We were down in LBI visiting daughter and her husband this past weekend.
Early in the day we took a drive south and went to Allen's Clam bar for lunch. Food was good. We split a small fried scallop platter and they scallops were good, very lightly breaded, not greasy and sweet. Husband had the fried clams and loved them. Daughter had the cold seafood plate which had shrimp salad, a couple cold shrimp, some clams and what they called sea flakes. Turns out those were sea legs. Now for the life of me I cannot see why any restaurant would ever serve them, much less a jersey seafood restaurant. I had the crabcake sandwich. I was okay, not spectacular but not bad. Oh, I started with the new england clam chowder. Unfortunately it was not hot and nary a clam could be found it it, thought it did have a decent taste. A little too thick for me.
We stopped at Renault Winery for something to do and did the tour and tasting. The tour was excellent, really good. But what made it good and fun was the tour guide, she was humorous, interesting and the stories were fascinating. She made the tour. As for the tasting it as better than I expected, a couple of the reds were quite good. I bought a bottle of their white merlot for my sister. I found it sickeningly sweet which means she will love it.
Dinner was a Black Eyed Susans. I was trying to decide between there, Yellow Fin, or L'assinette and after reading reviews picked Black Eyed Susans. I called two weeks ago and had no trouble getting in for Saturday night. Apparently the place is a cafe during the day and they add tables and turned it into a dinner spot not too long ago. What I liked is that they could have fit more tables inside but chose not to. We did not feel like we were jammed in there.
Now getting to the food. I thought it was wonderful. The guys had the shrimp and grits. Shrimp were perfectly cooked, the sauce spicy and flavorful, the grits rich and tasty. Could have used a few more grits maybe. The girls had the roasted beet salad with fresh ricotta crostini. The plate consisted of a couple kinds of roasted baby beets, the crostini and a flavorful vinargrette. It was so tasty. Nice and light too.
Dinner my husband had the strip steak. Not sure how it was because he barely took a breath as he ate. He said it was very good. Daughter and her husband had the seared scallops. They tasted as if just caught from the sea, sweet and tender, nicely seared in a tasty sauce. I had the crabcakes which were pretty much all jumbo lump crab and had a hint of tarragon. They were also very good.
We all wanted dessert but sadly had no room. It is not cheap but I'd go back there in a second, I thought the food outstanding.
Allen's Clam Bar
5650 US Highway 9 N, New Gretna, NJ 08224
Renault Winery Restaurant
72 N Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
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