BELMAR, NJ — There will certainly be something for everyone — and then some — on Belmar’s “Dine & Discover” Food Tour and Tasting on Sunday, March 8.

Nearly 40 food establishments will be participating in the appetite-enticing adventure, serving up samples of their favorite dishes from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. And those eateries run the gamut not only in food choices, but in style and ambiance — from the casual and the quaint to those eateries that dazzle with their own flair and flavor.

And to ensure that everyone gets around town for the unique tasting experience, a special trolley — offered as a courtesy by the Borough of Belmar — will travel the tour route, making stops from Ocean Avenue and Main Street to Route 71 and several other key locations (see map and below for the full route).

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In this fifth in a series of special features on the 12th annual restaurant tour at the shore, the spotlight is placed on the following diverse eating establishments.

Joe’s Surf Shack, 415 18th Avenue

This cozy neighborhood restaurant and bar may be several blocks from the oceanfront, but Joe's Surf Shack has earned a reputation for its “beachy vibe,” boasting an expansive bar and extensive menu of appetizers, light fare and burgers, plus live entertainment on the weekends. It’s the third establishment for locals Bob and Chris Fahey, who also own and operate Reef & Barrel in Manasquan and Cross & Orange in Asbury Park. In the video below, Bob Fahey takes you into the kitchen to see what will be cooking during Belmar’s food tour and tasting.

 

Cielito Lindo, 1510 Main Street

For an authentic Mexican culinary experience, nothing comes closer to going south of the border than a visit to Cielito Lindo. Its chefs take pride in using local produce and the freshest ingredients to create traditional dishes from recipes that have been passed down through the generations. An extensive menu boasts dozens of offerings, starting with eggs served up in various ways to tacos, tortas, burritos and quesadillas, as well as a full selection of entrees. Its tortillas are handmade, and all sauces and salsas are homemade.

Pizzashop, 1508 Main Street

When it comes to specialty pies, Pizzashop is in a league of its own. There’s the MaryLee, made with ricotta, mozzarella, romano, carmelized onion, fresh parsley and black pepper, and Plumber Peter with sausage, house pesto and ricotta or the Lumberjack, topped with bacon, grilled chicken, meatball, pepperoni and sausage. For those who’d rather create their own pizza, there are 32 toppings from which to choose — from the tried-and-true pepperoni and fresh mushrooms to gourmet garnishes, such as soppressata and truffle oil.

Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Avenue

Bar Anticipation may be known as the place to party, but in recent years, it’s also been gaining ground as a popular dining destination. If offers a diverse menu of starters, salads, pizza, burgers and “handhelds” such as sandwiches and wraps, and a well-rounded selection of dinner entrees. Weekend brunch, featuring breakfast platters with a complimentary cocktail, as well as a la carte breakfast sandwiches, burritos and pizza, is a longtime favorite.  

Corner Bagelry, 1104 Main Street

Serving the Jersey Shore for more than four decades, Corner Bagelry’s aim has always been to satisfy the breakfast and lunch cravings of its patrons at all three of their locations — Manasquan, Wall and Belmar, its newest location opening in 2013. Specializing in catering, Corner Bagelry exclusively offers Boar’s Head products by the pound, as well as piled high on giant sandwiches, party subs and wraps. For the “Dine & Discover” tour, stop by the Belmar location to enjoy homemade bagels, deli sandwiches, muffins, crumb cakes, cookies and more — then wash it all down with a fresh cup of coffee.

Surf Taco, 1003 Main Street

Nearly 20 years ago, Surf Taco’s owner and founder Rob Nagel introduced a different kind of “coastal cuisine” to the Jersey Shore. And he’s been riding the wave of success ever since, growing to 15 locations where fresh Mexi-Cali-inspired food and a surf culture is a winning combination. Its Belmar location is a mainstay of the downtown district — a place popular with the younger crowd, but whose tasty fare has everyone coming back again and again, particularly for another trip to its “Almost Favorite” salsa bar.

Flames Brazilian Steakhouse, 1000 Main Street

Flames features an all-you-can-eat experience that includes traditional Brazilian dishes, a gourmet salad bar and its main attraction — an authentic Brazilian “churrasco” of tender cuts of beef, chicken, pork and lamb, all seasoned and roasted, served on large skewers and sliced tableside. Adding to the showmanship of the full rodizio experience, flip your token to the green side to begin the dining extravaganza and turn it to the black side for the final bow.

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HOP ABOARD THE 'DINE & DISCOVER' TROLLEY

To get everyone around town, trolley service will be offered at spots along the tour route, including Klein’s on River Road, Pyanoe Plaza on Eighth Avenue, La Dolce Vita and Playa Bowls, both on Ocean Avenue, Joe’s Surf Shack on 18th Avenue, Bar Anticipation on 16th Avenue and Mr. Shrimp on Route 71. See map for a detailed look.

 

Get Your Tickets to Belmar’s Epicurean Adventure

Advance tickets are priced at $35 and can be purchased by clicking here.

For large groups, take advantage of these discount packages:

  • For every five tickets purchased, get one free.
  • For every 10 tickets purchased, get two free.

Advance tickets will still be available on Saturday, March 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at Anchor Tavern, 713 Main Street. Tickets will be $40 on the day of the tour and will be sold from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Anchor Tavern. Wristbands for advance ticket purchases will be available for pickup at Anchor Tavern on Saturday and Sunday at the times listed above.

This year’s tour is being hosted by the Borough of Belmar and Belmar Tourism Commission. For more information, contact multimedia director John Sabia at jsabia@belmar.com.

 

A FOOD LOVER'S DAY OF DELIGHT

Here’s a rundown of the food establishments participating in the Belmar “Dine & Discover” Tour on Sunday, March 8. 

Click here for a copy of the just-released 2020 Belmar Dining Guide, which also will be available on the day of the “Dine & Discover” tour at all participating restaurants.

 

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