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Sandwiches in Monmouth County

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  1. Here's two to start:

    Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese from the Seabreeze in Spring Lake Heights.

    Well done, pastrami reuben from Kelly's in Neptune.

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    1. re: MGZ

      "Beef Sandwich" at Shanghai Bun Matawan NJ

      Torta "Cubano" at El Oaxaqueno Long Branch NJ

      Veal Cutlet Parmigiana Hero at Joannes Ocean View Bakery Long Branch NJ

    2. Carne Enchilada Cemita at North Of The Border in Red Bank.
      Italian Grilled Cheese at Hudson Cafe in Atlantic Highlands.
      Pastrami on Rye at Jerry & Harvey's in Englishtown.

      1. Anything from The Cheese Cave in Red Bank or Carluccio's Heros in Marlboo.

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          1. re: Angelina

            ***Warning to anyone who goes to Carluccio's, do NOT get a whole sub thinking you can finish it******

            My first time there I ordered a whole figuring I was hungry I could handle it. I ordered a fried chicken cutlet, eggplant, mozzarella, when the guy handed it to me it literally weighed 5lbs. It was like $23. and I couldn't finish half. It was lunch for 3 days.

        1. Tailercios in Middletown makes a great sandwich. Packed full of meat and a great number of combinations.


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          1. re: coldsolderjoint

            Another vote for Taliercio's. A half sub there feeds two people easily. We bring them to Rutgers Football games all the time for a halftime snack.

            1. re: scrappyone

              3rd vote for Taliercios

              A few not so well know places....

              Oceanview makes some solid sandwiches too in Long Branch.

              here is a hole in the wall place.....not sure this place is even open but the "bomber" at bevaquas in north middletown was killer (porkroll, egg cheese and hashbrown on an awesome roll.)

              I had a cheesesteak a few weeks ago at the pizza place next to the shoprite in west long branch...pretty damn good for around here.

              Phillys in atlantic highlands has a nice roast pork, broc rabe and sharp provolone sandwich.

              1. re: corvette johnny

                Bevaqua's is still there, but I'm pretty sure the ownership has changed hands. The famed 'Bomber' really had no 'pop' to it. A microwaved hashbrown patty, an overcooked egg, a few slices of undercooked pork roll, and some cheese.
                Bagel Time in Matawan, on the corner of Rt. 79 & 516 has been turning out a great breakfast sandwiches, on bagels of course.

                1. re: Herm

                  I haven't been there in years but I recall it was a lot better than you describe. Sounds like it has gone down hill. The bagel station has a good one in red bank

              1. re: coldsolderjoint

                Have worked in Middletown for many years but never heard of Taliercio's until this thread.

                Stopped by for lunch the other day, and had the "Healthy Choice" sub (hero roll). They cut it into two parts for me.....one to eat there in the store at a table, and the other 'to-go' which I put in the refrigerator for lunch the next day. Both meals were excellent quality & taste, and a good value for the price !

                I'm looking forward to eating there again soon. Very glad someone mentioned this as a good place to get a sandwich.

                { On an unrelated note, I was pleased to see there was a Trek bicycle store in the same plaza....never knew that was back there either. If you're a bicycle rider, might be worth checking it out }

              2. I had a tuna melt today at Jersey Freeze in Freehold that was ethereal. Wife had a hamburger with pork roll that she loved.

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                1. re: MarlboroMan

                  I've passed that place many times and from the name I assumed they only had ice cream. I'll have to stop in for food some day.

                  1. re: ebchower

                    They sell ice cream & "ice cream stand" type of items at the walk-up (indoor) counter on the west end of the building.

                    The remainder of the building has separate entrances, and is more of a traditional sit-down place to eat with booths, tables, etc. and a menu to match....although you can also order food to-go there.

                    1. re: bakersma

                      I know this is a sandwich thread but the fried chicken wings from Jersey Freeze is excellent.

                  2. re: MarlboroMan

                    They are still open? I heard they sold and some "national" was building there.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      Yes, still open....Google "News Transcript Jersey Freeze" to see some of the past news items related to this --- every couple of years going back all the way to 2000 or thereabouts.

