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Jul 9, 2010 02:49 AM

Brasa Portugese BBQ Toms River

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

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  1. 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'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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    1. re: Tapas52

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

      1. re: joonjoon

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

        1. re: Tapas52

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

    2. 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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      1. re: BeerWeezil

        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!

        1. re: Tapas52

          Are the ribs grilled or indirect?

          1. re: chuck98

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


            1. re: Tapas52

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

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


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        1. re: missybean

          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.

          1. re: Tapas52

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

            1. re: missybean

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

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

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          1. re: jimmycos

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

            1. re: jimmycos

              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 !

              1. re: Tapas52

                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.