LBI Eats: Tuckers Tavern

Tuckers Tavern has been around for over 30 years and is a bonafide Long Beach Island institution. Offering gastro-pub inspired menus for brunch, lunch or dinner and an extensive raw bar, it’s truly a comfort food destination and perfect for extra large groups, private parties or intimate dining.

It was extensively renovated after Sandy and exudes a rustic nautical theme throughout. A fully covered outside deck has some of the best views of the bay. And now this year, they’ve added the Buoy Bar, a rooftop bar, open daily weather permitting at 12PM offering shared plates, canned beer, cocktails and with stunning views of the bay! Sure to be one of the hottest spots this summer.

Inside the food is creative, hearty, and comforting. They go heavy on the coastal beach favorites without being overly cliche and with modern twists. It’s satisfying good grub to fill you up after a day at the beach or whatever else you get up to on Long Beach Island.

Variety of oysters from the raw bar
Spanish Octopus with fingerling potatoes, shallots, smoked tomatoes, saffron rouille – a standout on the menu!
Teriyaki Salmon with smashed potatoes and arugula salad
Local Flounder Francaise with creamy crab orzo, lemon-caper butter petite salad
Loaded Kobe Beef Dog with cheddar, caramelized onion, hot peppers, cracked mustard sauce on a pretzel roll with French fries (and we do mean loaded there’s a dog under there somewhere!)

Everything is so tasty and satiating. Tuckers Tavern is such a warm, inviting restaurant on Long Beach Island. You will be hard pressed to find something you don’t like about it. Put this on your visit list when you’re on LBI!

Tuckers Tavern
101 S. West Avenue
Beach Haven, NJ 08008

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LBI Eats: Daddy O Restaurant, Garden Rum Bar, and Rooftop Bar

Daddy O is a 22-room boutique hotel that boasts a modern, urban chic interior in Brant Beach on Long Beach Island. Complete with a restaurant, bar, outdoor dining, and a rooftop bar, Daddy O is located just five houses from the beach!

Amenities in the guest rooms include flat screen televisions and wireless internet connections along with luxurious ultra-plush mattresses, fine linens, and rain showers in the marble and natural wood decorated baths, Daddy O is the perfect destination for a weekend escape in any season and ideal for week-long visits to the shore!

Daddy O Restaurant

The stylish on-site Daddy O Restaurant features delicious classic American cuisine perfect for intimate dining or large parties. The adjoining chic bar offers a wide selection of wine and specialty cocktails as well as domestic, imported and craft beers. It has something for everyone to enjoy including vegetarians.

Blame The Gin – Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germaine, Muddled Cucumber & Lime, Miletti Bitter, Cranberry
Buffalo Wingless – Thai chili glaze, candied celery, Maytag bleu cheese, and scallions
Warm Old Bay Chips with Chipotle Ranch
Barnegat Light Scallops Ceviche – aji amarillo, red onion, citrus, crispy wonton
Chicken Cuban – Mojo chicken, Swiss, Serrano ham, house pickles, chipotle mustard
IPA Battered Atlantic Cod Sandwich on brioche roll with house slaw, lemon-pepper tartar, lettuce, and tomato

An outdoor secluded Garden Patio and Rum Bar with umbrellas is the perfect place to relax or dine with a fire-pit in the evenings or enjoy the rays and views from the Rooftop “O” Bar.

Daddy O’s Garden Rum Bar

The cocktails at Daddy O’s Garden Patio & Rum Bar are truly spectacular! Perfect summer sips to kick back with your friends on a beautiful day.

The Rooftop “O” Bar serves sushi and small plates weather permitting. But it truly is the view and festive atmosphere that set this spot apart. Up until last year, it was on the ONLY rooftop bar on the whole island. Tucker’s Tavern has since added a rooftop deck for drinks as well.

