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272 Bay Ave.Highlands, NJ 07732
If a restaurant is good enough for The Boss himself to book it for his Christmas party, it's gotta be special. Owner Leo Cervantes loves what he's creating at Chilango's and is constantly experimenting in the kitchen. If it's not on the menu, Cervantes will try his best to make what you want.
336 Branchport Ave.Long Branch, NJ 07740
Authentic Mexican cuisine (as well as burgers, steaks and grilled chicken) and happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
31 Monmouth St.Red Bank, NJ 07701
Walk into this slip of a place in downtown Red Bank and the South of the Border half of the moniker will overwhelm you. It's kitsch meets Tijuana souvenir shop in latent Haight-Ashbury style.
402 W. Main St.Freehold, NJ 07728
The atmosphere at Escondido's is festive, fun and happy - sort of like an outdoor market in Mexico. Mondays feature 1/2 price appetizers, Tuesdays all kids eat free with adult entree purchase, on Wednesdays beef or chicken fajitas go for just $8.99 and on Thursdays house margaritas are sold by the mug for $2.
120 Main StBradley Beach, NJ 07720
A favorite among Fin's tasty Mexi-Cali offerings is the Duke, a wrap of lump crab meat, pico de gallo, salsa verde, black beans, shredded cheese and Romaine lettuce in a sun-dried tomato soft shell.
702 10th. Avenue Belmar, NJBelmar, NJ 07719
A Belmar legend, You'll need to taste it to believe it.
101 Route 71Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762
Authentic Mexican restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily. It serves a variety of Mexican specialties, including spicy variations of all of their dishes.
21 S. Hope Chapel RoadJackson, NJ 08527
Serving Mexi-Cali cuisine that includes burritos, wraps and salads, Surf Taco has locations in Jackson, Belmar, Lacey, Silverton, Point, Manasquan, Long Branch and Seaside Park.