Shut Up and Eat
Toms River, NJ 08753
- Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
- Meals Served: Breakfast and Lunch
Toms River's Shut Up and Eat staff wears pajamas while serving sides of sausage, eggs and stacks of pancakes. The walls are decorated in various kitsch and country styles.
Nothing on the table matches. Silverware, plates and cups were collected from a variety of sources. Owner Ann Gauthier mines her collection with the help of her customers.
"If you leave your coffee cup, you get coffee,'' she said. "If you bring a dinner plate and leave the plate, you get a free pancake.''
Shut Up and Eat's food is renowned: Gauthier said her restaurant won best breakfast awards for her homemade cooking from the Asbury Park Press in both 2006 and 2007. Adults can eat for under $10 and children have a special $2 menu, she said.
Her specialty is the strawberry chocolate chip cream cheese that is made on-site, she said. She also carries pumpkin pancakes, homemade banana nut bread and yogurt parfaits, she said.