#SCBDFavorite: Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings .@ChocoCarousel in Wall!

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So you’re driving to Belmar beach, when all of a sudden you are craving sweets and really could go for a cupcake or a chocolate covered pretzel. Well, good news–  I have a solution. Chocolate Carousel is located in Wall and is on your way to the shore.

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Chocolate Carousel is a family owned and operated bakery and sweet shop that has been around for years serving the community. They also make specialty and wedding cakes for any occasion. I had the opportunity to try some of their sweet treats and I was very impressed. I love nonpareils and their homemade nonpareils hit the spot. If you love chocolate covered pretzels this place is for you. They are delicious and no flavor overpowers another. I loved the cannolli cupcake I had which was big enough to share between two people. They also have a variety of homemade cookies and cake pops. The owner Lisa even told me that some of the cookie recipes have been passed down from the family so it’s not just any bakery!

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If you are not in a rush they also have seating in the store where you can enjoy your sweet treats and coffee. Trust me you won’t regret stopping in! Everything is made on-site and is fresh! So what are you waiting for? Satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

#DealAlert: .@JSRWeek returns this Friday, April 4th #JSRWeek

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The 10th Jersey Shore Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, April 4 and goes until April 13, 2014. The week features three course dinners at top Jersey Shore Restaurants for either $20.14 or $30.14. Nearly 70 restaurants have signed up for the Spring event and the timing couldn’t be better after this long winter. The event is sponsored by JVrola Meats, Shore Foodie and Pine Belt Autos.

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Celebrating it’s 5th anniversary JSRW has become a much anticipated event for both consumers and restaurants. A post event survey in November showed the number of people who dined out more than once jumped 134% vs. a non-RW. Consumers also try new restaurants during RW. Over 65% went to a new restaurant during the November Restaurant Week. Restaurants reported dramatic revenue increases with 35% realizing increases of 31% and up.

New restaurants participating for the first time in April include Schneider’s in Avon, Blend on Main, Manasquan, Even Tide Grill, Sea Bright, Farrell’s Stout and Steak, Point Pleasant, Park East, Hazlet, Shore Points Coastal BBQ, Point Pleasant. We also welcome back previous participants Giamano’s Ristorante, Bradley Beach, Tulipano’s, Belmar and Bahr’s Landing, Highlands. Our new favorite, Coastal Chaos Waterfront Restaurant, is also participating!

Special events planned for the week include:

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First Bites: Kick-Off to Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. 6 top Jersey Shore Chefs create an extravagant 6 course small plate tasting menu paired with wines followed by strolling dessert carts featuring cheese, pastries, chocolate and port. Thursday, April 3rd, The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Participating chefs include Michael Bonner of The Mill, Spring Lake Heights, Chris Brandl of Brandl, Belmar, Phil Deffina of David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson, Terry Eleftheriou of Shipwreck Grill, Brielle, Mike Jurusz of Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar & Grill, Seaside Park and Lou Smith of the New Blend on Main, Manasquan

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“The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest” returns to Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on Saturday, April 5th. Top Jersey Shore restaurants compete for the title of “Best Burger at the Shore”. Judging panel and People’s Choice award. Sponsored by BeachHaus Beers.

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Eat, Drink, Indulge: Mastering the Art of Wine Blending. A unique and interactive evening where the guest becomes the winemaker for the night. Guests will taste 4 different wines from Lyeth Estates, learn what differentiates them from one another and based on their own tastes, create their own perfect blend. Monday, April 7th. Squan Tavern, Manasquan. Tickets include wine and the best pizza at the Jersey Shore!

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Burgers, Bloodies and Brews is one of the most popular events on Saturday, April 12th. Harpoon Willy’s. From noon. Something new this time: Beer tasting flights! No advance tickets necessary.

Tickets on sale at at www.jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com. Ticketed events fill up quickly and limited tickets are available at the door.

Don’t miss out on these great events and amazing dining deals! Stay tuned and see where we will be dining by the shore over the next week! Cheers!

