Best of Monmouth 2020: Food and Restaurants

From diners to delis, here are the winners of our 2020 Best of Monmouth Readers' Choice Awards.




ACAI BOWLS 

1. Playa Bowls
Multiple locations
Playabowls.com

2. Frutta Bowls
Multiple locations
Fruttabowls.com

3. Juice Beach
701 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park
883.584.2363
juicebeach.com

BAGELS

1. Bagelmasters
661 Broad St.
Shrewsbury
732.224.0333
Bagelmasters.com

2. Hot Bagels Brooklyn’s Finest
368 Broad St.
Red Bank​
732.842.1397
Bestbagelsnj.com​

3. Hole Lot of Bagels
1171 Rte. 35
Middletown
732.706.9300

BAKERY

1. Nothing Bundt Cakes
1081 Broad St.
Shrewsbury
732.544.2253
nothingbundtcakes.com

2. Papa Ganache
106 Main St.
Matawan
732.217.1750
papaganache.com

3. Sweet!
702 10th Ave.
​Belmar
732.280.8889
sweetbelmar.com

BARBECUE

1. Local Smoke
Multiple locations
localsmokebbq.com

2. Jersey Shore BBQ
811 Belmar Plaza
Belmar
732.894.9009
jerseyshorebbq.com

3. Fireside Grill & Bar
133 S Main St.
Marlboro
732.780.7900
firesidegrillandbar.com

BAR FOOD

1. Tommy’s Tavern & Tap
3492 Rte. 9
Freehold
732.543.0053

1030 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright
732.843.5044
tommystavernandtap.com

2. MJ’s
Multiple locations
mjsrestaurant.com

3. Tre Pizza
611 Park Ave.
Freehold
732.751.4422
trepizzanj.com

BREAKFAST

1. Turning Point
Multiple locations
theturningpoint.biz

2. Meemom’s
1383 Rte. 35
Middletown
732.856.9499

1825 Rte. 35
Wall Township
732.359.8544
meemoms.com

3. Seed to Sprout
560A River Rd.
Fair Haven
732.268.7533

410 Main St.
Avon By The Sea
732.774.7333
seedtosproutnj.com

BRUNCH

1. Turning Point
Multiple locations
theturningpoint.biz

2. Toast
45 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.224.1234
redbank.toastcitydiner.com

3. Cardinal Provisions
513 Bangs Ave.
Asbury Park
732.898.7194
crdnal.com

BURGERS

1. Barnacle Bill’s
1 First St.
Rumson
732.747.8396
barnaclebillsrumson.com

2. Main Street Bar & Grill
735 Rte. 35
Ocean Township
732.775.7131

3. Pascale & Sabine
601 Bangs Ave.
Asbury Park
732.774.3395
pascalandsabine.com

BUTCHER

1. Monmouth Meats
112 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.741.5292
monmouthmeats.com

2. Sabatos Prime Meats
113 Leonardville Rd. #1197
Belford
732.787.9119
sabatosprimemeats.com

Drew’s Market
2407 Rte. 71
Spring Lake Heights
732.974.9399
drewsmarket.com

3. Pop’s Butcher Shop
175 Monmouth Rd. Suite 7
West Long Branch
732.571.7677
popsbutchershop.com

BYO RESTAURANT

1. Drew’s Bayshore Bistro
25 Church St.
Keyport
732.739.9219
drewsbayshorebistro.com

2. Via45
45 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.450.9945
via45.com

3. Ragin’ Cajun
1102 Rte. 35
North Belmar
732.280.6828
ragincajunnj.com

CANDY/
CHOCOLATES

1. Chocolate Carousel
2510 Belmar Blvd.
Wall
732.280.0606
chocolatecarousel.com

2. Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe
1100 Rte. 35
Middletown
732.796.0115
suzisweetshoppe.com

