So far, the focus of this project has been bakeries, but no blog that talks about the best food in New Jersey would be complete without discussing at least one diner.
This week, I went to the Vincentown Diner for breakfast. A lot of people know of it for their burgers, but the diner is probably best known for its use of fresh, local ingredients. It was also featured on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri.
They serve breakfast all day, and if you want to, you can get dessert for breakfast. You can’t go wrong with anything from their specials menu, which includes a lot of seasonal items from local farms. I almost decided to get pancakes with apples, fresh Jersey cranberries and cinnamon butter, but I eventually decided on the apple walnut waffle instead. It didn’t need any butter: it came drenched in a house-made caramel syrup and topped with whipped cream.
I also ordered one slice of the coconut tres leches cake and one slice of the chocolate peanut butter pie. Due to circumstances that were outside of my control (i.e. how delicious it looked), I did not get a picture of the coconut tres leches cake before a few pieces of it went missing. Their Instagram has a much better picture than I could have taken:
Tres leches cake is one of my favorite desserts, and the coconut spinoff did not disappoint. It melts in your mouth, and the coconut flakes on top add some texture. Of the two desserts, it was definitely my favorite.
The chocolate peanut butter pie was also pretty good, but the peanut butter in the middle and the chocolate mousse on top were both a little too sweet for me.
As long as you can get there before the season is over, I recommend trying the pumpkin mousse cheesecake in the glass display: