Photo by Thomas Robert Clarke
Toms River, NJ
Lunch & Dinner Cruises
1/2 mile off Exit 81 GSP
join us for our
paddle wheel cruising
Right down the road in Point Pleasant Beach is the iconic
Spike’s Fish Market and Restaurant—in business for over
90 years and still going strong. During the height of the
season, you will usually have a wait, but they are open
year-round, so plan a visit in the off-season and enjoy the
same fresh, delicious food sans the crowds. If it’s lobster
you’re craving, head over to Red’s Lobster Pot, also in
Point Pleasant Beach. Outside dining right on the water is
available. Enjoy your meal as you watch the boats come in.
For upscale and inventive seafood dishes, Chef Mike’s
ABG, in Seaside Park, is the place to try. Ocean views,
creative cocktails, and exciting specials are always a part
of the experience.
If it’s chowder you’re craving, get yourself to the Shrimp
Box in Point Pleasant Beach, across the channel from the
Fisherman’s Coop. You can watch the fishing boats bring in
what will soon end up on the menu.
Many of the restaurants mentioned here are also featured
in my cookbook, The Jersey Shore Cookbook. The book
includes 50 Jersey Shore eateries and recipes featuring
Jersey fresh ingredients. It’s available online and in many
local gift stores up and down our amazing Jersey Shore.
by Deborah Smith
The iconic River Lady, paddle- Anniversary
wheeling down the beautiful Toms
River, is a distinctive event venue.
It has been the site of family
celebrations for almost 30 years.
Whether you’re recognizing a
graduation, birthday, anniversary or
other milestone, the nautical setting,
delicious food and friendly service
will provide you with fond memories
of your event for years to come.