A light drizzle fell as I walked up the slate steps towards the back entrance of Bernie’s Bar & Eatery. Stepping inside, Bernie’s was delightful and moody on a rainy Sunday.
We were seated in the back half of the Eatery. Facing grand architectural windows – looking out onto a slightly wild native garden – I could not stop marvelling at the details of the space. Black walls, dark patterned flooring, iron spiral staircase – like something out of A Serious of Unfortunate Events. It shouldn’t have worked but the huge arched windows, twinkle lights & greenery brought it together.
The lunch & breakfast menu is an eclectic & confusing mix of hoagies (deli style sandwiches) & brunch type food. No eggs bene here. Mix matched panels let you know the weekday or weekend options.
I had no idea what a hoagie was, or why it was served with ready salted chips & a pickle.
I ordered a hoagie and a cappuccino (& then another).
My hoagie was wonderful, the heat from the jalapeno built slowly, the cheese was thick & delicious, the prosciutto perfectly salted – but, I could not stop myself from comparing it to a subway sandwich.
We had a fantastic time and stayed hours talking, drinking beer & coffee (the wine list is good also). At $14 for the hoagie the price was right, and I would go back again.
Any local knows Beach Haven has been dying for a trendy & tasty café. Bernie’s might be it.
My advice is to go with an open-mind & and an empty stomach – Bec xx