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Surf Taco coming to Red Bank

MarlboroMan Feb 16, 2011 08:48 AM

Look for it at 35 Broad Street. Aiming for a March 1 opening.

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    HillJ RE: MarlboroMan Feb 16, 2011 12:35 PM


    I wonder if this location will also feature live music. Other locations do and the new RB store is a generous size.

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      Papa Bing RE: MarlboroMan Feb 16, 2011 12:38 PM

      not familiar with surf. is that a good thing?

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        HillJ RE: Papa Bing Feb 16, 2011 12:40 PM

        PB, Surf Taco's fish taco is decent for lunch. They are chain-like in menu style. Do a boat load of charity projects in the area. Family place, quick lunch grab. Not bad.

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          Tapas52 RE: HillJ Feb 17, 2011 06:58 AM

          I never really enjoyed ST or a fan of Tex/Mex anything...although they have a nice salsa bar love the Baja & Verde salsas...other then that there are so many better choices for authentic really good tacos........their salads for me are the best choice for the once in a blue moon I'm there for some reason.


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            HillJ RE: Tapas52 Feb 17, 2011 07:07 AM

            If tex/mex isn't your thing and you've found other options more to your liking, ST won't make you happy T. OTOH, ST is probably going to be an incredibly popular summer night hit with kids and families hanging out in RB. Families do complain that there aren't enough kid-friendly dining options/values in RB now.

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              johnpm RE: Tapas52 Feb 17, 2011 07:38 AM

              +1 on the salsa verde. Re: "authentic" tex/mex--it's not. In the Seaside Park location there's a news clipping on the wall that says the owner is a Jersey guy who went to school in California and wanted to bring California cuisine to the Jersey shore. In that, I'd say he succeeded. It's one of our shore "go-to" places.

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            joonjoon RE: Papa Bing Feb 18, 2011 01:23 AM

            There's one thing at Surf I love - their surf taco. It really is wonderfully delicious.. gotta love the combination of the hot crispy fried fish and cool crunchy cabbage. I've never had a better fish taco in our area.

            The salsa bar is nice but there's only 1 salsa worth getting IMO, the chipotle one. Wonderful smoky salsa. I could eat that with everything.

            Everything else on the menu is pretty bland and horrible. And overpriced too. Their rice and beans have absolutely no flavor and their regular tacos are lacking at best. Aside from the surf taco, I would choose Chipotle over Surf every single time.

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              HillJ RE: joonjoon Feb 18, 2011 03:45 AM

              Thumps up, joonjoon. All I mentioned was the fish taco...and the wonky website before the thread got a bit too dismissive for my tastebuds.

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            white light RE: MarlboroMan Feb 17, 2011 09:25 AM

            The surf taco is okay... everything else is bland bland bland.

            1. equal_Mark RE: MarlboroMan Feb 17, 2011 10:05 AM

              Can't really see the attraction when there are cheap, authentic taquereas nearby like North of the Border. In an unrelated observation, I've seen some pretentious establishments that will not post prices on their website menus, but Surf Taco? What's with that?

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

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                HillJ RE: equal_Mark Feb 17, 2011 10:16 AM

                e_M, just about one of the worst websites around. Really wonky.

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                  MGZ RE: equal_Mark Feb 17, 2011 11:34 AM

                  equal_Mark - just a warning, you will certainly want your own hot sauce at a Surf Taco.

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                    equal_Mark RE: MGZ Feb 17, 2011 12:57 PM

                    Not to worry, I keep a carrier of hot sauces and spices in my car for just such emergencies...

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                      bgut1 RE: equal_Mark Feb 17, 2011 03:12 PM

                      equal - I've seen stemware, chopsticks,and even maple syrup brought into a restaurant but never a six pack of hot sauces. Have you every received any looks or complaints from management? BTW, I applaud your efforts. You are the customer and entitled to enjoy the food the way you want it.

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                        equal_Mark RE: bgut1 Feb 17, 2011 05:47 PM

                        It's actually rare that I bring the whole carrier of hot sauce into a place. It's more to just keep them from rolling around in my car. I'll bring a bottle of Tapatio to some Mexican places, and Siracha to some Asian ones. The only places I've brought the whole carrier to is 10th Ave Burrito because I figure Brian was into it, and Ada's Dominican. Otherwise a bottle of El Yucateco for Caribbean spots and a bottle of Mazi Piri piri at some Mediterranean places. The one place I absolutely don't need to bring any of my sauces into is Ibby's Falafel, who make a housemade hotsauce to kill for.

                        To understand my seriousity for the fire, just Google "hot spicy food"

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                          bgut1 RE: equal_Mark Feb 17, 2011 06:26 PM

                          Great site equal_Mark. Reminds me of the time I mistakenly took a bite of a ghost chili.

