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
609-492-2300

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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
609-494-1300

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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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Eat This: BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Tacos at Tortilla Press Cantina

I’m pretty sure I’ve never had jackfruit before, but I kept hearing about how it’s a good, plant-based alternative to meat, especially as a vegan-friendly alternative to pulled pork and chicken.

Jackfruit has a mildly sweet flavor and a dense and fibrous “meaty” texture. While not packed with protein, it is very high in fiber. It’s also low carb and can be a vegan meat substitute for sweet or savory dishes.

It has become more popular as more and more restaurants are adding plant-based alternatives on their menus. One local restaurant offering a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes is Tortilla Press Cantina.

On that menu, they offer BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Tacos. They slow cook the jackfruit and then pull it, like pulled pork, and add a peanut chipotle bbq sauce, cabbage slaw, and pickled red onions. Most of the flavor comes from the bbq sauce, but 3 tacos were quite filling. They are served with rice and beans.

If you’re looking for more plant-based options in South Jersey, check out these jackfruit tacos and the rest of the veggie menu at the Tortilla Press Cantina located at 7716 Maple Avenue in Merchantville, NJ.

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New Menu Items at Silver Diner, Including Many Plant-Based Options

In honor of its 30th Anniversary, Silver Diner has once again reinvented what it means to be an American Diner. 

The new menu features radical changes, including the introduction of 12 vegan, plant-based entrees and the return of five classic dishes by customer request.

Silver Diner still offers the usual classic diner items— burgers, shakes, pancakes and more —  but also has a growing number of calorie-conscious and healthy plant-based items.

Its chef-driven flexitarian menu features customizable classic and healthier choices that offer the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients available.

I sampled some of the new menu items tonight; they included:

Just Egg Benedict: Vegan scrambled “eggs,” smoky tempeh bacon, baby spinach, house-roasted tomatoes, vegan cheese sauce, sourdough toast.
Summer Watermelon & Carolina Shrimp Salad: Sustainable, wild-caught shrimp over greens, vine-ripe tomatoes, kalamata olives, quinoa, feta, basil, pomegranate seeds with a house-made citrus dressing.
Beyond Meat Meatballs with Cauliflower “Mac” & “Cheese”smoky tempeh bacon and house-roasted tomatoes over cauliflower, vegan cheese sauce, zucchini, and grilled asparagus.
Coconut Curry Tofu Skewers: Sambal-agave glazed tofu skewers with banh mi slaw and curry sauce on the side for dipping
Tofu Banh Mi: Sambal-agave glazed tofu, banh mi slaw, pickled ginger, vegan mayo, Ciabatta roll served with sweet potato fries.
Campfire Shake: Breyer’s Vanilla Ice Cream, graham crackers, marshmallow, chocolate pearls.
Churro Doughnuts Sundae: Fried Churro doughnuts, cinnamon sugar, vanilla ice cream, Nutella and raspberry drizzle, and sprinkles.

Everything was delicious! The curry sauce that comes with the tofu banh mi was addictive. I couldn’t get enough of it. The vegan eggs Benedict was a revelation – it had a lot of flavor and I truly didn’t feel like I missed the real thing.

I’m very excited about these new menu items and look forward to returning to enjoy them again. I highly recommend that you treat yourself to these tasty, healthier, plant-based dishes even if you’re not vegan. These meals are quite satisfying and flavorful, so you won’t feel like you’ve deprived yourself at all. And you won’t feel guilty about having dessert! 🙂

The Silver Diner is located at 2131 Route 38 across from the Cherry Hill Mall and next to the Kohl’s department store.

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The Farmacy in Palmyra Introduces New Lunch

Run, don’t walk to The Farmacy to try their banging new lunch menu. The eatery located at 307 West Broad Street opened last year to much fanfare and business has been very strong ever since. Proprietors and chefs Ross and Danielle have perfected craveable, casual comfort food.

They recently revamped their lunch featuring many creative handhelds. This may be the lunch menu of your dreams. At least it is for me.

I enjoyed The VLT – a sandwich made with smoked tofu, heirloom tomato, gem lettuce, avocado spread on sourdough bread. The tofu had a mild smoky flavor and was firm on the outside, soft on the inside. It held together very well. The sandwich was served with their amazing hand-cut fries. I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I do try to eat meatless meals as much as possible. I could only eat one half of the sandwich so I had the rest later. This sandwich truly satisfied.

The VLT

Since I was sitting at the counter, I snapped a couple pictures of other people’s dishes as they were waiting to be served to other guests.

Thanksgiving All Day

The Thanksgiving All Day is, you guessed it, Thanksgiving on a plate or in this case, a low bowl. Served open-faced because there is no way any roll could hold all of that deliciousness. Roasted turkey breast, herbed stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, and somewhere under there was a long roll. You better bring your appetite for this one!

Cuban Sandwich

The next time I go back, I am definitely going to get the “Say Hello to My Little Friend” Cuban Sandwich. This sandwich looked so amazing that I was kinda kicking myself for not getting it. Roasted pork shoulder, sliced ham, lacy Swiss, Jersey Gina’s pickles, and mustard on a soft long roll. Yeah, this is a sandwich I can be friends with.

Cozy Inside!

The Farmacy is one of my favorite new restaurants to open in South Jersey in the past year. I love what they’re doing there and highly recommend that you go if you haven’t checked them out already. If you love farm fresh comfort food, you’ll LOVE this restaurant.

Farm Fresh & Locally Sourced Comfort Food at its finest
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