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Cafe At Rosemont (Rosemont NJ) Breakfast / Brunch


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Cafe At Rosemont (Rosemont NJ) Breakfast / Brunch

Sethboy | Sep 2, 2006 09:29 PM

I've gone to this tiny charming cafe a few times now for Breakfast and weekend Brunch and enjoyed it every time.

The Cafe has the feel of a time-warp into a General Store, someplace you expect the locals to pull up on horseback (or, SUV) for provisions. Everything, absolutely everything, is "mis-matched", but in a comfy, quaint style. Tables feature odd salt-and-pepper shakers, you may never get the same type of glass or mug, and the artwork and groceries on the shelves are for sale.

The other day I had a late breakfast (ok, it was really lunch) of a daily special - of which several are hand written on chalk boards and brought to your table) that featured two eggs, any style, with local heirloom tomatos, and a crabcake, and a toasted "english muffin". The tomatos were excellent (although I have eaten SO MANY tomatos this year I'm almost glad the season is over) but needed a bit of .... something to perk them up. I still can't get used to the concept of sliced tomatos with eggies, perhaps I need to visit England for a bit?
The crabcake was light, flavorful and perfectly seasoned, with just a hint of spicy and plenty of chunks of crab. Eggs were cooked the way I ordered them (silly me, I like mine Sunny-Side up not over-easy) with a bit of fresh parsley on top. The "english muffin" was more like a sliced loaf of bread, but very tasty when slathered with butter and jam.

Today my companion and I went for brunch (served saturday and sundays). Despite the miserable weather, the place was fairly packed. Fresh squeezed orange juice brightened the morning, along with decent coffee - I've been spoiled by Small World Coffee in Princeton which is excellent - and a pot of chamomile tea for my companion.

I chose a standard menu item of the "Russian Peasant" omelette, two fluffy eggs ("cooked soft" like the menu claims) stuffed with sour cream, potatos and scallions. Oh. And Topped with a generous dollop of caviar, and with two thick slices of black bread. Perhaps I should have been drinking black tea or a few shots of vodka? Excellent omelette, I must say.

My companion had the french toast, 3 or 4 thick hearty slices of baguette nice and eggy on the inside and crispy on the outside. We also tried the "Potatos From Heaven" which were a bit too hard, tossed with rosemary and fried onions, basically a twist on home fries. They offer "bangers", deeply flavorful sausages they have custom made.

Cafe At Rosemont also offers cute choices like a PBJ sandwich with fresh peanut butter and strawberry jam on whole wheat bread (which, with a glass of milk, sounds really appealing to the kid in me) and daily soups and specials.
They serve dinner Thursday through Saturday (Sunday?) and also feature "Drive Locally - Eat Globally" dinners on Wednesday nites. Apparently they research local recipes and dishes from different countries around the world, and create a 3-course prixe-fixe menu (20 dollars roughly ??) featuring app, entree and dessert. This week was Morocco, next week is Chile, and the week after they "travel" to Belgium. Sounds like a definite hit, although they suggest reservations.

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