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Published on June 07, 2012 with No Comments

ASBURY PARK

America’s Cup Coffee Company
633 Cookman Ave., 732-988-2000
The shop roasts its own coffee beans on site, helping to create an oasis for the customer seeking an authentic cup of brew.

Asbury Park Roastery
803 2nd Ave., 732-807-3155 www.aproastery.com
Fresh roasted coffees and teas with locations on Main Street and in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall. Imported coffees from the Dominican Republic and Tanzania.

Aqua Oceanfront Bar & Restaurant
Inside Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Ave., 732-455-8434 www.aqualoungeap.com
Aqua is a local lounge and tapas restaurant providing a friendly, upscale environment for the Boardwalk. It’s the creation of the Aquablue Restaurant Group. Check out the summer drink specials at the full service bar.

Brickwall Tavern
522 Cookman Ave., 732-774-1264 www.brickwalltavern.com
With specials and events planned every day of the week, a night at the Brickwall Tavern is never dull. Some summer menu offerings include Catalina wedges with iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, 
smoked bacon, chopped shrimp
and egg, blue cheese and house-made honey French
dressing and the picnic plate, featuring barbecue ribs, corn on the
cob, grilled lemon
and thyme chicken breast,
blue cheese potato salad and barbecue baked beans. Full service bar.

Dauphin Grille
1401 Ocean Ave., 732-774-3474 www.DauphinGrille.com
The Dauphin Grille at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel boasts the best in seasonal bistro fare by the sea. Influenced by proprietor Marilyn Schlossbach’s love for sustainable, fresh ingredients, the restaurant’s menu is inspired from travels to the coastal regions of Spain, France, Italy and America. From its fresh catch of the day to the seasonal tasting menu, Dauphin Grille spotlights the bounty of the Jersey Shore on its ever-changing menu.

Taka

Taka
632 Mattison Ave., 732-775-1020 www.Takaapnj.com
Besides all the classics such as sushi and gyoza, Taka serves short ribs and wasabi mashed potatoes, calamari and surf and turf — all with a Japanese twist. The desserts are house-made. Reservations
recommended. BYOB.

 

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS

 

Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon
51 First Ave., 732-291-8444 www.thecoppercanyon.com
The restaurant features South­western cuisine from two-time James Beard nominee, Michael Krikorian. Specialty items include Pasilla steak, crab cake, chile relleno, tinga tostada and the famous Canyon Margarita, to name just a few. Reservations are recommended. Full service bar featuring more than 150 tequilas.

Lusty Lobster
88 Bay Ave., 732-291-4100 www.bestlobster.com
Offering an extensive selection of fresh frozen seafood from around the world, the Lusty Lobster is a seafood mecca. Order online or visit the Lusty Lobster to pick up seafood to enjoy at home. Catering is available.

The Wine Bar
40 First Ave., 732-291-1377 www.ahwinebar.com
This full-service bar and lounge focuses on wine. The bar also offers specialty martinis and traditional drinks with a Mediterranean cuisine menu. Reservations recommended.

Walter Mihm’s Steakhouse
965 Route 36, 732-291-0711 www.waltermihmssteakhouse.com
The steakhouse serves steak, sea­food, chicken and pasta. Full service bar. Reservations are accepted.

EATONTOWN

Perkins
158 Main St. (Route 35 South) 732-380-0066
More than just a pancake emporium, Perkins Eatontown is under new ownership. Diner-style specials are available starting at $7.99. Children eat free every Sunday and Monday from 2 p.m. to close. Breakfast is served all day.

FAIR HAVEN

Raven & the Peach

Raven and the Peach
740 River Road, 732-747-4666 www.ravenandthepeach.net
For a fine dining experience at the Shore try Raven and the Peach. Among the menu items are tuna
tartar, wasabi-crusted sea bass and select steakhouse steaks. A two-piece jazz ensemble performs on Friday and Saturday. Full service bar. Reservations accepted.

