On a very cold February morning after re-scheduling my visit three times due to three different snowstorms, I was finally able to make a visit to the Turning Point in Holmdel. This comfy restaurant fixed in the Commons at Holmdel is located next to the Barnes & Nobles and was a welcome respite from the still angry winter wind.
Cate, our waitress, approached the table with a smile and minutes later brought my friend, Eileen, and I a warm-up coffee and tea (my choice ‘White Orchard’) Not only was the coffee fresh and smooth, but there were many choices for tea lovers as well!
After much deliberation over their dizzying menu which included everything from fresh fruit bruschetta, Grande Huevos Rancheros, Classic Eggs Benefit, Omelettes, Stuffed French Toast, Caribbean Crepes, Tropical Crunch Waffles, Blue Point Crabcake Salad, Beach Club Wrap, Pavo Cubano Sandwich, (Oh, it just goes on and on) Eileen and I chose the Florentine Benedict (can you tell why we are friends?) A spin on the Classic Eggs Benedict which used to be my favorite until now was a perfect combination of sautéed spinach, portabello mushrooms and smoked bacon with two poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. I get hungry just thinking about it! Our breakfast arrived promptly and Eileen and I, on a mission, attempted to devour everything on our plates!
Carolyn Dan Valerio, Turning Point’s bubbly manager, welcomed us during our meal and told us a little bit about Turning Point and their Director of Operations and Menu Selection, Bonnie Iavaroni, who was the chef for 10 years at the Little Silver location. The Turning Point breakfast brunch and lunch started in 1998 in Little Silver. In 2002 they opened their 2nd location in Holmdel. Kudos Bonnie, keep up the good work…your menu is outrageous! Judging by the number of items on it, I think we will both be growing old together!
2132 Route 35 South
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Other Locations: Little Silver, Manalapan, Hoboken, Long Branch