                  3. Brennan's Delicatessen - Many great choices & daily specials at both locations - Oakhurst & Rumson

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                    1. Fried Eggplant - AJ's Deli Shrewsbury
                      Any breakfast sandwich - Willow Deli Little Silver
                      Tuna Sub - Nino's Oakhurst
                      Fried Fish Sanwich - Brennan's Oakhurst

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                      1. re: JustJakeHere

                        I love the roast beef sandwiches from Willow Deli. Grew up in LS and always got them with lettuce, onions and mayo. Total yum!

                      2. Extra fatty pastrami on rye from Richard's in Long Branch.

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                        1. re: joonjoon

                          With the best macaroni salad on the side!!

                          1. re: joonjoon

                            Joon, I tried richards and it was definitely good. Do you just ask for "fatty pastrami" when you order or is there a certain sandwich you get?

                            1. re: corvette johnny

                              Yep, I just ask for the fattiest pastrami they got. Usually it's excellent, some times it comes out weird and lean though.

                              1. re: joonjoon

                                Thanks joon. Where is your go to spot for pastrami locally?

                          2. Irv's Deli in Neptune is wonderful! Great corned beef and pastrami!!!!

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                              1. I got a sandwich from this place yesterday...pretty good spot in long branch. It was my first time so you guys might want to check it out


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                                1. re: corvette johnny

                                  Great food. Love the #1 hot sub with sausage peppers & onions.

                                  1. re: wizard2

                                    I like that their sandwiches are served with a small container of macaroni salad & a pickle...

                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                      I'm bumping this up from the dead. Any good ones lately folks?

                                      lately I've been getting a few good ones at giannas in Atlantic highlands. The rueben and Cuban sandwich have been some winnwrs.The "atlantic highlands" which i believe is number1, is a very solid sandwich. its a very tasty and well balanced Italian sub....great prosciutto and not over powered by a ton of salami like you normally find.

                                2. Am curious if there are particular preferences out there for submarine sandwich construction. I'm specifically referring to the "rolled meat" Vs. "flat meat" sub styles.

                                  It's a pet peeve of mine but I have issues with those shops that only partially slice open the bread, lay it flat then lay out the meat and cheese on BOTH the top and bottom slices of bread. The veggies and other toppings & dressing are then laid flat on top of the whole shebang. The problem is that when the sandwich is then folded closed and properly wrapped (a truly good sub requires being correctly wrapped tight as a drum in butcher paper) the meat and cheeses roll over and the veggies and toppings get squeezed out of one side.

                                  Compare this to a sub that starts out slicing the bread all the way through. The meat and cheese are layered on the BOTTOM slice of bread, then the veggies, toppings and dressings are placed on top. The top slice of bread then tops off the sandwich is then pressed and wrapped. With this mode of construction the layers of meat, cheese, toppings and greens remain evenly distributed. This is my preferred style of sub construction.

                                  Any thoughts?

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                                  1. re: equal_Mark

                                    I agree Mark....I like it all flat. .bread cut all the way thru that's a proper
                                    Hero Sandwich Imo.

                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                      Yes! I hate the partial cut sub construction. It inevitably leads to bites where all you get is the lettuce/tomato/onion followed by a bite of all meat/cheese.

                                      Slice your damn bread through!!

                                      1. re: joonjoon

                                        Even worse if anyone remembers the first "Original Subway" would cut a Wedge out of the Top of the bread and then put the meats, lettuce, tomato, etc, flat inside wedge and then replace the wedge of bread on top Grrrrrrrrr!

                                        1. re: Tapas52

                                          Wow.....I have a vague memory of that. Maybe that was the last time I've been to a subway. lol How long ago was that?

                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            I am amazed that subway stays in business.

                                            1. re: corvette johnny

                                              Not just stays in business but thrives! I just read an article recently that they have double the locations of Mc Donalds. Staggering in my opinion, especially under the ruse of "Eat Fresh". I have witnessed one fairly local to me (Rt. 35 Eatontown) that closed. You don't see that very often. Although a Wendy's roughly a 1/4 mile up the road also closed. Probably victims of the Ft. Monmouth closure.

