Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jersey Shore Restaurants: BEACH CLUB CAFE

Beach Club Cafe
1282 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226                                            
(609) 398-7700

You may remember the old Scout song about, "..make new friends, but keep the old.."  Well, it was a great pleasure to re-discover an "old friend" recently that Scarborough Inn guests will find very appealing!  I'm talking about chef Stephen Nicoletti, who is operating the Beach Club Cafe - a great Jersey Shore Restaurant right on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Ambience - Situated right on the Boardwalk on a raised deck, the cafe has a beautiful view along the wooden way, plus a panoramic sight of the beach and ocean - the perfect location for those who want a delicious dinner with a side of romance.

Service - On our recent visit, the server was efficient, knowledgeable, and cordial.  Great service contributes to a pleasant dining experience and Tara is a definite asset.

Food - In a word - scrumptious!  Everything we ate was beautifully fresh, expertly prepared with a judicious touch, and nicely presented.  Dinner includes a choice of soup or salad, entree with sides, a roll and butter.  The selection is extensive - mostly centered around chicken, pasta, and a variety of seafood.

We both choose salads for starters and these were crispy romaine with a nice variety of dressings.  Chef Steve treated us to a cup of Maryland Crab Soup that was outstanding - creamy, yet light with plentiful bits of crab, and seasoned perfectly.

For the entree, Gus selected Clams Casino Capellini.  This was kind of a deconstructed clams casino with all of the traditional elements intermingled with imported pasta and piled high in a serving bowl, topped with a mound of herbs and seasonings. Delicious to look at and to taste!

I selected a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake which was delicately flavored and redolent of sweet crab with a side of Lyonnaise potatoes - lightly crisp on the outside and tender within. We both enjoyed a side of sugar snap peas which provided simple, bright flavor and color to the plate.

We shared an absolutely decadent homemade Chocolate Cappuccino Cake.  It was richly flavored with smooth chocolate and just a hint of mocha from the cappuccino and topped with real whipped cream.  (Thank goodness we walked home! I'm sure that removed the calories.)

Price - Most entrees are less than $20.00 making eating at the Beach Club Cafe a rich experience without the high prices.*

Details - There is seating indoors as well as outside so inclement weather should not deter you from enjoying the wonderful food and ocean-front atmosphere.  Children are accommodated.  I did not see handicapped access, but call to inquire.  Credit cards are accepted.

Parking could be a problem - none is provided - but not for guests of the Scarborough Inn.  We provide complimentary, on-site parking for our guests and the cafe is within walking distance of our bed and breakfast.

INNsider Tip: Take advantage of the *Early Bird Special" - 15% off any dinner entree from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Bring along a sweater or light jacket, it can be chilly near the water - no matter the season - and take a camera to record the gorgeous setting. I think this superb Jersey Shore restaurant will become a favorite.

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