Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

I grew up eating chuck steak, the cheapest cut you can buy. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so we would eat one chuck steak between the four of us at least once a week. I think my mother may have paid about $1.19 per pound in the late 70’s.

Our steak was always accompanied by Seabrook Farms boil in bag creamed spinach, and a baked potato. My siblings and I were just kids, and we thought we were eating like rich folks whenever steak was the main course, despite my mother’s limited funds.

These days, I don’t eat steak very often, but when there’s a special date night planned, a real special occasion, or a night out with friends we haven’t seen in ages, I go for it!

My first choice is a nice dry-aged Ribeye steak, with all the steakhouse trimmings. The crispy fried onions, the wedge salad with real bleu cheese, the house made creamed spinach, and a nice baked potato, loaded with butter.

Who counts calories when there’s a special occasion?

My husband loves Filet Mignon covered in Béarnaise or Bordelaise sauce. Filet Mignon doesn’t have enough fat content for me to really enjoy eating it. To each his own.

I would never turn away a good, marinated skirt or flank steak, or a nice dry-aged New York Strip. I guess I like red meat more than I’m willing to admit.

With all the cuts of steak to choose from, it seems that a lot of people I’ve dined with, order Filet Mignon. According to my research, Filet Mignon is the most popular cut of steak ordered in restaurants across the United States. Followed by Strip Steak, Ribeye, Top Sirloin, Porterhouse, and T-Bone.

I thought it would be cool to find out where the best steaks are served in Ocean County according to the people. Perhaps my next meal on our next special occasion will come from one of the restaurants on the list.

  • Stone Fire Grille - : 226 Atlantic City Blvd, Beachwood, NJ 08722

    My friend Mike Morris has asked me at least a half a dozen times if I’ve ever eaten here. He went on and on about how amazing the Hangar Steak is. It’s ALLEN BRO’S GRASS FED BEEF -Cooked sous vide, finished on the grill with white cheddar and bacon Boursin smashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and demi glaze. Now that I’ve looked at the menu, this place is a must go to.

    Stone Fire Grille

    Stone Fire Grille in Beachwood, NJ

  • Berkeley Cut Steakhouse - 2204 Central Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752

    My friend Jerry told me that if I ever decided to dine here, I must order an Espresso Martini before I even open the menu. Ok Jerry. I have other friends and colleagues who give this place a thumbs up. It’s family owned restaurant with a lovely dining space. They also do a Sunday Brunch the last Sunday of every month with music from jazz guitarist Frankie Cicala.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CtU529GpyHw/?hl=en

     

     

     

  • Rare Company - 605 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

    Serving locally sourced seafood & steaks, along with the area’s freshest produce. The menu changes with every season to serve you the very best of what the community has to offer.  I absolutely LOVE their menu. I am salivating at the thought of ordering a bone-in Ribeye with a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce, or even the garlic butter. Great selection of steak toppings and side dishes. I ‘m really grooving on the Appetizer menu too. Maybe I’ll trade my baked potato for a side of lobster mac & cheese.

     

     

     

  • Catherine's Farm to Table - 1001 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

    This is a fairly new restaurant that I heard about last week.  One of our listeners suggested I try this place. She called me to tell me about Catherine’s and said that I must get there. She mentioned an appetizer called a “Tuna Cannoli” It’s a wonton shell, filled with fresh local tuna and spicy mayo.  That sounds wonderful, and the menu looks very appetizing.  There’s also an appetizer called Kung Pao Bacon that sounds different. They have a fabulous “Steak For Two” on the menu which is the “Steak Cut of The Day” with garlic confit, steak sauce, and a chef’s selection of sides. They also have a very tender Filet Mignon accompanied by a red wine demi-glace, brown butter parsnip puree, and broccolini.   Loretta (radio listener) had a steak special when she was there. I think she said she had either a Tomahawk steak or a Cowboy Ribeye that was cooked to perfection.  Another charming local restaurant that serves locally sourced food.

    https://www.catherinesfarmtotable.com/

  • The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House - 1201 E Bay Ave, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

    Two things you can set your watch by, the incredible steaks and fresh seafood at Old Causeway.  Nice plump oysters are my starter, followed by the steakhouse wedge, which is unlike any other wedge salad you’ve eaten at other steakhouses, with the addition of crispy prosciutto, caramelized onions and candied pecans, this salad is a solid 10. Premium Angus beef is used for the cut of your choice. You know I’m getting the 14 ounce Ribeye Prime.

     

  • The Waterfront - 361 E Lacey Rd, Forked River, NJ 08731

    Great service is what I hear most often about The Waterfront. Delicious expertly prepared steak is another thing folks I know talk about. I had to hit up the menu to see what cuts of meat they offer. Ribeye, Filet, & NY Strip are the stars of the red meat show. It all looks good and is reasonably priced.

  • Charlies of Bay Head - 72 Bridge Ave, Bay Head, NJ 08742

    Classy dining spot offering upscale seafood, steak & cocktails. Ribeyes, Filet Mignon, or strip steaks, this place does it right. The seafood is wonderful, and it’s a great place for a special occasion. 

  • Ott's Good Earth Garden - 771 S Main St, West Creek, NJ 08092

    I have heard great thing about this place. I’ve actually mentioned them in an article or 2 based on listener’s opinions. Bob from Manahawkin can’t say enough good things about Chef Geoff Johnson and the food at Ott’s.

    Most recently, Chef Geoff was mentioned in a conversation I had with Chef Umberto Turelli. Umberto gave Geoff Johnson glowing reviews for both his culinary skills and his giving nature.  He likes to give back to the community. I’ve also heard the steaks here are top notch. The 16 ounce, aged, house cut, bone-in  N.Y Strip with a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon would make me a happy lady. The char-grilled  8 oz. Filet Mignon would put a smile on my husband’s face. Cheers to a good meal.

  • Manera's Restaurant - 950 Cedar Bridge Ave, Brick Township, NJ 08723

    Now here’s a place to get a fantastic steak! In fact it’s a place to enjoy a great meal overall. An acquaintance of mine had a birthday dinner here earlier this year, and she couldn’t stop talking about how good the food and service were. She absolutely loved the steak and the jumbo lump crab cake.

     

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