Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Island Grill Restaurant - Review

Island Grill Restaurant - Recommended
100 Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Phone: (609) 391-9616

I haven't seen the wife in a while so we decided to head down to Ocean City, NJ to get away. Whenever we head down to a beach area (Jersey Shore baby!), I always look forward to seafood in broiled or fried form. We ended up finding Island Grill Restaurant via Yelp! and it was exactly what I was looking for.

Our Menu
crab melt **
A play on the tuna melt except substituting jumbo lump crab instead of tuna. Pretty damn delicious with rye, swiss, tomato, and sweet lump crab making a fun combination. Fries are incredibly crisp and tender on the inside with good potato flavor.

clam strip platter *
The coating was nice and crisp with some great seasoning - pretty delicious. The only issue was the clams were a little dried out and slightly chewy. Unlike the phenomenal Flo's Clams in Rhode Island, these were clam strips which are a big no no in the Newport Area. Clam strips are generally very chewy while the belly is tender and delicious. Still pretty damn fun though and puts me in a great beach mood.

Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food (8.0/10) – Pretty fun beach food and gets you in the beach vacation mind set. Looks like for dinner, they serve fish probably broiled or grilled and wild game as well.
  • Service (7.5/10) – Servers were very friendly albeit a bit slower.
  • Atmosphere (8.0/10) – Kitschy joint with random beach stuff hanging on the wall (e.g. life preservers, seashells, etc). Cheesy as hell, but I definitely dig it and again puts you in the beach vacation mindset. Also, they play some oldies which I definitely dig as well. Place had only 3-4 other groups at 12pm on a Sunday. Good times although a bit far away from the main boardwalk.
  • Price (8.0) - For the quality, much better bang for the buck than anything you'll get on the boardwalk.
Closing Comments
Real fun place and I would go back if I visited again.

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