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Where to eat? Here are some of the places I have been dining lately. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 11, 2008 at 04:33 PM

Restaurant Reviews-Where to eat? Here are some of the places I have been dining lately.

For Breakfast

Smitty's - The Breakfast Shop 910 Bay Ave. Somers Point 601-2100

The locals know where to go for breakfast and The Breakfast Shop in Somers Point is no exception. It's great place for starting the day or meeting up with a friend.  Looking out on the bay in Somers Point, it was a perfect way to start a picture-perfect August day.

I indulged in the special - Banana's Foster French Toast! Yum! This was not a day for a diet, but worth every calorie. The bacon & eggs and pancakes looked good too. My friend asked for a nicer table away from the door. A good call! There is also counter seating.

Lunch & Dinner

Rojo's Jersey Mex 206 11th St. Ocean City 399-2272

Tucked away on 11th St & Haven Ave in Ocean City is a great popular Mexican Restaurant called Rojo's Jersey Mex. We recently had a fabulous dinner there. I devoured the Philly cheese steak wrap with Mexican spices and French fries. There is a full menu of tacos, enchiladas, burritos and lots of fresh seafood dishes.

We got to catch up with owner David Bridgens, also knows as Reds, who I've known since he was a teenager. He is the son of Dr. & Mrs. Bunn, who now live in Virginia. Rojo's also does a great takeout business. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. A small authentic Mexican restaurant, known by all the locals.

Check them out. 11th St . in Ocean City

The Mad Batter 19 Jackson St Cape May 884-5970

We enjoyed the Oktober Fest in Cape May recently and grabbed a delicious meal at the Mad Batter-a nice getaway from the crowds. The Mad Batter has been a staple on Jackson Street from the early Renaissance days of Cape May. The last time we ate at The Mad Batter was in the early 80s and we remember we had a babysitter for our children! How is that for going down memory lane! Where have the years gone? The Mad Batter has the same great quality food and charming atmosphere! Bravo!

We were not disappointed as we sat in their secluded back room with great ambiance and a friendly staff. My husband raved over the special blackened prime rib sandwich with mushrooms. The meat tender, the sauce was ‘to die for!' I enjoyed a grilled sirloin burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. Excellent!

Call ahead. With this popular restaurant, you will need reservations at night. The bar room looked cozy and there is also outdoor seating in the warmer months. The interior artwork is done by Emily Buehrle. Why not plan to stay over at their Bed & Breakfast at The Carroll Villa Hotel? They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Tip: As everyone's money gets tighter, why not try out your favorite restaurant for lunch-same great food...cheaper prices.

Stumpo's Italian Grill 318 Washington Mall Cape May 898-9555

You will find superb Italian food at Stumpo's in Cape May. We enjoyed great outdoor dining when family were in town this summer.

Everyone enjoyed delicious Italian food- Chicken parmigana with spaghetti, ziti, manicotti, Bolognese, veal parmigana. All served with salad and fresh bread! Great sauce! Homemade pizza too! BYOB!

Three locations- Margate, Somers Point and Cape May!


Last Updated ( Oct 11, 2008 at 05:25 PM )
Local Restaurant Reviews PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

‘A Spot of Tea and Scones’ Perfect at the First Street Café

The First Street Café made its name on 4th Street, but since they lost their lease, they are now on 1st Street. The First Street Café, on 1st and Asbury is a favorite among locals and it is thee place in town for great scones and a wide variety of teas and coffee and a whole lot more.

I recently was there for a great lunch of chicken salad, dried cranberries, lettuce and tomato along with a refreshing glass of iced tea and a big chocolate chip cookie. We enjoyed sitting outside and running into some locals. The inside offers a cozy atmosphere and the service is very friendly. I enjoyed reminiscing about how I used to serve the morning newspaper on this street in the summer when I was a teenager.

There are always great specials as well as soups and salads. The Café opens at 6 am, lunch from 11 – 2 pm, and dinner from 5 – 9 pm. They also offer take out. Why don’t you check them out for a great cup of coffee or a spot of tea and scones? You’ll be glad you drove the extra 3 blocks.

First Street Cafe (Formerly 4th St. Cafe)

First and Asbury Ave. Ocean City, NJ 399-0764
6am - 9 pm

Mack & Mancos: You’re Gonna Love it!


A great place for pizza for lunch or dinner on the Ocean City boardwalk. Long lines at peak times but worth the wait. No frills. A tasty, thin crust, with sauce and a delicious cheddar cheese blend. Watch the pizza being made before your eyes. By the slice or a whole pie.

3 locations: 755 Boardwalk, 920 Boardwalk, 12th & Boardwalk Ocean City, NJ

Also free delivery 609 399-2548

Karen & Rei’s: The Royal Treatment and Delicious Food

If you are looking for a unique dining experience in Cape May County, Karen and Rei’s on Route 9 in Clermont is the place for you. The staff provided friendly, personal service and the restaurant is upscale and immaculate. We began our meal with a variety of fresh baked breads, one with sun-dried tomatoes, another with kalamata olives and another crusty with sesame seeds along with olive oil and roasted garlic. We enjoyed our Caesar salad with fresh Locatelli for 2. The clam chowder sounded great, but anymore I fill up before the main course arrives so I refrained.


