Danny’s Steakhouse Red Bank
Written By: Daniel Murphy
When I opened as Danny’s Italian Restaurant in 1969 there were about 15 restaurants in Red Bank. As I mentally walk through the past the most popular through the 70’s were: Sal’s, The Lil Krut, Luigi’, The Molly Pitcher, The Union House, The In Between, The Oakland Street School, The Palace Diner, The Brothers, Tang’s and one or two more that I can not pull from my memory.
Having grown up in an Italian household, food always played a major roll both for nutrition and social interactions. If you add that I have been in the restaurant business since I was 11 most of my world has evolved around food and restaurants.
Over the past 45 years both mine and about 40% of the American public’s palate has been dramatically educated. This has placed a demand on food service establishments to put out a good quality product or get out. Hence the high mortality rate for restaurants in general.
Named Chefs dominate our culture today; forty five years ago the only known cher was Chef Boyardee. When dining out there are only two types of food, good and mediocre, of course fast food is of no consideration in this article nor is price. It does not matter whether I pay $5 for a hamburger or $35 for an entrée. If the food is mediocre I feel like I tore up the money and threw it out the window. I am sure I am not alone with these feelings.
Dozens if not more restaurants have come and gone in this area over the past forty five years. The good news is that we are in great shape for restaurants in Red Bank today. I am very impressed with the number and the variety of eateries. I dine out for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, meaning dinner mostly here at Danny’s or at one of the 90 something places in town. In the coming months I would like to write about local places, many of which are in the locations that housed the restaurants of our past.
Come out and enjoy the restaurants weeks coming out in Red Bank and Monmouth County in the coming Months.