Local Vibes

This past Sunday, Bruce and I ventured out to grab a hearty breakfast in town and then head over to Shore Town Ballpark in Lakewood for WRAT’s annual event, “Bark In The Park.” Bruce was hoping to adopt a dog.

First, we headed over to C & G’s Country Café at 213 Route 37  Toms River, NJ 08753. It’s in the shopping center where Floor & Décor is located.

The line was long, with a 30-minute wait to get into the place. That was expected since this neighborhood eatery is very popular. Instead of waiting for a table, we decided to head over to “Bark In The Park” to check out all the doggies up for adoption, and of course visit with my fellow RAT rockers on duty at the event.

Doggie Elvis impersonator

Bruce and I made our way around the event, checking out all the dogs and puppies up for adoption. We saw a few that would have made wonderful fur babies for our little family. I just couldn’t go through with the adoption process knowing that I could not give a dog the adequate time and care it deserves thanks to my crazy busy schedule. It wouldn’t be fair to the animal. A family pet needs a lot of love and attention, so adopting a rescue dog will just have to wait until I can make enough time to give a fur baby the proper love and attention it deserves.

Back on the road to C & G’s Country Café where there was no wait at 12:15 pm. We were seated immediately and met with a ball of sunshine named Ariana. This incredibly pleasant server made us feel welcome. Bruce had never been here before, but I have. Last time I was there, I had an omelet called, “Old Salty” – smoked salmon, tomatoes, scallions, and cream cheese. It was delicious!

This time I opted for a Swiss cheese omelet with home fries and a side of sausage gravy and biscuits. Bruce ordered the “Benedict Arnold” – made with crab cakes, bacon, red onions, poached eggs, and hollandaise.

Swiss Cheese Omelet

Our food hit the table 10 minutes after our order was taken. This place is fast!

My omelet was really good, the biscuits and gravy weren’t what I expected. The biscuits weren’t the traditional buttermilk biscuits I’m accustomed to when ordering such a dish. They were more like a cakey texture and they were cut into large squares. It kind of reminded me of a shortbread biscuit. They were covered in a very creamy savory sausage gravy. I should have ordered an extra side of gravy because the “biscuits” absorbed most of the gravy. I did love the gravy, and the biscuits were good, just different.

sausage gravy & Biscuits

Bruce absolutely loved his Benedict! I had to have a taste! The Hollandaise was near perfect, not an easy thing for any cook to master. It was a silky smooth, rich, buttery sauce, with a hint of lemon. The bacon on the Benedict was meaty and delicious. The poached eggs were cooked perfectly.

Eggs Benedict

Our server Ariana checked on us periodically to make sure we were satisfied. We will be back for sure. Next time I’m going for lunch. The guy at the next table was eating a burger that looked incredible.

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