One of the best things to do in Springtime in New Jersey is eat al fresco. There are SO many good places to eat, the dilemma is this: do you go back to your favorite places, or do you try someplace new? Here's one place I've been to more than once and will continue to visit; Clementine's on Main Street in Avon-by-the-Sea. And, yes; Avon is as charming and welcoming as its name implies. There are several local B & Bs where you can stay.
Clementine's opened about a year ago (2008). It's New Orleans' style Creole cuisine and quirky decor delights. Don't forget to check out the incredible Murano chandelier! In Spring, the patio out front opens and you can dine al fresco from spring through fall. As soon as you are seated, you are served fresh olive tapenade which I've never had anywhere except my kitchen and the very southernmost end of France. It's delicious and, if you're not careful, an appetite spoiler.
The menu is perfect and anything I've had--especially anything served ramoulade--is delicious. Recently, on a weekday night, there were two main course specials. One was soft-shelled crabs that was so delicious I couldn't wait to eat my leftovers that I carried home because my portion was too big to finish. Well, that was partially because the appetizer was S0 incredible, I finished every bite.
The second special was prime rib tips with shrimp, cooked with avocado and it was sublime!