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Cape May Reviews Pt.3: 410 Bank Street

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Cape May Reviews Pt.3: 410 Bank Street

PoolBoy | Aug 24, 2002 10:46 PM

410 Bank Street – This was the most expensive, and most disappointing, of our three dinners out in Cape May. To summarize, it is an expensive and slightly fancier version of The Cheesecake Factory, but without all that cheesecake. The walk to the front door, through exotic vegetation, pleasantly evokes the tropics. The tropical theme continues on the menu with an expansive list of dishes. While we were under the impression that it is a BYO establishment, there actually is a small wine list. Our waiter happily uncorked the bottle we brought, and described about seven dinner specials. This is in addition to (if I remember correctly) at least 20 entrees printed on the menu—that’s a whole lot of options (and many of you I’m sure are familiar with the inverse relationship between the quantity of menu items and their quality).

Intrigued by the blackened prime rib, I asked how “done” it was prepared. I was told it could be cooked to my specifications. I ordered it medium-rare. I was non-plussed, to say the least, when it came out gray all through the inside. Less-cooked meat was unavailable, I was told. When we got the bill we were disappointed, though not quite surprised, to see that no discounts were issued, no desserts “comped.” No one seemed to care. There are some winners on the menu, no doubt. The shark appetizer, small slices of the beast atop a fruity Asian sauce, was tasty. Wife’s nut-crusted mahi-mahi was enjoyable for a few bites, but the sweet coconut sauce made it too cloying to finish. I did enjoy the chocolate pecan pie.

Like the Cheesecake Factory, the portions tend towards the gargantuan; like the Cheesecake Factory, some of the menu items will taste good; and like the Cheesecake Factory, it can be hard to get a table (or a reservation). But unlike the Cheesecake Factory, you end up paying upwards of $30 an entrée. Skip it.

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