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Nov 19, 2003 08:52 AM

Basil T in Red Bank

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Does anyone know anything about Basil T in Red Bank? Been invited to a party there later this month, any suggestions on what I should try?

Thanks :)

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  1. I found that the simpler the better at Basil's. The pastas all had about 2 too many ingredients. Like the pappardelle with veal would have been decent if not for the peas and carrots. It was just too many flavors without enough flavor. However, i did also try the antipasto, which was a ton of food, and relatively inexpensive. It was loaded with cold salads, olives, cheese, etc. Worth a try. It was enough for 3 or 4 people.

    1. I've personally never had a meal at BT's worth remembering. The only thing I remember about that place is that I didn't like their beer and thinking the food cost too much for what I was tasting.. :)

      1. The other poster is correct that the simpler the better at Basil T's. Generally, the place reminds me a lot of the Olive Garden (take that for what you will)

        1. when we first moved to shrewsbury (next town over) in 1995, we LOVED basil T's. the hamburgers were HUGE and inexpensive, the beer was great, and the french fries and fried onions were heavenly. a few years ago, they changed alot, and the burgers were no longer hand made 3/4+ pounders, they were wimpy patties. their french fries became soggy and oily and weren't crispy, and the beer was just ew. its not worth it. you can get more food at olive garden. the wait staff is really bitchy now, too

          1. You are right Zephan, they did change a few years ago. From what I understand, 2 partners (or brothers, I'm not sure), had a falling out and split. The more creative one went south and opened Basil T's in Toms River, on Hooper by the Mall. Try taking a ride and see how that one measures up, I haven't been in a while, but it was always excellent.

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            1. re: NPK1

              Interesting. We noticed that the place went downhill about 2 years ago as well. The panini sandwiches which were very flavorful became bland and boring. The pasta dishes also seemed to lose all zip. The pizza was decent but given all the other great choices in the area (Freddie's and Pet & Elda's) I wouldn't bother with Basil T's unless I was in the immediate neighborhood and pressed for time.

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                I think Bob meant Pete and Elda's, and they do have great pizza.

                1. re: Welcoboy

                  Yes I did. It's too bad you can't correct typos after the first 2 hours.