Asbury Park has a new eatery in town (a Speakeatery… Shh!), but this is one place that you don’t want to be quiet about. With their soft opening on Friday night, we perused the food offerings as well as the market items last night prior to the under-attended tree lighting in Press Plaza. We have to say we were impressed with the menu items as well as the fact you can find actual produce such as romaine lettuce hearts, carrots, celery, red and yellow onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, lemons, limes, avocado, and iceberg lettuce. There are a number of other gourmet shelf items as well including herbs, vinegar, and pasta. We made the decision to check them out for lunch today and we were not disappointed.
Pictured above: The South of the Mason, pulled pork with BBQ sauce topped with mac and cheese on potato rolls. We also tried the Reuben Klopak, which is more Sloppy Joe than traditional Reuben, but nomenclature aside, it was a tasty sandwich as well.
They have a fairly extensive menu as well as deli-case specials like Rolatini, Meatballs, Pasta Salads, etc.
The last thing we needed in this town is another art gallery and the thing we need the most is a grocery store/market. The Speakeatery is a fantastic step in the right direction, with the added bonus of offering really top notch sandwiches, salads, and more. They should do really well in the space that once housed Plan B restaurant, which now is next door to the newly relocated Showroom Cinemas.
We’re not keeping this a secret… check them out, you will be mightily impressed.
The Speakeatery is located at 705 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ and can be found on Facebook.