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Pastrami, Hot Dogs and Pizza near Eatontown, Asbury Park, Jersey Shore

virtualguthrie Mar 3, 2008 05:06 PM

Hi, I'm staying in Eatontown for a few days visiting family. I am mainly on the hunt for good pastrami, Hot Dogs or maybe pizza. I have been to Katz in NYC and it was the best pastrami I have ever tasted. Unfortunately I won't be making it to Manhattan this time 'round so I am looking for something local.

Also if there are any other gems of the area I should know about (I am not seeking out fine dining) feel free to share those too.

Thanks, and sorry if this is a question that comes up often but I didn't find much using the search function.

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  1. val ann c RE: virtualguthrie Mar 3, 2008 05:53 PM

    Hot dogs: The Windmill is not bad. Your nearest locations would be in Long Branch or Red Bank. I prefer the food at Red Bank Windmill. The Long Branch location has fun outdoor seating. http://www.windmillhotdogs.com/
    IMO, the nearest good hot dog is the Italian at Jersey Joes in Port Monmouth. http://jjoes.com/
    If you want a Very Good hot dog, travel about 30 miles north to Union Township -- the hot dog stand at Galloping Hill Inn.
    You might wan to post your hot dog query on roadfood.com. They are serious about NJ dogs. http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic....

    My favorite places in and near Eatontown:
    Far East Taste -- Very casual chinese restaurant with some very nice Thai-inspired comfort food. I like Tom Yam bean curd soup, basil fish.
    All Mixed Up -- Salads, burritos, sandwiches. Everything very fresh and good quality. Nice casual seating area. If you are staying at the sheraton, All Mixed Up is close by and delivers (for a fee).
    The diner just south of the Sheraton. Blue Swan? It's pretty good, as far as diners go in this area. You can get a good breakfast.

    Far East Taste
    19 Main St, Eatontown, NJ 07724

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    1. re: val ann c
      equal_Mark RE: val ann c Mar 8, 2008 12:16 PM

      Note, within the past year, Far East Taste has been sold. It's still pretty good, but chef/owner Richard is no longer at the helm...

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      RGR RE: virtualguthrie Mar 3, 2008 06:40 PM

      Katz's pastrami is in a class by itself, so even other NYC delis don't measure up. That said, let me be blunt. Looking for pastrami of that caliber in this area of NJ is a totally hopeless endeavor. The fact is, to find even decent pastrami, you will have to travel north of the Jersey Shore area.

      In Manalapan, Jesse & David's has very good pastrami with a major caveat: You must insist that it be the fattiest they have on hand. In other words, lean = shoe leather. They have excellent homemade potato knishes, and the freshly-made crinkle-cut fries are delicious. You can also get a good kosher hot dog.

      With regard to pizza, our favorite place is Pete & Elda's, in Neptune, famous for serving the best thin-crust pizza in the area.


      Edited to add: I just came across a comment on this thread -- http://www.chowhound.com/topics/494619 -- that there is excellent pastrami to be had in Asbury Park at a restaurant called Plan B.

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      1. re: RGR
        bgut1 RE: RGR Mar 3, 2008 07:24 PM

        For deli I would make the half hour drive up north on the GSP to Harold's in Edison. Its the closest you are going to get to a NYC deli experience. In fact the owner Harold Jaffee used to own and operate the Carnegie Deli. As for hot dogs, I agree with Val and suggest you stop at either the Windmill or Max's. I would order one deep fried for the true Jersey experience ala Rutt's Hut. While I agree with RGR that Pete and Elda's is a popular pizza attraction in the area, I'm one of the minority detractors who finds the pizza to taste like tomato and cheese covered matzohs. Since you are already here, why not make the pilgrimage to DeLorenzo's in Trenton for what is celebrated as some of the best pizza in the USA. Val also makes an excellent suggestion with regard to Far East Taste. Order anything off the chalkboard but don't expect much from the decor. Good Luck and happy eating.

