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Sep 15, 2010 07:54 PM

Lobster Shack or Seafood Shack near Toms River or Manchester

Yes folks, back to see Mom in Manchester from September 24th to 28th. Is there a Lobster Shack or Seafood Shack that you can recommend. Nothing fancy just good food. Isnt it Lobster Season?? They are all over Los Angeles ( where I am from, so I thought that I would ask )

A nice drive Mom would like too.. Thanks in advance.

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    Pretty much the closest one to
    Manachester NJ...have fun!

    1. If Mom would like a drive, take her down to Oyster Creek Inn in Leeds Point (Exit 52 on the Parkway - on the bay across from Smithville). They have fresh crabs, lobsters, etc., all with a great view. Personally, I always prefer to eat outside in Bill's Crab Room, which is a screened in area with a limited menu - crabs/lobster/clams/shrimp/corn. This is the place to go for the true lobster shack experience.

      Oyster Creek Inn
      41 N Oyster Creek Rd, Leeds Point, NJ 08220

      1. It's been some 3 years since I last ate at the Lobster Shanty in Toms River, and it was pretty awful. Unless someone can provide a more recent and very favorable review, I'd stay away.

        On the other hand, I'm a big fan of the Oyster Creek Inn, and was there as recently as June since it's now an annual pilgrimage on Father's Day. The "Crab Room" is the fun place to eat, but it has a smaller menu than the main room. Figure on a 45 minute drive from TR/Manchester area.

        Oyster Creek Inn
        41 N Oyster Creek Rd, Leeds Point, NJ 08220

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        1. re: njfreqflyer

          Hi njfreqflyer, I remember you from the past. Hope all is well on with your chowing. Ever heard of Smittys or Allens? Saw a post or two, was wondering if they are as good as Oyster Creek Inn?? They did sound good..

          Oyster Creek Inn
          41 N Oyster Creek Rd, Leeds Point, NJ 08220

          1. re: Foodandwine

            Never been to Smitty's, but I've heard good things about it. Allen's Clam Bar is also a great suggestion - the only difference is that it's not on the water (not sure how important a view is to you and your mom). Allen's is BYOB (liquor store across the street) and has a more limited menu - basically fried or broiled seafood - they do have lobster tails, but only fried, which isn't my cup of tea. They don't have blue claws either, so that's something to consider as well.

            Allen's Clam Bar
            5650 US Highway 9 N, New Gretna, NJ 08224

            1. re: Foodandwine

              Hey Foodandwine, welcome back. Be sure to bring some fall clothes when you visit in a few weeks; we've gone straight into autumn weather here especially with cool nights, skipping right over our usual balmy September.

              I've heard of Smitty's and Allen's but haven't been to either, so can't pass along any comments on those. Sorry I'm not able to help with those. I've been doing my lobstering courtesy of the cheap prices at the local Shop-Rite which will also steam them at no extra cost.

              For the sake of completeness, there's also Gregory's Seafood Market on Rt 37 Westbound (in Manchester, just east of Toms River) and Pisces Seafood on Rt 37 Westbound (in Toms River, just west of the bridge to Seaside). I've been to Gregory's, and it's pretty basic. I'd recommend others over it. Haven't been to Pisces.


              Remember that many restaurants are BYOB in Jersey, and do be sure to check on "off-season" open days/hours. Call ahead to confirm both.

              Pisces Seafood Restaurant
              3400 Route 37 E, Toms River, NJ 08753

              Gregory's Seafood Market & Restaurant
              2064 Hwy 37, Manchester Township, NJ 08759

              1. re: njfreqflyer

                Gregories fish store / restaurant was horrible last time we went about 4 months ago..we .will never return..way overpriced and the food was tasteless..I hope they have improved since then & we hear something good. The only reason I mentioned the Lobster Shanty was because they asked for TR & Manchester area...I have heard MIXED reiews Good & Bad on the LS... personally I have been to a few private affairs there and it was always decent.

                Another choice not to far away on Rt 9 in Howell NJ is Christies Italian Seafood Grill


          2. Lobsters are indeed quite cheap these days. Point Lobster Co. in Point Pleasant has softies and culls for a mere $2.99 a pound. You gotta steam them yourself though. (I'm about to go get my wife and I a few for tonight - cheaper than ground beef.) Restaurants don't always pass along the savings, I am afraid.

            Red's Lobster Pot, also in Point, might be a bit far from where you want to go, but it's a good "shack" type spot - sitting outside on the water and all. One way to solve your problem might be to look around for Lobster Night specials in the area. I can't think of one right now, but there must be a place or two in Seaside or TR doing a $12.99 dinner.

            And, please count my vote in the "don't go to the Lobster Shanty" category.

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            1. re: MGZ

              Well New Jersey Hounds thanks for all your tips. I was actually drawn to the Point Lobster Co in Point Pleasant. Nice drive down Rt 70 to Rt 35 from Moms house on Saturday Morning. It was a warm day and decided to cook at home. Bought 4 Lobsters for $17 and change yes, $2.99 a pound. Steamed them two to a pot in two inches of salted water for about 11 minutes. Corn on the BBQ with a Porterhouse from Shoprite, salad, and we had a very nice meal. Only bummer I had forgotten the beer, went to the Green Gas Station ( new place and they dont sell beer ) went to Ridgeway Liquors down the road and mission solved.

              Now to the Lobsters, I like these shreaders, yes the shell was softer but the lobster meat was very sweet and a wonderful value as well. Actually 3 for both of us would have been more than enought. No butter or anything else required. Great Find...

              1. re: Foodandwine

                Foodandwine --

                Glad it worked out so well for you with a late-late-Jersey-summer lobster feast and BBQ. Saturday was a great day, and I even made it up to the beach for a swim that morning. And although you had to endure some rain here, at least you missed the heat wave in LA the last couple of days.

                Now you've got me jonesin' for some bugs, too ....

                1. re: Foodandwine

                  A sage approach - I'm glad you enjoyed them. That place goes near the top of my food geek's favs in the OC (they had some fanatastic fluke this past weekend as well). Next time you come see Mom, let us know - maybe I'll turn you on to Mueller's or the German Butcher, or . . . .