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Dining with Draz: Char-Kol

This month, we celebrate the magical return of spring with a little magic of our own, found at Char-Kol. This wow-er of a restaurant opened seven months ago and transformed the corner of South Street in Freehold to one of those chic spots you find in... Read More

Dining with Draz: Prima Pizza

Every neighborhood has one of those places – a homey little spot that turns out delicious and dependable food, the kind of place you visit pretty often, especially when you don’t feel like cooking or maybe a quick pop-in for lunch. Jeans and sweatshirts... Read More

Dining with Draz: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Last month, we wrapped up all those elegant holiday affairs, so this month we kicked off the new year with a lovely classic night out – a movie and dinner at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. For starters, Firebirds is much larger than you would expect. It... Read More

Dining with Draz: Café Luna

This month, we headed up to Old Bridge to Café Luna. It has a big, illuminated sign that’s hard to miss from the highway. The interior is modern and minimalistic, chic and sophisticated with icy whites, silver and brown accents. It has a New York feel... Read More

Dining with Draz: The Polo Club

They say good things come to those who wait, and The Polo Club has proven that saying is true. One look at the Polo Club’s rich interior, and it was love at first sight. It’s remarkably large on the inside, with brick walls and wood panels, big tables... Read More

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