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Nice restaurant for Christmas Eve Dinner in Manchester Township?

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stillwood Dec 15, 2012 09:53 AM

I'm visiting my Mom in Whiting, NJ for Christmas. I'm looking for a nice restaurant for dinner on Christmas Eve and on 23rd. Any suggestions?

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    TomDel RE: stillwood Dec 16, 2012 05:14 AM

    Unfortunately, you're in the middle of the Pine Barrens and there's not much nearby. Your best bet would be to head towards the shore and Route 9 but note that a number of restaurants were damaged from "Sandy" and may not be open. If they're open, Il Giardino Sul www.ilgiardinorestaurant.com Mare in Forked River has excellent Italian cuisine.

    1. njfreqflyer RE: stillwood Dec 16, 2012 11:06 AM

      I recommend Villa Vittoria in Brick. I eat there frequently. It's the sister restaurant of Il Giardino Sul Mare. Similar menus; both are about the same distance from Whiting.

      In either case, a reservation is recommended.

      2700 Hooper Avenue
      Brick, NJ 08723
      (732) 920-1550

      1. Tapas52 RE: stillwood Dec 17, 2012 05:08 AM

        Close by.... Solo Bella in Jackson, NJ is a good bet for dinner...

        http://www.solobella.com/

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          TomDel RE: Tapas52 Dec 17, 2012 07:07 AM

          I haven't dined there with these owners but another place near Jackson is the Plumsted Grill and it's not too far from Whiting. See http://www.theplumstedgrill.com .

        2. AC Captain RE: stillwood Dec 17, 2012 10:52 AM

          Check out Three B's in Lakehurst. Nothing fancy but but very good tavern syle food in a nice setting. As a side note they also have an excellent Italian market in the same plaza.

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