A Jersey Shore Foodie’s Guide to Jersey Shore Sandwiches

A Jersey Shore Foodie’s Guide to Jersey Shore Sandwiches


The art of making a sandwich can be so simple: take two slices of bread, throw on some meat, cheese, maybe some vegetables, and you’ve got yourself a meal. Well here at the Jersey Shore, we take it up a few notches. We know how to eat, and these incredible Jersey Shore sandwiches prove that we’re not messing around. Cheesesteak, pork roll, Reubens, lobster rolls, and beyond – even a vegan option! – here is our ultimate local’s guide to some of the best Jersey Shore sandwiches in Monmouth and Ocean Counties that are not to be missed.

Have suggestions for us? Leave a comment below! These sandwiches are some of our favorites in Monmouth & Ocean counties, but obviously it’s hard to cover them all. Stay tuned for a follow-up article including some of YOUR favorite Jersey Shore sandwiches!

 

Our Guide to Jersey Shore Sandwiches in Monmouth and Ocean Counties (in no particular order)

jersey shore sandwichesWe’re adding a burger in here because, well, we can and it’s one of the best Jersey Shore sandwiches (turns out, it’s also a good-for-you-burger too). The Ground Bison Burger at Kitch Organic is a special that’s not to be missed. Ground bison is folded in with rich and nutty caramelized onions that’s then topped with horseradish cashew cream, crispy lettuce, and tomato from the garden – served on a KITCH pita. 75 Leighton Avenue, Red Bank 732-741-5400 www.kitchorganic.com

jersey shore sandwichHead to Beach Tavern for lunch and be sure to order this beauty: crispy cod, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickled peppers, house made tartar sauce and old bay fries. Only fitting to chow down on fresh seafood while you take in the beautiful river view. 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach (732) 870-8999 http://beachtavern.net/

jersey shore sandwichWhen you can’t choose one, you bring a friend along so you can do “halfsies” (is that even a word?) Anyway, this summer Rooney’s is bringing the flavor with their Softshell “BLAT.” It’s their take on a classic BLT, but with a pan seared softshell crab in the mix (as well as avocado and green goddess dressing). Then there’s always the classic Lobster Sliders made with fresh claw and knuckle meat. 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-870-1200 rooneysocean.com

jersey shore sandwichA few months ago we featured this literal beast from TST BBQ, The Beast, on our Foodie Bucket Lists and we’re including this ridiculously delicious sandwich here too. Grab a few friends and chow down on 3-31/2 lbs of brisket, chicken, pulled pork, melted cheese, and cole slaw that somehow fits on a toasted garlic bread bun. 910 NJ-36, Leonardo 732-335-8877 http://www.tstbbq.com

If you can pronounce it, you can order it and eat it. The Howwaya at Livoti’s Old World Market is stunning to look at and to eat. A homemade chicken cutlet is topped with breaded and fried eggplant, Prosciutto Di Parma, fresh mozzarella, and some basil pesto. Made in house (at any one of their locations) just for you. 1151 NJ-35, Middletown 732-275-1144, 160 U.S. 9, Englishtown and 1077 NJ-34 (848) 444-9600, Aberdeen Township  https://www.livotisoldworldmarket.com/

jersey shore sandwichThe word is out on Cardinal Provisions and as long as we can get a seat and eat really anything off their menu, we don’t care. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but we will… kind of. The Impossi-Ballz turns a classic meatball sub into a vegan classic that will convert any omnivore while the specials of the day will lure you in and have you debating on your go to’s or the daily special that will undoubtedly knock your socks off (perfect example above). 513 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park 732-898-7194 http://www.crdnal.com/

jersey shore sandwichThe Perfect Pastrami at Hot Bagel’s Brooklyn’s Finest is well… perfect. Hot pastrami made with Kobe Beef, some melted Swiss cheese in between, along with some mustard, and grilled onions on a bagel of your choice (go for the onion) – sounds like sandwich perfection to us. Oh and if you’re a insider with us, you’ll get a free soda and side of macaroni salad, coleslaw, or a bag of chips just because you’re awesome. 368 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-842-07701 http://hotbagelsredbank.com

