Inside This Edition: Nautilus Diner in
Madison, NJ; Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ; Movie Review - Slap Shot; The Tradewinds
in Sea Bright, NJ; The Cove in Sea Bright, NJ and a Drive to Atlantic City, NJ
Food - February, 2002
The NAUTILUS DINER in Madison, NJ, has
been an area mainstay for many years and is among the very best in New Jersey.
The moment you walk in you are greeted with warm and caring service.
Regulars and newcomers are treated like family by the staff. The service
is first rate even at peak times which is a test for any food establishment.
The food is consistently very good and there is plenty of it and at reasonable
prices. A favorite dish of mine is their grilled chicken Caesar salad.
I have never gotten up from the table hungry from that dish or disappointed
there wasn't enough grilled chicken. There is much to choose from on the
menu as with most Jersey Diners. The only slight downside to eating at the
Nautilus is that parking is tight during peak times. It is however a minor
inconvenience when balancing it against the great meal that awaits once you
park. Many of the locals in the area have added this fine Jersey diner to
their list of places frequently visited.
Nautilus Diner - Main Street
Madison, New Jersey
Treasure - February, 2002
Asbury Park, NJ,
is an unusual but true
Jersey Treasure. How can an area so blighted by urban decay and legal
gridlock ever be considered a treasure by anyone's standard? The large expanse
of ocean-front property in Asbury is steeped in history dating back more than a
century. This treasure battered by the sands of time, neglect and legal
wrangling stands poised for a rebirth or total destruction. Asbury Park is
in limbo but on the bright side this treasure did escape the wrecking ball to
date including the huge real estate boom of the 1980's. Standing smack in
the middle of all the controversy and colliding differing visions for the
ocean-front's future is a treasure in its own right called THE STONE
www.thestonepony.com A most significant contributor to rock and roll
history is "The Pony." The steadfastness of the of "The
Pony" ownership to not move in the face of redevelopment is the very thing
that may preserve this Jersey Treasure called Asbury Park. Redevelopment
could ruin the area and destroy the rich history found there or preserve it for
future generations. The treasure needs a facelift no doubt and no
question. Any plans for Asbury's ocean-front redevelopment not sensitive
to the historical and visionary significance found in its buildings would ruin
this area forever. The tough times for Asbury Park continue for the
ocean-front as its fate hangs in the balance, but it could get a lot better real
Review - February, 2002
Video Rental Pick:
SLAP SHOT - rated R
Slap Shot, starring Paul Newman, has
become a classic look into "professional hockey." Written by
Nancy Dowd, this outrageously funny film has stood the test time since its
release in 1977. The Chiefs are comprised mostly of a group of adults who
behave like adolescents. The Chiefs are easily manipulated by their coach,
Reggie Dunlop, who hopes to impress the owner to save the team from disbanding.
Over-the- top violent behavior on the ice started by three goons called the
Hanson brothers fills the seats with fans and the screen with excitement.
No match for the tides of big business and the impersonal agenda of the teams
owner, the Chiefs go out in style their way. If you want non-stop
laughter, Slap Shot delivers that and more.
Clubs and Nightlife - February, 2002
When choosing which night club or bar to
go out to, several factors must be considered. Are you looking for a
social gathering place to meet up with friends or a date? Do you want to
dance? Is live entertainment what you're after? What age bracket
does most of the crowd fall into? Must you be dressed or is the place
casual? The list goes on and on. Some places I have been to are very
well guarded by the locals, and you may not feel so comfortable when everyone in
the place is growling at you. A lot of places at the shore have nothing
but tourists in them, so the first question you might hear when a conversation
is striking up is "where are you from?" One of my favorite stops
in the summer is at THE TRADEWINDS, located on Ocean Avenue in Seabright.
THE TRADEWINDS is a rather large place with dance club and multiple bars inside and
a pool, Jacuzzis, volleyball court and multiple bars outside. Top all of
that off with a nice view of the ocean. It is best in the summer because
an all-day excursion is possible by spending the day poolside out in the sun,
and the evening rocking with a DJ and a live band. Big name bands are
often on the schedule which could be found on their website at
www.thetradewinds.com. Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, and Bon Jovi
have been known to play there several times throughout the year. In the
winter the crowd tends to be more local unless someone big is playing there.
When only a DJ is playing, the average age drops into to the 21 to 31 bracket.
Something that deserves mention about THE TRADEWINDS is the sound system. I
rank it as one of the best in the state. Should you venture out onto the
dance floor you will still feel the bass booming you around the next day.
On the downside the service isn't world class, and they rarely talk to you
except to take your order then your money. The bar help does hustle but
there just isn't enough help on busy nights. If the THE TRADEWINDS crowd seems
a little too young, you can go across the street to THE
COVE. The crowd
tends to be in the 25 to 45 bracket. THE COVE is much smaller and is a
combination restaurant / night club, but they do have live bands all throughout
the summer and sometimes in the winter. There is an outdoor bar with a
beautiful view of the Shrewsbury River. With a fairly large dock boaters
often dock and go inside. The service at THE COVE is very good and
something that will impress anyone is their martini straight up; best bargain on
the Jersey shore. Seabright has several other places to stop at as well so
it ranks as one of the better places to go in the summer. With a
good selection of nightlife, Seabright tends to draw people from all over the
state. Wherever you end up, you should never drink and drive. Next
month we will be visiting some other favorites in Monmouth County. There
are so many places to go, it's hard to choose which one will be featured next.
written by: James "Shoreguy"
New Jersey native & Jersey Spin contributor
Driver - February, 2002
Everyone in New Jersey has heard of and
probably visited Atlantic City. Did you know that there is an enjoyable
peek into old New Jersey to be had simply by choosing your route to get there?
The Garden State Parkway with all its "New Jersey Charm" will
certainly get you there but other than other cars and the infamous toll booths
there isn't much to be seen. A good radio station does provide
entertainment though on the Parkway and the size of the road will get you
to "AC" quickly (usually) during non-peak times but personally I want
adventure. Along route 206 South of Bordentown, New Jersey really opens up
with farmland and provides for a relaxing driving adventure. Anyone from
North Jersey will appreciate the open spaces and relaxation of cruising down to
"AC" this way. Hanging a left at route 30 East could make you
feel like you are driving in the deep south in places with its roadside glimpses
into the past of old New Jersey. Describing in much more detail what you
will see as you drive along Rt. 206 and Rt. 30 would spoil the adventure as you
discover this part of New Jersey for yourself if you so choose. I will say
that the unmistakable view of the tall buildings in Atlantic City will let you
know that your journey into old and rural New Jersey is about to end as you
approach. Once in Atlantic City you can continue south along the coast for
some interesting views of old architecture in Ventnor or some new high-dollar
houses in Longport where this Jersey Drive ends.
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