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Jersey City: Skinner’s Loft

20 Mar

Also while on our quest to explore neighborhoods in and around Manhattan for home buying, we wound up in Jersey City with some friends who just recently bought a place there themselves.  (We actually really liked it there, but my commute to CT a few times each week made it less desirable than heading north).

They explained the stress of picking a restaurant we would enjoy (to which I always say, I enjoy a diner as much as a 5 star restaurant!) but decided to meet at Skinner’s Loft just a couple blocks from the Grove Street Path Station.

We got there a little early and had a drink at the bar, during which time we saw a lot of people come in and request a seat. Luckily, they saved our table while we waited for our friends, but they were turning people away before noon.  It was hopping!


The bread basket was really great, with a little bit of everything to try and nice butter.  (I love a good sampler bread basket)


The men at the table each got the grilled hamburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, brioche roll, french fries.


Mike said it was a pretty decent burger and I LOVED the fries.


My friend got the eggs benedict with poached eggs over house-made buttermilk biscuits, canadian bacon, and hollandaise sauce.  She really enjoyed it.



I got the poached eggs over corned beef and sweet potato/potato hash.  This sounded SO good.  Sadly, this just didn’t quite come together.  The potatoes were soft but not roasted and there was 0 sauce. That would have been totally fine if the potatoes were nicely caramelized, but instead, they were actually kind of flavorless.  Even the corned beef pieces were lacking in flavor. Saltiness even! Bummer.  This could have been really great.



I can see why this place is popular in town for brunch, with a great menu, but sadly, it just wasn’t quite there.  I think they are on the right track but need a really good cook to come in and bump it all up just a wee bit.  Though my only real thing to base that idea on is that hash, so maybe the other items are better.  I’m sure it’s a great stop if you’re in the area, but I can’t quite tell you to drop everything and do some Jersey City destination dining based on Skinner’s Loft Brunch.

Total Nom Points: 6 out of 10

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Stecchino Brunch Deal

19 Nov

My mom came in for a girl’s brunch and we were trying to decide where to go.  A deal came up to try brunch at Stecchino, an “Italian Burger Joint” in the neighborhood, from TravelZoo. I had been to Stecchino prior, for wine and appetizers, and I heard good things about the brunch but had never made the effort to go.

For $29, we got brunch for two with unlimited mimosas.

Mom was craving pancakes, so she went with the Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes made with whipped ricotta cream.  These were fluffy and delicious, and obviously quite warm as the whipped cream slid right off.

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I got a benedict with sausage. The sausage had a great flavor and the eggs were very well cooked.

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Brunch also came with a lovely dish of fresh grapes and oranges.  A nice touch.

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And we had to get a side order of the rosemary candied bacon (in addition to the brunch deal).  This bacon was awesome. It didn’t look all that crispy, but it was perfect.  Great flavor, great texture, nice mix of herbs and sweet.  I would go back just for the bacon.

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The unlimited mimosas may have loosened us up a bit, but we both really enjoyed our brunch here. I’m not sure if I would have gone if not for the deal, but our meal there was definitely something I would return for and would recommend.  Very good brunch.

Total Nom Points: 7 out of 10

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Murray’s Cheese Bar for Belated Birthday Brunch (BBB)

8 Oct

Every year, I go out to a celebratory meal with That Lori from Stuff I Ate since we have birthdays 2 days apart.  Typically, life gets in the way and we wind up celebrating a few months later, but this year we managed to schedule a trip to Murray’s Cheese Bar just a few weeks later.



The restaurant is small and narrow, but has great light streaming in and great red chairs in the mostly black and white restaurant.



We started with the mimosa sampler which had orange juice, lychee, and blood orange varieties. They were served in cute glasses on a lovely slate tray.

They were pretty, but not all that great.  If I were blindfolded I probably couldn’t tell the difference between the three.



They also serve Stumptown coffee, which I’m a fan of, so we woke up with a great iced coffee.

We also go a flight of cheeses.  We chose The Weekended flight which included Fresh Ricotta with honey, Green Hill with preserves, and Prairie Breeze Cheddar with apple.



This was so good. I loved each of the cheese choices and their pairings. But the ricotta and honey was awesome.  Creamy and rich with a great, flavorful honey.



We also split a main (so we could have room for dessert) and went with the Alpine Eggs.  This had two poached eggs on an English muffin, served with ham and mushrooms, topped with our 3-cheese fondue poured tableside.  This was all sorts of wonderful.



The eggs were perfectly cooked and the ham and mushrooms went very well with everything.


That fondue was a really great alternative to hollandaise.  I kind of wanted to ask for it to be packaged up so I could go home and pour it over pretty much everything I made for the next few days (or hell… eat it with a spoon) but I refrained.



For dessert, cheese ice cream was on the list.  And not just any cheese ice cream (because, truly, what is any cheese ice cream), but cheddar cheese ice cream with peanut butter and a honey drizzle.  Stay with me now.

Yes… all of these things together sound super weird… cheddar cheese ice cream? with peanut butter? and honey?

But this was a creation of beauty.  There were pieces in the ice cream that added great texture and the peanut butter mixed perfectly with the ice cream.  The honey on top was a bit of sweetness with the salty ice cream.  Such an original flavor and something I will never forget.



We really enjoyed our meal and the whole thing felt like the celebration it was.  I will be back. And hopefully soon!

Lori also wrote up a review. Check it out here!

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10