I'd like to let people know about the Grand Victorian in Spring Lake, New Jersey on Ocean Avenue. We discovered this quirky place in otherwordly (estate homes) Spring Lake on a day trip looking for a nice beach withing striking distance of Princeton. It is run (very hands on) by the wife of a managing executive at New York Eye and Ear Hospital. The hotel itself is very overpriced for its boarding house type rooms. The food is very expensive as well, but the dinner we had there Saturday night on their porch enjoying the sea breeze and overlooking the boardwalk was really quite excellent, except for the desserts which were bought. My husband had a lamb dish with eggplant and fennel, and I had wonderful pork chops (with bones still attached)sauteed in garlic. Yum. The wine list was interesting as well. Nost of all we loved walking back from the beach with our two-year old son, showering, and then walking down to sit on the porch, to eat well, and to be attended to by a very friendly staff. (Exception: the proprietress can be a bit scary.) Does anyone else have thoughts on the place?
We also discovered a restaurant that looked promising further north on Ocean Avenue, Chef Ed's, where the owner really knows how to handle vegetables, many of which he grows in his organic garden at the back (at least this is what the newspaper clipping on the wall said). The sub shop two doors down from Chef Ed's has good fresh subs (and sushi which we didn't try).