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Artisan’s Brewery and Italian Grill
1171 Hooper Ave.
Hours: Mon–Sat, 11:30 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11:30 am to 9 pm.
Style: Business types eat alongside families and first dates in a warm, Tuscan-style setting. Menu influences include Italian, Greek, Asian and American. Many come for just the beers brewed on site.
Don’t Miss: Burgers and pizza are tried-and-true, but there’s much more. At lunch, tuck into hearty sandwiches like the open-face roast-beef melt ($10.95) with cheddar, grilled onions and horseradish on rye, or the filet mignon souvlaki ($12.95) with cucumber sauce, lettuce and tomato on pita. In the warm farro salad ($10.95), the barley-like grain is deliciously tossed with butternut squash, spinach and a bacon vinaigrette. The generous entrée spinach pie ($11.95) will leave you with leftovers. At dinner, try one of the Italian specialties: eggplant parmigiano ($15.95), chicken marsala ($16.75) or gemelli with broccoli rabe and sausage ($17.95). At least eight desserts are made fresh daily, including a delicious tres leches cake ($6.95) topped with fresh berries and cream.
Heads Up: The on-site brewery crafts traditional beers, specialty ales and lagers. The beer changes seasonally; there are regularly six brews on tap, and another 11 to 12 in bottles. Their signature beers—a light ale and a red ale—are always available. Check the website for featured seasonal brews.
The Scoop: Formerly Basil T’s, Artisan’s was renamed in January 2010 by owners Peter and Petros Gregorakis to eliminate confusion with the unrelated Red Bank restaurant called Basil T’s.
1171 Hooper Avenue
TOMS RIVER, 08753
Business types eat alongside families and first dates in a warm, Tuscan-style setting. Menu influences include Italian, Greek, Asian and American. Many come for just the beers brewed on site.