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Can anyone recommend a favorite restaurant some where about halfway between LBI and Metuchen? Doesn't have to be super fancy . . . can even be a BYOB. We like most types of food with steakhouses and Italian being our favorites. This is for a laid back family gathering to celebrate a birthday. All adults except for 1 ten year old.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. I think Mud City Crab House would probably fit the bill for you..


    Mud City Crab House
    1185 E Bay Ave, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

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    1. re: Tapas52

      Mud City Crab house is in Manahawkin, the mainland side of LBI. That's not exactly Halfway point the OP was asking for. My parents built and owned the original restaurant that MCCH now is. Know the area well.

    2. Halfway between Metuchen and LBI would be Brick/Lakewood. For Italian in that area I would give Villa Vittoria a try. Good Luck.

      Villa Vittoria
      2700 Hooper Ave, Brick, NJ 08723

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      1. re: bgut1

        VV is a very good suggestion. I've eaten there twice in the last month. Never have had a bad meal there. Children are welcome.

        1. re: bgut1

          Count me as a Villa Vittoria regular and fan as well. I'm there a couple of times a month and always enjoy the food. They've had soft shell crabs francese over capellini (main course) for the last few weeks and italian hot peppers with potatoes (appetizer) this past week as specials. Depending on the size of your gathering, you may wish to inquire about the availability of their side room which is set apart from the main dining room. They have full bar service.

          Villa Vittoria
          2700 Hooper Ave, Brick, NJ 08723