For those of you who don’t know, the old Broadway Diner on Monmouth Street in Red Bank closed a year or two ago. The latest occupant of that space is Toast, serving breakfast and lunch only, this is their 3rd location, the first being in Asbury Park, 2nd Morristown and now Red Bank.
Long story short, I was under impressed. I’m not sure why it seems everything “breakfast only” place I visit tried to reinvent the wheel. I guess adding avocado slices to an omelette, served by a guy with a cool hair cut and full length beard makes your egg’s hipster. I don’t know call me old fashioned, give me a good cup of coffee, some eggs and sausage (good homefries when I could have them) white toast soaked in butter and leave me to dip my butter soaked toast in my yolks. Oh and wear a friggin hair net already!?!?! What happened to that? Is there a hipster exemption to hair nets?
The food wasn’t bad by any means, I just think being raised in Jersey breakfast to me should be served by a ginger waitress named Elizabeth but called Betty, the coffee is Lacas and the owner/manager George, Manny, Gus or Nick hands you laminated menu whose pages are stuck from the previous customers syrup spill. Oh and that funny looking box at the end of the table above the sugar, salt pepper and ketchup actually plays music. Meatloaf is more than just the Sunday special!!!
Here is my main criticism of the place. There was a 20 minute wait when we went on Sunday, seems to be the norm for this place. the routinely clear out the lobby of people waiting; “Excuse me, we need to keep this area open for servers and patrons to get by, you need to wait outside if you are waiting for a table.” There is ample room outside, with a few benches for waiting. But it was 37 out Sunday morning…if you are going to force people outside to wait, have some patio heaters or something more hospitable then park benches in the shade when it’s freezing out.
That and I really don’t know how my “make your own burger” which was a burger, pork roll egg and cheese (no bread no potatoes, although they served me sweet potato fries anyway) was $16.95.