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OpenTable has released its annual list of the 100 Most Popular Brunch Spots for 2023. The online restaurant reservation service company created the list by analyzing more than 13 million diner reviews.

The list comes just in time for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th) which was the second biggest dining day of 2022. Although we always try to make Mom feel special, brunch might just be the perfect option this year.

So, where are my fellow New Jerseyans dining to have the best brunch in town? Nicholas Barrel & Roost located in Red Bank, New Jersey was named the most popular brunch spot in the state following key Mother’s Day findings from the survey and OpenTable data.

According to the Barrel & Roost website, the opening of the acclaimed Restaurant Nicholas took place in 2000 which has since led the owner and chef to modernize the concept of fine dining.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as the best Brunch in New Jersey. Weekend Brunch is something we look forward to all week long. The combo of chef-driven comfort food and handcrafted drinks (plus a killer playlist!) makes for a fun, delicious vibe, and experience,” Barrel & Roost Owner Nicholas Harary told Beasley Media NJ.

Ricotta Toast

Ricotta Toast [Photo Courtesy of Barrel & Roost]

The current brunch menu being offered at Barrel & Roost includes everything from soups, brunch snacks such as Ricotta Toast (pictured above), pancakes, omelets, sides, and so much more.

The list spans 22 states for 2023 with 5 featured for New York and 8 for Pennsylvania (if you’re looking to take a day trip). You can view OpenTable’s full list of the 100 Most Popular Brunch spots for 2023 by state here.

13 Unique Mother's Day Gifts For The Mom That Has Everything

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How often do you find yourself struggling to find the right gift for your mom for Mother’s Day? If it’s anything like my experience, you’re not only trying to find something new, but you’re also trying to top that one time when you got her the perfect gift. And despite all those hours searching, you wind up with something silly. So I’ve gone ahead and taken some of the work out of it for you. No matter what hobby your mom has, I’ve put together a list of 13 unique Mother’s Day gifts for the mom that has everything that you are sure to win brownie points on.

  • Wine Glass & Coffee Cup Holder

    As silly as this may seem, I really love this idea. My mom is a solid coffee drinker in the morning, and the occasional glass of wine at night. So something like this is a really great gift idea for her.

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  • Save Your Spot Reading Nook

    My mom is one of the main reasons why I am an avid reader. I know something like this where she’ll not only get a great little space to hold her reading glasses and her coffee cup, but a convenient way to save her spot in her book too. That’s incredible.

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  • Footbath with Heat Boost

    Listen, I know more than anyone how hard my mom works. And she deserves something relaxing. This footbath is a great idea because any time she wants to sit back and relax, this footbath with heat boost will be a perfect thing for her to break out.

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  • UGG's Slipper

    Speaking of comfort, these UGG slippers are another amazing gift idea. My mom loves a good slipper and these would probably make her so happy.

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  • The Comfy

    I love my comfy. It’s great for keeping warm and sitting on the couch while I watch TV. Plus two years ago I got one for my mom for Mother’s Day and she was obsessed!

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  • Eye Massager

    Here’s a really unique gift idea. If your mom is prone to headaches (brought on by you and your siblings or otherwise) this could be the perfect gift to help her out.

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  • Herbal Tea Garden Set

    Got a mom with a green thumb? Or one that loves tea? This herbal garden tea set would be a great gift for her. Help her start her very own herbal tea garden, and then she can brew fresh tea!

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  • Emergency Mom Widsom Coffee Mug

    Speaking of tea, this is a great coffee mug to go with it. I love a cute mug with sayings and so does my mom. This one is filled with emergency mom wisdom so on those days when Mom needs to drop some sage advice but is struggling to come up with it, this mug will come in handy.

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  • Wooden Birthday Reminders

    For those moms who love to get gifts for everyone, this will come in handy. This wooden sign helps you remember who was born in each month. And the little wooden discs allow you to write the name and the date of the loved one’s birth so you won’t forget.

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  • Wireless Charging Station with Speaker

    This may seem like an odd gift, but I think that it’s brilliant. I love having a wireless charger around, but my one complaint is that it doesnt’ allow me to have my speaker free. This helps solve that problem. Plus this will be great for moms on the go.

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  • Vertical Vinyl Record Player

    My mom loves her vinyl. As an avid collector, I know she would absolutely love something like this. It’s a unique record player that not many people would have.

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  • Now Playing Record Stand

    Okay, now talk about a cool idea. This is another great way to help that vinyl-loving mom display her albums. This Now Playing record stand gives you a spot to hold the album cover. Plus, it has a cool LED light changing display that will wow her!

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  • Scratch Off National Parks Sign

    And for those moms who love travelling, this fun scratch-off national parks sign gives them a little challenge and maybe even helps them “scratch off” some bucket list places. See what I did there?

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Please note that items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time we published this list. Have an idea for a fun theme for a gift idea list you’d like us to create?  Drop us a line at shopping@bbgi.com

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