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nyebaby37 Aug 24, 2009 05:48 AM

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

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    xny556cip Jun 11, 2010 07:31 AM

    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.

    1. shabbystorm Aug 31, 2009 01:39 PM

      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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        bgut1 Aug 31, 2009 02:05 PM

        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.

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          shabbystorm Aug 31, 2009 02:18 PM

          Can't wait! Thanks.

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            xny556cip Aug 31, 2009 06:50 PM

            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.

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              charmel Aug 31, 2009 08:27 PM

              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. shabbystorm Aug 28, 2009 12:38 PM

        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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          MGZ Aug 29, 2009 08:48 AM

          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!

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            shabbystorm Aug 29, 2009 01:25 PM

            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. MGZ Aug 24, 2009 08:14 AM

          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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            bgut1 Aug 24, 2009 09:46 AM

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

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              boodie1821 Aug 25, 2009 12:29 AM

              or shipwreck

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                MGZ Aug 25, 2009 04:47 AM

                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.

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                  BeerWeezil Aug 25, 2009 09:57 AM

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

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                    bgut1 Aug 25, 2009 03:12 PM

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

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                      nyebaby37 Aug 26, 2009 01:38 PM

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

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            jsfein Aug 24, 2009 07:13 AM

            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.

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