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brianpa
09-17-2006, 10:35 PM
Just back from our family week at the beach. Stayed one extra night 9/8 at the Barefoot Beachcomber, then one week at Sandpiper Dunes I may leave comments under Hotels.

Fun week as always, weather was not the greatest by weeks end, but my three year old already wants to go back. Well here is the list of gluttony:

Friday - Harpoon Hanna's: Dinner was good crab cakes and steamed shrimp all around. They were out of oysters and soft shells. Very entertaining evening. Another couple showed us why locals may hate tourists. Bypassing the muffin girl and reaching directly into the basket, after compaining about her.

Saturday - Bahama Mamas: On television they were saying to call and reserve your jumbos. I called and the staff member assured me plenty of jumbos were available and reserving them was unnecessary. Upon arrival they were out of jumbos. They had plenty of extra larges and they did have oysters. Crabs were great as always. Drinks are served in a coconut shell, my wife loves this. Great view, just reserve the jumbos and add extra basket of the fries.

Sunday - Smitty McGees: Discovered the place last year. We were in the mood for some bar food and football. Crabby cheese fries absolutely crazy good. Wings always a crowd pleaser and best at the beach. Then these goofy little burgers.

My parents took our oldest to Phillips by the Sea (I refuse to go) Power outage later they land at Harrison's Harbor watch. They told me the 2nd floor was closed causing 40 minute wait. They enjoyed their dinners.

Monday - Fager's Island for Lunch. The day was very windy thus cancelling the Assateague adventure cruise. My wife and I took the kids and my mom to Fagers as dad watched CNBC in the room (retired).

The wind was not a factor on their well designed outside deck. The food was disappointing. I had the blackened tuna sandwich. I don't know why they asked me how I wanted it cooked. My request for medium rare ended up medium well. I don't send food back, it was clear to me 100 attempts would have ended the same. The sandwich is listed as fresh tuna. It looks very uniform in real life, very convient for stacking in freezers for long term storage.

Monday - Fausto's Antipasti : I have been looking forward to this place for some time. We met my father's cousin and his wife for dinner. They were staying in Bethany so we picked the 116st street location. I am a fan of garlic so the roasted cloves in the olive oil was great. Appetizers were the timballo abruzzese (pasta with ground veal, buffalo mozeralla and nutmeg) and clams casino. The pasta was better than I had imagined. The clams were very good as well, but slippery as my father lost one to gravity. Filet mignons were cooked perfect. I tasted my mothers and I must say it was the best I have ever eaten. My father claims the strip steak at Binon's in Vegas 5 years ago was better. I had rollatini di vitello ai funghi (rolled veal with prosciutto and mushrooms). The flavors blended very well. Dad had a similar dish it was a special rolled rock fish with crab imperial and scallops. All that I had expected.

Tuesday - Jordan's: One of the best deals at the beach $15.95 lobster with two sides. We decided to order the $12 prime rib to split 4 ways and just to see if it was any good. It was very good, better than Coins later in the week. Slow service was the only complaint.

Wed - Galaxy 66: This is my favorite place and it did not disappoint. Pecan encrusted rockfish wow. Seared tuna appetizer the best tuna I have ever eaten.

Thursday - Coins: The worst meal we have ever had at this once proud establishment. Steamed shrimp as good as ever, same for crab cakes. Prime rib fatty and tough.

Friday - Parents had the kids so I took the wife for a romantic dinner at Ristoranti Antipasti on 31st street. First time I ever had carpaccio served with a nice olive oil drizzle and capers. Gorgonzola salad and tagliatelle alla bolognese (pasta with meat sauce) both terrific. I had a rack of lamb carved skillfully at table side. My wife had the veal stuffed tortellini. Napoleon cheese cake for desert. We crawled out. This place is an absolute must.

Saturday - Dough Roller Pancakes and better than expected sausage before the marathon trip back to sunny and warm NW PA.


brianpa

Silly Jeff
09-17-2006, 11:39 PM
You're making me hungry.

OCtheBeach.com
09-18-2006, 07:46 AM
Nicely done. I enjoyed the read. :)

(We were at Jordan's on Saturday night, BTW - great food for the $$, as usual.)

Please do add comments on your hotel stay.

