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Stewart's Hardware. Bradley Beach. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Stewart’s Hardware. Bradley Beach. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  9/6/16


Interior at Stewart's 9/6/16

Interior at Stewart’s 9/6/16

Most of you are aware of the old-fashioned hardware stores in Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.  Visiting such places is nostalgic–they often have items that you may have not seen in many years.   They each have their own special personalities, but they share a down-home atmosphere, personal attention,  and a huge inventory.

We have visited Stewart’s in the past and always enjoyed conversing with the helpful staff.  The store is at 703 Brinley Avenue, adjacent to the train station.  Next door is  a shop that claims to have the best prices for nutritional supplements, and across the very special  Riley Park at the train station on Main Street, in the old ticket office, is the ultra-cute “Back in Time Café ” breakfast and lunch restaurant  owned by Ocean Grover  Reenie Van Buren who serves wonderful home-made organic food—-worth going to Bradley Beach for.  (See BF review linked below.)


MARLENE DIETRICH from the Woody movie “Scenes From a Mall.”     This song is also by Cole Porter. Great lyrics for “You Do Something to Me”  (“Do do that voodoo that you do so well”)

Marlene Dietrich from the movie "Shanghai Express."    1932.  Internet photo; I did not take it.

Marlene Dietrich from the movie “Shanghai Express.” 1932. Internet photo; I did not take it.


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From the Back In time Café website.

615 Main Street.      From the “Back In Time Café” website. www. backintimecafe.com   732 776 9050

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger, Editors  @Blogfinger.

19 years ago Ocean Grover Reenie Van Buren opened her small restaurant  on Main Street at the train station in Bradley Beach for lunch and breakfast. Reenie and her assistant Denise use organic ingredients and home-made baked goods to create fine meals. The menu is simple, and the results are unusually good.

Blogfinger.net photo. July, 2015. ©

“A regular.”    Blogfinger.net photo. July, 2015. ©

The restaurant is in a former ticket building at the train station. It is a charming, old-fashioned space with delicious home-style cooking. You can look out onto the train platform. The organic eggs come from a nearby farm, the home-fries are spicy, the bacon crisp, and the orange juice is fresh squeezed.  The toast was served with wonderful strawberry preserves.

Everyday there are muffins and scones made on the premises including Reenie’s famous frittatas. She has rye bread and bagels. No detail is missed. This restaurant strives for perfection. They even make their own butter.

Made on the premises: frittatas, scones and muffins.

Made on the premises: frittatas, scones and muffins.

We went there for breakfast last week and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The service is friendly, and the T.M. Ward coffee is superb.   We tried her special cranberry muffins, and they are first rate.

Reenie doesn’t mind if customers drop in and just have coffee. She has quite a few regulars including a business man from Neptune who has been eating there since the shop opened. Another Grover we know goes there often.  Also, this café is “dog friendly”   (provided that your dog is friendly.)

Back in Time Café is open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 2 pm;  Saturday 7 am-noon.  Closed Sunday.

Simple but creativity menu with all fresh ingredients. ©

Simple but creativity menu with all fresh ingredients. ©  Click to read.

BENNY GOODMAN  From the Woody Allen movie Mighty Aphrodite.  The song is “Whispering.”

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