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LBI area Easter brunch, dinner, lunch ??? Any ideas, always at a loss for dining in this area!

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cpine Mar 17, 2012 10:12 AM

Looking for a Easter brunch/lunch/dinner option near LBI will go as far south as Atlantic City area.
Any ideas, always looking for some GOOD options in this area.

  1. katydid13 Mar 24, 2012 06:00 PM

    i've had good basic breakfasts at Greenhouse Cafe in Ship Bottom.

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      Quine Mar 24, 2012 06:37 PM

      Well, if we're only talking good basic breakfasts, then Uncle Will's in Beach Haven And Scojo's are awesome. I will probably be at one or the other tomorrow. But it's not Easter Special. However, it is kinda interesting that I was looking at the Sandpaper just about 30 minutes ago and for the first time actually read the Greenhouse Cafe ad. So maybe fate will lend a hand.

      BTW. the 4 Bee's does have some truly amazing Cheese Babka As well as their meats. I do suggest calling ahead to pre-order, as it sells out fast. I have a feeling our Traditional Polish Easter food items will include 4 Bees. Tho' I will miss the usual Trenton trip.

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        katydid13 Mar 25, 2012 10:01 AM

        Uncle Wills is actually more convenient for me to get to, but I've enjoyed better service, better prices & the much larger breakfast menu at Greenhouse.

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          Quine Mar 25, 2012 11:57 AM

          Ah, well then, that does sweeten the pot...er...plate. :-)

    2. Quine Mar 17, 2012 08:04 PM

      In the LBI area myself year around. Will be at the Borgata Buffet (it's classy) for Easter brunch.

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        chefdaddyo Mar 18, 2012 04:28 AM

        There's also Legend's, inside the clubhouse at Sea Oaks golf course in Tuckerton. Clearly not the Borgata, but probably half the cost. My mom hosts a few luncheon fundraisers there each year. She always says, " for Ocean County, it's pretty darn good."

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          cpine Mar 18, 2012 04:52 AM

          thanks my husband thought that there should be something in tuckerton, we will check out the menu. The Borgata also sounds like an excellent option too. We are on LBI for the summer and ocassionally thru the other months, we can not find a good reliable resturant. Any recommendations??? We are constantly trying and leaving disappointed! Thanks

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            chefdaddyo Mar 18, 2012 05:51 AM

            We, also, were tired of the letdowns. Stopped going out about five years ago. Prime steaks are available on the island, and I don't to need to remind you of the corn and tomatoes. The Shop Rite in Manahawkin is excellent, and they even stock a good selection from D'Artagnan. The final insult (five years ago) was at Vidalia for son's birthday. Really crappy crab cocktail, lousy service and Manhattan prices. My tilefish was great, but $30??? Our house also makes the best martinis, no waiting, and offers superb dining. All I can honestly mention is Off The Hook up north. Pricey, but great fried scallops, and those 'coated' fries from Sysco.

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              cpine Mar 18, 2012 07:10 AM

              Your response is so understood in my LBI world. My family enjoys anything from oakies, the butcher in surf city,. We are also fans of shop Rite ( go figure) my days and nights at LBI filled with cooking and cocktails....sounds like martinis at your home have been mastered! I really thought there was some reasonably priced treasure we have been missing. even a good cup of coffee without "attitude" has been hard to find. thank god for the beaches!!!!

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                Quine Mar 18, 2012 07:48 AM

                As a year arounder, I will not even go onto LBI starting Memorial Day, as well as avoid the Shoprite in Manahawkin. We will venture onto the island, for Sunday breafask at Uncle Will's in Beach Haven or Scojo's in Surf City, Excellent Mexican In the center of Manahawkin (rt9/Old Bay Ave.) Senor Frog. Last week I had monkfish tacos and he gets diver scallops off the boats in BL. He knows how to pan sear them perfectly. On Rt 9 going south in Eagleswood is JT's, a very paper placemat place that makes crabcakes that only rock(no filler). Was there for St. Pat's, Full out Corned beef dinner, have enough leftover for some mighty sandwiches. And took home, for later, just because I had never had one A Beer-battered Burger. Friday specials, often include fish and chips, very well made, with house made chips that are as light as air.
                We only lunch out, so do not know about the dinners. Usually always order of the specials at JT's and at Senor Frog, It's always "whatever you make us" as they have become good friends. So if you go, check to see what he has in seafood. Scallop Empanitas are the size of the plate.

