Best of the Shore 2015: Cape May

by Erica Bauwens, Matt Cosentino, Bill Donahue, Erin Fornwald, Amanda Hamm Hengel, Liz Hunter, Rachel Morgan and Peter Proko | Jun 18, 2015
Best of the Shore 2015: Cape May …From the pages of South Jersey Magazine…

There’s nothing quite like summer at the Shore.
Whether you’re spending the day enjoying the surf and sand or heading out for a cocktail before dining at one of the many spectacular restaurants up and down the coast, it’s time to head back to the beach. But, we don’t want you to show up unprepared, which is why for our annual Best of the Shore roundup we’ve gathered the top places from Long Beach Island to Cape May. Find out where you should be grabbing breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the best happy hours, cocktail bars, retail shops, activities for the kids and more.

Rise and Shine
Saltwater Café
We could go on about the stunning bay views from all angles, but Saltwater’s menu is the true show stealer. Banana almond pancakes, eggs Florentine and the Bada Bing sandwich—featuring eggs, broccoli rabe, roasted peppers and sharp provolone—are more than enough to entice.
(609) 884-2403,

Out to Lunch
Dellas 5&10 Soda Fountain
This local legend on the Washington Street Mall is a true escape to the ’50s. Serving up only the most quintessential soda fountain classics—like patty melts, burgers, and of course egg creams and milk shakes—the vintage vibe is fun for all ages.
(609) 884-4568,

Dining Out
The Magnolia Room
Located inside the Chalfonte Hotel, a national historic landmark and the oldest continuously operating hotel on the East Coast, the Magnolia Room has not lost its Victorian charm. The Southern-inspired prix fix menu (which also features some à la carte items) matches its graceful dining room, and still has some of the same items that appeared on the original menu more than 130 years ago.
(609) 884-8409,

Snack Attack
Cape May Popcorn Factory
Popcorn gets a total makeover, thanks to dozens of flavors, ranging from spicy jalapeno to candy coated blue raspberry. It’s hard to pass this snack spot without being pulled in by the smell, and once inside you might not want to leave.
(609) 898-7779,

Child’s Play
Stockton Mini Golf
The Stockton Inn’s mini golf course has been a hotspot for family fun since 1938, and still manages to challenge us today. Best of all? It’s conveniently located near an arcade and many of the beach-front bars, so the fun can last all night long.
(609) 844-4036,

By the Bar
The Mad Batter
We know that The Mad Batter may be famous for their out-of-this-world breakfasts, but their happy hour selection, which runs from 3-6 p.m. every day, is one of Cape May’s best-kept secrets. Drink specials on cocktails, beer and more collide with their phenomenal menu, all at a bar with plenty of room for a crowd.
(609) 884-5970,

Drink Up
The Brown Room
This isn’t your typical beachfront bar; the upscale lounge setting makes it much more of an elegant escape for your next night out. And the cocktails are proof, blending only the best liquors to create drinks like the Campari cucumber cocktail, and cherry bourbon sour.
(609) 884-8421,

The Scoop
Bliss Homemade Organic Ice Cream
There’s no shortage of natural, tasty varieties at Bliss, which also offers vegan offerings alongside their all-organic ice creams. Take your pick from fully loaded flavors like PBJ and toast and orange creamsicle for kids, or strawberry balsamic, chicory root and lemon basil mint sorbet for grown-ups.
(609) 884-3350,

The Buzz
The Boiler Room at Congress Hall
Live music goes all summer at the Boiler Room, with plenty of cocktails and drinks to help get you out on the dance floor. You can also grab a late night bite, too, as they now have a brick oven pizza oven churning out gourmet pies until 1 a.m.
(609) 849-9019,

More in Store
Washington Street Mall
From beach gear and clothing to Shore home accessories, gifts and artisan products, Washington Street Mall is the all-in-one stop for a day of shopping in Cape May. There’s something for everyone, all placed conveniently within one 10-minute walk.

What’s New

Congress Hall’s nightclub The Boiler Room has added six signature wood-fired pizzas and draft beer—including some local brews—to its menu. Pizzas are available nightly during the summer months. Sam Ackrill has also been named general manager of the resort.

The Little Store will combine fresh baked goods with fresh local produce at 1208 Route 109. Lucky Bones Beach will serve up a variety of burgers, fries and milkshakes.

Louisa’s Café has increased its seating to accommodate 32 diners, up from 20. Folks from Peter Shields Inn will transform the Pilot House into Fins Bar & Grill at 142 Decatur Street with chef Carl Messick manning the kitchen.

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Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June, 2015).
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Author: Erica Bauwens, Matt Cosentino, Bill Donahue, Erin Fornwald, Amanda Hamm Hengel, Liz Hunter, Rachel Morgan and Peter Proko


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