It's not just artisanal breads and tempting desserts that are made from scratch at Mary's Market––it's everything on the menu. From the dressings on the café's fresh salads to the sauces on their hearty pastas, all of it is crafted using top quality ingredients and TLC. This dedication to the art of food earned Mary's Market a James Beard Award nomination in the category of America's Classics, a division that honors locally owned restaurants that embody the character of the their communities. Chef Christopher Holden helms the catering side of Mary's Markets, relying on his expertise in weddings and banquets to impress guests with passed hors d'oeuvres, signature menus, and cakes big enough for the band to pop out of.
The locally owned Annie's Gifts & Home offers a hodgepodge of holiday wares and party gifts, ranging from gourmet foods, trinkets for recent stork deliveries, jewelry, home fragrances, and more. Adventure to Annie's before your next big bash so that guests can munch over flower-decorated plates produced by Peggy Karr Glass (starting at $21.95 per piece), or enliven your abode with a handpicked medley of floral items (starting at $19.95). Customers can bedeck drab collarbones by creating a customizable Magnabilities necklace, featuring magnetic pop inserts ($3.95), square or heart-shaped pendants ($15.95), and silk cords ($5.95). Annie's friendly staff will be happy to gift-wrap your chic accessory or garden garnish free of charge.
Egg Harbor's menu packs a sumptuous punch of traditional and creative breakfast and lunch dishes for daytime noshing. While standard offerings of bacon, pancakes, and corned beef hash nourish appetites with familiar flavors, the cafe’s savory variety also includes breakfast sandwiches and the salsa-topped, spinach-stuffed dynamite veggie white omelette, which treats tongues to a delicious taste explosion ($8.95). Lunchtime fare consists of sandwiches and burgers as well as Mexican inspired dishes of chicken tacos ($8.95) and harbor fajitas, featuring charbroiled chicken strips and sautéed veggies served with flour tortillas, avocado, sour cream, and more ($9.95). Egg Harbor’s gluten-free options keep the wheat intolerant happy, while the grown-up intolerant can turn to a kids’ menu and choose child-friendly items such as green eggs and ham shot to the table from a Nerf gun ($3.95).
The family-owned-and-operated shop brews sumptuous gourmet coffee and espresso while serving a plethora of sweet treats and tasty baked goods. Ordered weekly, Meg's coffee is always fresh and many are certified organic, with tempting roasts such as sugar plum berry, white chocolate mousse, and butter pecan ($1.55–$1.78 per cup). Meg's array of caffeinated concoctions includes blended smoothies, iced coffees, cappuccinos, and chai teas, covering the full range of the caffeine rainbow. Meg's menu features several fresh pastries and light lunches, including the ham and cheddar sandwich or feta-cheese-topped Meg's special salad. Visitors can indulge in a blueberry muffin ($1.97) while melting the icicles off their antlers in front of the fireplace at their Alpine location.
Papa Murphy's was born out of the owner's frustration with bad pizza from chains, which often tasted as if every ingredient was canned or frozen. Deciding to change the industry, Papa Murphy's tosses every ingredient, all of which are never frozen, onto the crust in front of the customer's eyes and sends them home to bake in a home oven. This dedication to fresh flavor earned Papa Murphy's the top spot on Zagat's National Chain survey.
Visitors can create their own take on the pizza pie or chomp into one of his signature pizzas, which range from meat-filled stuffed crust to calorie-conscious lite varieties covered in vegetables. His appetizers and desserts follow the same pattern. Customers order raw cookie dough or cheesy bread ripe for the baking, resulting in every course being fresh from the oven.
Natural light licks the lacquered bar, laden with down-turned coffee mugs, silverware rolls, and the reflection of a smiling server. Spatulas, seasoned pans, and other kitchen utensils adorn the diner's walls, all hinting at what defines Sheri’s Place: real comfort food, everything from house-made meatloaf and fluffy fresh-whipped omelets to a Friday-night fish fry with hand-breaded fillets. The quaint eatery can seat roughly 90 folks at its casual tables and booths, which are ergonomically designed to maximize the speed at which patrons can devour a house-made rhubarb or caramel-apple pie without hands.