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Oct 25, 2008 04:54 AM

Daddy O Long beach island anyone?

Has anyone dined there recently......I was referred to this restaurant by some friends who really enjoyed it.

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  1. I was last there over the summer a few times for dinner. I agree with your friend. The place is very good. The menu is good, too. Variety which I like. I remember having a flat bread there that was really good.

    I have not been there since July, but I imagine it to still be very good in the off season as well.


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    1. re: Angelina

      angelina thank you for your reply.........looks & sounds great I will have to put this on my list to try very soon. Do you know who the Chef is ?

      1. re: Tapas52

        No, unfortunately I don't. It is a hike for me since I am in Millstone, but we have had a few really good meals there. I was happy to read your post this morning! Brought me back to the summer! :)

        I also like Plantation in Harvey Ceders!

    2. We have a house a few blocks away from there and I would say it's decent, but not much more than that. I will say that their lobster bisque is absolutely one of the best I have ever had, but it's not the thick and chunky kind. The pieces of lobster are minuscule, but the soup is full of flavor. I'm sure they use actual lobster stock to make it. In case you can't tell, lobster bisque is one of my favorite things ever! Good burgers there and as the OP said, there is a wide menu. It's quite the scene during the will be treated to plastic surgery galore after 9 on a weekend night. It's obviously much quieter during the winter months. As far as the chef goes, I doubt it is someone of any notoriety. The people who own Daddy O also own Plantation on LBI and another restaurant in Philly. I've been to all three of the restaurants they own and I would say it's more of a 'formula' type dining atmosphere than anything else. We do go to Daddy O, but mainly because it's just a few blocks away for us. Good food is not so easy to find on LBI, and at least you know what to expect at Daddy O.

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      1. re: mschow

        mschow......thanks for the great reviews. angelina also...
        What are some of your off season favorites on LBI?

        1. re: Tapas52

          Ihave never been to this place, but I thought I would throw it out here. Maybe mrs chow has been, I just heard about it and looked at the menu, but never really went.

          1. re: Angelina

            Stay away from Daddy O's and stick with Antoinettas.
            There chef ther is from the real Green Gables.

            1. re: Angelina

              I had an excellent meal at Antoinettas this summer It's a BYOB, just a few minutes off of Route 9. Many delicious options on the menu, and some nice specials as well. We sat right next to the window, with a beautiful view of Barnegat Bay. I think Antoinettas has gotten a few mixed reviews, but my meal was excellent. Some friends went twice this summer and were similarly pleased.

            2. re: Tapas52

              I believe LaSpiaggia (outbound from LBI before the bridges) is open until around January on weekends. It is excellent.

              1. re: diablo

                Not sure what their schedule is, but diablo is correct. LaSpiaggia is excellent.

          2. Just had dinner there yesterday and it was great, as usual. Have dined there about 3-4 times since last summer and have never been disappointed. It does get crowded with "beautiful people" aspirants during the summer when things heat up, but you see a lot of (well-heeled) families with kids just out for dinner also. As far as the food goes, though, it's unequivocally fantastic; it would not be out of place in a big city, and the fact that you can find a restaurant this good at the shore is a real bonus. I had the blackened tilapia and my wife had the tenderloin; both were fantastic. I love this place!

            For comparison, the only other place we tried on LBI on par with Daddy O was the Plantation (owned by the same people). We were not as impressed with the atmosphere or the cuisine, and the clientele appeared to be trending towards an older generation.

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            1. re: yams69

              We had dinner at La Spiaggia over the weekend and once again, we really enjoyed it! Started with a pork belly appetizer (sauteed?) and beef carpaccio. Both were delicious and well presented. I had a middle course caesar because they make one of the best. Nice tasting with the right amount of anchovy and garlic. For dinner, my wife had a poached halibut in a saffron tomato broth with shellfish and I had a veal milanese that was outstanding. The veal was nicely breaded and crisp, was served over sauteed spinach and shiitakes and had a soft boiled egg sitting on top. Nice combination.

              They make a great chocolate souffle for dessert and 2 great espresso finished out our dinner.

              1. re: talldrink

                Having spent my summers on LBI for my whole childhood, I am excited about going back with my brothers this coming week.

                Off season, a couple of years ago, I dined at Gino's Italian Riviera. Wow was it wonderful. Last year, however, (off season) it was closed. Any hounds know if Gino is cooking elsewhere on LBI?

                Also, we enjoyed the sushi bar at the Engleside. Is that still good and going strong in the off season?

                Any other places in the Beach Haven vicinity? Or further out but still on the island?

                I am craving chowder! Clams! Cheesesteaks!

                Thanks in advance,
                Joan--Florida Transplant Hound

                1. re: joan

                  Topping this post...
                  Looking for Off Season recommendations!

                  Thanks again!

                  1. re: joan

                    IMO, the best New England Clam Chowder is at Country Kettle Fudge in Bay Village -- they have a year-round takeout business. The shop is probably open by now, however. I've really liked the cheesesteaks at Barry's Do-Me-A Flavor (Centre St., bay side of boulevard); they are probably open now, too. You can get a good breakfast at Greenhouse Cafe in Ship Bottom (huge menu).

                    1. re: katydid13

                      Thanks Katydid13! Ironic that you mention Country Kettle Fudge - my DH and I met there - he was the manager and I was a "waffle girl" in the waffle shop next door. That was 31 years and two beautiful daughters ago...a lifetime you might say!
                      Will definitely stop there - Barry's too.
                      We like Panzone's cheesesteaks, so we'll have to do a taste test!

              2. Went there 2 summers ago. Glad theyre still going because 4 of us all had really good food, the Lobster Bisque was outrageous, and the food was not only really top notch, the presentations were tight and eye grabbing.