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Dining with Draz: River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar

With summer gently exiting into fall and inspired by the Fall Sports Preview in this month’s Journal, we took off to Brick to sit by the water at the River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar, a popular dining spot, sports bar and party location for a... Read More

Dining with Draz: Al Ponte

A month or so ago, I started getting text messages from Al Ponte. First, I thought it must have been from a guy I went to school with. Then, I learned it was a brand-new Italian Restaurant and that Al Ponte translates to “at the bridge,” and that’s... Read More

Dining with Draz: Big Ed’s Barbeque

I love America, I love barbecue, and I loved Big Ed’s Barbeque in Old Bridge. Here in this patriotic month of July, we wanted to go with an old-fashioned American favorite, and so we took off to a classic. Big Ed’s Barbeque’s grills and smokers... Read More

Dining with Draz: Il Colosseo

We love your recommendations. While it’s true that some work out better than others, this one was a winner. Thank you to reader Ellen for suggesting Il Colosseo in the Union Square Mall in Red Bank. This little gem is about a year old and is developing... Read More

Dining with Draz: The Atlantic House

With the start of the summer season just days away and a crystal clear evening sky, we thought we’d get into the mood a little early, so we went to enjoy the great views of Atlantic Highlands and the food at The Atlantic House.  The Atlantic House... Read More

Dining with Draz: Rosalita’s Roadside Cantina

Spring awakens so many things, including our tastebuds, so with an eye ahead to Cinco de Mayo, we set off for a something spicy at Rosalita’s Roadside Cantina in Englishtown.  This is Americanized Mexican with a huge menu of traditional dishes. While... Read More

Dining with Draz: Victory Park Tavern

Rumson was on our radar this month, so we set off the try Victory Park Tavern, and it was a trip worth making. Victory Park Tavern is the latest creation of Chef Peter O’Connell, well-known to many diners of Woody’s and Whispers in Spring Lake.... Read More

Dining with Draz: Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant

Bottle of red, bottle of white. Billy Joel may be from Long Island, but he could have just as easily written his classic sitting in the corner of Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant in Asbury Park. This vintage Italian restaurant opened in 1982 to rave reviews... Read More

Dining with Draz: Comfi in Belmar

It’s a new year, and we started with a new idea. Let’s have lunch/brunch, and just wait until you do the same at Comfi in Belmar. This place is bubbling with charm, fun, and the food is off the hook! From the block letter, multi-colored logo to the... Read More

Nauvoo Grill Club

Last month, we tried a brand spanking new restaurant, so this month we thought we would visit an established name, so off we went to the Nauvoo Grill Club. It has been there for years and still looks as fresh as they day it opened. The Nauvoo – with... Read More