Rosie will be on vacation until mid-March. Today, a post by guest blogger Tammy La Gorce.
Last week, we told you about a several eateries that are expanding their reach in the Garden State. This second installment is equally tasty!
Sabrina’s Cafe’s new Collingswood space is the fifth to be opened by the married couple Robert and Raquel De Abreu, and their first to cross the border to New Jersey from Philadelphia and surrounding towns. The homespun café is known for its comfort food brunches, including the near-famous stuffed challah French toast (breakfast and lunches are served at all locations, too). Beyond brunches, Collingswood’s Sabrina’s will welcome dinner customers from 5 pm to 10 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 5 pm to 9 pm on Sundays and Mondays. Dinner-wise, think still more comfort: stuffed meatloaf, chicken and biscuits, fish and chips. Morning caffeine addicts will appreciate the café’s La Colombe coffee, with a cold brew sourced from Revolution House Coffee Roasters just down the street. BYO.
714 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, 856-214-0723 and many Pa. locations.
Below, a few other establishments that are branching out—or into—New Jersey:
Toast (Montclair, AP, now Red Bank)
“Peace, Love and Pancakes” has been the mantra at this breakfast, brunch and lunch spot since it opened its first and still-going-strong location in Montclair in 2007. All three restaurants, including the newest in Red Bank, opened last fall, are open seven days a week and specialize in omelettes, scrambles, pancakes, waffles, “bennys,” and sandwiches. Toast offers gluten-free and vegan options and a kids’ menu, too. Check out the Facebook page for daily specials.
700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-509-8099; 516 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732-776-5900; and 45 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-224-1234.
Tony Luke’s (Borgata, now Glassboro)
Tony Luke’s bills itself as “the real taste of South Philly,” and you know what that means: cheesesteak. The restaurant, with 22 outlets, has several New Jersey locations (Atlantic City, Wildwood Crest, Sicklerville, Maple Shade and Deptford among them); Glassboro is the latest. In addition to cheesesteaks, roast pork Italian and chicken cutlet Italian sandwiches are signature dishes.
22 Rowan Blvd., Glassboro, and many other locations; no phone in Glassboro yet.
Turning Point (11 locations, added Lawrenceville and Cherry Hill)
Turning Point, an 11-store New Jersey chain, found a winning formula—serve breakfast, lunch and brunch only—and stuck with it. Each restaurant closes at 3:00 p.m., including the new Cherry Hill and Lawrenceville locations. Menu favorites include huevos rancheros and lobster benedict.
606 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill, 856-320-4013, and 3371 U.S. Highway 1, Lawrenceville, 609-454-5878
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (Several NY locations, now Somerville)Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (Several NY locations, now Somerville)
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is the creation of Wolfgang Zwiener, former headwaiter at the famous Peter Luger’s. He started what is becoming an empire in Manhattan in 2004, and has since expanded to Japan, Korea, Hawaii and now New Jersey. The specialty at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Somerville is the same as all Wolfgang’s locations: the steak. From the web site: “The star of the show is Porterhouse steak. Dry-aged onsite for an average of 28 days in the restaurant’s very own aging box, this delectable dish is cooked in a 1,600-degree broiler and served sizzling. Pair it with a glass of Chateau St. Jean’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, and believe us when you say you’re in paradise.
119 W. Main St., Somerville, 908-541-0344, and many other locations outside NJ.