On a new balmy afternoon, when we found myself inspired in Hackettstown, we wandered into Stella G’s desirable bistro and was wowed by a secular menu.
After globe-trotting careers as a cook and fritter chef, Bruno and Maureen Gublemann started portion their culinary creations 9 years ago in this poetic tiny downtown café, where together they emanate unusual breakfasts and lunches with a excellent and freshest ingredients.
Stella G’s boat lathe walls, country-store edging fate and frosty barn-wood floors are a distant cry from a exuberant halls of The Manor in West Orange, where Swiss-born Bruno baked imagination dishes for vast crowds after his European culinary training. The integrate met when Maureen, a CIA graduate, was operative during a baking tutelage in Switzerland.
Often, there is a line of congregation out a doorway watchful for a chair during one of a sixteen tables or during a tiny pull-up bar, though a wait is good value it to start a day digging into a image of banana raisin oatmeal pancakes or French toast pressed with ricotta, berries and toasted almonds.
In further to eggs and omelets with crispy patches of rosti potatoes and golden-brown toast, there are always special breakfasts like a German Butcher Casserole, a piping prohibited skillet packaged with nation ham, bratwurst, bacon, scrambled eggs, peppers, potatoes, cheddar cheese and a corn muffin.
Although breakfast is served open to close, a lunch menu is a full one. Appetizers embody virtuoso polenta fries with gorgonzola salsa, and a tasty little—that conduct to be crunchy and tawny during a same time—served over arugula with a tomato coulis and Parmesan.
There are also platters of burgers, salads and wraps, as good as sandwiches like a baguette piled with brief rib, caramelized onion and melted jack cheese, and a ‘TBLT’ featuring a cornmeal dusted Tilapia filet, bacon, lettuce and tomato with lots of lemon-scallion tartar sauce.
It might be a midday meal, though we rarely suggest withdrawal room for one of Maureen’s desserts. Cakes, cobblers and crème brulee are all value a splurge, or like we did, maybe get a to-go sequence of strudel or fruit-filled scones that will keep that confident feeling going via a rest of a day.
Stella G’s, 186 Main Street, Hackettstown, 908-813-0625, stellags.com. Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday by Sunday.