WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? BEST OF 2016

091316redrock3Duck confit tater tots from Red Rock Tap + Grill. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

WFL what's for lunch?Soul-satisfying soups, beefy burgers, crusty pizzas…

From a year’s worth of lunches good, bad and inedible, PieHole‘s What’s For Lunch? feature picks the Top 10 of 2016.

Click to restaurant names to see complete individual reviews.
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RED BANK: SUBWAY ARRIVES FOUR YEARS LATE

rb subway 031716just_inFour and a half years after it won planning board approval, a Subway sandwich shop finally opened for business at 60 Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning.

The debut ends a saga that included years of inactivity, an eviction by the landlord and the signing of a second Subway franchisee. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: SUBWAY TO RETURN

subway 60 broad 031516Move-in-ready for years, the storefront will finally get a Subway shop, said the landlord. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThe Subway sandwich shop that never arrived is finally about to pull into Red Bank, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has learned.

Or, to be more precise, a Subway franchisee will replace the one evicted three months ago after failing to show up for more than four years, according to the landlord. Read More »

RED BANK: SUBWAY DEPARTS WITHOUT A STOP

b subway 091715 2The sandwich shop has sat ready for months, said the landlord. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallMore than four years after it was approved, a never-opened Subway sandwich shop has been evicted from its prospective home on Broad Street in Red Bank, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has learned.

The action puts a period, if not a satisfying answer, on one of the downtown’s persistent mysteries: whatever happened to the Subway?

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FAIR HAVEN: A LUNCH LODGED IN MEMORY

nauvoo sandwich 052915The blackened chicken sandwich at Nauvoo Grill Club in Fair Haven. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

nauvoo 052915In the mood for something southwestern-but-not-quite Mexican, PieHole was drawn to the lodge-like Nauvoo Grill Club in Fair Haven on a lovely Friday afternoon in late spring.

At the height of the lunch hour, we found the place strangely empty. But what we ate satisfied our craving, even if it left our fingers sticky.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? ROAST BEEF ON A ROLL

052115 sickles lunch2A prodigious roast beef sandwich to go made by the experienced counter help at Sickles Market. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

052115 sickles lunch3The range of choices for freshly made sandwiches is wide open on the Greater Red Bank Green. Don’t believe it? Look here. There’s no shortage of delis and sandwich shops, so the competition is pretty fierce. If you’re a sandwich maker, do it right or don’t bother.

In Little Silver, Sickles Market deli department doesn’t disappoint when it comes to house-made takeout products. There wouldn’t be a line of people waiting to place an order if they did, but lunchtime can get hectic in this gourmet food store, so on occasion it becomes necessary to weigh the options of free parking and perfectly roasted mouthwatering meat as opposed to just quick service.

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NO BALONEY: METS SANDWICH A HIT HERE

050315 Atlanticbgl5Atlantic Bagel’s version of the smoked bologna sandwich sold at Citi Field. Below the kitchen of the bagel shop.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

050315 Atlanticbgl4The New York Mets are on top of their division and…

Wait! What?

Yes, it’s true. Fans of the Amazins are once again flocking to Queens in larger-than-normal numbers, which can mean up to 45,000 mouths to feed. And what are those ballpark disciples devouring? Baloney!

Ok, bologna, to be more precise. But it’s no baloney that Ross DiMiceli, owner of Atlantic Bagel Co. in Rumson, pays homage to his favorite team by copying a sandwich he’s had at Citi Field.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? POUR HOUSE REUBEN

pour_houseJust one of a huge selection of daily specials at the Pour House, the Hot Pastrami Reuben is affordable and satisfying. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumAs downtown Red Bank becomes more and more a shopping destination for one-percenters and a food court for homesick Staten Islanders on the jones for steaming piles of red sauce and garlic, the 99 percent who actually live here occasionally need to get creative and cross into neighboring towns for a good lunchtime fix.

And so it was that PieHole headed across the border to Tinton Falls for lunch at our current favorite oasis of reasonably priced eats and lack of pretension: the Pour House.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? BILLION-DOLLAR GRUB

RiverviewCafeteriaNot many cafeterias  offer a view as pleasing as Riverview Medical Center’s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

red-bank-riverviewAfter popping by the maternity ward at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank to welcome a new member to the family Thursday, PieHole found itself in need of both sustenance and What’s For Lunch fodder.

Emerging from the elevator on the way way out, we saw the sign: “Cafeteria.”

