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criticalfoodie Sep 21, 2010 10:31 AM

Moving to Long Branch area next week- Where to eat? Where NOT to eat?

Thanks so much!!

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    eeshuz Jul 6, 2011 02:23 PM

    Gonna have to add Mediterranean Grill on Brighton ave to the list. I 'reviewed' it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785053. Amazing food, large portions, and low prices.

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      nanobabes Jun 4, 2011 04:16 PM

      Just tried out a spanking new Mexican restaurant called Cinco de Mayo on Brighton Ave (diagonally across from Surf Taco) that was surprisingly really good! I'm no expert on "authentic" Mexican, but it's owned by Mexicans, and isn't like the usual Tex-Mex fare around NJ that's slathered in cheddar cheese, sour cream, and bland salsa. My review is here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788381

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        sockster Apr 6, 2011 07:53 AM

        Here's one: Jacks Rib and Ale House- Great beer selection and I have to tell you...their food is really, really good. Had the bbq rib and fried chicken special last night- $15.99 for a house salad, a full rack of ribs, four pcs of honey fried chicken, great waffle fries and homemade baked beans with pulled pork. My son had the sirloin which he finished down to the end...For a local bar and grill- An outstanding meal at a fair price.

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          joonjoon Apr 6, 2011 09:44 AM

          Sockster, I was also contemplating the fried chicken with honey on Monday night. Sounded really good but I had to get my Jack's garlic wing fix!

          If you're into clam strips at all, you must try it at Jack's. They make it with big, fat strips of clams...absolutely delicious.

          Best of all, their kitchen is open til 2am!

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            MichelleM131 Apr 6, 2011 12:25 PM

            I haven't been to Jack's since my days at Monmouth, quite awhile ago now. Could I take my kids there to eat if we went early 5-6ish or for lunch? I want to try but don't want to sacrifice my "date night" meal to do so!

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              sockster Apr 6, 2011 02:46 PM

              Absolutely!! That wouldn't be a problem at all!

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                joonjoon Apr 7, 2011 07:58 AM

                You can absolutely bring your kids...some times I get my friend to bring her son who is only 2. :) He loves trying to play skiball in the back!

                By the way, 5-6ish is awesome if your kids like chicken wings...30c wings until 7pm! And 1$ bud lights.

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                sockster Apr 6, 2011 02:46 PM

                JoonJoon: Love clam strips...ok, that's next on my list there!!! Ir really seems they take great pride in their food.

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              sockster Dec 30, 2010 10:38 AM

              Just tried El Rancho, directly across from the Long Branch train station. Authentic Mexican food- IMO similar to North of the Border in Red Bank. This place makes incredible tortas and tacos. Their homemade french fries (that come with the tortas) are to die for. And if you like spicy salsa...their homemade sauce kicks butt. Not a lot of atmosphere, but really goood Mexican food...reasonably priced.

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              North of the Border
              176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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                joonjoon Dec 30, 2010 10:46 AM

                El Rancho is probably my favorite LB Mexican joint to sit down at. Nice little cozy restaurant. They make a pretty mean Al Pastor taco, too!

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                El Rancho
                540 Valley Rd, West Orange, NJ 07052

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                  equal_Mark Feb 21, 2011 01:31 PM

                  Menu:

                  http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/Take...

                   
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                    fershore Jan 9, 2012 03:01 PM

                    A friend just told me that El Rancho is no longer honoring Restaurant.com certificates. They were no signs posted about the change and they were quite nasty about it.

                    Guess we've brought them so much business that they no longer need the promotion.

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                  fershore Apr 5, 2011 04:32 PM

                  Four of us went to El Rancho this past Thursday. It's been on our To Do list, and the restaurant.com coupon cinched the deal. The place was toasty warm from the fireplace, and I appreciated the effort put in to the decor. We ordered fries and chips and guac as appetizers while we perused the large menu. The fries were good but too greasy for my taste. The chips and guac were good. We all loved the salsa. The Cortes El Rancho and El Rancho fajitas were big hits. The mole was very complex and delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the Al Pastor tacos but must say I prefer them from North of the Border. We will definitely be back.

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                    sockster Apr 5, 2011 04:46 PM

                    You have to order the fries well done...they're outstanding!!

