For those lazy summer days when you’d rather relax than prepare dinner from scratch or sit outside at a restaurant, another easy dinner option is freshly prepared takeout from one of the gourmet markets nearby.
Each market sells a variety of take-home meals, entrees, salads, sides, fresh Italian bread, pasta dishes, deli sandwiches, specialty items, and more. Simply reheat in the oven or microwave and enjoy! (Markets listed in order of proximity to our beach house vacation rental in Belmar.)
1. Drew's Market
Spring Lake Heights Shopping Center
Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey 07762
Drew's Market is popular among the locals for its takeout entrees, full-service deli, catering services, and in-house butcher. Drew's Market is very close to our Belmar rental, less than 10 minutes away by car. They also offer free delivery to the local area.
Under current coronavirus guidelines, Drew's is open to the public, with a limit of five to six customers in the store at one time. Face coverings are required while shopping. You can also place your order online and pickup at the curbside.
In addition to daily hot and cold lunch specials, we shop at Drew's for dinner entrees, homemade soups, fresh Pastosa brand ravioli from Brooklyn, Boar's Head cold cuts, and Italian bread from New York City. Check out the wide selection of fresh meats, house-made Italian sausage, and Bell and Evans chicken.
Belmar Beachcomber recommends: Chicken Diane, Pastosa ravioli, holiday pie (turkey pot pie with stuffing and cranberry sauce on top), balsamic marinade, shrimp salad, grilled turkey London broil, lobster bisque, chicken pot pies, stuffed rigatoni with sausage, and beef barley soup, cheesy garlic bread, to name a few of our favorites.
2. Joe Leone's Gastronomia
527 Washington Boulevard
Sea Girt, New Jerse 08750
Joe Leone's Italian Specialties celebrated its 20th year of business in 2017. Joe Leone's flagship location is located in Point Pleasant Beach, but the second location in Sea Girt is closer to our summer rental home in Belmar.
Similar to Drew's Market, Joe Leone's offers catering, as well as a wide variety of gourmet takeout fare. You'll find seasonal menu items, homemade soups, made-to-order deli sandwiches, and a rotating roster of chef’s specials packed by the pound to takeout.
The Sea Girt location of Joe Leone's is currently offering grab-and-go fare only -- prepared sandwiches, packaged foods, salads, soups, sauces, etc. Face coverings are required to shop in the store, and customer capacity is managed to comply with social-distancing guidelines. The service counters for hot takeout food and salads are currently closed due to the pandemic. Hours of service are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Belmar Beachcomber recommends: Flounder Francaise, honey balsamic dressing, potato salad, semolina rolls, pasta fagioli soup, homemade rice pudding, stuffed breads, chicken cutlets, and the specials. RELATED: Where To Shop For Groceries Near Our Belmar Vacation Rental
3. Pastosa Ravioli
2410 Highway 35
Manasquan, New Jersey
After discovering the Pastosa cheese ravioli at Drew's Market for several years ago, we were thrilled when Pastosa opened a market with their full product line nearby in Manasquan, New Jersey. The Manasquan location of Pastosa Ravioli is the second one at the Jersey Shore for this family-owned and operated Italian specialties market (Matawan being the first).
Trust me: You will never eat grocery store ravioli after one bite of the fresh ravioli from Pastosa. Although the round cheese ravioli are my personal favorite, Pastosa's in Manasquan sells an unbelievable variety of ravioli flavors: chicken, crab, lobster, meat, broccoli rabe, artichoke, spinach, pumpkin, gorgonzola-walnut, sun-dried tomato, Tuscan style (stuffed with potatoes, leeks, and pancetta), and more. For those with special dietary needs, Pastosa also sells low-fat, gluten-free, and whole-wheat ravioli.
The gourmet sandwiches here are hearty and served on semolina bread delivered fresh from Brooklyn and Staten Island. Shop here for prime cuts of meat, fresh Italian sausage, pasta sauces, fresh and frozen pasta, hot and cold prepared foods, Boar's Head cold cuts, traditional Italian desserts, and more.
Pastosa's in Manasquan is open for in-store shopping, including the deli and prepared foods counter. Masks and social distancing are required.
Belmar Beachcomber recommends: Fresh cheese ravioli, marinara, meat sauce, vodka sauce, focaccia pizzas, fresh Mozzarella, chicken soup, artichoke hearts with seasoned bread crumbs, tiramisu, marinated bean salad.
Tom Bailey's Market
1323 3rd Avenue
Spring Lake, New Jersey 07762
Tom Bailey's West
2100 Highway 35
Sea Girt, New Jersey
Wegmans Market Cafe
Prepared foods, hot bar, salad bar, soups, sushi
Ocean Township, NJ 07712
Whole Foods Prepared Foods
1933 State Road 35
Wall, NJ 07719
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