Local Vibes

Local Vibes

I spent a couple of days polling people on food sites to ask them which of their favorite eateries they think Guy Fieri and his crew from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives should visit here In New Jersey and why?

I asked the fine residents of New Jersey to choose one place in Monmouth or Ocean County where our radio station is located, and one place anywhere else in the state of New Jersey. I was inundated with hundreds and hundreds of suggestions, too numerous to include in one blog.

In this blog, I’m going to concentrate on the Shore eateries, and then follow up in a separate blog with all the other Jersey joints that were suggested by people who love to eat out.

  • Your Sister's Balls - Food Truck

    Nicole B. from the Wednesday Warrior’s page was the first to respond. She loves this food truck because the balls, as in “Meatballs” are big and oh so delicious! Beef, sausage, seafood, chicken and more.

    Best Food Trucks | Your Sister's Balls - menu

    We are two Italian girls who's family roots begin in Naples and Sicily, mother and daughter. Our meatballs are legendary both within our family, and to those who eat at our table. Our first venue was the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, and we were an instant hit.

  • Harry's Smokin' BBQ - Food Truck - Brick and mortar place coming soon

    Another food truck that rocks! Harry is a passionate son of gun who creates some incredible bbq entrees, side dishes, and an occasional dessert. At the moment you can find him on the side of the road in South Toms River. Stay tuned for a future article on Harry Clayton’s next food adventure that’ll happen indoors. Thanks to Michael T. from the Jersey Food Warriors and about 3 dozen other folks for suggesting one of my favorites.

    Home - Harry's Smokin' BBQ

    Online ordering menu for Harry's Smokin' BBQ.

  • Jersey Freeze - 120 Manalapan Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

    Matt C. and Katie suggested this iconic Jersey joint. The place has been around for over 70 years.

  • Point Lobster Bar & Grill - 521 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

    Tom from Jersey Warriors eats out almost every day, and he’s not the only person to suggest this place.

    Lobster Rolls, Seafood & Portuguese Food Menu | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ | Point Lobster Bar & Grill

    There's something for everyone at Point Lobster Bar & Grill Our talented local chefs have come together to bring you a mouthwatering blend of Portuguese food and seafood favorites, including: You'll also fall in love with the decadent desserts provided by our local partners: Mueller's Bakery and Hoffman's Ice Cream.

  • Cee Gee's Bar & Grill - 400 S New Prospect Rd, Jackson, NJ 08527

    The wings seem to be the main attraction at this dive in Jackson N.J. but the rest of the menu looks like it’s worth a shot. Plus the bartenders and the wait staff are well liked. Thanks to Mary Grace for being the first of many to suggest this place.

    Menu - CeeGees

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  • The Galley Pizza & Eatery - 1313 Memorial Dr, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    I knew this place would show up on the list of suggestions a few dozen times. I want to order everything on the menu. You can hear the crunch on all the buttermilk chicken sandwiches just by looking at the photo. Guy Fieri would have a ball at this place.

  • Drew's Bayshore Bistro - NEW LOCATION - 44 E. Front St, Keyport N.J. 07735

    Most people return to this place for more of Drew’s unique goodness. Back in 2017, Andrew Araneo of Drew’s Bayshore Bistro took down Food Network star Bobby Flay in an informal throwdown that brought out more than 1,000 people.  Drew’s will open in it’s new location in February 2023.


  • Windward Tavern - 292 Princeton Ave, Brick Township, NJ 08724

    Kimberly K from the What’s On Your Plate page suggested this place and I concur. Two dishes you must try, The Bang Bang Wings and the Ahi Tuna Nachos. OMG!!!

  • 502 Baking Company - 502 Brick Blvd, Brick Township, NJ 08723

    Victoria, I thank you for this recommendation because they are the home of the award winning Key Lime Pie. They also have savory dishes on their menu. You should try the homemade Chicken Pot Pie, filled with white meat chicken and luxurious gravy encased a buttery crust. Guy Fieri can have lunch and dessert at this place.

