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Brasa Portugese BBQ Toms River

Tapas52 Jul 9, 2010 02:49 AM


I've been getting good reviews about this place by friends ...."great ribs"..."garlic shrimp" has anyone here been there yet....it's a pretty new place looks interesting going to try it this weekend for sure.?

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  1. Tapas52 RE: Tapas52 Jul 9, 2010 06:11 PM

    We had a chance to have dinner at Brasas Portuguese BBQ tonight and it was quite a treat. as you pull into the parking lot you can start to smell the aroma of BBQ wood and meats filling the air & something told me I'm going to enjoy this meal and I was right. This place does an enormous take out business and being a weekend we made our way thru the crowd and sat down at a table, it's a very casual place...it's a small with a big take out counter where you can see all the meats rotating on the unique BBQ skewers...
    with maybe 4 or 5 four tops inside we were lucky to get one for dinner. My daughters and I started with the BOLAS DE BACALHAU.... Crispy fried codfish croquettes (pictured) almost like a potato croquette very flavorful & a light dipping sauce. Next we ordered the family style Baby Back Rib Platter with Sweet Potato Fries and Yellow Rice..these were some of the best ribs I've had in a long while coated with a fantastic Seasoned Dry Rub left me sucking the bones.....the fries also were crispy and well seasoned...yellow rice fluffy & had a slight hint of flavor I couldn't figure out that was just right. Then we ordered the Garlic Shrimp which was swimming a delicious garlic sauce just perfect for the soft Portuguese rolls to sop up the juices...the sauteed potato, onions, carrots, peppers again very flavorful and not once did we have to put salt or pepper on anything served...throughout our dinner people kept streaming in to pick up orders........these guys have a great thing going for them and rightly so...unique, delicious, and very well executed..I will definitly be back again and again to keep trying all of the other dishes in the menu. Try it you'll like it...Toms River really needs some good restaurants and I know Brasas BBQ is becoming a welcome addition to the culinary scene here.....Enjoy !

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      joonjoon RE: Tapas52 Jul 15, 2010 09:29 AM

      Portugese garlic shrimp is like crack to me...man you're making me hungry.

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        Tapas52 RE: joonjoon Jul 15, 2010 06:58 PM

        joonjoon....YUMMY..check it out sometime...it's different and enjoyable.

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          Tapas52 RE: Tapas52 Jul 18, 2010 05:34 PM

          We tried the BBQ chicken tonight simply delicious...WOW!!

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      BeerWeezil RE: Tapas52 Jul 20, 2010 03:03 PM

      My dad and I noticed this place a couple of times coming back from watching my cousin play baseball in Lavalette this summer; I think we're going to check it out tonight. Let's see how it holds up to the Newark joints I know so well from college.

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        Tapas52 RE: BeerWeezil Dec 18, 2010 06:16 PM

        I've been to Brasas BBQ to take out many times for their great ribs, steaks, chix, etc, etc, ...always excellent !..Stopped in again for lunch today they only have 3 tables as most is take out & had the most delicious Hamburgers we ever. had...cooked perfect on their hugh Rodizio BBQ grill with their special rub on a nice soft Portuguese Roll, with a side of crisp Sweet Potato fries & their house hot sauce on the side to dip.
        The charcoal smell in this place permeates the air all over the parking lot always soooo good!


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          chuck98 RE: Tapas52 Mar 10, 2011 09:15 PM

          Are the ribs grilled or indirect?

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            Tapas52 RE: chuck98 Mar 11, 2011 06:09 AM

            They are cooked on a Portugese style rotating charcoal BBQ.....here's a picture..


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              Tapas52 RE: Tapas52 Jan 23, 2012 02:28 PM

              Lunch there again today SIMPLY THE BEST!!
              Rotisserie Grilled Portuguese Steak Salad oh so good.
              They NEVER fail to give you a great meal....in or out. check em out !

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        missybean RE: Tapas52 Jan 24, 2012 02:17 PM

        Is this in the strip with Top Tomato? The link isn't working?


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          Tapas52 RE: missybean Jan 25, 2012 11:36 AM

          No missybean....... it's on Fisher Blvd.... just off Rt 37.. across from Obco's Donuts Shop


          try this facebook link...

          542 Fischer Blvd
          Toms River, NJ 08753
          (732) 279-6023

          I just found out that the owner is related to the owners of RIA MAR in South River also.

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            missybean RE: Tapas52 Jan 25, 2012 06:23 PM

            Thanks so much. We will have to check it out.

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              Tapas52 RE: missybean Jan 25, 2012 06:35 PM

              Only 4 tables....more for take out....but we like to sit in for lunch..enjoy!

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          jimmycos RE: Tapas52 Jan 25, 2012 07:29 PM

          Highly recommend....great for a dinner when no one wants to cook!! reasonable and tasty!!

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            Tapas52 RE: jimmycos Jan 26, 2012 09:36 AM

            Brasas also makes a great Paella..(1 week advanced notice) party size only.

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              Tapas52 RE: jimmycos Apr 21, 2012 08:24 PM

              I was there tonight for another very good meal...delicious Steak salad & a half rack of ribs!
              glad to see quality is on par as always at Brasa BBQ..& the price is Right !

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                Tapas52 RE: Tapas52 Oct 4, 2013 07:04 AM

                Funny I was back at Brasas BBQ for lunch two times last week again!....and I'm happy to report the food was still amazing....
                I had the Portugese ribs, licked my lips thruout....& a Steak sandwich second trip perfect....both were delicious comes with a choice of two sides also...there food is just so flavorful and spot on every time,....and the price is right.


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