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McLoone’s Asbury Grille Restaurant Review: Ocean waves, a sandy beach, the sunset and moonrise. As if these enticements weren’t enough, restaurateur Tim McCloone’s appealing boardwalk café also turns out tasty and original dishes to be enjoyed under umbrellas outdoors or on high stools in air-conditioned comfort indoors. Burgers, such as the Santa Fe black bean topped with melted pepper jack cheese, smashed avocado and pico de gallo, tempt, and there are familiar offerings like beer-battered onion rings and penne vodka. But break out beyond the everyday fare with she-crab soup for a starter, or a granola pear salad. Steaks are top-notch, especially the skirt steak marinated in teriyaki and topped with sautéed mushroom. The signature crab cake is lush with plump crab and drizzled with citrus tartar sauce and spicy rémoulade. The wine list was judiciously constructed with a range of affordable choices, such as Chateau Croix Jaugue St. Emilion ($34), to pricier selections like Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa ($245). Service can be slow when the place is rocking, which is pretty much every summer weekend night.