Not much good news -
Mustache Bill's continues to be great for breakfast (they won a James Beard Award this year in the American Classic category, and deserve it!).
Off the Hook still has great fish takeout, and still wins the award for most overstaffed and yet least organized take-out place ever.
Lobster Claw in Surf City was much nicer and better than Harvey Cedars Shellfish as a general beach seafood place - good lobster, a few non-seafood things, good service.
Carousel Ice Cream place is now Poppy's, serving Jack&Jill ice cream - good flavors. Big Dipper Ice Cream in Surf City was very mediocre. Udder Delight closed.
Fat Cat's is now High Point Cafe - similar breakfast/lunch type selections (bagels, baked goods, salads, etc). Had an excellent latte there.
Blue has closed, and been replaced by Sandpiper Cafe - we did not go there.
Plate - a new white-tablecloth place - just opened in Surf City. It was pretty disappointing. The reach definitely exceeded the grasp there. We shared Peking Duck Confit - came with 2 dry, cold tortillas and shredded lettuce. The confit was OK, but was accompanied by a very nice black bean salsa. My husband had Duck Breast which was totally bland. It came with a 3-cheese potato pave, which I thought was greasy. I had Sockeye Salmon with supposedly crispy skin - it was OK, but like everything else, was very underseasoned. It seemed like the chef only had salt, which was underused, and pepper, which was overused, and no herbs or spices. The dessert, however, was fantastic - poached pear tart with bleu cheese-walnut ice cream. It was perfect - the short crust was delicate, the pastry cream was just right, the ice cream in a ramekin just in case it didn't suit you, but I ate all of it. Nice foccaccia, nice service. Maybe they will work out the kinks.