Weekend Brunch in New Jersey

  • Brunch at The Red Store, Cape May | Photo by: Yvonne Yuon
    The Red Store, Cape May | Photo by Yvonne Yuon

There’s nothing like sleeping in late, then going to enjoy brunch while on vacation. Gather your friends and family, and then take your pick from one of the many restaurants offering brunch in New Jersey — where mimosas, Bloody Marys and plenty of classic breakfast dishes await.
 
Gateway Region
True to its name, Anthony David’s Gourmet Specialties in Hoboken is known for its upscale options. While you’re here, don’t miss the Eggs Benedict menu, which includes variations like a Crab Cake Benedict and French Toast & Crispy Bacon Benedict.
 
In the historic Van Vorst District of Jersey City, The Kitchen Step is an airy, light-filled eatery serving up brunch items made with locally focused ingredients. For something sweet, order the Croissant French Toast, or go with something savory like the mac ‘n’ cheese with mushrooms and bacon.
 
Greater Atlantic City Region
If you’re craving a little bit of absolutely everything, the Borgata Buffet at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is sure to satisfy, with everything from fresh seafood to freshly carved meats to decadent desserts are on their brunch menu.
 
A Margate staple since 1946, Gilchrist Downbeach Restaurant is a beachy, diner-style haunt with breakfast and lunch classics including waffles, hotcakes, omelets and Nova Lox platters. Other restaurant locations include Atlantic City and Galloway.
 
Shore Region
All manner of pancakes—from red velvet to carrot cake—as well as a variety of French toast options, waffles and omelets abound at Toast City Diner in Asbury Park.
 
It’s easy to go a little over the top at Scojo’s in Surf City on Long Beach Island, where you can indulge in Confetti Pancakes (filled with rainbow sprinkles and drizzled with cupcake icing) and Bananas Foster French Toast, smothered in a butter rum sauce and caramel drizzle.
 
Southern Shore Region
Take in waterfront views as you kick-off your day at the The Surfing Pig in North Wildwood, where the famous skillet menu includes three eggs over a bed of potatoes, topped with cheese and your choice of (many) toppings.
 
Just steps away from the Cape May Lighthouse, The Red Store in Cape May is housed in a charming red barn and is known for its hearty and fresh American-coastal cuisine. Don’t miss The Fisherman Bowl: blackened flounder, wheat berries, baby spinach, capers and dill crema; or opt for the beloved Red Store Pancake, made of crab meat, corn, roasted poblano pepper and feta cheese, and then piled arugula, bacon and crème fraiche.
 
Delaware River Region
Take a seat on the outdoor patio at Mistral in downtown Princeton, and enjoy some sunshine along with globally inspired specialties such as the Pork Roll Hash served with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, or the Cinnamon French Toast topped with malt vanilla ice cream, apples, maple syrup and almonds.
 
In Cherry Hill, The Farm & Fisherman Tavern touts locally sourced ingredients on its menu, where options range from sandwiches such as the Jersey Burger (topped with a fried egg, pork roll, cheddar and IPA mustard) to lighter fare such as yogurt parfait to over-the-top platters like the Green Eggs & Ham: pesto, fried eggs, NJ prosciutto, sesame toast and home fries.
 
Skylands Region
Indulge in farm-to-table fare along the banks of the Delaware River when you take a seat at the Lovin’ Oven in Frenchtown, where diet-conscious dishes such as vegan enchiladas, gluten-free maple oat pancakes and avocado toast are the draw.
 
For spectacular mountain views and an upscale vibe, the luxurious Crystal Tavern inside the Clubhouse at Grand Cascades Lodge in Sussex is sure to satisfy. Take your pick from American brunch classics with a Southern twist, such as creamy polenta with an egg and bacon, or opt for something even more stick-to-your-ribs like the brisket cheesesteak sandwich.
 
 
Find even more places to eat at these restaurants in New Jersey.