jersey shore sandwich(OPEN SEASONALLY) Lobster rolls are a touchy subject. Everyone has their preferences for what makes a great one, and what makes a seriously subpar one. Well, when you’re looking at the lobster capital of Red Bank, you can trust they’re going to do a pretty killer job. Boondocks Fishery specializes in lobster, and their lobster roll is definitely one way that they show their prowess. 1 Marine Park, Red Bank (732) 747-7177

jersey shore sandwichWe dare you to get a sandwich from Joe Leone’s just once without getting the craving to go back every day. We try to mix up the sandwiches we order at Joe Leone’s, and this is our current favorite. Grilled Chicken, artichoke, roasted red peppers, grilled onion and Swiss cheese on Joe’s Fresh Grilled Casa Bread. Maybe it’s the bread baked fresh in-house every day, or the perfectly flavored chicken sliced right in front of you, but whatever it is, Joe Leone’s serves some incredible sandwiches. 510 Route 35 South, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 701-0001  https://www.joeleones.com/

jersey shore sandwichWho doesn’t love cheese? You can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches at The Cheese Cave, simply because the cheese is such high quality, and they’re experts – they know exactly what to pair it with so your taste buds go wild. We recommend the Spicy Bird: Roast turkey, habanero cheddar, Fourth Creek sweet red pepper relish & avocado. Cheesy and melty with a little heat. 14 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 842-0796 https://thecheesecave.co/

jersey shore sandwichIt’s very easy to fall into the trap of just visiting Monmouth Meats to grab a steak, roast, burger or something else that needs to be grilled at home to perfection. In between glances at the USDA Prime Ribeyes and the Tomahawk steak, take a look at his sandwich board. Their sandwiches are some of the best around! Our favorite right now is the grilled pork sandwich, with melted fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers and balsamic. It’s perfection in every bite. 112 Monmouth Street, Red Bank (732) 741-5292 http://monmouthmeats.com/

jersey shore sandwichWe came across this goody at Rory’s Pub a few months ago. A grilled chicken sandwich all gussied up with buffalo sauce, cheddar cheese, and some red peppers (you know because vegetables are good for you). If you’re not watching your waistline, order it with fried chicken. Either way, you won’t be missing out. 1124 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright http://www.roryspub.com

JERSEY SHORE SANDWICHWhen ordering a sandwich, you may concentrate on what’s inside. Yes, that’s important, but the exterior is what quite literally, holds it all together. At Dominick’s, you can always count on house made bread, which makes their paninis of all kinds (sorry, we can’t choose just one), one of the best Jersey Shore sandwiches. 2601 East Hurley Pond Road, Wall Twp. 732-280-9255  http://www.dominickspizzeriawallnj.com/

jersey shore sandwichOh the breakfast sandwich. It’s often thrown together without much thought or completely neglected at lunch time. At Divi Tree Coffee, they don’t do either. Crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, juicy tomato, creamy avocado, a freshly baked bagel, and an egg for good measure. It’s what mornings, afternoons, and evenings should be made of (not just on Sundays either!) 2615 Bridge Avenue, Pt. Pleasant 732-206-6275 https://www.divitreecoffee.com/

jersey shore sandwichThe simple Gryo. You may reserve it for Greek festivals and fairs during the summer, but there’s no need to not enjoy it year round. At Simply Greek, they go traditional and flavorful, leaving you with a bit more than you can finish. But that’s ok, leftovers are always delicious. 44 Centennial Drive, Long Branch 732-571-0222 https://www.simplygreekeats.com/

