We all have our favorite restaurants and watering holes to grab a cocktail. Every now and again you want to change it up.
You want to break out of your routine and find a cool place you have not either heard of or explored yet.
Friends and coworkers are always a good source of information when it comes to looking for new places.
You know me, If I’m not asking listeners or coworkers, I’m asking people on social media sites and message boards for their opinions on where to go for certain foods, beverages, and desserts.
Even though you trust someone else’s opinion, sometimes their suggestion winds up being not so great.
For instance, Bruce and I had dinner at a place that a friend swore was one of the best places near her town to grab a meal.
After a year of hearing her tell us a thousand times to try this place, we finally made our way there.
Let me tell you, it was one of the worst meals we have ever had. The food was over-cooked, and tasteless, but I will say, the service was very good, and the restaurant was lovely.
We never told our friend that we dined at her suggested place because we don’t want to hurt her feelings.
We’re usually easy to please, and even food that is just “so-so”, will never set us off or launch us into “Karen” mode. We just won’t go back.
I try to never write a negative review because I specifically write these listicles to highlight small businesses. I like to give them a boost, I’m interested in spreading positive vibes and offering great suggestions for places to eat, drink, and have fun.
If I hear a place sucks more than enough times, I will never write about them. I’ll just go on my merry way and pass along suggestions that get a lot of positive feedback.
I’m going to give you a list based mostly on other people’s suggestions and include a few of my own.
I’m going to hit up the places I think I’d enjoy in the next few months.
Let’s take a journey through Ocean County to find some of the coolest places that offer great cocktails.