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Pier seating at the Raw Bar
When we are in Cape May, one of our favorite places to eat is the Lobster House where we choose to get our favorite seafood as take out and then sit outside on the pier. Our whole family loves it!! But if you are in the mood for some oysters on the half shell or steamed clams and an ice cold mug of beer, you've got to try The Raw Bar!!
The Raw Bar is an airy, bustling place with two-sides of the restaurant completely open and overlook the Lobster House Docks and the Cape May Harbor. You can choose to sit at their large bar, or at one of their many tables, or outside on the pier.
They offer the usual hamburgers and sandwiches, soups & salads but you can get that everywhere. For appetizers, try a dozen hot & spicy steamed shrimp ($8.00); or 6 oysters on the half-shell ($7.25); or a dozen steamed little-neck clams ($8.00); Clams Casino ($7.00). If your little ones are not fond of seafood, they can order grilled cheese sandwiches with fries ($5) or chicken fingers ($5.25).
The Raw Bar is a very popular place and seats at the bar are usually available, but seats on the pier can be hard to get especially on those fabulously sunny warm days in Cape May. Hours can vary all year so call ahead to make sure they will be open when you arrive.
Favorite Dish: I probably have at least six types of seafood that I love! So one of my favorite things to get at The Raw Bar is the "Clam Bake Dinner." For about $20 you get a small lobster, steamed clams, shrimp, mussels, red skin potatoes, and steamed corn!! That's what I call good eating! This meal is very much like our favorite meal from the Outer Banks of North Carolina which is called a Steamer Pot because the meal comes in a big aluminum pot in which all the fabulous ingredients have been steamed. My east coast, southern heritage really shines through when I think about how much I love this type of seafood...oh, don't forget the crab cakes, fried flounder and hush puppies!!
Address: Fisherman's Wharf Pier Facing Cape May Harbor
Comparison: about average
Directions: Cross bridge into Cape May, look for the Lobster House & Fisherman's Wharf signs on left. Walk through the entryway leading to pier. Raw Bar will be on far left facing the waterfront & to the left of the Lobster House Restaurant.
Located in the beautiful Congress Hall Hotel, the Blue Pig Tavern offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for your dining pleasure! The restaurant was named after a gambling establishment which was once part of the hotel in the 1800's. Today the Blue Pig caters to a different crowd with 2 separate dining areas, each with its own decor, and also a beautiful outside dining terrace.
Breakfast choices are not boring: malted, Belgian waffes, french country omelets, blueberry french toast, smoked salmon, and fruit platters for vegetarians, along with a few every day, feel-good choices such as flapjacks, and steak & eggs, etc. Prices run from $8 to $15.
Lunch choices consist of soups & chowders, interesting sandwiches, and salads along with some very nice looking main courses such as cajun-spiced shrimp skewers, grilled portobello mushroom lasagna, and grilled ribeye steaks and Ahi Tuna. Expect to pay $7 to $9 for sanwiches; burgers are $8 to $11; main dishes $8 to $15.
Dinner ~ you should probably bring a full wallet, but there is a "Blue Plate Special" everynight that will cost you from $16 to $30 for the Cape May Lobster Baker including clams. For the regular menu, try the Steak & crab cake with bearnaise sauce - $26. Atlantic Grouper - $19. Bourbon marinated pork tenderloin - $18. Thai BBQ glazed salmon - $19. I think these prices are becoming quite common at some of the better restaurants, but this is definitely not a budget establishment.
Favorite Dish: I think dining out on the terrace on a warm summer evening would be very charming, but dining inside is a treat in itself. This restaurant would definitely be a splurge for us, but everyone needs to splurge sometimes.
The Blue Pig even has its own microbrew beer named what else----The Blue Pig Tavern Ale!! Sounds good to me!
Address: 251 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Inside Congress Hall Hotel
Phone: 609-884-8422 for Reservations
Picture courtesy of Twinings Tearoom/Physick Est
Located in the recently refurbished 1876 Carriage House on the Physick Estate, visitors can enjoy luncheon or tea as it might have been when Physick himself walked the grounds. At 11:30 am daily you can enjoy the full Victorian version including sandwiches, salads, breads, pastries, scones and other savory delights including tea for $16.50 pp. A little later at 2:00pm you enjoy the lighter version. "Elegant Afternoon Tea" at $13.50 pp is a lighter version of "tea" and comes with sandwiches, scones, pastries plus a beverage.
Favorite Dish: Either version of tea is a treat, but I can get along on the lighter "Elegant Afternnon Tea" version myself. Traditional tea sandwiches and scones with clotted cream are my favorites. With the Physick estate as the perfect setting, what Victorian "wannabe" wouldn't enjoy this?
Address: The Emlen Physick Estate
Comparison: about average
Directions: 1048 Washington Street, in the heart of Cape May.
Picture from restaurant's website
The Lobster House located on Fisherman's Wharf in Cape May is a favorite of my family's. It's the kind of place that, no matter where you live in New Jersey, it's the place you head for when you visit Cape May!
The Lobster House has not only a lovely restaurant, but a separate Raw Bar located on the dock, a take out seafood place where you can then eat out on the dock, and a seafood store where you can purchase fresh seafood to cook in your own home. My family loves to order from the seafood take-out window and enjoy it at the tables on the dock and my husband can order a beer for himself from the Raw Bar. For anyone who likes to hang out around the waterfront, it's a great experience and you can enjoy watching the parade of fishing boats on the water. Sometimes it's a little difficult to find a table because it's such a popular place.
Favorite Dish: My family loves to order one of the "combo" platters from the take-out window which usually has flounder, shrimp, fried clams or bay scallops with "freedom fries" or hush puppies. It's really tasty and costs less than $10 for the food, a drink and the view!! (If you don't like your food to come in a styrofoam container, the lovely main restaurant is the place for you but be prepared for a more expensive bill!)
Address: Fisherman's Wharf , Cape May
Comparison: about average
Directions: From the Garden State Parkway, go to the end (Milepost Zero) and then bear left onto Rt. 109. Go over the bridge and make the first left!
Price: less than US$10
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