Mainland communities tend to lack the kind of tourist attention their coastal counterparts receive, particularly during the summertime. But just because a town is not bordering the ocean doesn’t mean it is without its share of quality dining establishments.
Don’t let the front of The Bay Club at Lighthouse Pointe fool you. Housed in one of the large stucco buildings on Shawcrest Road in Wildwood, the building is imposing enough that you might miss one of its biggest draws … the water. Take a walk up the steps to their front door, however, and you can already catch the views of the bay through their back deck.
Sammy DeMarco has spent time this summer making sure South Jersey gets to know him.
Highfalutin foodies and plain ol’ grub grungers alike have something to look forward again — the now-annual Sea Isle City three-day Food Truck Festival, which takes place Friday to Sunday, Sept. 11 to 13, at Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle.
It’s been almost three years since Nino’s Family Restaurant in North Wildwood closed its doors due to Hurricane Sandy. So it’s been almost three years that the Malusa family, in coordination with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, worked to get back to the town they loved.
Cape May is home to many fine restaurants, but that alone is not likely the only reason why the annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration is now into its 19th year. The multi-faceted event runs Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 20, and has remained extremely popular year to year by keeping things fresh and mixing in new elements.
The Sur La Plage boutique has been a landmark on Bay Avenue in Beach Haven for close to 30 years. Multi-level shopping set amongst picturesque shaded porches makes the store pilgrimage worthy for any sun-loving fashionista in the tri-state area. With designers such as Free People, Joie, Hudson, Jack’s Girlfriend, Kate Spade, Autumn Cashmere and many more, it’s easy to understand Sur La Plage’s longevity. However, after 28 years of clothes, owners Bonnie and Doug Buchan wanted to do something different but just as chic.
Despite numerous restaurants opening across the downbeach community this summer, the biggest buzz surrounds a spot that has been open for four years: Catch.
WITHOUT ICE CREAM, there would be darkness and chaos.
A lot of restaurants brag about being farm to table, but Resorts Casino Hotel’s culinary staff really has something to brag about.
Chef Giancarlo Presta of the new La Grotta Italian Restaurant, which opened in the former Salt Ayre space in Ventnor in July, cooks differently than most, but it’s a difference your taste buds will appreciate.
If you’ve ever been to Cape May — and I mean ever — then you have most likely heard of Elaine’s. A veritable Cape May landmark, Elaine’s seems to have been around forever, its name synonymous with dinner theatre.
There are two well-known, establilshed restaurants in the city of Margate that have taken family-friendly dining to a new level — one located not far from the Atlantic Ocean and the other right on the bay. The Margate Dairy & Burger Bar on Ventnor Avenue and Junior’s Seafood Shack on Amherst Avenue were both affected by Hurricane Sandy, so many renovations had to be done. But the food spots are back and better than ever and offering something a little unique to the area.
Buckets Margarita Bar & Cantina is the newest restaurant to join The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor’s luxury boutique hotel. And as its latest addition, Buckets is eager to impress.
Maybe sampling all the fabulous culinary fare the Wildwoods have to offer in a single week was deemed insufficient. Or maybe the event was such a hit during its initial launch six years ago that a second week within a year just seemed to make sense.
Love wine? Love seafood? Then you cannot miss the annual seafood festival at Bellview Winery noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16. Enjoy a raw bar, sangria, wine tastings, live music from To The Maxx and other food and retail vendors. Kids and pets are permitted at no charge, but adults 20 years of age and older are $15 at the door. Designated drivers are $10. Bellview is located at 150 Atlantic St. in Landisville. Go to BellviewWinery.com.
Paragon Bar & Grille's forerunner deserves a tip of the cap in the sense that its owner turned a run-down Mays Landing shot-and-beer joint into a comfortable neighborhood niche, and ran it successfully for nearly 20 years.
Sea Isle City sure loves its Italian restaurants. Although this is not a scientific study, Sea Isle may have more Italian restaurants per square mile than anywhere on the Jersey Shore.
Many can claim to have the best ocean view in Atlantic City, but the Blue Water Grille at the FantaSea Resorts can make a very solid case.
It’s not every well-established restaurant that continues to make changes after almost two decades in business. After all, when you’re already a success, why rock the boat?
Jameson Cesar and his uncle Jerry Cesar can both claim extensive backgrounds in the culinary world to their credit, but it was only after a casual and long-overdue reunion that the two ever talked about teaming up to start a restaurant business together.
If dinner under the stars is your idea of a romantic digestive experience, get ready for “Breakfast in the Sky,” a quixotic morning meal that takes al fresco dining to another level entirely — 156 feet up in the air.