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                      equal_Mark Apr 5, 2011 06:41 PM

                      Fries? You mean French Fries? ??

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                        sockster Apr 6, 2011 07:48 AM

                        Yes sir- I got them with their pork torta....a bit greasy..but handmade and really, really good!!

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                  sockster Nov 22, 2010 05:03 PM

                  Ming Ying revisted- Have to tell you how impressed I am with Ming Ying- Considering it's a take out place...they make everything from scratch. I just came back and ordered the hot and sour soup...something that you'd think most places nuke, these guys made it from scratch- it was incredibly delicious. Also, they make incredible Singapore chow mei fun!! This place takes pride in whatever they send out. My only complaint is the girls who take the orders, while American (probably students at MU), have no idea about Chinese food....they really should be trained better. It's a minor complaint though...LOVE THIS PLACE~~ (and as said elsewhere, their shrimp and roast pork noodle soup is to die for).

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                    equal_Mark Nov 23, 2010 01:01 PM

                    I appreciate the fact that Ming Ying prepares their food to order with fresh ingredients, but I have an issue with their inability to properly season their food. I've tried at least half a dozen of the selections marked on the menu marked with a chili pepper, and in addition have literally pleaded with them to make my order very, very, VERY spicy. No dice. Most Chinese places will stir a handful of those little dried arbol or bird chile peppers into the mix, but at Ming Ying I can't even discern a flake of black pepper. Their seasoning repertoire seems limited to soy sauce. :-(

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                    Ying Restaurant
                    520 W Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

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                      sockster Nov 23, 2010 03:05 PM

                      =, have you ever tried talking to the owner? Last week I ordered spicy CHOW FUN, and he asked how hot...let's put it this way, the sweat was dripping from my forehead....and it was still excellent tasting. The girls in the front have no clue when you call in...you have to ask the owner himself I think to get what you want.

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                        Tapas52 Nov 24, 2010 03:45 AM

                        Sockster I agree the "Counter Help" has NO clue.. you hit it right on the head!! I always talk & order directly with the Owner who is been there every time we've eaten at Ming Ling which is about every other week. He seems to be very nice and accommodating.

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                          equal_Mark Nov 24, 2010 05:50 AM

                          Never met anyone there who identified himself as the owner. At any rate I now try to avoid contact with restaurant owners or staff, lest rumors start circulating that I may be a "friend," and thus expect "preferential treatment" not afforded to the "regular customers."

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                            sockster Nov 24, 2010 08:26 AM

                            Good Point!!!!!!! Been there here as well :-)

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                              fleurdelys Dec 7, 2010 03:43 AM

                              'Discovered' Tre Amici this summer (live in nyc and have a vacation home in Long Branch). Very pleasantly surprised. Fresh pastas, home grown veggies and herbs, carefully prepared dishes. We have been back at least 8 times, bringing friends (all who loved it). BYOB is nice too!! Service is friendly and Michael (one of the owners) has a wonderful presence. . We are probably going back this Friday too!! As for Avenue--can be overpriced but the Happy Hour is a treat--great drinks for $5 and oysters for $1.50 --to say nothing of the 'show' one gets for free sitting at the bar--always a fun time--I will be going to Johnny Piancone's this week for the first time--will report back

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                              Tre Amici
                              628 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ

                              1. re: fleurdelys
                                equal_Mark Dec 7, 2010 04:35 AM

                                You might be more circumspect about mentioning the Limoncello, it is illegal for a BYO to offer customers alcoholic beverages, homemade or not...

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                                  fleurdelys Dec 7, 2010 05:15 AM

                                  I thought it was okay to offer but not to charge--If I am wrong, I apologize but this has happened to us before at other BYOs (an offer of an after dinner drink) so I assumed it was okay. Again, sorry if I am wrong.

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                                    MichelleM131 Dec 7, 2010 08:49 AM

                                    The owner of Tre Amici won "Chopped" on the Food Network. I haven't been but have wanted to try it.

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                                    Tre Amici
                                    628 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ

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                                      fleurdelys Dec 8, 2010 12:26 PM

                                      Yes--there are placards around showcasing the fact that he won- believe me the food is great!! You should definitely try it!

