WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? EUROPA GRILL TAPAS

111916europa3A hot sampler for two from the appetizer/tapas menu at Europa Grill. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

WFL what's for lunch?New to the Shrewsbury Village strip mall in Shrewsbury, Europa Grill fills in the storefront left empty by Rosina’s Ristorante. Like its predecessor, it serves Italian food, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Mediterranean-themed frescoes, including an attention-grabbing celestially painted ceiling, brighten the decor. Tables set with linens, comfortable seating, and friendly, helpful service add up to a more formal but lively atmosphere.
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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? DANISH PANINI

092915danishcafe2Chicken Douglas, a panini-style sandwich from the Danish Café, a flag-festooned coffee shop. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

092915danishcafe3On any given day at Loni and Claudi Kofod’s Danish Café on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, you’ll find customers in deep discussion, their open laptops sharing table space with large cups of coffee.

But the wifi, full-bodied, European-style java and original pastries are only part of what brings customers to this light-filled, red-and-white-flag-festooned Galleria space. The lunch menu offers simple, healthy choices, as PieHole rediscovered on a recent business meeting-slash-What’s For Lunch outing.
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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A ‘RED BANK GREEN.’ YES.

012815 readies rbg paniniThe newest item to hit the menu at Readie’s Fine Foods is this delicious panini called the Red Bank Green. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

012815 readiesIt’s an old New York City tradition to name delicatessen sandwiches after celebrities. Both the Carnegie and Stage delis are famous for it. Never complacent, Tom Fishkin, owner of Readies Fine Foods, an old-style eat-in deli on Broad Street in Red Bank, has a menu filled with local flavor and favorites that show his loyalty to patrons by cleverly naming sandwiches for their businesses.

Newly immortalized on the menu is redbankgreen, the eight-year-old parent to PieHole, which is now a panini as well as a pixelated source of news and entertainment. This PieHole correspondent and the Red Bank Greenman himself thought it was time to give the namesake a try.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? TUNA PANINI IN RUMSON

undici 062614 3 The tuna panini, at Undici in Rumson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumHere’s a zesty lunch that conveys the bite of summer.

It’s  the “sette,” or number seven, on the panini menu at Undici (“eleven”) at 11 West River Road in Rumson.

A sturdily built yet somehow light combination, the sette layers Italian tuna in olive oil, fresh arugula, hot peppers and black olive tapenade, which are hot-pressed in house-made wood-oven pizza bread.

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