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Mastoris

Route 130 & Route 206, Bordentown, NJ - (609) 298-4650
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 1/1/2009 12:59:00 PM
New Jersey is the land of diners, and in the land of diners, Mastoris is king. An enormous place with many dining rooms, this is one of the busiest restaurants we've ever seen. It's a gold mine! During normal dining hours, a wait is not uncommon. Waiting for your table, however, provides you with an opportunity to browse the bakery cases (and, if you're lucky, sample some of the broken cookies the bakery often puts out on the counter). The bakery cases are stocked with all sorts of good-looking pastries and cakes which, unlike the baked goods at most diners, are generally good-tasting too.

Diner may not be the proper term for Mastoris, as many people from the area treat it as the place for a special occasion, with large tables of happy families occupying large tables. There is a dark lounge, airy sunny patios, and even one room that looks like a traditional diner: booths opposite a counter with stools.

Mornings are our favorite time to visit, weekday mornings in particular, as Mastoris plates some terrific breakfasts accompanied, if you wish, by fat, taut breakfast sausages or that local mid-NJ passion, pork roll. Pork roll comes in thick slices, and is kind of like a supercharged bologna. It's always grilled or fried, and is usually served in a sandwich with eggs and cheese, but it also makes an enjoyably porky breakfast meat.

The omelets, sided by good potatoes, are well-made and come in innumerable varieties. Ask for toasted sunflower bread on the side. There are breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, waffles and French toast galore, and probably anything else you might dream up to eat for breakfast (including breakfast pizzas and potato skins). We've also had some nice club sandwiches and open-faced hot turkey sandwiches here (although we aren't fans of the mashed potatoes, real as they are).

One more thing: before all meals, including breakfasts, they serve cheese bread and cinnamon bread, one small loaf per person. These are soft, warm white bread-based loaves filled with either a cinnamon-sugar filling (good) or gobs of Italian cheesecake-like filling (extraordinary). Many people leave the breads untouched, and bring them home for tomorrow's breakfast, but we usually find it hard to resist tearing into them right away. Larger versions of these breads are available for purchase in the bakery.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Cheese Bread
Blueberry Pancakes Short Stack
Pork Roll
BBQ Boneless Chicken Salad Platter
Pork Roll And Egg Sandwich
Sausage And Egg Sandwich
Chicken Pot Pie
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
Cheese Bread French Toast - Short Stack
Special Melted Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich
Breakfast Sausage
Meatloaf Sandwich
Cinnamon Bread
Potato Skins/Omelet/Sweet Sausage/Sliced Tomatoes
Scrambled Eggs With Pork Roll
Seafood Chowder
French Toast
Chef's Salad Bowl - Large
Western Omelette Sandwich
Mediterranean Sampler
Baked Macaroni
Onion Soup
Baked Acorn Squash
Irish Omelet
Swiss Cheese Omelet
Scrapple
Scrambled Eggs
Barcelona Pizza
Pork Roll, Egg, And Cheese Sandwich
Potato Skins/Filet Mignon/Poached Eggs/Hollandaise
Scrambled Eggs With Ham
Breakfast Pizza
Pancakes
Breakfast Potato Skins
Italian Sausage Omelet
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Pork roll and egg (no cheese on this one) comes garnished differently at lunch, but it's still the same great Jersey sandwich.
"Pork roll and egg (no cheese on this one) comes garnished differently at lunch, but it's still the same great Jersey sandwich."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Barely detectable before cutting into them, these flapjacks are chock full of fresh strawberry and banana slices.  We think they are the best pancakes in the house.
"Barely detectable before cutting into them, these flapjacks are chock full of fresh strawberry and banana slices. We think they are the best pancakes in the house."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The bagel (not the standard configuration, but our choice this one time) is most unorthodox.  Nonetheless, this is an excellent NJ pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich.
"The bagel (not the standard configuration, but our choice this one time) is most unorthodox. Nonetheless, this is an excellent NJ pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


These classic diner-style pancakes are loaded with fresh blueberries. This is a short stack - can anyone really eat a full order?
"These classic diner-style pancakes are loaded with fresh blueberries. This is a short stack - can anyone really eat a full order?"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A short stack of cheese bread French toast is probably all you want.  The bread's sweet cheese filling makes this a very rich dish.
"A short stack of cheese bread French toast is probably all you want. The bread's sweet cheese filling makes this a very rich dish."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Mastoris' omelets are first rate.  This one features lean Italian sausage.
"Mastoris' omelets are first rate. This one features lean Italian sausage."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


You can, of course, get your egg sandwich (or any sandwich, for that matter) on the bread of your choice, but this
"You can, of course, get your egg sandwich (or any sandwich, for that matter) on the bread of your choice, but this "sunflower bread" isn't listed as such on the menu. You just have to know about it to order it. We think it makes a great vehicle for egg breakfasts."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


