Avon by the Sea, pronounced “Ah-von”, is a small New Jersey Shore town of 2,000 people that is located between Belmar and Bradley Beach. It was incorporated in 1900 and named after Avon, England. It is more residential than many of the nearby towns and reminds me a lot of Spring Lake, NJ. It has some very beautiful homes, wide beaches and a boardwalk with Pavilion. At the suggestion of some local friends, I decided to meet a friend for lunch at the Avon Pavilion on the boardwalk.
Avon Pavilion: Located at the north end of the boardwalk in the former Sullivan and Flynn Pavilion, the Avon Pavilion is a casual restaurant along with walk-up windows for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. It is BYOB and has some great views of the boardwalk, beach and water.
After being open for 24 years, it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In 2014, it was totally rebuilt. Today it has a great contemporary design along with some great art. I enjoyed an excellent strawberry salad along with a crab cake. The service was very good also.
Getting good reviews is Cavé Bistro at 515 Sylvania at Main St (Rt. 71). It is a small bistro that features seasonal Paleo and gluten-free menus including breakfast.
Next summer I want to try The Columns across from the Avon Pavilion. Local friends in Manasquan enjoy the food and the music and highly recommend it. It is located at 601 Ocean Ave. in a Victorian Mansion from 1883.
Just north of Avon by the Sea is the small town of Bradley Beach. Here you will find:
Perfect Perk Cafe: I saw this fun coffee shop on the way to Asbury Park and stopped in for a latte on the way back to Manasquan. It is a contemporary spot located at 300 Main St. with a full coffee drink menu plus desserts.
Nearby is Bradley’s Beach Plum Ice Cream located at 420 Main St. which is a classic ice cream shop. I stopped in and loved the bourbon and pecan flavor!
On my next trip, I want to visit Vic’s American – Italian Restaurant for pizza and Italian specialties.Established in 1947, it has a traditional Italian atmosphere. 60 Main St.