                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                The Eatontown Wendy's was always busy right up until they closed. It was a case of serious mismanagement and had nothing to do with the closure of Ft. Monmouth

                                          2. re: Tapas52

                                            Yeah that was so stupid! I really wish Blimpie won out in the sub chain over Subway. I actually really enjoy the blimpie best (their version of the everything italian sub). The Italian/pizza joints always seem to overload it with meat.

                                            1. re: joonjoon

                                              Italian/Pizza joints - the Subs/Heroes from these type of places, are exactly what I was thinking of when I read the posts above about not cutting the bread all the way through. The comments about one bite being all meat & the next all lettuce, tomato & onion, left out the 'Trough effect' - when the meat & cheese create a liquid barrier that allows the oil & vinegar to run out the bottom when you try to eat it. Maybe the pizza joints cut the bread for cold subs wrong, because that would be the preferred way, I would think, for a meatball or sausage sub? As far as chain sub shops, I'm glad I live in a town where there are 2 solid independent sub shops - just like most towns in NJ.

                                      2. Oceanview today folks...

                                        Just got done polishing off a fried chicken cutlet, roasted pepper and fresh moz sub with balsamic....so good. I haven't had one in ages. Go try one....trust me :)

                                        They seems to have gotten smaller but the flavor is there.

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                                        1. re: corvette johnny

                                          They have Vette. The matriarch is sharp. Food costs are up and she slices just a little less cut onto your sandwich of late. Can't blame them as their prices have remained pretty stable.

                                        2. Hudson Cafe in Atlantic Highlands. Small lunch menu, with great sandwich specials. If the Italian pulled pork sandwich is on the menu, consider yourself lucky & order it. Excellent breakfast too.


                                          1. Here's another one and one that I just had for the first time. Sickles Deli in LS.

                                            I had the Spicy Turk Jerk this past week. While their prepared food is seriously out of whack, the sandwich prices are what you'd expect to find at a Brennans, a Nino's et al and there's some 'serious weight' to their offerings.

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                                            1. re: JustJake2

                                              Now that I think about it the Best Pork Roll Egg & Cheese I like is at Jody's in the Collingswood Flea market ...Big & Delicious.

                                              1. re: Tapas52

                                                I've recently become a fan of Riverside Cafe's (previously of Red Bank, currently Rt 35 Oakhurts) pork roll egg and cheese. Actually I'm a fan of all their breakfasts!

                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                  I believe you mean River's Edge Cafe and I'm a big fan of their breakfasts as well.

                                              2. re: JustJake2

                                                Which of Sickles prepared foods is "out of whack?" Never had an issue there.

                                                1. re: equal_Mark

                                                  meant most of their produce and specialty foods.

                                              3. Just had a bite of my friend's chicken sandwich from Taste of Italy in Ocean. I normally like a light and fluffy Italian bread on my subs, but they use a dense and hearty bread with a lot of chew. It was delicious! I plan on going back for a sandwich, just for the bread.

                                                1. Wow I forgot this....

                                                  Went to sals in shrewsbury and had the Roma......outrageously good sub with top notch Brooklyn bread. I was talking to the manager there about bread and he agreed with that th bread makes the sub....cool guy.

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                                                  1. re: corvette johnny

                                                    +1 on the bread its everything with a sandwich.

                                                    But Sals reviews aren't that great?


                                                    1. re: Tapas52

                                                      I don't care for yelp. I find that the best food is often where great ratings are not. Yelp folks seem to be all about being popular and making friends.

                                                      I think joon summed it up with his "yum factor"

                                                      I dont mind paying for delicious food. I just want it to be worth it.

                                                      As for sals....i can assure you that the Roma is a solid sub

                                                      1. re: corvette johnny

                                                        I agree I like to form opinions after I eat there myself....good or bad.
                                                        Sal's is on my radar now.

                                                        1. re: corvette johnny

                                                          I quit going to Sal's like a dozen years ago when I worked at the Fort. Had limited time for lunch and they were sooo slow. Would call ahead to order, get there 20 minutes later and end up having to wait another 20 minutes to be served. May have to give it another try now that time is not so much an issue.

                                                          1. re: equal_Mark

                                                            Joanne's Ocean View Bakery on Morris Ave in Long Branch always makes great Italian sandwiches also.....
                                                            one of my favorite places for Chicken Parm.
                                                            just sayin'..


