Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, right? Too often, though, it disintegrates into a travel cup to your right, a granola bar or banana bread on your lap, and crumbs all over the place as you drive to work. Surely I can’t be the only person guilty of this?
That’s why it’s such a treat to go out for breakfast once in a while. It’s surprisingly hard to find good breakfast places, though. On a recent Sunday morning, we stumbled across a great breakfast at a new local place in Marlton called The Turning Point that delivers the goods. Since they have multiple locations, there’s a good chance that there is one near your New Jersey backyard, too.
The Turning Point was hopping on a recent Sunday morning. Since there was no wait for a seat at the immaculately clean counter, we opted to sit there. We each started with a bottomless pot of Mighty Leaf tea. My vanilla bean tea had a wonderful fragrance and flavor. As we scanned the menu, we found an interesting array of both breakfast and lunch choices. John tried the Tuscany Omelet, which was bursting with red peppers, spinach, and country spiced sausage and had a generous layer of mozzarella cheese on top. The omelet came with toast and a side of breakfast potatoes that was better than any I’d ever had. I opted for the Pesto Infusion Skillet from the “Good and Good for You” part of the menu. My breakfast had pesto-infused egg whites scrambled over avocado, roasted Portobello mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. It was a mélange of veggie-centric goodness. Best of all, it was filling, but light.
One of the things that struck us about the restaurant is the friendly and warm vibe it had. Although it was too warm for a fire, I imagine that the fireplace in the middle of the dining room makes for a warm and cozy meal in cooler months. The wait staff was friendly and upbeat even when they were lugging plates around, and General Manager Donna was a welcoming presence. I loved the fact that she showed us a picture of the bacon bouquet that one of the staff members had made! One of the happy diners to our left told us that the restaurant has a “perk card” which sends out special deals. Given the size of the crowd at the Marlton location, it’s obvious that the menu, money-saving and magnificent staff have lots of people coming back for more.
The Turning Point has locations in Marlton, Little Silver, Holmdel, Manalapan, Long Branch, Brick, Westfield and Hoboken. For more information and a look at their menus for breakfast, brunch and lunch, go here: http://www.theturningpoint.biz/
Beth Christian subsisted primarily on cheeseburgers and liverwurst sandwiches during childhood and refused to try most new foods. Her culinary horizons were expanded during her college days in Schenectady, New York, where she learned the joys of trying slow-simmered Italian dishes, Szechuan cuisine, and everything in between. When not engaged in the practice of law in Monmouth County, Beth is busy scouting out interesting restaurants, farmer’s markets and food purveyors near her home in Burlington County. Beth’s primary dining sidekick is her husband John, but she also enjoys having her daughter Meghan, son Michael and her wonderful friends come along for the ride. Email Beth at [email protected]