Fairwinds Deli
770 River Road, 732-842-5030 www.fairwindsdeli.com
Stop in for breakfast or lunch, with specials offered all day long. Catering menu is available.

Nauvoo Grill Club

Nauvoo Grill Club
121 Fair Haven Road, 732-747-8777 www.nauvoogrillclub.com
Nauvoo Grill Club offers traditional American cuisine in a welcoming lounge atmosphere. With two dining options, guests can enjoy the fireside room with its high ceiling and fireplace or the club room with large party tables.

HIGHLANDS

Bahrs Landing
2 Bay Ave., 732-872-1245 www.bahrslanding.com
Overlooking the bay, Bahrs offers local, fresh seafood. From soups to seafood and steaks, the restaurant accommodates land and sea lovers alike. Bahrs also offers online ordering and a takeout menu. Reserva­tions are not required. Full service bar.

Clam Hut
1 Atlantic St., 732-291-2526 www.theclamhut.com
On the Sandy Hook bay, the Clam Hut features fresh seafood. Live entertainment on weekends. Full service bar. Reservations are not required.

Chubby Pickle
23 Bay Ave., 732-872-7000 www.thechubbypicklenj.com
Enjoy specialty cocktails and musical acts at this local bar with a new late-night menu.

Havana Tropical Café
409 Bay Ave., 732-708-0000 www.havanatropicalnj.com
Havana’s Cuban-inspired food is made fresh to order, so a little patience is needed please.
Full service bar.

Sea Gulls’ Nest
100 Hartshorne Drive, Sandy Hook Park – Area D, 732-872-0025 www.HaveYouSeenOurSunset.com
Beachgoers can enjoy hamburgers and more, beer and spirits while listening to free nightly entertainment with a panoramic view of both the ocean and bay. The sunsets are spectacular. Full service bar.
No reservations.

Windansea

Windansea
56 Shrewsbury Ave., 732-872-2266 www.windanseanj.com
This 390-seat restaurant features outdoor dining at its patio and tiki bar along with dock and dine facil­i­ties. Catered business events and family celebrations such as birthdays, baby and bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and even wed­­dings are regular events at Windan­sea because of its picturesque setting, culinary creations and spacious dining area. Full service bar.

LITTLE SILVER

Edie’s Breakfast & Lunch

Edie’s Breakfast & Lunch
164 Rumson Road, 732-842-9647 www.EdiesLunch.com
Celebrating its 40th year, Edie’s has been a favorite eating spot of area families and business people, as well as a destination for visitors returning to the Shore area. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, Edie’s is best known for its pancakes, omelets, and the famous Edie’s fries. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, as well as daily blackboard specials.

Felicia’s Kitchen
129 Markham Place, 732-530-3211
Felicia’s offers its own brand of bottled drinks and weekly dinner specials on Friday nights, including Italian-style entrees. Reservations recommended.

LONG BRANCH

The Wine Loft
32 Laird St., 732-227-7770
Share stories and laughter with your friends and family over tapas treats such as the Wine Bar pie with sausage, roasted red peppers, and fresh mozzarella, or the Kobe beef sliders with Irish Cheddar and curry mustard. The Wine Loft offers an extensive selection of wines to satisfy any palate as well as a full service bar with premium liquors and craft beers.

Tre Amici
628 Ocean Ave., 732-571-8922 www.treamicinj.com
Modern Italian Restaurant with a focus on house-made pasta and local fresh ingredients. Reservations accepted. BYOB.

Avenue
23 Ocean Ave., 732-759-2900 leclubavenue.com
The Pier Village location offers delightful ocean-view dining and a French brasserie menu. Open raw bar with caviar and full service bar.

Rooney’s Ocean Crab House
100 Ocean Ave., North 732-872-1200 www.rooneysocean.com
Enjoy Ocean Jack’s Florida Grouper topped with broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes and rock shrimp on the beach or sip a specialty drink at the tiki bar. Full service bar.

