Seafood on LBI
We recently moved to the area and are looking for a low key seafood restaurant. I'm thinking picnic tables, fish & chips, clam strips...any recommendations?
Kind of a tough time of year for low key - depending on where you live, I'd stay away from the Island (Harvey Cedars Shellfish Co. is good, but mobbed in the summer - many recommend Mud City, but I find it mobbed, mediocre and overpriced). Go South on Route 9 to the newly opened but already vastly improved Dock Street Crab Shack in Mayetta - Google them and check their website for specials. Further south in New Gretna on Route 9 is the BYOB Allen's Clam Bar - sounds like exactly what you're looking for - don't miss the fried scallops or fried shrimp. If you venture another 20 minutes south, go to Oyster Creek Inn (go South on 9 until Smithville, and hang a left and follow to the bay). Sit outside in Bill's Crab Room - limited menu outside in the screened in porch area, but oh so worth it. Steamed lobsters, clams, crabs, and corn on the cob with really cold beer, all with a view of the Bay and the Atlantic City skyline in the distance. Well worth the drive - go at an off time if you go on the weekend, as the place gets really crowded with boaters.
Oyster Creek Inn
41 N Oyster Creek Rd, Leeds Point, NJ 08220
Allen's Clam Bar
5650 US Highway 9 N, New Gretna, NJ 08224
Thanks for the recommendations! We went to Dock Road Crab Shack on Saturday night and it was wonderful! We only waited for 10 minutes at around 7:00 pm on Saturday. Seafood bisque and shackcakes were our choice of appetizers and both were fantastic. My husband ordered one of the specials, cajun mahi mahi with an andouille sausage sauce over rice pilaf. He was very happy with his choice. I ordered scallops broiled in a lemon, garlic butter sauce. Delicious! They came with a choice of 2 sides. The desserts looked delicious, but we didn't order any! We will definitely be heading back and will probably order from the fish market this week!
Boulevard Clams at 20th and the Boulevard in Surf City for the fried clams. They have whole belly clams and OMG they are GOOD! I have been to Maine numerous times as my in-laws live there and I like the ones from Boulevard Clams better than 95% of what I've gotten up there. The restaurant is small and is nothing fancy but works. There are some outside tables too, right on the Boulevard so no great view. The menu is extensive but I've never had anything else there except the clams, french fries, onion rings, and clam chowder...all good. They are also a fish market so I assume the other cooked fish would be good too. I have bought a fair amount of the uncooked fish to make at home.
second boulevard clams. we take out from there all summer long, whenever a different friend comes to visit.