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Bay Head is a really lovely town which some describe as “the East Hampton of New Jersey” with stunning beach front homes and equally stunning properties on Barnegat Bay. You might just see people in their old wooden boats on their way to dinner at the Bay Head Yacht Club. There is a small downtown  area with a good bakery, some restaurants and shopping.

Mueller’s Bakery, at 80 Bridge Ave., is a local institution. Stop in for crumb cake or one of their wonderful pies! They also serve coffee.

After 50 years, Dorcas Restaurant is now Dune Grass Cafe. This is a casual spot for ice cream, breakfast and lunch. 58 Bridge Ave.

Opened in 2016, is the upscale Charlie’s of Bay Head. This is a very welcomed addition to the dining scene in the area. It has a very attractive decor and great outdoor seating with nice views of Twilight Lake. They are open for lunch and dinner. For lunch they have a number of salads, soups, pizzas, burgers and entrees. The dinner menu is somewhat larger with pastas and more entrees. It can get crowded so make sure to book way in advance. I loved the food and enjoyed my lunch with local friends. The lobster roll with the tarragon mayonnaise was really excellent as was the quinoa salad bowl, made with quinoa, roasted corn, mint, orange slices, dried cranberries, diced cucumber and diced tomatoes served with a white balsamic vinaigrette and ricotta salata.

At 68 Bridge Ave. is Del Mar East, a boutique featuring women’s clothing and accessories. In the rear is Del Mar Norte, an attractive boutique featuring books along with men’s clothing, shoes and accessories.  In the same complex is Playa Bowls where you can grab a coffee drink, a smoothie, a juice or a bowl from their large menu.

Down the road is Shore Fresh Seafood Market. Though technically in Point Pleasant Borough, it is next to Bay Head. This is a fish market that has a good menu featuring lobster rolls, sandwiches, salads, chowders and soups and more. I enjoyed a fun lunch on my first visit! 703 Bridge Ave. Their second location is on Channel Drive in Point Pleasant Beach.

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