Springing Forward to Four Brothers
Tucked away in a little corner of Warren, New Jersey is a treasure called Four Brothers. This area of New Jersey houses some of my favorite places to eat and today’s discovery was no exception.
Upon walking in, you are struck by the small town feel. New Jersey is famous for its hidden gems and this is no exception,
The tables are small and every square inch of surface is utilized. The cutlery is neatly wrapped in a napkin which is then tucked delicately inside a mason jar.
Sports memorabilia and shirts adorn the walls, shown proudly along side children’s drawings. My husband and I sat talking, sipping our respective coffee and tea as the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Bobby Brown played, not loudly, but as a perfect undercurrent of the conversations being held at the various tables. You could see heads bopping, including my own. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.
Unlike a diner, where the menu seems never-ending, the menu here is concise. It’s clear there is a leaning towards seafood and Southern flair. This is a menu that has been cultivated and curated carefully.
I had the shrimp and scallion omelette and I can honestly say, it’s one of the best omelettes I’ve ever had. It’s straight forward, not fussy. This is what omelettes were intended to be. It’s spartan in it’s simplicity, but every bite packs a punch of flavor that leaves no doubt that this is from scratch cooking. The home fries are potatoes cut into slices and seasoned to perfection. Under a crisp crust on the outside, the home fries and soft, almost pillow-y in their tenderness as if they’ve had at least a passing flirtation with the French way of cooking potatoes. The onions and peppers are crisp, the flavor is clean and fresh. Don’t even get me started on the biscuit, which sits approximately a mile high and is light, fluffy and browned to perfection. One of my greatest joys in life is a proper biscuit and this biscuit was a joy. I stared at it for a solid minute before breaking it open. No butter is required for this.
My husband had the pancake; which also comes with eggs and either sausage or bacon (turkey or beef). This pancake effectively is the size of a dinner plate. It’s so generously sized, the eggs have to be served on a separate plate.
The portions are generous. The prices are reasonable. I could happily work my way through the entirety of this menu with a smile.