jersey shore sandwichThe most popular sandwich at this LBI staple is the Fat Chegg: buffalo chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, poppers and fries all stuffed into a wrap and served with a side of blue cheese or ranch dressing. While that does sound amazing, you probably won’t want to show off your beach bod to the LBI crowds after chowing down on that. We suggest you go off the beaten path and order their Reuben. Corned beef made in house, sliced thin and piled high with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut & Russian dressing, between two pieces of grilled deli rye bread with fries and a pickle. 207 N Bay Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492-3695 http://492fowl.com/

jersey shore sandwichIt may surprise you that a favorite breakfast joint among the locals does a good, scratch that – great – lobster roll, but Toast has truly impressed us! Fresh lobster meat tossed in a little mayo and lemon, served on a traditional grilled roll with melted butter on the side. Perfection on a plate. 517 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 776-5900; 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 224-1234 http://toastasburypark.com/

jersey shore sandwich Jersey Freeze is way more than ice cream. (Even though you should leave room for that too). When we head there we always go for the Jersey Giant. Yes, it’s a 7oz beef burger, but when you add pork roll, cheese, and fried onions it becomes a sandwich burger (hence its inclusion in this list!) 120 Manalapan Ave, Freehold (732) 462-3008 http://jerseyfreeze1952.com/

jersey shore sandwichMcDonagh’s changes up the sandwiches on special every week, but you can expect to see beauties like this Buffalo Chicken Meatball Parm topped with melted provolone and buffalo ranch sauce (our personal favorite), or the Buffalo Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Cuban Panini, Dublin Lawyer, and Irish Russian. Give the restaurant a call to see what they have on special any given week! 2 West Front Street, Keyport (732) 264-0999 http://www.mcdonaghs.com/

jersey shore sandwichMulberry Street specializes in anything Italian you can think of: prepared foods for the whole family, catered events, beautiful gift baskets, and even a quick lunch. Don’t let the lower-key sandwich go unnoticed among everything else they offer! We suggest this perfectly pressed panini with grilled chicken, sautéed broccoli rabe, roasted peppers & fresh mozzarella. 474 Brick Blvd, Brick (732) 477-4520 https://www.mulberrystreet.net/Home

jersey shore sandwichPair your frosty German beer with an Open Faced Turkey Reuben at Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. This “Haus Spezial” is special for a reason. Russian dressing, emmentaler cheese, sauerkraut, and country toast (with some fries and cucumber salat on the side) turn what was once a diner dish into a restaurant specialty. 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park 732-997-8767  http://www.asburybiergarten.com/

jersey shore sandwichEvenTide is one of our favorite waterfront restaurants, especially in the summer. As you look out over the Shrewsbury River, chow down on their Mahi Wrap, filled with fresh grilled Mahi Mahi, lettuce, tomato, onion, and sriracha mayo, for a little spicy kick. Tastes like summer! 1400 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright (732) 530-1414 http://eventidegrille.com/

jersey shore sandwichWho says meat eaters get to enjoy all the good food? At Via Roma, they have an extensive vegan and gluten free menu including their vegan cheesesteak (above). Omnivores and herbivores will both delight over this updated classic. 2360 Lakewood Dr (Route 9), Toms River (732) 364-1980 http://www.viaromatomsriver.com/

 

In our very humble opinion, a good crabcake consists of about 90-95% fresh crabmeat. Mayo and seasonings are merely a side note, just there to hold the cake together when it fries up in the pan. Add a little sauce, a soft bun, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Klein’s Fish Market and Waterside Café does exactly that. Thank you for bringing crab back to the crabcake sandwich! 708 River Road, Belmar (732) 681-1177 http://www.kleinsfish.com/

jersey shore sandwichIt may not be Irish, but the Portobello Sandwich at McIntyre’s Pub is a pretty impressive Italian impression. They take a beefy portobello mushroom cap, grill it, then top it with tangy roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, lettuce, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette that sops into the Kaiser roll quite nicely. No foccaccia needed here! 1747 Hooper Avenue, Toms River 732-349-0420 https://www.mcintyrespub.com/