You thought that we had every chain known to man in Monmouth, right? Wrong.

A very well-known restaurant is opening its first location in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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Even though Monmouth has a ton of exceptional local restaurants featuring every kind of cuisine you could imagine, chains still manage to survive.

When I eat out, it's almost always local. But, there are those times when you didn't make a reservation, or you just need a quick meal.

For those occasions, there isn't a shortage of options.

In Monmouth County we have:

White Castle

P.F. Chang's

Shake Shack

Bonefish Grille


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Burger King


Five Guys

Taco Bell

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Qdoba Mexican Grill


Ruby Tuesday

Boston Market

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Red Robin

Moe's Southwest Grill

Outback Steakhouse

Olive Garden


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Dairy Queen

Buffalo Wild Wings

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Jersey Mike's


The Cheesecake Factory



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Panera Bread

I'm sure there are a bunch that I'm missing, but you get the point.

Circle Place on Route 35 in Eatontown is coming along.

Already announced is a Wawa (shocker), Wendy's, and Wingstop.

And now Eatontown has made it official that a fourth eatery is joining the group.

The first Panda Express is set to open at Circle Place. The plan is for a sit-down restaurant in addition to a drive-thru.

Currently, the closest Panda Express is in Woodbridge.

The chain plans on expanding further south into Ocean County with an agreement to operate at the massive Adventure Crossing USA in Jackson.

Now we're hungry. Here are some options. 

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