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dannan Aug 24, 2010 09:04 AM

I'll be going there tomorrow...A friend of mine has been there several times already and thinks it's great. Certainly sounds like a pretty cool place. I'll post my findings.....

  1. jrvedivici Aug 19, 2013 06:50 AM

    Ok so I had to do a little bit of a search to find this thread and add a little bit to it. I've heard about their "Sunday Brunch" with the rumored $3.00 Bloody Mary's and $3.00 Mimosa's buy one of either and get a free omelet. Being the natural skeptic I am, I figured there had to be a catch. The drinks are served in shot glass sized portions. There is a minimum of 5 drinks.......the omelet is pulled out of the beer case and popped into the micro wave etc.

    We had plans with another couple to do something "fun" early yesterday since both of us were without children for the day. We've all heard the expression Sunday=Funday so that is what we set out for, while discussing options Johnny Mac and their Sunday Brunch crossed my mind, I explained what I heard about it and we all agreed to give it a shot.

    We arrived around 11am and the place had maybe 20/25 people, actually far less than expected and made me even more "suspicious" of this brunch. We ordered up a round of drinks 2 spicy bloody mary's, 1 regular mary, 1 mimosa. The drinks are served in normal size glasses, and have an ample pour of booze into each one. The bloody mary's were actually very tasty, served with celery stick, green olives and a healthy dose of horse radish to give it the extra kick I was looking for. (the bartender actually offered either horse radish or hot sauce to spice it up). Along with the 4 drinks came 4 yellow coupons for the omelet station set up at a raised portion of the bar area.

    This is a bar, not a restaurant, so seating is limited. There are a few tables, but they are hard to come by....we found seats at the rear bar which was not opened. We settled in then ventured up to the free omelet station. Let's be honest here.....you can't really re-invent the wheel when it comes to an omelet station.......you have the normal staples, onions, peppers, hot peppers, ham, cheese (few choices), bacon, scallion, tomato to name a few. This had all of the above plus some I'm sure I'm forgetting as well as all the condiments to finish the omelet off once prepared. Two cooks more than happy to accommodate your requests, I've got to tell you dam GOOD omelet. Honestly as good as you will find at the Molly Pitcher omelet station for $50/$60 per plate??? Mind you this was FREE........well with the purchase of a $3.00 drink.

    To say I was honestly blown away by all this would be a bit of an understatement. I'm not a "frugal" person, when it comes to the guilty pleasures in life, such as eating and drinking, I don't tend to skimp. I enjoy eating, I enjoy drinking and I enjoy spoiling myself via the fruits of my labors in indulging in the best food and beverage I can find. I almost felt guilty eating and drinking like this for $3.00 per round. After 4 omelets I had to call it quits, however we still hung around to drink. Also after about 8 bloody mary's I had to switch that as well.

    I switched long island ice tea, served in the same size glass as the bloody mary it was $10., closer to the price’s I'm use to paying. lol By now it was around 1pm....and during my time there I couldn't help but notice the "Free Pizza" signs all over the place so I decided to inquire. Sure enough.......Johnny Mac offers free pizza every day with the purchase of any drink. (I believe any alcoholic drink) Plain pie is free, toppings are $1.00 a per.

    Well it's 1pm and although we were ready to wrap up our Johnny Mac experience, we decided to wait till 2pm when the free pizza started. Sure enough 2pm order a round of drinks, get some now red colored coupons and go to the window and order your free pizza. You know what really impressed me.....they actually have a guy standing there with fresh dough throwing and tossing fresh pies. No Baboli or frozen pizza, it is actual made to order pizza, for "free". We ordered plain pie not knowing what to expect and again I have to say, if you were paying $5.00 for this pie you wouldn't complain. Good stuff.

