Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant | Cafe 360 | The Roadside Diner | Coal | Mahzu

Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant: Taste the Old World Near Avalon at Freehold

Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant in Freehold, just a short drive from Avalon at Freehold, blends the tastes of French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Moroccan cuisines into a menu that aims to please all fans of Mediterranean food. Customers love Chef Ash not just for his skills in the kitchen, but also for his hands-on approach in the dining room. You will find Chef Ash personally explaining his dishes to customers and helping them select dishes and pairings.

Entrees at Lemon can get pricey, but you can save some cash by ordering from the appetizer menu, where entree-sized portions are also available. Locals recommend the dolma, the Sicilian rice balls, the fried feta cheese zucchini cake, the New Zealand rack of lamb and the lamb tagine. Take advantage of Lemon’s lunch buffet, available 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant
3475 Route 9
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732)761-0900

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Cafe 360: Surf the Web Over Panini and Gelato, Not Far From Avalon at Freehold

A cute, trendy coffee shop in the heart of Freehold, a short way from Avalon at Freehold, Cafe 360 offers something for everyone. Locals enjoy Cafe 360’s funky decor and intimate ambiance. Though the regular crowd at Cafe 360 tends to run young, more mature customers say they don’t feel out of place here.

Cafe 360 is best known for its gelato and house-made gelato cakes, hot and cold drinks, and food. Popular menu items include the green bean fries, fried pickles, falafel pita sandwich, and the chicken parmesan panini. Cafe 360 offers a children’s menu, as well. Leave room for dessert: Yelp reviewers consistently recommend the eatery's many flavors of gelato. Buy house-made gelato cakes whole or by the slice.

Cafe 360
34 E. Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 294-4722

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Experience a Slice of Americana at The Roadside Diner, Not Far From Avalon at Freehold

For an authentic American diner experience, make the short trip from Avalon at Freehold to eat at The Roadside Diner in Wall. The Roadside Diner has served up classic American cuisine since it was delivered to its present location in the 1940s. Owner Demetris “Jimmy” Gerakaris maintains the The Roadside Diner’s classic 1940s ambiance with original decor and oldies music.

The menu includes diner staples like bacon and eggs, salad, soup, and hamburgers as well as some more modern dishes like chicken scampi and flounder francaise. Locals love the menu’s simplicity and reasonable prices, though some are disappointed by the limited dessert selection. Locals recommend enjoying breakfast at The Roadside Diner, but its large burgers are popular, too.

The Roadside Diner
5016 New Jersey 33 & 34
Wall, NJ 07727

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Coal: Thin Crust Pizzas Baked in a Coal-Fired Oven, Not Far From Avalon at Freehold

If you like your pizza crust thin, but not too thin, you’ll like the pizzas served at Coal in Manalpan. Just a short way from Avalon at Freehold, this pizzeria is best known for its fresh ingredients, customer service, and well-prepared menu items. The vibe is decidedly casual with an old-school pizzeria feel, while the open dining area hosts a smattering of tables and framed prints on the walls.

Here, the brick oven is fueled by coal, not wood. Most regulars say that Coal’s pizzas taste best when you eat them in the restaurant, fresh and hot right out of the oven. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, Coal offers a small selection of other dishes, including pasta, salads, and wings.

A BYOB establishment, Coal is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Coal
100 Route 9
Manalapan, NJ 07726
(732)677-3220

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Mahzu: Enjoy Hibachi and Sushi Fare Near Avalon at Freehold

At Mahzu in Freehold, which isn't far from Avalon at Freehold, diners don’t just get Japanese entrees, they also get a show. Inside the restaurant, hibachi chefs sear chicken, lobster, filet mignon, and shrimp in front of hungry guests. They cook on a hibachi grill surrounded by a counter where guests enjoy their made-to-order meal.

Along with hibachi, Mahzu is also known for its fresh sushi, which comes in more than 40 varieties including vegetarian rolls, no-rice rolls, special rolls, and seafood rolls. Each piece of sushi comes filled with such ingredients as smoked salmon and avocado, spicy king crab and cucumber, and spicy tuna with mango. The sushi may arrive on a boat or artistically positioned on the plate. In the past, guests have had their sushi arrive in the shape of a butterfly or in hearts. It's the unexpected whimsy and quality cuisine that keep diners coming back to Mahzu.

Mahzu
430 Mounts Corner Drive
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 866-9668

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