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French Dip Sandwich - Central Jersey

I loved the sandwich at Tavern on the Lake in Hightstown, NJ, but it's not on the menu anymore. Has anyone had one that is to die for in Middlesex or Mercer Counties? I also travel a lot so if you've had one in another county, please advise - I'LL DRIVE FOR A GOOD ONE!

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  1. Neither in Middlesex nor Mercer, but Monmouth: when they re-open after flood damage, I really recommend the "Dip This" at Sallee Tee's in Monmouth Beach. It is my favorite sandwich there (little frizzled onions on top and respectable jus) and I like a lot of the sandwiches very much. I'm not a fan of the dinner menu but have hope that new ownership may make changes for the better. Same chef and general manager so the quality should at least remain the same.

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    Sallee Tee's Grille
    33 West St, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750

    1. Stay away from Houlihan's. At least for the French Dip. Although most of their food was fine, the French Dip was so extremely salty it hurt my mouth.
      http://www.dinetheshore.blogspot.com

      1. The Miracle Pub in Toms River has one of the best rib eye sandwiches au jus.... I was there last night and great as ever....in fact they have some of the best pub food in Ocean County IMO. And on Sunday they have a fantastic BRUNCH for only $11.99 also which includes a drink too.

        http://miraclesportspub.com/

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        1. re: Tapas52

          I don't know if Sallee Tee's is open right now, as they sustained major damage in the hurricane. However, The Pour House in Shrewsbury has French Dip on the menu. I've never had it, but I do enjoy their burgers, for what it's worth. When I was little, I used to get the French Dip at Huddy's in Colts Neck, but I haven't been there in about twenty years.

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          Pour House
          640 Shrewsbury Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701

          1. re: MichelleM131

            They're not open. That's why I said "when they re-open after flood damage"

            1. re: Deb Van D

              Sorry Deb. Must've been in a daze as I was reading your post.

            2. re: MichelleM131

              Michelle, the Pour House, Main St (Ocean/Asbury) and I'm sure the Sitting Duck (LB), who are pretty much owned by the same proprietor all make 'bangin' French Dip au jus samwiches. I haven't had one, but my oldest and my wife had this one on their short list should we ever stop in.

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              Pour House
              640 Shrewsbury Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701

              Sitting Duck Restaurant
              104 Myrtle Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

              1. re: JustJake

                I think Main St was sold a little while back but the other two are still owned by the same proprietor. Didn't think about the Sitting Duck even though I ate there last week! Good call.

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                Sitting Duck Restaurant
                104 Myrtle Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

                1. re: MichelleM131

                  Yes, Main St was sold and the quality isn't what it used to be.
                  http://www.dinetheshore.blogspot.com

          2. I am no expert on French Dip but I like the one in Nordstorm Cafe. I also remembering having one I like in Joe's American Bar & Grill in Short Hills Mall.

            1. Inbetween Cafe in Red Bank makes a damn good French Dip. Probably tops in our area.

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              Inbetween
              56 English Plz, Red Bank, NJ 07701

              1. I've yet to find a great French dip here. We had a place growing up in Barrington, IL called Dee's dips that used to have the best French dips. The place was tiny, and I have so many great memories about the place. Wish it were still around! I'd visit every time I went home! -mJ

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                  1. re: njfoodies

                    > Barrington, IL called Dee's dips that used to have the best French dips
                    I wonder how much difference there is between a French Dip sandwich and a Chicago-style Italian Beef (Big Al's) "wet" ... or even a Maryland-style Pit Beef sandwich. I know there are differences, but all three are basically a big pile of very juicy, thinly sliced beef.

                  2. I've always thought the one at the Plumsted Grill on 539 was good. It's what I get every time I go there. They have sweet potato fries too, so I'm even happier. In fact, that was where my family took me for a big lunch when I was leaving.

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                    Plumsted Grill
                    457 County Highway 539 N, New Egypt, NJ 08533

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                    1. re: Heatherb

                      I was at the Plumsted the other night and had the French dip lots of beef but the au jus was weak try the Miracle bar in TR sometime when you have a chance they make a great one besides their other menu items..