TASTE Awards names best restaurants at the Shore

Originally posted by Susan Weiner, www.app.com

image008If you ever wondered what was the best restaurant at the Shore, or who the best chef was, look no further.

ShoreFoodie.com just presented the TASTE Awards, recognizing culinary excellence at the Jersey Shore, voted on by its readers and a select panel of judges.

“The TASTE Awards begins with a slate of nominees in each category. Thousands of consumers vote on the nominees, and the top four nominees who receive the most votes become the semi-finalists,” said Jim Flynn, founder and editor of ShoreFoodie.com, sponsor of the awards. “Finally a panel of industry professionals select the finalists and then the winners.”

The awards were presented at Reef and Barrel in Manasquan.

There are so many great restaurants at the Shore, it’s hard to narrow down the field.

“It’s wonderful to see restaurants at the Jersey Shore be recognized for the excellent job they do,” Flynn said. “The restaurant business isn’t an easy one, so when you are singled out for doing an exceptional job, it is particularly gratifying.”

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Jim Flynn (center) is founder of Shorefoodie.com who sponsored the Taste Awards at the Reef and Barrel in Manasquan. Flynn presents the Outstanding Restaurant Bar/Pub award to Josh Yenchick (left) and Bass of Harpoon Willy’s in Manasquan. There was a tie for the award. (Photo: Russ DeSantis/correspondent)

 

And the winners are:

Outstanding Fine Dining restaurant: The Poached Pear, Point Pleasant

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Jim Flynn (left), founder of Shorefoodie.com, who sponsored the Taste Awards at the Reef and Barrel in Manasquan gives Scott Giordano of the Poached Pear Bistro in Point Pleasant Beachthe Outstanding Restaurant for Fine Dining award. (Photo: Russ DeSantis/correspondent)

 

Outstanding Pub: A tie between Harpoon Willy’s in Manasquan, and 709 in Point Pleasant Beach

Outstanding Casual: Waypoint 622, Brielle

Outstanding Specialty: Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten in Asbury Park

Outstanding Breakfast/Lunch: Buttered Biscuit, Bradley Beach

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Jim Flynn of Shorefoodie.com presents the Outstanding Restaurant Casual Dining award to Daniel Palsi (left) and Andy Maglione of Waypoint 622 in Brielle. (Photo: Russ DeSantis/correspondent)

 

Outstanding Specialty Food: Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties, Point Pleasant and Sea Girt

Outstanding Design/Ambiance: A tie between Scarborough Fair in Sea Girt and Pascal & Sabine in Asbury Park

Outstanding Service: Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown

Outstanding Restaurant Group: Smithmade, Asbury Park

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Jim Flynn of Shorefoodie.com presents the Outstanding Restaurant Design/Ambiance award to Michael Fotinos of Scarborough Fair of Sea Girt. There was a tie for the award. (Photo: Russ DeSantis/correspondent)

 

Outstanding Wine Program: Tie between Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown and Remington’s in Manasquan

Outstanding Cocktail Program: Tie between Watermark in Asbury Park and Remington’s in Manasquan

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Jim Flynn (third from left) of Shorefoodie.com who sponsored the Taste Awards, presents the Outstanding New Restaurant award to (from left) Larry Grafas, Daniel Palsi and Andy Maglione of Waypoint 622 in Brielle. (Photo: Russ DeSantis/correspondent)

 

Outstanding New Restaurant: Waypoint 622, Brielle

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Jim Flynn (right) founder of Shorefoodie.com who sponsored the Taste Awards at the Reef and Barrel in Manasquan presents the Outstanding Restaurant Service award to Edward Rasiewicz of Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank. (Photo: Russ DeSantis/correspondent)

 

Outstanding Chef: Dan Picard of Daniel’s Bistro in Point Pleasant and Daniel’s Bistro by the Sea in Avon

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