From chowders and bisques to surf and turf, lobster is a versatile and delicious shellfish that can be broiled, steamed, and even baked. When we are cooking with our favorite crustacean, we head over to the Sunsets Marina in Neptune, New Jersey, to purchase fresh lobster off the boat from Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers.
Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers is a second-generation local family business. It was founded in the 1970s by Joe Horvath Sr. Today, his sons, Joe Jr. and Adam, captain the family's two boats, “Fully Loaded” and “Baby Doll.”
The brothers sail year-round in all sorts of weather conditions to harvest their catch. They depart the marina before sunrise and return around dinner time — sometimes after sunset. Their honey hole sits about eight miles off the Atlantic coast, deep in the waters of an area known as the Hudson Shelf, where they set hundreds of traps baited with skate fish and bunker.
In addition to the general public, area restaurants such as La Dolce Vita in Belmar and Point Lobster Company in Point Pleasant buy their langosta fresh off the boat from Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers. On especially fruitful days, fresh crabs might also be available for sale.
It's best to watch their Facebook page to see when the Baby Doll and Fully Loaded are sailing. They always post their ETA back to the dock, where customers are lined up with coolers to take home the day’s fresh catch. You can’t beat the price or the freshness of day boat lobster from the Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers.
Jersey Shore Lobster Brothers
100 South Concourse
Neptune Township, New Jersey
UPDATE January 4, 2021: Sadly, Joe Horvath Sr. lost his fight with COVID-19 on November 17, 2020, while his son Joey is recovering at home from the virus after being hospitalized for over a month. Our condolences to the Horvath family on their loss, and best wishes to Joey for a full recovery.
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