My recent dining experience in the newly renovated and re-imagined Ebbitt Room restaurant at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May was, to put it mildly – fabulous. The finer moments in my life are when I make the choice to view an experience as an adventure rather than a daily task, and my recent visit to the Ebbitt Room for a press event turned out to be a tasty adventure indeed. The 5 course meal prepared by Executive Chef Anthony Micari included both a “boat to plate” and “farm to fork” theme and will be hard to forget. The restaurant is located in the heart of the historic district in Cape May and serves up elegant, casual dining, with the opportunity to have delightful conversation over splendid food paired with local wines.
The vibe is casual and unique. I felt comfortable yet classy which is a hard balance to reach but the ambiance at the Ebbitt Room achieves it effortlessly.
The Cape May Catch Dinner included:
Our 1st course was a Local Fluke Ceviche served with a trio of peppers, perfectly paired with a refreshing Ginger shaved ice.
The 2nd course brought to our table was a work of art- The most beautiful pan seared scallop I have ever feasted on.
Course 3 lived up to the first two dishes and was by far my favorite dish. Little Neck Clams Carbonara was simply perfect in every way.
The 4th course came with a surprising smoked flavor. It was grilled day boat swordfish and had a little pepper kick to it but was still a delight to eat.
By the time the 5th course rolled around, we welcomed a little piece of heaven enveloped in strawberry sauce, vanilla bean, and dehydrated peaches. I am certainly glad I saved room for dessert.
Each course was paired with a complimenting local wine. Sipping wine from Cape May County vineyards is always a special treat. Cape May County has the perfect climate to create and grow beautiful wine and it is so exciting to see our restaurants embracing this.
I am excited to let you know that the 5 course theme described above is still available. The next full 5 Course Menu will be coming on Oct. 17 and is dubbed, Steers and Studs. I am hoping you join in on Executive Chef Anthony Micari’s next culinary adventure. I am certain it will be an amazing experience.
251 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
Disclosure: Meals for press guests were complimentary however, experiences and opinions are my own.
Elizabeth Norton is the Jersey Bites Regional Editor for Cape May County and is a Jersey lover at heart. She loves Jersey Products, Jersey People, and Jersey Food. She runs a digital network for online moms who live in, you guessed it, New Jersey. She is a baker and sweet connoisseur and is on a personal mission to find the best place to eat brunch at the Jersey Shore. Her mantra is “Keep the Kitchen Clean. Eat Out!” She loves a good party and loves being a mom of 3. Her favorite night of the week is date night where her and her husband take turns trying out the newest restaurants Jersey has to offer.