OK. I know it's kinda goofy, but if any of you have any interest in submitting your personal "Best in Class" for Pizza, Burgers, and/or Bagels, I'd like to see 'em. Please, if possible, no more than just a short explanation why (coming from a rather long-winded 'hound, I hope you can appreciate the tad of irony).
To start it off, at this point, I see it this way:
Pizza - Vesuvio's (Belmar) - it's very good and just a bit different than any other pie in the Mon/OC.
Burger - Harpoon Willy's - the place is close to home, the patty is thick, and I can watch them cook it rare* (this is the toughest category of all for me since chefMd is no longer at Trinity cranking out that crazy burger he used to make)
Bagel - Bagel Oven (Red Bank) - properly sized, crispy outside, tender inside - my favorite foodstuff in RB.
*The bar, if you've never been there, is basically Barnacle Bills south - on the water, kinda funky, burger cooked behind the bar, etc.