Just returned from a week in Cape May and am thrilled with the "find" we made when there: the Union Park Restaurant in the Macomber Hotel. The first night we ate in a popular seafood restaurant recommended on the Travel Channel - terrible! After that, we walked the boardwalk and fortuitously crossed the street at the Macomber to look at the menu. It looked great, AND expensive. But when we got to the bottom of the menu, it was noted that they serve a three-course "early bird" sitting from 5:00pm to 5:30 for $19.95!!! We went the next night ... and the next! For the $19.95, you get hot home-made dinner rolls, appetizer (lobster bisque or an apple, walnut, mesclun salad with sherry vinaigrette), a choice of either salmon, steak, crab cakes or chicken with various gourmet veggie concoctions, truffle potatoes, and a dessert of either chocolate mousse or lemon sorbet with raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. I had the salad both nights (wonderful!!), the crab cakes (better than Baltimore) first night and salmon the second, and the lemon sorbet both nights. My friend had the crab cakes and the steak. The food comes out of the kitchen looking like an exquisite picture from a gourmet cookbook or tv show - almost too beautiful to eat. And it tastes even better than it looks! And we're not talking so-so sorbet here - it was equal to anything I've had in France at Michelin-starred restaurants. The portions are Continental - just right: not too little, not too much. We both felt like we were in heaven after both meals - what a treat!!! Great Continental cooking for an UNbelievable price!!! And if you want to know if I know good food, I work in NYC, have eaten at several Jean-Georges' restaurants, among other gourmet establishments, travel to France every year, and try out gourmet restaurants wherever I go. And I have to say that this restaurant could hold its own in any city in the world. If you go to Cape May - DON'T MISS THIS DEAL!!! The setting is gracious, as is the staff, and the meal you have here is one that you will remember and recommend to friends!
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