Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > New Jersey >
Mar 31, 2012 11:16 AM

Drew's Bayshore Bistro, Keyport

Wow, Drew's just keeps getting better and better (if that is even possible). We settled in last night looking over the menu while our server Colleen read the specials. It seems you can't go wrong with anything at Drew's, it is also nice to have a wide variety of choices.

We started with a special salad of spinach, sliced strawberries, fennel, goat cheese all tied together with a blood orange vinaigrette. Excellent salad and a large portion. I had the signature voodoo shrimp which I had not ordered in some time. Well, it is as good as ever. Go hungry and enjoy! Also had a large bowl of mussels that were prepared with white wine, garlic and herbs. These were tasty and we sopped up the broth with some nice bread.

Entrees were perfectly seared scallops over a creamy corn risotto and two jumbo crab cakes with smashed potatoes, veggies and a creamy tartar sauce. Both entrees were superb.

It is hard to pass up dessert at Drew's, so we didn't try :) A new salted caramel pretzel pie was off the charts good. A pretzel tart shell with caramel, chocolate ganache, whipped cream, chocolate sauce with a scoop of vanilla gelato. Wonderful mix of sweet and salty!
Also had another new dessert, a fried apple pie with whipped cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream was crispy on the outside with warm apple berry goodness inside. Another excellent dessert to end a delicious meal.

Drew was recently nominated for a James Beard award, this is the third year in a row!!. A real accomplishment. Totally comfortable in the new restaurant he is experimenting all the time and is devoting time to a recently purchased smoker. Can't wait for Drew to start sampling from that smoker.
Service from Colleen, Tara and the entire staff is friendly and very helpful.
Always a pleasure dining at Drew's and last night was no exception, enjoy.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. The original comment has been removed
    1. The original comment has been removed
      1. Tom246 - Thanks for the excellent report. Last week I had a chance to try the mussels as well as the excellent chocolate caramel pretzel tart. Both are fantastic additions to the DBB menu. Looking forward to trying the fried apple pie. If its anything like the fig "drewton" I'm sure its a real winner.

        3 Replies
        1. re: bgut1

          Fig "Drewton"? b., Tell me more! :) Mr. R. and I are way past due for a visit to the Bistro.

          1. re: RGR

            R - The "Drewton" is obviously Drew's take on a Fig Newton. I would describe it as a empanada or half moon pie with a sweet fig filing. The pies are fried and are delivered warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and some whipped cream. The nice flaky crust, warm filing and cold ice cream make for a perfect bite. It's a truly masterful job by Drew to bring back the flavor memories of our youth and transform them into a grown-up dessert.

            1. re: bgut1

              Thanks, b.! I'm drooling. Really must get over to the Bistro asap.


        2. The original comment has been removed
          1. Drew's cajun meat pie (empanada) might be my favorite food ever. Seriously. The most delicious.