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Traditional Irish Breakfast??

zmasone Feb 6, 2012 06:08 AM

I have been searching for a place that would serve a traditional Irish breakfast (fry up) in NJ. Baked beans, fried eggs, rashers, sausage, black and white pudding, friend tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. Every single restaurant I've found only serves lunch and doesn't offer it. Can anyone suggest anything?? I did find a deli in Parsippany that sells everything I would need to prepare it myself, but I would love to find a place where I could sit and eat it already prepared for me. I am located in Western Morris County, but am willing to travel, hahaha. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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    albinoni RE: zmasone Feb 6, 2012 07:19 AM

    St. James Gate is an Irish pub/restaurant in Maplewood--they definitely have Irish breakfast on St. Patrick's Day, and I think year round.

    1. ambrose RE: zmasone Feb 6, 2012 07:26 AM

      The Blue Rooster Bakery and Cafe in Cranbury does a full Irish breakfast (it's even called that on their menu).


      There's also a place in Bethlehem, PA that supposedly does an Irish breakfast. The downside is that the restaurant does not open until 10 AM (??).


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        cwdonald RE: ambrose Feb 6, 2012 08:12 AM

        The place in Bethlehem is called McCarthy's tea room. They open at 10 am on weekdays, and 9 on weekends. What is remarkable about them is they serve, a full english, irish, scottish and ulster fry up with the appropriate items. Well worth the visit. Its where I eat breakfast when I go to the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem.

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          joisey al RE: ambrose Feb 6, 2012 03:05 PM

          Is there an address for the Blue Rooster Bakery and Cafe in Cranbury?


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            ambrose RE: joisey al Feb 6, 2012 05:01 PM

            Google is your friend! :-))


        2. mschow RE: zmasone Feb 6, 2012 08:01 AM

          St Stephens Green in Spring Lake offers the traditional Irish breakfast year round. It's quite charming inside and might make a nice day trip for you.

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            zmasone RE: zmasone Feb 6, 2012 08:31 AM

            Thank you so much everyone!! Husband and I will be taking a trip down to Cranbury to check out Blue Rooster tomorrow morning, but I also plan on bringing my mom (grew up in Ireland until she was 27, still refers to it as "home") to McCarthy's Tea Room soon, when she is free. I am 5 months pregnant and my mom was reminiscing about a breakfast like this so I have been craving one desperately for about a week now.

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              cranrob RE: zmasone Feb 6, 2012 09:09 AM

              The Blue Rooster is closed Mondays and Tuesdays... you'll probably want to reschedule.

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                zmasone RE: cranrob Feb 6, 2012 09:55 AM

                darnit! i missed seeing that on their site!! thanks for saving me a trip though :-)

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              fourunder RE: zmasone Feb 6, 2012 10:49 AM

              You can save some travel time if stay right in Parsippany and go to the Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub on Route 46 in the old Bennigan's location. They do not open until 11:00AM, but they have it on their menu for $10.95.



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                creamfinger RE: fourunder Feb 6, 2012 06:02 PM

                This is around the corner from me but I've always been hesitant about trying it. The Bennigan's look combined with menu items like quesadillas, seafood fradiavlo and bbq ribs makes me think "corporate, Irish themed, chain restaurant", rather than authentic and family owned . Now as I've said, I haven't been there, so this was just my impression. I would love to hear feedback from anyone that's eaten there.

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                mickeygee RE: zmasone Feb 7, 2012 04:16 PM

                Kilkenny house in cranford. I'm not 100% sure, but I think I remember seeing it on their site, at least for certain days of the year. I've never been to Ireland so I can't comment on authenticity, but owner is a very nice Irishman who takes a lot of pride.

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