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    pghDave's 2017 Dining Report

    Since a dining report this late in the season isn't of any
    widespread help, and given that no more than 12 people will
    read it I'lll do a short version this year.

    We hit most of our favorites at least once: BJ's, COINS, HARBORSIDE
    and LIQUID ASSETS all served up excellent foods and retain their spots
    as our go-to places. For breakfast we of course hit BAYSIDE SKILLET
    and GENERAL's KITCHEN. DUMSERS was, once again, the offical ice cream
    provider for our vacation. Of course, anyone that has ever read an
    OC dining report knows all of these places and they did not disappoint.

    New this season was OUR HARVEST (the Liquid Assets spin-off in Fenwick) and
    it was truly outstanding. It has a similar but different vibe than LA.
    They specialize more in small plates and larger shareable plates (feasts
    as they call them). We had a number of small plates all of which were
    very good and a Rockfish feast which was simply outstanding -- two rock
    fish on a platter with the meat picked and piled high in the middle.
    Delicious and not a bone to be found in the whole pile.

    New to us this season was the MARINA DECK. It's been on the list for
    years and we never made it. What a fantastic view! We only did crab
    dip and happy hour drinks on the deck but left happy. The White Marlin
    cocktail was Mrs. pghDave's favorite signature cocktail. (To be honest
    I think she had many favorites ....) Did I mention the view?

    We made it to HOOKED this year -- what a great spot. I had a scallops
    on cheesy grits offering that was absolutely incredible. We intended
    to get back here for a second night but just ran out of time. Bummer.

    ROPEWALK offered up some great oysters in advance of really nice meals.
    The atmosphere and view here are killer -- not a bad seat in the house.

    We got back to MACKY'S this year. It's been a long time and I enjoyed
    it. We did crab dip and some rockfish fingers (excellent, actually)
    along with adult beverages. We havent been here in a lot of years
    but it was nice and with the September crowd the beach front is very
    subdued and relaxing. We need to be back more regularly -- can you
    say Orange Crushes in a bucket??!!

    ROSENFELDS featured an outstanding corned beef hash -- simply outstanding.

    A BAGEL AND ... over in Ocean Pines wins the award for the most cream cheese
    on your bagel. We appreciate the hearty helping. And for my fellow
    yinzers I think of this place as A Bagel 'n At.

    We had crab dips at a lot of places. We love crab dips and sampling as
    many as possible has always been an OC thing for us. Harborside is the
    best we had this year. It's our usual winner only once ousted by
    the HarborWatch. (Which we didn't get to this year as we ran out of
    time. Bummer.)

    Places we regret missing were HarborWatch, Ky West, Longboard Cafe, Catch 54
    and Woody's. But there are only so many days in a vacation and so many
    meals that can be eaten. Oh yeah, we missed out on Julia's Cannolis.
    We really must stay longer next year. Oh yeah, we didn't make it to the
    Frog Bar either ... man, time to turn around and go back.

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    I wish I had your deep pockets to eat out that much! lol You make me so hungry. We've always liked Marina Deck. Great sandwiches for lunch with a view. Have you ever tried the Teriyaki Chicken at BJ's? It's one of my personal favorites. Served with a tropical fruit salsa. Excellent. You always make me want to try all of the places you suggest, although I know we'd skip Our Harvest because if my husband doesn't have a heaping helping of whatever he's eating, he's not a happy camper. Small plates wouldn't satisfy him. He's strictly a meat and taters guy.
    Thanks for your report Dave. It's refreshing to find something I can actually read and post on instead of the 100 or so spam posts that are continuing to plague the forum.
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    Thanks for the report, Dave. We have always gone to the Marina Deck, love the view, who wouldn't? And those coconut muffins make any meal just the greatest. We've had quite a few different entrees here & they've all been good. What I don't understand is how you all eat so much at a meal. My husband & I have trouble making it through a simple meal, no appetizers, of meat/fish/seafood & 2 sides each. That's with just water or iced tea to drink as we don't drink alcoholic beverages.

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    Forgot About Mothers Cantina

    Not sure how I left MOTHERS CANTINA off my original report. Very good Mexican food for a change of pace. We loaded up on enchiladas for take-out after an afternoon at the BURLEY OAK BREWERY. Mothers was jammed but the takeout service was still friendly and responsive and the food was excellent! We also picked up some very tasty steamed shrimp on the side from the SHRIMP BOAT so it was a nice post-brewery feast.

    So I guess I forgot several places ... maybe it was the time at the brewery that clouded my mind. And, by the way, the Burley Oak is a great place to spend some time. Excellent beers. They do not have food but they do allow you to bring in your own. Only downside is that the 'skeeters were biting in the outside seating area.

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    Awesome report, Dave. I'd like to post more reviews + stories from our forum to our main site, so I hope you don't mind....
    http://www.oceancity.com/pghdaves-2017-dining-report/

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    Great report Dave.....you never disappoint. You guys pound some grub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pghDave View Post
    Not sure how I left MOTHERS CANTINA off my original report. Very good Mexican food for a change of pace. We loaded up on enchiladas for take-out after an afternoon at the BURLEY OAK BREWERY. Mothers was jammed but the takeout service was still friendly and responsive and the food was excellent! We also picked up some very tasty steamed shrimp on the side from the SHRIMP BOAT so it was a nice post-brewery feast.

    So I guess I forgot several places ... maybe it was the time at the brewery that clouded my mind. And, by the way, the Burley Oak is a great place to spend some time. Excellent beers. They do not have food but they do allow you to bring in your own. Only downside is that the 'skeeters were biting in the outside seating area.
    Mother's ROCKS! Our official hangout for games, Happy Hour, etc, as it's right across the street from us . I put them high on my dining report a while ago; as I indicated, they really need a bigger place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristin View Post
    Awesome report, Dave. I'd like to post more reviews + stories from our forum to our main site, so I hope you don't mind....
    http://www.oceancity.com/pghdaves-2017-dining-report/
    Sure, no problem. Happy to share. I suppose this burns my 15 seconds of fame ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06RL View Post
    I know we'd skip Our Harvest because if my husband doesn't have a heaping helping of whatever he's eating, he's not a happy camper. Small plates wouldn't satisfy him. He's strictly a meat and taters guy.
    Your husband could always order an Our Harvest feast, which designed for sharing could easily satisfy one serious eater. And, of course, many small plates add up to one really large plate! ;-) I'm actually not a small plates guy but when a place has lots of interesting food it's the answer to sampling some of everything without that bloated feeling.

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    Great report! I'm glad all the places you went worked out well. You made it to many of my favorites. I'll have to try Our Harvest, and I've been meaning to get to Mother's for sometime now. I just generally prefer seafood when in OC, but sooner or later I'll get there.

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