This will be a short post. Mostly because John has threatened me with all manner of unpleasantries if I post lengthy articles on Fridays. He thinks I have too much to do. He is worried about my sanity.
But FEAR NOT, dear readers! I have my witts and, more importantly, my taste buds at the ready. Just for you. For your weekend down at the Jersey Shore.
Media sources everywhere are pelting you with images of distressing things that can be found at the Shore. I am not going to talk about that. I am going to talk about fish. FRESH fish. And give you a suggestion as to where to find it. The Black Whale Bar and Fish House.
Brown paper on the table, beer cans inset on the ceiling trim, submarine windows...a down and dirty place with some spiff to it.
Everything comes in fun buckets (except for the gin)!
These buckets are iced, so they keep your food chilled and fresh. And speaking of just-out-of-the-sea-fresh, check out these oysters (also in a bucket):
I was fighting The Box for these guys. The Box prefers his 'sters donned with hot sauce and horseraddish. I like cocktail sauce, and I always give them a lemony squeeze.
These little numbers were meaty, and slightly salty with a clean cold finish. I wish The Box and John had gotten their own bucket.
Cakes of Crab!
Large chunks of whitest crab meat were baked (not fried) and loosely held together with a smooth and tangy mayo-y binder. Creamy, chunkier than most - almost like a lobster roll filling. I was a huge fan and destroyed both smooshed baseball-sized cakes. But l chose cocktail dippin' sauce instead of tartar - the mayo was enough cream for me.
John orderd the flounder which had a nice, crisp crust on it. The meat was white and thickly cut – perfectly cooked to a flaky consistency.
An individual stall with a nautical theme and some interesting art on the walls. The bar is for stabilizing when the waters (or the gin) get rocky.
John and I helped Marmo and The Box do some cleaning at the Iach Shore Establishment this past weekend. In the process we found this:
The Box in the good ol' days...Do you think he can wrangle me some more crab cakes? Because I'd like some.
So, if you're heading down the parkway to Long Beach Island, check out the Black Whale. Don't forget the oysters.
Overall Dining Experience: Top Gun - The Well Working Formula
Black Whale Bar and Fish House
100 N Pennsylvania Ave
Beach Haven, NJ 08008