    Add to all of this they have a pot belly stove filled with mixed candy, again for free, you really can't go wrong with this place for its promotions. I've said it's been years, decades even since I've seen a place so sincere about promoting itself. Again it's a bar 1st, don't mistake that, it's a very fun feeling place but it's not a restaurant by any means. They even have skee-ball in a lower level area...$1.00 per game. lol

    We finally left and decided to go to Porta for a few cocktails (also to call my daughter to come get us after she got off work at The Breakers since none of us were really capably of safely driving past this point). Porta had a good crowd pretty much full but not over capacity. Switched to a Martini here which was $10. I also took a look at their brunch menu......pretty extensive with its offerings....a few pages of specials etc. My daughter was hungry when she arrived so we ordered two pies, one plain and one "desert" pie which was pizza crust topped with nutella and powdered sugar.

    The regular pie was very under cooked, however she was hungry and just ate it, but the crust was white bread kind of soft. The nutella and was ok, but the powdered sugar was poured on and overwhelming. I also decided to switch after a couple of martini's and ordered some "special" drink, which had muddled cherry tomato's and hot peppers along with some other muddled ingredients, combined with an Italian liquor and some other unidentified booze. I saw one being made thought it looked interesting and decided to give it a try. Ugggghhhhh big mistake, albeit I'm probably a good 20 drinks into the day, but this was almost undrinkable. I don't know if the bartender made a mistake but the combinations of ingredients had no continuity of flavor and was very harsh to choke down. (I of course did finish it. lol)

    Over all Porta was rather disappointing based on those two pies. Now I"m not trying to bash it.....I've been to Porta before and I've enjoyed it, I'm just saying coming from a "Bar" who is giving away free pizza......and coming here to be disappointed by your two pies makes you pause for a moment and scratch your head. Something else I never noticed before at Porta was a bathroom attendant? When did they start that?

    Anyway......I strongly suggest everyone give Johnny Mac a try on Sunday from 10am-3pm. If nothing else just for the experience, it's a pretty cool place to check out.

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    1. re: jrvedivici
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      joonjoon Aug 20, 2013 08:23 AM

      Holy crap Jr that's epic!! 4 omelettes and 8 bloody marys is definitely a good way to start the day. Glad you enjoyed your experience there...it's really tough to beat Sundays at JMac.

      I was considering going this past Sunday...wish I got to run into you and watch you destroy those omelettes!

      If you're out on Sunday in Asbury next time try some cocktails at Langosta. It's happy hour all day Sunday and 5$ for all their special drinks that are normally 10$. They're generally pretty tasty too!

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        roro1831 Aug 20, 2013 01:55 PM

        We went one afternoon for a bite to eat and it stunk, so we left and gave not walked back in

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          equal_Mark Aug 20, 2013 07:35 PM

          What does " gave not walked back in" mean?

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            MGZ Aug 21, 2013 02:14 AM

            Perhaps the fact that the "g" and the "h" are side by side in the center of the keyboard provides a clue?

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              roro1831 Aug 21, 2013 02:46 PM

              That should have been Have

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                jrvedivici Aug 21, 2013 03:00 PM

                Glad we cleared that up!

                On a serious note, are you sure you have the right place? Reason I'm questioning you is because they don't serve food besides the aforementioned pizza or omelet on Sundays. Unless you are saying the pizza stunk?

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                  roro1831 Aug 21, 2013 03:50 PM

                  I live in Asbury, I know the place. It was a weekend so not sure what food was going on but the place just stunk

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          OGguy Aug 31, 2010 07:36 AM

          I went there last night during the blackout. They have a generator and the beer - a pint of Harp for $5 - was cold and delicious. One of the bartenders was someone I first encountered when he worked at the (late, lamented) Crossroads and then at Lake House. Couldn't stay for more than that 1 beer, but I'll be back.

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          1. re: OGguy
            equal_Mark Aug 31, 2010 10:49 AM

            Bartender wasn't Rich Robinson, was it?

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              IMAGEM Aug 31, 2010 10:59 AM

              sure was saw him sat night at skid row show gonna try johnny mac's on friday.

