The bakers at DOCO take the old-fashioned approach with their donuts. Each of the 13 light, cake-like styles are hand-dipped and dressed in an array of traditional—and nontraditional—toppings. There's the strawberry-glazed and graham-cracker-topped Cherrygraham, for example, as well as the strawberry glaze and granola-dipped Strawberry Fields and the oreo-topped Cookie Monster. Additionally, specialty donuts are stuffed with fillings ranging from fruit to cannoli and boston cremes made from fresh ingredients. The café doesn't just offer baked goods, though—sweet treats can be paired with mugs of robust, locally made Ward Coffee.
At Locals, you won't just rub elbows with regulars who frequently come in for deli sandwiches and gourmet soups?you'll take a bite out of local history too. Each of the shop's sandwiches is named after a hero, figure, or well-known place in Rumson. There's the Under the Bridge sandwich, for example, also known as a tuna salad on wheatberry bread. Or, the McCarter's Cow Crossing, a rare roast beef sandwich garnished with arugula and spicy horseradish. The soups and salads, meanwhile, might not have proper names, but they're just as inventive. Chefs blend up golden gazpacho with spicy bits of jalapeno and avocado, and toss salads with chick peas, whole red cherry peppers, craisins, pine nuts, or whatever else the customer wants. Pizzas, meanwhile, are pretty traditional, if you don't count the premium toppings (such as fried eggplant) that is.
At Kravings Frozen Yogurt locations, a large list of diverse flavors marries a large list of diverse toppings, all of which are sweeter than a honey pot. In fact, honey makes an appearance on those very lists?Greek honey tart frozen yogurt. Blueberry acai, chocolate, pumpkin, and egg nog also make an appearance, exemplifying the menu's ability to be both classic and cutting-edge at the same time?like Mozart driving a Camaro. The catalog of toppings is equally diverse, blending such stalwarts as cookie dough and kiwi.
Before supplying a single item, the proprietors of Eagle Specialty Coffee spent an entire year sampling coffees, juices, pastries, and other goodies. That meticulous search resulted in the shop's 13 private-label coffee varieties, which range from Brazilian Santos to Kenyan AA, all prepared with with the classic pour-over method. Eagle's espresso based drinks have been finely tuned to consistently deliver top quality espresso, cappuccino, latte and other espresso based drinks. For caffeine alternatives, highly trained baristas make freshly extracted juice onsite, blend fruit smoothies and frappes in six different flavors, and steep full-leaf teas. To complement your beverage, Eagle Specialty Coffee offers bagels with homemade tuna salad, delicious blueberry muffins, classic cranberry orange scones, and other fine pastries.
Located within Rutgers University’s Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Café Z’s chef and American Culinary Federation member Bruno Pascale crafts, stirs, and presses paninis, soups, and sandwiches for students and culinary connoisseurs alike. The restaurateur constantly crafts new paninis from recipes devised within the easy-bake oven of his mind, blending fresh ingredients such as ham and brie, or portobello, pepper, and mozzarella with thinly sliced bread for pleasing midday meals. Or embark on an epicurean expedition through Café Z’s menu of ever-changing entrees.
After a debilitating car accident left Elyissia Wassung’s mother, Barbara, unable to commute to work, she stayed busy in the kitchen, devising her own homemade chocolates. Nine-year-old Elyissia would then load her mother’s sweets into a shopping cart and sell them door-to-door around the neighborhood, learning entrepreneurial skills that would last a lifetime. After leaving a telecom job as an adult, Elyissia returned to selling chocolates by founding 2 Chicks with Chocolate (the other chick being her mom), teaming up with master chocolatier Patrick Coston and lead chocolatier Stephanie Vazquez. The dessert innovators create diverse flavors, such as spiced pear and caramel ganache, s’mores, and hazelnut praline, from scratch with spices and sea salt. Customers can also create their own bars online without venturing into the store, building on a selection of chocolate bases and toppings that range from pistachios to gummy bears. The store also hosts chocolate classes and enlivens parties with chocolate fountains and chocolate tastings.