Situated on the water, Robin's Nest Restaurant's unmistakable, bright exterior seems to always sing of spring. Inside, the interior is reminiscent of a beautiful, quaint home, setting diners at ease during brunch, lunch, dinner, or just cocktails. An eclectic dinner menu is marked by the distinct influence of French cuisine, evident in dishes such as traditional crocks of french onion soup, truffled fries with shaved parmesan, and portobello napoleon with rice pilaf.
Bobby D's executive chef Ron Littig wields more than 20 years of industry experience to carefully craft a menu of American classics in a kitchen that stays open until the wee hours. Diners cast tongue nets toward appetizers such as a mug of Dockside chowder, brimming with clams, scallops, potatoes, and bacon ($5.50). Mac 'n' cheese, cornbread, or no-nonsense cops form unlikely partnerships with handheld fare including the Dallas burger, which flaunts certified Angus beef, chili, and monterey jack cheese ($8.99), or the cheesesteak sandwich with american, provolone, or swiss cheese ($8.99). In the barbecue arena, pitmasters dapple meats in house dry rubs and sauces before slow-smoking them over hickory and apple woods to build dishes such as the pulled-pork platter ($11.99), which, like Dr. Jekyll's mirror, offers a choice of two sides.
Beginning with rolls baked fresh daily, the namesake sandwiches at 537 Subs tantalize taste buds with fixings such as chicken parmesan, oven-roasted roast beef, and housemade falafel. The latter pairs especially well with the shop's housemade hummus, which sandwich makers can add to any order. 537's menu also includes salads and wraps such as the chicken caesar, though these, too, can be converted into subs. For customers eager to create their own sandwiches by hand, 537 sells Boar's Head cold cuts and cheese by the pound.
When the original Philly Soft Pretzel Factory location had a line out the door, its founders knew they had a hit on their hands. That was in 1998; today, over 100 franchise locations serve their special-recipe soft pretzels. Each chewy treat is hand twisted, baked fresh, and served hot from the oven into the customer's waiting hands, or mouth if they're really hungry. Pretzels can be topped with traditional salt, or spiced up with garlic or sesame seeds, while a selection of dipping sauces ranging from cheddar cheese to sweet chocolate provide layers of dunking flavor. And for those who prefer their baked goods meaty, dough-wrapped dogs and cheesesteak-filled pretzels are available.
Recently noted in the New York Times for synthesizing classic American diner ambience with a contemporary focus on local, fresh fare, Vincentown Diner presents a wide-ranging menu full of edible Americana. Jersey burgers such as Da Big Dipper, topped with frizzled onions, swiss cheese, and horseradish ($11.99), and the Tex-Mex, crowned with spicy jack cheese, chipotle sauce, guacamole, and more ($11.99), make for lastingly meaty meals or the perfect one-bite dinner for unhingeable sets of jaws. The Italian Stallion burger arrives covered in roasted red peppers and sautéed spinach ($11.99), just like its namesake, Rocky Balboa. Nonbunned classics such as shrimp scampi ($15.99) sate seafare-favoring eaters, and an extensive wine list features New Jersey–vinted vinos, such as a glass of 2009 vidal blanc ($5).