Harvey Cedars Shellfish, LBI – 5/2000

Here is the perfect seafood restaurant at the Jersey Shore: Harvey Cedars Shellfish Co. After spending a day in the sun and surf on Long Beach Island, enjoy the fresh seafood at Havey Cedars. In season come early or plan to wait in line at this popular restaurant that also does take outs. Nothing fancy here as you eat on picnic tables and your food is served on both plastic and paper plates. It is the food that draws the crowds.

For appetizers, start out with Shrimp Bruschetta – shrimp atop crunchy garlic toast with sundried tomatoes, basil and olive oil for $7.95. Or try the Shrimp Cocktail – 12 shrimp with cocktail and dijon mustard sauce for $7.95. Seafood entrées abound with my favorites being the Sauteed Shrimp Scampi – jumbo shrimp sauteed with Jersey tomato, garlic, herbs and parmesan cheese, served with linguini for $15.95 or the Baked Flounder stuffed with Lump Crabmeat for $15.95. Side dishes to order include Jersey Corn on the Cob for $1.25 or Sliced Jersey Tomatoes, with fresh basil vinaigrette for $3.50.

Portions are plentiful so there is no room for dessert, which is a good thing since dessert and coffee are not found on the menu. It is BYOB, and a liquor store with a huge beer and wine selection can be found across the street.

In season the restaurant is open daily during the summer only from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The address is: 7904 Long Beach Boulevard, Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, NJ. Phone: (609) 494-7112. Enjoy!

~Karl Flesch
Lift Lines – May 2000