Yesterday morning, a friend and I headed out to grab brunch here at the Shore.

It seemed like it was going to be a normal meal until we both noticed that something subtle was missing.

We picked Toast in Asbury Park to enjoy our late breakfast and got a cozy table next to the breezy back door.

The waitress took our orders and returned with our drinks; an iced coffee for my friend and a diet soda for me (hey, I need my caffeine in the morning but I'm not a coffee drinker).

Just as the waitress walked away, my dining partner noticed that she didn't give us straws.

As I took a look around the restaurant, that's when I noticed something that you truly wouldn't notice unless you were specifically looking for it:

Nobody had straws.

As a number of Shore municipalities consider bans on plastic straws, Monmouth Beach was the first to put an official ban on the books, individual restaurants like Toast are simply discouraging their use.

Honestly, it really wasn't a big deal. I didn't feel like I was missing anything important.

We could debate the merits of full on bans all day long, but I can say that my first experience at a strawless Shore restaurant was remarkable in the fact that it was wholly unremarkable.

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