July 4, 2016
Busch's seafood restaurant died a dozen near-deaths before the end actually came. So when it was finally sold in 2014 and the Townsend's Inlet icon slipped beneath the waves of history - after 132 years and five generations of family ownership - no one was surprised. It was a 425-seat whale to maintain, decidedly frumpy in look, and seriously out of fashion on the plates. Even so, I still miss it. From the rich she-crab soup to the deviled clams, perfectly broiled lobster, and juicy blueberry cobbler, Busch's produced the timeless flavors of a Shore seafood house with consistency and character that's hard to match.
July 6, 1986 |
With generous portions of the freshest seafood this side of the Atlantic Ocean, it is no wonder Johnny Mott's is popular; open nine years, the restaurant in the Cedarbrook Hill Apartments in Wyncote is a welcome haven for pleasant dining. But you have to pay close attention, for the immense menu is supplemented by perhaps a dozen daily specials, each sounding more delectable than the preceding offering. A sampling of the daily fresh seafood is brought to the table for inspection.
August 21, 1988 |
Even on Long Beach Island with its plethora of informal vacation restaurants, the Chandelier Shell Shack is in a class by itself. Despite lack of decor, unsophisticated service and absolutely no social graces, the restaurant nonetheless offers excellent, beautifully prepared seafood dishes that few other places can match. Chandelier, at Beach Haven Terrace, offers a frolicsome dining experience that appeals to youngsters who seem to have never before visited a real restaurant.
July 12, 1987 |
Here are four festivals you can chomp your way through: On Oct. 10, there's the Chincoteague Annual Oyster Festival, held at the Maddox Family Campground on Chincoteague Island, Va. Oysters, of course, head the menu (raw, steamed and fried and in fritters), but there is a host of other goodies, too. A ticket costs $17, which entitles you to eat to your heart's content. For information, tickets and directions, contact the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, Box 258, Chincoteague, Va. 23336; 804-336-6161.
July 21, 1991 |
Despite its ordinary cuisine, the new Sea Grill in Avalon is one of the shore's most attractive restaurants. Open since early June, the Sea Grill is in a startlingly beautiful new building just around the corner from the venerable Princeton Grill. The expensive decor alone is worth a visit. The airy, beautifully landscaped place is an interesting marriage of contemporary and traditional decor. A brick walk leads to heavy wood doors with leaded-glass panes, topped by a big Palladian window; inside is a high, unfinished pine ceiling with exposed beams and duct work painted forest green.
October 20, 1994 |
The food cops have struck again. But after attracting the national spotlight by slamming your Chinese, Mexican and Italian eateries - and your movie popcorn - they've finally found something good for you: seafood restaurants. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition watchdog group, studied 14 popular seafood dishes and platters at restaurants around the country and concluded that seafood restaurants offer abundant choices for health-conscious diners. "There are a few catches, of course, but overall, we found a lot to like at America's seafood restaurants," said Michael Jacobson, the center's executive director.
June 30, 1995 |
Tips for plant care as summer comes on: Feed houseplants and hanging baskets with a mild solution of fish emulsion or seaweed fertilizer. Alternatively, use an all-purpose plant food prepared at the mildest rate instructed on the container. Hanging baskets should be fed this way monthly through August. In the garden: Fertilize plants regularly, writing down the date on the container so you will remember to feed flower beds, lawns and shrubs at the correct times.
April 17, 1988 |
There is no pretense at Nanny's, no glittery decorative touches, no fancy table settings or elaborate treatment of guests - just some of the best seafood dishes in the region. The Huntingdon Valley restaurant has been around for about eight years, quietly dishing out high-quality cuisine made with excellent ingredients bathed in gentle sauces. An appetizer of stuffed artichoke hearts ($5.25), a harbinger of good things to come, was a generous portion of three firm artichokes crowned with creamy crab imperial studded with giant lumps of shell-free backfin crabmeat; beautifully golden-topped and touched with a garlicky butter sauce, it was a dish fit for a king.
October 16, 1988 |
Although the Lobster Pot and Steak House in Wawa has been around a long time, this popular restaurant has never been known for culinary excellence. Still, it you choose carefully, you can discover modest delights: The salad bar is a safe bet and some of the two dozen seafood dishes on the menu seem promising; despite its name, the restaurant serves mostly seafood. Although it is unlikely you will find anything unfamiliar on the salad bar, the ingredients are nicely fresh and crisp, and it is easy to fashion a decent salad from among iceberg lettuce, fresh spinach, plump cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, pickled beets, chopped egg, wonderfully fresh mushrooms, chick peas, Bermuda onions, alfalfa sprouts, black olives and store-bought croutons and bacon bits, to name most of the offerings.
June 17, 1988 |
Situated on the Black Horse Pike in the hamlet of Cardiff, N.J., Tull's has been dispensing seafood to locals and travelers for eight years. But owner Harry Tull's experience goes much further back. "We've had other restaurants in Northfield, Brigantine, Margate and Vineland on and off over the past 21 years," he told me recently. Before that he was a commercial fisherman who trawled the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia to Cape Hatteras. Now he limits his fishing to shad and weakfish in season.