We loved our visit to Long Beach Island a couple weeks ago. We couldn’t have asked for better accommodations than Daddy O Hotel Restaurant and Bar in Brant Beach. We also loved our dinner at Tuckers Tavern in Beach Haven. It was just an overnight stay, but it left a lasting impression we’ll not soon forget.
Upon checking out of Daddy O, we took a cruise up to Barnegat Light to peek at the Barnegat Lighthouse then we made our way to Plantation Restaurant in Harvey Cedars for lunch. This sophisticated restaurant with a breezy, tropical décor is located on the main drag (Long Beach Avenue) in the heart of the borough. The menu is bold, yet approachable American fare with creative twists.
The lunch menu features many classic dishes with gourmet touches, and also some unexpected ones. There’s something for everyone, including those who are vegetarian or gluten-free.
The beverage menu is chock-full of inventive cocktails, craft beers, and wines including a house-made red sangria available by the glass or pitcher. I opted for the “Tikitini” because I’m a sucker for anything described as “tiki” with rum, so it was the logical choice for a lunchtime libation for me.
The Tikitini ($10) is made of Cruzan coconut & pineapple rums, pineapple juice, with a toasted coconut rim. So refreshing and appropriately tropical! This cocktail gets the PG Cocktail Seal of Approval. 😉
The Soup of the Day ($9) on the day of our visit was Crab & Corn Chowder with Coconut Cream. I don’t normally eat chowders because they are typically made with dairy cream, but since this was made with coconut cream — a safe alternative for me — I had to try it. It was perfectly executed, decadent and flavorful. Hubby and I shared it and both agreed that it was a great soup.
The Black Bean & Corn Patty Melt ($14) was really spectacular. A nice veggie option that any vegetarian would find quite tasty. Brilliant combo of black bean and corn with veggies, and oats and rice as a binder. It really held up with great flavor and texture. I would definitely eat this again.
The hand cut fries were very, very good. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good french fry!
Hubby got the Classic Cuban Sandwich ($14) — fresh roasted pork loin, ham, swiss, pickles, and dijon mustard. A lot of Cuban sandwiches are overstuffed and sloppy to eat, but this was done with a panini grill which kept it together and made it easy to eat. No muss, no fuss. Really good flavor and very satisfying. Really can’t go wrong with this sandwich.
Our friendly server Brielle tried to talk us into dessert, but we just couldn’t do it. I did have a coffee, though.
Overall, lunch at Plantation Restaurant was a fine experience. We were the first ones to enter, but by the time we left the dining room was filled up. I can see why it is a popular dining destination in Harvey Cedars. I’m eager to come back for dinner next year in the pre-season. 🙂
*Special thanks to Jaimi Blackburn of Fearless Restaurants for arranging our visit. Our opinions are our own.
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