So it seems that the old CJ Montana's on Shewsbury Ave in Tinton Falls has changed hands and is now the latest in the ever expanding McLoones brand of restaurants. (Is it just me who reflect back happily to a time when there was just McLoone's Rum Runner and that was it...??? Now there is a McLoones at the OTB in Woodbridge NJ, really?).
So anyway I couldn't help but notice how they just changed the Montana's to McLoones in the same font and colors as the Montana's was.....no new ownership or management...just seems like the snuck in one night changed the locks hung the new sign and boom, new McLoones.
I had to stop in and see what was up........I hadn't been in CJ Montana's since they first opened......I gave up on the place for 2 reasons.......1.) The food sucked.......2.) The owners attitude was worse than the food. But assuming the old ownership was out I decided to stop in and see what was up.
I only had a couple cocktails and I took a look at the menu.....and tried the lobster bisque. The menu has everything from Prime Rib Spring Roll app's to wings to Jumbo Shrimp Cockail. Variety of soups with Lobster Bisque obviously being one.....and entree's from salads, burgers to Prime Rib, NY Strip, Salmon etc. etc. Everything including the entree's is ala carte...with average entree's being in the mid $20. range and a house salad being $4.95.....that's putting you close to $30. for dinner and a salad. Even their burgers were upwards of $15.
Anyway my bisque was good.....a little too salty for my taste but that's to be expected with a bisque so I'm not going to say it was bad.....our tastes may vary. They really did nothing to the interior of the place it's exactly as I remember it being when CJ Montana's first opened up 5 years ago.
In my humble opinion I don't really see this place as a McLoones type property.......nor do I really get a good feel of what target they are trying to hit with the menu. I know CJ Montana's was hurting so I assume McLoones stepped in took over the lease and is seeing where things take them.
Stop in for yourselves if you care to check it out.....that's my report for now. Peace!