Brunching Down The Jersey Shore
This weekend we traveled down the shore to Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey for a wedding at The Clarks Landing Yacht Club. Our dear friend Liz got married on Friday evening to her husband Kevin and it was beautiful! Liz and I worked together back in the day at The Watering Hole during my 2 year stint as a karaoke host. Many former coworkers from the bar were in attendance so it was so great to catch up and party with everyone. So much fun!
The morning after the wedding, we swung by The Parker House in Sea Girt, New Jersey to say hello and give best wishes to the Bride and Groom before we headed back to New York City.
Side note: My husband Joe and I were so fortunate to ride with our friends. Shout out and special thanks to Brittany and Eli for the lift! Even now, the thought of dealing with the New Jersey Transit in this heat wave makes me want to cry, though Joe did ride the train to the event on Friday from work. He attests that the walk from the train was very hot.
When we got in the car to head home, we quickly realized we needed to grab some breakfast. Stat. Eli did a quick Google search and decided on The Committed Pig in Manasquan, New Jersey.
And MAN are we glad we did, and I'm so happy I had my camera in my bag.
First of all, I want to talk about how adorable the coffee presentation was. I didn't even know coffee could be adorable, but it was. The thermos and that wee little milk bottle?! CUTE.
I was a waitress and bartender for about 10 years, and brunch was always my least favorite shift to work because of the beverages. So in my mind, I would imagine (or at least hope) that these little thermoses made the server's responsibilities a little more seamless. Either way I LOVED it and wish every brunch came with my own cutie pie thermos.
There was a big group of buddies having brunch next to us. It seemed that they were celebrating a birthday -- with a lot of champagne.
And then we noticed that The Committed Pig was BYOB.
Personally, I love me a BYOB spot. It cuts down on cost for the customer, and also -- it's kind of fun! I guess I should have asked about what a bacon hoodie is.
When it came to ordering off the menu, there were so many enticing options. I needed to keep my meal somewhat light, and I have an avocado allergy. Lame, I know. It's hard to order sometimes because avocado seems to be on everything these days.
I opted for the Breakfast Quesadilla for $13.
The dish was prepared with scrambled eggs, onions, tomato, ham, gruyere, and white cheddar -- all inside a whole wheat tortilla. As a side, the dish came with a small bowl of fresh fruit. I could only finish half my meal (it was ginormous), but it was delicious! I definitely took the rest home and ate it for dinner.
I want to note that ALL the food we ordered at The Committed Pig was FRESH. I can't emphasize enough how fresh and rustic each dish was. You could tell how much thought, love, and care went into the planning and preparation of each dish.
Brittany ordered The Fig-n-Brie. $12. I mean, OMG at this sandwich. Creamy, decadent, melted brie cheese with fig preserves inside two pieces of thick, grilled toast.
She chose the thick cut seasoned waffle fries on the side. You couldn't have just one, and I definitely threw a few into my to-go box.
Keeping on the brie theme, Eli ordered the Baked Brie Burger. $15.
The burger was served in a rectangle shaped tin, lined with a charming newspaper printed parchment paper. According to the menu, all burgers at The Committed Pig are made with a blend hangar steak, short rib, and brisket provided by Pat La Frieda in New York, New York. Quality you guys, quality.
This burger was topped with creamy brie, fig preserves, and a thick hearty cut bacon. Out of this world. I don't normally eat bacon, but I took one bite and almost lost consciousness. A culinary induced faint, y'all! And to bring all the deliciousness together, the burger is sandwiched with fresh a potato bun.
My husband Joe ordered the Chicken & the Pig. $11. The meal was so good, it was just about gone by by the time I had the opportunity to photograph the plate. Sad times. But that should be indicative of how delicious it was. A beautifully made omelette filled with diced ham and cheddar, fresh toast, that ridiculous thick cut bacon, and homemade hash browns.
Before heading back to New York City, we ordered one more item for the road. The Red Velvet Fried Oreos. Like, are you kidding me with these?
We couldn't help ourselves. We immediately opened the to-go box and ate them at the table. Crispy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Served with what tasted like a cream cheese frosting.
Cookie coma you guys. Cookie. Coma.
We left happy, full, and ready for a nap.
For my first on-the-road post and I am now having a few realizations while writing about it. I likely should have taken a little more time with the photos and talked to the servers about why I was being such a weirdo with my camera. And maybe asked about the owners, chef, etc. But now I know for next time! And I learned a bit more from their website!
All in all, we were so happy and impressed with The Committed Pig. Impeccable service, quality food, and a warm, welcoming dining experience. In addition to the Manasquan location we visited, they also have two more locations in Morristown and Summit! Definitely check out their website for more information about the restaurant, owners, and locations! So friends, if you're driving down the Jersey Shore, make sure to stop off at The Committed Pig! You most certainly will not be disappointed!
All Photographs © Michelle Kinney Photography / Minnie Kinney LLC. All rights reserved.