08 Mar WHY ASBURY PARK, NJ ROCKS FOR VEGANS
By Becky Brooks
WHY ASBURY PARK, NJ ROCKS FOR VEGANS
Asbury Park is a small New Jersey shore town made famous by Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park.” Beyond the rock-and-roll culture that grew from this legendary icon, Asbury Park has also come into the vegan scene in recent years, boasting several vegan-friendly spots throughout its lively downtown. From brunch to boardwalk snacks, this town has plenty of vegan eats to enjoy.
But first, brunch
The best cure for a wild night spent roaming through Asbury’s clubs is a solid vegan brunch. Toast is a local New Jersey chain that offers a few exceptional vegan staples. Order the tofu scramble with sweet potato fries, or enjoy the familiar comfort of steel cut oats with grilled bananas. For some conversation-starting brunch items, take a stroll just down the road to Cardinal Provisions where they’re serving vegan entrees such as a Big Sketchy Bagel, Weird Hash, and the Impossi-Ballz—vegan Italian meatballs made from ground-up Impossible Burgers. Accompany your savory meal with a vegan apple fritter or a Chocolate Xuixo (a fried Catalan pastry filled with chocolate cream). Those in search of a boozy brunch can get their fix at Modine, a Southern-inspired restaurant serving up mimosas and champagne cocktails to accompany its Vegan Chicken Biscuits and Skillet Mac and Cheese. Make reservations to avoid a long wait.