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Kubels Too on LBI: don't bother

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Kubels Too on LBI: don't bother

mschow | Jun 29, 2009 10:05 AM

What a mistake: I assumed that Kubel's Too in Beach Haven Crest would be as good as Kubel's in Barnegat Light. We like Kubel's BL for the cozy, friendly, casual atmosphere. Plus there is something on the menu for everyone and the food, while not gourmet, is usually pretty good. We were tired and not wanting to face the traffic going up to BL, so went to the Kubel's Crest location.
After a short wait, we were seated in a back room. Our server was very friendly and personable. But in the room were two very loud and large tables; never a good omen, IMO.
The menu is different than the BL location, with not nearly as many choices. A problem for my elderly mother, who does not eat any seafood, the exception being Manhattan clam chowder (not on the menu). Nothing really sounded interesting to me; so I opted for the broiled Barnegat Bay scallops broiled. While fresh, they were served in a casserole with a milky broth covering them. That was not how the menu described them, so that was disappointing. The vegetable of the day was broccoli, steamed and served with absolutely no seasoning. My dad had some sort of chicken dish that he said was just 'OK'. My mother had a appetizer of frozen dumplings and the soup of the day, which she said tasted like dishwater. . The dumplings and the soup were about the only choices on the menu for someone with a small appetite who doesn't eat fish.
In addition to the outstandingly mediocre food, the meal was made even more unpleasant by the obnoxious two large tables. One table was a group of older adults celebrating a birthday as loudly as possible. The other table was a group of 4 women and their very boisterous 5-6 children. We were repeatedly 'treated' by the young kids, to some sort of ballet dance routine that involved lots of yelling and stomping, much to the delight of the adoring mothers and the birthday party table. Both tables yelled and whopped it up, completely oblivious to the other diners in the room. Unfortunately, our friendly waiter encouraged the noise by going up and doing some ballerina moves for the room. It was just extremely loud and the kids running all over the place is not only annoying, it's unsafe. A table of two women left a few minutes after sitting down due to the noise level. The hostess then attempted to seat a table of 5 next to us, who once getting a hint of the decibel level in the room, turned around and walked out. A dad and his teenage son sitting next to us just held their hands over their ears. I heard the son tell his dad to 'eat fast'.
Needless to say, we won't be visiting Kubel's Too again, and if you're smart, you won't either!

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