Here is a review of a recent brunch at 217 E. Main in Tuckerton, NJ. I was looking for a brunch for my mother's birthday and wanted something a little different that wasn't going to totally wipe out my wallet. My parents had lunch at 217 E. Main about a week ago and really enjoyed it. While they were there, they saw a brunch menu so we decided to give it a try.
The brunch was NOT a buffet, it was a sit down. The place is a renovated Victorian house, which was lovely. We (party of 4) arrived for brunch around 11:30 am and were seated at a very nice and reasonably large table. The service was very good. There were two waitresses working the dining room consisting of about 12 tables. Both were very attentive.
One of the nice things about 217 is that it is a BYOB. I called to get more info on that and they said we could bring whatever we wanted (vodka included) and they would provide the ingredients for bloody mary's. They gave us a large pitcher of homemade bloody mary mix and all of the fixings and we were able to make them at our table. It was lovely.
The menu was decently large and varied. It consisted of traditional brunch food, as well as staples from the regular lunch/dinner menu. The meal began with unlimited coffee, tea, juice, and breads with butter and jelly. Each person chose 1 item from the choice of appetizers which ranged from soup, fruit, a cheese platter, shrimp cocktail, and a variety of other items. I had the humus platter, which was very good.
Next we ordered omelets, which were made to order and unlimited. My father is a big eater, so he asked the waitress if the omelets came with potatoes. She said she would find something for him. Well, she brought out a platter with about 10 sausage links, 10 strips of bacon and a huge pile of tater tots. It was a very nice addition to the delicious omelets.
At this point we were very full and very happy, so we waited about 45 minutes to order our next course. The staff in no way made us feel rushed, they let us sit and enjoy our food. The owner/manager was walking around and chatting with the customers. He even took my mom and me on a tour of the place. Each room was beautifully decorated.
So after digesting a little, we ordered our next course, the main dish. There were about 15 items to choose from and they were willing to make you anything you wanted. My dad ordered the steak tips (weird brunch food, I know) but we had already eaten eggs. It was a good sized portion and he said they were well cooked. My grandmother ordered a steak, which she ate the whole thing. My mother and I went with the Cobb salad which was the largest salad I had ever seen. I wasn't able to eat most of it, so I took the other half to go.
Dessert followed which included the richest, most delicious chocolate cake I had ever eaten. We ended up being there for about 3 hours, and we really enjoyed everything about our experience. The bill ended up being about 90$ for the four of us. The brunch is $18.95 a person, with an extra $10 for the bloody mary set up. Well worth the money!
Sorry for such a long review, but we just had a very positive experience and I wanted to share it with everyone. Next time we are in the area, we will definitely be returning, definitely for brunch!
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