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Ocean Avenue Kitchen 

One of the greatest Superstorm Sandy success stories is Sea Bright, which has been on a steady and quite impressive rebuilding campaign. As the rebirth of this town continues, many new businesses have joined the Sea Bright landscape. Among them is a new restaurant called Ocean Avenue Kitchen (OAK). OAK is located, no surprise, on […]

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Blend on Main

This month, we started the new year with the quaint class of Blend on Main. Located in downtown Manasquan, it’s almost across the street from the Algonquin Theater and is directly underneath the historic Inn on Main. Due to this placement, Blend on Main is two restaurants in one. For breakfast and lunch, the Main

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Café Loret

Much has been written over the years about culinary master Dennis Foy. He has been credited with being a driving force in the farm-to-table cuisine movement, and his string of incredibly successful restaurants includes The Tarragon Tree in Chatham, Dennis Foy in Tribeca (Manhattan) and d’floret in Lambertville. So when news that Foy and his

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Piccola Italia

This month, we visited a restaurant that has been earning high ratings and customer loyalty since 2002. Piccola Italia is located in the Cobblestone Village strip mall in Ocean Township (or Oakhurst, depending on where you like to draw your line), just off West Park Avenue and Route 35. Actually, that little shopping village is

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Mar Belo

While much of the planet is searching for stuffing and turkey recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday, we chose the road less traveled and took a day trip to savor the cuisines of Portugal and Spain at Mar Belo in Long Branch. It was a trip worth making. You could almost drive right past it, but

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Belford Bistro

The Journal is very proud to be introducing our new fifth edition this month: the Middletown/Lincroft Journal. With that in mind, we set off to find a Middletown restaurant – and boy, did we! We visited the well-established Belford section of Middletown. Tucked on the edge of the bay and home to NY Waterway ferry,

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618 Restaurant

We’ve been on a hot streak lately finding really good restaurants, and this month, we kept the streak rolling. 618 Restaurant is a great find and full of surprises. The property has undergone several ownership changes in recent years, but chef/owner Chris Dutka has completely elevated the interior, chasing away the last sports bar remnants,

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Arugula at the White Sands

Temptation: Do I tell you about an incredible find, with killer views and amazing food, or do I keep it to myself, so I can always get a table? Well, since we’re friends, I’ll tell you about Arugula at the White Sands in Point Pleasant. This restaurant is so charming and the food is so

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Drew’s Bayshore Bistro

We decided to kick off the summer with a long drive along the Bayshore towns, and we’re happy to report that the rebuilding efforts are paying off in many places. But all that driving works up an appetite, so we were thrilled when we got to Keyport and walked into Drew’s Bayshore Bistro. Now, let’s

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Charlie’s of Bay Head

Some places seem destined to hit the ground running. They have a perfect location, a built-in neighborhood crowd, a stylish, yet friendly design, and a block of positive opening reviews. Charlie’s of Bay Head is one of those places. It had all the right ingredients in place, and has been serving nearly full houses almost

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