“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”
And that is our promise to you. We take your reviews of our restaurant in earnest, they aren’t just a means for us to bask in our glory, but instead to ensure that your experience at Blend on Main is so memorable that you can’t wait to return.
It is our opinion that nothing is static. We are either continuously improving the experience at Blend on Main or heaven forbid heading in the other direction. We gather reviews feverishly to ensure that if we can’t achieve perfection we come as close to it as humanly possible every time you visit.
What is the Certificate of Excellence award?
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Properties that are awarded the Certificate of Excellence demonstrate hospitality excellence and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.
How are Certificate of Excellence recipients determined?
To determine Certificate of Excellence honorees, we use a proprietary algorithm that factors in a variety of user-generated content. This includes review ratings, overall rating and quantity and recency of reviews. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, a hospitality business must:
- Maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five
- Have a minimum number of reviews
- Have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months
- A property’s popularity ranking on TripAdvisor is also factored into the algorithm.
Top shore chefs share what’s on their holiday table
You know them as the faces behind some of your favorite restaurants, but for four local chefs, the holidays are about bringing great dishes to their own tables.
We asked Lou Smith of Blend on Main in Manasquan, Phil Deffina of David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson, Dominick Rizzo of Catch in Red Bank, and Joe Leone of Joe Leone’s in Point Pleasant Beach and Sea Girt about the holiday foods they prepare for their families and what they enjoy this time of year. Here’s what they had to say:
Blend on Main joins Manasquan restaurant scene
At Blend on Main, the style and the substance is on the plate, not on the walls.
Manasquan’s newest restaurant is the culmination of one chef’s career, a mix of all the menus he has ever put together.
“That’s what American cuisine is,” said Lou “JR” Smith, chef-owner of the Main Street eatery. “It’s a blend of cultures.” …
Manasquan Welcomes a New Restaurant Downtown
Chef and Owner Lou Smith opened Blend on Main (152 Main St.) on March 1 with the intention of creating ‘the finest restaurant in New Jersey.’
Attached to the Inn on Main, Blend sits on the corner of Main St. and Rt. 71/Union Ave./Taylor Ave. in downtown Manasquan.
The new restaurant is beautifully decorated, feeling nice and warm, and still elegant.
There’s a great fireplace in the dining room that adds to the cozy feel.
There are plenty of large windows along Main St., which allows for great people-watching as you dine.
But let’s talk about what really matters…the food.
I got to sample some passed tapas-style goodies last night, and was really impressed with Chef Lou’s work.
One of my favorites was a play on onion soup in a bread bowl. This was served bite-sized, which a great caramelized onion flavor…I could have had 10 of them.
I also loved the edamame dumplings, lobster mac and cheese, spicy gazpacho, and the house made macarons for dessert.
Not everything sampled is available on the regular dinner menu, but I’m certainly looking forward to going back to try several things!
I’m excited to have another great option for fine dining here at the Jersey Shore.
Bonus: They’re participating in Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, so you’ll be able to try a 3-course meal at Blend on Main for only $30.14!
You can make reservations by calling 732-223-0030 or through OpenTable. It’s a B.Y.O.B., so come prepared, but there’s a liquor store just down the street, if needed. They are closed Mondays. Parking is available behind the building.
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