You’ve seen it as you drive over the bridge just past the Great Egg Harbor tolls on the Garden State Parkway on your way to the shore. It’s worth getting off at the next exit, making two right hand turns and driving about a mile until you dead end at the Tuckahoe Inn. The Tuckahoe used to be a restaurant at the base of the Beesly’s Point Bridge. The bridge is still there, but cars haven’t traveled over it in years.
Still, the people keep filling the Tuckahoe even if it’s not on the way to anywhere. The food, the atmosphere and the view are three reasons. First, there’s the summertime Beach Bar. On a Friday evening the live music blends with a marvelous water view where you can take in the tunes, some good drinks and watch the traffic as people (like me) flock to the shore.
Tuckahoe is reasonably priced and the food is good. The Onion soup is always a crowd pleaser as is the Clam Chowder. But the thing I like most about the Tuckahoe is the menu is new each week. They have a list of standards, but one entire side of the menu is new each week.
From that side I selected an Eggplant Stacker. It was, in essence, Eggplant Parm but insert fresh spinach where cheese would normally go. The tomato sauce was fresh and made with ripe Jersey tomatoes, a real treat. I was treating my mom to dinner who had a Ribeye sandwich and some cream of broccoli soup. The big onion rings that came with her sandwich really made the meal.
Tuckahoe has an old seashore feel with nautical touches and the view of the Great Egg Harbor bay is a delight year round. A visit to the Tuckahoe the day after Thanksgiving is a recent, but consistent family tradition.
Make the detour to the Tuckahoe. You won’t be disappointed.
1 Harbour Road & Route 9
Beeslys Point, NJ
You can also get there by boat:
Navstar: Lat. N39* 17.257′