Our Guide to Jersey Shore Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants in Monmouth and Ocean

Our Guide to Jersey Shore Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants in Monmouth and Ocean

According to your doctor, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As self-proclaimed breakfast and brunch enthusiasts, we ate through dishes of pancakes, waffles, eggs, and bagels to bring you this list of some of our favorite Jersey Shore Breakfast and Brunch restaurants in Monmouth and Ocean County. Please note that some of these places are open for breakfast every day, while others may only serve brunch on weekends.

This task was not an easy one. New Jersey is a state that prides itself on its ability to master the pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich, the bagel, and every diner specialty you can imagine. There are also a number of great places that are putting their own spin on those classic dishes.

If we’ve missed your favorite, let us know in the comments! Because we could always use suggestions for more Jersey Shore breakfast and brunch spots to visit and indulge.

Our Guide to Jersey Shore Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants

The Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Well known for having one of the best Jersey Shore breakfast and brunches in the area, The Molly Pitcher Inn’s Sunday Brunch is extravagant. Reserve your table early for a chance to dine on traditional breakfast dishes like au gratin potatoes, made to order omelettes and bacon while also enjoying the more decadent dishes like poached salmon, leg of lamb, and oysters and clams on the half shell. One of the prized dishes? The waffle station where homemade whipped cream awaits you. Be sure to admire the ornate ice sculptures and beautiful fruit carvings! 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank (732) 747-2500 http://themollypitcher.com

Toast, Asbury Park and Red Bank
Whether you wake up craving sweet or savory, Toast has you covered every day of the week with their selection of omelettes, pancakes, bennys, and more. Something about Toast has the locals positively obsessed with it. We’re thinking it might be the Red Velvet Pancakes. Just a hunch, though. 517 Cookman Avenue Asbury Park (732) 776-5900; 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank (732) 224-1234

Dive, Sea Bright
Get your brunch on with Dive in Sea Bright for a Sunday morning and afternoon filled with dishes like Apple Jack French Toast, Short Rib and Fried Egg Sandwich, and even a Brunch Burger topped with bacon jam. Order one of their many versions of the perfect brunch beverage, the Bloody Mary. They’re so good you might even forget that you have work tomorrow. 1072 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright (732) 268-7707 http://www.divecoastalbar.com/

Latitudes on the River, Forked River
The Bloody Mary bar alone is enough to pull us out of bed and have us heading straight for Latitudes on a Sunday morning! All the toppings and add-ons you could need are laid out in front of you so you can build the perfect Bloody. On top of that, they offer a great all you can eat Sunday brunch buffet and omelette station. Happy Sunday to you! 361 East Lacey Rd, Forked River (609) 242-2648 http://latitudesnj.com/

Hot Bagels Brooklyn’s Finest, Red Bank
Freshly baked old-style Brooklyn bagels that are made on the hour in Red Bank? Sign us up. Hot Bagels is a newly opened business, but their family bagel recipe dates back 40+ years. On our recent visit for breakfast we maximized our options and ordered this beauty called the Broad Street Bully. The Bully features your choice of bagel, pork roll, eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese. 368 Broad Street, Red Bank (732) 842-1397 http://hotbagelsredbank.com/

Klein’s Fish Market and Waterside Cafe, Belmar

Enjoy an all you can eat Sunday brunch with views of the scenic Shark River inlet. Watch as boats go while you delve into the extensive buffet stocked with everything from a carving station, made to order omelets, crab legs, pasta dishes and smoked salmon. 708 River Road, Belmar (732) 681-1177  http://www.kleinsfish.com/

Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant, Long Branch

Rooney’s offers a lavish buffet that includes a raw bar station, carving station, seafood options, classic breakfast items, and more. Not to mention one of the greatest ocean views on the Shore all year long!  100 Ocean Ave, Long Branch (732) 870-1200 http://www.rooneysocean.com/

Hansel ‘n Griddle, Red Bank

Hansel ‘n Griddle is a true game changer on this list. Why, you ask? They deliver. Yeah, you can have a coveted breakfast crisp brought to you without leaving the couch! The Lumberjack Roll-up is a regular’s favorite, or maybe go for the French Toast, made with Texas Toast (because everything is bigger in Texas). To give yourself a healthier spin, order a refreshing smoothie like the Banana Flip. Whatever you get, it’s worth every calorie. 38 West Front St, Red Bank (732) 219-7090 http://www.hanselngriddle.com/

