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Weigh In - Favorite restaurant in Monmouth County
06/28/2011 - By Christine Burke Eskwitt

Weigh In - Favorite restaurant in Monmouth County

“What’s your favorite restaurant in Monmouth County?”

As a great food lover once said, "So many restaurants, so little time."

How would you decide on your favorite pick, given the hundreds, seemingly thousands of restaurants of all types that exist to tempt us in Monmouth County? But who’s counting. We’re lucky indeed to live in an area with so many choices.

Spending a sunny Saturday at Pier Village in Long Branch is like experiencing a microcosm for the many restaurant picks in Monmouth County. Spin around and from fancy to family friendly, you can find it all, dining-wise, at Pier Village, from high-end Avenue to big island Shaka to let’s go back to the 50’s retro Stewarts Root Beer.

At Family Fun Day at Pier Village, sponsored by the Community YMCA, we asked a sampling of individuals about their favorite Monmouth County "go to" restaurants.

It seems most people have not just one favorite restaurant but two or three. And they’re fast to name them. Ask them why and they either reference a particular dish, or a great value, or the terrific atmosphere or view. A few spoke wistfully of an amazing meal had at an award-winning Monmouth County restaurant, naming it their favorite even if they’ve only been there once, or maybe even not at all but hope to go one day soon. Value is big these days, as are the restaurants we’ve gone to forever that never seem to change, and we like it that way.

Thanks to all the restaurateurs, chefs, managers and wait staff in Monmouth County who keep us coming back for more. Whether you stick to your old favorites or try some of the recommendations here, your friends at Living In Media say "bon appetit" to a summer spent enjoying our many delectable Monmouth County restaurants.


Federici’s Family Italian restaurant in Freehold. The Chicken Federici is my favorite!

-Shannon Jacobs, Manalapan

Buona Sera in Red Bank. Good Italian food and it’s just five minutes away.

-David Garbeg, Middletown


Salt Creek Grille in Rumson. The food, the view and the atmosphere make it my favorite.

-Jeanine Orth, Long Branch

Red Lobster, any location. I’m a big seafood eater.

-Mark Spencer, Long Branch

Copper Canyon in Atlantic Highlands. Great food and a really extensive choice of tequila.

-Liz Marrin, Long Branch

Nauvoo in Fair Haven. It’s close to home.
-Theresa Winters, Fair Haven

Avenue in Pier Village, Long Branch. I’ve only been their once but I can’t wait to go back. I could have  licked the plate clean, plus the space is beautiful and the service is great. The menu is really different and definitely worth it.

-Lisa Brown, Tinton Falls
Gaetano’s in Red Bank. We go there a lot. It’s really kid friendly.

-Tom Whyte, Red Bank

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Parker House in Sea Girt. A one pound lobster for $9 – what a great deal.

-Alanna Montalvano, Colts Neck

Sawa in Pier Village. Good food and I had a good experience there. I would definitely go back.

-Chris Adcock, Long Branch

Sally Tee’s in Monmouth Beach. It’s a very nice place right on the water. Any restaurant on the water is my favorite restaurant.

-Gloria Gutierrez, Marlboro

(M) Angelica’s in Sea Bright. The menu is extensive, with lots of specials. (I) Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown. It’s very elegant and the service is impeccable.

-Michael and Isa Beck, Long Branch

(D) Buona Sera in Red Bank. Great food and lots of it. (A) Spano’s in Point Pleasant. Yeah, I know it’s not in  Monmouth County but it’s so good I just have to tell you. BYOB. Very local. On the beach. We go there all  year long!

-Dee and Art Schneider, Tinton Falls

The Downtown in Red Bank. Great live music, a great crowd, and a really open feeling with the big windows.

-George Grob, Eatontown

Chelango’s in the Highlands. It’s homey and nice with great drinks, great Sangria.

-Christine Smith, Long Branch

Rosina’s in Shrewsbury. Taste their pizza and you’ll think you are in Italy. Their food is incredible, cooked  to perfection. Nice Italian music in the background.

-Jackie Ross, Lincroft

Barnacle Bill’s in Rumson. I love the view of the river. I love the food. I love everything about it.

-Diane Trezza, Middletown


The Metropolitan Café in Freehold. Good food, good drinks, and it’s a really nice place.

-Tommy Martinez, Toms River


The Turning Point in Little Silver. It’s the only place I can sit down and have eggs with Bon Jovi.

-Allen Magory, Lavallette
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I have to say I absolutely love Brioso’s in Marlboro. I always feel like I am home with my Momma in the kitchen making homemade sauce and ziti.

-Joe Marriano, Marlboro

Casa Comida in Long Branch. Good smothered bean burritos and great margaritas. Gotta keep them in  business.

-Barbara McFadden, Fair Haven
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Sawa in Pier Village. The coconut sushi – try it!

-Leigh Montalvano, Colts Neck


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