LONG BRANCH: Skip and Donna Ross’ newest business venture brings something unique and delicious to the city’s oceanfront.
The husband and wife team opened Dive In Cafe on July 27 at 200 Ocean Blvd. North and have been serving up delicious sandwiches, salads, fish, breakfast items and comfort food to those with a craving for satisfying grub.
“It’s all about comfort food; pierogi, meatballs, southern fried chicken,” Skip said. “It’s food you want to dive into.”
He said all his hot meals including chicken cordon bleu and meatloaf are homemade and that all of the cafe’s sandwiches are piled high with Boar's Head brand cold cuts.
“I make real New York-style sandwiches," he said. "You know you’ve eaten one my subs."
Those sandwiches include grease truck subs, inspired by the ones made famous at Rutgers University.
They include some truly unique combinations including the Miles Davis which has chicken tenders, mozzarella, mozzarella sticks, french fries, mayo, ketchup, lettuce and tomato on a 7-inch sub.
Skip said he and head chef John O’ Connell are coming up with new sandwiches all the time. One of their latest creations is the Father Guido Sarducci, which has roast pork, broccoli rage and provolone on garlic bread.
This is not Skip and Donna’s first eatery as they previously owned a restaurant called the Sand Witch Shop for over 6 years in Highlands.
The Sand Witch Shop was one of Hurricane Sandy’s victims but Skip and Donna were able to rebuild it and open it again in January, 2013.
However, a lease dispute caused them to look for a new location and they finally settled on Long Branch.
“There’s much more traffic here, better exposure and more permanent residents,” Skip said. “I think I have a good future in Long Branch.”
He said he hopes Dive In Cafe brings something unique to people in the area.
“We’re bringing an alternate source for them to get some good food,” he said.
Dive in Cafe is open from Wednesday-Monday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and is closed on Tuesday.