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Cape May Area Eats

Will be heading to Wildwood August 1st for a weeks vacation. We are staying right near Diamond Beach by the Cape May Sancuary. There will be 4 adults and a 10 month old. Although we cook most of our meals, we do like to treat ourselves 2 or 3 times for lunch of dinner. For lunch I am looking for some great take out, maybe some subs/pizza, and for dinner a nice sit down with fairly quick service (10 month old gets a little bored).

Would also like some suggestions for Stone Harbor, we are going the last week in August and staying right near Fred's Tavern.

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  1. Just giving this a bump - suggestions needed for Wildwood - Cape May - Stone Harbor Area

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    1. re: shabbystorm

      Ugly Mug for great steamed little necks
      Ebbitt Room for fine dining
      Also relatively quick if you get there early enough would be the Lobster House, I think that is the right name, it is the huge place to the left when you gop over the bridge into Cape May.

    2. Just came back from a week in WW with my family (me, wife 9 y/o daughter). Checked this site for suggestions, and was pleased with finds. Will only mention the goods.
      Dinner at Alfe's (Italian) served wine with dinner. Many restaurants in WW Crest area do not. Alfe salad was awesome. Dinner was good, med price, kid friendly. No tourist trap here. Most other dinners were on the run.
      Lunch - Italian hoagies at Bonelli's. I was surprised when I walked in, expecting more. Store was a market but had a deli counter. The sandwiches were great. I had heard they were, and was pleased. Go with the Old World Hoagie. I went with a friend from Brooklyn, and he was impressed. That says a lot. Mr D's for Philly cheesesteaks. Not Pat's but pretty good.
      Breakfast - Uncle Bill's Pancake House was great. Big plates and very good. Cash only though. Bennetts bakery. OMG. Went twice without the wife knowing just to get the apple fritters. Boston creme donuts and sticky buns were great. I'm just glad it's not close to home. I would be there everyday. Definitely a morning place go early so they don't run out. Get em for the car ride out for the day.

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      1. re: exhorns

        One of my favorites in WW is La Piazza Cucina on Pacific Ave...just off Rio Grande


        Great Italian Food , Super Live Entertainment


        1. re: Tapas52

          La Piazza is an amazing place in WILDWOOD.Joey M has mastered the art of fine italian cooking where a little love is on every plate.He has his own cooking show out of the restaurant and people love him and the food.Huge portions quality food and if youre lucky he will sing a tune onstage.Now thats amore....The sicilian calamari is award winning the veal luigi with artichokes was soooo delicious and his signature Filet Montello is truly the eighth wonder of the world.

          La Piazza
          150 7th St, Clifton, NJ 07011

        2. re: exhorns

          Thanks for the input. I am entering everything into my iphone so I have it for the trip. Nothing worst that spending money on a bad meal, especially on vacation..

          1. re: exhorns

            The Cape May branch never fails to please the entire family..buttermilk pancakes are delicious and you can't beat the variety and the prices..most of the pancake orders are three huge pancakes...pecan, blueberry, chocolate chip, peanut butter, peach, banana walnut...something for everyone. If you want to go light on the carbs, try the hamsteak with pineapple (not great in and of itself) but the potato pancakes and sour cream that come with it are terrific. Friendly service.

          2. A few suggestions...
            For a nice sit down with a 10 month old I suggest Lucky Bones in Cape May.

            For some take out, Freda's Cafe has a deli on Carpenter Lane in Cape May. Most people don't even know it's there because they think Freda's just has it's restaurant on Ocean St. But I've had some good sandwiches there a few times.

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            1. Lobster House is good but just make sure that you are there early, the waitlist can be long(especially when you have you the little one with you). You may consider their take out and I have got the link here: https://www.thelobsterhouse.com/shop/...

              If you are considering subs and pizza…what about hot dogs? I enjoyed the hot dogs at HotDog Tommy’s and you can get more information from their website. http://www.hotdogtommys.com/hotdogtom...

              There are some places in Cape May that are really nice and you can seat down, have a glass of wine….relax…but with the little one, I am just focused on the quick “chows” as recommendation! Have a great time there!

              1. If you want to try some hot dogs check out Maui's in north WW


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                1. re: ChrisOC

                  I second the vote on Maui's -- their homemade hot dogs and toppings are out of this world. We are going down the shore to our favorite B&B in North Wildwood (The Candlelight -- incredible breakfasts) on July 29 -- meetcha at Maui's, flipperz71!

                  Oh, also, Sharkey's Feeding Frenzy, to the left on the causeway from Wildwood to Cape May. It's a seasonal shack in a marina --amazing ribs and seafood.

                  1. re: VFresser

                    Need to check out Maui's, I do not think I have ever tried a veal hot dog ! ! What is recommended? Veal or Regular. Very reasonable prices for being at the shore...

                    Marked down all 3, tommy's, maui's and Sharkey's...

                    I will have to extend my stay a couple days to try everything... LOL

                    1. re: flipperz71

                      That Hollyeats bit on Maui's is a few years old. The prices are a little higher now, but you would have to go a long way to find better toppings for a hot dog. The Soprano is topped with spinach sauted with white wine and parmesan cheese. When you order one you will see fresh spinach go into the saute pan. The salty balls are good as well.

                      1. re: ChrisOC

                        Maui's celebrated their 10th anniversary this year. THE best place for a great dog at the shore.

                2. Speaking of hot dogs and take-out I can't believe I forgot to mention Hot Dog Tommy's on Jackson Street in Cape May. Look for the hole in the wall place with the guy with the hot dog hat.