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                        joonjoon RE: equal_Mark Feb 18, 2011 01:25 AM

                        Mark, this is why we need a thumbs up button on Chowhound.

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                          MGZ RE: joonjoon Feb 18, 2011 08:15 AM

                          I'm likin' the image of equal_Mark walking into Surf Taco with a six pack of hot sauces in one hand and a six pack of beer in the other. Then again, walking in wearing a hot sauce laiden bandolier across his chest while spinning bottles of wine would be pretty bad ass too.

                    2. re: equal_Mark
                      bgut1 RE: equal_Mark Feb 17, 2011 11:46 AM

                      My sentiments exactly equal_Mark. Why choose a knockoff when you can have the real thing. I guess there will always be those who would rather order a pizza from Domino's versus the authentic tomato pie from DeLorenzo's.

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                        HillJ RE: bgut1 Feb 17, 2011 12:34 PM

                        Who's comparing Domino's to DeLorenzo? That's a bit much even for someone as respected on this board as you, bgut1.

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                          MGZ RE: HillJ Feb 17, 2011 12:39 PM

                          I liked that analogy.

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                            HillJ RE: MGZ Feb 17, 2011 12:42 PM

                            You like comparing restaurants that have nothing in common?
                            Your right. I think its ridiculous. When did this become the Chains board?

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                              MGZ RE: HillJ Feb 17, 2011 01:02 PM

                              Surf Taco : NOTB :: Dominoes : DeLorenzo's

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                            bgut1 RE: HillJ Feb 17, 2011 03:10 PM

                            HillJ - The comparison was all mine. They both have alot in common. One is authentic and one is a knockoff. That's what's great about this board. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You have yours and I have mine. We are not always going to agree with each other and thankfully so as it would be quite boring. :)
                            BTW, Thanks MGZ.

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                              HillJ RE: bgut1 Feb 17, 2011 03:30 PM

                              Boring? Never. And, I wish Surf Taco a successful opening.

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                                bgut1 RE: HillJ Feb 17, 2011 03:38 PM

                                As do I.

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                                  HillJ RE: bgut1 Feb 17, 2011 05:25 PM

                                  b, you really believe Surf Taco is a knock off of NOTB, and Dominoes is a knockoff of DeLorenzo? I don't follow that analogy at all.

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                                    hcentro RE: HillJ Feb 17, 2011 06:05 PM

                                    I took it to mean Dominos is not real pizza and surf tacos are not authentic tacos, but maybe I am mistaken.

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                                      bgut1 RE: hcentro Feb 17, 2011 06:17 PM

                                      Ding - Ding- Ding. hcentro got it! :) All I meant but my post was to echo equal_mark's statement that why get the facsimile when you can get the real thing down the road. That's all. But as my good friend RGR would say (in french however) to each his/her own.

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                                        joonjoon RE: bgut1 Feb 18, 2011 01:31 AM

                                        Just for the sake of argument...

                                        Surf Taco isn't pretending to be a North of the border. Consider that their flagship and namesake product is a baja style fish taco, which NotB doesn't even have on their menu. No one else in our area is doing that, if anything they are the real deal! :)

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                                          equal_Mark RE: joonjoon Feb 18, 2011 09:16 AM

                                          For that style of restaurant I prefer Fins down in Bradley Beach. Just seems brighter & cleaner. Seems more professionally run with more attention to keeping the place clean and attractive. ST seems more enamored of "Sullen Yoots" more interested in commiserating with their buds than keeping the trash containers empty and the tables wiped clean.

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                        aklein RE: MarlboroMan Feb 17, 2011 04:27 PM

                        in the words of my grandmother... "Feh!"

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                          rickster71 RE: HillJ Feb 18, 2011 04:44 AM

                          I wouldn't describe it as typical Tex-Mex. They (ST) describe themselves as 'Coastal Cuisine' some kind of Calif-Mex hybrid.

                          I wonder if they will have a bar? The Jackson location has one of the best craft beer selections on tap that I've seen.

                          I've been hooked on the Mango/Shrimp tacos and one or two of the beers. Admittedly it's the beer that makes it. IMHO
                          The beer selection changes almost weekly. For those interested, here are a few from the last week in January: Stone Ruination, Green Flash Imperial IPA, DogFish Head Palo Santo Marron, Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Also bottles of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale.

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                            Tapas52 RE: HillJ Feb 18, 2011 05:27 AM

                            They have a full seated bar at the Jackson's Surf Taco with an upstairs lounge with Sofas that overlooks the restaurant also.

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                              HillJ RE: Tapas52 Feb 18, 2011 06:20 AM

                              Come better weather, I'm going to head over there and check it out.

