Cape May Foodie: 3 Midweek Lunch Spots in March

CAPE MAY, NJ – No doubt about it – the hardest time to find a place to eat lunch in Cape May is midweek in the winter.  Many restaurants that stay open for the long, cold months of January, February and March often keep strictly weekend hours. That’s when winter visitors and summer home owners trickle into town.

Locals who live in Cape May year round hunt for midweek lunch spots in the winter like a hungry dog looking for a buried bone.

It’s comforting to know that, no matter what day or month it is, you can always get a plate of Cape May Salts oysters at the Lobster House. The Lobster House fried oysters come with little plastic cups of chicken salad and cole slaw. Cost 14 dollars.

This venerable institution fills up with tourists during the summer season. But go there in winter and, chances are, you’ll find a local or two or three munching on some seafood related lunch item.

If you are more of the breakfast at lunch kind of person, did you know that Uncle Bill’s Pancake House on Bayshore Road in North Cape May is open all year? Yep, everyday from 7AM to 2PM, even in winter.

The North Cape May branch of Uncle Bill’s has an item called the Ferry Special: one egg, one pancake and bacon or sausage. The cost? An amazing $5.50.  There’s also a regular lunch menu but who can resist pancakes at lunch?

For a more ethnic lunch, you can find Mediterranean type food at George’s Place on Beach Avenue.  Fans of this tiny Greek luncheonette will be happy to know George’s is now open for lunch everyday until 2PM. The restaurant even stayed open last week, during the latest snow storm.

You can get a traditional falafel sandwich on pita bread or some humus and Greek salad for 8 to 9 dollars.  In honor of South Jersey cuisine,  cheese steaks are also on the menu.

That should get you started on your own midweek lunch hunt.

Just remember, it gets easier as the weather gets warmer.

About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.