Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Caroline Russock: CR
Cooked dinner at home on Friday, which including the first local corn of the season. Normally, I'd have grilled these beautiful bicolor New Jersey ears, but the rain forced me inside to the stove, where I boiled them in salted water then buttered them in this signature move: After draining off the water, return ears to pot, add butter, salt, lemon juice and hot sauce. Cover and shake vigorously. This ensured each ear gets a thin coating butter without the challenge of having to rub down each individually on your dinner plate — always an awkward process. I garnished with chopped cilantro and dug in.—AE
After a few after work beers at Monk's I debated dinner options and decided to hunker down for the evening at home. I picked up a sixer of Kenzinger and went with my standing delivery order from Stogie Joe's — a large square pie with sausage and broccoli rabe, a side of meatballs and their salami and sharp provolone-topped house salad. Always awesome and even better cold they next morning.—CR
Saturday morning drove down the shore through a cloudy tempest that cleared by the time C and I hit Rambler beach. We did dinner with her fam at the scenic Crab House at Two Mile Landing, situated on the causeway linking Cape May and Wildwood Crest. Wife and I both splurged on three-pound lobster dinners, served on red plastic trays with baked potatoes and corn on the cob steamed in its husk.—AE
On Saturday I headed out west to the Clark Park farmers' market where I picked up all of of the fruits and vegetables that I have been a little too scarce in my life recently. I came home with a haul of corn, spring onions, chives, sage, parsley, tomatoes, blueberries, sour cherries and apricots. Dinner that evening started with burrata with tomatoes and nectarines followed by herb-rubbed and rolled leg of lamb and orcchiette with bacon-braised kale and corn. Oh, and those sour cherries made their way into a double-crusted pie. After dinner I broke out a bottle of Green Ginger Wine (think over-proof ginger beer) that I brought back from Jamaica to mix up a few cocktails before heading over to The Dolphin.—CR
More beach time on Sunday, then dinner at Hooked Up Seafood, a dockside shanty with a smattering of picnic tables on the marshy outskirts of Rio Grande Avenue. The patriarch of the family that owns it has been a fisherman for 30 years; they catch all their own Atlantic fish and raise clams nearby. Hard to understate the perfection of this simple, al fresco meal: light-bodied clam chowder, steamers in a buttery lemon sauce, peel-and-eat shrimp, fried flounder platter with doused in malt vinegar, blackened mahi with stewed squash and caesar salad. The view, the salty breeze, the incredibly fresh fish... It's exactly what you want in a meal at the shore.—AE
On Sunday I woke up wanting a burger in a bad way. After weighing my options (Fountain Porter, Shake Shack, Industry) I decided that Morgan's Pier was the way to go. Finding a place in the shade I got a Melon Slushie, totally wonderful burger and an order of George Sabatino's Really Good Fries. And yeah, they're really, really good. It probably had something to do with the heat and the prospect of a nice, long air conditioned car ride, but after lunch I decided to head down to AC. An hour later with frozen mango-pineapple margaritas from Distrito at Revel in hand things were much cooler. A walk down the Boardwalk to totally hilarious Bally's Bikini Beach Bar (imagine 50 plus dudes in too many gold chains dancing to the Fresh Price of Bel Air theme song plus a mind blowing menu of shots) for a few beers before heading back to the city.—CR
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