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Stone Harbor, NJ in the Off-Season

28 Oct


Hi again, it’s Jennifer.  Welcome Bestie Bites contributor Amy!  A great first post, don’t you think??  I can’t wait to make that cornbread…

My in-laws have a house in Stone Harbor on the Jersey Shore.  They rent it throughout the summer, but after Labor Day (when the weather is really nice!) it’s usually open for us to enjoy.  This is (IMO) the best time at the shore.  All the crowds have gone home, no more traffic, no more kids…  My husband and I enjoy going down in the off-season just as much as in the heart of summer.  Most of the businesses close their doors at the beginning of October, but there are a few places that stay open year round.  One of them is the Windrift Hotel and Restaurant.  It’s technically in Avalon, the shore town next to Stone Harbor, but close enough.

We stopped by a few weekends ago and enjoyed dinner and a few drinks.  We started the night off with some edamame.


Served warm with plenty of sea salt, it was delicious.  I wasn’t too hungry, so I picked a light dish as my entrée – white bean dip served with mini toasts.


I thought it was going to be a pureed dip, but it was whole white beans, roasted red peppers, basil and black olives.  Tasty and light.

My husband opted fo the clams.  Another light entrée.  I think we were anticipating some adult beverages later in the evening and we didn’t want to feel too heavy….


Spicy, brothy and perfect for dunking toasty bread.

The Windrift just went through a huge renovation and it looks great!  The downstairs is closed in the off-season, but the brand new upstairs has a lot of tables, two bars and a stage for bands.  It’s a landmark in Avalon and a great spot for those of us that frequent the shore in the Fall and Winter.

Another spot, this one in Stone Harbor proper, is 96th Street Bar and Grill.  It’s open year round on the main street in Stone Harbor.  It’s a great bar with lots of TV’s and great food.


We headed over early for lunch and to watch some football.  My husband got the wings – they’re really good.  Curry, cinnamon?  There’s something interesting about them, but really good, nonetheless.  I always want to try something new, but I can’t get away from their Buffalo Chicken Salad.  The sauce is totally different from the wings and so good!


It’s served in a taco shell, which is always weird to me.  I don’t mind it, but I never eat it.  Does anyone?  As a restaurant, I would think serving anything in a taco shell would be a waste of money,.  But what do I know!

Anyways, it’s a huge salad with lots of chicken and veggies.  I prefer my buffalo-anything served with ranch instead of blue cheese.  Though my husband thinks I’m crazy…  I think it’s a Southern thing, but again, what do I know!

Both the Windrift and 96th Street Bar and Grill are good options for the Jersey Shore in the off-season.  Good drinks at both, though 96th Street has better food.  Enjoy our Jersey Shore, a much nicer place than our ‘Jersey Shore’ neighbors to the North…


Mussel Bar at Revel

27 Jun
Mussel Bar at Revel

Jersey Georgia

I live about an hour away from Atlantic City, New Jersey.  I actually work just outside of AC in Northfield at Cat Country 107.3.  So, whenever I have to work at a concert or event in Atlantic City, my husband and I try to make a night out of it.  We’re not huge gamblers, but we enjoy playing.  And you can’t beat AC for the dining options.  Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck and Joses Garces are among some of the celebrity chefs with restaurants in AC.

A couple of days ago, Sugarland played Revel, the newest casino on the strip.  We didn’t have reservations anywhere and it was a Friday night, so we weren’t expecting much more than a taco from Jose Garces’ Distrito Cantina, a Mexican “take-out” window inspired by the popular Guapos Taco Truck in Philly.  Much to our surprise, Distrito had a line the length of the casino….

So, we opted to wait for a table at Mussel Bar.  We figured we could have a glass of wine and survive the 45 minute wait.  Just as we got to the bar to order a drink, some cocktail seats became available, so we snatched them up.

The picture above is a view of the kitchen from our seats.

At a place called Mussel Bar, we figured we HAD to order some mussels.  So we did.  We got a half order (means they are served alone, not with frites) of mussels with wild mushrooms, applewood-smoked bacon and truffle cream.  We also got an order of the spicy gulf shrimp, they were good, but it was pretty damn hard to beat the mussels.

Mussels and shrimp

Jersey Georgia

I don’t know where the mussels came from, but they were white, not orange.  I know you know what I’m talking about….  Maybe you don’t!  Anyway, I prefer white mussels to orange mussels…..

For our entrees, my husband ordered the Mussel Bar steak frites.  Because, why not?

Mussel Bar Steak Frites

Jersey Georgia

I ordered the beef shortrib carbonnade.  According the menu, “Belgian beer braised shortribs, black kale, Gruyere grits and creme fraiche. Oh my.  This was heaven.


Jersey Georgia

Everything was delicious!  I highly recommend checking out Revel when you come to Atlantic City.  Make a reservation at Mussel Bar, gamble for a few hours and then grab a taco from Distrito.  That sounds like a perfect night!