#SCBDExclusive: Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant debuts this Thursday in Brick, #NJ

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Get your tastebuds ready, Jersey Shore. Josh Barnhard, restaurateur of Taylor’s Dockside Restaurant and  Josh’s Coastal Chaos is back with a new restaurant– Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant.  Coastal Chaos is located ideally along the Metedeconk River on Princeton Avenue in Brick, NJ. Josh is taking up the space where his brother, Ryan Michael formerly  had his restaurant, Ryan Michael’s Waterfront Restaurant. Ryan has now taken up Josh’s old space and has a coastal barbecue concept in the works, stay tuned for details on that within the next few weeks. Now let us give you the details on what Josh has in store for you at  Coastal Chaos

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If you dined at Ryan Michael’s before this, be ready for a completely new concept. This time around, Josh is running operations and has an Executive Chef running the kitchen. Chaos’ Executive Chef, is a fellow Howell native and Howell High School graduate, Matthew Levine. Levine got his classical French training at The Culinary Education Center (an extension of Brookdale Community College)  in Asbury Park, NJ where he apprenticed under Chef John Brendesma. After graduation Levine became Executive Chef of the late Plan B in Asbury Park, Dive in Sea Bright, and last at Toast in Asbury Park. Levine told me, “I am really excited to part of the new restaurant with Josh. We are a great team and are excited to serve up ‘classy casual’, ‘chaotic comfort’ food in the new space.”

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 Coastal Chaos is definitely a foodies heaven. The lunch menu has soups, salads, and handheld items in it. This includes their take on the Caesar salad called,  Ides of March ($8.99) which has fresh romaine lettuce, grilled tomato, homemade croutons, grated asiago cheese, tossed in one of their three homemade dressings: Classic Caesar, Vegan, or Creole. I was also told that the Triple C Soup ($3.99/$5.99) is delicious and has fresh crab, herb roasted chicken, and sweet Jersey corn in it. Levine even included a the Brandesma Burger ($9.99), paying homage to his mentor, Chef John Brandesma. The burger is a seasoned half pound burger, topped with cheddar jack cheese, garlic-herb roasted tomatoes and pickled shallots. Getting hungry already?

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Dinner is just as delectable as lunch and features dishes such as Lucky Town Clams ($9.99) which is roasted clams topped with bacon hash, chorizo, onion leeks, carrot, celery and herb and Speakeasy Shrimp Cocktail ($8.99) three shrimp with a Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. The pasta selection also isn’t to be missed with dishes like, Lobster Mac N Cheese (19.99) which has Conchigle Giganti pasta tossed in their decadent truffle and cheese sauce with chunks of Fresh Lobster meat and topped with breadcrumbs. They also have something for those who are vegetarian and vegan, Vegan Lasagna ($16.99) which has fresh, local veggies layered with a vegan red sauce and tofu ricotta. If you are looking for seafood Coastal Chao definitely has you covered with dishes like Chaotic Paella ($20.99) Big Kahuna Salmon ($18.99). Last, the Georgia Baby Backs ($19.99) are not to be missed. These ribs are slow-cooked and topped  with the house-made grilled peach BBQ sauce and served with pan roasted corn and garlic smashed potatoes.  Coastal Chaos prides itself for serving fresh, never frozen and locally sourced ingredients in their dishes.

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The restaurant will be open for dinner opening night, this Thursday, March 20th from  4:30pm- close and will be open for lunch and dinner from this Friday. March 21st forward. They will also start serving breakfast beginning the weekend of March 29th. The breakfast menu will be the same menu from Josh’s previous breakfast & lunch concept, Josh’s  Coastal Chaos which will be sure to bring in some of his loyal regulars! Since the restaurant is along the Metedeconk River they also welcome anyone on their boats to dock & dine as they please. Coastal Chaos is currently a BYO restaurant but we hear working with a local winery is in the works.

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 Coastal Chaos is a family owned and operated BYO waterfront restaurant with a fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s tastefully decorated with a magnificent, scenic view of the Metedeconk River with outstanding cuisines, fair prices, and excellent customer service.” Levine and Barnhard plan to make it to their mission to give you that exactly.  Plan on coming to the  Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant opening this Thursday or Friday? Let us know what you think! We’d love to see you there and know Josh and Matt along with their team are ready to feed you!

