I finally had a chance to eat at this incredible restaurant on the boardwalk....but what the owner is doing to help our community is even more incredible. Here's what you need to know.

Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk in Asbury Park is a favorite among many, and now I am one of them. Here's a little bit about it, PLUS some info on what the amazing woman who owns this place is doing for the community, and how you can help!

Langosta Lounge has a really interesting, eclectic menu that will surprise any palate. And the atmosphere is just perfection, with a really cool little stage for some great local artists.

Lou and I recently had lunch there with our friends Tom Hayes (NJNG) and Claire Antonucci (NJ Sea Grant Consortium), and loved it so much we spent 3 hours there, lol!

This restaurant is a must-try, from appetizers through dessert, much of it farm-to-table, with a list of local farms they get their ingredients from, as well as some of their greens, etc., grown in a hydroponic environment just down the road. Here's what we all loved:

-- Crackling Calamari (with a delicious white miso dressing and fried hot peppers, too!)

-- Mediterranean Mezze (Trust me when I say this is like NO hummus you have EVER tried from a store. It's a symphony of the freshest onion, cucumber, tomato, olives, roasted peppers, goddess dressing, herbed feta, and a warm garlic flatbread)

-- Sweet Fried (The most delicious sweet potato fries I have ever tried, served with a Curry mayo that is indescribable yet, after the first dip, will have you hooked!)

(My mouth-watering Ramen Bowl at Longosta Lounge, photo by Liz Jeressi)

-- I had the Ramen Bowl (egg noodles in a miso mushroom broth with giant shrimp on top and a mosaic of the freshest, most tasteful, colorful vegetables I have ever seen or eaten. This is a HUGE dish that is probably just about as healthy yet delectable as you could ask for.)

-- My dining mates enjoyed the Sloppy Sharon (Hoisin BBQ pulled pork, cilantro lime coleslaw, pickled veggies on a Hawaiian sweet roll that they loved.)

Langosta also serves sushi  and amazing desserts to DIE for!

Owned by the wonderful Marilyn Schlossbach, who has several restaurants/eateries along the shore, Marilyn uses her culinary experience to creatively find ways to help those in need, along with the environment and coastline.

One of her latest projects is called Food for Thought by the Sea, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the community and creating a positive environment for local youth, including a more healthy lifestyle through a concentration in the culinary arts.

So how do they do that?

-- A Community Food Truck initiative, which will be staffed by trained underprivileged youth and offered to non-profit groups for their fundraising events. Marilyn thought up this great idea, and it's supported by NJNG which has graciously offered to match every dollar donated up to $30,000 to help make this truck fully operational.

-- Free Summer Surf Lessons with the Boys  and Girls Club and Asbury Park Rec Department

-- Free art, music, and gardening programs with the Boys and Girls Club

-- A partnership and volunteer opportunities with Merrick Farm

-- Free community dinners at Langosta Lounge on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter!

If you would like to support Marilyn's causes, donations can be sent to:

Marilyn Schlossbach, Food for thought by the Sea, 1000 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 07712.

If you wish to volunteer, email:

info@foodforthoughtap.com.