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Pic-A-Lilli Inn in Shamong or should we say, Shawing!


The Pic-A-Lilli Inn (or “Pic’s,” as it is known locally) is a roadhouse bar/restaurant located in the New Jersey Pine Barrens on Route 206 in Shamong. Pic’s has a long history dating back to the 1920’s, when Route 206 was a dirt road. The restaurant has been owned by the same family for five generations. While all of their food is tasty and tempting, they are particularly well-known for their wings. Beer lovers will be happy to find ten different beers on tap too.

We dined at the Pic-A-Lilli Inn recently with our friends Sue and Steve. After starting our meal by splitting two delicious salads and an order of onion rings, it was time for us to make our wing decisions. Mild, hot, spicy, or scorchers? Ears, tails or wings? (Ears are breaded cutlets with wing sauce and tails are chicken breast tenders with wing sauce.) Blue cheese, celery or extra sauce? No matter what we decided, we knew from past experience that the wings would be tender, moist and delicious. We were not hungry enough for the largest order of wings. However, when our son Michael and daughter Meghan joined us, they miraculously managed to finish the large order, which is proudly served in a dog bowl!
In addition to having great wings and warm, friendly service, the Pic-A-Lilli Inn is also known as a live music venue, with local bands featured on a regular basis. If you are heading to the Cape May county beaches, camping at Atsion campground, or are just tooling along the back country roads of the Pine Barrens, you will find Pic’s to be an oasis of cool drinks and hot wings. Directions and more information about the Pic-A-lilli Inn can be found at the following link: http://www.picalilli.com/

Beth Christian subsisted primarily on cheeseburgers and liverwurst sandwiches during childhood and refused to try most new foods.  Her culinary horizons were expanded during her college days in Schenectady, New York, where she learned the joys of trying slow-simmered Italian dishes, Szechuan cuisine, and everything in between.  When not engaged in the practice of law in Monmouth County, Beth is busy scouting out interesting restaurants,  farmer’s markets and food purveyors near her home in Burlington County. Beth’s primary dining sidekick is her husband John, but she also enjoys having her daughter Meghan, son Michael and her wonderful friends come along for the ride.