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20 of My Favorite Restaurants Near Monmouth County NJ

In no particular order…


1. La Cucina Nouveau (Marlboro)

Best Northern Italian Food

Favorite Dish: Orecchiette with sausage, butternut squash, thyme, and breadcrumbs

They also have amazing lunches and gluten free pasta avilable

Pictured: Orecchiette, chocolate mousse, rice balls stuffed with filet mignon

2.Stella Marina (Asbury Park)

Best Ravioli

Favorite Dish: Truffle Ravioli


3. Surf Taco (Long Branch, Red Bank, Belmar, Manasquan & Jackson)

Best Fast Food Mexican

Favorite Dish: Costa Rican Burrito



4. Turning Point (Manalapan & Long Branch)

Best Brunch

Favorite Dish: Popeye Skillet



5. Firebird’s (Eatontown)

Best Bar Food

Favorite Dish: Chicken quesadilla with sriracha sour cream

Make sure to try their Caesar salad! It has chili  dusted croutons that are unreal.


6. Drink Juice Bar (Long Branch)

Best Juice (duh), smoothies, and smoothie bowls

Favorite: Coastal Acai Bowl

You can custom make any juice, and the atmosphere in the store is adorable. Plus they’re completely organic, plant-based, and gluten free

Pictured: lemon, mint, watermelon, cucumber juice and Coastal Acai Bowl 

7. Sakura Sushi (Manalapan)

Best Sushi/ Japanese Food

Favorite Dish: Bento Boxes and Mochi


8. Four Boys Ice Cream (Englishtown)

Best Ice Cream

Favorite Dish: Cookie dough ice cream with brownie chunks


9. Jersey Freeze (Freehold)

Best Pumpkin Ice Cream

Favorite Dish: Pumpkin ice cream, hot fudge, brownies, and graham cracker pieces


10. Sawan (Marlboro)

Best Indian Food

Favorite Dish: Chhole sag and garlic naan


11. Coal Fired Pizza (Manalapan)

Best Pizza

Favorite Dish: Michael’s original (meatballs, ricotta, caramelized onions)


12. Just (Old Bridge)

Best/ Most Unique Desserts

Favorite Dish: S’mores creme brulee


Pictured: Dessert Sushi and S’mores Creme Brulee

13. The Halal Guys (East Brunswick)

Best Falafel

Favorite Dish: Falafel platter (with extra tzatziki of course)


14. San Marzano (Freehold)

Best Pasta Dish

Favorite Dish: Stuffed Rigatoni


15. Meemom’s Kitchen (Wall & Middletown)

Craziest Brunch Menu

Favorite Dish: Birthday Cake French Toast



16. LaLa’s Puerto Rican Kitchen (Old Bridge)

Best Puerto Rican Food

Favorite Dish: Empanadas

This is actually a parked food truck and EVERYTHING on their menu is amazing


17. Kaya’s Kitchen (Belmar)

Best Vegan Food

Favorite Dish: Garlic Sesame Tofu

Another amazing menu, I’ve been happy with everything I’ve tried!

Pictured: Rocky Mountain Stew With Tempeh & Garlic Sesame Tofu

18. Jose Tejas (Iselin)

Best Mexican Food

Favorite Dish: Chorizo Flambado

This place is a little bit farther out of Monmouth County but totally worth the trip and the wait. The Chorizo Flambado is an appetizer but I always eat it as dinner. So. Good.


19. Broad Street Dough Co (Oakhurst)

Best Donuts

Favorite: Their crazy specials!

They also have vegan/ gluten free donuts that are incredible, which they call “vlugen” and that makes them even more enjoyable.



20. Peking Pavillion (Manalapan)

Best Chinese Food

Favorite: Chicken and Broccoli




This is a list of 20 of my absolute favorites, but there are soooo many more.

If you have any favorites near Monmouth County, let me know so I can try them and love them, too!


P.s. I am not affiliated with any of these restaurants

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