The Birthday brunch I’ve been waiting for!
Sunday, March 11
Last Sunday, we again ventured off of Washington St. to go to one of my favorite little restaurants in Hoboken, the Backyard Bistro on 7th and Jefferson St, for my birthday. I haven’t been there in about a year, but I have been craving their famous Vermonster breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese, bacon or sausage and home fries all on a sandwich made out of pretzel bread) so I figured it would make the perfect birthday present! I was originally afraid that they wouldn’t be able to accommodate a large party, but I was pleasantly surprised when I called earlier in the week to find out their reservation policy. They told me that I needed to give them a call a few hours prior to see if they could hold the table. Upon calling, they reserved a table for 12 and a baby without a problem…almost unheard of for Hoboken.
When we arrived, we were amazed by their renovations! They now have tables and real chairs and the place looks really nice! They used to have these run-down benches, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. The tablecloths are super cute being red and white checkerboard. There were about 5 other tables besides ours, so it isn’t a huge place. Even though there aren’t many tables, the service is not necessarily the swiftest, so don’t plan on being in and out that quickly.
Now, there are a ton of brunch places in Hoboken that all basically serve the exact same thing. However, the thing we love about Backyard Bistro is that their menu is huge and they really have a variety of unique options to accommodate everyone. They have all kinds of funky sandwiches and salads, in addition to breakfast, burgers, pastas and other entrees. My sister and brother-in-law each got a lovely salad, while others ordered sandwiches and breakfast food. However, the specialty of the Backyard Bistro is that they offer all of their sandwiches on pretzel bread. Its fluffy, doughy and just delicious. Is there anybody out there that doesn’t love hot pretzels? So, we began our meal with an appetizer portion of pretzels stuffed with cheese served with a tasty whole grain honey mustard, which I probably could have eaten with a spoon.
For Ben’s main course, he got the Eden Sandwich, which included Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado, Provolone and Pesto Mayo all on Pretzel Bread, and he was able to add turkey to the sandwich. Of course, I got “The Vermonster,” with egg, cheese, home fries on pretzel bread. You could have sausage and bacon on it, but I’m not a huge fan of meat. Every last bite was amazing! We also ordered a side of the Crème Brule challah french toast to share, just because we were curious about it.
What a great birthday brunch…It was totally worth the thousands of calories! We definitely recommend that you try this little hidden treasure in Hoboken.