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Best-Kept (Breakfast) Secret in Monmouth County

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I have been going to the Inbetween Cafe religiously for about 3 months now. The breakfast menu is typical NJ diner fare- eggs, pancakes, etc., and everything is good.

But this restaurant has another thing going for it- Weekly Specials. Every Saturday, the specials change for the week. And just about every Saturday, my family and I are there to partake in what i consider the best breakfast in NJ. The specials usually include various omellettes, egg dishes, pancakes, and french toast.

Two specials this week that caught my eye are:

1) Fresh baked popover, split down the middle, stuffed with scrambled eggs, spinach and goat cheese

2) Ham and Cheese Strata- layers of ham, cheddar and swiss cheese, bread, mushroom, and onion.

I ordered both because I couldnt decide between the two. Alas, we arrived a bit too early- the strata was still baking. That's ok, I'll be back tomorrow for it.

I did get my popover tho. What a treat! Who in Monmouth county bakes fresh popovers for breakfast?? Absolutely delicious- the eggs perfectly cooked, still a bit wet, mixed with fresh spinach, and the oozy, just-starting-to-melt goat cheese dolloped on top. Out of this world.

A few weeks back, I had the Scotch Bonnet and eggs special. Fiery peppers, mixed with peppers, onions, potatoes, cheese and chorizo, topped with 3 eggs over easy. Habaneros for breakfast!! What an adventure! I was sweating with delight...

You can also look forward to french toast and pancakes served with various seasonal fruits anh home made syrups. Out-of-control good. Not sure if it's dessert or breakfast.

I can't say enough good things about this place. Chef-owner Bob Koehler is not a short-order breakfast cook. He's an artist, and his creativity is showcased every Saturday. Don't miss it!

The place is also open for lunch, but I have not tried it yet.

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Inbetween
56 English Plz, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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  1. amy
    Thank you for a delightful review.;-)

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    1. re: Tay

      Tyvm for letting people know about ...

      Wait a minute, on second thought, don't ruin a good thing. Let's keep it to ourselves ;o)

    2. What secret - we have been going there for years and it is very good. Just order the french toast and ask for it wet and you will be in french toast heaven. I must admit we have ignored Mumford's in Tinton Falls until recently and I now give them BEST breakfast in Monmouth County including the Inbetween.

      Sorry to rain on your parade...

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      Inbetween
      56 English Plz, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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      1. re: JerzeyShore

        Jeez what a party pooper.

        I haven't been to Mumfords but Inbetween is hard to beat.

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        Inbetween
        56 English Plz, Red Bank, NJ 07701

        1. re: JerzeyShore

          Jerzey, if you are going to throw down the breakfast gauntlet, can you back it up with a review? What are the best dishes? Would love to know what I am missing, I've never gone to Mumfords for breakfast.

          1. re: amv

            I agree with Amy. Just saying it''s better w/o posting a review is not especially helpful.

          2. re: JerzeyShore

            OK AMV - you asked for it:

            Park your car at Mumford's and you walk by their beautiful fresh organic herb and vegetable garden on the walk into their restaurant, and keep in mind that you may be eating product from this garden with your lunch/breakfast.

            Enjoy a cup of delicious coffee made with select beans from a pump vacuum bottle to keep it fresh and tasting just perfect - not the ordinary JOE served by inbetween.

            Ask for a glass of water and it is served with a twist of lemon unlike inbetween.

            Got real maple syrup? Mumfords sure does but inbetween serves up Kraft corn syrup in a plastic package like everyone else.

            A delicious fresh fruit cup is served with ever breakfast at Mumfords. Not the case with inbetween.

            The best pancakes ever are to be had at Mumfords - better than inbetween but keep in mind that I already gave inbetween the nod for best french toast. A tie ...

            As far as any of their egg and meat dishes go to mumfords.com and see if you like anything on the menu. We have only had a couple which were great.

            NOW the bottom line - Ask my wife and she will maintain that inbetween in the better of the two places. But as I said before I think Mumfords is the better of the two. Don't think for an instant that I do not like inbetween as we have been there dozens of times over the years.
            Please do go and try Mumfords for breakfast yourself and you may become a believer.
            Thanks!

            1. re: JerzeyShore

              Great! I'll definitely give it a shot. As an aside, I've taken some cooking classes/tastings there, which I've always enjoyed. A few run by Chris Mumford himself, plus others run by other local chefs- Toni Froio (various), Brian Gualtieri (Piccola Italia), and Chris Brandl. Great way to spend an evening.

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              Brandl Restaurant
              703 9th Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

              1. re: amv

                Wow - I conclude that you must be a great cook. Hope to bump into you at Inbetween or Mumfords.

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                Inbetween
                56 English Plz, Red Bank, NJ 07701

              2. re: JerzeyShore

                Ask for a glass of water and it is served with a twist of lemon unlike inbetween.

                What if you do not like lemon? :)

              1. re: cantkick

                Inbetween is open on Sunday - we went today and I had my usual french toast and the wife had a delicious egg white omelet w/spinach, mushroom, grilled tomato and onion.

                Mumfords is closed on Sunday for breakfast but open for their catering business.

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                Inbetween
                56 English Plz, Red Bank, NJ 07701

                1. re: JerzeyShore

                  For me, I think being open on Sunday is probably the most important element of a breakfast joint. :)