Hope Wissel

Saturday Spotlight: HARVEST

Today’s spotlight is on a local restaurant we stumbled upon in our search for a restaurant with grass feed beef for a good burger.  Thank you YELP for your help.  LOL!

HARVEST Local Seasonal Cuisine is a full service restaurant offering both lunch and dinner. Their focus is preparing wholesome food, from local farmers, bakers and provayers while offering gluten free and healthy meals.

From the minute we walked in, we knew we were going to love it!  The wall was filed with chalkboards listing some of their local farm suppliers.  We knew some of the names and I was excited to know gluten free options were available.

Our waitress (unfortunately, I forget her name) was super friendly and helpful.  She chatted about the daily specials and then left us to scour the menu.  It was easy for hubby – he wanted a burger.  I on the other hand wanted to try so many different things I had a hard time deciding.  When our waitress saw me struggling, she came back to try and help. They did not have gluten free bread but she offered an option for the burger of turning it into a salad with fresh kale and spinach.  I jumped at it and I am so glad I did.  Both burgers were cooked to perfection.  The greens were fresh and the plate looked amazing.  Yup, I forgot to take a picture of mine but here is hubby’s

We were early for the usual lunch crowd but the waitress explained reservations are usually needed for both lunch and dinner.  There is limited seating and they get busy.  They are closed on Mondays too.  They offer full service casual dining between the hours of 11am and 9 pm.

You can find their menu and online food ordering at www.mkt.com/Harvest2go This site was created to serve their busy customers durring their hectic lunch hours (10:30am-5pm). Order your favorite HARVEST meal online.  You can pick up your order at 83 Main St in Farmingdale, it is that simple!

HARVEST LSC menu  was updated this week with some of our Autumn classics.

Let us know what you think….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Saturday Spotlight – Taylor Sam’s


It has been awhile since I focused on the AMAZING Taylor Sam’s located at 1563 Route 88 in Brick, NJ.


They just recently won – BEST BREAKFAST on 94.3 The Point radio station.  

Here is a little bit about them:

Taylor Sam’s is operated by Executive Chef Scott Spivak. Chef Scott along with his wife Dawn, formerly owned Sixth Avenue Bistro was started in 2006 and soon become the local hotspot for guests who enjoyed their unique flair on comfort food in Toms River. Voted one of the best fine dining rests in Ocean County in 2007 by the Asbury Park Press…..Sixth Avenue had quickly made their mark in Toms River, now with the focus soley on catering, sixth avenue can offer that same experience at your next event.

Now Scott and Dawn have started a new venture in Brick….there goal was to offer a great breakfast and lunch dining experience for the local residents in Brick as well as visitors enjoying the Jersey Shore. They wanted the menu at Taylor Sam’s to be eclectic and homestyle by using quality ingredients as well as offering personal service. They want you to feel at home while not breaking the bank!

Open EVERYDAY from 8AM – 3:30PM. Delivery service available, phone: 732-458-7267.

What started for hubby and I as a “let’s just try it”, has become like a second home.  The staff: Nick, Dan, Rose, Fernando, Kara, Taylor and the rest of the crew are AMAZING!

I think I speak for all of the regular customers when I say that you couldn’t find a better place to eat. The food is FRESH. The staff is friendly. Special requests are no problem – believe me I know since I am always changing things up.

Pancakes and French Toast are AWESOME!


Their variety of salad combinations always leaves me guessing with combinations that I would have NEVER thought to put together.


I have probably tried everything on the menu that is NOT meat since I am a vegetarian but I haven’t heard anyone complain about anything there.

If you haven’t tried it, you need to. Having an event, meeting or party – have them do the catering.

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say AFTER you have tried them out.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!