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Where to Eat in Monmouth County, NJ

John Tracey | Sep 16, 200008:31 AM

My wife and I are having a heck of a time finding good places to eat in and around Red Bank, NJ. We have had no problem finding bad places -- uninspired German restaurants with splendid ocean views and very ordinary food; dime-a-dozen Italian places serving ice-cold mozzarella; etc.

I wonder if anyone can recommend some real find in this area -- Red Bank, Long Branch, Rumson, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, etc. Almost anywhere in Monmouth County will do; we're getting desperate.

We have a few that we like.

We know about Fromagerie in Rumson, of course -- and go there about once a year or so, or whenever the bank makes an error in our favor.

In Red Bank, the Bistro seemed very good on the first visit but now seems perhaps only good. There is some great stuff there but a lot of what I call "hyperambitious" food and combinations. They have a "crispy" spinach that seemed a marvel at first but soon seemed only greasy. Still, a decent place.

Joe and Maggie's, in Long Branch, has been very good to us. It's a great little place, our favorite in the area. Menu changes all the time. Everyone always likes what they get there.

Siam Garden (Thai) in Red Bank is good, but the 8-pound wooden menus have got to go. Service can be awful.

Topps in Red Bank is a good place for German food. The shared platters of red cabbage and potato salad are a bit much for the summer though.

I liked Crown Palace (Chinese) in Middletown two years ago; lately, it seems more and more like your everyday mediocre Chinese place. Service is starting to get bad, too.

I'd love to hear suggestions from others.

John Tracey
Rumson, NJ

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