Wildwood and Cape May Must try restaurants! (NOT TOURISTY PLEASE)
Hello! We will be visiting friends in Wildwood Crest this weekend, and I have not been here in over 10 years. We have heard there are some great finds in Cape May, but I was also looking for somw suggestions, as I cannot remember names of any. (I can look in Zagat, but I trust all the reviews on this board.) We HATE tourist traps, and I really could care less for that Two Mile Landing. For some reason, that sticks in my head as a tourist trap from nearly 10 years ago! Perhaps I am wrong!
:) Thank you for your feedback.....
I live in Cape May in the summer. I agree with Copper Fish, Union Park, Black Duck,and Louisa's. BUT stay away from 2 mile landing, and especially La Piazza Cucina--I ate there last week for the first and last time. I had the Sea Bass with Pasta for $36.00. It was terrible! The sea bass was at least a week by the board. I should have sent it back but my companions seemed to be having a good time so I didn't want to cause a problem. Found out on the ride home that 3 out of 4 of us had a bad dinner. Most of WW is mediocre at best, especially since Maureen's Martini Bar left. In Cape May please do try McGlade's Back Street on Park Blvd. The Merion Inn--good bar, consistently good food and service, excellent Jazz piano. Lucky Bones is very good, full of tourists and locals, excellent very thin crust pizza, excellent cuban spice rubbed pork chop, mussels in tomato and gorgonzolla cheese sauce, etc. Highly recommend. Until recently I told people to go early, now I say go late--after 8 if you can wait. Very busy and do not take reservations.
Two Mile Landing is good, although very tourist-y, but right next door is the Crab House and it is much more casual, but still pricey. Other good choices are Little Italy, Schellenger's, La Piazza Cuccina and Ravioli House - those are all in Wildwood. But like they said before it's hard to find a restaurant that isn't overpriced for tourist season. It's almost more important to find good food, because there is NOTHING worse than paying a lot for your meal when it's not even good!!
In another thread I recommended Gia in Wildwood-wonderful Italian, not touristy, the dining room is delightful, and the cowner/hostess, Beth, makes you feel right at home.
In Cape May, try Lousia's on Jackson Street (609-884-5882), just above the mall. It is a funky little place that only seats 20-some. The food is fresh and incredible and the prices are reasonable. I do not know if they take phone reservations-it used to be that you gave your name at the door and they either seated you or told you what time they would have a table available.
Both are BYOB.
Hard pressed to think of anything in WW or CM that isn't geared to tourists. Hey - they're tourist towns.
Just a tad north and inland, however, in Seaville on Route 9, in a strip mall behind a McDonalds, is Mamma Mia's, an excellent Italian Restaurant and Pizzaria. Their antipasto is superb, soups are quite good (especially if bisque is on the menu), I've had some fine eggplant dishes, and if you're in the mood for a personal pizza, you've got to try their signature bruschetta pie.
Definitely not a tourist trap.