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          RGR RE: bgut1 Mar 3, 2008 07:33 PM

          Hey, b.,

          I would describe the crust on the pizza at Pete & Elda's as pastry-like. I only wish matzoh would taste even half as good! lol

          1. re: bgut1
            F77 RE: bgut1 Mar 4, 2008 04:13 AM

            Goldens Deli on Staten Island is about the same distance and the portion sizes are actually human!

            However nothing beats the sizes if it is the first time as a Harolds.

            1. re: F77
              DrewBB RE: F77 Mar 4, 2008 06:50 AM

              I'm a fan of Harold's as well, but a little closer to Eatontown would be Richard's Deli @155 Brighton Ave in Long Branch. Definately Pete & Elda's for pizza, and Windmill or Max's for hot dogs - but I think OGguy is right, Max's might not be open for the season yet.

              1. re: DrewBB
                fershore RE: DrewBB Mar 5, 2008 08:25 AM

                I'm going to jump on the bandwagon:

                Richard's for pastrami.
                Windmill for a dog.
                Pete & Elda's for pizza.

                1. re: fershore
                  TomT RE: fershore Mar 6, 2008 09:45 AM

                  Thank you, Thank you! Just had Richard's pastrami for lunch and I washed it down with a nice hot dog as well. The pastrami was great, enough fat to keep it moist and the spice was excellent...not too granular. I didn't know of this place, and it's certainly closer than Manalapan or Edison. I'd put the pastrami up against Jesse and David's, haven't been to Harold's in a while so I won't comment there.

                  Btw, the dog was a great Jewish deli dog (grilled), nice and spicy with kraut.

                  1. re: fershore
                    rnr RE: fershore Mar 6, 2008 01:21 PM

                    I'm on the same bandwagon as fershore. You can also get a great Kosher dog at Richards. Everything is great at Pete& Eldas.

              2. re: bgut1
                vtt7 RE: bgut1 Jan 26, 2009 01:54 PM

                bgut1: I agree regarding Pete & Elda's. I don't like their pizza.

                1. re: vtt7
                  bgut1 RE: vtt7 Jan 26, 2009 02:51 PM

                  Thanks vtt7. Nice to know I'm not alone. :)

                  1. re: bgut1
                    Barbarella RE: bgut1 Feb 5, 2009 12:39 PM

                    I hate their pizza, it is like eating stuff on a piece of paper. tried the thicker crust and not good either. Like CBO in Bradley.

              3. re: RGR
                JerzeyShore RE: RGR Mar 7, 2008 05:41 PM

                Interesting - I agree 100% with you that lean pastrami is not always good pastrami. Go for the gusto! By the way have you ever tried Ben's at 38th and 7th Ave in NYC ? It will give Katz's a run for their money...

                1. re: RGR
                  vibiaron RE: RGR Feb 23, 2009 11:38 AM

                  Any updates on Plan B? Any idea why the post you linked to was removed?
                  Just checking.
                  One more question: Any comments on having a rehearsal dinner at Richard's Deli in Long Branch? Thanks.

                  1. re: vibiaron
                    equal_Mark RE: vibiaron Feb 23, 2009 11:49 AM

                    I checked on PlanB's website and can't find any mention of Pastrami on the menu now. I do want to try the Angus Burger and figure it in to all of the burger comparisons of late...

                    1. re: vibiaron
                      val ann c RE: vibiaron Feb 24, 2009 07:03 AM

                      I have never been to an event at Richards. But I have brought large family groups there for lunch. The wait-staff is exceedingly nice and everyone liked the food. IMO the food ranges from good to very good, but not excellent.

                      Depending on how casual you want to be, consider Jesse's Cafe -- just down the street from Richards. She does a lot of events. The space looks really nice for a party.

