There's a lot to love about Toms River.

From enjoying long days on the water, to live events at Huddy Park, to all of the festivals and community events downtown, there's something for everyone.

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Another great thing about Toms River is that there is no shortage of great places to eat, especially if you venture downtown.

On Main Street alone you've got Crave, which serves up great breakfast and lunch.

You can grab tacos from the always-tasty Taco-Tastic, and you can always wash lunch down with a cold beer at Battle River Brewing.

Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash
Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash

Not to mention you've got Capones, A Thyme For All Seasons, the Water Street Bar and Grille, and Shut Up and Eat all within the same square mile or so!

However, there's always room for something new and fun and different isn't there?

And if you know me at all, you know there's nothing I love more than trying to figure out what's opening in and around Ocean County.

For example, tackling what exactly the Seaside Social House is. 

I'll have more on the Social House coming in the next couple of weeks.

Just the other day though, walking down the main street after a daily coffee run I noticed a large sign in a store front window.

Photo Credit: Buehler
Photo Credit: Buehler

Right there on Main Street in Toms River, there's a big sign in the window of a shop between the Downtown Shops of Main Street and East Coast Games, and there's a massive Restaurant For Lease Sign.

What do you think should open there?

What new local restaurant would you want to move into Toms River?

NJ Diners that are open 24/7

Hours as of September 2023.

Gallery Credit: Jordan Jansson, Mike Brant

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According to data from, The median salary across the U.S. a single person must make to get by collectively is $57,000. However, some states are far from that.

So how much higher or lower is your state to the national average, and which states are the top 10 most and least affordable overall? Let's find out.

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