Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits, Keyport, NJ
Tuesday, July 30, 1:38 p.m.
Where I Sat
At the close end of the bar, which was some of the only free real estate! It was bustling as everyone worked to beat the heat with the cool breeze of central air on this sweltering summer afternoon.
Who Served Me
Prudence. She strolled the bar as she took orders and wiped down the counter. Prudence casually served drinks and offered an easy smile. When you needed her, Prudence found you.
Bartender’s Favorite Bite
Prudence replied to my usual question with, “Well, what do you like?” I responded playfully, “That wasn’t the question, ‘Dear Prudence!’”
She quickly reconsidered. “I really like the arugula salad with the crab cake,” she said. “There’s something about the cranberries and beets. I had never had white beets before; it’s so good and the crab cakes are amazing!”
The Vibe and My Vantage Point
Americana. A flag-inspired bar steeped in history. Beneath the well-polished veneer on the bar are newspaper clippings, historic postcards, and other artifacts about Keyport and, well, Old Glory. They’re likely worth a deeper look if you have the patience or attention span.
The bar and dining area are lively and come complete with TV screens hung above the bar. It was really hot on this particular day, otherwise I would’ve taken up residence at the outdoor bar, which included umbrella-covered table seating—a great option as we head toward fall.
I grabbed the seat closest to the front of the restaurant so I could take in all the action. Besides, there were hardly any open spots.
What Quenched My Thirst
The Glory Chill, $9
Deep Eddy ruby red grapefruit vodka and fresh lime juice, topped off with club soda and a lemon twist
I asked Prudence to replace the vodka with gin. For some reason, vodka tends to give me a headache and while I was only planning to sip one of these, I didn’t want to chance it.
The drink was super light and refreshing.
A touch of ruby red created a light pinkish tint and allowed the Hendrick’s to shine through—a botanical experience with the herbal notes of the gin, lime, and tart of the grapefruit. The right choice for the day!
What Fed My Soul
Drunken Clams, $12
Brick-oven roasted clams with garlic butter, cherry peppers, bacon and Yuengling lager, served with brick-oven crostini
A lovely portion arrived with a rich broth beneath the ample amount of clams and scarcely, scattered, sliced, wilted pieces of hot cherry peppers. What I didn’t see at first was the bacon, which I missed in the description as I excitedly jumped to the Yuengling lager.
The clams were well cooked, yet I found the broth a bit heavy-handed with the salt. I loved the cherry pepper touch and only wished for more to balance my tastebuds.
Lunch Combo, $7.99
Available weekdays at lunchtime and includes any sandwich or burger combined with soup, salad, or fries. My selection is detailed below.
Roasted Tomato Bisque, regularly $6
BLT, regularly $12
Served on toasted ciabatta and mayo
The BLT arrived aside the bowl of tomato soup and looked amazing. Fluffy, sliced bread topped with healthy leaves of romaine, sliced tomatoes, and bacon. The mayo, which I got on the side, was lightly smeared on a single side of the well-toasted bread. I was delighted to sink my teeth into a hearty mouthful. Mmmmmm, hmmmmm. Where’s the bacon?! I am a proportion queen!
I was the kid that who, starting around age 7, would make tuna sandwiches with a side of sweet gherkins and “regular” Charles Chips, which were delivered on a truck. I’d bite the sandwich, bite a pickle, and eat a chip. The entire meal would go like that until I was done eating. Not a chip or pickle bite left to consume. OK, some may say that was OCD before it had a name, but I found it soothing and the best way to enjoy that particular early-foodie experience.
So in this case, I expected the depth of my bread to be matched with the thickness of the bacon. I was somewhat devastated to find they sort of skimped on that element of the experience. Had the of ingredients been more proportional, it would’ve been an even more delicious experience. It was yummy even if a little disappointing.
I think the deal for the combo is well worth heading back for. Next time I will check out another sandwich choice and try the fries! It’s clear the kitchen cares and the menu was created with the best intentions.
What’s on Tap
Clarence Clemons “Big Man’s Brew,” $7
New Jersey, IPA, 6.5% ABV
Evil Genius Purple Monkey Dishwasher, $6.50
Pennsylvania, Porter, 6.70% ABV
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, $6
Georgia, Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV
Allagash White, $6.50
Maine, Witbier, .5.1% ABV
Blue Moon, $5.50
Colorado, Belgian Wheat Beer, 5.4 % ABV
Blue Moon Wheat, $5.50
Colorado Belgian Wheat, 5.4% ABV
Carton 077xx, $7
New Jersey, American Double/Imperial IPA, 7.8% ABV
Kane Head High, $7
New Jersey, American IPA, 6.5% ABV
Miller Lite, $3.50
Wisconsin, Light Lager, 4.2% ABV
Asbury Park Blonde, $7
New Jersey, Light Lager, 5.5% ABV
Yuengling Lager, $3.50
Pennsylvania American Amber / Red Lager, 4.5% ABV
Leinenkugal Berry Shandy, $5.50
Wisconsin, Weis Beer, 4.2% ABV
Yuengling Golden Pilsner, $4
Pottsville P.A., American Pilsner, 4.7% ABV
Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout, $6.50
Michigan, English Oatmeal Stout, 4.5% ABV
Selections may vary.
Korbel (split), $9
Charles & Charles, $9
Colombia Valley, Washington
J Lohr – San Jose, California
Pinot Grigio, $9
Montevina Amador County, California
Sauvignon Blanc, $9
Joel Gott – California
Kung Fu Girl – Washington
Cabernet Sauvignon, $9
Buried Cane – Colombia Valley, Washington$
J. Lohr – Paso Robles, California
Pinot Noir, $9
Sea Glass – Santa Barbara, California
Clay House – California
Selections may vary.
What Else to Know
Daily specials, lunch combos, and live music create the scene at Old Glory. An incredible lower level offers a more intimate vibe, which I imagine gets packed on weekend nights. The pizza menu looked amazing and I plan to go back to take advantage of the happy hour specials soon! Definitely check out the website for when to show and what to know! BONUS! Old Glory is available on GrubHub, Seamless and DoorDash!
When to Show
Monday to Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight
Thursday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to midnight
Know Before You Go!
Hours may change with the seasons. Please check the Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits website for the most up-to-date info.
Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits
84 Broad Street,
Keyport, NJ 07735
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