  • Zoe’s Emilio’s Kitchen - 77 Center Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

    Thanks to Sue Bacon for turning us on to this place that has nearly a perfect review score on Google, 4.9!  Ann’s 5 star review read: We tried a breakfast special, Tamale bites, and el Goyo. Both dishes were fresh, flavorful and the salsa Verde was the best! Definitely will go back and highly recommend this local gem. I’m eyeing the Crabmeat Benedict for my first visit.

    Zoe's Emilio's Kitchen | Mexican Cuisine Atlantic Highlands | Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

    Breakfast and Lunch, 7 days a Week, Outdoor Seating, Waffles, Pancakes, Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Eggs Benedict, Tacos, Burritos, Breakfast Burritos, Quesadillas, Salads, Burgers, Tortilla Soup, Atlantic Highlands, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free options available


  • Nip n Tuck Bar - 23 Norwood Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    This place is the epitome of a dive. If Guy Fieri ever dropped in, I would suggest he go for the Fancy Wangs and the Moose Burger. Thanks for the recommendation Patricia!

    Nip N Tuck Bar & Grill

    Fun, female-owned neighborhood dive bar on the Jersey Shore serving craft beer, amazing burgers and more. Outdoor dining available.


  • The Speakeatery - 705 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    The place has an incredible breakfast & lunch menu . Very unique and appealing for sure. If Guy shows up here I’ll be right there to witness his reaction to these amazing creations.



  • Allenwood General Store - 3208 Lakewood-Allenwood Rd, Allenwood, NJ 08720

    Billy Edwards made several recommendations and this one rang my bell because they were the recipient of the WRAT’s 2022 Shore Awards for “Best Pork Roll Sandwich. Read Jimmy Steal’s review here: https://wrat.com/2021/07/14/shore-awards-check-in-best-pork-roll-allenwood-general-store/  Old school food and a great shopping experience.

    Allenwood General Store - Country Cafe & Antiques, The Jersey Shore's Best Pork Roll Sandwich

    Operated since 1972 by the Herbert family, John and June Herbert purchased the building from the estate of the Feimster family who had operated a country store on the site since 1925. The original Allenwood General Store which was last operated by the Kell family just 100 yards up the road closed in the late 1960s.


  • Tally-Ho - : 4118 NJ-33, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

    Enduring local spot features American comfort eats & Italian classics in spacious, comfy surrounds. Melissa from the JFW page swears they have the BEST Chicken Francese she’s ever eaten.  Plus a 5 star review from Cindy has me curious: Wow wow wow! The food is absolutely amazing. Come with a huge appetite. Definitely get the escargot with garlic bread and get an extra side bread to dip. Chicken and sausage Murphy with cherry peppers was phenomenal and enough for three people. Can’t go wrong with anything you order. A hidden gem on 33 for sure! I’m in.

    Tally Ho Restaurant - Tinton Falls, New Jersey

    The Tally-Ho Restaurant in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, is commonly referred to as the "hidden gem" along Route 33. We are locally owned and operated and have been proudly serving our community since we opened our doors in 1995. Our menu features a contemporary blend of American cuisine with a strong Northern Italian influence.

  • Miracle Pub - : 201 NJ-37, Toms River, NJ 08755

    Jennifer speaks to me through this suggestion. A place that feels like home and is my favorite dive. The burgers are perfect and the Reuben egg rolls are a must try. Ice cold adult beverages and a killer menu close to home is so comforting.

    The Miracle Sports Pub & Packaged Goods - Toms River NJ - Miracle Sports Pub & Packaged Goods

    Come to The Miracle on your Birthday and receive a Complimentary drink coupon for your next visit. DOMESTIC BUDWEISER BUD LIGHT COORS LIGHT MICHELOB ULTRA MILLER LIGHT P.B.R.

  • Breakin Bread Eatery - 1177 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

    This place shows up several times a day on my socials. Pete & Nicole have amassed a legion of followers and fans in a very short time. Tom and the Jersey Food Warrior crew stopped by recently and ate like kings.

    JFW Crew

  • Vic's Italian Restaurant - 60 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

    Now this is a Jersey Shore Icon. As old school as it gets. Hey man everybody knows Vic’s!

  • Shore Good Eats N Treats - 120 W Sylvania Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753

    Steve F. reached out because he owns the place.  He sold me on the Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and he’s got Chicken Vodka Parm eggrolls. See ya soon Steve.

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