Overview: Located in Red Bank’s Marine Park, Boondocks is a small taste of Key West on the Navesink with an incredible view. Boondocks is only open in the summer, so you only have a couple of months to try this fresh Fishery on the Navesink.
Decor: Boondocks is set up to look like one of those fish shacks you would see down south. It is a small red building that houses the kitchen with a tent. Under the tent are tables with an “Order Here” sign linking the two. The building itself has old-fashioned fishing signs modestly advertising “Lobster” and “Crabs,” but the beautiful view of the Navesink River is what makes the décor!
The Drinks: Boondocks is B.Y.O.B. and also serves a variety of soft drinks.
Appetizers: Appetizers are plentiful here at Boondocks with "fresh catch” items such as Steamers (market price) and Grilled Tuna Bites ($8.95) as well as traditional Mozzarella Sticks ($6.95). We ordered the Cajun Grilled Tuna Bites. The Bites were large seared pieces of tuna seasoned with a hint of Cajun spice. Even though we shared the appetizer, Boondocks’ Tuna Bites were large enough to feed one person for an entrée!
Entrees: Boondocks entrée menu was filled with fresh fish specialties like a Fresh Grouper Sandwich ($12.95) and fresh Fish Burrito ($11.95). The Lobster Roll ($14.95) is the specialty of the house and came with large pieces of fresh lobster made into a lobster salad on a roll. And the Shrimp Roll ($12.95) was a delicious mix of shrimp, avocado, and fresh tomato mixed with vinaigrette on a roll. Both came with chips, pickle and cole slaw.
Desserts: Boondocks does not offer dessert, but if you still have room after your meal, you could easily walk into Red Bank for a cupcake or another sweet treat.
Service: Boondocks is self order – the waitress hands you the menu, then you go to the window and order your meal. Once ordered, they hand you a large hand painted number to place on your table. When your order is up, a waitress brings you your food. This method really lends itself to the casual atmosphere of Boondocks.
Signature Dish: Tuesday is Lobster Night at Boondocks. You get two 1-pound lobsters for $24.95. Get there early, because I hear the lobsters go fast!
The Boondocks Fishery
1 Wharf Avenue/Marine Park
Red Bank, NJ 07701