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Feb 25, 2013 04:44 AM

Return of Blue Marlin in Bradley Beach?

Driving down Main Street yesterday and saw a sign in the window of an empty space to watch for the "Grand Re-Opening of the Blue Marlin." The space also hosted Juanito's II and a host of other abject failures, but I can't remember anymore if it was also Blue Marlin's original location. I just remember the jerk.

Does anyone have more info than this? I didn't see a date for this return. Hopefully this incarnation will be as good or better than the original.

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  1. One can hope. Have not had a decent jerk pork in NJ since Roy packed up and disappeared. He used to really jack up the seasoning when I ordered it! I remember when they opened and his daughter Tiffany was like 14 years old and would sit at a back table doing homework in between waiting tables...

    Old Menu:

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    1. re: equal_Mark

      Thanks for the memories - we too remember Tiffany helping out dad at times by waiting tables. Would be great if it does turn out to be Roy again ...

    2. Was in Bradley Beach today and decided to check in on progress at the future Blue Marlin. Sign was larger that I expected. Hello? The outer door was unlocked. Hello? The inner door was unlocked! So I opened the door and who is standing there but Roy, talking to one of his contractors.

      He said he hoped to open in a couple weeks, and that his wife Joycelyn and son (who is graduating high school this spring!) are still living down in Atlanta.

      We discussed the restaurant scene here and there, the changing demographics of the area, local restaurants, politics, food, rece relations, Jamaican food here and in Jamaica, religion, Hurricane Sandy, more politics, etc, etc. (If you know Roy, you understand) :-)

      Looking forward to some decent Jerk Pork...

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      1. re: equal_Mark

        Hmmm... Edit function doesn't let you add pictures:

        1. re: equal_Mark

          Thanks, Mark. You have me excited for the (re)opening.

          1. Blue Marlin is having a soft opening today. A date for the official Grand Reopening has not yet been set.

            A copy of their current menu can be viewed here:


            Welcome back Roy!

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            1. re: equal_Mark

              Is this address cursed? Is there no interest in the only Caribbean place on the shore that is not a cheesy takeout joint? Was surprised when a Moroccan restaurant opened here and go absolutely no coverage. Now a great ethnic place has returned, and there is no interest at all? Anyone? Bueller?

              1. re: equal_Mark

                Why so definitive that there's no interest?

                1. re: aklein

                  Late last year there was a request here about La Vie, a Moroccan place that formerly occupied this address; there was no response. Since finding out about Blue Marlin reopening I've posted several updates; almost no response. I guess I I conflate posting here on CH as an indication of interest...

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    Makes sense. Did you go to the soft open?

                    The only restaurants that seem to fly in SE Monmouth are either red-sauce Italian or Irish pubs. There are a few exceptions, but not many. We were at Aires De Columbia in Bradley Beach last summer (not the best Colombian but still) and the place was empty while the TWO Italian restaurants on either side were packed and people were in line. Said it all.

                    1. re: aklein

                      Was there Thursday. Curried shrimp roti app & Jerk pork entree. Excellent! If anything the portions were almost too big, but then again I'm becoming an old fart... There was one other table of ten.

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        We are looking forward to heading back to The Blue Marlin but not until next week at the earliest due to holiday dietary restrictions. We used to love the joint!

                        About La Vie. We went there. It was not good. I usually do not like to submit a review based on one visit. However, we never got a chance to get back before it was closed.

                        For me at least, I am very interested in the thoughts of a select group of posters who I have to come rely upon. Over time, I know how to interpret reviews. So, if Joe likes something I am fairly certain I won't but if Mary does than I will. But I don't post all that often as I am not sure I have have much more to add and don't need to post of the sake of it.

                        And I do I tend to get wordy.


                2. re: equal_Mark

                  How about we Crawl to this place, Chowhound style? :)

                    1. re: aklein

                      I'm game. Is hard to follow up on here without a PM capability tho...

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        =m, you know I'm a fellow Jerk lover and I'm totally stoked for this place! I'll swing by at some point and report back.

                        Castaways has closed so that leaves us with just Blue Marlin and Islander for Jamaican fare.

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          My only issue with the jerk at Blue Marlin is that during his first run back in the 90s Roy ceded to popular opinion and switched his jerk chicken from bone in / skin on pieces to boneless skinless breasts. It may be "healthier" but the seasoning does not stick and when grilled the breasts dry out. :-( I stick to the pork...

                          1. re: equal_Mark

                            I hate when that happens...why take everything awesome about a dish - juicy, spicy dark meat cooked roadside - and destroy it by taking it into a restaurant, toning down the spice and making it with white meat? Ugh.

                            1. re: joonjoon

                              Roy faced an issue with the fact that many of his customers preferred the boneless/skinless chicken over dealing with the bony hunks. He was faced with maintaining authenticity or selling food (sort of the "Big Night" syndrome). This is an issue faced by many ethnic/regional eateries in the US. Lets face it, those of us that prefer getting out fingers greasy & spicy while dismembering out food are not in the majority...

                              1. re: equal_Mark

                                Yup.. my wife is the white mean woman. Me? I'm the dismembering sort. My favorite chicken cut? The thigh. My least favorite? The breast.

                1. Blue Marlin is back and is offering great Caribbean cuisine in a full service sit-down establishment. I really like the fact that Roy Reid is cooking dishes to order in an area where Jamaican/Caribbean food has been relegated to a couple take-out counters.

                  Really like the curried rotis as well as the conch fritter appetizers and the Jerk pork and chicken (jerk whole bone in/ skin on chicken available for traditionalists). Red Snapper and Escovitch Fish. Curry Goat and a number of pastas & rice dishes.

                  We need to support the local shore establishments, and Blue Marlin is a great example of a place using local sourced ingredients (Mmm, scotch bonnet peppers!) to spice up their food... We can do this!

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                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    Chowhound crawl/get together?

                    In fact, let's make it monthly!

                    Seriously, we could designate something like the third Friday night of every month as "Chowhound Night" and anyone can show up.. no previous RSVP needed. What do you think, Mark? Let's show Roy some love!

                    (For the record, I've been to Jamaica, but haven't had Roy's food yet).

                    1. re: MarlboroMan

                      I went for Jerk night a few weeks back. It was pretty good I wasn't wowed. Then again my jerk bar's been set ridiculously high (pun intended) from my trip to Jamaica.

                      I would definitely return though!

                      1. re: joonjoon

                        If you make your preference for more incendiary fare when ordering, Roy is more than happy to fire it up!

                      2. re: MarlboroMan

                        I'm game, for any CH get-togethers (still waiting on word about Porta...)