The owners of Pop’s Garage know how to run a restaurant. In fact, they have run five of them along the Jersey Shore, as the New York Times points out. At Pop’s Garage, they pour more than 85 years of restaurant experience into their kid-friendly, BYOB Mexican taqueria. While evoking the festive, summer atmosphere of Sayulita, Mexico, the restaurant's ambiance exudes an upscale dining atmosphere.
Pop’s menu consists of made-to-order dishes, each handcrafted from locally sourced, natural, and organic ingredients, including fresh lettuce and vegetables. Taco shells are packed with chicken and chorizo, quesadillas ooze with cheese, and burritos are stuffed with ruby rice. Just as genuine as the ingredients are the recipes they are made from. Explaining to the New York Times, “Our intent is to be authentic. . . . One of [the chefs] makes his mother’s mole, a red mole,” which is just one of the menu’s several mole sauces.
Monsignor’s has a fondness for crafting quality Italian entrees such as sausage and peppers over pasta and eggplant stuffed with ricotta. However, the menu also saves room for Spanish-inspired meals: flour tortillas envelop quesadillas, and sautéed meats bulk up burritos. Diners can take their meals inside the bistro-style cafe, or head out to a garden decked with grape and fig trees and birdbaths that bubble over with vinaigrette for robins with sophisticated palates.
For fifteen years, the bakers at La Boulangerie Lopez have served up a menu centered around fresh hand-rolled artisan breads, gourmet pastries baked on the premises, and time-treasured Mexican family recipes. Take advantage of the noble tomato's unfamiliarity with SPF by biting into a warm sun-dried tomato baguette ($2.35), or indulge a traditionally minded tastebud with artisan sourdough loaves ($2.25 for a small, $4.25 for a large). Homemade plain or chocolate cannoli tease tongues with their rich, creamy filling and dead-on crepe impersonations ($2.75), while fresh fruit tarts ($3.25) exchange the latest Gérard Depardieu gossip with warm cups of café au lait ($1.75–$2.75).
Piramide's geometrically solid menu contains enough structurally sound culinary beams to support a small food truck. Release the dinner hounds with an order of queso fundido (three cheeses melted with chorizo, onions, peppers, and a splash of tequila, and served with tortillas, $9.95). Meat-focused palates can move on to Geraldine's famous carne asada, a NY strip steak marinated in secrets and served with mysteriously delectable tortillas, rice, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, and lime ($16.95), while vegetarians can achieve a satisfied bite via the enchiladas de vegetales, which are stuffed with the vegetable of the day and served with a meatless green-tomatillo sauce ($9.95). The meal also features a strong supporting cast of seafoods, salads, pastas, and desserts.