Shut Up and Eat!

Yesterday, Matt and I decided to have breakfast at a Toms River favorite: Shut Up and Eat. As soon as we got out of the car, we saw a sign letting us know that this little spot has won Best Breakfast in Ocean County for ten years in a row! Now, that’s impressive.

When we got inside, the waitresses (who were dressed in pajamas) greeted us cheerfully and told us to have a seat. The walls were decorated with eclectic knick-knacks. It was so fun to look around at everything.

Next was the hard part – deciding on what we wanted to eat. The menu was incredibly extensive, with everything from breakfast classics to “shoe-sized schickhaus dogs” and “the bread filled with stuff section.” I loved how every aspect of dining here was whimsical and fun!

Matt and I started with two BIG cups of coffee (in mismatched mugs, of course). I went with the stuffed french toast (with cream cheese, strawberries, and chocolate chips). Matt decided on the South Toms River scrambler with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, corn, black beans, and avocado. It also came with toast.

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The portions were huge. So huge, in fact, that I had to take half of mine home (and that never happens). Even so, the french toast was phenomenal – crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside. It was exactly what I was craving. We left feeling so satisfied, and can’t wait until next time!

Shut Up and Eat also serves lunch and their hours are 6:30 to 3:30 Monday through Saturday and 6:30 to 3:00 on Sunday. They’re located at 804 Main Street in Toms River, NJ 08753.

Are there any award-winning breakfast spots in your area? What’s your favorite thing to get there?

Food with Friends

Yesterday, I spent the day up in Sussex County with my friend Amanda since Matt had to work. Whenever I visit, we always make a point to get breakfast together. This time, we went to the Sparta Classic Diner with our friend Chris. You really can’t beat a good New Jersey diner.

I ordered the French Toast Tiramisu Tower, which came with strawberries, bananas, mascarpone cream cheese, raspberry sauce, and chocolate powder. Now, I don’t usually order sweet breakfasts, but I was craving one and this totally hit the spot. I loved how much fresh fruit actually came with it, and the French toast melted in my mouth. Amanda got the Short Rib and Egg Tacos, which came with a healthy portion of fresh guacamole. She let me try them, and they were pretty out of this world. The meat was so juicy and tangy. Finally, Chris got the Lumberjack Pancakes, which came with eggs, bacon, and sausage.

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After breakfast, Amanda and I just spent some time catching up. We stopped by her job, Electric Land Tattoo, and then we went to the mall to try and walk off what we ate for breakfast!

We weren’t too sure what we wanted for dinner, but eventually settled on Indian. We went to The Clay Oven in Ledgewood. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures because it was a little fancier than we had anticipated and I felt a little awkward doing so. But I’ll tell you all about what we ate anyway!

To start, we got the assorted vegetarian platter appetizer which came with samosas, veggie pakora, and paneer pakora. Everything was delightfully crispy and very well seasoned. We were also served a complimentary crispy bread which came with two spicy sauces and a side of marinated onions. Delicious.

For entrees, I got the Chicken Makhani and Amanda got the Lamb Vindaloo. The chicken was cooked in a buttery tomato-based sauce. It was so tender! The lamb was served with potatoes and Amanda said it was exceptionally spicy (and she loves spicy food). Both entrees came with seasoned rice. We also got a side of garlic naan. It was crispy, chewy, and slathered in a delightful garlic spread.

For dessert, we tried rasmalai (cottage cheese dumplings in sweetened milk) and gulab jamun (golden brown milk powder dumplings in syrup with pistachios). The rasmalai was served almost frozen. They were rich and creamy, but not too sweet. The gulab jamun were almost like an Indian zeppole. They were very soft, but a little too sweet for us. Amanda also got a mango lassi, which was super thick and fruity.

How did you spend your Saturday? Did you eat anything good?