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Cape May Report

Ellen | Oct 18, 2004 05:28 PM

Had a dinner at perennial favorite Peter Shields Inn Saturday night. The food was very good as was the service. We split a seared scallop appetizer -- 3 large scallops wrapped in smoked salmon. Quite good. Two of us had filet mignon with bleu cheese on a bed of mashed yukon golds and asparagus. Not groundbreaking but extremely good and satisfying and perfectly medium rare as requested. I had veal filets topped with crab, also top quality and tasty. We shared a flourless chocolate cake and a apple tart in phyllo with vanilla ice cream. Both were excellent. We brought our wine so the food bill was $120 before tip. I think that's a deal for what we got and its such a lovely place to dine.

I can't say the same for Water's Edge. The previous week we went on a Friday night and had the lobster tempura, which was doughy and sweet and overwhelmed the lobster. We also had a fried buffalo chicken salad that really was great but really too much for an appetizer. We also had fried pecan crusted goat cheese over mesculun salad, which was pretty good but also very filling. For an entree we shared a cod special covered in a lobster, shrimp and clam cream sauce over sliced potatoes. The fish was good but the potatoes were gluey and awful and the whole thing was sort of blobby. Also, many if not most of the things on this menu have not changed in years. This place used to be much better. I think they've gotten complacent and need to shake things up.

The find of the weekend was Mels Diner in the Villas on Bayshore Road. Went for breakfast twice, I got two eggs with homefries and sausage gravy on a biscuit the first time and sausage and french toast the second. I liked everything but would get pancakes the next time instead of FT. Good quality plump sausages too, not those nasty dried out little links. Sis got a milkshake and deluxe cheeseburger both times. Great shakes. Good satisfying burger. Great fries too. And good service Hon. The prices are quite reasonable and we're going to become regulars. Three can eat a decent breakfast for $20.

Also of note are several new places advertising barbeque and wings in the Villas that we'll need to try. We'll get takeout at Fish to Go next time too. And many many pizza places in the area to try. We tried one. It was OK but not worth mentioning. Next! I did find a great place with quality ingredients next to the Cheeks clothing outlet in West Cape May this summer but I can't remember the name right now. Have to try it again to see if they're consistent.

The weekend before last we got lima bean soup and barbeque sandwiches at the Lima Bean Festival in West Cape May, an annual event in which the locals show up with homemade lima bean soup and chili. There were also duelling BBQ-ers -- JBs and Joes. We tried both and still prefer JBs NC style to Joes, who served his with a dark rich sweet sauce that was pretty good but not as good as JB and his vinegar sauce. All in all, Cape May and environs is getting more and more interesting on the food front.

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