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                equal_Mark Aug 31, 2010 11:15 AM

                Small world. He's also the music director for Brookdale's 90.5 FM (You can catch him on air during the week from 10am to 3pm). Guy knows more about music, local/national/international than anyone has a right to. Damn good bartender too... :-)

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                  joslyn Sep 1, 2010 11:45 AM

                  If Rich is bartending at JMac, I'm so there. He's a great guy. Known him since the WHTG/Vintage Vinyl days.

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                    equal_Mark Sep 2, 2010 06:10 AM

                    Yeah, him and Bart Cross Tierney. May have to go grab a beer or two. Do they serve anything foodwise besides pizza?

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                      dannan Sep 2, 2010 07:55 AM

                      Nothing but pizza...

                    2. re: joslyn
                      equal_Mark Sep 2, 2010 10:05 AM

                      Got email from Rich, he's tending the bar there Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights.

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                        IMAGEM Sep 3, 2010 07:58 AM

                        remember WHTG in that white house in the woods in Tinton falls?

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                          equal_Mark Sep 3, 2010 08:24 AM

                          Yeah, with the cats. Have a video of Wonderstuff that shot scenes there with Matt Pinfield and BCT.

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                kmrsurf Aug 28, 2010 04:34 AM

                We went last night. The pizza is good and the drink prices are below AP average. Definitely worth going. Nice selection of beer, very friendly and familiar staff, Jets/Redskins game on all over the place and a lot of places to sit. Next time I want to play skee ball. It's a great addition and maybe more people will wander up to Main St and then start going down Mattison and Bangs too.

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                  dannan Aug 30, 2010 12:40 PM

                  We just went there this weekend...what a fun, kitschy place. Lots of memorabilia, antiques, etc to look at, skeetball in the basement, and plenty of TV's. Absolut/Stoli drinks, with a nice pour, for $5.75...non-happy hour. Also, 4-6 is their happy hour, when with a drink purchase you get a free pizza.

                  We did try the pizza - not my favorite pizza considering all of the great options available elsewhere, but it would do in a pinch...

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                  joonjoon Aug 25, 2010 09:10 AM

                  My friends were there this past weekend and LOVED it.

                  1. JerzeyShore Aug 24, 2010 10:51 AM

                    Yes very cool. But keep in mind that the only food you can buy there is a pizza. If want something else your are invited to BYO. So maybe walk over to Bond Street and get one of their delicious burgers to go, then take it back to Johnny Mac's for the best of both worlds, great beer & burger.

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                      MGZ Aug 24, 2010 11:53 AM

                      I've searched around a bit, but haven't found too much information about the place. I get the "no kitchen - New York bar" thing they're working; however, is that there sole gimmick? Is there anything truly special offered?

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                        JerzeyShore Aug 24, 2010 06:16 PM

                        Nice selection of beers and wiskey I guess - it's an Irish bar on steriods. You don't go there to eat however.

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                        equal_Mark Aug 24, 2010 06:55 PM

                        @JerzeyShore: "So maybe walk over to Bond Street and get one of their delicious burgers to go, then take it back to Johnny Mac's"

                        Go to a great bar that sells burgers, get a burger and take it to a bar that sells only pizza? Why not get pizza to go from Johnny Mac and take it to eat at Bond Street Bar?

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                          OGguy Aug 25, 2010 05:36 AM

                          Because the burgers at Bond St are better than the pizza at JMac

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                            JerzeyShore Aug 25, 2010 08:44 AM

                            Hey equal Mark - that would work for me. You simply can't beat the prices at Bond Street. A bucket of 6 nips, your choice for $8 this is my kinda of bar. Iv'e been here several times over the past month or so and my drink of choice is a can of PBR for $2 to wash down one of those delicious $5 burgers. Lunch for $7 you can't beat that!

                            That said, do try Johnny Mac's at least to see how the bar came out, they spent the better part of the past year on this project. This establishment run by a Brooklyn, NY family is their 17th beer joint. They do understand the bar business ...

                        2. JustJake Aug 24, 2010 09:11 AM

                          Another nice addition to AP (along with Bond St Bar). Enjoy.

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