                                                            1. re: equal_Mark

                                                              yeah I remember this too mark. It is a mad house during lunch hours. I went around 6:30 this time. Next time I am going to try a fresh mozz, roasted pepper and parma prosciutto. That is what the manager recommended. He says the parma is where it's at. At over 20 a pound for parma I am sure it will boost the price of sub. I am curious to see how much it will run.

                                                              1. re: corvette johnny

                                                                If I remember correctly Sal's bread just has way too much sesame for my taste. :/

                                                                1. re: joonjoon

                                                                  I really liked Sal & Drews, the original name/partnership of this location. Once it became just "Sal's Original" it became more a deli, than Italian deli/market. The deli selections, subs etc. remained solid but many of the prepared foods went down hill. They also opened a family style restaurant which failed after only a year or two.

                                                                  I prefer both Aleo's in Lincroft (Italian deli) or Pat's Market (regular deli/meat store) for their sandwiches/subs to Sal's.

                                                                  1. re: equal_Mark

                                                                    Mark, that's the one. I will try it next time with the parma.

                                                                    Man I hit harolds the other day. Talk about gluttony.

                                                                  2. re: corvette johnny

                                                                    That could be a gamble. Tried to order a sub from Sal's a few days ago around 5:30 and they had already run out of bread...

                                                                2. re: corvette johnny

                                                                  I don't like yelp either . A few years ago I posted some questions about Arizona on there and the replies were downright nasty and should have been pulled . What's their problem???

                                                            2. Drew from the original Sal & Drew's opened up a store (like the original one) in Spring Lake Heights. And although Drew died a couple years ago, it has remained true to the original with great prepared foods and fresh meats.

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                                                              1. re: SusieQQ

                                                                Well which "original" are you referring to? Before Drew was partners with "Sal and Drew" he had an excellent slightly larger location in East Brunswick on Cranberry Rd. I don't remember the name of that location but Sal and Drews was very similar to it in it's prime.

                                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                  I wasn't aware that Drew had a store in E. Brunswick. I started going to the Shrewsbury store when I had a recommendation for his Fillet Mignon Roast for Christmas dinner. After he left I ordered one from Sal and was severely disappointed so I tracked Drew down to his new location.

                                                              2. Love the subs from Dearborn Farms.
                                                                French Dip from the In Between Cafe
                                                                Patty Melt from Bond Street Bar
                                                                New one .
                                                                My new place for a cheesesteak is Zinos Pizza Middletown. Best I've had since Ciao Bella went out of business.
                                                                Does anyone know if the Lubrano brothers of Ciao Bella opened up anywhere?

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                                                                1. re: livingloving

                                                                  Do you mean zonis?

                                                                  To my knowledge ceasar hasn't opened back up.

                                                                  I will have to try this French dip too.

                                                                  1. re: livingloving

                                                                    I've heard that Ciao Bella is looking to reopen on Rt. 36 in Middletown/Keansburg, (I'm not really sure where the border between the two towns is) It's on the corner of Southbound Rt. 36 & Euclid Ave. There has been construction going on in the building since right around the time that Ciao Bella closed.
                                                                    Here's an attempt at a street view of the building.


                                                                    1. re: drubenero

                                                                      Is this the spot right near the vfw? The waitress told me he was looking at that building before they closed.

                                                                      1. re: corvette johnny

                                                                        Yes, I'm pretty sure there is a VFW right near there.

                                                                  2. Here's two thoughts: The cemitas at North of the Border at to die for: especially the carne enchilada Also, if you consider soft tacos a sandwich, their port tacos are absolutely incredible!!

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                                                                    1. re: sockster

                                                                      Love the Cemitas at NOTB, especially the carne enchilada, Tortas too. Just looking back on this thread, I posted the same about that cemita near the top. One of my all-time favorite sandwiches.

                                                                      After reading some of this thread earlier today, I made a trip to Ocean View Bakery in Long Branch. Great Meatball Sub, that was the standout, also tried the Chicken Parm, the #1, and a Genoa Salami, Fresh Mozz & Roast Pepper sub. All really good.