A refresh of a Mexican classic, a late night sweet spot, and a regionally focused microbrewery make their Garden State debuts
by Jessica Jones Gorman
WHERE THE COOKIE CRUMBLES
A new sweet shop specializing in fresh baked cookies and cereal in fused ice cream just opened in Englewood in October. Crumble Cookie Bar, which is open until 2 a.m., caters to late night cravings. Its custom recipes take cereal and other toppings and grind them into the flour before baking, and the shop also uses an official “Swirl Freeze” machine to create a higher quality ice cream that is more consistent, among other delicious attributes. For more information, follow them on Instagram: @ crumble cookie bar. 14 Engle Street, Englewood, crumblecookiebar.com
Tacoholics, a popular quick serve restaurant with locations in both Brick and Manasquan, recently opened a third outpost in Red Bank. The brand began as Tacoholics Mobile Eatery, a food truck that’s still serving treats like Crack BBQ Chicken and Fried Avocado Tacos, complemented by signature sauces. 2017 and 2018 brought the first two brick and mortars. The Red Bank location is a 27 seat design that offers a range of “build your own” taco options; guests choose a protein and then add sauce and toppings (sauce options include Crack BBQ, Honey Chipotle, General Tso’s, and Sriracha Aioli). The menu runs the gamut from traditional chicken, cheese, and beef to more unique offerings like Baja Fish, Coconut Shrimp, and Tofu. 90 Broad Street, Red Bank, 732.945.0953, tacoholicsnj.com
FARM TO GLASS
In the exploding Garden State microbrewery scene, one new player is putting the emphasis on “garden.” Located in a refurbished 125 year old dairy barn next to high profile Colts Neck tourist destination, Delicious Orchards, The Source Farmhouse Brewery recently opened to a mix of curiosity and enthusiasm. It sits directly behind The Colts Neck Still house, which made its debut last year. While the two are not formally affiliated, they share both a scenic location and amenities that include outdoor fire pits.
The Source’s handcrafted ales and lagers are brewed on site using ingredients from local farmers and in sync with harvests of hops, wheat, barley, rye, honey, and cranberries. Seasonal beers, IPAs, Saisons, German style lagers, and stouts are produced, and the site includes a taproom, front yard patio, backyard biergarten with lawn games, an upstairs mezzanine, and rooftop terrace. Families and pets are welcome. Guests may recognize owner, Philip Petracca, who runs the establishment with his wife, Keri, and partner, Greg Taylor. Philip appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2016, making a successful pitch to the panel for another firm, Fizzics, and its at home beer dispensing products. 300 Route 34, Colts Neck, 732.431.2337, sourcebrewing.com