The Shore Fresh Sea Food Market, Bridge Street, Point Pleasant?
August 16, 2008, I stumbled across this place by accident on a busy summer night when all the good places in town had long waits. This place is in itself a busy local sea food market by day and also happens to serve take out and eat-in fare. I was there on a Saturday night in August, during the season of this popular bustling Jersey shore beach town. I was told there is a small kitchen out back of the fish market which serves up the best the ocean has to offer at bargain prices. One would think you were dropped off at someone’s front porch for dinner.They have the usual seafood menu, with all the lobster bisque, the clam chowder, both ways, and all the other shell fish, regular fish all cooked to your order. Everything is made fresh and it’s all is homemade.
I immediately spotted the sign LOBSTER DINNER $19.95, that’s for me. This all took place about 7:45pm. When I entered the market I was greeted by the waitress, who look like she steped right out of that old Bounty paper towel comercial, that Rosie’s of Rosie’s Diner, "THERE IS A 1 HOUR WAIT AND WE CLOSE AT 9:00! I shrugged my shoulders, where was I going at this stage? Besides, no one was going to talk me out of that lobster, not even this feisty curmudgeon waitress with her strong Boston accident. She said “Ok sit down over here” (little tables placed randomly around the front porch of the market) , I sat down but I told her only there is only one thing I insist upon, I would like a cup of the New England ($3.49)
About ten minutes later she arrived with my chowder, lots a clams and cream, very yummy, in a plastic take out container just like the kind soup come in at the grocery deli counter. There was a container of some sort, stuffed with knapkins and a aray of plastic “silverware” right on the table. She whispered with her thick Boston accent, “I snuck by the cook and placed an order in for your lobster” . . WOW my stubbornness paid off ! I am really going to get one!
While I waited, a very well dressed older couple arrived in a shiny black Cadillac, "we want an order to take out . “Rosie” blurted right back at them “OK, BUT IT’S AN HOUR WAIT”! they looked at each other, perplexed, without saying a word, car keys in hand, they scooted off..
“Rosie " explained to those of us who remained on her porch, and who had been brave enough to ignore her stated wait time warnings, “the front wasn’t busy tonight, but there is only a small kitchen back there and someone has just phoned in an ordered for 16 lobster, take away dinners, then called back and ordered two more”! she explained, that’s well that’s over a $400.00 order, and WE CLOSE AT 9 OCLOCK!, Just incase any of us forgot. . .lol
After about 20 minutes total, she arrived with my lobster dinner.It was served in one of those deep aluminum pans, kind one would buy at the grocery store to roast a chicken. lol . .There was my 1 1/2 Main (not soft shell local,as to us by “Rosie” ) with a tub of home made Cole slaw, and my Jersey Shore French fries (twice cooked and not at all greasy) , made with real potatoes but never frozen.
There in a small plastic cup lies my melted butter. I ordered a bottle of Stewarts diet root beer and a few minutes later, when asked how I was doing, I said, “I am a happy camper”.
The lobster dinner comes with a choice of rice, plain spaghetti (without sauce) or French fries. The bill went like this, the lobster dinner 19.95, the root beer two bucks, and the chowder $3.49, plus 7% tax, with tip, $33.50.
The entertainment (“Rosie”) was free. Just watching her scare and chase tourists off her front porch was worth it alone.
My only suggestion, try to get there early so maybe “Rosie” can sneak in a few lobster orders for you. By the way, the lobster was steamed, just the way I like it. and totally scrumptious, worth every penny and worth the wait.
This place is open all year and I was told that September and October are the best time to go because it’s not crowded, yet pleasant weather for outdoor dining.