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Cape May - Villas area--great "Fish to Go"

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Cape May - Villas area--great "Fish to Go"

Loeb | Aug 27, 2004 08:34 PM

We're happy to report our findings from a fairly new take-out place for fish in Villas (opened 4/04).

Thanks to a flat tire being fixed at Affordable Tire (it really is, by the way, affordable) we found "Fish to Go" located on 1523 Bayshore in Villas - Lower Township (889-1444). Dave Williams, former Taj Mahal chef in Atlantic City opened his own place, and I wish he'd expand so we could still enjoy the fish immediately but not in our cramped car.

Because we're not shellfish eaters, we opted for the fish and chips (fresh flounder)and tomato/cucumber salad. The fish was wonderful--battered and delicately fried. The pre-fab "chips" were skippable (but wait! See "potato strips" below). The salad was on the sweet side, but used fresh local produce.

The next day we ordered the fish again, but as part of the fish platter which enabled us to choose two sides. The fish was still delicious--this time was seasoned with a spicy rub. We went for the "vegetable of the day" which was a tasty zucchini medley, and the "house-made pan fried potato strips." We went nuts over those. They recommended the croquettes, which are fried balls of potato and garlic, but our kid can be garli-phobic (I know, there's probably a real word for it) so we had to resist. The sauces, cocktail and tartar, were perfect--they have a good supplier for it.

Dessert was great--they make their own key lime cheesecake which was very lime-y--not cloying at all. The rice pudding was creamy and eggy. The chocolate bread pudding also looked killer but we weren't exercising enough to try it.

Would love to hear from shellfish eaters if our recommendation can be extended to include the shrimp, clams, crabcakes, etc. Probably also one of the best "bang for the buck" places in the Cape May area.

We were less pleased with JB's Bar-B-Que (North Carolina style) in Rio Grande (886-PORK!). The service was great (again, it's a take-out place), but the chicken was dry and the tomato-based sauce not to our liking. Potato salad and coleslaw didn't thrill either. Again to be fair, we don't eat pork, and the place--you guessed it--specializes in pork (which gets its own vinegar-based sauce). They also seem to be big on sweet potato pie, which we also didn't try. So if anyone has positive comments about the place, would love to hear 'em. They also will be one more week at the Cape May Farmer's Market (this coming Tuesday, August 31) until next year.

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