Some observations from my night last Wednesday night.
Went to Christines in Atlantic Highlands to purchase 2 gift certificates for gifts, arrived 6:15 and the place was full. I intended on eating at one of the small 2 tops by myself while I was there, no such luck. Ron in his best attempt at hospitality offered me a seat at the "Bar" which I declined, I know all too well I would only be in the way. Off I was.
Considered walking into the Gaslight....the bar wasn't full but I wasn't in the "mood" to potentially be disappointed since I already had my heart set on Ron's. CC was out simply because all I really like is the steak and well I wanted some other options. Leave and head south on 36.
I decide to give Mc loon's Rum Runners another try, after a mediocre first visit over the summer I pull in the parking lot 10 cars total, place looked dead. I didn't get out of my car.....next up Rooney's.....pulled in the lot maybe a dozen cars, but again the place just looked dead so I left.
Pull up to Tommy's the parking lot is FULL, no on the street parking...........screw it I wasn't walking a mile away in the cold. Unfortunately Tommy's screws up the parking for Surf and Angelica's so they were out too. Woody's looked decent, but if I"m going to Woody's I might as well go closer to home. Ama.....well it's Ama I'm not going there alone.............at this point I'm off to Beach Tavern when my daughter calls me to find out if I was eating yet, we then met up at the Chinese Buffet on rt. 36. (I wanted to meet her at Jimmy's in Asbury Park she said she was in the mood for something quick the Chinese Buffet was the compromise)
Moral of the story........out of the Sea Bright strip with some very long standing and established restaurants only Tommy's was full to the limit. There is something to be said about that on a Wednesday night.