Quick Bite

Casual Comfort Food Abounds at Jameson’s Southern Cooking

The Neptune restaurant serves such down-home staples as fried chicken, mac-and-cheese, peach cobbler and more.

Fried whiting with sides of black-eyed peas, green beans and cornbread at Jameson's Southern Cooking in Neptune.
Fried whiting and sides at Jameson's Southern Cooking in Neptune. Photo courtesy of Cle Weaver


Bright, casual restaurant with counter service and a handful of tables and booths. House-made baked goods on display, along with Jameson’s private-label sodas.


Opened in 1994 by Vietnam vet Robert A. Jameson, a hands-on owner and a friendly presence, welcoming patrons and sharing his wealth of knowledge about resources for veterans. 


The fried chicken is a much-buzzed-about must-try, with the fried whiting a close second. Carnivores may crave chopped beef barbecue and short ribs with house-made sauce. Dinners come with a corn muffin and two sides. Choose potato salad or macaroni-and-cheese, as well as string beans, collard greens, cabbage, or black-eyed peas, which are seasoned with smoked turkey. Dessert options are plentiful: banana pudding, carrot cake, red velvet cake, sweet potato pie and peach cobbler, among others. 


A short ride from Ocean Grove, Asbury Park and Bradley Beach, Jameson’s keeps the daily newspaper on hand for guests, and ample parking is available. Last seating is one hour prior to close. BYO.

What are Quick Bites? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.

Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    American - Barbecue - Soul Food - Southern
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