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Aug 11, 2011 07:39 AM

Gables, L'Assiette, other on LBI?

Am down on LBI for a few weeks and celebrating several birthdays/anniversary. Was looking for some good food, not necessarily the most expensive. Have lived here for 25+ summers but we have gotten into a 'Yellowfin routine' and so haven't explored much beyond there in the last 8- 10 years. Nothing against YFin but this year I'm looking to try something new.

One of our old time favorites was Green Gables, which I know is now The Gables. We were there maybe 4 years ago and had some wonderful food but over the years it has been very up and very down. It's a bit of a drive for us (we're much closer to YFin) and wondered if anyone has been there this year. I couldn't find any recent posts about this.

L'assiette is also close to us and the menu looks intriguing. BUT I have to say that a group of other family members went one day last year to Plate and would describe the evening as overpriced and not very good. I believe it's the same chef and location, just a new name. Is this recommended? (i.e. did they just hit an off-night last year?)

My other thought is Black-Eyed Susan's, which I see has gotten lots of press so might have trouble getting a reservation even on a weekday?

Appreciate any input.

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  1. L'Assiette is the same team as Plate (we couldn't get a straight answer as to why they changed their name). We went last year and this year and thought it was very good, and had greatly improved from when it first opened. We also thought Cafe Auletta which is owned by the same people as Yellowfin, was very good Italian food. I had the pork chop with hot peppers, which was very authentic and VERY hot. Black-eyed Susan's was also good, but the menu is very limited and seafood focused, which was difficult for my allergic husband. It was a little difficult to get a res, so plan ahead.

    104 24th St, Surf City, NJ 08008

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    1. re: phdfoodie

      Give La Spiaggia right off the causeway in Ship Bottom a try.
      Classy Italian food, great service.

      I would skip Gables. Every time I try it, I am very disappointed.
      Needless to say, I wont be trying it again.

      La Spiaggia Restaurant
      357 W 8th St, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

    2. Had dinner @ L'Assiette last night. Appetizers/salads were fantastic. Entrees disappointing. Meal was expensive. Prefer simple preparation especially with fresh seafood. So far this past week, best in that vein was Cinnamon Bay Caribbean Grill. Small, informal, a little chaotic, salads just ok -- but the fish was fresh and its flavors shone through. And their "corn puppies" are to die for!

      Cinnamon Bay Caribbean Grill
      7601 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008