Lunch at Fitzpatrick’s is a steal at the $11.07 prix fixe price
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.
I decided to slip out of the office for lunch at Fitzpatrick’s Jewish Deli, located on Route 9 at Groveland Ave. Fitzpatrick’s is one of the town’s favorite lunch eateries anyway, so they didn’t really need to trump up business by participating, but I am so glad they did. Their menu selections were some of the best being offered at lunch and my choices did not disappoint.
I started with a Reuben style style egg roll appetizer, featuring corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut wrapped in a traditional wonton wrapper. Actually the plate came with two egg rolls and Russian dressing as the dipping sauce. The wrapper was crisp and the filling was just what you’d expect a classic Reuben sandwich to taste like. Yummy. The other appy choices were a chicken quesadilla or a cup of soup.
According to the wait staff, the most popular main course ordered is a sandwich made with grilled beef filet, buffalo mozzarella, sweet roasted peppers and sun dried tomato pesto mayo on a grilled Ciabatta bread. It sounds incredible but I went with sautéed pastrami spiced scallops (or a crab cake) on a bed of field greens with rustic ground mustard balsamic vinaigrette, Craisins and candied walnuts.
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 Somers Point restaurants participating in this week’s Somers Point Restaurant Week.
After owning and operating a successful breakfast/lunch/catering business on Route 9 in Somers Point since 1989, the Fitzpatrick family moved their base of operations a mile or so east earlier this year.
If you’re a real food fan, ask to sit in the left rear section. Here you’ll be afforded a peek at the kitchen staff, through a screened service portal, as they prepare your meal.
Harvest Market on Route 9 vends sandwiches, pizzas, grilled items, salads and extraordinary baked goods — specifically, bagels. Big, puffy rounds in about a half dozen varieties, including an absolutely out-of-this-world sunflower seed version that you are unlikely to encounter at many other places.
Caroline’s by the Bay in Somers Point suffered such a tragedy a little over a year ago when well-respected GM Dave Tyson, a veteran of the nearby Anchorage Tavern as well, passed away in August 2010.
You might be surprised to hear Andrew Latz refer to his new Somers Point restaurant as a “return to Bay Avenue.”
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.