Clancy’s By the Bay offers a tasty menu for a terrific price
As we all try to get back in the rhythm of life post-Sandy, I decided that instead of waiting until Friday, I would ignore the wet snow being dumped by last night’s storm and head out to one of the Somers Point restaurants participating in Somers Point Restaurant Week.
Somers Point Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, Nov. 11, and features special three-course lunch menus for $11.07 and three-course dinner menus for $25.07 (Tip, taxes and beverages not included).
Having checked out the menus earlier, I decided to stop at Clancy’s By the Bay on Maryland Ave. It appeared that other diners had also decided the storm was not going to stop them from going out.
I was seated by a window so I could enjoy watching the snow as Frank Sinatra sang in the background, and the conversion at the bar nearby was decidedly political in nature, with a lot of talk about the Kennedy family.
Clancy’s offered a trio of appetizer choices, butternut squash and sage wontons, cashew cops (a blend of chicken, cashews and veggies in a plum sauce), and swordfish skewers. I hadn’t enjoyed swordfish in ages so that was my choice.
The swordfish was incredibly moist, tender and flavorful. A chunky lemon aioli for dipping was a nice tart accent. The beautiful plate also featured an Asian slaw of Napa cabbage, cilantro, carrots, English cucumbers, scallions and red peppers, which added a vinegar kick. It was the best swordfish I’ve ever had.
The entrée choices were also impressive, including a surf and turf combo of beef short rib and tempura King crab, steak Diane and veal Romano, but the one that spoke to my taste buds was a seafood pot pie.
It arrived with the head of a lobster as decoration. Inside the flaky crust topped with mashed potatoes was a heavenly cream sauce filled with lobster, mussels, scallops and crab, plus classic pot pie veggies — corn, peas and carrots. While the cream sauce had a traditional sweetness, I confirmed from my server Ashley that the kick I tasted was Cayenne pepper. That was a nice accent to cut the sweetness and add another layer of flavor. It was so rich, I’m eating half of it for lunch today.
My official sweet finish was chocolate chip bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Other dessert choices were pumpkin cheesecake and a warm cider donut.
In 2010, the city of Somers Point, spearheaded by Nick Regine, community projects coodinator for the Somers Point Business Association, created the city’s initial “Restaurant Week” heralded with the slogan, “Small Town, Big Taste.” While this small town along Route 9 and Shore Road at the most southern most point of Atlantic County can’t match Atlantic City in the scope of its dining options, it certainly has an impressive selection of eateries that provide terrific food choices all year ‘round.
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The Somers Point Restaurant Week began Nov. 4 and concludes Nov. 13. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the special dining event featuring $25.07 three-course dinners and $11.07 three-course lunches, you still have a few more days to go.
Spearheaded by Nick Regine, community projects coodinator for the Somers Point Business Association, the promotion runs a full seven days from Monday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 24.
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If you’ve been meaning to meander over to the Tropicana to sample any — or many — of its extensive ensemble of eateries, Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, might be the perfect time to do it.