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Without any doubt our most popular column. The Great All American Diner Run, or GAADR, gives our readers some of the best places to ride for a great meal. Whether it be some hidden barbecue in the Adirondacks or a crab place in the Chesapeake, the GAADR gives the very best eateries, and like most things in Backroads, we'll supply a super way to get there as well with our own Rip & Ride® Route Sheets.

Candy's Country Cafe

Candy's Country Café is one of those places that, if you did not know it was there and were on the lookout for, you might zip while riding on Route 57 east of Washington and west of Easton.

And, if you were looking for a superb breakfast or scrumptious lunch, that would be a sad thing and, in truth, your loss.

We found Candy's by chance on a slightly warm early February Sunday when we were called by our friends Bob and Brad, from the Philly area, to see if we were interested in meeting for a late breakfast or lunch. A little research introduced us to Candy's and plans were quickly made.

CandysDecorCandy's Country Café is a cozy restaurant that, at the time, was still in Holiday-mode with Christmas decorations and flair adorning the walls and shelves. We asked if the holidays lasted all year and were told they would probably come down after Valentine's Day – just to keep with the mostly red theme. Okay…, still it added to the genuine warmth of the place.

The staff were young and energetic and were always there to refill your coffee and to make sure the orders came out quickly – which they did and between the four of us, we ordered well and across the breakfast board. But we'll get to that in a second. Let us first take a look at some of the other offerings they will happily serve up.

They have seven different sandwiches with meats including ham, bacon, sausage and pork roll. (Hey, this is Joisey – Taylor ham!)

Two that stood out were the Candy Crunch: a sandwich that has two eggs, your choice of meat, your choice of cheese (American, provolone, mozzarella, Swiss, cheddar, cream or feta) and crunchy hash browns on a super Kaiser roll and The Broadway: basically a BLT with eggs and mayo on the same roll.

Their ‘Morning Favorites' include The Big Breakfast, which is just that, with three pancakes, three eggs any style, meat, home fries, hash browns, and toast.

Like all great New Jersey places the coffee cups are bottomless. You will also find SOS, better known as cream chipped beef, and there is a sizzling' steak breakfast that should do the trick to any hard-core carnivore.

Candy's Country Café's "Hearty Breakfast' offers two eggs and all that goes with it and your choice of chopped sirloin steak, corned beef hash, strip steak or Polish kielbasa! Yummy.

2423 Route 57, Stewartsville, NJ 08886 • 908-213-1889


They also have what they call The Oddessy (sic): a cheese crust - like a light cheesy pizza or pita - topped with scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers, onions, sausage, and cheddar cheese.

CandysBobBennyKnowing what Shira was ordering, and that she would never finish it (thus becoming my second course by default), I went for The Oddessy!

Shira had chosen one of the Breakfast Specials called the Breakfast Monte – two eggs, sausage patty and American cheese layered between a stack of French toast. Ahh, the French and Americans have not worked so well together since Yorktown!

Remarkably Bob got a Benny – poached eggs on toasted English muffin with cheddar. They have five from which to choose: ham, spinach, pork roll (Taylor ham, dammit!) sausage, or two simply poached.

On Brad's side of the table was a garden skillet that sounded a bit too healthy and after we all slightly smirked at him he made up for it by ordering a slab o' scrapple for the table.

Ahh…. scrapple… the American haggis!CandysBrad

In truth, Brad's veggie creation looked way too good!

Candy's Country Café has fifteen omelets – fifteen! Each one looked great and they ran from the usual suspects to a few a bit different such at the Porkolator, created with pork roll (Ugg…Taylor ham), ham, bacon, sausage, and cheese to make sure it gets right to the aorta, and the Monster, five eggs with seven fillers of your choice.

Roll out the defibrillator.

Candy's does lunch as well, but we will have to save that for another day. A quick look at the lunch menu showed club sandwiches, burgers, salads, and basket favorites as well.

Basically, in our minds, Candy's Country Café is a neat little place, found in the middle of nowhere in particular, off the main road running east from Easton and is well worth seeking out when riding through the region or exploring the great backroads that Warren County, New Jersey has to offer.

Enjoy Candy's and the 75-mile one-way Rip & Ride we have created to get you there. It starts at the top – High Point State Park in Sussex County, New Jersey - and will wind its way to Candy's in a most mirific way. There is also a waterfall detour – but on an easy gravel road. After the falls you can continue on back to the road – but it becomes VERY rough - or you can simply backtrack on the easy gravel and continue on the GPS Route.