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Le Peep - Shrewsbury?

bgut1 Sep 27, 2008 09:45 PM

On my way to dinner tonight I noticed a sign for a forthcoming Le Peep restaurant on the old Java Moon site at 431 Broad St./Rt. 35 in Shrewsbury. This is great news to me as I recall enjoying many good breakfasts at the one located in Edison in Wick Plaza. Now all we need in Monmouth County is an Original Pancake House (as well as a Trader Joes) and I'll be happy. :)

  1. JerzeyShore Sep 28, 2008 12:08 PM

    Le Peep in Edison - what fond memories. My wife and I must have ate breakfast there a hunderd times in the nineties. Yes this would be a nice addition to the central Monmouth area.

    1. fershore Sep 29, 2008 11:02 AM

      I nominate the former Foodtown location in Shrewsbury for Trader Joes.

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        val ann c Sep 29, 2008 03:09 PM

        I don't think I could stand having a TJ around here. All that low cost Belgian chocolate. Would be bad.

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          jsfein Sep 30, 2008 03:44 AM

          My wife has emailed Trader Joes at least 6 times in the past year to put one in the former Acme location in Mount's Crossing in Freehold. She really wants one nearby (or at least somewhere in Monmouth). No response to any of the emails.

          1. re: jsfein
            Angelina Sep 30, 2008 04:45 AM

            I don't think I was ever in a Trader Joes. Are they in CA? I think I went into one there and bought some crazy organic guava juice...but I don't remember the name of the store. Is the closest one to us in Westfield? (Sorry...I did not google this before posting)

            Someone once gave me a case of that horrible 2 buck Chuck wine..blah!!! I could'nt give that crap away!

            Looks like I will have to visit Mojave Grill and then Trader Joes!! :)

            1. re: jsfein
              wench31 Sep 30, 2008 04:00 PM

              so did I! maybe with the both of us, we can both convince them to open one there! Has your wife ever tried Wholefoods Market as well? I've been trying there, too. :)

              1. re: wench31
                jsfein Sep 30, 2008 04:41 PM

                That's too funny. We haven't been to Whole Foods. A little too far from Freehold to Middletown.

              2. re: jsfein
                mbw1024 Oct 6, 2008 02:31 PM

                oh gosh i'm joining the campaign! I live 5 minutes from there.

                1. re: mbw1024
                  missnicole5 Oct 15, 2008 05:52 PM

                  Another vote for TJ's in Shrewsbury, fantastic idea! We recently moved down from Boston and are seriously missing Trader Joes. I'll join you in emailing them with the recommendation!

                  1. re: missnicole5
                    njfoodies Apr 6, 2010 11:35 AM

                    Keep e-mailing TJ's! We hounded them for years, and finally got one on Route 1 in Princeton! -mJ

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                    bgut1 Oct 16, 2008 09:00 AM

                    Back to Le Peep - Has anyone driven past the site lately who can advise on their progress or expected opening date? Per a listing on craigs list, they had expected to open by the end of September. No news on the Le Peep site about this location as of yet.

                    1. re: bgut1
                      HillJ Oct 16, 2008 12:20 PM

                      Drove by on my way to R/B this Tues and noted a sign, hiring.

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                        jfedorko Oct 16, 2008 02:23 PM

                        I have been told that tonight (Thursday, 10/16) is opening night. There were several cars in the parking lot last night, presumably for training. I wonder how long it'll be before we can expect a reasonable wait time?

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                          val ann c Oct 16, 2008 04:11 PM

                          I was heading up Rt 35 and pulled into the parking lot. The sign says the hours are 7 - 2:30. They have wifi. It looked ready to open... ketchup bottles, etc, on all the tables.

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                            HillJ Oct 16, 2008 04:23 PM

                            Thanks for the update val ann c.
                            I'm guessing the place will be packed for awhile.

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                              bgut1 Oct 17, 2008 08:05 AM

                              Looks like breakfast at Le Peep this weekend :)

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                                HillJ Oct 17, 2008 09:04 AM

                                Looks like Thurs for me but I look forward to your review!

