At The Table, Asbury Park, NJ
Received a flyer the other week, and forgot to post it.
New Southern Family Restaurant in the old Sister Sue's location.
Grand opening was July 15, 2009
311 Bond Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07721
Sunday: 11-6 (dinner only)
TWT: 11-4, 5-10
F, S: 11-4, 5-1 (1AM!)
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Sounds very interesting, especially the ability to customize and the fact that there is a vegan component to the menu. We often enjoyed Sister Sues, and found some of their vegan dishes better then the meat renditions. I wonder if the owners/chefs are related given the menu options.
I'm looking forward to trying it out.
Just had lunch at "At The Table" and I can start by saying that there is no website or chance that one of the family posted earlier about this place. I'm sure that early review was legit.
Now, I've had soul food at some great places over the years and I'm not sure that At The Table is THE BEST, but ... the cooking certainly is up there in that realm.
The cornbread was excellent. I'm told that they usually only serve cornbread at dinner, but we finagled a couple of pieces and I'm sooo glad we did. Moist and chewy, with a great flavor, this stuff deserves at least a whipped honey butter. Alas, all they had was store-type butter. But this is not haute cuisine, just down home goodness.
The fried chicken had crispy, tasty skin and moist and juicy meat. And, unlike some places that oversalt their chicken, this was just right. It came with a nice order of sweet potato fries as part of a lunch special.
We also ventured into the dinner side of the menu for a plate of smothered turkey cutlets. A good amount of pieces of solid white turkey meat were breaded and fried and served covered with a really good brown gravy. This dinner item came with a choice of two sides and the rice with black-eyed peas were decent enough, but the collard greens were outstanding - as good as any I've ever had.
This family owned and run place has only been open for about a week and they are still getting things straight, but there is no mistaking the quality of the cooking. We were so stuffed that we couldn't even think about dessert, but they had a sweet potato cheesecake, chocolate cake and more that was all made in house.
Also, as mentioned above, there was a meatless section of the menu, and they do not serve pork of any kind.
One more thing, upon talking with the chef we discovered that it is not BYOB! Do not bring any alcohol as they can't allow it into the restaurant right now. Something to do with insurance.
Good food, good prices and It's just about two blocks off Cookman on Bond St. - I know I'll be back.
Well, since my favorite thing at Jameson's are the ribs, so far it's mostly apples and oranges. But I have had Jameson's fried chicken and I think At The Table's is better. I am sure that the greens were better.
To be fair I think we should gett some take out from both places one day and compare blindly side by side ;o)
Had dinner there Friday night (7/24). The food there really was top-notch. We ordered the collard green bacon dip, which was divine. We were given free warm corn bread which was also delicious (it came with a much-touted "sweet butter"--not plain store-type butter, which I thought was really good).
My companion, who was raised in NC, ordered the fried chicken with a side of collard greens and peas and rice ($13.99). He said it was the best fried chicken he had in a long time. He ordered the sweet tea too, which he thought was good but a little too sweet.
I ordered the oxtails with mac and cheese and peas and rice ($15.99). Deeeelicious! Note, their menu ranges from around $8 to a burger, to some seafood dishes. Our entrees were towards the pricier end.
The portions were very big...we ended up taking home half the fried chicken and some sides. (I'm guessing this may have been unintentional, but the half fried chicken came with two drumsticks...) We passed on dessert, but the menu had some pretty good choices, which we'll be back to sample at another date.
One note: we asked for a little side of the barbecue sauce, just to try it out. The server had told us it was home-made, but we aren't exactly sure that it is.
Another note: we spoke to the chef/owner after the meal, who came out to ask how things were. We specifically asked about the BYOB issue, and she told us that she has no plans to allow alcohol, as it is for her a moral issue. So don't plan on drinking there. Nevertheless, we plan on going back, as the food was just too good.
One could really eat well by following the advice of fellow hound Seal. Seeing his glowing report prompted us to have an early dinner tonight. "At the Table" is a wow revelation. It was really really good.
Greeted by Sylvia (apoligies if I got it wrong) we were seated at a comfortable window table. Quick word about Sylvia, if there is a more friendly server in NJ we haven't met her. We felt like we were in her home.
The most delicious cornbread you can imagine, moist and so full of flavor also came with "sweet butter" which tasted like honey was whipped in. I could eat that cornbread all night.
We will be back many times to explore the menu but tonight we both opted for the fried chicken. Crispy, flavorful, juicy and not a bit greasy, eating this was a real treat. Only one problem, the sides are every bit as good! I had the collard greens (YUM) and the mac & cheese which had a nice toasted top, plenty of cheese without being too wet or runny. Also delicious.
DW had the coleslaw and sweet potato fries. Both were very good and again the fries were crispy and greaseless.
Stuffed but wanting to sample dessert, we decided to get a couple to go. We just finished the sweet potato pie which was excellent, so rich but still so light.
The other dessert, Ora's cream cheese pound cake will be tomorrows breakfast with coffee... if I don't gobble it up later tonight :)
Spoke with owner chef Janice on the way out, wished her and the staff all the best.
My advice, run don't walk to At The Table, you won't be disappointed. We went early tonight but reservations are taken.