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French Dip Sandwich - Central Jersey

jethro Sep 14, 2011 10:21 AM

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. Deb Van D RE: jethro Sep 14, 2011 11:20 AM

    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.

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

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      littlejohnnie RE: jethro Sep 14, 2011 12:16 PM

      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.

      1. Tapas52 RE: jethro Sep 14, 2011 01:23 PM

        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.


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          MichelleM131 RE: Tapas52 Sep 14, 2011 04:22 PM

          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.

          Pour House
          640 Shrewsbury Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701

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            Deb Van D RE: MichelleM131 Sep 15, 2011 04:21 AM

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

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              MichelleM131 RE: Deb Van D Sep 15, 2011 01:48 PM

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

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              JustJake RE: MichelleM131 Sep 15, 2011 09:54 AM

              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.

              Pour House
              640 Shrewsbury Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701

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

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                MichelleM131 RE: JustJake Sep 15, 2011 01:49 PM

                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.

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

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                  littlejohnnie RE: MichelleM131 Oct 1, 2011 07:45 AM

                  Yes, Main St was sold and the quality isn't what it used to be.

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            yCf RE: jethro Sep 15, 2011 05:17 AM

            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.

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              joonjoon RE: jethro Sep 15, 2011 10:10 AM

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

              56 English Plz, Red Bank, NJ 07701

              1. njfoodies RE: jethro Sep 29, 2011 05:20 AM

                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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                  Tapas52 RE: njfoodies Sep 29, 2011 07:03 AM

                  NIck"s Roast beef in Philly is worth the trip.......


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                    GraydonCarter RE: njfoodies Oct 1, 2011 02:51 AM

                    > 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.

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                    Heatherb RE: jethro Oct 1, 2011 06:18 AM

                    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.

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

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                      Tapas52 RE: Heatherb Oct 1, 2011 07:36 AM

                      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..

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