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                                        fleurdelys Dec 12, 2010 07:03 AM

                                        Just wanted to check back in and mention that I went to Johnny Piancone's last Thursday--pretty crowded, nice atmosphere, friendly service--appetizer of stuffed artichoke hearts was interesting--was a bit dry but the garlicky sauce accompanying it was good. I had linguine with white clam sauce (wanted to try a classic dish)-clams were good, fresh and plentiful and the pasta was al dente but the sauce was somewhat watery and did not adhere well to the pasta--all in all an OKAY dinner--I was not 'wowed' but I will definitely try again. Went to Tre Amici the next night and had a simply fantastic meal--preparation much more sophisticated...perfect risotto with seared scallops and dh had the crispy bronzino--very satisfying.

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                                          MichelleM131 Dec 19, 2010 10:50 AM

                                          We went back to Johnny Piancone's last night and were a little disappointed. My husband had angel hair with white clam sauce and said it was alright. I had fettucine bolognese which was also okay. The price of Sangria went up from $8.00 to $9.50. I understand prices go up, but there wasn't any fruit in it, either. Though, there was a bug in it, so maybe they charged extra for that? Once I found the fly, I brought it to my waiters attention and he comped it. Also, my husband ordered the garden salad which literally had about four pieces of lettuce. The base of the salad seemed to be shredded carrots. He also requested blue cheese dressing and this time was charged for it. We had a mysterious $1.50 on our bill, and our server explained it was for the blue cheese dressing. Really? We won't be running back here anytime soon, unfortunately.

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                    whatsthedish Oct 2, 2010 01:16 PM

                    pricey but fantastic - hands down one of the best meals I have ever eaten
                    http://www.treamicinj.com/
                    right next to dunkin donuts on ocean

                    Also, for more casual dining..

                    Scala's Pizza on Brighton Ave

                    Izu Sushi behind the 711 off of Ocean Ave - i swear it's good, don't get worried because it's near a 711

                    and Mix on Brighton Ave- ONLY for happy hour, unless you don't mind paying $12 for a martini ( even though.. they are pretty good and strong.. still.. I wouldn't pay $12..) during happy hour their salads (which are huge and packed with whatever is supposed to be in them.. ie.. you don't get one tomato slice etc), pizzas (which are smaller but more refined, still enough for two), and martini's are half price. So two people, a martini each (sometimes one is enough-strong!!!), a salad each, and splitting a pizza runs approx $30++. Pretty great if you ask me. And the food is GOOD.

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                    Izu Sushi
                    31 Montgomery Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

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                      criticalfoodie Oct 2, 2010 02:38 PM

                      Are you really saying that Piccolo Forno is one of the best meals you've ever eaten? Fellow Chowhounders....could this possibly be true??? HELP PLEASE...let me know your thoughts on this.

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                      Piccolo Forno Restaurant
                      628 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

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                        equal_Mark Oct 2, 2010 08:06 PM

                        Thoughts on this: Il Piccolo Forno has been closed for years. What is your point? I used to actually enjoy meals at Il Piccolo Forno, the off key singing of Angelo, Stephanie (Whose husband managed Piero's in Union Beach) running the register and the nightly specials recited in a Polish accent by waitress Marta. The food was good. This was years ago. It was not the "best meals I've ever eaten," but what has it got to do with "Tre Amici?" Have not eaten there since it changed hands, but am curious about comparing it to the former occupants of that space. That's like asking whether Tavolo compares to the original Mumfords restaurant...

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                          sockster Oct 3, 2010 07:26 AM

                          Equal: Good Point! So how great is Tre Amici??

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                          Tre Amici
                          628 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ

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                            equal_Mark Oct 3, 2010 08:30 AM

                            Like I said above, I've not eaten there...

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                              joonjoon Aug 4, 2011 09:27 AM

                              Well if anyone's still wondering, I hit up Tre Amici last night. Surprisingly solid. I had scallops over shrimp risotto, my friend got roast chicken over mushroom truffle risotto. The chicken and risotto was really delicious - I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it might be the best chicken I've had in our area. Seasoned well, crisp skin, cooked right. The risotto had a light touch of truffle that didn't overpower the dish, and the jus was just right. I think I'll be adding this place to my rotation.

