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READERS' CHOICE 2012: Best Restaurants, Food, Drinks, Nightlife and Entertainment in Monmouth

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Still got Olympics fever? Miss the suspense of seeing who’ll prevail, whose years of perfecting their craft will earn them a spot on the podium? No need to look across the pond anymore. Just sit back and enjoy our annual Best of Monmouth guide where, thanks to your votes, we can reveal the medalists in every consumer category, from the yummiest cookies to where to get the trendiest tresses in the county. These fine establishments are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, and they have won plaudits from the ultimate critic: you.

 

BEST BAGELS

 

1 Bagel Masters

661 Broad St.

Shrewsbury

732.224.0333

bagelmasters.com

 

2 Gem’s House of Bagels

multiple locations

gemsbagels.com

 

3 Hole Lot of Bagels

1171 Route 35

Middletown

732.706.9300

 

BEST BAKERY

 

1 Sugarush

37 E. Front St.

Red Bank

732.414.9044

experiencesugarush.com

 

2 The Flaky Tart

145 First Ave.

Atlantic Highlands

732.291.2555

theflakytartnj.com

 

3 Caputo’s Pastry Shoppe

444 Ocean Blvd.

Long Branch

732.222.3838

caputosbakery.com

 

BEST BARBECUE

 

1 Local Smoke BBQ

719 Route 35

Neptune City

732.455.8888

localsmokebbq.com

 

2 Jersey Shore BBQ

811 Belmar Plaza

Belmar, 732.894.9009

jerseyshorebbq.com

 

3 Memphis Pig Out

67 First Ave.

Atlantic Highlands

732.291.5533

 

BEST CANDY

 

1 Ricky’s Candy

86 Broad St., Red Bank,

732.842.4637

rickysofredbank.com

 

2 Sugarush

37 E. Front St., Red

Bank, 732.414.9044

experiencesugarush.com

 

3 Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe

1100 Route 35

Middletown

732.796.0115

suzisweetshoppe.com

 

BEST CANNOLI

 

1 LaRosa’s Bakery

79 E. Newman Springs Rd.,

Shrewsbury

732.842.4324

ecannoli.com

 

2 Caputo’s Pastry Shoppe

444 Ocean Blvd.

Long Branch

732.222.3838

caputosbakery.com

 

3 Del Ponte’s

600 Main St.

Bradley Beach

732.869.1111

delpontesbakery.com

 

 

BEST BREAKFAST

 

1 The Turning Point

multiple locations

theturningpoint.biz

 

2 Amy’s Omelette House

444 N. Ocean Blvd.,

Long Branch

732.222.1206

youramys.com

 

3 Inbetween Café

56 English Plaza

Red Bank

732.741.9684

 

BEST BRUNCH

 

1 Molly Pitcher Inn

88 Riverside Ave.

Red Bank

732.747.2500

themollypitcher.com

 

2 The Turning Point

multiple locations

theturningpoint.biz

 

3 Munch

632 Cookman Ave.

Asbury Park

732.775.0444

munchasbury.com

 

BEST BURGERS

 

1 Barnacle Bill’s

1 First St., Rumson

732.747.8396

barnaclebillsrumson.com

 

2 The Downtown

10 W. Front St.

Red Bank

732.741.2828

thedowntownnj.com

 

3 Jersey Burger

1627 Main St.

Lake Como

732.280.3663

jerseyburger.com

 

BEST BUTCHER

 

1 Monmouth Meats

112 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.741.5292

monmouthmeats.com

 

2 Sickles Market

1 Harrison Ave.

Little Silver

732.741.9563

sicklesmarket.com

 

3 Citarella’s Market

57 Prospect Ave., Red Bank

732.741.9059

citarellasmarket.com

 

BEST BYO RESTAURANT

 

1 Dish

13 White St.

Red Bank

732.345.7070

dishredbank.com

 

2 Belford Bistro

870 Main St., Belford

732.495.8151

belfordbistro.com

 

3 Ragin’ Cajun

1102 Route 35, Belmar

732.280.6828

 

BEST CATERER

 

1 Jacques Catering

403 Route 36

Hazlet, 732.495.2600

jacquescatering.com

 

2 Christopher’s Kitchen

165 Amboy Rd.

Morganville

732.491.3399

cateringservicenj.com

 

3 Sickles Market

1 Harrison Ave.

Little Silver

732.741.9563

sicklesmarket.com

 

BEST CHEESE SHOP

 

1 The Cheese Cave

14 Monmouth St.

Red Bank

732.842.0796

cheesecaveshop.com

 

