Cape May’s Annual June Restaurant Week ended last night, Sunday June 11th. I decided to try out 6 different restaurants around Cape May to see what they were offering. I have to say I had a blast! I definitely consider myself a foodie, and I love to cook, so I was up for the challenge! There are so many delicious and fun restaurants to try in Cape May, and there couldn’t be a better time to try them out then restaurant week. Here are my thoughts on restaurant week 2017:
To start out the week, Dave and I headed to the Lobster House with some of our campers, the DePaul’s, on Sunday, June 3rd. We arrived and snacked on fresh Wisconsin cheese and oyster crackers and sipped on our cocktails while enjoying good conversation with friends at the bar. Once we were seated, we took a look at the restaurant week menu and tried to decide what to order. Luckily, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at the Lobster House! You can’t get seafood any fresher than this. I started out with the creamy lobster bisque, which was to die for. My main course was the baked flounder stuffed with crab imperial, scallops and topped with shrimp and cheese sauce. The portion was enormous! I definitely had enough food for 2 meals. And once again, the freshness of the Lobster House seafood shines through in each bite. For dessert, I decided to go with the bread pudding, an American classic. Who cares about the calories…it’s restaurant week! Leaving stuffed and with a couple of doggy bags, we headed home to plan our next endeavor…the Merion Inn!
The Merion Inn is nestled in the middle of Decatur Street, and boasts the biggest menu selection for restaurant week. I decided to take my grandkids and daughter-in-law to this fancy restaurant…but we have one rule: you have to order everything in your best high-society French accent. The grandkids love to do this…we were cracking up all night! Me and my grandaughter, Ally, both had the clam chowder to start, which was excellent as always. We also got the Carpet Bagger steak for dinner… it was a grilled flatiron steak with horseradish cream-poached Chesapeake oysters, lemon, lime and jalapeno topped with fried onion rings, served with whipped potatoes and sautéed spinach. When dinner arrived, I decided to take the lemon and lime to put in my glass of water, then immediately regretted my decision. The jalapeno juice got all over the lemon and lime and made me choke on my water! Not the best move for such a fancy restaurant! After my fumble, I got to chow down on the delicious steak. My Daughter-in-law Amy had the Crab Imperial, and my grandaughter Amber had the lobster. Everyone reported that they thoroughly enjoyed their dinners, especially since they got to order them in a fancy french accent. For dessert, we ordered the creme brulee and tiramisu, which were both divine. Another restaurant down! I’m now trying to save my appetite…we’ve still got 5 more nights of restaurant week!
If you read Dave’s latest blog post, you’ll know that he is currently taking our boat to Cape May from Florida…so I decided to take him for a romantic farewell dinner to the Peter Shields Inn before he was whisked off to sea! Okay, maybe is wasn’t quite like a Carey Grant Movie, but hey…a girl can dream! I decided on the Tuna Tartare appetizer which consisted of Compressed Mango, Avocado Purée, Wasabi Tobiko, Micro Cilantro and Miso Vinaigrette. Each element was artfully combined and the flavor was out of this world. My main course was the Scottish Salmon, which was cooked to perfection. Dave had the steak, and devoured the whole thing…he said it was like biting into a little piece of heaven. We ended the meal with the warm english date pudding and chocolate panna-cotta, but not before we were brought complimentary champagne and seared scallops. All in all it was a beautiful night with my husband with a mouthwatering meal. Time to sleep off our food comas…until tomorrow night!
Now that I was left all alone without my husband, I decided to take our lovely bookkeeper, Sue, on a date to Cape May’s only 100% organic restaurant. Good Earth is located somewhat off the beaten path, in the 600 block of park boulevard in West Cape May. The owner and chef, Contrano, came to the US from Italy to open the restaurant with his wife, Hilary. They are very passionate about using the freshest organic and local produce to create his simple, made from scratch dishes. If your avoiding meat and fish: Good Earth also has plenty of vegan, vegatarian, and gluten free options to choose from! This was definitely the tiniest kitchen we’ve seen so far during restaurant week! Another cool fact: our Marketing Director, Brooke, works in the kitchen at Good Earth 3 nights a week, and prepped and plated all of our food tonight! If only she’d do that for me at the campground! Sue and I started off with the tuna bruschetta and steamed clams with garlic bread. The bread is baked fresh daily, and the clams and tuna were cooked simply yet full of flavor. We then had the salmon and cod for dinner, which again, were simply baked with herbs, and served with a side of seafood risotto. Contrano’s light hand on the the salt and seasonings really let the flavors of the fresh fish and veggies shine through. We felt like we were eating in someones home kitchen! We ended the meal with tasty strawberry rhubarb pie and chocolate almond pudding. I also purchased a bottle of their 100% organic Italian Olive Oil that the family harvests themselves in Italy. I said goodbye to Brooke, and told her to keep an eye out tomorrow morning for my blog post in her inbox!
For the final day of restaurant week 2017, I took my step-daughter Laurie, her boyfriend Peter and his son Shamus to the Mad Batter in Cape May. Laurie follows a gluten free diet, and luckily the Mad Batter had an entire gluten free menu that she could choose from! They also had a nice selection of vegan and vegetarian options for anyone with an alternative diet. We sat on their beautiful newly renovated porch. To start I had Arugula Salad tossed with avocado, toasted pine nuts, fresh mozzarella, and a basil-garlic vinaigrette. It was light and refreshing! I chose the blackened scallops with remoulade, mashed sweet potato and asparagus. Everything was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Laurie had the red snapper with shrimp and corn salad, Peter ate the tuscan fettucine with scallops and shrimp, while Shamus tried the kids pizza. Everything got rave reviews, and Shamus said it was the best pizza of his life! I ended restaurant week with the delicious chocolate lava cake.
And that’s a wrap! While I didn’t get to try every restaurant on the list, I am very happy with every meal I did get to try this past week. Can’t wait to see what amazing dishes our local restaurants come up with next year!
*This blog post was transcribed by Maggy’s ghostwriter, Brooke.