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Oct 27, 2009 01:28 PM

Cheap Eats, Freehold Area?

I still relatively new to the area and I am wondering what Cheap Eats there are around the area. So far, thanks to this forum, I was introduced to Ibby's which is exactly what I am looking for in terms of Cheap Eats - delicious, cheap, and decent portion.
But other than Ibby's, I haven't found another place similar to that yet. If anyone else does has a suggestion of a place, I would also like to know what you would order at that establishment.

For example,
Ibby's - lamb shawarma

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Cafe 360 has a few good size sandwiches that fit the bill. They are on Main St on the other side of South St from Ibby's.

    Frankly Burgers and More in the Raintree Plaza past the mall.

    Sorrento's Subs on old 33 across from the DQ.

    Frankie Fed's has a HUGE chopped chef salad only available for lunch that even a fat guy like me has a hard time finishing, especially with their amazing house dressing.

    Not a lot I know, but Freehold has never been a dining destination - cheap or not.

    13 Replies
    1. re: seal

      Thanks for the reply.
      Maybe I shouldn't have limit by Freehold Area. I won't mind getting info in places beyond Freehold. Perhaps, I should name my thread "Cheap Eats, Monmouth County".

      1. re: seal

        Seal pretty much covered what's good in Freehold, with Ibby's, as you already know, on the top of the list. If you haven't been to Franky Burgers, give it a try. I've returned with some frequency the past couple of months and their burgers and italian hot dogs are really good, as are the fries.

        1. re: seal

          Oh that Frankie Fed's chopped chef salad is an amazing lunch for three! :)(

          Freehold food destinations keep growing...I need to find a few clients out that way!

          1. re: HillJ

            I know it might be considered somewhat sacrilegious to mention a chain restaurant, but when I want something different than Ibby's, I choose to get a salad (normally the weight managment variety) at the Cheescake Factory in the Freehold Raceway Mall. The portion sizes are large, the service is good and the soda refills are free. It works for me. Good Luck.
            Seal - Thanks for the suggesting the Chef Salad at Frankie Feds. I've got to try it.

            1. re: bgut1

              i don't think chains should be excluded. I think they don't get mention here because we sort of all know what we are getting in chains. I wouldn't mind having a Chipotle or Baja Fresh near this area since I don't crave for their burritoes once a while.

              14925 Shady Grove Rd Unit L, Rockville, MD 20850

              1. re: bgut1

                This summer I took my son to Cheesecake Factory/Freehold and neither of us enjoyed our meal. The fresh spring rolls with dipping sauce were sour and returned for a small salad and my son's chicken dish was suppose to be white breast meat (specifically inquired) and arrived bone in thigh. Also returned for a slice of cheesecake. We ate quickly and left. I was very disappointed. My first experience, nearly a year earlier, was quite nice (loved the tex mex egg rolls that day) but call it an off afternoon or a hard economy, corners were cut.

                1. re: HillJ

                  We were there this past week. I love their newish "small plates" menu, and that's where my wife and I ordered from. She had the Crispy Fried Cheese (Mozzarella and Fontina Cheeses with Marinara Sauce), which we both loved. She also had the Sweet Corn Fritters - to which she remarked "Corn and carbs - what's not to love?" The small plates are reasonably priced.. most are between 4 and 6 dollars, yet the portions are generous.

                  Myself, I would rather have two small plates than one large one.. must be my buffet mentality. :) I had the beer-battered onion rings, which were very good, served with a ranch dipping sauce. Not the best I've had, but a generous portion for $3.95. I also had the stuffed mushrooms - Cheese, Garlic, Herbs and Wine Sauce. Great dish for a pescetarian like myself. I also wanted a salad, so had the arugula salad (Marcona Almonds, Golden Raisins, Parmesan, Lemon and Olive Oil).. excellent, especially with a little cracked pepper on top (which they offered).

                  Other things I've had in the past I've loved as well.. the beets with goat cheese, and crispy artichoke hearts. Would love to try the crispy stuffed olives, but they have sausage in them. Still on my yet to try list: Ahi Tartare, Asparagus Salad, Fresh Baked Pizettes.

                  Wife loved the new Red Velvet cheesecake.. I had the key lime pie version.. both excellent.

                  Oh, and we must give accolades to the management/staff. We have a 7 month old.. the hostess brought over a plate with a cut up banana and a few pieces of cut up bread for the baby. We didn't ask for this, but it was extremely appreciated! When my wife ordered similar items at the Park Place diner in Aberdeen, she was charged $2.75.

                  So, while CF is not gourmet dining, we like their small plates menu a great deal.. lots of interesting options.. many suitable for vegetarians.. decently portioned and priced.

                  103 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

                  1. re: MarlboroMan

                    MarlboroMan, your recall is outstanding! While my son is sure to return with family & friends, I am off to try new destinations. Way too many stops and not enough time, often prevents me from double dipping after a less than happy experience. But that's me.

                  2. re: HillJ

                    I have no idea how or why the Baltimore restaurant is attached to my post above. Odd. eta: I deleted it myself. Must be a new CH feature.

              2. re: seal

                I second Frankly Burgers and More. Best hot dogs, hamburgers, and Italian Hot Dogs in the area. While I haven't tried everything else on the menu, I hear it's all good. Especially the chowder.

                1. re: seal

                  LOVE, that salad dressing, Seal! I am so gross....I dip my bread in a that stuff!! UMMM! Actually, I was there for lunch today! Had a DELISH red clam pie! Thanks to you, because I think you told me about this place and you ordered the clam pie before! You're the best! Thanks!

                  1. re: Angelina

                    Not gross at all, Angelina. I have been known to dip my pizza crust in the dressing!!

                    1. re: jsfein

                      oooh..great idea, jsefein!! ha ha! YUM!