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Mar 3, 2011 05:41 AM

Best breakfast sandwiches in Northeastern NJ (Bergen County area)

Is there anywhere in Northeastern NJ that serves a standout breakfast sandwich? I'm mainly looking for spots in the Bergen County area, but am willing to drive out of my way if the place is really noteworthy.

I'm open to anything from the classic Taylor ham/egg/cheese or bacon/egg/cheese on a roll to something a little bit more upscale/gourmet/market-driven. Also, any type of bread or roll is fine (kaiser rolls, bagels, brioche, Portuguese rolls, focaccia, plain old white bread, etc).

I'm mainly looking for American-style sandwiches, but would also love to hear about good ethnic variations (Portuguese? Brazilian? Italian? Chilean?) in the area.

I don't really care whether the place itself is nice or even has waiter service - I'd just be getting the sandwich to go - but if it is in fact a nice sit-down restaurant or cafe, please mention this fact.

BTW, I realize that every diner in the state serves Taylor ham or bacon with egg and cheese on a roll, but I would still like to hear your recommendations if there's a diner or luncheonette that makes a truly special version of this sandwich.

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  1. I really don't know what could make this a Taylor Ham-Egg & Cheese on a roll any more special...other than having it with a fresh roll with real butter and real Taylor Ham, not a lesser brand....or maybe a nice beefsteak tomato and lettuce, if that's your thing....., so I'll just suggest if you are ever in lower Bergen, you should go to the Colonial Diner in Lyndhurst.

    If I can think of anyplace that sells it for less than $4-5 bucks at a special price in the mornings, I'll check back in.

    Colonial Diner
    27 Orient Way, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

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    1. re: fourunder

      Yeah, I realize that Taylor ham/egg/cheese on a roll is something that is going to be relatively similar at most places, but it can't hurt to get more suggestions. After all, a slight upgrade in ingredients and more attention to detail when preparing the sandwich could yield better results. Also, a better, higher quality roll can by itself make a huge difference in sandwiches, all other things being equal.

      Thanks for the Colonial Diner suggestion - I do know the place, but haven't been there in a while.

      Colonial Diner
      27 Orient Way, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

      1. re: freshfigs

        Here's a place I've been meaning to try out of curiosity.....

        Bacon, scrambled eggs and potatoes for .99 cents every morning.... Stop by a bakery and purchase a roll before going. I would puchase a nice roll, baugette or croissant @ Fairway first.....:0)

        If you like Pastrami .....Benny's Luncheonette in Fair Lawn was voted top three in Bergen a few years back......maybe they have it available in the mornings and you could have Pastrami and Eggs.

        1. re: fourunder

          Thanks again for the tips.

          Speaking of Fairway, I wonder if they make breakfast sandwiches? Maybe Whole Foods Market in Paramus, Edgewater, or Ridgewood?

          1. re: freshfigs

            Re: Fairway, probably not. I've never been there before noon, so I cannot tell you if the hot take out option provides breakfast items in the morning......added to the fact there is a Subway located within offering breakfast now, it seems unlikely

      2. re: fourunder

        You'd think there would be little difference, but I've had some horrible THEC and THC.
        Too many places use off brand pork roll and much of it doesn't come close to real Taylor Ham. A dried, overcooked egg can ruin it.

        I've eaten ones with way too much Talor ham and a single slice and both are mistakes.

        The choice of cheese can affect it and then there is the roll. I've had them served on soft sandwich buns (i.e. hamburger buns), stale kaiser rolls and big, bready Portuguese rolls.

        I've eaten THEC and THC that were so bad I took two bites and threw the rest out.

        For me the best roll for THEC and THC is a fresh kaiser roll from a good bakery. Real Taylor Ham is essential (about 3 slices), 1 properly fried egg, over hard and I think American cheese works best. Cheddar kind of ovepowers everything.

        1. re: menton1

          Sounds pretty good. As a bonus, Westwood has a very nice downtown area, which is not a must for me, but nice nonetheless.

        2. YOur Way Cafe in Westwood has an interesting creative take on Breakfast sandwiches & omelettes. YOu can customize them to your liking--

          7 types of cheese, bread choices are Flagels (flat bagels-- great!), english muffins, croissants, bagels, or wraps. The will put field greens on the eggs, and they also offer turkey bacon and veggie sausage.

          Nice atmosphere, certainly blows away a Diner (ugh) and seems like it's about as creative as one can get with an egg sandwich.

          They also do a wonderful eggs benedict with homemade Hollandaise. (no packaged stuff here!)

          Your Way Cafe
          22 Jefferson Ave
          Westwood, NJ 07675
          P. (201) 383-0507

          1. I would say this place is 5 stars BF sandwich place is BAGLE CAFE in Edgewater. All kind of bagles are good, my favorite is Pumpernickle bagle with walnut cream cheese.....might wanna die with it. Fresh baked Croissant ,...I can't tell all what I like in here. Only new management, I don't like that much, I am more old-home person, other than that, all worker in store are same as before, so still taste is same. Address is 660 River RD. Edgewater, NJ...Enjoy!

            1. Not sure if you still review this, but there is a place about an hour from Bergen Cty that rocks traditional breakfast - they cure their own bacon and I believe the eggs are from their chickens. It is on Pulaski Highway in Pine Island NY, just west of Warwick - it's the Quaker Creek Store (here is a link I live just over the border in NJ (Sussex Cty) and visit whenever I can. They make all their own sausages and meats. Worth it if you have time. Coffee is not extremely good, but the local onion farmers are (regulars there) are nice to chat with.

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              1. re: mewty66

                Thanks for the Quaker Creek Store and Bagel Cafe tips! Both are definitely close enough to check out.

                1. re: mewty66

                  The Quaker Creek Store makes a fantastic breakfast. Their sausage patties are homemade and one of the best I've ever had. They also make a great kielbasy and eggs.

                    1. re: michele cindy

                      90 minutes away, in Warwick, NY. Long way to go for an egg sandwich! Have you tried Allendale Eats?

                      1. re: menton1

                        way too far. allendale is also a bit of a hike.

                        1. re: michele cindy

                          Oh, I thought you were in Ridgewood area...

                          1. re: menton1

                            More in the Greek Village area. Where we were last night for a great dinner :) I'm willing to travel for great food though...

                            The Greek Village
                            211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

                            1. re: michele cindy

                              Have you been to that new place in Tappan that is in the space vacated by The Baker's Wife?

                              1. re: menton1

                                One time. I had a bad experience. Usually I'll give a place another try, but they really annoyed me. I went in for a sandwich for my kids, I asked what breads they have instead of the nut bread offered, I think it was a sour dough, I ended up with however, the bread was really stale. Whoever made the sandwich had to see that, and rather then say something to me, like we can only give you the nut bread, they gave me stale bread. It just ticked me off. I don't get mad very easily but this did it.

                                1. re: michele cindy

                                  No, The Baker's Wife has been replaced by a restaurant!

                                  1. re: menton1

                                    The bakers wife was the little place, which is now mimi's plate. You might be thinking of the restaurant that is called the commisary which used to be the village grille.