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                  chefdaddyo Mar 18, 2012 08:52 AM

                  You always mention the quality at Sr. Frog's, Quine. It's on our list. Question: many CH threads regarding the lack of GOOD options on the island; why? If you look at the real estate, there's got to be a ton of educated palates. Granted, some people rent for a week and have a large family/group. Plenty of "yeah, but you get a lot" places. But why no simple, excellent, fresh, service-minded and honest $$$ options? Must we march en masse over the causeway? Doesn't some restaurant 'sharpie' see this void? BTW, last really good meal we had was at 8th & Central (BL) many years ago. Quine and cpine, you've got any dough stashed? I think we could do it!!!

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                    Quine Mar 18, 2012 05:05 PM

                    Being SO seasonal really kills it for most places that try. You don't have much of the beyond the Causeway crowd, that ventures onto the Island in the off season, and most only want the Chinese AYCE style. While you do have some good foodies that summer, unless they are constant, success is hard. The old stand-bys are keeping the it works so why fix it formula.

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                    newfie29 Mar 19, 2012 05:16 AM

                    Quine, have you tried Mom's Fish and Chips right up the street from JT's? It's very good - I haven't made the trip to Allen's Clam Bar in New Gretna since Mom's opened. The owner is a really nice guy and he knows how to cook some seafood - I got their shrimp and scallop special yesterday - a half dozen of each, nice size and cooked perfectly - along with a huge tender baked potato and cole slaw all for 12.95 - can't beat it. He's got a nice selection of daily specials - and the regular fish and chips goes for just 6.50. I'd love to see him make it in this place that's been more failed ventures than I can count...!

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                      Quine Mar 19, 2012 12:28 PM

                      Well, well yeah, we ride by it to get to JT's and always give it a laugh. That weird build has housed so many,many different food business since it was built. We have not given it a shot since we adore JT's Fish and homemade chips.

                      Do they have a sit in service? Take cards or cash only?

                      Funny, we drove past Allen's Yesterday too, and commented that we hadn't even been there, but it got good reviews (tho the one time I went to a HIGHLY acclaimed sushi place based on glowing reviews from this board, now is recorded as the worst meal that I can remember).

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                        newfie29 Mar 20, 2012 04:57 AM

                        Sit in service (probably 6 tables - you know the building, not exactly large) is available - there are also a couple of tables with umbrellas outside on the deck. He takes all credit cards, and BYOB is welcome. A full range of appetizers is available - we had a couple dozen steamers on Sunday - very sweet - including wings, jalapeno poppers and the like for landlubbers. He uses a nice light batter on his fried platters - I'm particularly fond of the scallops and my husband raves about the cod - and a nice seasoning (the chef/owner hails from Puerto Rico, and I believe his seasonings reflect that) on the broiled platters. He also serves a somewhat unique tartar sauce that has a hint of horseradish in it - really addictive. The space has been spruced up and is really clean - you can tell he's put his heart into it - I hope things pick up for him as we get into the summer season...

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                          Quine Mar 20, 2012 02:15 PM

                          OK, Mom and I will have to try it, even as in love with JT's as we are. And just yum, today I had a scallop empanada at Senor Frog and Mom got a traditional breakfast, for our "whatever you make us" today.

                           
                           
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                            lovessushi Mar 25, 2012 05:10 PM

                            Adding my two sense here...we always visit LBI in the off season because the on season is insanity (at least to us). The lack of food options is a little scary...we've had great luck at the Black Whale for simple seafood/bar food (slight obsession with the oyster sandwich there), and other than that we make use of the over priced grocery, and Uncle Wil's for bkfst. I had really liked the Pearl Street (I think that's what it was called) little sandwich place last year, but on our last visit, the owner wasn't quite as appropriate as the owner of an establishment should be, and I see no reason to return there... We're planning to head back to LBI this year, and will yet again be asking "where do you want to go for lunch? I don't know, where do you want to go?" lol

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                              katydid13 Mar 25, 2012 09:31 PM

                              I have to try this place!

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                                Quine Mar 26, 2012 08:50 AM

                                Senor Frog? I do not think you will be disappointed! Be sure to ask if anything is special, that is never a disappointment for me. Chef/owner Luna is amazingly skilled. You are not going to be knocked off your butt by heat blasts and trust me, I've had a few dishes that I thought at first bite would kill me. And definitely see if there is cake .

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                                  katydid13 Mar 27, 2012 09:07 PM

                                  Will do. I'm a big fan of tres leches & never dreamed I might find it in southern Ocean County!

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                                    Quine Mar 27, 2012 09:10 PM

                                    Oh, I don't even like cake and I eat this one. It's that good!

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