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                              Tre Amici
                              628 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ

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                                whatsthedish Aug 4, 2011 09:33 AM

                                glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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                                  joonjoon Sep 6, 2011 06:38 PM

                                  A follow up on Tre Amici - one of my friends took her family there for a birthday and swore it was the worst Italian food she's ever had. I think we need some more reports on this place.

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                                  Tre Amici
                                  628 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ

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                                    fleurdelys Sep 7, 2011 04:11 AM

                                    I eat here at least once a month...it is not what some people come to expect from Americanized Italian food. Matthew does not prepare huge plates of pasta, heavy tomato sauce topped with layers of mozzarella! The portions are not large. What you will get here is fresh, inspired and well prepared. Try the duck confit...it rivals what we ate in Paris last week.. Please do not judge this restaurant based on what has come to be the 'standard' Italian food Americans expect...that is NOT real Italian either. If you want huge portions and food well-prepared but more 'traditional', try Anjelica's in Sea Bright! Leave Tre Amici to those of us with more refined and sensitive palates!

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                                    Tre Amici
                                    628 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ

                                    Anjelica's Restaurant
                                    1070 Ocean Ave Ste 1, Sea Bright, NJ 07760

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                                      joonjoon Sep 7, 2011 07:57 AM

                                      fleurdelys, for the record my friend is very well versed in all types of Italian fare, having eaten her way from Jersey red sauce shops to Italy and back to places like Babbo and Del Posto. Since I had a pretty good meal there myself, I'm chalking it up to someone having a bad day for now. My meal there was good and I plan on being back.

                                      Reviews on yelp seem to be unanimously bad though.

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                        equal_Mark Oct 7, 2010 06:10 AM

                        Tried Izu Sushi last night. Was very good! Had the Miso soup, Treasure Island appetizer and a Crazy Tuna Roll. Unfortunately a language barrier and their overall suspicion of the motives of the sweatsuit clad Gaijin prevented me from borrowing a copy of the Chef Specials menu to scan and post (They seemed to think I was somehow going to steal their offerings for some nefarious purpose).

                        The regular takeout menu (minus the special rolls) can be viewed at:

                        http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/Take...

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                        Izu Sushi
                        31 Montgomery Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

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                          sockster Oct 7, 2010 06:31 AM

                          Speaking of Sushi, had dinner at Kanji on Tuesday night. I have to say, other than Yumi, that place is pretty good for a NJ sushi bar. Great inventive rolls and salads-especially the white tuna over cucumber salad, they had excellent yellowtail and salmon. Less expensive than Yumi for sure, I think Chef Roger really knows what he's doing. In fact...going back tonight and he promised to make special things off menu since he knows in advance. Will report back.

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                          Yumi
                          1120 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760

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                        carlylecat Sep 23, 2010 06:00 AM

                        Just north of LB is a little town called Monmouth Beach, in the center of town on Beach Rd there is a little place called My Kitchen Witch that does Friday night dinners that are simply great.

                        We have gone the last two Fridays and I am writing a review that has not been posted yet but I must say it was off the chart good.

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                        My Kitchen Witch Cafe
                        29 Beach Rd, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750

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                          stack_c Sep 24, 2010 06:06 PM

                          Welcome to the area!

                          my family has been in the area for over 50 years, i myself have been liiving here for close to 10. Long Branch has many "hidden gems" for good everyday food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Unfortunately as you will see if you search through past threads Long Branch severly lacks what you described as "special places"
                          here is my list of old standbys and also some "don"t waste your time or $ places" These are all in Long Branch with the exception of one.

