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New to the Toms River Area can someone tell me about any good restaurants in the area? (please no chains thank you)

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Just moved to the area from NY and I'm finding it difficult to get a great meal.

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  1. Serenity Cafe on Rt 37
    Il Giardinello on Rt 9

    1. Wow from NY to the OC, that's a big cuilinary leap. You are in the land of pizza and big plates now, Toto.

      One solid spot that is popular with several local 'hounds is Siam Spice on Fischer Boulevard: http://www.siamspicecuisine.com/

      There is also a Jamaican place called Ja Rock that has gotten some love on these boards: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6384...

      Since TR is such a big space, it's probably worth noting what part you're in so as to help with surrounding towns. Things are still weird in places like Seaside, Lavalette, Point, etc. and many restaurants are still not open, but there's more good chow available if you can travel a bit.

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      1. re: MGZ

        Do the OP a favor and give them some tips with a 30min drive like your backyard. Most of Ocean County is a culinary wasteland with so many options but so few in true quality.

        +1 for Siam & Il Giardinello mentioned by Njchica.

        What's the update on Shipwreck in Point? I'm going to hold out for them opening rather than waste my time and efforts in being disappointed at Char. I'm holding a grudge against them I'm so pissed. I don't know if the owners are at Red Bank but I might take a ride up to Raritan just to let them know how bad they are screwing up Red Bank.

        The sad thing is people are still waiting in line so as long as the money is rolling in who knows how much they will listen.

        (Can you tell I'm pissed! Lol)

        1. re: jrvedivici

          That's kinda why I'm asking what part of TR. I mean, don't they have like nine high schools?

          Our friend Quine (who I haven't heard from in a while), seemed to love El Senior Frog in Manahawkin. E.g., http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/747038 or http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724067

          In the other direction, for example, there are places like Firefly (e.g. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886977 ) or the Committed Pig (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886977) in Manasquan. They're better than much around, for what they are.

          But, I guess, at bottom, a bit more of what one's lookin' for and how far they're willing to travel wouldn't hurt for us to know in order to try and help.

          1. re: MGZ

            3 high schools

            1. re: Njchicaa

              It was a joke, chicaa. We were here when only South existed.

            2. re: MGZ

              Yeah, what happened to Quine? Anyone know?

              Jerseygirl111

              1. re: Jerseygirl111

                I don't know, but I miss her too.

            3. re: jrvedivici

              Oh, and Shipwreck Point woulda topped my list of suggestions in the OC, but I think they're still not open yet. May 1, maybe?

              1. re: MGZ

                Apparently, Shipwreck Point is opening next week. Memorial Day weekend in PP is only slightly better that havin' wisdom teeth removed without an anesthetic, so I'll wait a week, but . . . .

                1. re: MGZ

                  Nice.....thanks for the update. I, like you, will wait a little before venturing over. I'm looking forward to finally giving it a try.

          2. Jules!

            1. Siam Spice is wonderful.
              Ja Rock is now closed, unfortunately.
              Serenity Cafe is very good.

              I'll throw in these as well...
              The Cookie Cab
              Shut Up and Eat!
              Xina
              Brasas BBQ
              Tacos Sacra

              1. Il Familiar

                Miracle Bar & Grill

                Siam Spice

                Brasas BBQ

                Great Wok

                Joey D's Pizza

                1. Solid recommendations from board regulars on Siam Spice and El Familiar within TR proper. Nobi is the best sushi you're going to get in the area, but it's been a while since I've been there.

                  I eat very well and frequently at Villa Vittoria in Brick. Another great place is Atlantic Bar & Grill in South Seaside Park which has re-opened, with Chef Mike back at the helm.

                  Take note: if you're new to the NJ restaurant & BYOB scene, not all restaurants have a liquor license. Of those above, VV and ABQ do have full service.