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#SCBDExclusive: Interview with Chef Josh Barnhard of Josh’s Coastal Chaos

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to meet with a local chef Josh Barnhard at his restaurant, Josh’s Coastal Chaos that is located in Point Pleasant, NJ. Josh’s Coastal Chaos is unlike anything in its area and focuses on giving its customers good, hearty meals that have a creative focus and are also a bang for your buck. Check out my interview with him below and see how he got started and his plans for the future.

SCBD: How old were you when you started cooking?

JB: I’ve always loved cooking since I was little. I was 17 when I started working in a kitchen and continued to work in restaurants throughout college. I  worked at Tiffany’s in Toms River, Front of House at Lone Star and Charlie Brown’s.  Then I  started working at my family’s restaurant, Taylor’s Dockside Grill while working other jobs. I also learned a lot when I worked for Aramark for a period of time.

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SCBD: What made you want to choose cooking?

JB: My dream career is one where I can creative and I can do that with cooking. I am  extremely passionate about cooking and music.

SCBD: What made you want to open Josh’s Coastal Chaos?

JB: I was working at Taylor’s Dockside up until the time Superstorm Sandy hit.  The damage was so bad because of Sandy that we couldn’t reopen.  After a while I decided to Chaos in Point Pleasant  Beach and its been open since April.

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SCBD: What’s your vision with Josh’s Coastal Chaos?

JB: We’re doing a lot of trial and error. We currently have breakfast and lunch every day and may even serve dinner at some point due to the high demand from our customers.

SCBD: What would you call the cuisine here?

JB: We’re a family based restaurant that specializes in comfort food with a chaotic twist. We have everything to breakfast classics to lunch favorites. We don’t serve any frozen food, everything is homemade from the chicken fingers to pancakes.

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#SCBDEventRecap: Forks & Corks: Pop a Cork for the Algonquin Arts Theater

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Arlene Gaona and companion were fortunate enough to attend Forks & Corks: A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting at The Mill at Spring Lake Heights on Monday November 18, 2013. This was the first annual event to raise money for the Algonquin Arts Theater in Manasquan, NJ.

The event was sponsored largely by our friends at JerseyBites.com. Each vendor was there to show off a highlight and in that respect…they shore did. Yup, the shore is on purpose. This whole event was less than a mile from the beaches previously destroyed by Sandy.

Let me invite you to walk with me as I recall what we ate and drank. Lots of the vendors were eager to chat with us about their product and we were eager to learn. We began downstairs, and decided to try the cognac infused vodka by Exclusive Vodka. Perfect for all the cool nights ahead and the straight vodka was top of the line as well. This may have been our first stop but it was also our BIG DEAL of the night. Either one is available for the big deal price of $10!

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Ragin Cajun had jambalaya and chicken gumbo. Spicy like Cajun food should be, just enough heat to taste all the flavors. Sweet Tease had tasty little baked goods. 3 kinds of pie, pumpkin, apple and blueberry and carrot cupcakes. They told us that they didn’t use a lot of sugar, therefore these pies tasted like real pie and fruit. They were great! Beach Haus Beer had two kind of beer to try. There was a pilsner and a lager. The lager was dark, with chocolate and other notes. They were both darn good beers and I think we’ll be picking some up for the holidays. Chocolate Bar, is located in Manasquan locally, but YES, it is associated with the one in NYC and other spots globally. They had an array of goodies. Pumpkin cookies, deluxe and spicy brownies and a winter hot chocolate. Who thought hot chocolate could be better than the regular warm yummy stuff we already drink? Well, they did here. If it weren’t for other things I would have drunk this all night.

Scarborough Fair as always, had delicious food. Fins showed their flare for the inventive as they do every day. They had a fresh blue corn mini tortilla with lobster and a Polynesian luau glaze. The texture of the corn tortilla with the creamy lobster, was out of this world. Sure hope this gets on their everyday menu!

