So here are the meats and potatoes of the matter.
First of all we had a room across the street from the beach. I liked that place, easy beach access. We arrived at 6:30 in the morning and killed a few hours:driving around, (me) learning the ways and means of manual cars, and finding a place to eat breakfast.
We ate breakfast as this hotel (THE GRAND) on the strip adjacent to the beach. It was a like having breakfast in Manhattan (pricing expected). It was a buffet: cheese blintzes, cobbler, bagels, biscuits, toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, waffles, eggs, Eggs Benedict, cereal, yogurt, fruits, and usual beverages. We ate a little of all we wanted, trying to pace ourselves.
The staff came by often enough to ask how were were doing and to refill coffee. They looked like your typical diner gals. Our section was 3/5 full (two sections in restaurant as well)by the time we were done. The bathrooms were clean and had an anti room. That is always nice. As for the tidiness of the place in general, it looked like they were taking care.
While finishing up, my fiance was talking to me and well, I dozed off in front of him. Serious i-tis. The food was that filling and decent enough for two hungry people.
Would we ever eat there again–yes.
For dinner we decided to check around. We already had a reservation at one place but after seeing a restaurant menu while we were walking, we decided to go there. It was Restaurant Week in Cape May so there were a bunch of Price Fixe options. We settled on the Merion Inn. (106 Decatur Street at Columbus Avenue) http://www.merioninn.com
I got the table while my other half parked. We were trying to make it inside the special window–before 5:30 or after 9:30. We found a table next to the front –actually in the corner of the porch, with lots of natural light eaten up by plant life. It was very quaint and we noticed that we were not the only price conscious people.
In the corner–lining up with the corner of the room, there was a lamp/candle things. We realized after a while that it was indeed a real candle–and the curtains were 3 inches above–hello, fire safety. We finally decided on our meal.
Me: Tossed Garden Salad (check how that arrived-, Him: Jersey Shore Clam Chowder (fitting)
So he finished and I was still cleaning finishing up. Not even 1/2 a minute passed and the waitress came back with our food. By the way, I was not finished. So that she could put down the large ass filled plates, I picked up the salad bowl in my hand and kept eating. I thought that common sense would have kicked in and she would have taken my food back, even before that, she should have waited till we were both done, then cleared away the plates, then brought the food–performed her own Cape May interpretation of service. Also our Reislings came in a small carafe. We were to pour those ourselves. Well she wanted to make room and just poured the drinks for us, filling the glasses and taking the carafes away. Thanks mom for doing that. What was the flipping RUSH!! It was not like there was a line of people. We were on the porch and there was a whole inside with seats for 40 or so people.
OH BY THE WAY-WHAT WAS UP WITH THE TWO SOMEWHAT DIRTY STEAK KNIVES!!
Another waiter came by and observed the scene. He was apologetic, but did not do what I though he would do–alert her and show her up in front of us. She did not even come back to apologize. She came back intermittently to ask how was the meal. She was oblivious to what she had done.
The food was okay. In the beginning, when first tasting my food, I was waiting for some heavier flavor. About half way through, I finally was able to really taste the sauce.
Me: Veal Scallopini w/Pancetta, spinach and fontina
Him: Grilled Skirt Steak w Tomato-Shallot Jam, Gorgonzola Potatoes Au Gratin & Bacon-Onion Demi-Glace
His meal was decent–grilled anything is usually good. He had a potato pie of a sort and that was good–gorgonzola cheese made it tasty. I liked his meal.
By the way, there was a lot of food. We tried to finish it. Mind you we started with soup and salad and bread. I was like a whale after this.
We did not even have room for dessert–my favorite meal.
Would I visit again. Well, maybe, I have to see the real menu first. Also the waitress really struck me. In the end we left her 1/2 of the normal tip. I insisted on none but my other half said he would do half and leave a comment–compromise.
I would give the food an 5.5. It was average, with some times of goodness. The breadbasket had muffins–banana nut was excellent (8).
For service I would give a 4.
Cost, well I think it hovered closed to 60. (2 people-apps, entrees and wine) 7
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