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Cape May Reviews pt. 1: Louisa's

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Cape May Reviews pt. 1: Louisa's

PoolBoy | Aug 24, 2002 10:40 PM

I just returned from a brief vacation in Cape May, NJ, and thought I would share my thoughts on three dinner experiences. Here is the first.

Louisa's -- This is a very casual, very small, 20' x 20' box of a restaurant. We had to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation time. One waits outside, since there’s no standing room within. (Fortunately it wasn’t raining!) As you would expect, the tables are packed closely together, and we did share a few words with our neighbors, who were celebrating a birthday. Service is friendly and satisfactory. The restaurant is BYO. It is also OYO—they do provide a corkscrew, though. And what of the food? For $30 an entrée you might be disappointed. But here the entrée prices are in the $10-$15 range (apps and desserts are less), and it is a remarkable value. Most of the dishes are seafood or vegetarian. I enjoyed cold and spicy ginger-orange noodles for a first course, and chili-graced baby bluefish with a delicious, tangy cabbage slaw as a main course. Wife enjoyed her cold cucumber soup and potato-vegetable cakes. Our chocolate desserts were slightly above average. The only disappointment we were served was the rather boring brown rice accompanying our main courses. Interesting bread in the baskets helped. Overall, its good food, great value, and unique setting make Louisa’s a recommended stop.

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