KEYPORT

Trinity Restaurant
84 Broad St. 732-888-1988 www.trinitykeyport.com
Housed in a church, Trinity provides three stories of seasonal American cuisine including steaks, seafood
and pasta. Wine service is available. Reservations accepted.

MIDDLETOWN

Anna’s Italian Kitchen
1686 Route 35 South, 732-275-9142 www.annasitaliankitchen.com
Anna maintains an earnest approach to food, using only natural ingredients in everything she prepares as if it were in her own home. From her famous gnocchi and fresh whole fish to the delectable panna cotta, every dish is prepared to order with pride and passion. BYOB.

Restaurant Nicholas
160 Route 35 South, 732-345-9977 www.restaurantnicholas.com
Since 2001, Restaurant Nicholas has been one of the premier restaurant destinations in America. With his no-nonsense approach to New Ameri­can cuisine, Chef Nicholas Harary and his wife, Melissa, have redefined modern fine dining absent of the big city. Featured dishes include crispy soft-shelled crab, jicama slaw and citrus basil vinaigrette. Reservations suggested for main dining room. Full service bar and lounge.

MONMOUTH BEACH

Sallee Tee’s Waterfront Bar & Grille at The Channel Club Marina
33 West St., 732-870-8999 SalleeTeesGrille.com
An American Bistro at the Jersey Shore, Sallee Tee’s serves fresh seafood, aged steaks, pasta and
signature salads as well sushi and sashimi. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sallee Tee’s features New York-style deli sandwiches complete with a pickle bar. Two full bars. Reservations for groups of
five or more accepted.

RED BANK

Beasty Burgers in Red Bank

Beasty Burgers in Red Bank
51 Broad St., (732) 530-4040 www.facebook.com/beastyburgers www.beastyburgers.com
Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant housed in No Joe’s Cafe offers a variety of burgers made with certified prime Angus beef, veggie burgers, fresh salads and soups and breakfast items.

Bienvenue
7 East Front St., 732-936-0640
Bienvenue offers French cuisine in a downtown comfortable setting with French classics such as cassoulet, crème brûlée and foie gras. BYOB.

Buona Sera Ristorante & Bar
50 Maple Ave., 732-530-5858 www.buona-sera.com
Take your taste buds on a journey with Italian delights made from fresh ingredients. Full service bar. Reservations are accepted.

Mr. Cupcakes
86 Broad St., 732-219-8856 mrcupcakes.com
Gourmet cupcakes in more than 40 different flavors from red velvet to peanut butter and jelly and French toast.

Teak Restaurant
64 Monmouth St., 732-747-5775 www.teakrestaurant.com
If you’re looking for a taste of Asian fusion in downtown Red Bank, this trendy restaurant offers spicy calamari and seafood with Japanese flair. Full service bar. Reservations are accepted.

Temple Gourmet Chinese
91 Broad St., 732-212-8858 www.templegourmet.com
Located in the heart of Red Bank, Temple Gourmet is an ideal location for lunch and dinner. The  menu is also available for takeout, and the restaurant is available for private parties. BYOB.

RUMSON

Barnacle Bill’s
1 First St., 732-747-8396 www.barnaclebillsrumson.com
Whether you want lunch or dinner, Barnacle Bill’s serves fresh seafood as well as legendary burgers. No reservations needed. Full service bar.

David Burke Fromagerie
26 Ridge Road, 732-842-8088 www.fromagerierestaurant.com
Lovers of the original Fromagerie will welcome mainstay dishes such as the classic Fromagerie onion soup and the Hot and Angry Lobster Cocktail. Enjoy David Burke’s Cheesecake Lollipop Tree for dessert. Chef David’s dishes feature seasonal and local offerings. The tasting menu is a view into the mind of the chef, replete with Burke’s handwritten notes and cartoons in the margins.

Molly Maguire’s Blackpoint Inn
132 East River Road, 732-530-2882 www.mollymaguiresblackpointinn.com
The location, nestled a stone’s throw from the ocean, allows the chef access to local seafood and Jersey-fresh ingredients. Also offered are daily specials along with traditional Irish fare. Full service bar.

