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Labrador Lounge: A Restaurant For Man and Man's Best Friend

Route 35 restaurant in Normandy Beach is a local favorite and boasts 'vacation-style' cuisine.

Labrador Lounge, located at 3581 Route 35 N in Normandy Beach, offers what the staff refers to as "vacation cuisine" and allows customers to bring their dogs onto the patio section during the summer months.

On top of the relaxed atmosphere a block from the beaches, the cuisine is made straight from local goods and the liquor license is limited to New Jersey wines.

"We are a very big farms table, the Lounge offers local wine, local produce, local cheese, and local fish," said Veronica Parent, manager of the Labrador Lounge. "We keep everything fresh, everything local, and we use simple ingredients."

The restaurant is 'bring your own liquor' but offers bottles of wine from Auburn Road, a local New Jersey winery located in Pilesgrove.

The menu boasts lunch and dinner selections ranging from salads, wraps and sandwiches to main entrees boasting local fish dishes, poultry, and a full sushi menu.

Goma Maguro, a Lounge favorite, is a seared sesame encrusted yellowfin tuna plate served with herbed smashed potatoes, book choy, and snap peas. The asian barbecue baby back ribs are slow cooked in a Hoisan Ginger Barbecue and served with Electra fries and sauteed greens and beans, a dish that Parent says "falls right off the bone." 

A full list of sushi and specialty rolls are available as are edamame "tasty bites" and edamame wontons. 

Labrador Lounge is one of seven Jersey Shore restaurants, four located in Asbury Park, co-owned by Marilyn Schlossbach and her husband, Scott Sczegeski. Schlossbach is the executive chef at her establishments. 

Schlossbach previously owned restaurants throughout the 1990s including Rosalie's in Bay Head and Karma Cafe in Belmar, according to Parent. The Labrador Lounge opened in 2005 and was the first business that Schlossbach opened with her husband.

The restaurant is named for Schlossbach's two Labrador dogs and the hanging signs use an image of Harry, one of Scholassbach's older dogs who has since passed away, according to Parent. 

Parent says the decor of Labrador Lounge represents Schlossbach's humanitarian side, as well as her dedication to Buddhism.

On Monday nights, the restaurant features live music outside and on Tuesday evenings, Labrador Lounge offers three course fixed lobster meal. At Pop's Garage, on 1000 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park, there is are movie screenings on Wednesday nights throughout the summer, as well. 

Labrador Lounge is open year round, seven days a week during the summer and six days a week after the summer. The restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday during winter months. Lunch begins at noon and the Lounge is open until 10 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on weekends. 

For a full list of Schlossbach's restaurants and websites, visit www.kitschens.com.

. June 28, 2011 at 08:52 PM
I love my dogs dearly, but I don't want to bring them everywhere that I go, especially dining out. I guess it is good for someone that likes their dogs with them 24/7.
Madeline June 29, 2011 at 02:57 PM
When I'm walking my dog, sometimes I just get hungry and I'm too far from home to bring him back and it is GREAT to be able to bring him with me to a pet friendly restaurant! I will go out of my way to frequent these restaurants & give them my money. Too bad for the restaurants that have problems with that, I usually avoid them in general whether with my dog or not. There are far more things to worry about from people than my clean, well behaved, adorable pup.
WhyohWhy August 01, 2011 at 01:38 PM
I think its a great idea. Sometimes you are out for a walk with your dog and feel like a bite to eat and knowing there is a place that you can go and sit have lunch and don't have to worry about what you're going to do with the dog is nice. Let me tell ya... my dog smells and looks and acts better in public then some humans walking the streets.
knarfie April 04, 2012 at 10:48 PM
They have places like that in Florida, and people without dogs never go there. Let's face it. It's a dog, not a baby. You will never see me in a place like that. If you can't go out to eat without your dog, get a life. And I love my dog.
Karrie May 20, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Unless your dog is very well behaved and properly trained, and even then, bringing them to lunch or dinner seams unnecessary and unfair. How can you possibly enjoy your meal when your trying to keep an eye on your dog, and how about them sitting there amongst all these people eating delicious smelling food. Not to mention worrying about the other people's dogs and how they may react to your dog and vice versa. I love my dog ( a black labrador too) but she can hang out at home on the rare occasions the husband and I get to go out to eat.

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