of the moment, that is a toute heure. local foods, seasonal fare, market finds. a dream for any foodie. which is why it was no easy task waiting for a toute heure’s next “last sunday brunch”.
i can’t turn down a beignet, and fellow can’t turn down a donut. both on the menu for a toute heure’s “last sunday brunch”. as we waited impatiently for our doughy delights, we sipped a perfect cup of coffee. smooth and robust, this blend from small world roasters is well-balanced. and the perfect accompaniment to our bowl of beignets, and donut. both are tender, moist and perfectly airy. fellow is in love with the gooey cherry filling oozing from the belly of his sugar coated donut.
next on the table, ath’s breakfast pizza and biscuit sandwich. my breakfast pizza is full of color and flavor. corn pesto, garden veggies, fontina and a sunny side up nj farm egg. usually not a fan of a gooey egg, but i enjoyed the richness and creaminess it added to this dish. my favorite element was the house-made dough. tender, chewy and i swear i tasted a hint of beer in the dough. so delicious!
fellow’s biscuit sandwich included slow-cooked pork belly, jalapeno jam, and a fried egg served alongside cast-iron skillet potato hash. aside from the tender pork belly, the biscuit itself was the star of this dish. fellow took one bite and insisted that i do, too. yes folks, this was a lard biscuit. but if fellow says i need to taste it, then i need to taste it. and i did. sweet, salty, tender, and moist. hands down, best biscuit ever.
let’s not forget ath’s frites served with garlic-saffron aioli. if you don’t know by now, i have a thing for fries. they need to be fresh, hand-cut, tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, and most important, salted. these frites did not disappoint. and they were served in this cool new jersey/new york mug.
did we have room for dessert? no. but i wasn’t leaving ath without a taste of their house-made sweets. we decided on a warm fresh-baked, gooey chocolate chip cookie along with salted peanut ice cream and peach bourbon bacon ice cream. this cookie was to die for. rich, buttery, and oozing with chocolate. ath’s house-made ice creams are equally mouthwatering. salted peanut was perfectly sweet and salty, although i was hoping for a few bites of intact peanuts for texture. fellow urged that i try a spoon of his peach bourbon bacon ice cream. fresh, sweet, and not overpowered by bacon, it was perfect.
our only disappointment, not visiting a toute heure sooner. we look forward to our next meal here. perfect food, atmosphere, and service.
A Toute Heure | 232 Centennial Avenue, Cranford, NJ | www.atouteheure.com