If you’re looking to lick your wounds from the night before or you just want to start your day off right, summer time brunches are a must! Long Beach Island has it’s fair share of great brunch spots, so the Two Dopes from Jersey went out in search of the best brunches on the island.
If you’re a Professional Bruncher then a trip just off of the Island to The Old Causeway is a must. As soon as you read the menu, it is apparent they take brunch very seriously. From Meatloaf Sliders served on Buttermilk Biscuits to their French Toast stuffed with whipped cream, Nutella and bananas, it is nearly impossible to make a bad decision.Oh, and did we mentioned their bottomless mimosas and make-your-own Bloody Mary bar? We dove head first into the stuffed French toast and the Shrimp & Grits served with Fried green tomatoes and if it couldn’t get any sweeter than that, We ended brunch with a warm cinnamon bun with cream cheese frosting! Let’s just say that after this brunch, the Two Dopes needed a long siesta.
Located in Barnegat Light right next to “Old Barney” sits The Daymark, which is the sister restaurant to the Arlington. This bright and airy restaurant features great taps, bottomless mimosas and an eclectic brunch menu. Starting your day of with Avocado Toast & Smoked Trout topped with Fried Eggs or the Double Cheddar Bacon Cheese Burger with Special Sauce is about as good as it gets. The gorgeous views of the inlet and delicious food makes The Daymark the perfect brunch destination for the northern point of the island.
For those on the Southern end of the island, Tuckers has become a LBI staple. Tuckers brunch is all about large portions and great booze. Their extensive brunch menu has something for everyone, from Pulled Pork & Fried Eggs to a Belgian Waffle Sandwich. The Loaded Bloody Mary, with jumbo shrimp, bacon & blue cheese stuffed olives, is one of our favorites on the island & is almost a meal in itself! Another classic Tucker’s menu item is the tasty “Lunchbox” cocktail made with Ship Bottom Shack IPA, amaretto & OJ. With these options, your brunch could easily turn into late lunch & Uber will need to come to your rescue.
Blue Water Cafe
Before you head over to the Blue Water Cafe, which is located in Beach Haven, make sure you stop to pick up your favorite bottle of champagne so they can throw it on ice and give you a pitcher of fresh orange juice. Thats right people, BYOC! The Blue Water Cafe has enclosed porch seating, which offers an outdoor feel without being exposed to the summertime heat. Their Lobster Benedict is Jersey Shore brunch perfection, while the Blue Crab Burger served with Old Bay fries with will send you into a blissful food coma.