The Rat has had the pleasure and privilege of rocking the Jersey Shore for 26 years now. While that not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, it has been long enough to fall in love with certain businesses, only to see them go away for various reasons.
Nothing lasts for ever except the memories. Memories of a great store, or bar, or restaurant that held a special place in the hearts of you and your family. So as we begin the early stages of the holiday season, with the calendar turning to November I’d like to take a warm stroll down memory lane an revisit some of the places that made an impact on myself and the Rat Pack. Hopefully some of these were your favorites too!
Today I’d like to start off by saluting some of the local restaurants I had the pleasure of visiting over the past 26 years, that are now only a memory. Today, Monmouth and Ocean Counties have so many great places to dine and unwind, it’s a shame that these places didn’t last, because I guarantee each and every one on this list was a winner in it’s own special way. From diners, to delis, taverns to seafood places, they all did it right. In the end, their only real enemy was time, and in some cases money, public domain, or fire.
However, I don’t want this to be somber. I want this to be positive, and as I said, a salute to these legendary places that fed the good people of the Jersey Shore, and made a long lasting impression, at least on this fellow! I hope as you go through this week long journey of local places we miss at the Jersey Shore, you have at least one or two “Holy cow, I forgot about that place” moments, like I did when researching for these lists. I’d like to thank Carl Craft for helping me remember some of these joints, and giving me the inspiration to come up with these lists.
Remember, these are just a few of MY memories.. I’d love to hear about yours. Now let’s go back in time and chow down!