Chef Karen Nelson and husband Rei Prabhakar offer an eclectic menu of traditional food plus Thai, Asian spices, Indian, French, as they say “a melting pot.” Daring choices include venison, duck and ostrich.

They also offer many specials including waluu, recommended by our server, which I almost chose. Instead I picked the safer Maryland crab cake, (pictured) filled with lump crabmeat and a nice blend of spices and tartar sauce served with garlic mashed potatoes. $29.75

My husband had an excellent filet mignon (below) au poivre demi-glaze served with Yukon gold whipped potatoes. $38.50 More affordable dishes include fettuccine for $18.75 and gnocchi for $19.50.

“The Land of Chocolate” Dessert Menu included Chocolate Pate (which we devoured) Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate B-52 as well as, Apple Pie, Crème Brulee, an ice cream medley including Chai Ice Cream and Strawberry Cheesecake- one of the best ever!

An excellent experience, a little pricey, but the pampering made it worth it and a loaf of fresh bread to take home. Cash only. BYOB

Karen & Rei's
1882 Rt 9 North Clermont (20 min south of Ocean City)

609 624-8205 Reservations Suggested Closed Tuesday.



Last Updated ( Dec 28, 2008 at 09:20 AM )
That’s Italian & More at the Gourmet Italian Cuisine Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 06, 2008 at 04:07 PM

That’s Italian & More at the Gourmet Italian Cuisine Restaurant

The Gourmet Italian Cuisine Restaurant in Galloway Township is worth the ride from anywhere to this great Italian restaurant in the heart of Absecon. They also own the Carriage House down the road which is a beautiful place to book your next big event. Check out how beautiful it is below.

At the Gourmet Italian Restaurant, you will need time to go over the extensive menu. We started our meal with wine and fried zucchini with marinara for an appetizer along with great Italian bread and olive oil. The restaurant has a great ambiance and you feel tucked away in your own booth. There is a bar side of the restaurant for more casual dining.

The menu has everything from pizza, cheese steaks, subs, salads, sandwiches, stromboli, calzones, and a full dinner menu including many variations of veal, chicken, ribs, eggplant, pasta, seafood, filet mignon and a full catering menu. They also have heart-friendly suggestions, including lemon caper salmon, broiled scallops and crabmeat and asparagus pizza, & more …mmmm! My husband enjoyed baked lasagna for $11.99, a huge portion with fresh pasta. I enjoyed the breaded chicken parmigiana & linguine for $14.99.

The Chef is George Galati of the TV Show “Dinner: Impossible” fame. He does a magnificent job bringing his expertise to this establishment. In 1998 when our daughter got her first job out of college working for Carlson Marketing she took us out to dinner here, so this restaurant holds a special memory for me. Why not make a memory for yourself?

The Gourmet Italian Cuisine Restaurant Pitney & Jimmie Leeds Road 652-1398


Last Updated ( Jun 06, 2008 at 04:28 PM )
Red Sky Opens for Lunch! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 06, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Red Sky Opens for Lunch!

Good news! The Red Sky Café in Seaville is now open for lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! (Lunch 7 days starting June 18). The great Southwest menu is a perfect way to enjoy something a little different than traditional steak or seafood, because the chef prepares everything with a southwest twist. They offer great specials too! Every day there is a different chili and gumbo. I always start with a cup of chili –The Chicken Chili with BBQ was awesome for $4.95. I’m never disappointed.

Nachos and salsa are brought to the table and we also ordered extra Red Sky Nachos- Tortilla chips, beans, salsa, chicken, melted cheese and sour cream $9.95 for our party.(left) 

I was psyched to have the Grouper (top) with mango salsa on greens served with rice and black beans for $16.95, which was featured in the Press of Atlantic City’s new cookbook. I had never had grouper and I enjoyed the healthy meal with a great southwest taste. My husband enjoyed the BBQ Beef Tortilla, guacamole & sour cream served with rice and black beans for $9.95. (below)

You can also get takeout! Why not have steak and chicken fajitas for your next party. Add margaritas & nachos and you’re all set! Red Sky is open 7 days a week. Dinner starts at 4 pm!


There is always a packed parking lot, a good sign for any restaurant and outside dining on picnic tables too! BYOB. We have gotten to be good friends with the owners Jeff and Greta Schwartz. Greta and staff recently threw a wonderful baby shower for my daughter-in-law who has been a waitress there. I was surprised at how big their staff of beautiful, friendly young women is and they have a great chef and owners too!

Red Sky Café 3054 Rt. 9 Seaville 624-2550 


Last Updated ( Jun 06, 2008 at 01:09 PM )
Some of My Favorite Restaurants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 06, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Some of my latest dining experiences include…

A lovely 2 pound lobster at the Lobster House in Cape May, NJ




Moist and sweet Chilean sea bass at the Crab Trap, Somers Point, NJ

Great light meal at Lucky Bones, Cape May, NJ including Shrimp cocktail, Deluxe Nachos, Pizza & Hamburgers


Last Updated ( Jul 31, 2015 at 04:59 AM )
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