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Mar 7, 2014 04:37 AM

Cape May - Off Season

We have to to be in Cape May at the end of this month, and we are looking for a special occasion restaurant because we have something special to celebrate. We loved The Red Store last summer, and that was our first choice. We also thought the Sea Salt tasting menus looked good. Both of these places seem to be not yet open for the season. We could go the Ebbitt Room, but the last time we were there, we were underwhelmed. Maybe we just hit it on an off night. We ate at the Washington Inn some time ago, and we never went back because we felt it was a bit too traditional for us, as it seemed like a Steak House menu. Maybe it's different now? Is there any other place that we are not thinking about? We could also go to the Wildwoods or Stone Harbor. Any suggestions?

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  1. I would suggest the Washington Inn

      1. Peter Shields Inn. They brought in a new chef a few years back and his food is awesome. I believe they are closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Check out the website and menu.

        1. Chef Manteca of the Red Store has a Supper Club going in the off season:

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          1. re: Gastronomic

            Just saw this myself. I sent them an email. Hopefully there are reservations available. I was going to try Washington Inn but they didn't have anything available. We had booked Blue Rose Inn but will cancel if we can go to the Red Store.

          2. Just as a follow-up, we went to the Supper Club at the Red Store on Friday night. It was an incredible experience, with 8 small courses, and 7 of them were flawless. It's not something that is offered in season, for obvious reasons, but at $65 per person including tax and gratuity, it's a great deal. It's communal dining, and we sat at a long table with about 14 people. At the end of the long (3 1/2 hour) evening, we felt like friends and I hope to try this unique dining experience again, soon. We also ate at the Blue Rose Inn on Saturday night. We had dined in the space many years ago, when it was Alexander's. This relatively new restaurant did a very fine job. We enjoyed our dishes there, too.