The participants for Restaurant Madness 2014 have been selected, and now, we play!

It's time to start voting in the first round of matchups to find out the best restaurant at the Jersey Shore!

In keeping with the spirit of March Madness, and gearing up for one of my favorite foodie holidays ever, Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, and our upcoming Sample the Shore tasting, Restaurant Madness is back! We will crown the best restaurant in Monmouth and Ocean Counties as voted by you.

We have narrowed it down to a competing pool of 64 (bracket available by clicking HERE). Feel free to e-mail me your winning picks, but remember, it’s all just for fun.

Today’s matchups:

Chef Mike's ABG, South Seaside Park vs. Metropolitan Cafe, Freehold
Danny's Steakhouse, Red Bank vs. Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Tre Amici, Long Branch vs. MonAlyssa, Point Pleasant Beach
The Sitting Duck, Long Branch vs. The Chowda House, Red Bank
Yumi, Sea Bright vs. FISH Urban Dining, Asbury Park

Voting will be done with the polls below, and will last for 24 hours!

Good luck to all!