3. Jeweled Studio Boutique
305 Rt. 9 South
Manalapan
732.303.9433
jeweledstudiomanalapan.com

CATERER

1. Chef Covas Catering
12 Fourth Ave.
Long Branch
732.673.4070
chefcovascatering.com

2. Drew’s Market
2407 Rte. 71
Spring Lake Heights
732.974.9399
drewsmarket.com

3. Glenda’s Kitchen
864 Rte. 36
Leonardo
732.284.9536
glendaskitchen.co

CHEESE SHOP

1. The Cheese Cave
14 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.842.0796
thecheesecave.co

2. Sickles Market
1 Harrison Ave.
Little Silver
732.741.9563

200 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.852.5353
sicklesmarket.com

3. Cheese on Main
53 Main Ave.
Ocean Grove
732.775.1530

COFFEE/TEA HOUSE

1. Rook Coffee
Multiple locations
rookcoffee.com

2. Cafe Volan
510 Bangs Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.3399
cafevolan.com

3. Water Witch Coffee
67 Waterwitch Ave.
Highlands
732.204.2694
waterwitchcoffee.com

CRAFT BEER

1. Asbury Park Brewery
810 Sewall Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.5571
asburyparkbrewery.com

2. Carton Brewing
6 E Washington Ave.
Atlantic Highlands
732.654.2337
cartonbrewing.com

3. Beach Haus Brewery
801 Main St.
Belmar
732.202.7782
beachhausbeer.com

CUPCAKES

1. Cupcake Magician
54 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.530.5700
cupcakemagicianonline.com

2. Sugarush
37 E Front St.
Red Bank
732.414.9044
experiencesugarush.com

3. Chocolate Carousel
2510 Belmar Blvd.
Wall
732.280.0606
chocolatecarousel.com

DINER

1. Americana Diner
1160 Rte. 35
Shrewsbury
732.542.1658
americanadiner.net

2. New Monmouth Diner
1887 Rte. 35
Middletown
732.671.1316
newmonmouthdiner.com

3. JB’s Diner
1320 Rte. 35
Farmingdale
732.256.9474
jbsdiner.com

DONUTS

1. Broad Street Dough Company
177 Elton Adelphia Rd.
Freehold
732.303.9000

2005 Rte. 35 N.
Oakhurst
732.531.1404
broadstreetdoughco.com

2. Duck Donuts
1275 Rte. 35
Middletown
732.671.3825
duckdonuts.com

3. Purple Glaze Donuts
516 Summerfield Ave.
Asbury Park
732.361.5308
purpleglazedonuts.com

FARMER’S MARKET

1. Delicious Orchards
320 Rte. 34 S.
Colts Neck
732.462.1989
deliciousorchardsnj.com

2. Matt’s Farm Market & Garden Center
1740 Rte. 71
West Belmar
732.449.5600
mattsfarmmarket.com

3. Galleria Red Bank Farmer’s Market

Corner of Bridge Ave.
& West Front St.
Red Bank
732.530.7300
thegalleriaredbank.com

FOOD TRUCK

1. Empanada Guy
568 Park Ave.
Freehold
732.333.0082

1100 Ocean Ave.
Bradley Beach
empanadaguy.com

2. Johnny’s Pork Roll
8A Monmouth St.
Red Bank
833.328.7675

Monmouth Park Corporate Center 1
West Long Branch (Fall season)
2 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank (May-November)
johnnyporkroll.com

FRENCH RESTAURANT

1. Pascal & Sabine
601 Bangs Ave.
Asbury Park
732.774.3395
pascalandsabine.com

2. Restaurant Nicholas
160 Rte. 35 S.
Red Bank
732.245.9977
restaurantnicholas.com

3. The French Market
114 E. River Rd.
Rumson
732.530.1692
thefrenchmarketnj.com

GLUTEN-FREE GOODIES

1. Good Karma Cafe
17 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.450.8344
goodkarmacafenj.com

2. Papa Ganache
106 Main St.
Matawan
732.217.1750
papaganache.com

3. Cupcake Magician
54 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.530.5700
cupcakemagicianonline.com

GOURMET GROCERY

1. Delicious Orchards
320 Rte. 34 S.
Colts Neck
732.462.1989
deliciousorchardsnj.com

2. Sickles Market
1 Harrison Ave.
Little Silver
732.741.9563

200 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.852.5353
sicklesmarket.com

