Atlantic Bar & Grill - South Seaside Park, NJ
- JerzeyShore Apr 25, 2008 03:43 PM
I recall reading something about the Atlantic Bar & Grill a few months back that sounded very positive. We don't often get that far down the shore points but would make the trip if it is indeed a nice place. Has anyone been there and care to share the experience.
My husband and I were there a few short years ago and it was very good. It sits looking out over the beach and on a clear night you can see the boat lights shining from so far away. I can not remember the exact price of each entree but I do remember that it was rather on the more costly side. We happened upon the rest. because it was in the local extertainment book and we like to try to use the book to find new places.
The drinks were great and the food was even better. My husband had the chilean sea bass which was cooked perfectly. I ordered rack of lamb (six chops) that stood guard over wonderfully made garlic mashed potatoes. I do remember that the food was displayed beautifully on the plate.
I am not sure if they take reservations but the place is worth a trip..
I have to say I have had many great meals here. I love dropping my head in that open kitchen and getting Chef Mike all fired up. I will never forget the one time I was there and he had made,what he called "the Axe Handle" This was the largest cowboy steak I ever had. The bone had to be 12", it looked like a huge lamb chop but it was prime rib on an "Axe Handle"
I just found his site, looks like they changed it.
Make sure you say hi to Mike when you come in, Can't miss him and his personality. He is a fun guy to talk to, especially about food.
I stopped in for dinner last Thursday night around 8 PM (without reservations) with a friend from the west coast. This was his first time to NJ and first time to the Atlantic Ocean; it was my first time at AB&G. The bar area was quite busy and we were told we'd have a 45 minute wait for first available seat. Maybe 25 minutes later (we were just finishing up our first round of drinks), a table was available outside on the deck. Perfect night for dining next to the beach; clear sky, no humidity and a gentle breeze. I started with the crab cakes (decent) and then had the scallops (seared and perfectly done, quite a large portion). My friend started with the clam chowder and then had the crab cakes. All in all, very good food and a very nice experience. We even had a good view to a "private" fireworks show just over the dune on the beach. After dinner, I made my friend shed his shoes and socks and take a walk to the water. I will be back to AB&G.
I thought I'd give AB&G a well-deserved bump. While it's mentioned occasionally on this board- mostly in passing, however - I feel it does not get the frequent recognition it should. The food, presentation, and service really come together well, and the setting dune-side is unbeatable for a "shore" experience.
Now that it's after the summer season, I stopped by for dinner on Sunday night and was very pleased. I ordered all three courses from the specials list:
- cup of butternut squash soup
- salad with field greens, beets, walnuts, and goat cheese
- blackened mako shark with lobster sauce, over rice, and asparagus
The soup was rich, creamy, sweet, and very satisfying; although maybe just a bit too much cream and sweet for my savory tastes. The salad was huge and could have been a meal almost in itself, or at least shared easily by two. Sometimes, the dressing on a salad like this can be too sweet, but I thought it was just right. The shark was moist and really delicious. All three dishes were stand-outs. The bill for the food was about $50. (My glasses of premium pinot noir were $15 each.)
If you haven't made it to AB&G, I encourage you to get there and get in on the action (and post your comments to the board). To Chef Mike who watches this board: thanks for a great meal.
Atlantic Bar & Grill
24th Ave and Central Ave, South Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Atlantic Bar and Grill
10 24th Ave, Seaside Park, NJ
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