The Jersey Shore Blizzard Survival Guide: Shop Local for the Essentials
The first big snow storm of 2016 is upon us; commence panic mode! Whether the forecast is for two inches or two feet, everyone is going to be rushing to the supermarket to pick up the essentials before this Jersey Shore blizzard hits. Avoid the hassle and pick up all the food you need, from breakfast to dinner (and don’t forget dessert) from these local businesses. Stay safe and warm, and don’t forget to shop local![broadstreet zone=”54949″]
The #1 Jersey Shore snow storm essential has got to be bread. What meal is complete without bread? The French truly do not mess around with their croissants or their bread, which is why a trip to Antoinette Boulangerie 32 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 224-1118 is in order.
Square away a full breakfast and give Cups and Cakes 122 East River Rd, Rumson (732) 842-8080 a call! Grab a box of assorted scones, muffins, quiche, or the famously irresistible Baby Cakes, and your family will surely be well-fed.
If doughnuts are more your speed for breakfast, you’re in luck! OB-CO’s Donuts 547 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River (732) 270-3882 has been serving freshly baked pastries since 1953! Be sure to go early, because they close when they sell out!
And then, of course, there’s the creative confections from Broad Street Dough Co. 2005 Route 35 North, Oakhurst (732) 531-1401. Pick up a box their assorted kosher doughnuts piled high with irresistible toppings, and your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied while the snow falls outside.
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated snow day, pick up a refined cheese or charcuterie platter from The Cheese Cave 14 Monmouth Street, Red Bank (732) 842-0796.
And where there’s cheese, there’s got to be wine! Nicholas Wines 160 NJ-35, Red Bank (732) 345-9977, hand-picked by Nicholas himself. Don’t be intimidated – although these wines are of the highest quality, there are a variety of price points that can fit into anyone’s budget. Place your order on nicholaswines.com, then stop by the restaurant to pick them up!
Snow days call for big, hearty meals that will keep you warm as the temperatures drop. Italian food has got to be the best choice. At Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties 600 Route 35 North, Pt. Pleasant Beach (732) 701-0001 you’ll get the best prepared Italian foods the Shore has to offer, whether you go for their famous tomato petals, a variety of entrees, or their freshly baked breads.
Little Silver Bottle Shop 497 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver (732) 741-3343 has you covered with discounts on mix and match cases of wine, and a wide selection of the best beer, wine, and liquor. If we’re going to be trapped inside for extended periods of time, there better be plenty of booze on hand.
Catering to your specific dietary needs, Mulberry Street Italian Food Center 474 Brick Blvd., Brick (732) 477-4520 has you covered. They’ve got everything from a selection of grocery items to fully prepared meals from start to finish.
Pizzuto Ravioli 15-17 Main Street, Eatontown (732) 544-2000 has gained a reputation for being one of the premier Italian markets in Monmouth County. It’s the perfect place to pick up all of the Italian necessities from Mozzarella en Carrozza to Chicken Saltimbocca, or some pasta or ravioli and sauce just waiting to be put together in your own kitchen!
Being stuck inside during this Jersey Shore snow storm means you should have plenty of time to whip up a gourmet meal… right? Klein’s Fish Market 709 River Road, Belmar (732) 681-1177 will bring fresh seafood straight from the ocean right to your kitchen, so you can wow your family with a fresh seafood dish fit for a restaurant!
Gregory’s Seafood Market 2064 Rt 37, Manchester (732) 323-9105 is another outstanding option for all your seafood needs. Their fish are always fresh, containing no preservatives or chemicals – you can taste the difference!
Our favorite local butcher is definitely Monmouth Meats 112 Monmouth Street, Red Bank (732) 741-5292. They’ve got everything your family needs for lunch or dinner, from the top-notch Boar’s Head cold cuts, to the finest selection of meat from sirloin steaks to pork chops.
If you’re looking for crowd-pleasing sandwiches that the whole family will devour, try Wolfie’s Deli & Restaurant 199 Route 37 East, Toms River (732) 244-9466. With their menu ranging from breakfast to lunch, you can count on Wolfie’s for any of your Jersey Shore snow storm essentials!
Comfort food is a must for any freezing, snowy day! Pick up authentic, award-winning BBQ from Local Smoke BBQ 719 State Route 35 South, Neptune City (732) 455-8888. Because nothing says “comfort” like a plate of ribs and cornbread!
Make your snow storm sweet with an assortment of Jersey Shore desserts! Party like a rock star with cupcakes and more from Confections of a Rock$tar 550 Cookman Avenue #104, Asbury Park (732) 455-3510. With crazy cupcake flavors that has Asbury Park hooked, your world is guaranteed to be rocked.
Finally, Lil Cutie Pops 16 Monmouth Street, Red Bank (732) 383-5602 is dedicated to making any day “as sweet as possible.” And we mean dedicated. Way cuter than your average cupcake (even though we’re in no way dissing the cupcake), Lil Cutie Pops makes beautiful cake pops that are the perfect bite-sized treat.