Then, it was time to go upstairs. You could smell deliciousness on the way up.
First stop for us was Brandl, they were serving a 24 hour sous vide bacon with apple, gorgonzola and maple vinaigrette. Oh my gosh! If that doesn’t make you want to make your next reservations there, I don’t know what will. In chatting with the fellows from Brandl, my companion discussed whether they should cook our turkey or if we should do our own. They said,” Oh, you don’t want to do it, let us.” Almost hypnotic.
Carton Brewery, is in Point Pleasant Beach and they have some darn good beer. The one offered to us, BDG, Brunch Dinner Grub, was quite tasty. They make a number of other beers including a 12% beer called Decoy, for those of you who like the high alcohol content beers.

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Chef Michael’s Café got my companions vote for best food of the event. Chef Michael was there making a prosciutto di parma, gorgonzola bosc pear lollipop and a tequila lime shrim tostada. I was thinking, ok this is the next restaurant to go to that we haven’t been to yet. That was, until I checked his brochure and found he is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday –Friday. Umm, I’m a teacher, those are my work hours. Hmmm, I’m thinking lunch over winter break. Sure hope he is open then! The Committed Pig is a restaurant that has been feature on the website before. During this event they served meatloaf, in the shape of a meatball, over whipped potatoes. What a tease, I’m not a big meatloaf eater, mainly because I like my own, but I’d order this because now I need more. That taste was just not enough of their good food.

Doolan’s Shore Club has become my family spot for Mother’s Day brunch, they really outdo at the event. I always run into at least one other mom I know there and they are just as pleased with Doolan’s as I am. Fratellos Restaurant and Lounge a spot we often visit during restaurant week, had a sumptuous eggplant rollatini, tender enough for small plate standing and eating. Kaya’s Kitchen is a vegetarian restaurant. I admit, I am no vegetarian, but they had two soups to offer. I chose the Thai sweet potato soup. Absolutely delicious, I took the menu and it is really an updated vegetarian restaurant. What I mean by that is that there are items on the menu that would be in a meat eaters restaurant, but vegetarian alongside traditional vegetarian items.

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Krave Spirits was different from the rest of the vendors. They had many choices of drinks, i.e. red and white sangria, egg nog and cider to which they add their liquor, Love Potion #9. I had the cider and it was delicious. Langosta Lounge had a sweet for us to try, Merlot Truffles. A nice change to eat wine and chocolate instead of drinking it. I could see myself buying this as a gift, for sure. McLoone’s restaurants had a carving station. This brought a party air to the event, not to mention some quality meats.

The Mill got my vote for the best food bite of the night. They served short ribs on creamed turnips. I mean, really, there is nothing The Mill does badly, so I should not be surprised, but this really hit the mark. Short Ribs so tender, there was for sure no need for a knife. I sure hope your mouth is watering now, because mine is.
Spirit of ’76 Wines and Liquors were offering a few different wines. In chatting with them I found out they liked our name since they are a business of Chicks as well! Owned, managed and run by chicks. Gotta love that, as well as the large selection they keep in stock.

Taka offered an asian twist to the short rib that wowed by companion. It is easy to understand why they are expanding to a larger space. The owner was there and he told us it will be 4x the size. Looks like we will all be able to go! Woodchuck’s BBQ was serving their popular pulled chicken and pork. It is obvious to see why it is so popular. Tender, juicy BBQ. Perfect for any season. Then, it was time to leave. What a night, it was visions of restaurants, not sugarplums that danced in my head that night.

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#SCBDReview: Delicious Meal & Creative Cocktails Mixed by .@TheresaFowler .@IlFornettoNJ in #Marlboro #NJ

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I guess you can say I’ve been a pizza connoisseur for the past few months as I’ve been trying some new italian restaurants throughout the state, old favorites and new discoveries. I find nothing more satisfying and simple than a personal or slice of a pizza and a nice beer and/or cocktail for a meal. While on this journey I find out a new restaurant called, Il Fornetto Trattoria (where Pino’s used to be for any locals) has opened in Marlboro, NJ. Marlboro is a bit of a trip for me, almost half hour away from where I live but if I find a good place, I know it’s worth it. I also love that I can visit my favorite Manhattan mixologist Theresa Fowler, at a close-to-home venue. Her cocktails are amazing and a deal here in NJ, and not to be missed!