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                          rickster71 RE: MarlboroMan Feb 20, 2011 08:05 AM

                          I went to Red Bank the other day to check for a bar. Unfortunately they have brown paper over the windows. So I'll have to wait and see...

                          1. Tom Sawyer RE: MarlboroMan Mar 2, 2011 04:26 AM

                            Wish them the best, but I dont see it as a savvy move. Red bank is like little Mexico. 'Border'line saturated with decent to good mexican food establishments.

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                              MGZ RE: Tom Sawyer Mar 2, 2011 05:43 AM

                              Sadly, they'll probably do well anyway. Places like Surf Taco, Chipotle, etc. are able to benefit from prejudice and racism. Face it, there are more people who want to eat Mexican-flavored food than are willing to go and eat in a Mexican-run restaurant.

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                                rickster71 RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2011 08:02 AM

                                Prejudice and racism? Really?
                                With all due respect; that's far off base.
                                Surf Taco was never sold as 'Authentic Mexican,'
                                It's more of a lighter, healthier style of Mex food.
                                Their words, "Our coastal cuisine menu features our unique blend of Surf Mex"

                                For me, it's similar to getting tired of old fashioned authentic red sauced Italian food; and searching out something Mario Batali would make.
                                Though I may be a little tired of red sauced Italian food; doesn't mean I'm racist. My Italian mother might get upset.

                                I love Mi Mexico, though I'm tired of it. I like the lighter fare & the craft beer at the Jackson location.

                                1. re: rickster71
                                  MGZ RE: rickster71 Mar 2, 2011 08:32 AM

                                  Please be careful with what I’m saying and why it was offered. My point is that there are those in our area who are more comfortable getting their “Mexican-flavored” food from homogenized, “safer” places. Part of the reason for that is the fact that many of those people maintain, consciously or not, latent prejudices. Consequently, Surf Taco, Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Fins, etc. derive some economic benefit.

                                  And, I agree, the beer selection in Jackson is quite good.

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                                    rickster71 RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2011 09:15 AM

                                    I do understand what you're saying.
                                    Though I tend to think the perceived safety from this homogenate comes more from familiarity than racism.
                                    An example being, people that drive to Florida; they will eat at McDonalds instead of trying an unfamiliar place.
                                    They aren't racist; they simply find safety / comfort in what's familiar. Much like an infant that recognizes their mother's voice & face.

                                    Nice tap beer selection at Shipwreck Point also. :-)

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                                      HillJ RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2011 09:22 AM

                                      Frankly given the limited family friendly, kid friendly places RB offers; I'm glad this summer the kids will have a place to go that welcomes their dollars with smiles rather than hanging out all over the street. RBs dining scene should offer a mix. Plenty of independent restaurant owners have tried and sadly didn't succeed...so this "chain" vs. "indie" thing is undeserved.

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                                        MGZ RE: HillJ Mar 2, 2011 10:29 AM

                                        What's wrong with hanging out in Marine Park, smoking weed and skateboarding, before heading over to Mr. Pizza Slice to play Ms. Pac Man? I mean it was good enough for the generations before them.

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                                          HillJ RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2011 10:31 AM

                                          Ha! That was the "old" RB...when rent was 10K or higher a month :)

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                                cantkick RE: MarlboroMan Mar 4, 2011 06:35 AM

                                Is it open yet? If not, any idea when?

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                                  MarlboroMan RE: cantkick Mar 4, 2011 12:54 PM

                                  Obviously it's past March 1st. :) Found this:


                                  and this:


                                  Of course, both articles are dated early January.

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                                    Foody4life RE: cantkick Mar 23, 2011 09:40 AM

                                    Grand Opening . . . Thurs, March 24! and byob for Red Bank location.


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                                      jfedorko RE: Foody4life Mar 24, 2011 07:01 PM

                                      Did indeed open Thursday 3/24


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                                    tom246 RE: MarlboroMan Apr 13, 2011 06:35 AM

                                    Got to Red Bank a bit later than we hoped for, had about 40 minutes before the movie (Win Win was a great movie) saw Surf Taco and decided it should be quick and easy.

                                    It seems that Surf Taco has their detractors but I have to say the food was tasty and fit with our timing. DW had a surf taco and a garlic shrimp taco. Good ingredients and spiced it up with the sauces. Had half of the surf taco and enjoyed it.
                                    I had the Chicken burrito (there is a name for it, can't remember). Moist grilled chicken, beans, rice, sour cream etc in a nice soft shell. Have to say, it was good.

                                    Not the cheapest tacos and burritos but last night it fit the bill nicely. Not sure what was in the space before but its comfortable and large.

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