120915thespot1The grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup combo at The Spot, seen below with a window looking out on Broad Street. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)


120915thespot4Those who seek simplicity in all things are going to love The Spot in Red Bank.

Rustic brick walls and industrial-modern decor beckon in the Broad Street space that’s been home in recent succession to  Zebu Forno, Boardwalk Burgers and, most recently Mac Attack. But trendiness in decor doesn’t mean the menu follows suit. Dining options here are strictly old-school.

120915thespot2Hand-cut and seasoned french fries at The Spot. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

The Spot is a perfect place to bring your kids. Nothing on the menu is particularly gourmet and for a picky eater, this could be a relief.

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Trying to order lunch at the counter, we were momentarily confused as to why there weren’t any lunch specials until we asked the kid at the register. He turned the menu over and pointed to a handful of lunchtime combinations. We opted for the grilled cheese and cup of soup for $12.

A small cup of nicely seasoned tomato soup arrived at our table in the ubiquitous black plastic basket. The soup was slightly spicy and herbaceous, and not at all like the cafeteria soups of our youth.

The grilled cheese sandwich was as simple and basic as could be: toasty white bread and American cheese — perfect for persnickety toddlers.

A side order of fries ($5.50), on the other hand, came as a hefty dish of fresh-cut, non-greasy, salted-and-peppered simplicity.

Like it’s predecessor, The Spot has macaroni and cheese on its menu, but has added burgers and salads too.

The Spot is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, with local delivery available.