I have driven past the Grilled Cheese & Crab cake Company in Somers Point, NJ a hundred times over the last half dozen years with every intent of stopping in some time. Because it is along the route into or out of my destination Ocean City, NJ I am usually not in search of a meal when I pass and think of it.
On Good Friday, the last non-meat Friday in Lent this year, the restaurant came to mind when I was thinking about dinner. So, I took the trip over the bridge out of Ocean City to Somers Point. I arrived at 7:30 p.m., with dinner service running until 8 p.m. Two other tables of diners were seated and ordering.
I was quickly greeted and a drink order taken and menus left for me to peruse. As you would expect the menu had many choices involving crab cakes or various takes on a grilled cheese. A full slate of seafood and non-seafood appetizers was available as well as Chili, Cream of Crab Soup and Cream of Tomato soup offered daily, along with specials including Chicken Orzo. Any soup can be made “angry” by adding jalapeno and chinese spicy oil.
I ordered the Cream of Tomato soup and a dinner basket combination of Fried Shrimp and Crab Balls, fried miniature crab cakes.
Cream of Tomato Soup
The soup arrived about 10 minutes later. It was very good, but it was either a dressed up Campbell’s canned tomato soup or it was a remarkably successful attempt to recreate the Campbell’s recipe at home. I enjoy Cambpell’s tomato soup, but I was expecting something a little creamier. Next time I would try their “famous” Cream of Crab soup as several other tables ordered it and it looked very good.
Fried Shrimp and Crab Balls Basket
The entree arrived shortly after I finished my soup. The shrimp and crab cakes rested on a large bed of french fries, which I picked at but barely ate, along with two containers of cocktail sauce (both it and tarter were offered) and a very creamy side of cole slaw, which I also enjoyed.
Crab Balls (Miniature Fried Crab Cakes)
The crab balls and shrimp were boiling hot and it took a long time for them to cool on top of hot french fries. The miniature crab cake balls were a healthy mix of crab and filler. A little more filler than I would normally enjoy, but I found these to be a nice balance. They were not too firm, but not runny either. A nice crispy fried coating helped hold it all together.
The fried shrimp were fresh and large with a double fried coating on the outside. The shrimp inside were fully clean (sometimes you get surprised by shrimp that haven’t been deveined) and tasty.
I burned my mouth a number of time because I was too impatient to wait for it all to cool.
Dinner was $22.00 and the menu included a wide range of sandwiches, platters and appetizers. Homemade desserts in a cold case display looked good and included a vanilla buttercream Easter cake, apple pie, regular and chocolate cheesecake and an offering that looked like coffee cake but lacked a label. I wish I had room to try dessert, but I did not.
Service was friendly and attentive. My only gripe was they offered only Pepsi products, no Coke.
I will try this place again some time. I waited too long. Their website does not appear to be functioning at this time
55 W Laurel Dr
Somers Point, NJ 08244
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