                      Jessie's Cafe
                      139 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

                      1. re: vibiaron
                        RGR RE: vibiaron Feb 24, 2009 07:59 AM


                        I know zilch about Plan B. I'm guessing the moderators removed the post I linked to because they felt something about it wasn't "kosher." ;-)

                        1. re: RGR
                          vibiaron RE: RGR Mar 16, 2009 04:28 PM

                          Thanks, RGR and to all of you. At this point it looks like we're going to have the dinner at Tre Amici in Long Branch.

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                      lori529 RE: virtualguthrie Mar 3, 2008 07:31 PM

                      hey is Max's hotdogs still in existence in Long Branch?

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                      1. re: lori529
                        OGguy RE: lori529 Mar 4, 2008 05:31 AM

                        Yes, but it may not be open yet, either.

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                          vtt7 RE: lori529 Jan 26, 2009 01:55 PM

                          They were in business this summer. The hot dogs and fries were so good. I'm almost positive they're closed this time of year.

                        2. Barbarella RE: virtualguthrie Mar 4, 2008 06:59 AM

                          The best (and gargantuan in size) place for pastrami is Irv's Deli in Neptune on Hwy 33, across from Jersey Shore Medical Center. All is good there.

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                            virtualguthrie RE: virtualguthrie Mar 4, 2008 10:23 AM

                            Thanks for all the tips everyone, it's very much appreciated.

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                            1. re: virtualguthrie
                              jlsmi2 RE: virtualguthrie Jan 26, 2009 07:28 AM

                              Pizza: I agree with everyone who posted for Pete & Eldas. The pizzeria is actually called Carmen's (bar is Pete & Eldas) and the pizza is unlike any other and certainly worth a try if in the area.

                              Hot Dogs: Try a Windmill dog - there are several: Belmar, two in Long Branch, Asbury Park near Ocean Grove, et al

                              Pastrami: for a non-traditional pastrami sandwich I would highly suggest that you try one of the open faced sandwiches at Clancy's or Kelly's in Neptune. They have the same ownership and have the best open faced reuben. They definitely have regular pastrami sandwiches on rye, but I also believe they have a delicious open faced pastrami sandwich. Be prepared for a lot of Swiss cheese. The rest of the menu at Kelly's and Clancy's is also very good, best pub food in the area.

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                              xny556cip RE: virtualguthrie Jan 27, 2009 06:30 AM

                              Dogs - Gus' hot dog truck on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank, (Behind the Galleria ) It's a steamed bun/water dog.He does an incredible business,so you know the dogs are fresh and not drowned.The only drawback for me is the type of raw onion he uses is sometimes slightly bitter and the Chilli lacks some 'Body" for a Dog topping.Mr Dees in Parlin used to have the best Chilli Dog topping but the business was sold a few years back and I heard it went down faster than a Madoff .

                              Pizza - Contrary to popular belief there isn't much (actually any ) great pizza in Monmouth / Ocean Co.Probably the best to date would be the Coal fired place in Bradley Beach called CIBO.It's not my particular liking but it is better than anything else i've found in this corner of the State.

                              Pastrami - I've no idea?

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                              1. re: xny556cip
                                MGZ RE: xny556cip Mar 21, 2009 12:30 PM

                                xny - Thanks for the heads up on CIBO. We really enjoyed it. At a time when some of our favorite spots are switching to cheaper cheese, this place was a great treat.

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                                jlsmi2 RE: virtualguthrie Feb 2, 2009 06:40 AM

                                So what did you try? Anything to your liking?

                                1. MGZ RE: virtualguthrie Mar 17, 2009 05:30 AM

                                  I realize this post is old, but for the benefit of anyone searching for similar information, I submit the following information.

                                  First, Jimmy's used to make an excellent pizza. They have, however, recently changed the cheese they use and thereby pretty much ruined the pie. Sad!

                                  Second, Frank's deli on Main Street makes it's own pastrami and corned beef and is certainly worth checking out for a sandwich (or two).

                                  1. njfoodies RE: virtualguthrie Mar 18, 2009 05:33 AM

                                    Richard's sounds wonderful, and looks do-able from the fort for lunch...might have to give it a whirl today! -mJ

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