Louisa’s and her Chocolate Bar 5

For the past 25 years or so, I have had the pleasure of dining at one of my all time favorite seaside restaurants, Louisa’s in Cape May, NJ.

Experience the tiniest of restaurants, fresh from the sea goodness and BYOB. Call ahead for reservations because you can’t get a seat at Louisa’s without one. They book solid each night in the summer as they only seat 20 folks per seating. I describe Louisa’s to friends as if you are dining, ultra casually at a friend’s home. The menu is on a chalk board and whatever the fresh catch of the day is, is what they offer. We adore this restaurant! I can still taste the fresh flounder, crab cakes and her famous Louisa’s chocolate pie but, alas I must wait till next summer.  I also love the quirky sea-inspired art work in the restaurant which are all painted by children!

Louisa just opened her new Louisa’s Chocolate Bar one stop away from Louisa’s restaurant. Specialty, hand-made chocolates from around the country. Our favorites are: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolates and Maison Bouche! This is a darling addition to the Cape May shopping experience. Pure decadence!!

Cape May is such an amazing little seaside town. I hope you have enjoyed my past few posts sharing its glory. And, if you visit Cape May, I anticipate that you will enjoy it as much as I have for over 40 years.

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The Raw Bar on Fisherman’s Wharf 2

A visit to Cape May wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world-famous, The Lobster House Restaurant. Serving locals and visitors for over 4 generations. Now, we don’t frequent the “inside” restaurant. We actually prefer the “outside” seating on the deck. It’s known to locals as The Raw Bar on Fisherman’s Wharf at Cape May Harbor. If you don’t mind getting your fingers dirty while picking the sweet meat from your freshly steamed Blue Crabs covered in Old Bay seasoning, sitting outside on the deck of the wharf watching the fishing boats coming in from a long day with their fresh catches of the day or drinking a cold draft beer out of a plastic pitcher, than The Raw Bar is your kind of hangout. But, get there early to grab a table because it’s a hot spot in Cape May summer months.

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The Red Store, Cape May Point’s General Store & Restaurant Reply

OK, let me just say that I am in love with The Red Store and with Cape May Point. I am really embarrassed to admit that all of these years that I have been vacationing in Cape May, NJ ~ I was unaware of the sheer cuteness of this western Borough of Cape May. On one of our many bike rides around town we discovered paradise in paradise. Just down Sunset Blvd, past the hustle and bustle of the downtown corridor of Cape May sits one of the most charming places I have ever been. When you arrive in Cape May Point, it feels almost like you have entered another era. It’s so quaint and peaceful ~ I felt like I stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting. Families are gathered at the circle playing volleyball, enjoying picnics, walking their dogs and conversing in front of The Red Store!

Deanna Ebner along with husband, Lucas Manteca (The Ebbitt Room’s Executive Chef) are bringing their love of farm to table goodness to the restaurant which is situated in the back of the general store. Our lunch was simply divine. We sat outside on a gorgeous summer day, sipped on Ginger Lemonade (highly recommend), chatted with locals, made friends with local canines and just enjoyed every second of a perfectly peaceful afternoon. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Simply amazing Guacamole and home-made chips

My lobster roll, divine!

Hub’s delicious Fish Tacos

And don’t forget to give a warm greeting to Miss Emma, Deanna’s rescue pit bull little girl who is the sweetest doggie ever. But, don’t try to talk to Emma because she can’t hear you ~ darling Emma is deaf but, she enjoys a big hug and kiss from all patrons (and Emma likes to sneak in a couple licks herself)!

The Red Store is a local gathering spot where you can pick up some bananas, a beach ball and enjoy an afternoon ice cream cone.

Directly across the street from The Red Store is a quintessential small town, Catholic Church, St. Agnes.

Cape May Point and The Red Store along with its darling restaurant is a must experience adventure on your next trip to Cape May, NJ!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

 

Everyone Loves A Parade 1

I am remiss at posting more of my adventures in Cape May. It’s been a long and busy summer and now that it’s after Labor Day, I feel it an appropriate time to share with you a couple more Cape May posts.

Small town parades ~ you just gotta love ’em. And I adore the Fourth of July parade down Beach Avenue each year in charming Cape May, NJ. This particular 4th was steamy hot but, the parade participants hung in there with all of their colorful costumes, all with smiling faces and all proud to be Americans. The parade route starts at Philadelphia Avenue down Beach Avenue to Patterson Avenue. Capt. William Kelly, Commanding Officer of the U.S.C.G. Training Center in Cape May served as Grand Marshal and his entourage included the U.S. Coast Guard Band and Color Guard. Other entries were: Mayor Dr. Edward Mahaney and city council, VFW Post 386, American Legion Post 193, Congress Street Brass Band, Super Girl, the Forgotten Warriors Museum, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Dr. Emlen Physick, Bonsal Blues Band, The Duffy String Band, The Quaker City String Band, and The Fralinger String Band. The parade is always a joy. And don’t forget about the fireworks extravaganza each 4th of July in Cape May. The show is spectacular. Enjoy!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography