The Rose's Special is a very fine hoagie indeed, with both sharp and mild provolone, sopressata, prosciutto, hot capicola, roasted peppers, onions, tomatoes, oregano, and oil. There's nowhere to eat inside Carmen's; it's strictly takeout.
We would place Donkey's steak right up there with the beauties at Steve's. What they have in common is the use of sliced, not chopped, steak. The rolls are smaller but they hold a standard allotment of beef, resulting in a meatier experience. Between the hot sauce and drippy onions and juicy beef, this is one soulful sandwich.
Chick's serves hot and cold sandwiches, soft drinks, and Tastykakes, and that's about the extent of it. The cheesesteaks are exemplary. The meat is chopped and plentiful, the cheese is American, and the roll is sturdy enough to stand up to the onslaught. Ask for some long-hots to be laid across your steak.
Many people claim that Maruca's serves the best slices on the shore. We agree with them. The Maruca's signature is the hypnotic spiral of sauce. Rumor on the boardwalk is that they use a mozzarella/white cheddar combo. We love the grease, which results in an almost buttery taste.
The combination of oily meat, salty cheese, and well-cooked onions, all soaking into the long roll, makes for a truly delicious sandwich that we think stands up to Philly's best. Except this one comes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean! Midway Steak House is on the Seaside Heights boardwalk.
Magnifico's roadside ice cream stand is in a former stand-alone Carvel shop. Stick with pure vanilla in a cone, or as the base of a sundae extravaganza featuring hot caramel or fudge, or an orchard's variety of fruit toppings. There's plenty of attractive seating outside, right by busy NJ-18.
Sabretti's gives you a choice of either Sabrett's or Thumann's brand hot dogs and a crazy variety of toppings that range from traditional sauerkraut and onions to pepper sauces, potatoes and onions (the Italian Stallion), coleslaw, bacon bits, and wasabi.
Vito's Deli is one of Hoboken's premier sandwich makers. Like any Hoboken Italian deli worth its salt, Vito's makes their own mozzarella, and that creamy, delicate cheese finds its way onto most of the sandwiches they construct. The Parma prosciutto, mutz, and basil hero is extraordinary.
The house-made mozzarella is dripping with moisture, a little salty on the surface from its hot bath, sweet and milky within. The clean, delicate dairy flavors are revelatory. The heroes made with this mutz, on Hoboken bread, are highly recommended.