By SUSAN ERICSON
Twenty years ago, Red Bank was a veritable desert for takeout food. For this PieHole correspondent, then plying a different trade, there were maybe two or three delis in town to choose from for lunch.
Enter Gary Sable with his unique idea for a quick lunch: of hot dogs to go. Many of us were delighted to have a new option.
That Hot Dog Place, located off Monmouth Street in a little alley next to the Dublin House, was a convenient two-minute walk away, and appreciated, especially when the weather got colder. The only problem with that we soon tired of hot dogs.
One chilly autumn day, we sniffled our way over to Sable’s nook and told him how much we would prefer a hot cup of soup. It took him all of one day to add chicken noodle and tomato basil bisque to his menu. We have been grateful customers ever since.
By JIM WILLIS
Despite the name of the diminutive shop, tucked away beside the Dublin House, it’s the soup that’s the real draw, and naturally, this is the time of year when things heat up for Sable. Ever since he opened the place back in 1995, October has marked beginning of soup season.
But as usual, Sable didn’t go cold during the warmer months. He was cooking up some new recipes for this year.
The Metropolitan section of Sunday’s New York Times gave Gary Sable’s 170-square-foot Red Bank takeout eatery, That Hot Dog Place, some love on Sunday. ‘Soupmeister’ Sable, featured by redbankgreen in 2006, was spotlighted in an article about places in the New York region to get a great bowl of soup. (Click to enlarge).