One thing was abundantly clear about The Cellar 32 when it opened in 2010: It was a beautiful restaurant.
When Dos Caminos opened in 2011 in Harrah’s Resort, it was the first Mexican restaurant inside a casino.
If you’re going to call your new Italian restaurant “That’s Amore” — meaning “that’s love” in English — you’d better be pretty confident that your food, as well as the entire dining experience, can live up to the expectation of such a lofty name. That’s Amore? It’d better be.
The Taste of the Shore food court at Harrah’s Resort just got a lot more fun … and greasy … and fattening … and delicious.
Jonathan Hirsch knows his grandfather would be proud of how the Montreal Beach Resort and the restaurant now named after him — Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille — has evolved as it gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Cape May.
Restaurateur Giovanni Lucignano did not merely fashion his culinary technique around the great chefs of Naples, Italy, he actually hails from the Mediterranean metropolis, having immigrated to the United States as a teen almost 30 years ago.
Sometimes — very rarely — a meal exceeds all expectations and is elevated from “going out for dinner” to an experience you will never forget.
Tacos El Tio in Egg Harbor Township may well be the best thing that’s happened to the Black Horse Pike in years. On a road that is littered with both Italian restaurants or steakhouses, Tacos El Tio — a Mexican eatery — is a welcome addition.
Another month, another great wine dinner at The Iron Room.
It seems like an impossibility, but Sammy D’s at Harrah’s Resort just got a lot cooler.
As the summer season swings into full gear, new area restaurants hope to capitalize on the influx of visitors while leaving lasting impressions on the palates of locals. So many new restaurants open during these warm months, that navigating this ever-changing culinary highway can be a daunting task. Let this guide help you tackle your summer to-do — or, rather, “to-eat” list.
No matter when you went to Roberta’s by Joe Muldoon over the last two years, there was no doubt diners would end up raving about the meal.
The Cove is the best thing to happen to Brigantine in a long time. The former Steak 38 building that has sat vacant for years is now a totally remodeled, stunning restaurant and bar with a culinary team behind it that can make it a year-round destination restaurant.
The Old City Pub may be new to the Wildwood dining scene, however their first order of business was to embrace the restaurant’s history. Previously Tucker’s Pub, the new owners purchased the restaurant last year and continued to operate for the season as Tucker’s.
I WISH SUCCESS COULD BE ORDERED LIKE DELIVERY PIZZA, because I’d order take out.
Father’s Day may not get the hype — or attention — of Mother’s Day, but there are some great dining opportunities and deals that are sure worth celebrating.
With diet trends that come and go as quickly as the latest fashion trend, one thing is for sure — people care about their health. However, healthy dining options in South Jersey have been limited until very recently. Two new eateries in Avalon — The Jellyfish Juice Bar & Cafe and The Surf Snack Shack — are leading the charge.
When you think of breakfast, a Mexican restaurant is probably not the first thing that comes to most people’s minds.
Seafood Week at Tropicana Casino and Resort returns from Sunday, June 21, through June 27. Not familiar? It’s when the resort’s restaurants, bars and even some retailers offer unique dishes, drinks, specials and discounts on seafood dishes or nautical items to commemorate this fish-friendly festivity.
There may be some “secret” ingredients that Rick Moretti employs for certain dishes — such as his mother’s recipes for deviled crabs and clam chowder, or the special crab-laced mac-and-cheese dish he plans to whip up to celebrate three decades in business this summer.
Somers Point’s bayside restaurant district just got a little classier. After struggling with identity and concept issues for the last few years, the Trocki family seems to have finally figured it out.
Despite the fact that the building often bore a preposterously oversized inflatable crab on its roof, Obadiah’s in Marmora had somehow gotten a reputation for being a “pricy, upscale seafood restaurant.”
Egyptian food is hard to find. In fact, it was nonexistent in South Jersey for the last five years since Mohamed Bahgat closed his Golden Pyramid Restaurant.
Atlantic City loves burgers. And Hard Rock Cafe, which always offers a stellar one, is really amping it up now through June 30 with its first-ever “World Burger Tour,” an awesome promotion that showcases four of the best burgers sold around the globe at its 199 venues in 63 countries.
As a bona fide family resort, Ocean City caters to a multitude of different taste buds, with dining establishments ranging from ice cream and pizza parlors to elegant restaurants that have graced the area for generations.
Make sure you tune into the “Hell’s Kitchen” Season 14 finale 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, on FOX to find out which latest reality TV winner will work at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Atlantic City.
BASHFUL BANANA BAKERY & CAFE