Came to work early today to catch breakfast in town.
Once where the Olympia diner stood, found on the side of US 1 in Elizabeth, now stands Urban Griddle.
Totally renovated and having opened its doors not too long ago, its caused quite a stir in town.
Known as a rustic, hip, breakfast and brunch locale, it's really the only one of its kind in Elizabeth.
Urban Griddle has an eclectic menu with inventive and creative spins on breakfast and brunch items.
Things such as waffle sliders with chicken sausage, candied bacon, maple pork belly and grit cakes, matcha and cake batter pancakes, or even "Jersey" egg rolls with taylor ham, egg, and cheese.
They also serve breakfast cocktails as well such as blood mary's with bacon or rum cold brews, etc.
It is easily the most successful breakfast/lunch spot in town, as it has its own parking lot and generally is packed during peak hours.
It has an extremely high presence on review sites such as yelp, where it has over 300+ reviews and near 5 stars.
But, and this is a big but, I just have never been impressed with it.
I love that it is exists. The rustic interior, the blackboard written specials, the inventive menu items.
Unfortunately, everything I've ordered has had ambition, but fell short on flavor.
I could be crazy, but I've frequented multiple times, and have never really been blown away, sadly.
The pork belly tasted bland and unseasoned, the grit cakes just not quite there. I've had their pancakes, their waffle sliders, their chicken sausage and home fries.
Everything just feels like it is mashed together on a plate, and the combination is what is making the dish special, rather than the quality of its ingredients.
Perhaps I am hyper-critical, but if I feel like I can easily prepare the dish or even make it at home better, then I believe there needs improvement.