292 Princeton Avenue, Brick
Hours: Daily, 11:30 am–2 am.
Style: Since opening in June, Windward Tavern has attracted a steady following. The casual lunch crowd gives way to a bustling dinner scene, while the bar stays busy into the wee hours. Everyone is welcome: Families and couples, toddlers and teens, seniors and singles.
Don’t Miss: Expect way-better-than-average pub fare. Start with a heaping plate of fried calamari ($7.95), light and crunchy—among the best on the Shore. Sandwiches, wraps and burgers are staples. Order the enormous open-faced Reuben ($7.95), piled with corned beef; you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day. All dinner entrées come with fresh, warm bread, a huge house salad and a side. Try chicken parmigiana ($16.95), served over a heaping plate of linguini. Windward’s seafood is good. There are plenty of kid-friendly choices, including chicken tenders ($5.95) and the Bradford PB&J club ($5.95), named for one owner’s son. In fact, kid-pleasing items are labeled B.A.M., meaning they passedmuster with the owners’ three preteen boys: Bradford, Andrew and Max.
Heads Up: The late-night scene at the huge rectangular bar is lively, but you’ll likely find an available stool.
The Scoop: Located at the former site of Craig’s Restaurant—a one-time Shore staple—the place has been overhauled by new owners Mort Nase and John Feniello, creating a light-filled, happy space.Click here to leave a comment
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.