Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it isn’t necessarily the most fun. Sleep in, maybe savor a mimosa or two and enjoy the
best meal of the day – brunch. Brunch combines breakfast foods with lunch favorites for an early afternoon delight. These great spots throughout New Jersey offer everything from amazing deals to unique menus and are all worth checking out.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Sweet Basil's Cafe, Livingston
Enjoy a fantastic selection of pancakes and French toast along with the "Benny Bar," which features unique options including Crab Cake Benedict and Smoked Salmon Benedict. Indulge in a 6 oz. steak on the side for just $10 more. Brunch is served a la carte 7 days a week until 3 pm.
2. The 3C's Luncheonette, Seaside Park
Breakfast is served all day at this Seaside spot just blocks from the beach. A local favorite, reviewers recommend the Belgian waffles and home fries. Enjoy great service, sizable portions, fair prices and seasonal outdoor dining.
3. Robin's Nest, Mount Holly
An a la carte brunch is served on Sundays from 10-2. Enjoy delicious food and lovely views of the Rancocas Creek. There's a special kids' brunch menu and scones are served with every entree.
4. Anthony David's, Hoboken
A gourmet brunch is served daily from 9-3 and offers a sizable selection of Eggs Benedicts including Ricotta & Truffle Benedict, Guacamole & Spicy Chorizo Benedict and French Toast & Crispy Bacon Benedict. You'll also enjoy the Bourbon-Glazed or Nutella Donuts. Another perk? You're just a short stroll from the Hudson River waterfront.
5. The Buttered Biscuit, Bradley Beach
Enjoy brunch daily until 3 pm. Maui Meg's French Toast can't be missed, with grilled banana bread, Hawaiian Macadamia nuts and toasted coconut.
6. The Tortilla Press, Collingswood
Head to this Mexican spot for a unique twist on brunch. Served weekends until 3 pm, menu options include Strawberry & Banana Quesadillas, Huevos Rancheros and Cheesesteak Empanadas.
7. Granny's Pancake House & Grill, Hamburg
This casual spot offers a varied menu and friendly staff. Prices are fair and portions are generous.
8. Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Reservations are recommended for this popular brunch buffet on the banks of the Navesink; a complimentary cocktail is included in the price. Served seasonally, there are two seatings on Sundays.
9. Blueplate, Mullica Hill
Breakfast is served until 4 pm on weekends. You'll find fresh farm-to-table food and friendly service. Try the fantastic breakfast sandwiches; gluten-free options are available.
10. Toast, Montclair/Asbury Park
This trendy brunch spot offers two incredible locations and a varied menu of breakfast and lunch options. Try the stuffed French toast or buttermilk pancakes.
11. Le Peep, Edison
This family-friendly chain is not a franchise, and all establishments are locally owned and operated. The unique menu offers options everyone will enjoy, from the Breakfast Banana Split to the Tostada Tango. You can build your own omelet or enjoy a savory crepe.
12. The Continental, Atlantic City
Enjoy beach views and a bountiful brunch at this chic spot. The Fluffernutter Waffle is a favorite, along with unique cocktails including the Melon Drop and Mid-Atlantic Mocha.
13. The Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar, Hillsdale
This casual sports bar offers a spectacular Sunday brunch buffet. $21.95 will get you unlimited mimosas & bellinis along with breakfast favorites like omelettes, French toast, Belgian waffles, sausage, bacon, bagels, fresh fruit, salads and croissants. Guests will also enjoy an extensive dessert selection and fondue fountain.
14. The Mill, Spring Lake Heights
This stunning waterfront spot offers a Sunday brunch buffet from 11-3. $28.95 will get you everything from scrambled eggs to sausage, smoked salmon and seafood. A complimentary Bloody Mary, mimosa or glass of champagne is included.
15. Sea Salt, Cape May
Breakfast is only served until 11, but you won't want to miss unique dishes like Strawberry Stuffed Pancakes and the Sea Salt Omelet with jumbo lump crab and sausage.
16. Haven, Edgewater
This upscale eatery has an exquisite brunch menu (served weekends from 11-3). The waterfront spot caters to a refined palate with options including Creole Sausage Croquettes, Pretzel Crusted Fried Calamari, Truffle Mac n' Cheese, White Chocolate Belgian Waffles and Brioche French Toast.
17. Shore Good, Brick
Serving breakfast until 2:30, enjoy a variety of pancakes, waffles and eggs, along with delicious burgers. They also offer award-winning omelettes.
18. The Telford Inn, Mantua
This is definitely one of the best bargains around. The wallet-friendly brunch buffet ($12.95) is served on Sundays from 9:30-1. Visit the omelet station, Belgian waffle station or bananas foster station and enjoy breakfast favorites like French toast, scrapple and sticky buns. The icing on this budget-conscious cake? Coffee is included in the price.
We have so many amazing brunch spots, it’s difficult to decide where to go first; hopefully this list helped you choose a starting point. If you’re looking for more great breakfast and brunch options, check out
These 15 Amazing Breakfast Spots In New Jersey Will Make Your Morning Epic and be sure to share your favorites with me.