Kim Marie’s Eat ‘n Drink Away, Asbury Park
Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Spinach & Crab Omelette. Bacon & Egg Mac ‘n Cheese. Is your mouth watering yet? Those are just a few of the dishes that Kim Marie’s offers for their weekend breakfast, available Saturdays and Sundays from 11-2. Perfect if you’re staying across the street at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel! 1411 Kingsley St, Asbury Park (732) 774-6666 http://www.kimmarieseatndrinkaway.com/


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Kitch Organic, Red Bank
Eat great, feel awesome. Kitch Organic in Red Bank is a 100% gluten, wheat and dairy free restaurant that prides itself in creating food that promotes a healthy and happy lifestyle. From the Benedict’s Arnold to the Tofu Scramble we are confident you’ll be back for another visit. 75 Leighton Avenue Red Bank (732) 741-5400 and 619 Lake Ave, Asbury Park  http://www.kitchorganic.com/

iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill, Freehold

You may be thinking right about now, seriously, iPlay America? Isn’t that the place with all the games? Yea, it is. But get this, they also have a Sunday brunch that’s out of this world. Try out Chef Joe’s game time twists on the classics like Chicken and Churros or the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Pizza. Sip on a homemade Bloody Mary as you let the kids run loose. It’s way better than reading the paper at home! 110 Schanck Road, Freehold (732) 577-8200 http://gametimebarandgrill.com

Broad Street Dough Co., Oakhurst

Some mornings, a cup of coffee and a doughnut are all you need for a fast breakfast. We dare you to walk into Broad Street Dough Co. and come out with just one doughnut. All it takes is one look at all the options with combinations of delectable toppings, from a simple “vlugen” (vegan and gluten free) doughnut, to a red velvet doughnut piled high with caramel, chocolate chips, cannoli cream, and maybe some Reese’s cups for good measure. 2005 NJ-35, Oakhurst (732) 531-1401 http://www.broadstreetdoughco.com/

Whipped Creperie, Red Bank

We may not have the funds in our bank account for a breakfast in France, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy one right here in the heart of Red Bank. Whipped offers a large selection of sweet and savory crepes made to order. Enjoy your crepe with a cappuccino and you’ll be surprised when you walk out onto Monmouth Street instead of The Avenue des Champs-Elysees.De Rien (you’re welcome). 6 Monmouth Street, Red Bank (732) 747-0076 www.whippedcafe.com

The Marina at Oceanport, Oceanport
Check out the the Marina at Oceanport’s brunch menu and you’ll see that they mean brunch business. Brunch is served from 10 to 1:30. We loved the Quiche Lorraine and the Steak & Egg Burrito that’s done with a seared ribeye steak. 1O Riverside Avenue, Oceanport (848) 456-4396 http://marinaatoceanport.com

The French Market, Rumson
The French Market is located on East River Road in Rumson. If you havent been in yet, definitely put them on your to-do list. Since opening in 2015, the French Market has been creating some wonderful breakfast and lunch creations for their guests. The breakfast menu has a wide variety of croissants, breakfast rolls, omelettes and crepes. For a look at their menu, click here.  114 East River Road Rumson (732) 530-1692  https://www.facebook.com/The-French-Market-439716746189790/about/

The Chicken or the Egg, Beach Haven (Seasonal)
This wildly popular LBI eatery serves breakfast all day long. Choose from Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes, Stuffed French Toast, a wide variety of omelettes, and if you’re feeling ambitious, the Porkwich: 2 eggs, bacon, ham, porkroll, sausage and American cheese piled high on a kaiser roll, served with home fries. 207 N Bay Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492-3695 http://492fowl.com/

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Ray’s Café, Spring Lake & Sea Girt
Before heading to the beach, enjoy a beachy breakfast at Ray’s Café in Spring Lake. Whether you’re ordering the pancakes or an omelette, you really can’t go wrong at this hometown diner. It’s the perfect place to ensure that your beach day is getting off to the perfect start. 1321 3rd Ave, Spring Lake (732) 359-7700 http://rayscafenj.com/

The Buttered Biscuit, Bradley Beach

The first time you visit The Buttered Biscuit in Bradley Beach, order the biscuits – no matter what. Oh and the Grilled crumb cake? Oh yes. Loaded chocolate chip pancakes? I’ll take an order. Savory breakfast burrito? Si. When the weather’s nice grab a seat outdoors before heading to the beach only a few blocks away. 700 Main St, Bradley Beach (732) 807-4069 http://www.thebutteredbiscuitcafe.com/