being able to dock was a requirement for the OP.

                1. re: bgut1

                  Thanks all. Waterside is a requirement but on by land... :0 I'll report back someday when I get to go!!

      2. Tried Red's for a late lunch. Located right by the charter boats, still recovering from that experience.

        Red's has a full lobster lunch special for 13.95 until 3:30. At dinner the price is currently 21.00 a pound.

        They all enjoyed their lobster very much but I opted for a Lobster Roll which came with a side of slaw. Shared french fries - all very good!
        We ordered outside, and sat on the covered deck. Bright orange picnic tables with chairs on the water, pails filled with condiments, casual and yummy! Would definitely return.
        A great Jersey Shore experience!

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        1. re: shabbystorm

          Fun joint, right? How can anyone not love the hot sauce wall?

          We were a bit disappointed by the Lobster Roll at it's price point, but we may have missed the 3:30 cutoff.

          Next time, go the fish & chips route - the malt vinegar is behind the counter!

          1. re: MGZ

            Fun - Yes!
            The Lobster Roll was still market price at lunch, not part of the special, expensive, but never had one before, and you only live once!
            Always appreciate the knowledge and suggestions of veteran chowhounds!

        2. Had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day before the end of summer, decided to try Spikes Fish Market in Point Pleasant.
          It was very busy at lunch.
          This is a casual restaurant/fish market.
          It is very clean, sitting just a few feet away from the fish, and you could not smell anything.

          Decorated with Children's Art work and Plastic Lobster Lights, not fine dining. Fun - Yes!
          They have a full menu as well as many blackboard specials.
          Mug of New England Clam Chowder - Delicious!
          Creamy with corn and celery, huge pieces of clam.
          Sea Spud - Baked Potato stuffed with a non mayo shrimp salad, hot peppers, and veggies - served with a side salad - unique and very good!
          Keep in mind, like many other restaurants, I am sure there are other wonderful items to be discovered. Service attentive, down to earth and kind.
          Have a piece of homemade Swedish Apple Pie for dessert later.
          Defnitely would return!
          Some Pictures of Spikes and Red's.

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          1. re: shabbystorm

            Shabby - I'm happy you enjoyed my go to seafood place in PPB. I usually avoid it however until after labor day. All the soups are fantastic. Next time try the lobster bisque.

              1. re: shabbystorm

                Hit Shrimp Box for the second time this season .(Outside deck bar) yes the food is mediocre and standard,but it's a lovely relaxing bar to enjoy a beer and see the sun go down over the commercial fishing boats.It was better than Key West without the parrotheads!
                I've only had dissapointing take out from Reds,but intend to go back and give it another try inside.Funnily enough,one of the most enjoyable and inexpensive meals i've had at the shore this year has been at Surf Taco in West End.

                1. re: xny556cip

                  Went to Shrimp Box recently for the first time with some older friends who are early bird special lovers. The food was not as terrible as I thought it would be. Salmon was fresh and tasty. My spouse's linguini in clam sauce was a sea of butter with maybe four clams. The early birders had salmon also. Salad bar very unremarkable. Cheap bill, but I would rather stay home. The atmosphere inside was horrific to me. Rows and rows of mess hall length tables of large parties there for the early bird. I dont know if it is any different after the six oclock deadline, but I do not intend to find out anytime soon. We did walk around to the outside dining deck, which was quite serene overlooking the water. At least out there they do not offer the early bird and no salad bar. Maybe worth relaxing on the water, but I will pass for awhile. Still recovering from the din from inside!

          2. Recently hit Reds and Spikes.Spikes was very disappointing. Admittedly I had a take out,but it was just poor and lackluster in taste,presentation and value.Reds however was decent dining with a bright fresh and clean atmosphere,pleasant service and good food (though very under seasoned )They have a lot of interesting specials and unfortunately they are not seafood shack prices.Out of all the PPB places i've tried,this is the one i'ld return to for the food.