Mastoris

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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.

What to Eat
Mastoris, Omelets
Omelets
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Note the crusty potatoes. Ask for them well done, with fried onions.
Mastoris, Cheese Bread
Cheese Bread
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Side view of cheese bread shows its sweet vanilla cheesecake-like filling.
Mastoris, Pork Roll
Pork Roll
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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.
Mastoris, Pork Roll, Egg, And Cheese Sandwich
Pork Roll, Egg, And Cheese Sandwich
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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.
Mastoris, French Toast
French Toast
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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.
Mastoris, Pork Roll And Egg Sandwich
Pork Roll And Egg Sandwich
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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.
Mastoris, Western Omelette Sandwich
Western Omelette Sandwich
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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.
Mastoris, Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
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If you see the homemade chicken pot pie on the menu, we urge you to order it. It's fantastic!
Mastoris, Baked Macaroni
Baked Macaroni
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If macaroni and cheese is a side dish the day you dine at Mastoris, we recommend placing an order.
Mastoris, Baked Acorn Squash
Baked Acorn Squash
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Mastoris's vegetables of the day, like this baked acorn squash, would do a Southern cafeteria cook proud.
Mastoris, Cheese Bread French Toast – Short Stack
Cheese Bread French Toast – Short Stack
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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.
Mastoris, Swiss Cheese Omelet
Swiss Cheese Omelet
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This omelet is filled with Swiss cheese.
Mastoris, Seafood Chowder
Seafood Chowder
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A cup of soup comes with dinner, if you'd like. The seafood chowder is light on seafood but high on flavor.
Mastoris, Scrapple
Scrapple
Scrapple is a Delaware Valley specialty. Many people like it with syrup. Mastoris' version is too livery for our tastes.
Mastoris, Italian Sausage Omelet
Italian Sausage Omelet
Mastoris' omelets are first rate. This one features lean Italian sausage.
Mastoris, Blueberry Pancakes Short Stack
Blueberry Pancakes Short Stack
These classic diner-style pancakes are loaded with fresh blueberries. This is a short stack - can anyone really eat a full order?
Mastoris, Special Melted Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich
Special Melted Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich
Most Mastoris sandwiches are best ordered on the homemade Sunflower Bread, buttered and grilled if possible.
Mastoris, Barcelona Pizza
Barcelona Pizza
Mastoris has a selection of personal-sized pizzas. This one, called Barcelona, includes feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.
Mastoris, Meatloaf Sandwich
Meatloaf Sandwich
Somewhere under that pile are thick slices of good meatloaf.
Mastoris, Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast pizzas pile an assortment of breakfast ingredients atop a tomato sauced pizza crust.
Mastoris, Breakfast Potato Skins
Breakfast 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.
Mastoris, Chef’s Salad Bowl – Large
Chef’s Salad Bowl – Large
The large chef's "salad" is one of the meatiest items on the long menu!
Mastoris, Mediterranean Sampler
Mediterranean Sampler
Various dips and breads make up the Mediterranean Sampler appetizer, which also serves as a fun meal.
Mastoris, BBQ Boneless Chicken Salad Platter
BBQ Boneless Chicken Salad Platter
Technically a salad, but with two pounds of chicken breasts in barbecue sauce as a "garnish."
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday7 am - 11 pm
Monday7 am - 11 pm
Tuesday7 am - 11 pm
Wednesday7 am - 11 pm
Thursday7 am - 11 pm
Friday7 am - 12 am
Saturday7 am - 12 am
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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