Cape May; many good places to dine, as noted in previous entries. How about a REAL CRAB SHACK, with delectably fresh FRIED OR STEAMED seafood, served in a really happy family-style place?
I present to you: Juniors Crabs & Seafood, on Route 47 in Dias Creek, which is just outside Cape May and a short way from the beautiful National Wildlfie Refuge on Delaware Bay. If you crave the real thing-- great crabs & seafood, really reasonable prices-- in a clean, sparkling shack-- this is your spot. I give it 5 stars, it lit up my week in this week before Irene.
First, the crabs. Juniors serves them with a light coating of Bay-type seasoning, cayenne and some other subtle, good spicing. One of the two revelations here is the lightness of the spice coating-- it is not the quarter-inch thick crust of Bay seasoning most shacks in Delmarva feature. Junior takes a light, wonderfully flavorful approach that does not overwhelm the main act, the crabs themselves, which are the second revelation. Junior features Delaware Bay blue crabs, unlike many other Delmarva spopts, which get their crabs from the Gulf. Juniors crustaceans are immaculate, the number 1's are a must, fat, thick with meat, incredibly clean and fresh-- real local catch, steamed perfectly.
I cannot fail to mention the equally fresh and well-prepared local seafood, offered either fried (this done masterfully) or steamed.
This is a fish Market, tackle shop, and restaurant combo, but most of you will be mainly interested in the restaurant. You eat in an enclosed tent, with clean picnic tables, good ventilation-- a real nice down-home ambience. One of the real gems here is Junior's 'help'-- his daughter serves when not in school, and she is a delightful young person, who clearly likes here work.
I cannot say enough good things about this spot. It is a veritable, verified, crustacean/seafood-lovers dream. May Irene pass over & leave this wonderful place unharmed. I will trtavel 3 hours to eat here, and plan to make the trip on my motorcycle (6 hours...) to refresh myself & celebrate the passing of Irene. If you, however, crave this kind of real eating and are in the Cape May area at all-- get here as soon as you can. Juniors, though in NJ, is still south of Mason Dixon, is uber-Delmarva good, and ranks among the top seafood spots (NYC's Oyster Bar, Le Bernardin, etc) which all have one thing in common--- they revere pristine seafood. Juniors does not sauce a la Bernardin-- but his preparation, presentation, ambience and respect for the local fare-- put him in the upper echelon, at a very bargain price. I promise you will enjoy this spot, it belongs at the very top of Southern NJ eateries.