The Jersey Shore’s Best Buns
As a born-and-raised Jersey girl, I’ve developed an unbridled appreciation for all things Garden State. I grew up with my older sisters “poofing” my hair, listening to Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen and vacationing down the shore (which, if you’re from New Jersey, you know is not the same thing as going “to the beach”).
Thanks to the media’s recent obsession with NJ-related reality shows, I’ve watched my home state become the butt of many jokes, but I’m here to defend the Jersey Shore one “bun” at a time.
Like every year since I’ve been a tiny tot, I had the pleasure of escaping with my family to Stone Harbor for a much-needed summer vacation.
Aside from a cozy family environment where young couples can be seen strolling along the beach with their toddlers and fabulous multi-million dollar mansions stretch for miles, Stone Harbor is home to one of my favorite things in the entire world…
For homemade (and God-sent) pastries, sticky buns, gourmet cheeses, crumb buns, breads and plump, heaven-filled doughnuts, this quaint 96thStreet Stone Harbor bakery is a staple for any beach-going foodie with a sweet tooth. The sugary aroma may only span so far, but the bakery’s reputation is well known and widely admired.
This hometown hot spot is conveniently situated only a couple of blocks from the ocean, which is perfect for an early morning breakfast stroll. (You’ll know you’re close once you see a line of caffeine-deprived families emerging from the tiny doorway, gripping their sticky buns for dear life.)
Don’t be fooled by its hole-in-the-wall appearance, though. A good chunk of The Cupboard’s charming quality lies in the fact that it’s a mom-and-pop shop, fully equipped with a young paperboy who sits on stacks of newspapers aside the bakery’s stoop.
Whether you’re looking for something flavorful and fancy like a carrot cream cheese muffin or a spinach- and feta-stuffed roll, or just a fresh favorite, like warm pepperoni bread or butter croissants, The Bread and Cheese Cupboard is a must-try for anyone who pushes past all of the Jersey criticism and makes it to the tip of the state. Check out their website or like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest news on their sweet treats.
Also, I personally recommend their sticky buns, crumb buns, and pumpernickel rye bread for mornings that could use some “flavor.”