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Il Fornetto is certainly worth it and here is why:

  • They have an awesome menu, with tons of variety and innovative pies and  fresh dishes. Check out the full menu, here.
  • As I mentioned earlier, the drinks are top-notch and a big deal in so many ways. They have great classic martinis to flaming martinis as well as new cocktails made by Theresa daily.
  • They have happy hour Monday to Friday 4pm-7pm that includes half off beer and $2 off their delicious cocktails. See the full list of  daily specials for yourself, here.

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I’ve been at least three times since the grand re-opening and have been impressed every single time. I love their pizza and how many choices they have, they are also made to perfection. My dad loved the Octopus salad he got the first we went, too. I am also always impressed by Theresa’s cocktails since she always has something new for me to try.

In the Marlboro area and looking for a delicious dinner and cocktail to match? Go to Il Fornetto and let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below or tweeting us!

Mangia! :)

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#SCBDEvent: FORKS & CORKS- A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting

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Monday, November 18 • 6-9pm

Hope you reserved your tickets, like we did, for the first annual FORKS & CORKS: A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting, at The Mill in Spring Lake Heights, on Monday, November 18 from 6 to 9 pm. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sample artful dishes from area restaurants as you sip a delightful array of premiere wines, beers and inventive cocktails from local distributors.

This event is being sponsored by Jersey Bites. Arlene Grossman Gaona Of Small Chick Big Deals will be attending this event. Not only is it a worthwhile cause, benefiting the Algonquin Arts Theatre, but it is going to be one fun night.

Sure to sell out, FORKS & CORKS promises to be an epic evening for anyone who is a fan of the edible arts – and offers an exciting glimpse of the delectable options that abound at the Jersey Shore! All attendees must be 21 years or older.

Here is a list of some of the great eats that will be there:

  • Beach Haus Beer (Pt. Pleasant Beach)
  • Brandl (Belmar )
  • Carton Brewery (Atlantic Highlands)
  • Chef Michael’s Cafe (Wall)
  • Chocolate Bar (Manasquan)
  • The Committed Pig (Manasquan)
  • Exclusiv Vodka
  • Fins! A TropiCali Grill (Bradley Beach, Sea Girt & Brick)
  • Fratello’s Restaurant & Lounge (Sea Girt)
  • Kaya’s Kitchen (Belmar )
  • Krave Spirits (Matawan)
  • Langosta Lounge (Asbury Park )
  • McCloone’s Restaurants
  • The Mill (Spring Lake Heights)
  • Ragin’ Cajun (Belmar )
  • Scarborough Fair (Sea Girt )
  • Shore Point Distributing Company (Freehold )
  • Spirit of ’76 Wines and Liquors (Manasquan)
  • Sweet Tease (Manasquan)
  • Taka (Asbury Park )
  • Unionville Vineyard (Ringoes)
  • Woodchuck’s BBQ (Pt. Pleasant)

#SCBDReview: Harrigan’s Pub-Jersey Shore Traditional Irish Pub and a Wee Bit More

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Middle of September we wound up at Harrigan’s Pub. One of our friend’s bands, The Clamdiggers, were playing there and we thought to meet up with another couple who likes to hear them, too.

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We got there a little ahead of our friends and a little ahead of the band, so we sat at the bar and had a drink while waiting. For a mid-sized bar, they had an incredible amount of beers, ales and ciders. My companion choose one of the fall brews and I asked for a Jack Rose. Now, a Jack Rose is a Monmouth county drink. Since it is made from Laird’s Apple Jack produced in Colts Neck, you can really only get it in Monmouth county and only at a bar with an experienced bartender. I took my chances and was well rewarded. There’s something rather satisfying about a bartender who knows his stuff, and at Harrigan’s that is a guarantee.

