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.
Eating out has been a luxury many of us have curtailed or outright eliminated from family budgets during the continued economic crisis. The good news is that this week, starting Friday, Nov. 8 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 17, Somers Point Restaurant Week will return. For restaurant week, Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Nov. 17, a group of restaurants will create special menus for a special price, 3-course dinners for $25.07, including appetizer, entree, and dessert and a 2-course lunch for $11.07, which includes an entree and chef’s choice of soup, salad or dessert.
The restaurant participating are The Windjammer, Sandi Pointe, Latz’s By the Bay, Gregory’s, Great Bay Country Club, Fitzpatrick’s Deli and Steakhouse, Doc’s Place, Crab Trap, Clancy’s By The Bay, Charlie’s, 800 Bay and Emilio’s. Go to the Web site for details on the menu choices. Every restaurant except Clancy’s has their menu up as of this writing.
Fitzpatrick’s has a dinner appetizer of scallops over pumpkin risotto with an apple cider reduction, rack of lamb as an entrée and pumpkin crème brulee as a dessert choice. That sounds like a winning dinner. Of course the other restaurants also have excellent selections.
The Windjammer is offering jumbo lump crab cakes as a lunch entrée, and cedar-planted BBQ salmon as a dinner selection. Sandi Pointe is offering a roasted beet and spinach salad as an appetizer and for dessert, a pear and apple crisp.
Latz’s has a dinner entrée of pork loin stuffed with apples, dried cherries & raisins topped with an apricot demi glaze. Gregory’s offers a dinner entrée of Cajun Seared Grouper with shrimp Etouffee sauce, with a dessert choice of apple strudel. Greate Bay’s lunch options include a Monte Cristo sandwich roasted turkey, ham, & Swiss cheese with Texas toast dipped in French toast batter.
The Crap Trap offers its tasty clam chowder as an appetizer with entrée choices that include Pistachio Encrusted Mahi Mahi, lobster crab cakes and Filet Gorgonzola with the best dessert selection including carrot cake, warm pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, tiramisu and a seasonal pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry glaze. Sounds yummy.
Some restaurants are only serving dinner, and it is a good idea to make reservations and tell them you are coming for the restaurant week specials.
I’ve been holding back on mentioning the Philadelphia 76ers since those first three amazing games with victories over Miami, Washington and Chicago had my mouth hanging to the floor in disbelief.
That the team crashed and burned against the Warriors Monday doesn’t surprise me, but I expect a bounce back effort against Washington tonight.
All the talk of tanking the season annoyed me because no matter how much you want a couple a terrific draft picks in June, nobody really wants to see the team play horribly. Don’t worry draftniks, this team will not make the playoffs. Besides, as we now know, you can sometimes be surprised by an 11th pick in the first round.
Michael Carter-Williams earns player-of-the-week honors his first week in the league. The only other rookie to pull off that feat is somebody named Shaquille O’Neal.
I’m really impressed with Brett Brown. Brown is proving that he is the right coach for this young team. As he says he has them playing the way Philly fans want — giving top effort and never giving up. All three victories were comeback wins, two against elite teams. That’s all we ask, play hard for four quarters.