When you visit the new Wright Taste restaurant in Belmar, you can expect a little bit of everything. The spot is now open and serving guests a mix of Soul, Italian, Hispanic, and Caribbean food. The team is settling in nicely in the former home of Twisted Tapas.
At Wright Taste, the 2,500-square foot indoor space can seat 100 people (at full capacity) across two dining areas. As for the interior design, you’ll find royal blue and gray walls; as well as tables adorned with royal blue linens, glass centerpieces, and fall décor. In addition, they offer three TVs to watch news and sports, or karaoke if you prefer.
But the outdoor dining space is even bigger: This 4,000-square foot area can seat 125 people on a patio. What’s most unique about this, however, is the garden with a large tree in the center of the patio. “It’s said to be the oldest tree in Belmar,” says Wright Taste founder and co-owner Andre Wright.
A Bright, Wright Idea
The idea for a restaurant came from Wright’s twin desires to always do good for the community and prepare food made with love. “We decided that now would be a great time to open despite the pandemic because for us it was a blessing,” Wright says. “We never thought we’d have an opportunity like this. And to have so much outdoor dining space, which most restaurants don’t have, just made everything 10 times better.”
So far, Wright Taste is a hit with Belmar residents. “The locals have made it known that even in the winter, they’ll be coming to our restaurant,” Wright adds.
But neither Wright nor his co-owner and chef Steph’on Lewis had a link to Belmar prior to opening. Of course, things are different now that they have built relationships with people in the community. (Lewis has a catering background, and his late father was a chef.)
The Wright Taste Menu
Patrons will find an array of cuisines at Wright Taste, including Soul, Italian, Hispanic, and Caribbean. So far, popular menu items include oxtails, curry chicken, and escovitch fish (red snapper). Jerk chicken and jerk fish – either mild or spicy – with cabbage and white rice, are also hits, says Lewis. The vegan section of the menu offers fried tofu in such styles as barbecue, sweet Asian chili, buffalo, and jerk.
They also have some family-style options perfect for groups of four. For example, you can order large portions of fried chicken, fried whiting, baked flounder, or barbecue baby back ribs. (Each comes with four sides.) The kids’ menu serves up child-friendly fare including chicken tenders, fried fish, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese.
Visit Wright Taste at 1006 Main Street in Belmar. Find them online for hours and other info.
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