Just back from a terrific weekend in Cape May and Wildwood - lovely beaches and nice people - but had one of the more abysmal (and expensive) meals of the last few months at Urie's in Wildwood.
I can't for the life of me understand the draw of a seafood place sitting smack on the Atlantic ocean that serves nothing but frozen imported Alaskan King crab legs, Mahi Mahi, frozen this, frozen that, and all of it boiled, broiled and oiled to death (and beyond) by a kitchen staff that clearly is working this summer to earn money for next semester's school supplies. They cut every possible corner and botched every possible detail, from the nickel-sized lukewarm clams on the half-shell to the golfball-sized baked potato, to the Hunt's ketchup (always a bad sign when Heinz is empirically superior but costs a bit more), to the greasy plastic awning/window thing that totally obscured the view of the harbor - why put your restaurant on the waterfront and then block out the waterfront? It was so bad it was kind of funny.
But Urie's was the rec I got from locals I asked on the street, and the place was completely packed.
So NEXT TIME we head down there, we want to be armed with better recommendations. There have to be places in the area where you can get locally caught, fresh fish and shellfish (right?).