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Guiness Stew with Puff Pastry

Our friends arrived and the hostess provided us with a table right away. Nice. The band started playing too. Great evening. Only decision left was what to order for dinner. No easy choice here. Menu just chock full of great choices. Lots of good old American food and plenty of Irish fare. We did discuss that since we were in an Irish pub…maybe we should try something Irish. So, I decided on the Guiness stew topped with puffed pastry and so did one of our friends. My companion ordered the open faced Rueben. There was warm bread and butter and then a soup or salad. They had pea soup, I love pea soup. I was a happy camper. And then came the stew…. I have to say, that stew went on and on. It was in a huge bowl and there was no way I was ever going to finish it. It came home as lunch for the next few days at work. Lucky me. My companion’s corned beef was sliced so thin it created a superb Reuben. One of the best he’s ever had, and way too much to finish in one sitting. Again, lucky lunch later.

So we had these containers to take home, our bellies were full, but the food was so good, we just had to try a dessert. Ok, we split those. Our friends had the chocolate cake which disappeared quickly and we had the homemade bread pudding. Nothing as comforting as homemade bread pudding. My mom never made it, put she probably should have. Well, we came for the band and they were great as usual. I mean who wouldn’t love a band called The Clamdiggers at the Jersey Shore, and they play all the songs you want to hear to sing along with or dance to. It also doesn’t hurt that the lead singer, Steve Hodgin, has been a family friend for years.

Like I said, we came for the band, BUT, we’ll be back for the food. Meet us there next time.

Harrigan’s Pub 703 Baltimore Blvd Sea Girt, NJ 08750 Phone: 732.449.8228 Harriganspub.com

#SCBDReview: Green Meadows – unique deal, unique decor

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So I’ve lived in this area since 1983 and it took me until this year to get to Green Meadows. Boy, do I have a lot of lost time to make up for now! Great food, a very unique atmosphere, and 50% off Fridays, yes FRIDAY, and you have a real Jersey Shore area gem. When you walk in, there is Gene to greet you and seat you. Great guy, people sit at the bar and he makes great drinks. Get a real ‘old school’ drink here. It fits the atmosphere, and the decor. It is not old, it is classic. Chairs are comfortable and the waitresses make you feel like you’ve always been coming there. The waitresses know their stuff. If you are not sure about a choice on the menu just ask them. They have always been right on the money when anyone in my party has asked. It makes you feel very relaxed, they take care of everything.

1-1On this visit we chose one of the classics and one of the specials. I ordered the chicken Marsala and my companion had the shrimp and scallops with angel hair. You can switch up chicken and veal in many of the dishes. The chef here seems to enjoy personalizing your meal, unlike many other restaurants. While waiting for the entrees we enjoyed the salads and bread and butter on the table that comes with every meal. They also provide a long tray of wrapped saltines, a little odd to me but they do have great soup, so, they are great when you have the soup. Our entrees arrived and as always the sauces are perfect. Their presentation is also something to write about. When they place it in front of you, you just sigh, it is a work of art. But , heck, I eat it anyway!

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And oh, don’t forget the dessert here. Every day there are different cream pies as well as other homemade desserts. We try to get at least one piece of pie to split, if we have any room left. This visit it was a banana caramel. And of course it is decorated with just enough chocolate to finish the picture and the meal. Oh, and did I mention it was Friday and all food is 50% off? Each night there is a different discount, but 50% off on a Friday, just can’t beat it. We go back, we bring others. Maybe we’ll see you there? Hope so.

Green Meadows Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge
State Highway 34 N
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
(732) 431-8755

#SCBDReview & #SCBDGiveaway: Win $25 #Smashbucks to celebrate the @SmashburgerNNJ Opening in Brick, NJ!

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Smashburger- who doesn’t love hamburgers? Well, if you don’t they have chicken and black bean burgers that they will smash for you also. Gee, where do I start? When I was told this is not just your average hamburger spot, I was doubtful. After tasting some of Smashburger’s offerings at the Brick location press preview, I am no longer in doubt. Smashburger likes to call it “Immediate fast casual”, but this is no ordinary fast food spot.

