The Danish Café
2 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
Hours: Tues-Fri, 8 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun, 9 am-5 pm.
Style: Occupying a large-windowed, open space in the Galleria at Red Bank, the Danish Café puts fresh flowers on every table. Husband and wife owners Claudi and Lone Kofod love to share their enthusiasm for Nordic food and strive to make every patron feel at home.
Don’t Miss: The Frikadelle, a sandwich of pan-fried Danish meat patties and red cabbage on white or whole-grain ciabatta roll ($7.99). Or explore the Hapsdog Great Dane, a hot dog served with house-made ketchup, mustard, rémoulade, roasted onions and pickles on a baguette ($5.50). For starters, try the Danish Plate—ham, jam, cheese, an artisan roll, Danish rye bread, a hard-boiled egg, fruit, and a Danish pastry made from dough flown in from Denmark ($12.50). Traditional open-faced sandwiches include roasted pork on rye with red cabbage, which is satisfyingly filling ($5.50). Coffee Roasters of Oakland supplies the café with its beans for drip, (refillable 12 ounces, $2.25), French press or espresso drinks. A frothy, sweet chai latte is $4.25. Smoothies are available for $4.95. With your hot drink, choose from house-made treats like Danish apple cake with whipped cream ($3.95) or a flaky croissant with butter or jam ($3.25).
Heads Up: The café holds periodic Danish dinner parties to introduce people to Nordic food (check website for dates). Customers can park for free in the lot at Bridge Avenue and West Front Street.
The Scoop: The Kofods hail from the small island of Bornholm in Denmark. They pride themselves on being the only European cafe in Red Bank.Click here to leave a comment
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