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Mar 11, 2010 12:47 PM

Cape May Restaurants

We're spending the weekend in Cape May and looking for some new restaurant ideas. We'll probably go to Cucina Rosa, but we're looking for a new place to try for Saturday night. We've been to Peter Shields, but not since 2002 and I've heard it has gone down hill. We've been to the Blue Pig multiple times; we went to Vanthia's once but didn't care for it, though it might have been our menu choice. We plan to have one breakfast at the Mad Batter and are thinking about trying the Butterfly Tea Room since we enjoy going for tea. We don't drink and I have seafood allergies and don't like most fish. Can anyone recommend a nice place for dinner and somewhere new to try for breakfast?

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  1. 410 Bank is a good spot
    Tisha's on the Boardwalk
    Black Duck on Sunset

    1. Try Georges for breakfast.

      1. Has anyone been to the Lobster House or whatever it is called there? I have friends that go down there about once a week, and it has to be at least an hour, hour and a half drive from here. Anyone been? Is it worth the trip? -mJ

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        1. re: njfoodies

          I would equate the Lobster House on par with the Shrimp Box in Pt Pleasant, The Lobster Shanty, Pt Pleasant or Bahrs Landing in the Highlands if you are familiar with any other those places...kinda typical Jersey Shore seafood restaurant with avg. food, and gets absolutely packed during the summer. Is it worth a drive down just to eat there , I would suggest not..., but if you are spending time in Cape May, I would say yes....

          1. re: njfoodies

            This place is the classic definition of being on the water on a very busy road is a license to print money. Yeah it's always busy but no you're not going to get a great meal. Seafood tastes frozen then overcooked, lobster was served rubberized during our visit and plating was of mess hall quality.

            ... Here's a portion of a review I wrote for tripadvisor:

            We stopped here for lunch on Labor Day. The place was not yet busy, however, the food was worse than terrible. Nearly inedible.

            The broiled FISHERMAN'S PLATTER had one small piece of some kind of whitefish, one (yes 1) measly overcooked butterflied shrimp (could have been better used as a doorstop) and three small scallops served up on a plate with nothing else - unless you count the hiddeous sprinkling of bright red paprika on the fish!

            The split "chicken" LOBSTER stuffed with SHRIMP SALAD was worse. The shrimp in the shrimp salad was rock hard. The lobster claw meet was rubberized . . . way beyond overcooked!


            1. re: Foody4life

              Yikes! Thanks for the heads up! -mJ

              1. re: Foody4life

                Always have to be suspicious of any NJ Seafood establishment within a quarter mile of water whose menu starts with "Fishermans Platter - Broiled or Fried"

            2. For dinner i would suggest The Washington Inn

              1. For a good, filling, cheap breakfast, I always enjoy Bella Vida in West Cape May.