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Manasquan/Spring Lake/Brick etc area lunch suggestions

  • mschow Oct 11, 2009 09:32 AM
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Please help me! My elderly parents live in Manasquan and it's now becoming necessary for me to get out to help them with paperwork and other issues almost weekly. While I'm there, we always go out for lunch, which my mother loves to do. Unfortunately, neither of my parents are adventurous eaters, M y mom has a physical limitation and uses a cane/walker (stairs are a problem), and she also does not eat seafood. My dad will not eat anything remotely exotic (like Japanese, which mom loves). Mom loves a glass of wine with her lunch, so we'd rather not BYOB. To give you some idea of what they like, Villa Vittoria is a favorite. The food is very good and solid there, but I am so sick of having Italian every time I see them I want to scream! We also go to Squan, Forte and Simkos.
So, I would welcome any suggestions you have for restaurants that would keep us all happy. I'd just like to try something new. A scenic restaurant would be nice, and price is not a problem. Thanks for any suggestions you might have.

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  1. Here are a few suggestions:

    http://www.ststephensgreenpub.com/

    www.fratellosrestaurant.com

    Scarborough Fair in Wall

    http://www.rodstavern.com/

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    1. re: SusieQQ

      Thanks. Been to Rod's, which my dad likes, but I'm not crazy about. We also had a bad meal at Scarborough Fair a few years back, so that would be a hard sell. I'm not familiar with St Stephhens Green, so I'll check that one out.
      Thanks again!

    2. I also like Fratello's in Sea Girt

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      1. re: roccomingus

        Thanks, but I would so like to get away from Italian, which is what we end up having most of the time. I was hoping for some more non-Italian options, I wish I could get them out of the mode of having the same food all the time, but they are so limited in what they will eat, it's so frustrating!

      2. the sand bar in brielle may be a good option.. it is the same owner as fratellos and right on a marina.
        http://www.sandbarrestaurant.com/

        1. Try Harpoon Willy's on 70 just before the bridge.

          http://www.harpoonwillys.com/

          1. The best Italian meal out I have ever had was at Maria's in Manasquan. No stairs, and a great wine list. I highly recommend it, but go early as there is often a wait.

            1. mschow -

              I emphasize with your plight both as to your folks and the places for lunch in and around my dopey, little town. My wife and I have had the same debate as to choosing a mediocre spot for lunch on many a Monday. As to the suggestions thus far, I am afraid I do not agree with much.

              Scarborough Fair, as I remember, is cool but mostly because its like an old hobbitty tree house - don't know if mom will find it too accessable. Moreover, I don't think they open until 3 or 4.

              When Harpoon Willy's opened it had promise and we enjoyed it a couple times, but on subsequent visits we experienced mediocre service and food. We haven't been there quite a while and likely won't go back to eat any time soon. (There are some other posts on this board that are less than positive about the place.)

              The view at the Sand Bar is pleasant, but there are some stairs on the way in and I have never really eaten anything there that I could recommend. Besides, the best offerings are probably the seafood.

              I have eaten at Maria's hundreds of times in my life and think it's the best of the Italian-American restaurants in the area ('Squan, Fratellos, etc.). I certainly would not call it the best Italian I've ever had. Noting your query though, good or bad, it's still Italian.

              Rod's in Sea Girt and Frankie's in Point are basically the same place (same menus and owners). They serve pub food. Somehow though, I find Frankie's much better. Perhaps it's the fact that it doesn't have the Sea Girt retiree boys club fouling the bar area, I don't know. (St. Stephen's is also Irish bar food. I prefer the food at Frankie's.)

              I know you weren't looking BYO, but the Jonathan Ron liquor store in Brielle has a pretty good selection of single servings and splits so you can have small offerings for mom. That would at least permit you to try either Mixx on Main Street (which otherwise fits your criteria), Szechuan Tokyo in Wall (which has a diverse Asian menu - tom yong goong through chop suey), or Island Palm in Spring Lake.

              Well, I tried . . .

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              Harpoon Willy's
              2655 River Rd, Manasquan, NJ 08736

              Scarborough Fair Restaurant
              1414 Meeting House Rd, Sea Girt, NJ 08750

              Szechuan Tokyo
              State Highway 35 Sea Girt Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736

              Fratello's
              810 The Plz, Sea Girt, NJ 08750