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Best Of NJ’s Favorite Brunch Spots in New Jersey

Best Of NJ’s Favorite Brunch Spots in New Jersey

Whether you’re looking for a casual morning out or something more upscale, New Jersey has a brunch restaurant for everyone. Our friends at Best of NJ put together a list of their favorite brunch spots in New Jersey — check them out!

Amanda’s Restaurant

Location: 908 Washington St, Hoboken
Details: Who is Amanda? She’s the granddaughter of the restaurant’s original owner, of course. Amanda’s credits its popularity to polite service and comfortable elegance. At brunch, you can order items like banana pancakes with whipped cream and dulce de leche; or try the prosciutto di parma house made focaccia bread.
Why I like it: It’s a prime location in downtown Hoboken. This makes Amanda’s a great spot for people-watching on the weekend.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Country Café

Location: 436 Pulis Ave, Franklin Lakes
Details: This café has been a go-to spot in Bergen County for decades. Breakfast burritos and French toast, as well as many other brunch staples, all find a home here. In fact, it’s been dubbed the “place where friends meet” by customers. Menu classics include the Taylor ham omelet (with horseradish and cheddar cheese) and the baked apple pancakes. They also offer outdoor dining as well.
Why I like it: Country Café uses ingredients from local farms when possible; so you’re actually supporting two local businesses for the price of one.
More info: Click here to visit the website or you can click here to give them a call.


Country Pancake House and Restaurant

Location: 140 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood
Details: Doggie boxes are readily available at this always-packed, cash-only venue in downtown Ridgewood, one of the most popular brunch spots in New Jersey. Choose from more than 20 kinds of French toast, including Gouda cheese; there’s also the Monte Cristo (grilled ham, turkey and Swiss cheese). In addition, peanut butter and sweet potato are among the 50 versions of Belgian waffles you can order.
Why I like it: There is something for everyone on the huge menu. For instance, kids will love the Oreo cookie pancakes!
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Farmhouse Café & Eatery

Location: 301 Center Ave, Westwood
Details: The original Cresskill location is currently closed due to a fire, but Westwood’s Farmhouse Cafe is open. They serve brunch all day on weekends and use free-range eggs for all egg dishes. Fan-favorite menu items include avocado toast on toasted seven-grain bread, and homemade turkey or veggie burgers.
Why I like it: The expansive breakfast menu means you can enjoy all your morning favorites at one of our favorite brunch spots in New Jersey. But they also have burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Grand Lux Cafe

Location: 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd, Paramus 07652
Details:
 When you need a break from weekend shopping at the mall, Grand Lux Cafe serves many brunch favorites. The menu includes classics like Huevos Rancheros and Fried Chicken and Waffles, or you can try something different; they also have Smoked Salmon Benedict and Breakfast Beignets. In general, the menu matches the upscale-casual aesthetic.
Why I like it: Because no brunch is complete without cocktails, Grand Lux Cafe offers six brunch-time exclusives. (In addition to their full cocktail menu.) Popular picks include the Lux Aperol Spritz and Spicy Mary.
More info: Click here to visit the website or you can click here to give them a call.


Sweet Basil’s Cafe & Grill

Location: 498 South Livingston Ave, Livingston
Details: You’ll find fresh produce and 100-percent hormone-free meat here. Some popular dishes include shrimp benedict and the southwest breakfast wrap; but don’t sleep on the tasty pancake varieties like their Whiskey “R&B” Pancakes; featuring whiskey-soaked raisins with caramelized bananas in a pomegranate caramel sauce.
Why I like it: Sweet Basil’s can tweak just about any order. For instance, they can make many items gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Blue Cafe

Location: 60 South Finley Ave, Basking Ridge
Details: The Blue Cafe offers all-day breakfast and lunch Tuesdays through Sundays. These use ingredients from local farms to make all their dishes, such as Ricotta lemon pancakes with fresh berries. They also offer family-style trays that are great for groups and serve 4-6 people.
Why I like it: Blue Cafe has a great kids menu; with choices ranging from Nutella french toast to a burger and fries.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Hatch 44

Location: 140 Durham Ave, Metuchen
Details: Hatch 44 makes life deliciously difficult with so many great options to choose from as one of the best of the brunch spots in New Jersey. For example, their Coquito Brioche Toast dips Brioche bread in eggnog batter and stuffs it with eggnog cream. Meanwhile, their most popular dish is the Avo Toast; two farm fresh sunny side up eggs, seasoned mashed avocado, feta, and sriracha mayo on multi-grain bread.
Why I like it: Their Sweet & Salty Oats are out of this world; it’s a salted caramel oatmeal bowl topped with fried cinnamon, bananas, and berries.
More info: Click here to visit the website or you can click here to give them a call.


Market Roost

Location: 65 Main St, Flemington
Details: Market Roost’s special Saturday brunch menu includes omelettes, crabcakes, potato pancakes, corned beef hash, and more. One standout is the Kahlua French toast with Vermont maple syrup and toasted almonds. In addition, all brunch entrees come with fresh fruit and toast. Check their social media for the latest updates to their brunch schedule.
Why I like it: They serve chef specials each weekend, as well as the menu they display online.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Mulberry House

Location: 415 Westfield Ave, Westfield
Details: Mulberry House serves brunch in a truly unique setting, a restored Victorian home. You’ll find seating throughout the house, including the outdoor patio. Meanwhile, the menu offers familiar favorites such as scones, eggs, and more. If you bring your own champagne, your server can provide what you need to make mimosas.
Why I like it: This spot offers creative takeout in the form of their Tea Party in a Box.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Orchard Park by David Burke

Location: 670 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick
Details: The town of East Brunswick is already home to a landmark wedding venue, the Park Chateau Estate & Gardens. Now, the Park Chateau’s owners are teaming with Celebrity Chef David Burke to create a new restaurant experience next door. On the ground floor of the brand new, luxurious Chateau Grande Hotel, you’ll find Orchard Park by David Burke. The menu offers sizable portions of signature dishes, which include appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
More info: Click here to visit the website or you can click here to give them a call.


