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pat's steaks (and soup) stone harbor NJ

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pat's steaks (and soup) stone harbor NJ

donna gresh | Aug 28, 2005 11:57 AM

I just got back from vacation, and thought I'd mention this place in case anyone is headed down toward (way) south jersey before the end of summer.

We always stop in at some point during our annual week-long stay in stone harbor (exit 10, Garden State Pkwy). It's on the main street leading into town, right near the wetlands institute, on the right side of the road as you go into town. You'd probably never think to stop there; looks like a real greasy spoon (which I guess it is); we stopped in the first time as he advertises cheese steaks, which I get periodic cravings for.

His cheesesteaks are fine, but what you really go to this place for is the soups, homemade by pat, who's a sweet man of about 85 years old who will not let you out of his shop without trying some. He works by himself, manning the stove and the counter. He makes things like she-crab soup, clam chowder, lobster bisque (changes day to day). Not cheap- $6 a bowl if I recall, but absolutely delicious. We always buy a quart or two frozen to bring home for later.

Give it a try! (especially since one never knows when Pat might retire; we always look for his shop with a sinking heart that it might not be there anymore)

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