Want to sample some of the best food that Cape May has to offer? Whether you are looking for a unique experience for lunch, dinner, or something in between, give your taste buds a treat with some of our favorite local eateries that are off the beaten path.
If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience during your time in Cape May, put Shamone on your list. Located upstairs in the Washington Street Mall behind a black curtain, this hidden gem serves up a 15 course mini tasting menu with creative cuisine and a funky vibe for just $30/person + tip! They are open select nights May – December. BYOB and cash only.
Reservations required in advance – call 609-884-6088.
Cape May Insider Tip: Make sure to grab a bottle (or two!) of your favorite wine to enjoy at Shamone and any of Cape May’s other BYOB restaurants. If you need to pick one up while you’re in town, head to Sunset Liquors, Collier’s Liquors, or Harry’s Wine Cellar for a good selection before dinner.
Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than this! H & H catches what you eat that day – steamed crabs, lobster, sea bass, shrimp, clams, and oysters. With dockside picnic table seating, this no frills dining experience lets you enjoy a water view while feasting on the catch of the day. Try the all you can eat crabs. Located on Ocean Drive between Cape May and Wildwood. Open mid-May to mid-October. BYOB.
Learn More: www.hhseafoodnj.com
If you love homemade bread with unique and farm-fresh organic ingredients, you must visit the “Bread Lady” at Enfin Farms. Baked in an wood-fired clay oven before the sun rises, the more than 20 bread flavors include Rosemary and Thyme, Beet and Dill, Olive Oil and Black Pepper, and Classic French. With lines forming at 9 am, the stand opens at 10 am and typically sells out by 11 am. Open April through Thanksgiving – check their Facebook page for specific days.
Cape May Insider Tip: Locals know to bring a chair and a cup of coffee when you head to Enfin Farms on bread day. Get there early to secure your spot in line and enjoy a relaxing morning with others who have come to appreciate the fresh bread and the sense of community.
Make plans to check out Cape May’s self-proclaimed “hole in the wall” hot dog joint on Jackson Street and try one of their specialty dogs. Order a big bad dog, its skinny cousin the leaner wiener, or the vegan dog. Then choose from standard toppings or unique combinations. If you have room, try the potato tornado or Miss Maty’s mac and cheese. Expect a line and bring cash – no credit cards accepted. Open May – October.
Learn More: www.hotdogtommys.com
If you have a sweet tooth, make time to visit Louisa’s Chocolate Bar where you will find a wide variety of American made artisan chocolate bars and caramels. You will find chocolate bars infused with everything from standards like coconut or marshmellows to more unusual ingredients such as lavender, chipotle, or bacon. And during the spring, summer, and fall seasons they also sell delicious farm-fresh salads and homemade deserts to take home from their sister restaurant Louisa’s Cafe.
Learn More: http://www.louisascapemay.com/chocolatebar
This tiny storefront sells the perfect dessert to end your day at the beach. Offering artisanal ice cream sandwiches made with cookies, ice cream, and pie filling, Peace Pie creates 20+ flavor combinations daily, including Key Lime Pie, Peanut Butter Cup, Salted Caramel Brownie, Rocky Road, and The Elvis. Located on Carpenter Lane, just behind Washington Street Mall.
Learn More: https://peacepieworld.com/
Cape May Insider Tip: Before or after you shop at Sunset Beach Gifts, make sure you take a walk along the famed Sunset Beach where you might find your own Cape May diamonds along with many other colorful rocks to fill your pockets. Bring a bag or bucket to collect more!
Make plans to visit this French patisserie in West Cape May offering fresh pastries, cakes, baguettes, multigrain breads, croissants, cinnamon buns, sticky buns, and even custom wedding cakes. Located in a small shopping center on Park Boulevard, Chez Michele offers free parking and a delicious way to start your day.
Learn More: https://www.michelgras.com/
This working farm located in West Cape May has a kitchen stand that offers seasonal and farm-fresh breakfast and lunch menu items for visitors to enjoy at picnic tables outside. In the evenings, they host multi-course farm-to-table dinners that feature local ingredients and creative chef specials. Check out their website for details and be sure to book in advance for the dinners as they usually sell out.
Learn More: https://beachplumfarmcapemay.com/
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