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Dining Around: Skratch Kitchen In Bradley Beach

If you enjoy BYOB restaurants at the Jersey Shore, book a table at Skratch Kitchen in Bradley Beach. Skratch Kitchen opened in spring 2023 at 812 Main Street, in the former location of Citrico’s.

I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Skratch Kitchen to celebrate a birthday and for a girls’ night out. It’s also a great spot for a special occasion or date night. The restaurant has an intimate dining room that seats up to 48 people, as well as outdoor sidewalk seating in the warmer months.

Owner and Chef JT Dunn has created a unique menu of rustic Italian fare at Skratch Kitchen. Choose from an array of appetizers and salads; main courses starring seafood, chicken, pasta, and prime cuts of meat; homemade ricotta dumplings (gnudi); pappardelle bolognese; and other pastas.

The restaurant also has gluten-free and vegetarian options, such as wild mushroom tacos; orange, fennel and arugula salad; and romaine chopped salad. Make sure you ask about the chef’s daily specials, too.

If you have a sweet tooth, I can vouch that the blueberry bread pudding and other house-made desserts at Skratch Kitchen are worth every indulgent calorie!

During a recent dinner at Skratch Kitchen, friends and I shared appetizers of Caesar salad tacos, crispy calamari with cherry peppers, and grilled artichoke hearts wrapped in prosciutto. The artichoke hearts were accompanied by lemon whipped goat cheese and the entire dish was surrounded by a citrus reduction. Outstanding!!

For my entrée, pan-roasted Tuscan cod was a hearty and flavorful delight. The fish was accompanied by clams and cannellini beans in a savory broth, perfect for dunking toasted bread. We finished our meal with after-dinner cappuccinos and two desserts for sharing: Skratch Kitchen’s signature pistachio tiramisu and a decadent brownie with homemade ice cream and bananas.

Reservations at Skratch Kitchen are recommended, especially on busy summer weekends. You may book your table via the Resy app, via their website, or by calling the restaurant at 732-984-6363. Takeout is also available (no delivery, though). The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Current hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Note that a 3 percent service fee is added to credit card transactions; no fee is added to your bill if you pay cash. RELATED: Area Attractions Near Bradley Beach, NJ

Scratch Kitchen

812 Main Street Bradley Beach, New Jersey 07720

732-984-6363 BYOB – Bradley Liquors is next door


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