Zoe's Vintage Kitchen - Atlantic Highlands
Ventured here for breakfast this past weekend. Outside just a plain brick building. Inside very charming. Has an old kitchen feel to it with vintage aprons hanging on the wall. Ordered the Bliss, which is eggs with cream cheese, bacon and chives over an English muffin, served with fresh fruit and home fries. It was pretty good, large quantity, took half of it home. The home fries weren't bad, needed a little more seasoning. I also prefer mine with peppers which is just a taste preference. The egg dish was an interesting combo. Quite tasty but a little overkill with the cream cheese. The husband ordered the Oh What A Mess dish with is basically eggs with everything. He ate it all, not a surprise. Service was quick, attentive, and friendly. It wasn't the best breakfast I've had but it was a good experience overall. I'll definitely return as there were some interesting items on the menu.
So I've been back to Zoe's twice since I posted. One day I headed over by myself for a quick lunch at the counter. Had the Virgina Ham Sandwich with Potato Salad. It was one of the best ham sandwiches I've ever had and the potatos salad was almost as good as my mom's.
Went back again for brunch with mom. She had the ham sandwich and tried the coleslaw. She agreed it was really great. I had the french toast with ham and brie which was just fabulous. I really adore this place and can't wait to get back.
So I've been back to Zoe's several times since I originally posted last September. My latest trip this past Sunday was a major disappointment. I brought two friends with me who I had been raving about to. It had the usual crowd on a Sunday morning. We all ordered eggs. I admitted to them I wasn't crazy about their home fries but I always loved their scrambles and omelets.
As expected, the home fries were just ok. The disappointing part was our eggs. All three dishes the eggs were overcooked. I ordered a feta and mushroom omelet. The mushrooms were not "folded" in, they were scrambled in, the feta was however. That wasn't the issue though. The omelet was so overcooked it was firm and browned in spots, as were my two dining companions.
Furthermore, our service was terrible. Usually waitressing is an older woman and her teenage daughter and sometimes one other teenager. Service has never been an issue here before. This time, there were five teenagers just hanging around all behind the counter. She forgot butter for our toast, never came back to refill our drinks and just plopped the check down when we were done. Never came to ask how it was. Basically MIA.
I was truly disappointed. And to think I just recommended this place to the Munchmobile! I am willing to give it another chance, but if I have a repeat performance of Sunday, Zoe's is off my list.
Maybe the issue with service at Zoe's is that they cater to locals in a beach town, they know locals by name, locals love their food, they can only seat maybe 16 people at any given time, maybe that is as good as it gets..
Sure there is a Beverly Hillbillies quote that would be appropriate here.
In any case, Love that French Toast!
interesting theory. i don't live in AH but nearby. i'm there practically every weekend to hit up the flakey tart and the vintage store. the woman with the braid and her daughter who waitress recognize me when i come in and they have both given me wonderful service. the group of teens working on that day when i had bad service i don't recall seeing any of them before.
and yes to the french toast!
also on a side note, i spoke to the owner on one occasion to inquire about renting out the place which they do, and he was very gracious and friendly.
like every place Zoes has it's bad days but I have had consistently good food there with good friendly service. I will keep my rants and rave short and sweet..excellent omelets french toast turkey club. The potato salad is the best I've had out in Monmouth county. They use Hellmans..The owner is friendly and is always welcoming to my family and they genuinely try. Homemade desserts are 1/3 to 1/2 the flaky tarts prices and I enjoy them.
Garden salad with chicken and the greek salad are very fresh and good. My few rants are no pickle spear served with sandwich(Nice half sour would be perfect) homefries generally lacking in flavor and well doneness. I think people want a nice crispy well done pile to go with their eggs etc. it would be more congruent with the rest of the plate. I almost forgot when hungover try the English breakfast or the fishermans you'll thank me one day. This is a nice asset in an area bereft of a decent breakfast. Please support smaller MOM AND POPs and leave IHOP and Perkins for the non chowhounds. PS order your bacon well done