Neptune Market8014 Long Beach Boulevard
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
Cracked Pepper Turkey Reuben
Cracked pepper sliced turkey, Russian dressing, coleslaw, Swiss cheese, toasted rye bread.
1/2 pound Angus beef, American cheese, slice raw white onion, 3 thick slices of a fresh cut barrel pickle.
I have to apologize for the minimal food photos. We ordered our food to go and we were so hungry that we began to eat in the car on the way home, so all I have to offer are two photos of our half-eaten sandwiches. The balance of the photos however, will give you a good sense of what the atmosphere is like at the Neptune Market.
This was our first time to the Market and we were not disappointed.
The Neptune Market is one of those places where once you're past the front door, you can feel your hunger growing. There's the open grills wafting clouds of burger and open-faced sandwich aromas, the small town general store atmosphere, and the slow-paced patrons sitting on antique-looking stools at the counter reading the morning paper with nowhere else to be. And the grill cooks know everyone by name. This is what the diner would be like in Willoughby - awesome.
First up, the Turkey Reuben... it was great; hot, toasted bread off the grill with fresh pepper turkey and dressing, and although the chalkboard menu stated "Reuben," the sandwich came with coleslaw instead. This would have made it a "Rachel" not a ”Reuben,” so I'll never be sure if they meant Reuben and mistakenly used slaw instead of sauerkraut, or if they intended to make a Rachel and just got the name wrong on the chalkboard. Either way, I don't care – the sandwich was great but some sticklers might call them out on it.
Next up: The cheeseburger…
After ordering, I was happy to see what appeared to be an 8oz patty slapped down on the grill, and although my medium rare order was served medium well, it still had enough juice to be enjoyable. Great beef flavor, but nothing else was memorable.
Between the food and the atmosphere, the Neptune Market provides a decent dining experience. Although the food needs to see a bit more attention to detail, it was okay and will not deter me from a return trip when I'm in the area. I'll also be paying attention to the market portion of the store the next time I visit, with particular attention to the meat counter.
Overall, a nice experience. This burger just barely made an 8\10 on the BC rating scale.
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