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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? STRIP MALL SUBS

ajs_deli2The fried eggplant sandwich at AJ’s Deli in Shrewsbury. We’ll be back for another one of these. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large minivan, with a hungry wife and a hungry kid. And you may be passing the McDonald’s on Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, and you may say to yourself, “Well, what can I eat here?”

That’s the way-more-than-once in a lifetime situation PieHole found itself in yesterday. But rather than opt for the drive-through McProcessed food, we decided to explore the Shrewsbury Village shopping center, on the Shrewsbury side of the street. And there, in a strip mall we’ve driven past hundreds of times but never thought to enter, we stumbled across AJ’s Deli.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? STEAK AND NOSTALGIA

strokers west sideCalifornia Cheesesteak at Strokers Westside Pizza and Subs. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumStrokers Westside Pizza and Subs on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank is an outpost of the original Strokers Deli located across from the Grove in Shrewsbury. As a rule, PieHole tries to avoid our area’s Mecca of Materialism, and so when we found ourselves hankering for a California cheesesteak, we headed to the West Side location for lunch.

We easily found parking on Chestnut Street and walked a few steps to the deli on the corner of Locust and Shrewsbury avenues.

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FAIR HAVEN: COUCH POTATO CUISINE

cravin haven (2)At Cravin Haven, Fair Haven’s Anthony Mazzucca is building some seriously big sandwiches. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Couch potatoes around The Green: put on your cleanest pair of dressy sweats and your going-out slippers, for it is time to worship and rejoice at the newest alter of salty meats and fried foods.

Cravin Havena lunch and dinner sandwich restaurant, has opened in the Acme Shopping Center on River Road in Fair Haven. PieHole stopped in to have a look at the renovated space and talk comfort food and cheesesteaks.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? PHILLY IN PHAIR HAVEN

umberto's 121313Umberto’s Phlly cheese steak sandwich with onions. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumWhen it comes to cheese steak, it’s often best not to look too closely or ask too many questions. Rubberband sandwich? Say no more.

Silvio Fabbri has no patience for it.

“It starts with good steak,” says the owner of Umberto’s Pizzeria, on River Road in Fair Haven. “You can’t buy cheap ****.”

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