3. Livoti’s Old World Market
Multiple locations
livotisoldworldmarket.com

GREEK RESTAURANT

1. The Greek Spot
1013 Rte. 35
Ocean Township
732.531.7770

15 N. Bridge Ave.
Red Bank
732.704.3255
thegreekspotnj.com

2. Greek Eats
89 Newman Springs Rd.
Shrewsbury
732.530.0777
gogreekeats.com

3. Olive and Ivy
78 Rte. 35
Eatontown
732.389.0000
oliveandivymediterranean.com

HEALTH AND FOOD STORE

1. Nature’s Corner Natural Market
2407 Rte. 71
Spring Lake Heights
732.449.4950
naturescornernaturalmarket.com

2. Whole Foods
Multiple locations
wholefoodsmarket.com

3. Dean Natural Food Market
1119 Rte. 35
732.517.1515

490 Broad St.
Shrewsbury
732.842.8686
deansnaturalfoodmarket.com

ICE CREAM

1. Hoffman’s Ice Cream
569 Church Street
Spring Lake Heights
732.974.2253

444 Ocean Blvd. N
Long Branch
732.229.5500
hoffmansicecream.net

2. Cookman Creamery
711 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park
732.361.5215
cookmancreamery.com

3. Jersey Freeze
120 Manalapan Ave.
Freehold
732.462.3008
jerseyfreeze1952.com

INDIAN RESTAURANT

1. Neelam Exotic Indian Cuisine
1178 Rte. 35
Middletown
732.671.8900
neelamindiancuisine.com

2. Haldi Chowk
1409 Rte. 35 N
Middletown
732.721.9539
haldichowkusa.com

3. Bombay River
90 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.530.1598
bombayriver.com

ITALIAN DELI

1. Livoti’s Old World Market
Multiple locations
livotisoldworldmarket.com

2. Taliercio’s Gourmet Deli
500 Rte. 35 #7
Red Bank
732.576.1888
www.taliercios.com

3. DeMarcos
1121 Rte. 34
Aberdeen
732.566.2112
demarcoscatering.com

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

1. Anjelica’s
1070 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright
732.842.2800
anjelicas.com

2. Via45
45 Broad St.
Red Bank
732.450.9945
via45.com

3. Pazzo’s MMX
141 West Front St.
Red Bank
732.747.4551
pazzoredbank.com

JUICE BAR

1. Nature’s Corner
2407 Rte. 71
Spring Lake Heights
732.449.4950
naturescornernaturalmarket.com

2. Seed to Sprout
560A River Rd.
Fair Haven
732.268.7533

410 Main St.
Avon By The Sea
732.774.7333
seedtosproutnj.com

3. Freshicas
205 W Front St.
Red Bank
732.939.8919
freshicasjuicebar.com

JAPANESE RESTAURANT

1. Taka
660 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park
732.775.1020
takaasbury.com

2. Ichiban
2132 Rte. 35 S.
Oakhurst
732.493.1115

2101 Rte. 35 N.
Holmdel
732.671.0888
ichibansteakhouse.com

3. Sono
1098 Rte. 35 S.
Middletown
732.706.3588
sonosushi.net

MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1. Juanito’s
159 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.747.9118
juanitosredbank.com

