Hump Day Report: Somers Point Restaurant Week

Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

My adopted hometown of Somers Point presents its annual Somers Point Restaurant Week Nov. 7-16, and while it is a small town, it is offering up some bold flavors. Fourteen SP eateries are offering prix fixe menus for lunch ($11.07) and dinner ($25.07).

Since I always take advantage of the culinary bargain I have been looking over the menus for the event, available online here. The Windjammer is featuring their lunch with a house salad or soup of the day, dessert and a nice choice of entrees including jumbo lump crab cakes, chicken Marsala and Thai chili grazed broiled salmon salad. Dinner entrees include stuffed bay scallops with jumbo lump crab.

Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro has apps that include Great Lakes Porter braised pork belly, a fire grilled petit filet mignon wrapped in bacon for an entrée and three dessert choices: Jim Beam Honey Bee Bourbon Poached Pear Napoleon, Pumpkin Crème Brulee and Triple Chocolate Cake.

The Crab Trap has five app choices for dinner including Clams Casino Flatbread, entrees that include Everything Crusted Swordfish and Roasted Canadian Salmon with Pumpkin Ravioli and Griddled Jumbo Bacon Crab Cake. Their dessert choices include carrot cake, Tiramisu and pumpkin cheesecake w/cranberry glaze.

Clancy’s offers apps that include Chilled Shrimp and Crabtini or Roasted Butternut Squash and Beet Salad with Queso Cotija; entrees that include Grilled Surf and Turf (a combo of bacon wrapped petite filet with five large sautéed gulf shrimp) or Imperial Stuffed Flounder and either carrot cake or pumpkin pie for dessert.

The Anchorage features an Italian cuisine themed menu with four courses including Calamari Marinara or Clams Posolippo as apps; a second course of soup, dressed Italian Antipasta or Caesar Salad; entrees that include Beef Steak Brigole and Veal Saltimbucco Ala Romano and a dessert choice of cannoli, Bananas Foster or Tiramisu.

Those are some might tasty dining options at a terrific price.

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Scorpion.

Scorpion.

The new TV season has been running for about a month and I’ve become a fan of a few of the newcomers in particular Scorpion (9pm Mondays on CBS); Gracepoint (Thursday, 9pm, FOX); How to Get Away With Murder (Thursday, 10pm, ABC) and Madame Secretary (Sundays, 8pm, CBS).

Scorpion works thanks to the intriguing genius characters who can solve crimes. However, their social graces are lacking. Newcomer Elyes Gabel is excellent as Walter O’Brien, the leader of the super nerd squad, with former American Idol Katharine McPhee as the “normal” single mom of a genius child who keeps the geeks connected with the real world. Robert Patrick is also around as their government handler.

Madam Secretary and How to Get Away With Murder are dominated by strong women, played by, respectively, Tea Leoni and Viola Davis. It is wonderful to have a dose of the fabulous Davis every week, although the show, about law students and their mentor, isn’t always as interesting as she is. Leoni also tends to carry her show but it does have a nice West Wing vibe about it

Gracepoint, about the murder investigation of a 12-year-old boy, is based on the British TV series Broadchurch, and stars David Tennant and Anna Gunn as the pair of cops investigating the case. The cast also includes Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, Jacki Weaver and Kevin Rankin. It is the cast that elevates this murder mystery into must see TV territory.

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