Cape May Restaurant and Food News for 2016

Cape May, NJ – Like all good foodies, you want to know not only what’s good but what’s new.  So, here’s what we know, so far, about the new food stuff in town this year.

New Mexican Restaurant

For those who can never get enough Mexican food, good news – even more is coming!

Sushi is giving way to homemade Mole sauce on Carpenter’s Lane as La Dona opens in Mid May. (Cape May veterans know the spot as Gecko’s former, longtime location.)

Restaurateur Lucy Corvino (an Oaxaca native) and her husband Andrea will be serving a traditional Mexican menu.   The couple already owns two Italian restaurants in South Jersey. Lucy says they were attracted to the Cape May spot because there’s no Mexican restaurant right in the heart of town.

Pan Asian Cuisine

For those craving all things Asian, there’s now a pan Asian restaurant in town.  Asian Legends is replacing one of Cape May’s old stand bys, Cape Orient.  A Malaysian chef and a Chinese chef cook up just about any Asian dish you can dream of.

Pad Thai, Malaysian Red Curry, traditional Chinese favorites, sushi, Japanese dishes – all are on the menu at this restaurant in the Washington Commons, near the Acme. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

Fresh Local Poultry and Pork

Have you been to Beach Plum Farm lately? The farm on Stevens Street in West Cape May now is selling its own poultry and pork, raised right on Cape Island.

Check out the refrigerator case along the back wall.  Inside, you’ll find whole and quartered chicken, as well as ground turkey, processed right at the farm.
The farm’s pork is being sold as pork loins and shoulders and smoked as bacon and ham.

Look for a new outdoor cafe to open later this spring, serving, what else, farm raised turkey burgers.

Fresh Pasta

This year, for the first time in Cape May, you can buy freshly made pasta, just like in the big city.

Cape May Gourmet, in the Washington Commons, will happily turn sheets of dough into whatever pasta you’d like. Fettuccine? Spaghetti? Even homemade ravioli.  The gourmet shop also sells its own marinara sauce. The shop’s run by the folks from the Cape May Peanut Butter company.



A crunchy collaboration between Cape May Point’s Red Store and pickle enthusiast Maria Fox  is producing delicious batches of truly local pickles.

Pickle Girl Pickles come bottled in all sorts of interesting flavors – from bread and butter pickles, redolent of cloves to Honey Porter Pickle chips, infused with local beer from the Cape May Brewing Company.

The Pickle Girl even uses locally grown cucumbers from the Red Store farm. Right now, the pickles are available at The Red Store at the Point and at the Little Store coffee shop in Cape May.

In addition to all of these foodie finds, let’s not forget the new tapas restaurant opening in Cape May this Spring!

There’s even more news in Cape May this year.

new-south-of-jackson350Big Changes for Cape May Stores

In addition to the Cape May food news, there are some big changes for some long time local stores.

See which Cape May stores are gone and what’s replacing them.


About Jane Kashlak

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