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eyelasso Jul 17, 2012 10:14 AM

Hey. Just made reservations @ the Diving Horse in Avalon, which I've been keen to try for awhile now. Does anyone else have suggestions on great little Jersey shore spots? Preferably between Cape May and Avalon (although I am willing to go farther afield).

I've been to the take-out window @ Quahogs in Stone Harbor - is it worth going in for a sit-down dinner?

Any suggestions would be appreciated! I don't want to be bereft of food options and end up at Stone Harbor Pizza, which is sad.

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    eyelasso Jul 17, 2012 01:48 PM

    Well, this thread has convinced me I should cancel my Diving Horse reservations to give this some more thought. I'm definitely going to Quahogs for the fish ribs (plus, it's only 2 or 3 blocks from where I stay at the shore). Also, I had no idea Strathmere had good places. Gonna check them out, for sure.

    One of the funny things about the Jersey shore is that you get locked in to your beach town (at least I do). I love Stone Harbor (and Fred's Tavern in particular) but I'm ready to bust out.

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    1. re: eyelasso
      angelo04 Jul 17, 2012 03:51 PM

      What are fish ribs?

      1. re: angelo04
        fourunder Jul 18, 2012 04:26 AM

        Fish sticks in BBQ sauce?

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          fourunder Jul 18, 2012 04:30 AM

          I was trying to be funny....but apparently I was correct.


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            Dithyramb Jul 18, 2012 01:30 PM

            they are better than they seem, easy to bone and such.
            The taco joint next store is also much better than the faux-mexi joints in the county.

            1. re: Dithyramb
              equal_Mark Jul 18, 2012 07:31 PM

              I would hope a fish stick might be as easy to bone as maybe a McRib sandwich...

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        jl0328 Jul 17, 2012 12:42 PM

        My bf and I ate at Quahogs last week. I think the fish ribs at Quahogs are worth a visit. My summer isn't complete without a few plates of them! We also had the mussels as an app followed by softshell crabs (3 decent sized crabs) and a whole branzino which were both delicious! My only wish for Quahogs is that they would get their servers on the ball. I feel like they're never staffed properly but I feel that way about most places at the shore.
        The owner of Quahogs, Lucas Manteca is also overseeing the kitchen at the Ebbitt Room and the Rusty Nail which are both worth a visit.
        A friend just went to Avalon Rose and enjoyed her meal. I believe it's BYO. She thought it was better than the Diving Horse in food and price.
        Enjoy your visit!

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          tzanghi Jul 17, 2012 10:48 AM

          410 Bank Street in Cape May gets rave reviews from my mother. I went years ago, but don't remember it well, and I was too young to appreciate it. It's not extremely small, but it's not huge. They have pictures and a menu on the site.


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            eyelasso Jul 17, 2012 10:55 AM

            I've been outside this place many times! I've always been curious about it, but never wanted to risk it. I'll scope the menu.

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              fourunder Jul 18, 2012 04:25 AM

              With regards to 410 Bank Street......make sure they do not charge you for ice set-ups if you bring in your own wine.....as they did to me. The charge is illegal.

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              urbanfabric Jul 17, 2012 10:44 AM

              I like George's for breakfast (Cape May). You should probably also try the New Jersey board.

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                eyelasso Jul 17, 2012 10:49 AM

                Ha, thanks. I'm new here and I didn't realize there's a Jersey board. But your help is still appreciated. Just googled George's Place and it gets ridiculously good reviews.

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                  cwdonald Jul 17, 2012 10:49 AM

                  Oldie but goodie.. Busch's Seafood in Sea Isle. Get the she crab soup for take out. Other stuff is ok.

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                  Philly Ray Jul 17, 2012 10:34 AM

                  Here is a recent round up of Jersey shore places by the food critic in the Philadelphia Inquirer.


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