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Reality check - shellfish near Red Bank and Toms River, NJ

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Reality check - shellfish near Red Bank and Toms River, NJ

PegS | Jun 22, 2008 05:45 PM

Hi all. San Francisco 'hound who will be in central NJ this weekend, mainly in Red Bank but also visiting relatives in Toms River. I've searched the board and narrowed down my choices, and wanted to see if you could help make some final decisions about casual, no-frills but good quality shellfish within 1/2 hr drive or so from each. Also, it would be great if they were open throughout the afternoon (not just for fixed lunch and dinner hours) since we don't know when we'll actually hit the restaurants.

Lobster (boiled) and raw littlenecks - Inlet Cafe in Highlands? Or Spike's or Red's in Point Pleasant? Or does it matter given it's just lobster and clams?

Hard-shell crabs (as close to Maryland style as I can get without a huge trek) - Mud City Crab House in Manahawkin? Bum Rogers in Seaside Park? Crab Shack in Brick?

If you have suggestions I haven't identified as well I'd love to hear about them. Thanks so much!

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