A few things before I discuss the individual items. Every morning, they make lots of stuff, fresh. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but that includes the black bean burgers, the burgers themselves, the guacamole and the truffle oil-mayo, just to name a few.

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Haystack Onions

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While we were waiting for the burgers, they brought out the sides. Haystack onions with a Texas petal sauce, love that horseradish tang! And those onions are so thin; I just can’t imagine how they slice them that way? We were told they stole a little from the Italians for the Smashfries. These are tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic. Make no mistake about it, these are GROWNUP fries; now don’t tell your kids that, they will eat them too. We also had the sweet potato fries and veggie frites, ideal taken from the French. These are carrots and green beans seasoned and quick fried. We also had their fried pickles, and these are on the SHHH, “secret menu”. I just love places with secret menus. If you are not familiar with this, it means it is not on the regular menu, BUT, if you ask for it they will make it for you. Cool, eh?

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The first burger we tried was the Classic Smash. You know, American cheese, smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on an egg bun. Well, this is like NO burger you’ve had before. The smashing of the 5 or 7 oz burger in their own soon to be patented smasher makes this possibly the juiciest burger you’ve ever had. Yup! You can add or remove things as you see fit. It is all make to order.

Truffle Mushroom & Swiss

Truffle Mushroom & Swiss

Next up was the Truffle Mushroom Swiss. Wow! This is truffle mayo, sautéed baby portabella mushrooms and aged Swiss on an egg bun. As I already mentioned Smashburger makes a lot of things themselves. They couldn’t find a truffle mayo on the market they liked, so they made one they did like! I know I’m going back to get one again. Rich, juicy, dang!

BBQ Bacon Cheddar

BBQ Bacon Cheddar

Then came the New Jersey burger. It is mayo, tomato, lettuce, haystack online, bacon, grilled onion, blue cheese crumbles, on an onion bun. Now I know you are saying New Jersey Burger? “Where’s the pork roll?” Well, they tried it in the North Jersey market and it just didn’t sell. So, the NEW New Jersey burger was created. Absolutely delicious.
Now we had the BBQ, bacon & cheddar. This is BBQ sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar and haystack onions on an egg bun. At Smashburger, knowing their market is very important, so they choose a BBQ sauce according to the area. We get K.C. Masterpiece. I don’t know about you, but it’s the BBQ sauce in MY pantry.

Spicy Black Bean Burger

Spicy Black Bean Burger

The next item hits 2 kinds of patrons who won’t eat or don’t want a traditional burger. It is the Spicy Black Bean burger. It’s appropriate for the vegetarian in your group OR the one person who wants Mexican food when everyone else wants a burger. The black bean burger itself is made there fresh and has 10 ingredients. Take that and add fresh jalapenos, guacamole, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo on a spicy chipotle bun. And SPICY it is!

Classic Chicken Club

Classic Chicken Club

Well, I bet now you are saying you have someone who only eats chicken? Well, they’ve got a whole line of Smashchicken and salads. The Classic chicken is a fresh marinated, smashed chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion on a multi-grain roll. Now, you would think this smashed chicken breast would be dry, but again, nope. This was a moist and juicy chicken sandwich, the likes of which I don’t think you’ve had before.
The next chicken sandwich was their Avocado Club. Oddly enough, if you look at the pictures, I believe our chicken looks like the state of New Jersey. While they did not do this on purpose, what they did on purpose was to make another delicious combination. Fresh avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and mayo on a multi grain bun.

Shake at Smashburger

Shake at Smashburger

Let’s not forget the kiddies. I didn’t have any with me, but they have a 3oz burger for them in the kids meals as well as chicken strips or a hotdog. Something for everyone.
And as if this is not enough, and you really didn’t feel like a soft drink…they have incredible shakes. We tried Oreo, chocolate and Nutter Butter. And for the summer you can get the PB&J shake, after the summer, it will be on the secret menu.
Oh, yeah, you’ll see me back, Smashburger.

Smashburger
Cedarbridge Ave and Rte 70
Brick, NJ
732-477-0789
Open 10-10

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