Alternate Ending Beer Co., Aberdeen
When Scott heard his local movie theater was going to shut down, which he frequented as a kid, he saw an opportunity to create something special. The Alternate Ending Beer Co. opened for full service yesterday, and is a Monmouth County spot where everyone can grab a bite, catch a film and enjoy a beer. Partnering with Talula’s in Asbury Park, Alternate Ending Beer Co. serves sourdough pizzas from the Talula’s team. Beers, made on site, include Jack’s Revenge (with hints of coffee and chocolate), Vaya Con Dios (with grapefruit and citrus) and Chuckleheads (with passionfruit and ripe mango flavors). The drink menu also includes cocktails, wines and ciders. Make reservations online to ensure your spot in the taproom. Open Wednesday and Thursday 3 pm–10 pm, Friday 3 pm–11 pm, Saturday noon–11 pm, and Sunday noon—10 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Alternate Ending Beer Co, 1057 NJ-34, Aberdeen Township; 732-612-8422
Rey Sol Coffee, Ridgewood
Lisimaco Ramirez was born in Colombia and brought his passion for a good cup of coffee to northern New Jersey. Rey Sol opened in early November, and serves products brewed on a farm in Balboa, bringing you an authentic cup of fresh coffee. Their drink menu includes the most classic of coffee drinks including Espresso, Americano, Cappuccinos, and Lattes, as well as Agave Lemonades and Probiotic Shakes. Enjoy a wrap, soups, or salads, when you stop in for a drink to make it an unforgettable brunch. Open Monday-Saturday 6 am–8 pm and Sunday 8 am—5 pm.
Rey Sol Coffee, 20 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood; 908-227-1804
Stacks on 38, Moorestown
Opening in mid-October, Stacks on 38 is serving up creative brunch items in South Jersey. All omelettes are served with a side of pancakes, so there’s no need to choose between the two breakfast favorites. Their extensive griddle menu includes Oreo Crunch Pancakes, Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Banana Nutella Pancakes and more. But Stacks is not just for breakfast—their lunch and dinner menus include delicious sandwiches, salads and soups. Open daily from 7 pm–3 pm.
Stacks Restaurant on 38, 401 W New Jersey 38, Moorestown; 856-866-1443
Monkey Pops, Cliffside Park
This specialty build-your-own popsicle shop opened in late October, with the opportunity to be as creative as possible when it comes to dessert. Popsicle flavors range from Watermelon Mango to Chocolate Peanut Butter, with topping options like Raspberry Drip, Oreos, Sprinkles and Nutella. All popsicles are made with bases of all-natural fruit, yogurt, and milk. Not only can you create your own frozen treat, but you can also build your own Bubble Tea, with your choice of flavor popping bobas. Open Monday–Thursday 8 am–10 pm and Friday–Sunday 11 am–midnight.
Monkey Pops, 692 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park; 551-313-0096