Friday, May 18, 2012

"EARLY BIRD" DINNERS: EAT EARLY FOR TASTY DEALS!

Early Bird at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant meals that are served earlier in the evening go by many names - "Early-Bird Dinners", "Dinner at Dusk", etc., but they share one thing in common - they are great deals.  For Jersey Shore vacationers, these deals are a win-win - filling tables early for restaurateurs and giving customers a savings, a
multi-course meal for the cost of an entree, or both!

Be aware that portions may be smaller, but I have never gone home hungry.

Recently, we tried the "Early Bird" offerings at Charlie's in Somers Point (just over the Rt. 52 Bridge from Ocean City, NJ). Charlie's has been a local favorite forever and is an unpretentious bar - popular for wings, pints, and seasonal sports on multiple TV screens.  Their EB lasts until 6PM (make sure you are seated by that time) and it is only available through the spring*.

When we visited recently, I ordered lobster tail and my dining partner had surf & turf. Both came with good-sized salads, sides, and a dessert. (We ordered drinks - additional charge.) The lobster tail was the tiniest I ever had - but succulent and sweet. The surf & turf was three scallops and a small fillet - perfectly cooked and tasty.  We agreed the portions were adequate, delicious, and definitely budget-friendly as the check was less than $40. for two people.

When Charlie's Early Bird Specials end for the summer*, there many other specials available.  For additional information, visit their website.  They are a short drive from the Scarborough Inn - maybe 10 minutes - and perfect for a casual meal or snacks and a drink.

INNsider Tip:
Charlies Bar & Restaurant, 800 Shore Rd., Somers Point, NJ - CASH ONLY!

Carol & Gus, Innkeepers
Scarborough Inn
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast

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