                  1. Forget about Wildwood except for Mack's Pizza on the Boardwalk.
                    Other than that I have never had an exceptonal meal at Wildwood.
                    All of the good dinning choices are in Cape May.
                    For a top notch breakfast try the Mad Batter.
                    For great Mexican/south westen try Gecko's.
                    It is BYOB which can save you a bundle and the prices are very reasonable.
                    The Ebbit room will not allow a 10 month old child, If you can find a sitter it is one of the best Goumet restaurants at the cape.
                    Also exceptional gourmet can be had at Axelson's blue claw and they do have a child's menu so kid's are OK.

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                    1. re: wetsons

                      Been through this before -- folks bad-mouth Widlwood and praise Cape May. But I have had many an over-rpriced mediocre meal in Cape May, and many a lovely and reasonably priced one in Wildwood. You just have to pry yourself away from the boardwalk and go inland a few blocks.

                      1. re: VFresser

                        Agreed. Both places are rather seasonal and there are some hidden gems away from the boardwalk, it just takes time to discover!

                        1. re: HelenB

                          Thanks for the backup, HeenB! Wanna trade discoveries? We've had lovely meals at Marie Nicole's, Claude's, and Gia, and Piro's as well for family-style Italian. What have you discovered?

                          1. re: VFresser


                            Thanks for the heads up! Claude's and Gia would have been my recommendation but you are surely have more expertise than I do! I will have to try out Marie Nicole's and Piro's. Been to a place called Nino's, but it was a while ago and the food was good!

                    2. Vanthia's on the way to Sunset Beach in West Cape May

                      1. Thank you to everyone who suggested places. I returned from vacation on Saturday.
                        Although I could not make it to every suggested location, I did make it to a few..

                        Mr. D's - excellent cheesesteaks and Italian subs

                        The Vanilla Bean Creamery - Hard place to find. I had a cone of chocolate and it was probably one of the best cones of Chocolate I had. Wife had Strawberry and it tasted artificial, as did my dad's cone of cherry. Mom's cone of fudge ripple was very good.

                        The Sea Shell Ice Cream - We thought this was better than the Vanilla Creamery... Great little place.

                        The Dry Dock - excellent sundae's They use homemade cakes and brownies. Prices are very reasonable...

                        The Ugly Mugg - The chili was awesome , the wings were "so-so" . the mini chicken taco's were the frozen type you buy in the store. 2 or 3 of the shells were empty.

                        The Bay View - We hit the Friday Happy hour 4-6, the atmosphere was great, very kid friendly. Ribs/chicken platter was great. The crab legs were great, the crab cakes were great.. The wings were great.... This place we will visit again....

                        Romeo's Pizza - We picked up a goodfellow pie on our way back from shopping in Rio Grande (rainy day) and it was great. I thought it was going to be a grease bucket ab soggy, but it was not. Very good pizza.

                        Dairy Delight - Nothing fancy or extraordinary about this place. Just some basic ice cream. Much rather the Sea Shell or Dry Dock.

                        Chowhouse needs an iphone app, like Yelp...

                        1. We returned from Cape May a couple of weeks ago, having used numerous Chowhound treads to guide us. This looked liked as good a place as any to post a wrap up.

                          Fine Dining: The Pier House vs The Blue Pig (we had great meals at both four years ago). The Pier House was a much better choice. Everyone was happy (flavors, portions, service). The Blue Pig was largely disappointing, flavor-wise. All four of our dishes just were not that great. I am sorry I am unable to go into detail. Good service and a nice patio, though.

                          Casual dining: George's on Beach. Small, contemporary diner. Family operated. Great taste/portion/value. Cash only.

                          The Seaside Cheese Shop (West Cape May), as mentioned in other threads, is _the_ place for cheese, olives, sandwiches, etc. The also have a small section of fresh bread, but get there early for it on the weekend. The bread isn't awesome but its better than the supermarket. I found their store-made (I think) mozzarella was pretty tasteless. A bad batch perhaps? The half-size muffaletta sandwich was huge and we decided to use it for an appetizer at dinner.

                          Our big "find" was Ellie's Bakery on Broadway around the block from Seaside Cheese. Their single serving blueberry 'pockets' were awesome. It helps that the blueberries were in season, of course, but the pastry was great, nice and light and flaky but baked enough to eat by hand _without_ them falling apart. They bake full-size pies, but only to order. We were told Ellie doesn't want the crust to dry out during the day. We ordered a peach pie and it was fantastic. I also tried one of their Triple Chocolate brownies. A low rectangle of dense chocolate topped with powdered sugar. It was a little rich for me, but I just had a blueberry pocket. Perhaps if it was a la mode. They also sell cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and single serving cakes. Coffee, too. We did not try La Patisserie in Cape May. I don't bake and I'm ice cream guy, I admit, but Ellie's has to be _the_ place to go for baked goods in Cape May.

                          Finally, The Lobster House. As recommended, we got fresh fish 'to go'. Fresh salmon and scallops were very good. I know the place is well known, but it is crazy busy: raw bar, dining room, patio, take out counter (I think) and fresh fish counter, but they seemed to have the staff to handle this.

                          1. Anybody ever tried Backstreet Simply Delicious? We're also going to be in Cape May for the weekend, and have been to Lobster House, but worry about the crowds. Backstreet was rated #2 restaurant in Cape May (and it has seafood, which we want) on Tripadvisor, but I've yet to see it reviewed here.

                            The Lobster House
                            906 Schellengers Landing Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204