Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Munchies: Toast

I had a really nice experience at the hipster-y cute breakfast / lunch spot called Toast in Asbury Park last weekend. It was pretty much all you could want out of this type of establishment. A little bit nicer than a diner, the service was helpful and friendly, the food came out really quick, and everything that we ordered was pretty tasty. For a place that serves their drinks in mason jars and most of the waitresses sport tattoos, it is pleasantly surprising how friendly everyone was and what a nice, chilled, Jersey shore vibe the whole place was giving off.

After some freshly brewed iced coffee, I went for the gazpacho, one of my all time favorite things to order (especially in the summer). The one they make here is above average. It had a little spice to it and the veggies were diced and whole. Refreshing and perfect for a hot day. Although the breakfast items coming of the kitchen looked really yummy, we opted for some lunch. The Mediterranean Wrap with hummus, seasonal vegetables and sautéed spinach was nice and light. It was served with sweet potato fries that were slightly undercooked, but still a pretty good dish. We also had the Blackened Tuna Salad with mesclun greens, avocado, toasted sesame seeds and honey lime vinaigrette which was delicious and licked clean. 

I enjoyed Toast and will definitely be back here. Ask for the special drinks menu with juices and smoothies that change seasonally. Next time around I'm definitely going for the stuffed french toast. That looked insane. 

This place is a keeper, and good one to know just blocks from the Asbury beach and boardwalk. Get on it. 

Neighborhood: Asbury Park, New Jersey

Bite Mark: ***

Good For: breakfast / lunch, quick bite before the beach, casual, kid-friendly 

Toast, 516 Cookman Ave