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                                  bgut1 Oct 22, 2008 03:07 PM

                                  I'm happy to report that the food is as good as I recall having at the Edison Le Peep. I had a take on Eggs Benedict with chorizo, salsa, and sour cream while my wife had one of the skillets with scrambled eggs, sausage and potatoes. The eggs were cooked perfectly. My kids enjoyed the chocolate chip pancakes, thick cut bacon , bacon and cheese omelette, and the ubiquitous chicken fingers with french fries. We found the food to be on par to even slightly better than Amy's Omelettes in Long Branch (except that Amy's had a wider menu selection). Other nice food touches include serving fresh squeezed orange juice.
                                  Now for the criticisms. Although it’s been years since I have been to the original Le Peep in Edison, I seem to remember it as being cozy and not "chain-ish". This location has the opposite feel. Shoe horning this restaurant into its current quarters (various doors to nowhere) along with the design (photos of food items which adorn the walls) makes you feel that you are eating in a cold restaurant chain. While the space doesn't work, it will not keep me from returning as the food was quite good. Service could also improve however it is to be expected from a restaurant that has only recently opened. Good Luck. BTW, see the picture below for an idea of the design of the restaurant.

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                      mrsrossisme Oct 22, 2008 11:25 AM

                      Oh happy day! I loved the few Le Peep meals I had in the Edison location. Thanks for the heads up!

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                        mkinls Nov 1, 2008 04:47 PM

                        I heard that Trader Joes is coming to Shrewsbury or Tinton Falls. A friend was speaking to the manager of the Westfield store, begging them to come to the Red Bank area. My friend learned that they looked in Red Bank, but due to parking issues they couldn't come to Red Bank, but Shrewsbury/T.F was looking good. From the Trader Joes that I remember in Baltimore/Wash DC area, the stores are smaller than the now empty Foodtown. Are other Trader Joes that large?

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                        1. re: mkinls
                          seal Nov 2, 2008 06:04 AM

                          I took my family to Le Peep this morning for breakfast and we all left happy. OK, so it's not as aesthetically pleasing a space as some others. Big deal. It's a breakfast/lunch joint, not a supper club.

                          We had a burger, soup, eggs and french toast and it was all good. Sooo much better than when Java Moon was there. We are looking forward to eating our way through the menu ;o)

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                          amv Dec 20, 2008 01:42 PM

                          I wanted Le Peep to be good. After 3 attempts, I've given up. The coffee is always too strong, and the food is always delivered to the table too cold. How can dishes finished in a skillet in the oven be cold? The cheese melts, but the place somehow defies the laws of physics. Even the pancakes are a mess. Its a shame, but Le Peep will not last in 2009.

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                            stickman731 Dec 24, 2008 10:18 AM

                            Finally visited yesterday, I had an spinach-mushroom omelet, a side of sausage - juice and coffee. Only 8 tables and my diced potatoes arrived cold (I actually prefer shredded home fries). English muffin was a nice touch but it was also cold. Coffee was clearly old and very bitter tasting. Maybe one more visit - but I prefer the Americana Diner.

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                              gw00 Dec 30, 2008 06:56 PM

                              finally tried this location, usually go to the edison one. their pancakes, which i always get in the edison one, are not that great. the consistency was different and they just sort of fell apart. this was after sending them back because they had no blueberries in them. i thought the coffee was good. probably will stick with edison.

                          2. wench31 Jan 18, 2009 06:39 AM

                            There will be a Le Peep coming soon in Manalapan. It's going to take over Java Moon on Rte 9S. I called up the Le Peep in Shrewsbury and was told that they'll be opening up sometime in the middle of February.

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                              ellinj0206 May 25, 2009 08:58 AM


                              We finally went to Le Peep today after driving past it 100 times and wondering what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised by the menu, service and food---and the coffee was the best I have had in a while (I know, even something that minor made me happy). My fiance was equally as happy and I think we have found our new breakfast spot. For the two of us to eat (regular meals plus a side of turkey sausage), each having an endless pot of coffee and full stomachs with tax it came to $23.00. Now-a-days I don't think that is too bad!

                              Definitely worth checking out!


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                              1. re: ellinj0206
                                joonjoon Jul 11, 2010 11:10 AM

                                Me too, finally tried this place and I was extremely happy (and pleasantly surprised) with my breakfast. Will definitely be returning here.

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