Sea Girt Mall Shopping Center
235 Route 35 North
Open: Lunch & dinner daily
Price: $ BYO
Style: Blonde wood tables and a wall of hydroponic plants give this small, bright eatery a modern yet convivial vibe.
The Scoop: Mike Nitto, an entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast, travels frequently for business and hates the paucity of healthy food choices on the road. In 2008, he met the well-traveled and adventurous chef Chris Burgess, whose background ranges from foraging to French cooking. They opened Fresh Kitchen in early 2016.
The Menu: The four foundations of the build-your-own menu are stock pot, grain bowl, salad and lavash wrap. Guests are encouraged to be creative, but the menu includes composed dishes, such as the Yucan Do It, a grain bowl with yucca, corn, pork and beets infused with pomegranate and Thai basil. Grains range from quinoa with sundried tomato to exotics like lemon-herb freekeh. The satisfying grain bowl I created included puréed sweet potato, infused beets, pickled cauliflower, grilled red onion, quinoa, rye berries, and all three available proteins: pork tenderloin with baby corn shoots; rosemary garlic chicken breast; and flank steak with basil, chervil and amaranth cress.
Heads Up: Take home a growler of their infused iced teas or soup stock. If you catch Burgess, he can tell you the history of stock and why it’s “near and dear to my heart.”Click here to leave a comment
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.