New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.
Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a side of home fries is a great way to add to those fun relationship memories.
Luckily for us, several great restaurants in New Jersey are serving up breakfast al fresco. Get ready for a New Jersey Date Morning that’s sunny side up!
This Little Piggy has Everything
It’s easy to make a pig of yourself at The Blue Pig Tavern. Located in Cape May, this restaurant is named for the gambling parlor previously in the space in the mid-1800s. Prior to that, it was the first tavern in Cape May.
The only thing cooler than its history is the extensive menu, especially if you love omelets. Nothing beats ham and cheddar, but you might want to be adventurous and try the California omelet with chorizo, peppers, onions, tomatoes, avocado and Monterey Jack, or the Beach Plum Farm omelet filled with ratatouille. Or try one of their cast iron skillet breakfasts like The Blue Pig Tavern Skillet with hash brown casserole, fried eggs, chorizo, red peppers, onions and scallions.
For more information about The Blue Pig Tavern, visit their Facebook page at www.caperesorts.com/congress-hall/blue-pig-tavern.
Breakfast to Stay, Pastries to Go
Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe is a Westfield mainstay for all things pastry and if you haven’t checked out their restaurant in Mountainside, a breakfast date is the perfect time to do so.
Breakfast outside is amazing when you can create your own three-egg frittata with your choice of add-ins like asparagus, spinach and prosciutto. If French toast is your thing, you’re going to love their Apple Cinnamon Crunch (made from cinnamon brown sugar swirl challah and topped with apple compote, streusel crumbs, candied walnuts and caramel) and Frutti Di Bosco (classic French toast topped with whipped cream and seasonal berries).
Keep the date going throughout the day by ordering some cookies to go — your date will love you for it!
For more information on Bovella’s, visit www.bovellas.com.
Which Came First?
There’ll be no time to even question which came first when you eat at The Chicken or the Egg. Located in Beach Haven, this popular restaurant serves up an unforgettable breakfast.
You and your date will have a hard time choosing which egg sandwich to enjoy with options including the Buffalo Breakfast Wrap (fried chicken tenders with scrambled eggs, cherrywood smoked bacon, jack and blue cheese in a sun-dried tomato tortilla) and the Jersey Devil (fried eggs, Taylor Ham and spicy pepper jack cheese on a grilled jalapeño cheddar bagel).
Check out their egg platters including The Standard, which comes with two eggs any style, home fries and your choice of ham, sausage, chicken sausage, pork roll, corned beef hash or scrapple and toast.
For more information on The Chicken or The Egg, visit www.492fowl.com.
When it comes to the egg, Le Peep in Edison knows how to serve up a plate of greatness. If Eggs Benedict is what you and your date are craving, you’re going to love their assortments. From the Shamrock Benedict (with corned beef hash) and the Lobster Benedict (with lobster and sautéed spinach), you’ve got some choices to make!
If you like crepes, Le Peep has both sweet and savory covered with the Nutella crepes (with fresh fruit) and the Monte Cristo Crepes (with ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and bacon).
For more information on Le Peep, visit www.lepeepnj.com.
First Bite of a New Day
One of the great things about breakfast is that it celebrates a new beginning. A new day and a new attitude served up with farm-fresh flavors gives both couples and singles new perspectives after relationship discord. Disagreements and disappointments from the night before have an opportunity to be addressed and solved. Breakfast is a fantastic place to start because everything looks a little brighter the morning after.
It might take a breakfast or five to go from conflict to clarification, but when resolution is wanted as much as a plate of syrup-laden pancakes, you’re well on your way to getting back on track.
Craig Rogers is the guy who gets relationships write. Author of The 49th Challenge, Craig has written countless articles on dating, relationships and breakup recovery. To learn more about Craig, visit www.CraigRogers.nyc.
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