If you google “best restaurant in monmouth county nj” and then click on the yelp link that comes up you will see that this restaurant is rated number 1 in monmouth county. So, of course, we had to give them a try. Even though every restaurant that has been in this spot on old 33 in Freehold has been terrible.
The inside looks nice, but the bar area was almost empty at 5:30 for the final half hour of their happy hour specials. There were three food items on the happy hour along with some drinks so we sampled all three - pork belly buns, shrimp and grits, and meatballs with red sauce and ricotta. It all sounded great.
I should have left right then. My single friend tells me that some of his dates were better as ideas than reality. This is exactly how I felt. The meatballs were right off the Sysco truck and the “grits” had the consistency of wet cement. The buns were the best of the lot, but the bar was not set very high. Even one of my trademark fruity drinks, in this case a cosmo, was so bad I just told the waitress to take it away.
On the plus side they didn’t charge me for the drink and the food was cheap. But it wasn’t even worth the $18 it all cost. Thanks a lot Yelp. Best restaurant in Monmouth County my A$$.