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Sal's Tavern in Red Bank, NJ

juliea Jul 21, 2010 08:59 AM

Does anyone remember going to Sal's Tavern in Red Bank, NJ? I lived in the area as a kid, and still remember their incredible marinara sauce. I am wondering if anyone knows the recipe (or how to get the recipe) for Sal's unique marinara??? I wish the restaurant/tavern were still open!

Any input would be helpful. Thanks!

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    petitgateau Jul 21, 2010 07:46 PM

    Wow! I remember going there as a kid too. I have no idea about the recipe but will ask around and see if anyone I know can come up with it. I've since moved away but will be visiting soon.

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      small h Jul 22, 2010 03:11 PM

      I've eaten there many times, but I don't remember the marinara being all that. The pickled tomatoes, on the other hand...

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        bushwickgirl Jul 22, 2010 09:51 PM

        Pickled tomatoes, pray tell.

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          small h Jul 23, 2010 05:39 AM

          Like any old red sauce Italian, Sal's put out bowls of pickled green tomatoes and hot cherry peppers on each table. They were super-sour, and I remember them being among the best, if not the best, I've ever had. I could go through the entire bowl, easy. They were like a drug.

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            bushwickgirl Jul 23, 2010 11:27 PM

            Ok, thanks, I have not had these in a red sauce Italian specifically, (I guess I'm eating in the wrong Italian place) but I have had them; they are a drug for me also.

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              2chez mike Apr 8, 2013 08:08 PM

              Yeah. Amazing. I forgot about the bowl of pickled green tomatoes and hot cherry peppers. Thanks for the reminder. You'd think they'd be more of an adult taste, but I loved them even as a little kid.

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          HillJ Jul 24, 2010 04:01 PM

          juliea, try posting this on the New Jersey Board to widen your search.
          I remember Sal's very well; their county wide friendly service was legendary and although I felt the marinara was over rated, customers loved the sauce and adored the owners.

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            2chez mike Apr 3, 2013 01:37 PM

            I remember Sal's Tavern. Lived in the area as a kid. They had birch beer on tap, served in beer mugs, for us kids, in the day(1960's). I guess so we could feel like we were grown-ups having a beer. :)

            Very basic, red sauce, old school Italian. Ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, etc. all done very well.

            I remember the heavenly, warmed, Italian bread(crisp on the outside, and fluffy as as a cloud inside) they'd serve in a basket, along with a side of butter patties, with their dinners.

            It was a "tavern" in the true sense of the word.

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              2chez mike Apr 8, 2013 08:21 PM

              Their marinara, as I remember it, was very simple, but good. My guess would be just pureed canned tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, dried basil and oregano.

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