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Jul 16, 2012 06:39 PM

Red Sky Restaurant - Keyport

Discovered another good ( but hard to find) restaurant in Keyport this weekend - it is a small place located in the Browns Point Marina parking lot. Stopped in for lunch - I had the grilled swordfish tacos, which consisted of two tacos filled with a nice size strip of grilled fish with a lightly dressed slaw and a mango salsa, thin crispy fries on the side. Husband had a salmon "BLT" - Served on focaccia with seared salmon and a dill flavored mayo. We also enjoyed a starter of 4 fried shrimp dumplings that came with a chili/marmalade sauce. They were crisp and tasty, and the perfect size for an appetizer, each being just a bite and not heavy.

Chef James came out for a quick chat midway through the meal. He seems to have a focus on local, seasonal ingredients.

I look forward to trying more of what the chef has to offer. If I recall correctly, they are open for dinner Wed-Sun, lunch Fri-Sat, and Sunday for brunch.

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  1. I live not far from there & the menu looks pretty good, so we may go check it out. Do they have a bar?

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    1. re: Jerzeegirl

      Jerzeegirl, they don't have a bar, but it is BYOB!

      1. re: giacomod

        Thanks for the response, giacomod. There was no mention of a bar on their website, but I didn't want to assume anything, cause you know what happens when you do that.

        1. re: Jerzeegirl

          According to NJ ABC regulations dining establishments are not allowed to mention in their advertising or online presence that they are BYOB. If they have a bar they can mention it, but if they are BYOB they can't. Go figure...

              1. re: Mr. Bingley

                I rate it right up there with the South Carolina/North Carolina law that you can't have a rare burger unless the establishment grinds the meat for the burgers on the premises.

    2. Thank you for sharing your review. I was not aware of this place at all.
      I am always looking for new brunch places to check out.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Dh & I enjoyed Red Sky for the 1st time for brunch. We ordered the Crab Cake Benedict and the Captain John's three egg omelet (which includes crabmeat, fontina cheese and onions). Both came with spicy "red sky" potatoes and a few pieces of fruit. The omelet also included toast and with the fresh biscuits literally in view of our table we asked to sub the toast (& the biscuit was delicious). Coffee could have been hotter but the service was excellent and both the benedict and omelete were prepared well. $36.00 with tip.

        We'll be back to try some of the other menus. No issue finding the place or parking.

        Hit the Fishery for some fresh to go items on our way home.

      2. Just drove past's located at Keyport Marine Basin. Set back in the parking lot. If I remember correctly, it was once Rays and then Palate Pleasers. The tide comes in, so you have to park behind the building.

        1. Menu looks good. Will have to give it a go. The dessert menu looks a little lacking

          1. Came here last night. It's a little tough to find, but so worth it. This is what we had:

            Appetizers: Ginger shrimp dumplings and the clams..... AMAZING

            I have the swordfish tacos. My sister had the scallops and my mom had the salmon. My meal was incredible! I tried a scallop too and it was amazing. Everyone LOVED their meals and we will all be back soon. If you haven't been here yet, DO IT!!!!

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            1. re: cleverwon

              I was just going to reply to a post that was here a day or so ago that read "Red Sky-Fantastic" and I now see that it was deleted. Anyway, hopefully you won’t delete my post since you know I am certainly not new to the boards and that I am a fellow “hounder”. Well, I was at Red Sky for dinner for the first time this past Saturday night. They have only been opened for a month. Actually this thread sparked my interest as I always check the Board for new dining options. I enjoy other restaurants in Keyport (Drew’s, Nemo) and was glad to see yet another addition to the area. Although I am from Marlboro, Keyport dining is worth the trip. As a “hounder” I always approach a new restaurant hopeful, yet looking to evaluate fairly and critically if need be. Honestly, I could not find a single fault at Red Sky. Yes, the location is a bit off the beaten path, but who cares. The meal was wonderful. Three of us enjoyed each and every morsel. IMHO Chef James, the owner (he came out to introduce himself) has remarkable talent- all he needs is a chance as a new restauranteur and a following. The place is small but if all goes well, Chef James has plans to build an outdoor deck. We started out with delicious, warm, perfectly browned home baked rolls that tasted like a soft pretzel without the salt and just the right chive butter compound to accompany them. We ordered the shrimp dumplings, in which you could actually taste whole shrimp. The dipping sauce was a tangy , sweet chile sauce. We also had the corn fritters, which were crisped up just right and accompanied by a creamy remoulade. So far so good. Next came a complimentary salad, which we expected to be blah, since complimentary salads usually are. This one, although simple, was so fresh and beautifully presented on the plate. The wedge of tomato was one of the best I tasted all summer and the house sherry vinagrette was amazing. At this point I really was searching hard to find fault, but couldn’t. Two of us had the sea scallops, which were I think six or seven beautiful specimens from the ocean, browned to perfection in a superb lemon sauce, accompanied with extremely tasty diced potatoes, julienne vegetables and topped with what tasted like frizzled sweet potato. The remaining entrée was the Red Sky chicken, of which my friend did not leave a morsel. Enough said. There were two dessert specials not on the menu, a chocolate lava cake and Cinnabon- Tons. We opted for the Cinnabon-Tons, which were crispy rectangular sort of wontons, filled with the outrageous flavor of Cinnabons and topped with vanilla ice cream. Yum, Yum, Yum. The meal for the three of us including the tip was $95- Unbelievable for such a top quality meal. We will definitely go back and try some of the other appetizers and entrees and I hope that Red Sky can make a go of it, as it would be a shame for this chef’s talent to be wasted.