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Cape May, NJ recommendations please

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Looking for recommendations in Cape May for these two dinner situations:
1. Fine dining experience
2. Traditional seafood fare: fried or broiled with lemon with good atmosphere and alcohol served.

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  1. Fine Dining I suggest The Washington Inn...Peter Shields...Union Cafe....Ebbit Room. Just to name a few....

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    1. re: RayP

      I'm heading there this weekend. Any ideas for good, cheap, casual food? My wife is not into "fine dining". We're staying at a B&B so I don't need breakfast recs. Would like to do one nice dinner somewhere... maybe I can twist her arm. Anywhere interesting and reasonable for lunch? Thanks!

    2. +1 The Washington Inn .....one of NJ's finest restaurants. Plus try 410 Bank Street if time and finances allow.

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      410 Bank Street
      410 Bank Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

      Washington Inn
      801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

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      1. re: maryanne06

        Got reservations for tonight at Washington Inn. Staying at The Virginia hotel. Is the restaurant at the Virginia any good?

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        Washington Inn
        801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

        1. re: takk

          I loved The Virginia hotel when I stayed there. Really liked it. :-)
          The Ebbitt Room (restaurant at The Virginia) was pretty good when I ate there, IIRC, but that was some years ago. Fine dining prices.

          ETA: I see from further down you did eat there.

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          Ebbitt Room
          25 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

      2. Louisa's on Jackson Street is also excellent.....very fresh food, BYOB and more affordable than many of the other places in town.

        1. For a less expensive meal, try Mad Batter.

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          Mad Batter
          19 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204

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          1. re: Picnicchef

            Also very affordable and very good are the burgers at The Ugly Mug.....get the Ocean Burger and a beer...you won't be disappointed.

            1. re: maryanne06

              Indeed, the Ugly Mug has been around forever! And, if you get a chance, I love having cocktails and raw treats on the sailboat at the Lobster House.

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              Ugly Mug Bar & Restaurant
              426 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204

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

              1. re: maryanne06

                Ugly Mug is terrible. $13 for a Tuna Wrap? I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich a few weeks back and it had no taste and was $11.

                There is nothing worth pursuing via 'casual' dining in CM that provides value and is good food.

                The white table cloth scene via the above cited restaurants ER, PS, etc are top notch.

                But please, I will never ever return to the UM again. Terrible.

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                Ugly Mug Bar & Restaurant
                426 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204

              2. re: Picnicchef

                Mad Batter is one of our favorite stays and restaurants in Cape May even after all these years and countless BnB visits. The food at the Viriginia Hotel is quite good and Louisa's, if you can score a res last min, is exceptional.

              3. I have always enjoyed the Black Duck on Sunset , The Washington Inn & Louisa's for dinner....Ugly Mug for pub grub....Mad Batter for breakfast...

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                Washington Inn
                801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

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                1. re: Pam in NJ

                  The Black Duck on SUnset is very good and has a prix fixe menu Friday nights - - around $20 for a very nice meal. When we drove down to Cape May on a Friday last November, the B&B owner pushed us to try it for dinner, even though we told him we were tired, wanted something casual, and were saving our "nice" meal for Saturday night. We gave in to his recomendation when he said it was a short block away and we did not feel like driving anywhere. Very glad we listened to his recommendation. Prix fixe included an excellant salad (I had the panko goat cheese and wife had the orange almond salad - both delicious), a nice though smallish entree (I had, if I recall correctly, scallops over a whole wheat linguine which was excellant and wife had a chicken dish that she thought was OK, but nothing special) and desert (home made sorbet). It is not the same level as some of the other restaurants mentioned by RayP at the start of this thread, but it is an inexpensive way to fit a second nice meal into a weekend away.

                2. Reporting back on The Ebbitt Room dinner last night. We did the four course tasting with wine pairing. All around a solid meal. A few dishes were very good, but not quite great. For example, i thought the salads were a bit bland, needing a pinch of salt and some more acidity. But wherebthey lacked those elements they made up for it with creativity. Fennel salad with arugala, i mean you are not going to get that at you typical restaurant. I thought the progression of the courses was a little odd as we were served the second course first, then the first, then the third. The waiter did have an explination for this and we politely went along with it. Not a big deal. But that could explain my thoughts on the salads after eating a robust first course. I'm not a wine drinker but we were both very pleased with the pairings. All in all a good experience, perfect for a vacation celebration dinner, not a tourist trap place.

                  Oh yeah, portions were big and the fourth course was choice of dessert, which was very good as well.

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                  Ebbitt Room
                  25 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

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                  1. re: takk

                    Staying at the Carroll Villa.. last night and tonight. So far, my favorite meal was at the Della Five and Dime store, at the lunch counter. Had a grilled peanut butter, banana, bacon and fluff sandwich (bacon was my idea), with a root beer float. Just a lot of fun, sitting at the lunch counter, reminded me of when I was a kid going to Woolworth's and McCrory's and Kress stores with my mom or dad. Prices were also very reasonable.

                    Had dinner last night at some fish market place. Wife liked it. I had a very gristly strip steak covered in flavorless crabmeat, but I should know better than to order a steak in a seafood place. Breakfast at Mad Hatter this morning was very good. Waiting for wife to wake up from nap so we can go to dinner somewhere. There's a Mexican place nearby, Gecko's.. I'm thinking there.

                    1. re: MarlboroMan

                      Black Duck on Sunset was wonderful!

                  2. Reporting on 2 visits to the Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall.
                    Our first dinner was on a weeknight, and DH and I ordered burgers. Although the wait was a bit long, the hand-made burgers were cooked perfectly med./med-rare and came with hot, crispy thin fries. The taste and juiciness was tremendous.
                    Flash forward to a Friday night, and the dinner did not go so well. It started off great, with a nice loaf of gratis bread. DH and I ordered a Caesar's salad and blue cheese wedge respectively and enjoyed them. The wedge salad had very crisp iceberg lettuce, real blue cheese chunky dressing, crumbled bacon, some radishes and marinated cherry tomatoes. Awesom. DH loved his too.
                    Then, we waited and waited and waited for our mains. The kitchen must have been backed up on tickets, because once our mains came, so did the tables near us, who btw, were seated about 30 min. after us. We were actually getting irritated and the seats are not meant for lingering.
                    DH had steak frites. The steak overcooked due to lingering way to long and get very dry. Once again the fries were great, but hardly made up for the steak.
                    I ordered meatloaf with mashed potatoes and veg. The meatloaf was a little individual loaf that was overly reheated and too crusty I'm guessing in a salamander. Hardly any "gravy". The mashed potatoes were actually not real. I was shocked. Who the hell serves instant potatoes anymore?
                    Needless to say, we didn't stay for dessert, but totally would have had the dinner gone better because the desserts looked terrific.
                    Probably would go back for a burger, or lunch, but will not go back for a nice dinner. Should have gone back to the Washington Inn.

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                    Blue Pig Tavern
                    251 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

                    Washington Inn
                    801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204