Best Places To Eat In & Around Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
by Shawn Clayton
on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 11:50am.
There's great news in the neighborhood, especially for diner foodies. The Ocean Bay Diner is finally back on its feet after an 1989 fire destroyed the long-standing landmark eatery. With new owners, the Antonatos family, who took their own children to the OB back in its glory days, the diner is back in action and vying for top spot as one of the best places to eat in the area.
The diner, in Point Pleasant, boasts easy access to the crystal clear ocean waters and expansive sands of Point Pleasant Beach. But it's not the only eatery with prime location to the mile-long boardwalk, fun in the sun, and antique shopping delights available in these Ocean County boroughs. If you're looking for other great diner-style experiences or casual eating spots in the area, here are a few more faves:
5.) Jersey Mike's Subs
The sub sandwich shop that began as a humble closet-sized storefront in the mid-50s is now a booming franchise that was featured on Food Network's "Food Paradise." Back in the 50s, amidst Point Pleasant restaurants, there wasn't too much in the way of hamburger chains and pizza shops, or taco joints. But this little take-out stop blossomed because of its fairly new offering to America: the now beloved submarine sandwich.
As the Jersey Shore developed its own legendary status, this centrally located sub shop did as well. Try a Club Supreme, with turkey, Swiss, bacon, mayo and roast beef made with store cooked top-rounds. Or try "the sub that made us famous" with the Original Italian. Go Jersey-style authentic with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, olive oil blend, red wine vinegar and oregano with provolone, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni.
4.) Farrell's Stout & Steak
Enjoy a Point Pleasant Beach dining experience with a little Irish flavor at Farrell's Stout and Steak, featuring a wide variety of mouth-watering meat and seafood entrees from steaks to fresh corned beef and Shepard's pie. Wash it down with a selection of great Irish ales, stouts and brews while taking in the Football games. It can be a boisterous atmosphere with the crowd of locals who come here to cheer on their teams.
Burgers and chili are a hit, so make sure to try The Blacksmith, with its Angus ground beef battered in Smithwick's ale, the corned beef and cabbage, Farrell's Sloppy Joe and NY strip steak. Also sample from the great selection of Irish Whiskeys. When the games aren't on you might find a local duo or band offering up some live music in this fun atmosphere.
3.) Frankie's Bar & Grill
You can't go wrong with Frankie's for one of the best places to eat at Point Pleasant Beach. Here you can watch the games on Sundays, with TVs all around and good, hearty portions of your favorite comfort foods. From Kobe burger specials with sweet potatoes to pasta, chicken and steak dishes, there's a generous serving of deep down satisfying meals ready and waiting.
This eatery has a reputation for the best burgers in the area, which comes from the charbroil flavor of these juicy patties, that lingers from the grill. The brick walls, arched windows and fireplace lend a Tudor-style atmosphere that makes this place all the more comfortable. Try their popular fried calamari, hot pastrami sandwich, P.J.'s melt.
2.) The Coal House
Take pizza up a notch at this BYOB joint in central Point Pleasant Beach. The menu is simple: pizza done right with lunch special sandwiches, heaping house salads, tasty garlic baked wings and a pasta for sides.
This is delicious and light thin crust always baked perfectly in the coal fired ovens, with an unforgettable zesty tomato sauce to boot. From a traditional plain pie to pesto pie, heaping pepperoni or the Mediterranean & antipasta, there's a taste here to suit all gluten-loving adventurers. Parking can get a little hectic at dinner time, or on the weekends, but there's usually a nice valet out in the thick of things to help guide you to a spot.
1.) The Food Shack
Down home decor makes for a cozy atmosphere in this super quaint breakfast and lunch eatery located on Broadway, at the inlet of Point Pleasant Beach that offers a view of the charter boats. You'll even get a sweet treat from the charming owner on the way out in the form of a chocolate chip cookie to go.
Everything here is unique, down to the old-fashioned milk bottles that hold the cream for your coffee. brunches are the star attraction, come for scrambled eggs, home fries, pork roll and toast that fills a hefty-sized platter. Also a hit with the regulars is the pork roll egg and cheese sandwich on a fresh baked kaiser roll. This family-owned diner is a gem, and one worth discovering on early-afternoon weekends when your stomach is rumbling.
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