                          TRY:
                          Ming Ying - BEST chinese food in LB and surrounding area (take out and small eat in area)
                          Ocean Cafe - good healthy lunches - homesoups and wraps, very reasonable
                          Jacks - best wings and ribs around (college sports bar crowd)
                          Izu Sushi - small and traditional menu very fresh
                          Tandoori India - faitly good indian food - only ever done take out. Pricey but large portions
                          Nunzios - traditional thin crsut pizza, old family run neighborhood joint
                          Tuzios- red sauce italian
                          Ocean View Subs - best italian subs in Jersey! been there for over 30 years!
                          Richards - great jewish deli style sandwhiches
                          Celtic Cottage - irsh pub - great burgers
                          Niko's Trapezzi- great greek/mediterrean food
                          My Kitchen Witch - outstanding breakfast & lunch (never been for dinner) in Monmouth Beach

                          AVOID:
                          Sirena's
                          Avenue
                          (pretty much any place in Pier village IMO all have lousy food and are over priced)
                          Max's ( go to Windmill for a hot dog and cheese fries)
                          Casa Comida
                          Charley's Ocean Grill - hasnt been the same since the big renovation - mediocre food for too much $$$$ -

                          Hope that helps!

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                          My Kitchen Witch Cafe
                          29 Beach Rd, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750

                          Izu Sushi
                          31 Montgomery Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

                          1. re: stack_c
                            equal_Mark Sep 24, 2010 07:38 PM

                            I approach this with some trepidation, as I know I will likely lose some credibility here given the history of many posts on this site, but I have to stick up for Casa Comida for what it is and does in the area. First, they make no pretense of being authentic Mex-Mex. They are unabashed Tex-Mex. There have been hiccups and service issues as they changed locations and there was some familial infighting, but they do well with much of their fare.

                            There have been issues for the 30 years they have been open, including a drawn out feud with Andrea Clurfield of the Asbury Park Press (Anyone recall the Velveeta Mexican slur?), who managed to get them erased from the NJ Zagat Guide when she assumed editorial control.

                            Given that, they do the best Fajitas in the county, bar none. They pretty much introduced specials featuring habanero and chipotle peppers a decade before there was any other Tex-Mex place in the area. I still consider the Fiery Garlic Shrimp appetizer as a full meal on some occasions. It is easy to dismiss CC given the choices that dominate the area 30 years later, but sometimes I still want that melted jack cheese and chipotle salsa on a Montes Burrito with grilled skirt steak. That plus the availability of like a dozen different brands of hot sauce to be used at the table makes me happy. The Salsas, chips, chile con queso and guac measure up against any other Tex-Mex place in the area (Yes, I'll put them up against El Meson), and when I ask for chopped fresh jalapeno on the side, they know not to serve sliced pickled jalapenos.

                            Yeah yeah, take your best shot...

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                              Deb Van D Sep 25, 2010 08:31 AM

                              Well, I'm not running back there (my last meal there was pretty piss poor), but I'm not about to unleash a plague of locusts on you, either. We liked the apps there and if we get back there are determined to make a meal of them. The Fiery Garlic Shrimp sound good--we also like the albondigas, but I'm not seeing them on the menu now. Unfortunately, fajitas just don't do it for me.

                              I think stack_c's list, both pro and con, pretty spot on. Too bad about Charley's. We like having a drink there, the bartenders are first rate, but the kitchen is soulless. Okay burger in a pinch but how hard is it to make a quesadilla?

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                                cantkick Sep 25, 2010 11:13 AM

                                Any comments on Agave Grill? It's about a half block closer to 36 than CC. I went there about a year or two ago, shortly after it was written up in the APP, but haven't been there since. I enjoyed the meal, but don't get down that way for dinner very much.

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                                  equal_Mark Sep 25, 2010 12:55 PM

                                  Went there about a year ago. Food was bland. No spicy salsa, no hotsauce, no fresh or even pickled chile peppers in the kitchen. The only thing that kept it from being a total wash was a bottle of hot sauce I keep in my car for just such an emergency...

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                                  fershore Sep 27, 2010 08:38 AM

                                  I could not agree with you more. When I want margaritas, chips, salsa, guac, fajitas, I go to Casa. When I want authentic Mexican, I go elsewhere. (Looking forward to trying North of the Border in Red Bank!)

                                  Last week, the fajitas were calling me. We shared the beef fajitas and a duck quesadilla special. The duck quesadilla was huge and delicious. Chunks of duck and fresh jalapenos. We took home more than half of each entree and ate the leftovers for days. A lot of bang for the buck!

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                                  North of the Border
                                  176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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                                    sockster Sep 28, 2010 09:14 AM

                                    North of the Border is incredible- Had a Torta Pastor there last week while my wife had a Cubano.....huge, very reasonable, and out of this world!!!

