WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? BELLYING UP AT SURF BBQ

041616surfbbqsandwichesAbove, a smoked-brisket sandwich, left, and a pulled pork sandwich. Below, smoked maraschino cherries at the bar. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

041616surfbbqcherriesPieHole had been itching to try Surf BBQ in Rumson for lunch, but the newly opened East River Road restaurant and bar hasn’t yet expanded its hours and is only serving lunch on weekends.

Last Saturday, we finally made it there, and found the place not too busy at mid-afternoon, with no wait at the counter and plenty of available seating at the bar and picnic tables. Maybe everyone was attending their kids’ T-Ball games or working on landscaping, but we think we’ve found a sweet-spot in this smokin’ hot restaurant’s schedule.
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PIEHOLE: A CHRISTMAS FEAST

tiki sunsetThere’s a whiff of the sea to go with your evening cocktail at the newly opened Tiki Bar at Driftwood in Sea Bright.  (Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoredbankgreen’s PieHole is all about local food and drink. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet or followed us on Twitter, you may have missed some of these recent stories…

PieHole sat down with some Italian moms to learn what you need to know to buy, roast and eat chestnuts.

• When it comes to the main ingredient of a Philly cheese steak, Silvio Fabbri of Umberto’s in Fair Haven has no patience for “cheap ****.”

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LITTLE SILVER: PAPPY VAN WINKLE AUCTION

pappyvanwinkleLittle Silver Bottle Shop’s eagle-eyed Bill Kenney guards the four rare bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon the store is auctioning off. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Pappy Van Winkle is a small-batch bourbon that is next to impossible to get. Prices start in the hundreds of dollars per bottle, but even then, that’s only if you can find one to buy.

And so it goes that when PieHole got word that there were no less than four bottles of this rarer-than-rare bourbon available at the Little Silver Bottle Shop, we had to check it out.

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