Bingo.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH: A TEA ROOM WITH CHOPS

012915 raven tea room sandwichesA beef tenderloin BLT sandwich in the foreground, and the shrimp salad-filled brioche in background at the Raven Tea Room, below.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

012915 raven tea roomThe phrase “tea room” conjures images of prissy old ladies ordering pots of chamomille and delicate, crust-removed cucumber sandwiches served on fine floral patterned porcelain dishes. The Raven Tea Room in the Fair Haven Commons building is nothing like that.

Sophisticated styling in both the decor and menu have made this lunch-only restaurant – which shares a website and ownership with the Raven and the Peach but has its own space in the Fair Haven Commons – a staple in the community for years. The dark wood tables and comfortable cushioned armchairs surrounded by suede gray painted walls give the place a masculine, club-like feel. Windows looking out on River Road lend an open feeling to the room. But should you wind up with a view of the parking lot, well, just turn your chair toward the open kitchen and watch the chef working his magic.

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WHATS FOR LUNCH: SOUP’S ON

090114 cjmcloones1The oversized Reuben lunch platter with  fries, above, and French onion soup, below, from CJ McLoone’s.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

090114 cjmcloones2The calendar flips to September, and just like that, thoughts of bathing suits and salads are gone, replaced by hankerings for sweaters, coats and heartier lunches.

A soup-and-sandwich pairing is a favorite for many who want a little more than just a quick bite, and to this soup lover, it doesn’t matter that it’s still hot outside: September is the start of soup season.

CJ McLoone’s on Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls offers a soup of the day, oversized burgers, and many typical sandwich options.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? THIS, IN RUMSON

atlantic bagel 022514 2The Metropolitan, with a side of red potato salad, at Atlantic Bagel in Rumson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumHonestly, this kind of blew us away.

It’s called the Metropolitan, and it’s hefty sandwich of maple honey ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato and roasted peppers with your choice of dressing – we had the Russian – on a bagel.

Tasted great. All the ingredients obviously fresh. But what knocked us out was the price: $5.20. And it comes with a huge side of potato salad.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? TURKEY SUB IN LINCROFT

joyce's turkey sub 011514The turkey sub with hot peppers at joyce’s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumJoining a stream of paint-spattered tradesmen, women in businesswear, hungry young guys from Christian Brothers Academy and others streaming into Joyce’s Subs and Pizza, PieHole expected good, cheap What’s For Lunch eats.

Located in a characterless but busy strip mall on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, the 40-something-year-old shop is a mainstay among neighbors that include Pat’s Market and a Dunkin’ Donuts.

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RED BANK: WHAT’S FOR LUNCH

danish tuna 100713At the Danish Café in Red Bank: a tuna pita sandwich, with corn, peas, red peppers, romaine lettuce and thousand island dressing. “It’s how we make it in Denmark,” says Lone Kofod, who owns the café, located in the Galleria Red Bank, with husband Claudi.

Want to see more like this on PieHole, redbankgreen‘s fledgling food page? Let us know! (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SUBWAY LATE, BUT WITH LEGROOM

rb subway 2 092413rb subway 1 092413Two years after it won planning board approval, a new Subway sandwich shop appears to be on track to completion at 60 Broad Street in Red Bank, with a design that calls for an unusual recessed outdoor seating area within the footprint of the building. The alcove was approved for tables with up to 14 seats, with another 14 inside.

There’s no immediate word on when the store will open, joining the week-old Red Bank Sub Shop with its own odd little outdoor seating setup – just around the corner on Monmouth Street, as well as other players in the downtown’s competitive restaurant market. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SUBWAY CAFÉ TO ROLL INTO RED BANK

subway-2The 28-seat sandwich shop will feature 14 seats of semi-enclosed dining where there’s now an alcove, at center above. Below, a concept drawing of a Subway Café, though not in the layout planned for Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

subway1Red Bank’s aversion to national fast-food outlets is about to get a new test, this time by the 35,473-store Subway chain.

A franchiser won approval from the borough planning board Monday night to build a 28-seat Subway at 60 Broad Street, in a long-vacant space between the Red Bank Nail Salon and Hip & Humble Home furnishings.

But in a town where McDonald’s, Cold Stone ice cream and others have failed, Subway plans to make it by changing up its usual approach.

Ojas Patel, who will build and own the shop, says this one will be a “café” version of Subway, one that’s now found only in three other locations nationwide: at the Pentagon, the Smithsonian museum and the University of Maryland.

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