Have I ever mentioned my aversion to crowds? Sometimes it is frustrating for me and sometimes it is frustrating for my family. I want to enjoy my food in peace. I also prefer to simply walk right in and be able to be seated immediately. These are not always realistic options or expectations, especially in popular vacation areas, at popular meal times or on weekends. Today, I wanted to try a particular restaurant so I asked the Mr. if we could go during "happy hour" to avoid the dinner rush.
He wasn't hungry.
Cocktails and appetizers at Buckalew's Restaurant and Tavern.
For me, a margarita on the rocks with a well salted glass rim. The tables are nicely covered in white paper and I asked for the crayons the children receive when they are seated.
The talent may be lacking, but the meaning is clear.
Doesn't the image really, effectively, say all you need to know about my vacation? Chairs in the sand, on the beach, under the umbrella on a sunny day. The End.
So, how many appetizers should we order? How not-really-but-kind-of hungry are you? I just need a little something to hold me over during the car ride home. He says he isn't "really" hungry, but I know he will eat. Three. Yup, that seems fair.
CHOWDER! Yes, a cup of New England Clam Chowder.
Lush and velvety with tender clams. Yum. Yes, we were actually able to split this cup of soup though I wanted to hog it for myself.
Oh my! This is a must have. The menu simply describes them as "like no other", but really, they are delicious shells of clam goodness topped with a bite of bacon. Nothing wrong with this wonderful combination and though the salad may not appeal to everyone, I loved it and ate every forkful.
Finally, a true classic - steamers in a bowl of delicate goodness suitable for dipping toasted bread or simply slurping up every last bit.
We enjoyed both our quick visit to Long Beach Island and appetizers at Buckalew's. We were certainly Fed Well and being able to draw and color on the table covering was a joyful bonus. Vacations should allow you to both relax and perhaps enjoy life without fears or anxiety. Fabulous and memorable.