Brunch is my favorite meal. It’s a leisurely way to start a Sunday (or the occasional Saturday). I’m always looking for new places in addition to my current favorites.
Everyone touts Molly Pitcher, and while it is certainly the Grand Dame of brunches in the area, it’s fairly traditional and quite expensive. We recently tried the brunch at Russell and Bette’s, Rumson (in the former What’s Your Beef) and found it almost empty, which is a shame because the food, the service and the ambiance are great. Their Bloody Mary’s were spicy (perhaps a bit more than I would have liked but good) and our dishes were superb. I hate their Cast Iron Casserole which consists of poached eggs, short rib, home fries, onions and Gruyere. Yum. My companions had steak and eggs, eggs benedict and the burger and all were happy. The coffee (by which I will often judge a restaurant, was top notch. https://www.facebook.com/RussellandBettes/app/160363220729661/
We’ve also recently enjoyed Meemom’s in Middletown on two occasions, and while the place has always been packed (around 11 AM) and we’ve had to wait up to a half hour to be seated, we really enjoy the food there. If you’re not on a diet, try the French Cakes – french toast dipped in pancake batter & fried, topped with powdered sugar & cinnamon. Their eggs benedict are among the best I’ve had (and I’ve had them many places). Get a side of the bacon, perfectly cooked.
We love the Inbetween Cafe’s (Red Bank) food too, but not so much a fan of sharing tables there.
And of course there’s always Amy’s Omelette in Long Branch.
What are your favorites?