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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SUSHI AT SANSU

IMG_0044The shrimp tempura roll was a standout, but the new-to-us peanut avocado roll (right) was missing a note at the sushi counter. Or is it a bar? (Photos by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

IMG_0039PieHole and frequent lunch companion Brian McCourt rolled down River Road into Fair Haven to give Sansu Japanese Steakhouse a try for lunch. At 12:45, there was plenty of parking in the adjacent lot.

Last week, we singled out Edie’s Luncheonette in Little Silver because it had a lunch counter, one of the few in the area. McCourt took umbrage at my reference to the sushi bar as a counter and insisted it’s a bar, not a counter. In any case, that’s where we sat and ordered up some green teas while perusing the menu.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SANDWICHES AT EDIE’S

edies little siverThe lunch counter at Edie’s, a delicious anachronism. Below, an equally delicious hot corned beef sandwich.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

edies (1)We’d never been to Edie’s Luncheonette on Rumson Road in Little Silver – yes, shame on us – so when PieHole popped in for lunch this week, we weren’t sure quite what to expect.

In an era of focus-group-vetted lunch menus and corporate-approved hostesses, places like Edie’s, with their throwback lunch counters and morning-to-3 p.m. operating hours, are the unicorns of the restaurant scene – and we thank our lucky stars that we’ve got two standout specimens on the Green: Edie’s and the InBetween, in Red Bank).

PieHole was joined  by frequent lunch companion Brian McCourt, as well as local food truck operator Johnny “Pork Roll” Yarusi. There are a dozen or so parking spots behind the restaurant, and at 12:30pm on a Thursday we were easily able to get a spot. Inside, we saw two-top tables and a few booths (very large parties, beware); with three of us for lunch, we opted for a booth instead of the counter.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? ‘NOTHING AVERAGE’ BBQ

lino's 13The Parrilla Mexicana at Lino’s Mexican Cafe, a $16.95 barbecue lunch for two that we’ll be returning for again and again. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumLately, as we’ve been driving down Shrewsbury Avenue on our way to pick up son-of-PieHole from Red Bank Primary School, we’ve been hit with a heady noseful of hardwood smoke just as we turn onto River Street.

Our keen inner caveman immediately recognizes this as the smell of barbecue, and pairs it with the restaurant on the corner, Lino’s Mexican Cafe (the “Authentic Mexican Barbecue” sign out front helps our primitive brain make the connection).

After causing a bit of rubbernecking by trying to spy where out back behind the restaurant this aromatic pyre of promising gastronomy burns, we finally stopped in for lunch. It was only upon entering the restaurant that we are able to trace the smoke to its source: a huge, gaping furnace of a fire pit, with flaming logs, thick plumes of smoke and sparks of incendiary chicken fat just sitting there, resplendent in glowing coal and ash, right behind the counter at Lino’s.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? HOMEY, WITH FREE FRIES

turkey club alices kitchenThe turkey club at Alice’s Kitchen in Sea Bright.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumThis week’s warm weather found PieHole once again putting the top down on the convertible and zipping east towards Sea Bright for lunch. We noticed progress in the clearing and preparation of the town’s public beach parking lot. Last week‘s mountains of sand gave way to cement curbs and the semblance of a parking lot.

Neighbor and frequent PieHole lunch companion Brian McCourt joined us, and suggested we try Alice’s Kitchen.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? GLOBE BURGER & HOOPS

globe_burgerPieHole takes in some March Madness at the Globe. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Ah, the Globe. Home to arguably the best burger in Red Bank and beyond. Moreover, you’ll almost certainly get to enjoy that burger without having to rub elbows at the bar with someone who’s just had his Maserati valet-parked on Broad Street, making the company as good as the food.

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RED BANK: TASTY RED SNAPPER SUSHI

sogosushi (2)A great selection of rolls to choose from among the lunch specials scratched our itch for brown rice sushi at Sogo Sushi. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Sogo Sushi on Monmouth Street in Red Bank is known for its brown rice sushi. The very slight nutty taste and more robust texture of the brown rice make for a deliciously unique accompaniment to the usual sushi fare.

It’s also a bit addicting, and so we headed to get our fix for this week’s What’s For Lunch.

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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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FROM MEXICO TO DENMARK, VIA PIEHOLE

la esquina1Red Banker Brian McCourt gets it city style at La Esquina. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoIn case you missed it on redbankgreen‘s PieHole food page…

• At Red Bank’s La Esquina, the tacos, tamales, tortas and more aren’t just Mexican – they’re Mexico City-style Mexican. Elias Ayala, who owns the shop at the corner of Bridge and Oakland with his father, explains the difference.

• The owners of Red Bank’s Danish Café, always striving to introduce denizens of the Green to the culture of Denmark, host a Danish Breakfast with Santa this Saturday for kids who like a bit of chocolate and some ho-ho-hos with their morning meal.

Follow the links to the stories, and check out PieHole’s Facebook page or follow its Twitter feed @RedBankPieHole for up-to-the-minute postings.

 

RED BANK: TALKING TACOS AT THE CORNER

la esquina2Elias and Eleacer Ayala in their Red Bank take-out restaurant, La Esquina. The Ayalas came to Red Bank  from Mexico City via Brooklyn. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

In the middle of our lunch at Red Bank’s La Esquina, a regular customer walks in to pick up his order and tells PieHole that he often suggests to the owners that they hang a sign in the window that reads, “We Speak English.”

If attracting non-Spanish-speaking customers to the corner of Bridge Avenue and Oakland Street is part of the business plan, we’d second that advice. Taco Bell regulars won’t find any Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme here, and the large menu hanging behind the counter ranges from confusing to unintelligible to a non-Spanish speaking customer. Fortunately for us, owner Elias Ayala is not only fluent in English, but clearly enjoys deconstructing the menu items for his customers.

“The menu is authentic Mexican,” he says. “We have everything from tongue to carnitas – the real carnitas, with cheeks, ears and pork skin.”

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? CEBICHE AT RUNA

runa 2Lunch at Runa: cebiche two ways and chicken empanadas. Below, the fried sweet potato. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

runa 1PieHole and our frequent lunch companion rolled into Runa at about 1pm, excited to try out Red Bank’s Peruvian restaurant that opened recently after two years of gestation.

We didn’t know exactly what to expect, but had heard that fish featured prominently on the menu. So we came armed with a chilled bottle of vinho verde leftover from a recent pork belly party.

The restaurant had two other tables of lively lunch guests animatedly discussing the food that they’d just been served.

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FOR LUNCH? KIND BURGER, STELLAR FRIES

kind_burger_WFLPieHole went for the basic single burger and sweet potato fries from the extensive Kind Burgers menu. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumIt took a last-minute invite from a frequent lunch companion to get PieHole to finally try Kind Burgers.

In July, 2013, the Fair Haven burger joint filled the River Road space left vacant when the beloved Le Fandy closed its doors, and no doubt part of us didn’t want to walk through that door and let go of the memories of cold winter nights warmed by cassoulet or pot-au-feu.

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