One thing that is unfortunately not a standard in the South Jersey restaurant scene is creative, delicious, locally sourced food and an impressive craft beer selection. After recently moving from New York City back home to South Jersey, the thing I miss most about living in New York is the abundance of thoughtful, high-quality food for minimal cost. These establishments are standard in the Williamsburgs of cities across the country, where the local food movement thrives, but nearly impossible to find once you have passed the city limits.
The Avenue in Egg Harbor City stands apart from the rest with its fresh, responsible (and amazing) food, craft beer selection, and modernly laid-back atmosphere. Head Chef and General Manager Anthony Della Vecchia prepares simple, creative, house-made fare that rivals any five-star restaurant in Atlantic County. From The Avenue’s Facebook page:
“Offering a upscale pub atmosphere – The Avenue is a comfortable spot with a large selection of craft beer, a full bar and quality home-style cookery. Providing a pleasant dining room for a night out for two or for twenty, The Avenue will meet any request. A large bar with a full selection of flavors for any thirst that grips you and two comfortable lounge areas for a light snack and a quick drink; The Avenue is here for you.”
Last night, I went for the second time with my boyfriend, and we both could not stop raving about our food. Our meal consisted of:
Appetizer: Steamed Littleneck Clams
Soup: Parsley, Bacon & Chickpea
Main dishes: I got: Half roasted chicken with stoneground mustard, grilled cherry tomatoes, and garlic mashed potatoes, he got: Grilled Flounder with harvest vegetables.
Since opening in April of this year, it seems that the secret is still not out about this fantastic new addition. Check it out, I promise you will not be disappointed. Located at 151 Philadelphia Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ. Phone: 609-965-6609.