We had lunch yesterday at El Meson (excellent as usual). We hadn't been in town since last summer so, afterwards, we decided to take a little stroll around. Heading down South St., I stopped short when I realized that Portabello had closed. (What took so long?!) An awning now reads "South Street Steakhouse." There were curtains blocking the huge windows, but the door was unlocked, so I peeked inside. Sure enough, the place was in the midst of a refurbishment. I asked a woman who was doing some cleaning when the restaurant would be opening. Before she could answer, a man -- who I presume was an owner -- came out from the back and told me they hoped to be open by the end of the month. Or, now that I think about it, maybe he said in about a month.... Many of you might remember Eric's, the NY-style steakhouse. We tried it once. The food was decent but nothing special. It will be interesting to see how things go with South Street Steakhouse.
Another discovery, at least for us, was Cafe 360. We stopped in when we noticed they serve homemade gelato. Happily, the product is excellent! Now that our favorite gelato spot, Cold Cream, in Belmar, has shuttered, we're thrilled to have found this place. It's a sweet little spot (pun intended) with a wide-ranging menu of casual food.
I believe jsfein reported some time ago about a pretty positive experience at El Familiar. We passed it and picked up a menu. Quite a wide-ranging selection of Mexican and Columbian dishes. We're particularly interested in trying some of the Columbian items, so it's on our "go to" list.
As posted by wench31 on another thread, I saw that Lorenzo's, another very inconsistent Italian, has closed and in its place is Mi Lindo Mexico. I also noticed a small Mexican restaurant (not the take-out joint) on South St., but don't recall the name.