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                                    North of the Border
                                    176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

                                  2. re: equal_Mark
                                    bgut1 Sep 27, 2010 12:51 PM

                                    Sorry Mark but Casa Comida reminds me of scarry Chi Chi's nightmares from the 1980's (think Hot Tub Time Machine). No redeeming qualities in my book. Once was enough for me.

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                                    bakersma Sep 24, 2010 08:33 PM

                                    I'll second one comment from the previous reply ---- Avoid Max's: extremely rude owner/cashier, over-hyped mediocre expensive food. Has been discussed here several times in the past.

                                    Best bet for that sort of chow is Windmill (2 locations nearby).... recommended.

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                                      Tapas52 Sep 25, 2010 01:50 PM

                                      I totally agree on Mark's statement above on all counts

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                                        equal_Mark Sep 25, 2010 03:58 PM

                                        Umm, I've got four statements up there...

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                                          Tapas52 Sep 25, 2010 08:33 PM

                                          Mark ....I stand corrected my reply should have been in agreement with bakersma.......................

                                          "I'll second one comment from the previous reply ---- Avoid Max's: extremely rude owner/cashier, over-hyped mediocre expensive food. Has been discussed here several times in the past.

                                          Best bet for that sort of chow is Windmill (2 locations nearby).... recommended."

                                          sorry about that

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                                            equal_Mark Sep 26, 2010 08:22 AM

                                            I lost interest in Max's once they moved off the boardwalk and you could no longer suck down über expensive dogs & beers out on the deck overlooking the ocean while the waves washed underneath. I was able to endure the cranky register bit** until then...

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                                  joonjoon Sep 22, 2010 02:12 PM

                                  Hi criticalfoodie,

                                  There was a thread on this a few months ago, you may want to check out some of the suggestions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713515

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                                    criticalfoodie Sep 22, 2010 07:45 AM

                                    Thank you all so much. Price is not the issue...I'm looking for the best variety of both daily and special places to go!

                                    1. wench31 Sep 21, 2010 04:53 PM

                                      Island Spice in Long Branch.

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714273

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                                      Island Spice
                                      333 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

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                                        coldbeer Sep 21, 2010 01:59 PM

                                        Here's the best by town starting a bit north.
                                        Belford....Belford Bistro
                                        Atlantic Highlands...Ama
                                        Highlands....Bay Ave Trattoria, or maybe Doris and Ed's
                                        Sea Bright...Anjelica's
                                        Monmouth Beach...Sally Tee's
                                        Long Branch...Sirena's

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                                          MichelleM131 Sep 21, 2010 12:36 PM

                                          Jr's in West End for burgers; Nunzio's or Tony's for Pizza; Jesse's for organic/wholesome/vegetarian eats; Windmill for Hot Dogs; Ming Ying for Chinese; Sitting Duck for Burger/Beer; Charley's Grill for burger/beer/ and a view; and, of course, head to Gracie & the Dudes in Sea Bright for ice cream.

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                                          Sitting Duck Restaurant
                                          104 Myrtle Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

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                                            arpad Sep 21, 2010 11:43 AM

                                            http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/monm...

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                                              equal_Mark Sep 21, 2010 11:58 AM

                                              Keep in mind that that listing contains pretty much every Monmouth county restaurant I can find that either has a website or a takeout menu I have scanned. In in no way represents an endorsement or recommendation (Murphy Style Grill is on there !) :-0

                                              If anyone else finds any establishments with websites that are not listed there please let me know and I'll guarantee you a heartfelt "Thanks!"

                                            2. equal_Mark Sep 21, 2010 11:29 AM

                                              Any particular cuisine or price range preferred?

                                              Nikos Trapezzi - Greek
                                              Ming Ying - Chinese takeout
                                              Ada's - Dominican
                                              Acapulquenos-Mexican
                                              El Oaxaqueno 3 - Mexican
                                              North Beach Grill - Luncheonette
                                              Pearl of Lisbon (Pearl of the Sea on their website) - Portugese
                                              Tuzzios - Italian

                                              These can be found on this directory:

                                              http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/monm...

                                              Click on the "Location" header to sort by location.

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