Cool Beans Coffee House, 635 Bay Ave., Toms River. 732-797-2326.
The scene: Located near the movie theater in the Seacourt Pavilion, Cool Beans has long been known as one of the high school hangouts for Toms River’s teenagers. And while this is true, Cool Beans caters to all, regardless of age. If a bar isn’t your scene, the coffee house provides a casual atmosphere that is perfect for catching up with friends or getting to know a date better. Occasionally, the coffee house features live entertainment from local musicians.
The eats: While you can certainly get some very tasty coffee house treats here, such as lattes and cappuccinos to name a few, you’d be depriving yourself to limit your outing to just that. Cool Beans also offers a full menu, allowing you order a fine mix that ranges from appetizers to snack on to meal-sized salads. Whatever you find yourself in the mood for, Cool Beans provides the relaxed atmosphere to enjoy it in.