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JJ_Walters
09-18-2006, 12:33 PM
Thanks Brian, nice review(s).

Just out of curiosity, why do you hate Phillip by the Sea? I've been there many times and have never been disappointed. The piano singer, maybe? ;)

brianpa
09-18-2006, 02:12 PM
JJ,

I am not a fan of any of the Phillip's not just by the Sea. Count me among those that consider it a bit of a tourist trap. I did get crab bisque to go from the Crab house. We ate it and a Tubbies philly cheese steak for lunch one of the days. The Bisque was ok, but I think mine is better. I am no chef. The philly cheese steak with onions and peppers really hit the spot.

While I was waiting for the bisque I noted to go prices for steamed crabs. They were $10 to $15 more per dozen in each size as compared to Bahama Mamas. This is for take out, not eating in their dining room.

My dad always goes on Sunday and gets the sauted lump crabmeat in sherry. They serve it in a little cast iron skillet. He loves it and gets it every year. To me there are too many other options in OC.

brianpa

BALTOBOB
09-18-2006, 03:33 PM
Just my 2 cents worth.
I will not eat at Phillips because their crab meet is imported from the Far East,Indonesia I believe.( If your ever in a food store check their canned crabmeat ) That is why they advertise as "Maryland Style Seafood".
I basically feel if they can't support Maryland watermen,or American waterman for that matter,why support them.
Of course that's just me.

OCtheBeach.com
09-18-2006, 03:52 PM
Just my 2 cents worth.
I will not eat at Phillips because their crab meet is imported from the Far East,Indonesia I believe.( If your ever in a food store check their canned crabmeat ) That is why they advertise as "Maryland Style Seafood".
I basically feel if they can't support Maryland watermen,or American waterman for that matter,why support them.
Of course that's just me.
Bravo. That's one of the reasons I don't go there.

JJ_Walters
09-18-2006, 04:26 PM
Just my 2 cents worth.
I will not eat at Phillips because their crab meet is imported from the Far East,Indonesia I believe.( If your ever in a food store check their canned crabmeat ) That is why they advertise as "Maryland Style Seafood".
I basically feel if they can't support Maryland watermen,or American waterman for that matter,why support them.
Of course that's just me.

Ay, caramba! You're right BALTOBOB! They even state so on their FAQ (http://www.phillipsfoods.com/index.cfm?fa=iPa.page&page_id=8&site_id=1)!

I had no idea. They have locations in OC, Baltimore & D.C., and they don't use local Chessie crabs!? They import from SE Asia!!?

Well, we're never going there again, I can tell you that! I can't believe I didn't know this all these years! Doh! :mad:

mink66
09-18-2006, 04:34 PM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-blueswimminggraph,0,4269599.graphic

crowtoo
09-19-2006, 11:04 AM
I had no idea. They have locations in OC, Baltimore & D.C., and they don't use local Chessie crabs!? They import from SE Asia!!?


I'm defintely not a Phillips fanboy and I'm not really here to defend their business practices but I spent quite a few years in the food service industry when I was younger and my brother went to culinary school and managed a restaurant for over a decade.

I'm pretty sure the main reason that Philips doesn't (can't) use local crabmeat is the sheer size of their operation. With the uncertainess of local crab supply from year to year, they can't depend on local waterman to always be able to provide them with the quantity of crabmeat they need.

And besides if Phillips had all the local waterman signed to a contract to provide them with their catch, that would effectively mean very little if any crabs left over for the rest of us. That would mean much higher prices and a lot less crab feasts.

Chris
crowtoo@earthlink.net

JJ_Walters
09-19-2006, 01:00 PM
I'm pretty sure the main reason that Philips doesn't (can't) use local crabmeat is the sheer size of their operation. With the uncertainess of local crab supply from year to year, they can't depend on local waterman to always be able to provide them with the quantity of crabmeat they need.

And besides if Phillips had all the local waterman signed to a contract to provide them with their catch, that would effectively mean very little if any crabs left over for the rest of us. That would mean much higher prices and a lot less crab feasts.

Well, they could certainly use a % of their meat from the Bay. For the rest, they could easily import from North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Texas.

Nope, Phillip's is off my list....for good!