Daddy O Rooftop “O” Bar
Daddy O Rooftop Deck

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay and dine on Long Beach Island, Daddy O is highly recommended! This is the hottest spot on the island to stay, eat, and play. You’ll want to return again and again.

Daddy O Hotel, Restaurant, and Bar
4401 Long Beach Blvd. 
Brant Beach, NJ 08008

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LBI Eats: Plantation Restaurant in Harvey Cedars

Plantation Restaurant, 7908 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, NJ

Located in the heart of Harvey Cedars, Plantation Restaurant & Bar is a sophisticated restaurant with a bright and inviting décor and an adventurous American menu. The restaurant which is open year-round completed a full renovation in summer 2017.

The new interior features vibrant and tropical colors with a hint of Miami Beach. Green and white frond leaf wallpaper, new lighting and flooring, and playful artwork brighten up the inside and create a fresh, welcoming and inspiring atmosphere.

For those that enjoy a great cocktail and live music, the energetic bar at Plantation incorporates an extensive menu of specialty cocktails – both classic and creative, as well as beers and wines.

The Kinsey Cove at Plantation Restaurant

One of the new drink additions is the Kinsey Cove, a 51 oz rum punch cocktail featuring Bacardi Dragonberry, Pineapple, Banana, and Coconut Rums with pineapple and cranberry juice, and topped off with prosecco. It is served in an oversized fishbowl-like glass with multiple colorful straws, perfect for sharing with friends! It will set you back $36, but it’s worth every penny!

The menu features traditional, down the shore favorites joined by inventive seasonal items that blend contemporary American beach flavors. They use only the finest and freshest items available from local fresh fish and seafood, but also offer great steaks and other specialties. Vegetarian dishes and a happy hour menu with drink specials round out the menu.

Fried Calamari with fried long hots & basil aioli
Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Ship Bottom IPA battered with horseradish dill aioli
Local Tuna with Crispy Rice Cake, Mango Salsa & Green Onion-Soy Vinaigrette
Steak Frites with Chimichurri Sauce and Creamy Roasted Corn Salad
Local Scallops with Bacon-Pea Risotto and Tomato Pesto
Lump Crab Cakes with Baby Spinach-Cherry Tomato Salad, corn, dill aioli, and matchstick potatoes 
Chocolate Truffle Torte – crème anglaise, whipped cream

Everything we tried upon our recent visit had a stunning presentation and great flavor. This restaurant in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island executes fresh and delicious dishes thanks to Executive Chef Jeff Alberti, Director of Beverage Len Boris, and General Manager Pete Palladino.

There is live music throughout the week and acoustic artists on the weekends.

If you have plans to visit Long Beach Island this summer, put Plantation on the list of restaurants to dine at.

Plantation Restaurant
7908 Long Beach Blvd
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
(609) 494-8191

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South American Restaurant Que Ricas Opening in Westmont

Update: Que Ricas will be opening on Wednesday, December 18th!

A new restaurant specializing in South American fare such as empanadas and arepas will be opening at 46A Haddon Avenue in Westmont in early October.

Que Ricas announced on Facebook today that it will be “opening soon” with “a menu that caters to meat lovers, vegans, and the gluten-free community as well as featuring many locally sourced and organic ingredients.”

Haddon Township resident Sahar Soleymani comes from a family who has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. They owned and operated long-standing Skyler’s Hoagies in Mount Laurel until they sold it earlier this year.

Soleymani explains, “We have always done delis and cheesesteak places but it was time to have something that represents who we are, and serve food that we feel good serving to the community.”

The menu at Que Ricas will feature treasured recipes passed down on her mother’s side of the family.

In addition to traditional South American cuisine, they will be doing Philly/Latin twists like the “Jawn” which is a Philly cheesesteak empanada and will be working on a porkroll, egg and cheese arepa.

The space is currently under construction so they are targeting a grand opening sometime between August and October.

More details as they become available. In the meantime, follow Que Ricas on Facebook where they will share a full menu soon.

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