Your Quick-Start Guide to Toms River, NJ

Toms River NJMost people look for information on places to live from real estate agencies and websites, and both are authoritative sources for real estate values, transactions, and market insight. But, what do you do when you get there?

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Where it’s at.

The Toms River Township stretches from (but does not include) the Eagle Ridge Golf Club all the way to Dover Beaches North and Ortley Beach. You’ve seen sections of Toms River if you watch a lot of MTV, especially Jersey Shore. The area has also appeared in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and the original 1979 movie, The Amityville Horror. In sports, Toms River East Little League team won the Little League World Series in 1998.


Shut Up and Eat! does breakfast and lunch like no one else! There are toys for the kids, the restaurant’s signature stuffed French toast, sixty-five varieties of waffles, fourteen varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches, award-winning burgers, and the waitresses all wear pajamas. And if you wear your PJs (must be a complete set) you get 13 percent off your bill.

If you’re near Huddy Park in the city, Uncle Dood’s Donuts offers iced-to-order donuts, and if you’re near the Thomas A. Mathis Bridge going over Barnegot Bay, OB-CO’s Donuts has had a line out the door since 1953.

If you want amazing sushi, kobe beef to cook at your table, and impeccable service, make a reservation early for Xina Restaurant. It’s BYOB, so bring what you like to drink. If you’re on Route 9 by Toms River High School North and want a proper Italian meal served right, Il Giardinello is your next stop, or call ahead for take-out and have a home-cooked meal the first night in your new home.

Need gas and more?

Less than 300 feet from Il Giardinello is Singin Oil, a full-service gas station with an air pump, fresh breakfast sandwiches, coffee, lottery tickets, and an ATM. There are three Wawas along Route 37 between Route 9 and the Mathis Bridge. Most vehicle-related shops are along Route 37, including Mobil, Lukoil, and Sunoco. If you need more than gas and a convenience store, on the same road there’s Mavis Discount Tire and K&M Tire & Auto, as well as Pep Boys and Midas, and just off Route 37 is Advance Auto Parts.

Hardware and home repair

Even if you had the luxury to completely renovate before moving in, there’s always going to be something to fix . . . it’s a home! So, while you’re out getting your Italian food and gas off Route 9, go around the corner to Home Depot and pick up anything you might need to start giving your new home TLC. If you’re near the water, Ken’s Hardware is on Fischer Boulevard with a warehouse of automotive, home repair, landscaping, and farming supplies, including its famously vast and ever-expanding selection of fastening hardware in all sizes, both metric and standard. When you’re ready to get started on those painting projects, Sherwin-Williams is on Route 37.

At the end of the day . . . go relax

Play tourist and explore your new surroundings—especially Cattus Island County Park, on Cattus Island Boulevard off Fischer Boulevard. Enjoy seven miles of trails going through 530 acres of unspoiled nature on Barnegat Bay. The Cooper Environmental Center offers visitors of all ages hands-on activities, and the Butterfly Garden lets you get up close to native

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