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Tempt! Taste!
Further south in Cape May, a seaside town known for amazing restaurants, eclectic menus and talented chefs, the Pier House, formerly the Water’s Edge in LaMer Beachfront Resort, reopened last year after a complete remodeling. The view is magnificent and the menu tantalizing. To celebrate the occasion which coincided with LaMer’s 50th anniversary, the Andy family chose to break a plate, a Greek tradition, rather than cut a ribbon.
Any meal outside is one of summer’s greatest pleasures – agreed? On the Rocks Dockside Grill at the Cape May Lewes ferry terminal is a great place to watch the ferry arrive – or depart – while sipping a Creamsicle Crush and sharing some spicy wings. 1200 Lincoln Blvd., N. Cape May; 609-889-7207;
In the Wildwoods, dine outside at Urie’s Waterfront Restaurant in the Wildwood Yacht Basin or the Boathouse and Beach Creek nearby.;;
The upscale Water Star Grille at The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor is relaxing and lively, right on the bay with a panorama of spectacular homes for your viewing pleasure.
The Sandbar Village Beach Bar and Lounge at Icona Avalon serves food, cocktails, beer – with firepits and live music just feet from the beach in an open-air, carefree atmosphere.
Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill creates a culinary a twist on traditional comfort food
ONE OF CAPE MAY COUNTY’S newest and trendiest restaurants is housed in an historic building in Cape May Court House with a menu, vibe and popularity that is putting the town on the culinary map. For years the building on Mechanic Street was a shoe repair shop, the smell of leather
permeating the small space. Today it’s Scola, a small eatery with a wall of exposed brick, refinished hardwood floors and a marble step with a concave impression from the thousands of foot falls of people in and out of the building for more than a century.
Restaurant Weeks: Starting in March, Atlantic City welcomes guests to a prix fixe week of dining that goes through November when Cape May closes out the season with an extended weekend of great deals. In between, towns and resorts throughout Southern New Jersey host special weeks of lunch and dinner specials from appetizers to desserts at fixed prices. There’s no better way to sample all we have to offer – with most restaurants focusing on what’s in season at the time – a farm to table feast. Check with local chambers or your favorite restaurant for dates, specials and other information.
Mad Batter: Back in the 1970s, the restaurant revolution in Cape May turned a sleepy little resort into a foodie’s paradise when Harry Kulkowitz opened the Mad Batter in the mid-1970s. Everything on the Mad Batter menu is absolutely fresh and homemade, so grab a seat at the bar, order your favorite beverage and enjoy the music and monthly art exhibits showcasing local artists. No wonder the Batter has been around for more than 40 years! 19 Jackson St.; 609-884-5970;
The Grange at Cold Spring Village: The Cold Spring Grange Restaurant, housed in the actual 1912 grange building on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village, serves a lunch menu featuring Early American comfort food with a modern twist and local features. For dinner, The Grange hosts chef-tasting menus weekly throughout the season. 735 Seashore Road, Cold Spring; 609-884-0114;
Hemingway’s at the Grand Hotel: The classically-casual never stuffy vibe at The Bar @Hemingway’s in the Grand Hotel in Cape May is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a “hard day” of vacationing. Enjoy specialty cocktails, some with unique stories like the “Hemingway”, named after Ernest himself, or the “Beast” named after one of Cape May’s famous sportfishing boats. The Bar @Hemingway’s features six high-definition TVs with plenty of sports coverage. Friday and Saturday nights, it’s time to dance, party and have a great time until midnight. Hemingway’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a favorite casual eatery for visitors and locals. The menu features modern American cuisine with a variety of delectable culinary creations including mouth-watering steaks and fresh, locally-sourced, seafood including an early sunset dining menu. 1045 Beach Ave.; 609-884-5611; G

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