In the era that I spent summering at the Jersey Shore dining out was not the highlight. There were a couple of really good fine dining restaurants and for the most part Jewish style delis, diners, pizza parlors and sub shops.
Fast forward to 2017 and the area has exploded with great dining options. Destinations that beg you to spend the evening and you don’t want to leave. Like. Ever. One of those places is Steve and Cookie’s in Margate.
The first time we visited Steve and Cookie’s we didn’t get to eat there. We were enjoying cocktails at the bar while waiting for our table and suddenly there were sirens and fire engines and fire fighters asking us to leave quickly! Apparently there was a kitchen fire which the fire suppression system immediately put out, but the restaurant got a bit smoky and all of the dinner shift’s prep was ruined. We left hungry but with even more of an urge to return for dinner.
The next time we dined there was so deliciously enjoyable that we added it to our “must visit every time” list! This trip was no exception. We went there on our second night with our niece Ashley and her husband Todd. The meal was so spectacular that we actually returned the very next night with Brian and Eve.
The ambiance is intimate and makes you feel as though you are dining in someone’s home. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about all of the menu items which I find helpful when I can’t decide what to order. On Sunday night we all shared a bunch of appetizers: Oysters on the Half Shell, Roasted Beet Salad with arugula, goat cheese, toasted pistachios, lemon poppy seed vinaigrette and a Lobster Mac and Cheese with orecchiette pasta, lobster meat, cheddar & gruyere cheeses, baked in casserole. So when it came to our entrée Steve and I shared the Mixed Seafood Pan Roast.
The Cape May Salts Oysters with Mignonette were so fresh and delicious I could have easily eaten a dozen all by myself. The Lobster Mac was rich, ooey gooey cheesy and loaded with sweet succulent lobster. And the Roasted Beet Salad was earthy and light with a bright dressing and awesome textural crunch from the pistachios.
Round two on Monday night was almost an instant replay. We all shared the oysters and salad, but opted for our own entrées. Steve ordered the seafood again. Yes it was that good. But I decided to change it up and ordered the Rib Eye with Fondant Potatoes. The steak was tender and so flavorfully seasoned to perfection and the potatoes were a treat. To me the perfect potato is crisp on the outside with a creamy inside and that is exactly the way these were prepared.
And as if all of this great food was not enough, dessert stole my heart. Steve and Cookie’s is known for their Blueberry Pie so of course we had to have a slice. And it was excellent with its buttery, flaky pie crust and opulent filling that was overloaded with fresh blueberries we were licking the plate clean. But wait. There’s more. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie was to live for. Again, the crust – awesome, but it was filled with rich nutty peanut butter mousse, topped with deep dark bittersweet chocolate ganache and lots of whole roasted salty peanuts. This slice was the perfect balance of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. That is how to end a meal!!!
Steve and Cookie’s
9700 Amherst Avenue
Margate, NJ 08402