We all know the kinda places I'm thinking about. The chow's always delicious, usually better than the prices would suggest, but they don't seem to have much of a following. You eat, smile at your company when the check comes, overtip, and leave with a very full belly, thinking, "Man, I hope that place can stay in business."
We're 'hounds, damn it. These are the places that our oaths have us duty bound to celebrate and support. I mean, it wasn't all that long ago that North of the Border was simply known as "that dirty taco joint by the train station" in my e-mails to friends - now they even have seats and lines to order. I know it's awesome to have some secret spots and "off the radar," reliable haunts, but they're no good to anybody when the "open" side of the sign is turned inward forever.
So, with some life seemingly returning to our humble, little Board, I'm looking for some nominations of places you'd like to see elevated a bit - at least to the break even point. I know a lot of us tend to be Mon/Oc-centric, but I'd be happy to see some mention of places in the part of the State where folks have those funny accents too. Have fork, will travel, right?
I'll start with the Blue Marlin in Bradley Beach. Sixty bucks will get you dinner for two - apps and mains. Solid, sometimes spicy, Caribbean fare with highlights including curried goat, Jamaican-style red snapper, and conch fritters. BYOB.