Hurricane Sandy caused great devastation, leaving a wide path of destruction from Connecticut to the Carolinas. Today, communities are still recovering, but the Jersey Shore has made amazing progress.

In October 2012, the entire Jersey Shore, from Sandy Hook to Cape May was adversely affected, but none so much as the areas between Asbury Park and Seaside Heights. The massive storm destroyed homes, literally killing people as it made landfall.

Since the recovery began in November 2012, some great restaurants have opened and are noteworthy, not only for their part in recovery, but for excellent food and drink. The Shore’s back, are you?

In Asbury Park, celebrity chef James Avery has opened Bonney Read as an outstanding seafood eatery. He also opened the outstanding Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, a fabulous, airy, open German restaurant with American twists unheard of in typical German fare. This isn’t your grandmother’s Sauerbraten and Red Cabbage. You’ll find jalapeno peppers in some of the delicious, light dishes.

Many of the Shore’s old standby’s are still operating like Schneider’s, another German restaurant with a balloon theme in Avon-by-the-Sea. Paul’s Tavern is still going strong in Lake Como, and Brandl in Belmar, and of course for fun times, The Boathouse and Bar Anticipation, commonly called Bar A, and D’Jais is still going strong on Ocean Avenue. Anchor Tavern has recently opened, a remodeled and completely renovated eatery in the same space as the former Connolly Station.

Of course other places remain steadfast in their place, such as Jack’s Tavern, Pete & Elda’s/Carmen’s Pizzeria and Federico’s. The food choices are endless, but one of our favorites is 10th Avenue Burrito, now on 8th Avenue in the shopping plaza close to the Belmar train station. There’s food for every taste and preference.

Seaside Heights is fundamentally back, despite a series of tragedies. Following Sandy, a fire burned a significant stretch of the famous boardwalk and several shops and an arcade.

Despite all the adversity and tragedy surrounding the hurricane and fire, the people of these shore communities have demonstrated their resilience, and determination to make the Jersey Shore a great place for your summer vacation or just a day at the beach.

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