2. Rosalita’s
180 Rte. 9
Englishtown
732.617.0099
rosalitasnj.com

3. Aby’s
32 Main St.
Matawan
732.583.9119
abysmexicanrestaurant.com

NEW RESTAURANT

1. The Butcher’s Block
235 West Ave.
Long Branch
732.795.3903
thebutchersblocknj.com

2. Apple Street Kitchen
33 Apple St.
Tinton Falls
732.747.7646
applestreetkitchen.com

3. Maeberrie 504 Main St.
Avon By The Sea
732.807.3279
maeberriemarket.com

Olive and Ivy
78 Rte. 35
Eatontown
732.389.0000
oliveandivymediterranean.com

OUTDOOR DINING

1. Rooney’s
100 Ocean Ave N.
Long Branch
732.870.1200
rooneysocean.com

2. The Boon Docks Fishery
1 Marine Park
Red Bank
732.747.7177

3. The Proving Ground
56 Shrewsbury Ave.
Highlands
732.872.2266
theprovingground.com

PIES

1. Delicious Orchards
Rte. 34 S.
Colts Neck
732.462.1989
deliciousorchardsnj.com

2. Wemrock Orchards
100 Wemrock Rd.
Freehold
732.431.2668
wemrockorchard.com

3. Twin Pond Farms
1459-1473 Rte. 9 North
Howell
732.863.9364
twinpondfarm.com

PIZZA

1. Vic’s Italian Restaurant
60 Main St.
Bradley Beach
732.774.8225
vicspizza.com

2. Talula’s
550 Cookman Ave. #108
Asbury Park
732.455.3003
talulaspizza.com

3. Attilio’s
4345 Rte. 9
Freehold
732.462.2303
attiliospizzerianj.com

4057 Asbury Ave.
Tinton Falls
732.922.6760
attiliospizzanj.com

PRIX FIXE MENU

1. Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.3275
langostalounge.com

2. Restaurant Nicholas
160 Rte. 35 S.
Red Bank
732.245.9977
restaurantnicholas.com

3. JBJ Soul Kitchen
207 Monmouth St.
Red Bank
732.842.0900
jbjsoulkitchen.org

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

1. Moonstruck
517 Lake Ave.
Asbury Park
732.988.0123
moonstrucknj.com

2. Restaurant Nicholas
160 Rte. 35 S.
Red Bank
732.245.9977
restaurantnicholas.com

3. Undici
11 West River Rd.
Rumson
732.842.3880
undicirestaurant.com

SEAFOOD/FISH MARKET

1. Keyport Fishery
150 West Front St.
Keyport
732.264.9723
keyportfishery.com

2. Lusty Lobster
88 Bay Ave.
Highlands
732.291.1548
bestlobster.com

3. Mr. Shrimp
1608 Rte. 71
Belmar
732.681.7755
mrshrimp.com

STEAKHOUSE

1. Danny’s
11 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank
732.741.6900
dannyssteakhouse.com

2. Brennan’s
Multiple locations
brennansinc.com

3. Texas Roadhouse
5309 Rte. 9 N.
Howell
732.886.7427

2105 Rte. 35
Holmdel
732.671.3749
texasroadhouse.com

TACOS

1. 10th Ave. Burrito Co.
801 Belmar Plz.
Belmar
732.280.1515
tenthaveburrito.com

2. Pop’s Garage
1000 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park
732.576.2181
popsgaragenj.com

3. Barrio Costero
610 Bangs Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.5544
barriocostero.com

THAI RESTAURANT

1. Bamboo Leaf
724 Main St.
Bradley Beach
732.774.1661
bambooleafthaieatery.com

2. Siam Garden
2 Bridge Ave.
Red Bank
(* Editor’s note: Siam Garden was added to the ballot before it was sold and reopened as Siam Paradise.)

3. Bangkok House
26 Rte. 35
Eatontown
732.389.3890
bangkokhousenj.com

VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS

1. Seed to Sprout
560A River Rd.
Fair Haven
732.268.7533

410 Main St.
Avon By The Sea
732.774.7333
seedtosproutnj.com

2. Good Karma Cafe
17 E. Front St.
Red Bank
732.450.8344
goodkarmacafenj.com

3. Kaya’s Kitchen
1000 Main St.
Belmar
732.280.1141
kayaskitchenbelmar.com

WATERFRONT DINING

1. Salt Creek Grille
4 Bingham Ave.
Rumson
732.933.9272
saltcreekgrille.com

2. Inlet cafe
3 Cornwall St.
Highlands
732.872.9764
inletcafe.com

3. Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park
732.455.3275
langostalounge.com

WINGS

1. Jack’s Goal Line Stand
149 Brighton Ave.
Long Branch
732.870.8800
jacksgoallinestand.com

2. MJ’s
Multiple locations
mjsrestaurant.com

3. Court Jester
16 East Main St.
Freehold
732.462.1040

1077A Rte. 34
Aberdeen
732.566.6674
courtjesternj.com

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