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Hurricane House, Barnegat NJ

Stopped by today for a late lunch, first time I've been. And I was sorta impressed. Mom had the soup and half sandwich, a decent chicken noodle (herbs, shredded chicken, small cubes of veggies) with half of a turkey on Rye. I enjoyed the truffled egg salad that was on the lunch specials. It was very good! Both sandwiches were on an above average bread (mine was toasted wheat) with a juicy slice of ripe jersey tomato.

I almost did not order the egg salad, such a simple sublime creation, so often ruined, and in my mind sorta like ordering a PBJ out. But the idea of one made with some white truffle oil, yum...but oh, only if done right. Cha Ching! I did hit the jackpot; it was perfection. Honest.

The rest of the menu items looked good. And certainly the ice cream part of the place was jumping. This little place has been in Zargat's for a few years, with other good reviews from local papers and magazines posted. And it is cute, the old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, makes you feel like you stepped into a Norman Rockwell illustration, is well done.

So is this a little gem? Or did we just get lucky this time?

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  1. This is definitely a little gem -- one of the most eclectic menus I've ever seen, and everything I've had has been good. And I haven't even had the ice cream!

    1. OK We've been back twice for early dinner and it is a little gem. I Do recommend it!

      And my Mom says their Ice Cream is great! She's the IceCream lover in the family.

      1. I took my parents here back in June. We really enjoyed it as well. The building is a historic ice cream parlor. The booths are original (alas there are only two, so we got a table when we went). Service was quick and friendly. I had the salmon, which was very good. My Dad and b-friend had the ice cream for dessert and both deemed it "delicious". I will definitely go back.

        1. An update: Over the holidays, I learned the HH is moving to a new location this month. They'll be in Tuckerton (not sure exactly where).

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          1. re: katydid13

            Oh crud. That's like 20 minutes up Route 9, if not longer. My mother lives in Barnegat, and the Hurricane House has been one of our staples. I've always had good food there.

            1. re: Heatherb

              Clarification: I just found out the new restaurant in Tuckerton will not be called the Hurricane House because that name is tied to the Barnegat property. I don't know what the new place will be called, but I guess there's a chance other restauranteurs will keep the HH in business in Barnegat!

              1. re: Heatherb

                Same here. My Mom lives in Barnegat, and HH was her favorite favorite place, both for the food and Ice cream. The hike down Rt 9 is not met with joy in the normal season and just ain't gonna happen at all in the summer.

                I do hope that someone will post when they *know* the new place is open. My Mom is jonesin.

                1. re: Quine

                  they will be occupying 217 north main street(rt9) in conjunction with lizze rose tea room. They will be doing some lunches and dinner at the brand new 80 seat place. It will be open by the end of march

              2. re: katydid13

                The place will be at 217 rte 9 in the Lizzie Rose complex. The phone number for info/reservations is 609.296.0991 or 609.296.3341

              3. I grew up in the 70' & 80's going to the Hurricane House for ice cream. At that time it was very well known for ice cream, not lunch or dinner, even though there were hot items on the menu. Every weekend in the summer we were there. A few years ago my brother and I went to visit since we had not been there in about 10 years and we were so disappointed in what the place had turned into compared to what we were used to. There were only two booths left, there used to be 6. The candy counter, player piano and scale were gone. I was really looking forward to get my "usual" but the menu had changed so drastically my Sara could not be found. It was a very disappointing visit. I keep hoping it would go back to the simplicity of the past.

                1. New ownership just took over the Hurricane House will open mid April 2010- The decor will stay the same, the food will be burgers -wings -dogs-crabs in season etc will also have Italian ice, ice cream (soft serve too) & gelatis

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                    1. re: slandige

                      So many owners since I was a kid! I remember the first people in the 70's that sold the place. I was in shock!

                    2. I cannot believe The Hurricane House is still there. I dated a guy whose parents lived in Forked River. This was 1982-1990. I loved HH. Simple meals, and the prices were great. I bought an antique rocking chair at a place nearby that I still have (paid $15 for it). I'll have to try and get down there with my hubby (not the guy I dated).

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                      1. re: KarmaK

                        I was raised around the corner from the HH in the 70's with all of my cousins and aunts and uncles (Piney/Bay people). From the time I was 8 to around 13, I spent lots of time in town. I loved the HH. Me and my twin sister and best friend would get penny candy and sit on the church steps and act like goof balls. Pop would take us to get ice cream. I loved the old stool. I remember pop putting me up on one and turning back and forth and watching the girl put the scoop in hot water and then dig into the hard ice cream. The place has changed since then. I haven't been there in probably 5 years, but the last time I was there, there was no penny candy, old scale, self-playing piano and I think the old phone book was gone too and most of the booths.

                        It sure would be nice to come back someday and it was the way it was when I was a kid. I remember the food not being so hot back when I was a kid, but the important thing was the atmosphere and the ice cream and penny candy!