Food & Drink in Toms River

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Ocean Health & Weight Loss’s resident physician harnesses the pound-shedding power of HCG, a natural hormone found in both men and women but best known for boosting the metabolism of expectant mothers. When injected in potent doses, it has the same effect on dieters. As the cornerstone of a four-stage weight-loss plan, the hormone helps participants slash calorie intakes to as little as 1,200 calories per day depending on lifestyle—the same amount a bear consumes when getting back in shape for the summer. Even without exercise, HCG safely shaves off extra inches by evacuating bulk from adipose tissue instead of muscle or structural fat, which bodies need to function. Shots of B12 and other vitamin-rich injections can augment the program with boosts of much-needed energy.

448 Lakehurst Rd. Suite 2A
Toms River,
NJ
US

Cherry's Ice Cream combines the old-fashioned idea of an ice-cream parlor with the modern technology of high-definition television and wireless Internet. Visitors can recline on couches and chairs around a TV, enjoying scoops of housemade ice cream in the company of friends or in the cold glow of their computer screens. Ice-cream flavors range from traditional vanilla to clever in-house creations, such as Rolos caramel delight and Circus Fun: vanilla ice cream blended with animal crackers and circus peanuts. In addition to hard and soft-serve ice cream, Cherry's confectionists serve up two-scoop belgian-waffle sundaes, water ice, and milkshakes.

1580 Lakewood Road
Toms River,
NJ
US

A Sophia's Bistro, classic European dishes such as salmon, zuppa di pesce, chicken parmigiano, and caesar salad adorn the tables. Flavors descend from France with the chicken francaise. Other bistro favorites include juicy steaks covered in blue-cheese crumbles and salads tossed with mandarin-orange slices.

213 Route 37 E
Toms River,
NJ
US

El Chico's culinary artists paint their tortilla canvases with melted cheese and spiced meats to curate a menu of fiesta-worthy Mexican feasts. Sizzling fajitas surf in to tables on hot skillets, announcing their arrival with aromatic waves of seared beef, chicken, shrimp, or baby back ribs ($15.99) before lying out to sunbathe on soft flour tortillas. Forks and knives slam against chili relleno enchiladas ($9.99), which burst like savory piñatas with cheese and mushrooms or beef. Chipotle-wine sauce imbues the chicken burrito ($10.49) with an air of sophistication as it commingles with tender spiced chicken, rice, and frijoles rancheros. Boulders of fajita steak and avocado speckle the corn-tortilla landscapes of three tacos ($9.49), and pork-tamale trios ($9.99) unwrap their husks to reveal elaborate cave art scrawled in a thick sauce of chili con carne.

1201 Hooper Ave
Toms River,
NJ
US

The cooks at Healthy & Delicious are knowledgeable about the wholesome food they serve. For instance, they know that the spinach they sautée and layer over cage-free chicken burgers promotes healthy skin and bolsters immunity. Beneficial ingredients are plentiful on their menu, from the organic brown rice and chickpeas in the house-made veggie burger to the red peppers roasted on-site for Panini sandwiches with fresh mozzarella.

1861 Hooper Ave
Toms River,
NJ
US

The kitchens at Johnny G's produce a wealth of homestyle Italian cooking, including stuffed crust pizzas and pies laden with toppings such as meatballs or sundried tomatoes. As diners dig into chicken parmigiana or a hot sub, they can sip on an alcoholic beverage carried from home or the fermented apples they store in a back pocket. In addition, catered pasta can feed ravenous partygoers during birthdays, baptisms, and séances.

1812 Hooper Ave
Toms River,
NJ
US