BELMAR, NJ — Planning to sample your way through the nearly 40 restaurants in just four hours during Belmar’s “Dine & Discover” Food Tour on Sunday, March 8?

To make it easier and more convenient to get around town, a special trolley will travel along the tour route from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will make stops at several key locations, including Klein’s on River Road, Pyanoe Plaza on Main Street at 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.

The free service is being offered courtesy of the Borough of Belmar, giving participants more time to indulge at the many diverse establishments that will be featuring their favorite fare.

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Spotlighting eateries situated from Routes 71 and 35 along the Belmar marina to Ocean Avenue — and stretching for 11 blocks along Main Street — the tour at the Jersey Shore is expected to bring hundreds into town for unique tasting experience.

This is the fourth in a series of special features on the 12th annual restaurant tour, offering a glimpse into some of the eateries that are located right in the heart of town.

Sweet!, 702 10th Avenue

For Sweet!, its name says it all — a chocolate and bake shop that exudes in delightful decadence. Known for its gourmet cupcakes, it also specializes in custom-order cakes, hand-made chocolates, cannolis, cookies, saltwater taffy — simply put, “a little bit of everything,” according to owner Lena Lowe. In the video below, she offers what sweet treats will be served up at Sweet! during Belmar’s food tour and tasting.

 

Brandl.Restaurant, 703 Belmar Plaza

Situated in Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza, Brandl.Restaurant is recognized for its innovative American cuisine — the pride and joy of its namesake, owner and chef, Chris Brandl, who opened the restaurant 18 years ago. Today, the steakhouse offers the juiciest and flavorful cuts of meats prepared in its state-of-the-art Mibrasa oven and seafood dishes that include its popular Lazy Lobster — a lobster tail and claw poached in vanilla bear butter and served over creamy risotto and asparagus.

Belmar Bagels, 703 Belmar Plaza

Every morning at Belmar Bagels, it’s time to kettle boil the bagels — after they’re rolled by hand and before they’re baked in the oven. The result of this classic bagel making method are bagels that are slightly crispy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside. Besides its handcrafted bagels, the shop also whips its own cream cheese — both plain and in many flavors. Home to a “Jersey” line of breakfast sandwiches, it also offers a complete breakfast and lunch menu.

Nourished.by Nature, 801 Main Street

Nourished.by Nature is one of the area’s most popular retailers of organic cold press juices —made on site from the finest fruits, vegetables and herbs. They are unprocessed, never heated, pasteurized or high-pressure processed (HPP). In addition to juices and one- to seven-day juice cleanses, the specialty shop also offers vegan nut milks, lemonades, teas, pressed juice ice pops, among a host of other freshly made beverages and snacks. Stop by the specialty shop during the tour for a taste of its heart-healthy juices.

Beach Haus Brewery, 801 Main Street

There’s always something new brewing at Beach Haus Brewery, which offers more than 15 beers on tap every day — all exclusively crafted on site at its 30-barrel brew house. From award-winning New England-Style IPAs and American ales to a variety of specialty beers created as part of local collaborations, Beach Haus has a brew for everyone. Tour participants will get a chance to sample several of them in its 4,000-square-foot upstairs taproom, which opens onto an outside deck with the best views of downtown Belmar and the nearby Belmar marina.

Mike’s Giant Submarines, 700 Eighth Avenue

A choice of thinly sliced meats and cheese, topped with fresh vegetables, oil, vinegar and spices — mayo and hot peppers by request— and piled high on fresh footlong rolls. Those are the ingredients of the classic sub sandwich that has made Mike’s Giant Submarines a Belmar staple for nearly 40 years. In addition to cold subs, the shop offers a wide variety of hot subs, sandwiches, wraps and the “sub in a tub” for those who’d rather skip the roll.

Comfi of Belmar, 707 Main Street

Welcoming customers with a colorful storefront sign since opening in 2017, Comfi has become an early-day “go-to” spot in Belmar. The café’s menu offers traditional breakfast and lunch fare — like eggs, pancakes and omelets to burgers, wraps and salads — and a host of house specialties, including five eggs benedict options, two styles of blintzes and what are called “delicious favorites” that are sure to tantalize the tastebuds.

Federico’s Pizza & Restaurant, 700 Main Street

While Federico’s Pizza & Restaurant is best known for its pizza — from classic plain and traditional white to 17 specialty pies — it also offers a full menu of appetizers, salads, sub sandwiches, calzones, strombolis, pasta dishes and dinner specials. Its spacious dining area makes it a popular venue for birthday parties and other celebrations, as well as for those enjoying its daily lunch or weekend dinner specials.

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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, on Ocean Avenue, Joe’s Surf Shack on 18th Avenue, Bar Anticipation on 16th Avenue and Mr. Shrimp on Route 71.

 

Get Your Tickets to Belmar’s Epicurean Extravaganza

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.

Tickets will be $40 on the day of the tour and will be sold at Anchor Tavern, 713 Main Street, Belmar, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prepaid tickets also will be available for pickup at Anchor Tavern on the day before and day of the event.

Restaurants or other food vendors looking to participate are asked to complete a registration form, which can be accessed by clicking here. There is no cost to become part of this year's tour, 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

The list of food establishments participating in the Belmar Dine & Discover Tour on Sunday, March 8 keeps on growing. Check for updates on TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como as the countdown to the big day continues.