Asbury Park, New Jersey, through its renaissance over the last 12 years, has grown from a few wishful hopes and dreams to become a diverse and vibrant city by the sea. The famed Boardwalk has realized near-full retail occupancy for the first time in 40 years, while the Downtown has become a hip urban neighborhood with a mini-SoHo vibe. While Asbury Park has its legacy and future firmly planted in music, one of the major influences of the city’s resurgence is its dynamic restaurant scene.
Like all areas, you have your good and bad restaurants in terms of quality, service, satisfaction, and reputation. However, a strange phenomenon began to occur in late 2008, early 2009. With the explosion of new restaurants and bars in town, an attitude began to surface among those who owned and worked at certain establishments. This cockiness was simply understood as:
“Well, you’re in Asbury Park, so you should be honored to even be allowed in this establishment.”
Unfortunately, this toxic attitude has continued and even expanded in some cases. Granted, it does not contaminate everywhere in town, but it does affect quite a number.
As a result, Asbury Eats was created to be a gut check against that pathetic attitude. Unlike some food critics in the area, we will not kiss ass. We will also not blindly promote an establishment simply for the good of the city. Leave that to the Chamber of Commerce. So here’s our message:
- To those owners, management, and staff who are committed to providing quality, consistent food, stellar service, at prices that hit all budgets without being pretentious and arrogant, have nothing to worry about.
- To those who continue to think the customer should be thanking them, could care less about quality and consistency, and treats the locals who support them year round like they are worthless, you are on notice.
- To the public, we are here, simply to provide you with unabashed, somewhat humorous, and sometimes cringe-worthy opinions about the bar and restaurant scene in and around Asbury Park by “Serving up Tasty Bites of Reality.”
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