Two weeks ago I rode with Peter Genovese in the New Jersey Star-Ledger's Munchmobile, with four other munchers to decide the best sub sandwiches in the state. The Munchmobile article is online here.
Our last stop was Tastee's in Edison, where President Obama went for a sub. They're a flat slice place like Perry's. Not bad, but more typical Jersey and less special, I thought. Pete loves the place. I think that has a lot to do with history. Their bread is good and their pepperoni & cheese sub was a knockout. I don't think anyone steered Obama wrong by bringing him there for a quintessential Jersey sub, but stuff like their Italian combo were less memorable than others. The tuna was very good. I've had a lot of watery, bland tuna from sub shops but every stop we went to made it fresh, chunky and tasty. Tastee's had a slicer malfunction while we were there and swapped out the machine in about a minute. They know what they're doing. Their peppery capicola, while not as authentic as Benanti's, still tasted damn good.
Pete was kind enough to leave out the fact that the Avenue Deli in New Providence closed 15 minutes early and missed their chance at Munchmobile glory. Any place that closes early on a Saturday can't be doing a lot of business; every other place was jammed; Tastee's had a dinner crowd. So, sour grapes it may be, but that's what you get for closing early when the hungry dog comes sniffing around.
Salami's picks are:
Favorite 3 sandwiches:
The Delinquent at Mr. Sub in Union
Roast Beef sub at Just Sandwiches in Glen Ridge
Anything with mozzarella and peppers on it at Benanti's in Bayonne
My favorite stop? I've been to Just Sandwiches twice since, because I live close by. They also make a killer #3, turkey, salami and provolone, and a good tuna melt. The roast beef is still great. However, the place we all ate too much at and the one I wish was next door is...
1) Benanti's Delicatessen, 16 West 22nd Street, Bayonne.
2) Just Sandwiches, 855 Bloomfield Ave. Glen Ridge.
3) Mr. Sub, 641 Chestnut St. Union.
4) Tastee's Sub Shop, 267 Plainfield Ave. Edison.
5) Oldwick General Store, 57 Main St. Oldwick.
6) Perry's Sub Shack & Deli, 312 Main St. Hackettstown.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
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