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Cape May -- suggestions and some warnings

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Cape May -- suggestions and some warnings

M-L. | Apr 21, 2006 10:10 PM

Spent the last two gorgeous days in Cape May and ate too many meals at Blue Pig at Congress Hall. That's not the warning. I was surprised that it was really quite good and was lured by the "blue plate special," of which there is one each night of the week. Wednesday was a 1 1/4 lb. lobster for $25. OK, not your Maine lobster fresh from the trap but pretty good with an even passable ear of corn given the time of year and travel. Dinner the next night was chowder and a crab cake and slaw, all very good. My hotel, part of the Congress Hall group, offered breakfast vouchers for Blue Pig, so that's two more times. I had lunch there on Tuesday, too. Can't ever get enough seafood when I'm near the ocean, so it was fish and chips. Now, here's one warning. I wish they'd ease up on the fat. The fresh fish hiding under super crispy, but way too much, batter got overwhelmed. The breakfast sandwich croissant was grilled in butter I think -- add bacon and Swiss cheese along with the scrambled egg. Perhaps bad choices on my part. Great coffee is $3 a cup in the dining room but free in the lobby of Congress Hall.

I decided to change venues thinking there'd be lighter fare elsewhere and went to the Pilot House. DON'T. That's the second warning. Again, my own fault. If you're not sure, say thank you and leave. I have to remember that advice. What seemed to be maybe Sara Lee spinach quiche was definitely nuked so that even the edge crust was soggy; the bottom was disgusting. A handful of salad on the same plate was something from the Shop-rite salad bar; and that may be doing Shop-rite a disservice. A nice big orange slice was refreshing.

Had I to do it all over, I'd head for West Cape May certainly to Vanthia's, the West Cape Deli, and the tiny place across from the deli. The name escapes me, but I ate there last time in Cape May and need to make it a return destination.

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