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A New Restaurant Fires Up The Grill

Shore Fire Grill in Barnegat brings extra spice to the usual local fare.

A local couple recently threw open the doors to a small new eatery that already has the area buzzing.

The menu -- created by the owner Tim Kohlheim, 30, who grew up in Manahawkin, studied culinary arts and spent eight years in South Florida -- features foods that bring variety to an area that during much of the year, summer excluded, is mostly dominated by diner food, Chinese and Italian, Kohlheim said.

"We loved it," said Kristin Miller, 36, of Manahawkin who brought her family to check out the new eatery on a recent afternoon. "The avocado cream was to die for, and the Mahi-Mahi tacos? Mmmm."

"We'll definitely be back," said Miller's mother, Rosemary Fahey, 63, of Waretown.

When you walk into this place, don't let the plain decor of the room fool you. To accentuate the different feel of their cuisine, the owners and staff serve food in cool, unusual packages: a sandwich on a small wooden cutting board, water in a glass jar.

From steak fires smothered with cheddar, pepper jack and bacon, and pickle chips with alioli, to salmon burgers served with seaweed salad, and chocolate-dipped bacon, the menu offers a list of surprises. Be prepared for fresh, unusual combinations: lots of cucumbers, seafood, avocados, and more.

And when you come to Shore Fire Grill, be sure you don't mind a little spice. Some of the food will put your mouth on fire. At the same time, the menu has an interesting kid-friendly selection of foods like chicken wings, cheesburger sliders and mini pizzas.

Having paid his dues as a server, line cook, and sous chef for a catering company, and having already run a successful catering company in the area, Shore Thing Catering, Kohlheim decided to pour in his creativity into a long-time dream.

"The menu is made up of things I have concocted or conceived throughout my travels, things that have inspired me," he said.

The restaurant is located at 34 South Main Street, on a small plaza with a martial arts school on Route 9 in Barnegat. Catering services are also available.

For more information, visit the Shore Fire Grill website or call 609) 488-5586.

Barnegat Born June 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It is excellent! Definitely try the fried pickles; you will become addicted. His burgers are too good! I like that they do take out too because I can stop on my way home from work real quick and have something other than typical junk food.
Xavier June 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The sandwich I had was pretty good. Seems like they run out of certain types of meats toward the end of the night. The nachos were disappointing. I think they're deep fried and kind of slapped together. The owner is super friendly though.
ajanss June 25, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Great food! Cooked to order, nothing was better than having a conversation with the owner himself, proud, confident and always smiling. Everyone I talk to, I say stop in and you'll be hooked
STEFANIE ROSE June 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
We have been frequenting Shore Fire Grille since they opened (at least once a week) and everything has been AMAZING! The owner and staff are super friendly and always welcoming. The fact that the owner always takes time out to greet everyone in the dining room shows that he really cares about his customers. We recommend Shore Fire to everybody. It is second to none!
Timothy Kohlheim June 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Hey all I appreciate the kind words and I'm glad you all enjoy my food and my concept. We just added several new items to the menu including the Sushi Burger-The Crabby Patty and The Castro (cuban sammich). Look forward to meeting you all, please introduce yourselves, I'm usually great w names and faces but there has been so many of you as of late!
Carol Cromwell July 02, 2012 at 12:17 PM
We experienced a wonderful meal at Shore Fire recently and will definitely go back! The menu is varied and I enjoyed the salmon burger with seaweed salad. Can't wait to try the mahi taco.
Alicia Toth August 03, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Best burger and caterer on the east coast!
Paulette Scully August 09, 2012 at 02:27 PM
OMG You have the best burgers I have ever taste. And I'm not young.I'm a retiree. from Barnegat , now living in Florida. I would come for those awesome burgers. Even if my family wasn't still here. love your burgers PS

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