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Monmouth County - Best of Last Year?

So, at least for us, 2013 was a lousy year for eating out at the Shore. Our investment in restaurant food was roughly equivalent to that of JP Morgan Chase in WaMu. I think we just settled the last dispute with the Feds and it almost exhausted the reserve.

Nonetheless, I did have a few shining palate moments from the plates placed in front of me at local eateries. For example, the crab beignets and the gnudi at Surv. have us heading back for more tastes in a couple weeks. The pizzas at Mossuto's and Porta are consistently worth stopping in for. Mrs. Z had a halibut special at The Shipwreck that was dish licking good. And, the corned beef hash at Toast in Asbury will always come to mind when I am more hungover than usual.

So, I was wondering, as we start Twenty-fourteen, what did you have last year in the area that you wanna head back for? What deliciousness would you divulge? What was your "Wrecking Ball"? Your "Roar"? What would be your MTV awards for the Best of 2013? Best beer? Best app? Best sandwich?* Best whatever-the-f*ck-you-can-think of?

*By the way, I still want to get to that place in Long Branch for the Meatball Sub.

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  1. Cool thread and happy new year z man.

    Let me think this over. What place in long branch?

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    1. re: corvette johnny

      Oceanview. I'm pretty sure it was your rec: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/868666 I've been past a few times too late to go in, and longed to stop by "next time". It's at the top of the short list for the next few weeks. Perhaps, on the way back from the impending trip to the DMV in Eatontown?

      More importantly, Hat's Off and Happy New Year to you, Johnny. Any Carton beer nods for the past twelve months, or were they too "Work Bitch"?*

      *Sorry, just showing my Pop music prowess so as not to seem too out of touch. I can still talk Zeppelin, if you'd prefer?

      1. re: MGZ

        More importantly, I'd also love to see one of those Astronaut trophies be awarded for the "Best Happy Hour Special with Live Performance" or the "Best Latin Artist". (I'm pretty sure that the pork skin tacos at North of the Border will walk away with the latter category).

        1. re: MGZ

          Oh yeah, carton is going strong. I'm still drinking it like its going out of style. Their recent beer called epitome was top notch and at over 10% abv it will take care of you nicely.

          1. re: corvette johnny

            And, here I was thinking I'd have to give those boys a lifetime achievement award for their past prowess with gentler "spirits".

      2. Are you talking about Joanne's Ocean View bakery in LB for meatball subs etc, great place?

         
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        1. re: Tapas52

          It looks great. 'Hounds have said it's great. I, however, have never been, and really look forward to going soon. Do you think it's great?

          1. Yeah z is talking about ocean view. I'm not even a big meatball guy but that is a decent sub. Ask for the special of the day. Her veal and peppers is a tasty dish.

            Around the corner rocafellas has some real good cheese steak pizza....suprisingly better than their sandwich version which isn't great. These places are both right near the train station.

            For some not so popular places I will toss out a few of my faves this year.

            For 2013 one of my "go to" dishes was the pork chop at harborside. I prob had about 20 of them when I normally am a steak guy. I sub out the potato pancakes for mashed..great unexpected find for a place that's more known for their bar.

            Tacos al pastor at linos was another top dish for2013.

            Thanks for the tip on the pork skin tacos....I might have to head there tonight lol.

            The new Chinese place in hazlet was enjoyable too, jing chuan.

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            1. re: corvette johnny

              That's the spirit, Brother. Harborside deserves some kudos for convincing you to let your beefy ass get "porked"! (frequently, it seems).

            2. Yeah z is talking about ocean view. I'm not even a big meatball guy but that is a decent sub. Ask for the special of the day. Her veal and peppers is a tasty dish.

              Around the corner rocafellas has some real good cheese steak pizza....suprisingly better than their sandwich version. These places are both right near the train station..

              For 2013 one of my "go to" dishes was the pork chop at harborside. I prob had about 20 of them when I normally am a steak guy. I sub out the potato pancakes for mashed..great unexpected find for a place that's more known for their bar.

              Tacos al pastor at linos was another top dish for2013.

              Thanks for the tip on the pork skin tacos....I might have to head there tonight lol.

              1. Very cool thread...here are my picks in no particular order:

                Lengua Taco at North of the Border
                Tortas at Jaunito's Bakery
                Beer at Carton Brewing
                Pretty much everything at The Flaky Tart
                Voodoo Shrimp and the shrimp and grits at Drew's Bayshore Bistro
                Baba ganoush and falafel at Gardenia Grill
                The Capolino sub at Taliercios
                Eggplant slice at Sea Bright Pizza
                Sicilian slice at Federico's Pizza Express (It is so light and airy not like the dense bricks that can be served)
                The Italian roast pork sub at Philly's Famous Cheesesteaks
                Grilled Octopus at Undici
                Philly burger and mango milkshake at Bobby's Burger Palace (I initially didn't expect to like this place, but find my self going back every few months.)
                Khao soi at Kunya Siam
                Broiled, fried, and/or steamed local seafood all along the shore, but Moby's is really close to me and perfect with a pitcher of beer on the roof deck
                Al pastor tacos at International Mexican Food

                I'm sure I've forgotten a few and hope to expand the list in the upcoming year.

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                1. re: LifeGeek

                  Lifegeek, if you are into duck try the Basil duck at kunya siam.

                  Definitely agree with the voodoo shrimp, philly pork sandwich, carton beer and baba ganoush....all great choices of mine as well.

                  A few more....some old classics and some new

                  Still a sucker for a plain brothers pie. I don't think it needs any toppings.

                  Maguro sashimi at kyoto

                  Chorizo and garlic shrimp at costa verde

                  Mac and cheese at salt creek. Heart attack in a bowl.

                  Ny strip Steak at cc

                  Rodeio grill ....one of my all time favorites. Casual Byob rodizio for 18 bucks. Ive been going here for over 8 years and they haven't raised the price a penny. No it's not plataforma but you can roll in here after a day of fishing with a cooler full of beer. I def eat 18 worth of top sirloin, skirt steak, and pork ribs lol

                  Chowhound turned me onto kimchi in lincroft this year. Beef stone bowls are tasty and pretty cheap.

                  I also got into Ada's this year thanks to this site. Pernil is good and Im an ethiopian newbie but I do like that style too.

                  Oh and I found a decent cheese steak finally. Its the place next to shop rite in west long branch. With a little salt and pepper this is pretty good...just had it a few weeks ago.

                  Stuffed jalapeƱos at local smoke

                  1. re: corvette johnny

                    Thanks corvette johnny. I have heard the duck is awesome and have been meaning to try it. The best part of this thread so far is that I now have even more places to look forward to trying this year.

                    I recently went to Dee Dees kitchen in colts neck and had a pork roll, egg, and cheese. I just randomly stumbled onto the place. I am normally not expecting to be blown away by this humble sandwich, but oh my was their roll awesome. The bread is brought in daily from royal crown on Staten Island. So technically I guess it isn't their roll. They can run out of the rolls pretty quickly on the weekends. It is not much to look at and I haven't tried anything else, but worth a stop for the roll alone if you happen to be in the area.

                    1. re: corvette johnny

                      Cheesesteak in West Long branch.. is that a pizza place?

                    2. re: LifeGeek

                      Federico's Sicilian slice is a true treat. It's like givin' Dave Grohl a "Lifetime Achievement" award. Maybe force him to play a Nirvana/Foo Fighters medley?