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1301 Ocean Ave.Belmar, NJ 07719
Brunch includes a bountiful display of specialty salads and seafoods, a carving station, omelet bar, artisan breads and spreads, and samples of five hot entrees including eggs benedict, crispy french toast and three other hot dishes that change weekly. Finish your brunch with dessert and coffee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
No. 1 Ocean Ave.Long Branch, NJ 07740
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays, McLoone's offers a one-of-a-kind brunch selection coupled with dazzling oceanfront views.
531 Cookman Ave.Asbury Park, NJ 07712
This restaurant's Asbury location offers an a la carte brunch with such delectably offbeat options as Hagen Daaz French Toast (French bread soaked in a mixture of malted vanilla ice cream, egg and cream), a pastrami omelet (with sauteed spinach and swiss cheese), a sausage and egg breakfast pizza and a breakfast risotto (Arborio rice, sauteed diced ham, Applewood smoked bacon and breakfast sausage topped with parmesan cheese and herbs).
1000 Ocean Ave.Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Langosta's weekly "blunch" runs from 11 to 4 every Sunday (weather permitting) and includes live music and such menu options as a lobster BLT, the Jersey Boy (pork roll, egg and cheese) and Eggs Marion's and Eggs Harry (variations on eggs Benedict named after the parents of the owners -- Marion's has shrimp and lobster and Harry has turkey sausage and herbed hollandaise)
101 Old Mill RoadSpring Lake Heights, NJ 07762
Brunch includes smoked salmon and homemade Belgian waffles, as well as favorites like eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, roast prime rib, smoked ham, pasta station, chicken marsala, seafood, salads, fresh fruit, cheese, breads, muffins, bagels and an assortment of fresh pastries and desserts. Top all this off with a bloody Mary, mimosa or glass of champagne and its rustic lakeside setting, and it'll be no wonder The Mill has been a Shore institution for more than 70 years.
601 Route 35 N.Lavalette, NJ 08735
Yeah, we know they're only for brunch three days a year (Mother's Day, Easter, New Year's Day). But since we make the rules here, and Crab's Claw makes the Shore's most kick-*ss late a.m. eats in the most uber-casual of settings, we thought they deserved some recognition for serving up the best holiday brunch around.
217 East Main StreetTuckerton, NJ 08087
Restaurant serves elegant eats in a Victorian atmosphere
13015 Long Beach Blvd.Long Beach Township, NJ 08008
Something about The Beach House Restaurant -- set to reopen for the season in April -- puts one in mind of a Sunday morning. It's laid-back but with a touch of refinement, like having a nice meal with the family at grandma's house.