Salt Creek Grille
4 Bingham Ave., 732-933-9272 www.saltcreekgrille.com
Overlooking the Navesink River, enjoy classic Americana fare served with a fresh flair. From baked goat cheese marinara to a pan-seared sweet soy Atlantic salmon, Salt Creek Grille has something to offer for everyone. On Sunday, Salt Creek Grille offers Champagne brunch featuring omelet, carving, waffle and dessert stations, with garden salads, seasonal fruits, breads and pastries. Full service bar. Reservations
are accepted.

Undici
11 West River Road, 732-842-3880 www.undicirestaurant.com
Replicating a Tuscan farmhouse, Undici brings Italy to Rumson with rustic cuisine. Undici has a well edited selection of Italian wines, having received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for four years in a row. Full service bar.

SEA BRIGHT

Anjelica’s Restaurant
1070 Ocean Ave., 732-842-2800 www.anjelicas.com
Authentic Italian cuisine is the hallmark of this quaint Sea Bright bistro. Try the “angry lobster” served over linguine for a delicious summer dish. BYOB.

Diamond Deck Tiki Bar
344 Ocean Ave., 732-741-5554
Located behind the Fairbank Resort and Motel, Diamond Deck offers Americana traditions including
specialty burgers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday. Full service bar.

The Dockside
1400 Ocean Ave., 732-933-9400 thedocksidenj.com
Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week and Sunday brunch, the Dockside offers a family-friendly atmosphere and a view of the Shrewsbury River. Summer specials include all-you-can-eat snow and blue claw crabs on Mondays and Tuesdays and a fish fry on Wednesdays. Full service bar.

Mad Hatter Sports Bar & Restaurant
10 East Ocean Ave., 732-530-7861 www.MadHatterNJ.com
This casual, family-friendly restaurant offers a variety of thin-crust pizzas, ranging from Buffalo chicken to the three beer pie and whole wheat house pesto pie with grilled chicken. Other menu offerings include burgers, wings, ribs and the “Create Your Own Mad Salad.” Dine inside or outdoors. Delivery available to beaches and beach clubs. Curb-side pickup offered. Live music available seven days a week in the restaurant and at the outdoor tiki bar. Steel drums every Friday at 6 p.m. Full service bar.

McLoone’s Rum Runner

McLoone’s Rum Runner
816 Ocean Ave., 732-842-2894 www.mcloones.com/rumrunner
McLoone’s Rum Runner is an upscale, casual restaurant on the Shrewsbury River.  Lunch and
dinner are served seven days a week, as well as Sunday brunch. New lobster nights with specialty lobster appetizers, salads and entrees every Thursday night. Full service bar.

Philomena’s Italian Restaurant
344 Ocean Ave., 732-741-5554 www.philomenasrestaurant.com
With riverfront or ocean-view seating, Philomena’s offers Italian cuisine. Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Party room available. Reservations accepted. Full service bar.

 

Woody’s Ocean Grille

Woody’s Ocean Grille
1 East Church St., 732-936-1300 www.woodysoceangrille.com
The unique atmosphere at Woody’s is somewhat upscale, yet laid-back. The menu is California coastal inspired with a Southwestern flair, including fish tacos, fresh seafood, and a specialty drink menu
featuring Woody’s signature Orange Crush.

Yumi
1120 Ocean Ave., 732-212-0881 www.yumirestaurant.com
The restaurant offers a diverse menu influenced by the cuisine of South East Asia, featuring sushi and
Neo-Asian creations by Chef Shuenn. BYOB.

SHREWSBURY

D’Jeet
637 Broad St., 732-224-8887 wwwdjeetcatering.com
Offering seasonal and local cuisine and nestled in The Grove, D’Jeet features live entertainment on Saturday nights. Among the summertime offerings on Chef Casey Pesce’s menu are jicama salad and Prince Edward Island mussels. A catering menu is available. Restaurant hours are Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Thursday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The market is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. BYOB.

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