2 Sickles Market

1 Harrison Ave.

Little Silver

732.741.9563

sicklesmarket.com

 

3 Cheese on Main

53 Main Ave., Ocean

Grove, 732.775.1530

cheeseonmain.com

 

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

 

1 Temple Gourmet

Chinese 91 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.212.8858

templegourmet.com

 

2 Little Szechuan

485 Prospect Ave.

Little Silver

732.842.3823

littleszech.com

 

3 Peking Pavilion

110 Route 33

Manalapan

732.308.9700

pekingpavilion.com

 

BEST COFFEE SHOP

 

1 America’s Cup Coffee Company

633 Cookman Ave.

Asbury Park

732.988.2000

 

2 Rook Coffee Roasters

multiple locations

rookcoffeeroasters.com

 

3 Booskerdoo

36 Beach Rd., Suite 9

Monmouth Beach

732.222.0729

booskerdoo.com

 

BEST CUPCAKES

 

1 Sugarush 37 E.

Front St., Red Bank

732.414.9044

experiencesugarush.com

 

2 The Scone Pony

305 Washington Ave.

Spring Lake

732.280.8887

thesconepony.com

 

3 Cupcake Magician

54 Monmouth St.

Red Bank, 732.530.5700

cupcakemagicianonline.com

 

BEST CHEAP EATS

 

1 Surf Taco

1003 Main St. Belmar, 732.681.3001

94 Brighton Ave. Long Branch, 732.229.7873

121 Parker Ave. Manasquan, 732.223.7757

35 Broad St. Red Bank, 732.936.1800

surftaco.com

 

Surf Taco’s “coastal cuisine” is a staple for some locals and vacationers because of its fresh and healthy fare, but what you can’t pass up is a good deal. The shop’s wallet-friendly prices don’t stop it from serving up generous helpings like its 12˝ “biggest on the Jersey shore” Maverick’s Burrito, a favorite among regulars.

 

2 Jakes Crab Shack

500 Ocean Ave.

Belmar

732.894.3502

jakescrabcakes.com

 

3 WindMill

201 River Rd. Belmar 732.681.9628

3339 Route 9 South, Freehold, 732.303.9855

586 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, 732.229.9863

200 N. Ocean Ave. North Long Branch, 732.870.6098

122 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732.747.5958

windmillhotdogs.com

 

BEST CHOCOLATE

 

1 Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe

1100 Route 35, Middletown, 732.796.0115

suzisweetshoppe.com

At this house of temptation, owner Susan Hordych explains that not all chocolates are created equal. “Mass-produced chocolate can sit on shelves for a long time. Here, chocolates are hand-dipped daily. That freshness can’t be beat.” You must agree because her chocolate-covered pretzels and coffee cake fudge are constant sellouts.

 

2 Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe

1118 Third Ave., Spring Lake, 732.449.7535

 

3 Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe

17 White St., Red Bank, 732.219.0822,

redbankchocolateshoppe.com

 

3 Basil T’s

183 Riverside Ave.

Red Bank

732.842.5990

basilt.com

 

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT

 

1 Sawa Steakhouse

42 Route 36

Eatontown

732.544.8885

68 Ocean Ave.

Long Branch

732.229.0600

sawasteakhouse.com

 

2 Takara Japanese Steakhouse

1610 Route 35

Ocean Township

732.663.1899

takarajapanese.com

 

3 Yumi

1120 Ocean Ave., Sea

Bright, 732.212.0881

yumirestaurant.com

 

BEST ITALIAN DELI

 

1 Jimmy Pecci’s Taste of Italy

4060 Asbury Ave.

Tinton Falls

732.922.9393

tasteofitalymarket.com

 

2 Aleo

642 Newman Springs Rd.

Middletown,

732.747.0111

aleocatering.com

 

3 Florentino’s

1148 Route 35

Middletown

732.671.1801

florentinos.com

 

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

 

1 Undici Restaurant

11 W. River Rd.

Rumson

732.842.3880

undicirestaurant.com

 

2 Via 45

45 Broad St.

Red Bank

732.450.9945

via45.com

 

BEST HUMMUS

 

1 Uncle Jack’s Good 2 Go

1580 Route 35

Ocean

732.695.3871

unclejacksgood2go.com

 

2 Zaitooni Deli

11 Mechanic St.,

Red Bank

732.842.4400

zaitooni.zaitoonideli.com

 

3 Cafe 28

64 White St.

Red Bank

732.933.1400

cafe28.net

 

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