Rat’s Restaurant

Location: 16 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton
Details: You’ll find this award-winning brunch spot at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture. Of course, this means you can dine amid Impressionist-inspired sculptures, as well as a bridge and lily pond. Enjoy a handcrafted Bloody Mary while you select from a menu of salads, artisanal cheese, iced seafood, and more.
Why I like it: The ambiance will make you feel like you’re a time traveler; heading back to Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Rhythm & Spirits

Location: 129 South Tennessee Ave, Atlantic City
Details: Rhythm & Spirits serves food, pizza, and cocktails with an Italian flair. They serve weekend Brunch between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, with yummy items like Nouveau Irish Nachos; BBQ kettle chips, corned beef, crumbled goat cheese, pickled chilies, and curry gravy with two sunny side up eggs. In addition, weekly specials include $3 mimosas and $5 pizzas.
Why I like it: When not facing a pandemic, Rhythm & Spirits features live entertainment while you dine.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


I’m A Local Beach House Cafe

Location: 300 Broadway Ave, Point Pleasant Beach
Details: I’m A Local Cafe serves their full breakfast and lunch menu all day on weekends. Of course, this includes omelettes, wraps, pancakes, salads, soups, and smoothies, all fresh and made to order. In particular, we think you should try the Hank Over; a fried egg sandwich with pork roll, bacon, hash browns, and American cheese on a hard roll. This spot features both indoor and outdoor dining options.
Why I like it: I’m A Local Cafe is only open for dining on the weekends during off-season. Despite this, they always offer takeout on weekdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


The Mad Batter Restaurant

Location: 19 Jackson St, Cape May
Details: Mad Batter opened long before Cape May became home to its now famous bustling gourmet scene. In fact, The Mad Batter credits itself with starting the Cape May restaurant scene. Here, gluten-free guests get an entire menu of their own with items such as pizza, burgers, and soups. Meanwhile, brunch fans can enjoy oatmeal pancakes, Mad Batter Benedict, or the Morgan Rostie.
Why I like it: Given the gluten-free menu, it’s a perfect choice for large groups with special dietary needs.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Molly Pitcher Inn

Location: 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank
Details: The Molly Pitcher Inn is closed for January and February of 2021, but will reopen in March. The Molly Pitcher Inn is famous for their Sunday brunch (especially as a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day treat). They offer contemporary American cuisine as well as views of the Navesink River. From carved meats to an assortment of food stations, there’s no way you’ll leave hungry.
Why I like it: Special holiday brunch menus mean you don’t have to cook at home.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Toast

Location: 700 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair; 516 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park; or 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank
Details: “Peace, Love, Pancakes.” was Toast’s mantra when it first opened the doors of its Montclair location in 2007. They are famous for creative pancake dishes like red velvet and carrot cake. But you’ll also find options like sandwiches, wraps, salads, and omelets; as well as their fan favorite Bella Nutella French toast.
Why I like it: In addition to the everyday brunch items, Toast concocts daily specials; from Lucky Charms Pancakes to Hawaii Hash.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Braddock’s Tavern

Location: 39 South Main St, Medford
Details: Weekends at Braddock’s feature classic brunch fare (but you should check their menu for recent updates). In addition to indoor dining, they also have a large heated tent plus tables and heaters along Main Street. One unique menu option is the Bucket List; potatoes, bacon, egg, cheese, and onion together in one dish.
Why I like it: If you’re not a fan of brunch (how’d you read this far???), they also offer a standard lunch menu as well.
More info: Click here to visit the website or you can click here to give them a call.


Kitchen 519

Location: 200 East Evesham Rd, Glendora
Details: Kitchen 519 is not currently open for Sunday brunch, due to reduced hours. But brunch should be back in the near future. Kitchen 519 is always busy because of the delicious, modern American food. Weekend brunch faves include chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and a crabby benedict served with Old Bay home fries.
Why I like it: The menu changes with the seasons, so there’s always a reason to come back.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


Robin’s Nest Restaurant

Location: 2 Washington St, Mount Holly
Details: Visit Robin’s Nest for a brunch featuring diverse cuisine with a dash of French-American flair. Meanwhile, their outdoor patios take full advantage of the lovely landscape. Not only is the brunch delicious, but all entrees also include complimentary homemade scones.
Why I like it: Signature cocktails include the French Toast Martini, a mix of Fireball whiskey and vanilla vodka.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


The Telford Inn

Location: 145 Bridgeton Pike, Mantua
Details: Gone is the buffet of the past, and instead, The Telford Inn now offers brunch a la carte. Treat yourself to Chef Erica’s delicious dishes every weekend from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; with delights such as Hot Honey Chicken and Waffles, or the Crabcake Benny.
Why I like it: There’s always a rotating signature brunch cocktail to go with your meal!
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


The Tortilla Press

Location: 703 Haddon Ave, Collingswood
Details: Add a little spice to your brunch by eating at this Mexican-influenced restaurant; The Tortilla Press offers familiar meals and sides seasoned with sauces and herbs. In fact, you can build your own breakfast burrito or enjoy French toast, Mexican style.
Why I like it: This BYOB joint sells virgin margaritas by the glass or carafe, so bring some tequila!
More info: Look for them online to learn more about this and other brunch spots in New Jersey.

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