When I moved to Monmouth County 20 years ago there were only a few fine dining restaurants I truly enjoyed. One of which was a smaller unassuming place, far off the beaten trail, in the small affluent Jersey Shore town of Deal, NJ. On the corner of Rt. 71 and Sherman Ave. was Mr. C’s. Known to be a hangout for Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello and even an occasional David Letterman sighting could be had on most any night there. I enjoyed many a meal and many cocktails there over the years.
Mr. C’s closed some time ago and he opened up a location at the Allenhurst Beach Club called Mr. C’s Beach Bistro. While the new location is a lovely location, the menu and dining experience wasn’t the same, and I never became a big fan of the Mr. C Beach Bistro. (Although one of the really cooler bars set directly over the beach overlooking the ocean). Mr. C’s Beach Bistro was destroyed by Sandy…….and word had spread Mr. C went back to his old location now called Chic’s Place.
I had some business with a few attorneys last night…….knowing I generally loath meetings of this nature, I wanted to go to a place that would help distract me from the mindless banter these two hot air bag’s would be babbling all night. So while trying to decide where to meet for dinner Chic’s place came to mind.
Arrived 6:30 and there were only 2 tables seated and a couple at the bar. Like a scene from Hot Tub Time Machine opening the door and walking in the place was like walking thru a time warp, the place is exactly the same. New paint and décor but the bar and dining lay out is exactly as it was my first time walking in 20 years ago. It was like the warm embrace of an old friend.
We were seated the waitress took our drink order and read us the specials. The menu is a little more casual than Mr. C’s of old, but not as casual as the Beach Bistro. There is one sandwich on the menu, but a wide variety of entrée’s. We ordered one Mr. C’s signature beet salad and one wedge salad, entrée’s 1.) Sesame coated salmon 1.) Chicken Murphy 1.) Filet Mignon. The beet salad got a rave review I had the wedge which was fine, kind of hard to screw up a wedge salad.
I had the chicken murph which was very good, very flavorful without being drowned in a sauce, let the sweet peppers do the talking. The salmon and filet mignon both got very high praises as well. All in all a very good experience at an old familiar place.
By the time we were ready to leave the place was full, which is a good sign on a Tuesday night. I hope he keeps this open when the beach club is repaired because I would enjoy coming back in the future.
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