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Dining with Draz: Skratch Kitchen

Spring has arrived. Time to start a new season from scratch and time to try a restaurant that matched that spirit. Off we went to Skratch Kitchen in Bradley Beach for an absolutely delicious and satisfying evening. So many diners have become regular guests, looking forward to trying all the dishes, and after our dinner, […]

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Dining with Draz: Hudson Square

Even though the winter’s cold is in the air, temperatures in Matawan have been on the rise, thanks to the hot new dining destination, Hudson Square Restaurant & Lounge. We went to check it out and wow, what a new face Hudson Square has put on this former catering hall. Exciting, elegant and sophisticated, Hudson

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Dining with Draz: Buona Sera

This time of year, we are called to familiar places, to bring out the finest and enjoy life’s good things. So this month, we visited one of New Jersey’s most enduring Italian eateries, the dependably delicious Buona Sera.    Warm and romantic, this lovely spot is a touch of Manhattan, complete with experienced servers and

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Dining with Draz: Just Restaurant

This month, we headed to Old Bridge to enjoy Just Restaurant – and we did just that! This well-respected restaurant has been offering clever spins on New American cuisine for more than a decade, and they are going strong. It’s a romantic spot that is equally inviting for families and parties too. The large, illuminated

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Dining with Draz: Siam Paradise

In this month that celebrates the cuisine of Italy on Columbus Day and the German flavors of Oktoberfest, we settled the debate by going to Siam Paradise for some Thai food.  This beautiful restaurant is an explosion of color at every turn. There are flowers everywhere, gold accents, chandeliers and colorful umbrellas hanging from the

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Dining with Draz: Anchor Tavern

As the seasons shift, we set sail to busy Belmar where our group dropped anchor at Anchor Tavern. Those who have been in the area a while will remember the restaurant is located in the former Patrick’s Pub, across from the former Freedman’s Bakery. While much has changed on that busy corner, that same local

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Dining with Draz: The Loaded Spoon

This month, as diners flock to the shore’s waterfront eateries, we went inland to try The Loaded Spoon. While some places prefer a low-key approach, this recently opened restaurant sends a clear message that you have arrived. It is a dazzling place, elegant and boldly sophisticated. The mood is set at the massive entrance complete

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