The Turning Point Café occupies the daytime dining space and, oh my, does it do it well.
Established in 1998 in Little Silver, N.J., the Turning Point now has 16 locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Their mission is simple: offer the highest quality and freshest daytime meals serving food from scratch in bright, inviting spaces. Based on my experience at the Bryn Mawr restaurant, it seems to be working.
The Bryn Mawr Turning Point occupies a corner spot in a mini shopping center off Lancaster Avenue, and the sunlight streaming in from two sides makes for a bright and cheerful vibe. Live plants and inspirationally humorous sayings decorate the clean, open space, and friendly servers are welcoming and warm.
The restaurant offers an extensive selection of juices, smoothies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate drinks to start. Breakfast items include an array of pancakes — the lemon blueberry caught my eye, but as I was lunching, I continued to peruse the extensive menu. There are also various waffles (salted caramel, Southern fried chicken) French toast (cornbread, brioche) and a variety of omelets and egg dishes.
Lunch offerings include salads, vegetable grain bowls, panini, wraps, soups and “create your own” combos.
I enjoyed the Cali-cauli flatbread, a daily special, which was crunchy and flavorful, gluten free, and topped with turkey bacon, spicy Cajun mayo and a huge selection of vegetables. My companion enjoyed the spinach, mushroom and feta cheese frittata, which was served atop a crispy flatbread and accompanied by fresh fruit. The server was accommodating when we had specific requests on preparation.
While not kosher, Turning Point has plenty of options for kosher-style diners. They even have a sandwich called the “Grilled Bubbie” which, although not kosher as offered, could certainly be made without the cheese. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options to meet any and all dietary preferences.
If you go:
All locations are open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week.