In this close-up side view of the cheese bread, you get a glimpse of the sweet vanilla cheesecake-like filling.
"In this close-up side view of the cheese bread, you get a glimpse of the sweet vanilla cheesecake-like filling."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


This is a short stack of cinnamon raisin French toast.  The bread is thick and sweet - syrup not necessary, but go ahead if you like it super-sweet.
"This is a short stack of cinnamon raisin French toast. The bread is thick and sweet - syrup not necessary, but go ahead if you like it super-sweet."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Each Mastoris meal is preceded by a plate of cinnamon bread and cheese bread, one mini-loaf per person.  The cheese bread, in particular, is legendary.
"Each Mastoris meal is preceded by a plate of cinnamon bread and cheese bread, one mini-loaf per person. The cheese bread, in particular, is legendary."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We're always drawn to Mastoris' pork roll in the morning.
"We're always drawn to Mastoris' pork roll in the morning."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Scrapple is a Delaware Valley specialty.  Many people like it with syrup.  Mastoris' version is too livery for our tastes.
"Scrapple is a Delaware Valley specialty. Many people like it with syrup. Mastoris' version is too livery for our tastes."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Pork roll is unique to New Jersey.  An order at Mastoris consists of three generous slices (one slice was already snatched from the plate before the photo).  Something like a cross between bologna and Spam.
"Pork roll is unique to New Jersey. An order at Mastoris consists of three generous slices (one slice was already snatched from the plate before the photo). Something like a cross between bologna and Spam."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


If you see the homemade chicken pot pie on the menu, we urge you to order it.  It's fantastic!
"If you see the homemade chicken pot pie on the menu, we urge you to order it. It's fantastic!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The pie is filled with large juicy two-or-three-bite chunks of chicken, and just enough gravy to keep everything moist.
"The pie is filled with large juicy two-or-three-bite chunks of chicken, and just enough gravy to keep everything moist."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Mastoris has a selection of personal-sized pizzas.  This one, called Barcelona, includes feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.
"Mastoris has a selection of personal-sized pizzas. This one, called Barcelona, includes feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


If macaroni and cheese is a side dish the day you dine at Mastoris, we recommend placing an order.
"If macaroni and cheese is a side dish the day you dine at Mastoris, we recommend placing an order."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Note the crusty potatoes.  Ask for them well done, with fried onions.
"Note the crusty potatoes. Ask for them well done, with fried onions."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Mastoris's vegetables of the day, like this baked acorn squash, would do a Southern cafeteria cook proud.
"Mastoris's vegetables of the day, like this baked acorn squash, would do a Southern cafeteria cook proud."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Most Mastoris sandwiches are best ordered on the homemade Sunflower Bread, buttered and grilled if possible.
"Most Mastoris sandwiches are best ordered on the homemade Sunflower Bread, buttered and grilled if possible."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Somewhere under that pile are thick slices of good meatloaf.
"Somewhere under that pile are thick slices of good meatloaf."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The baked sweets at Mastoris are generally very good.
"The baked sweets at Mastoris are generally very good."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The photo doesn't show it, but this is one huge diner.
"The photo doesn't show it, but this is one huge diner."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Breakfast pizzas pile an assortment of breakfast ingredients atop a tomato sauced pizza crust.
"Breakfast pizzas pile an assortment of breakfast ingredients atop a tomato sauced pizza crust."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


This omelet is filled with Swiss cheese.
"This omelet is filled with Swiss cheese."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Seen from above, this looks pretty much like a pile of melted cheese, but underneath that is breakfast meats, an omelet, sliced tomatoes, and potato skins.
"Seen from above, this looks pretty much like a pile of melted cheese, but underneath that is breakfast meats, an omelet, sliced tomatoes, and potato skins."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A cup of soup comes with dinner, if you'd like.  The seafood chowder is light on seafood but high on flavor.
"A cup of soup comes with dinner, if you'd like. The seafood chowder is light on seafood but high on flavor."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Various dips and breads make up the Mediterranean Sampler appetizer, which also serves as a fun meal.
"Various dips and breads make up the Mediterranean Sampler appetizer, which also serves as a fun meal."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The large chef's
"The large chef's "salad" is one of the meatiest items on the long menu!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


French onion soup looks good but it needs a good, rich onion broth, not this watery-tasting version.
"French onion soup looks good but it needs a good, rich onion broth, not this watery-tasting version."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Technically a salad, but with two pounds of chicken breasts in barbecue sauce as a
"Technically a salad, but with two pounds of chicken breasts in barbecue sauce as a "garnish.""
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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