What was once devastated by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, Tomatoe’s in Margate NJ now stands strong; newly renovated and prepared to accept the influx of summer beach vacationers.
This restaurant was recommended to me by a Margate local whom I deemed trustworthy. Upon further inspection of their menu, I become a bit skeptical: An name that alludes to Italian food and a menu serving everything from macaroni & cheese to sashimi - something seemed off.
In an effort to remain open-minded, we took a trip over to Tomatoe’s for dinner this past Saturday while in town.
The place was swarming with people including plenty of cougars looking to hang by the bar and dance to the beats of the DJ who came on during the later hours.
Upon seating, per my usual routine, I informed the waiter of my “severe gluten allergy – like I will be on the floor sick if I eat it” – hey, it’s the only way they take you seriously.
He told me the following:
GF Beginnings: Grilled Octopus, Cheese Plate, Mussels (he thinks but needs to check) – same with Summer Rolls, Farm Plate with no toast.
GF Salads: Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Caesar (no croutons), Wedge, Beet Napolean, Rocket Salad
GF Pasta: SOL (shit outta luck)
GF Seafood: Salmon, Tuna, Chilled Seafood Plate. [PS: the sea bass cannot be made GF, it is already premarinated in soy sauce]
GF Poultry: Chicken (no mac & cheese), Duckling (check on the sauce)
GF Meats: Tri-Tip (no crispy onions), Pork Chop (no gnocchi), Filet (no blue cheese fritter or succatash), Lamb Chops (no faro salad)
Didn’t even attempt the sushi menu. Play it safe – no tempura, no sauces, no crab – and you should be fine.
Ok now, on to the order;
If you read my blog consistently you should know about my fondness for brussels sprouts. You should also know how critical I am when it comes to critiquing them. This sprout dish was decent.
In case you are wondering – this is marinated in soy sauce and cannot be made gluten-free (pre-marinated).
Bad photo but this actually looked amazing. There was a ton of crab in the pasta.
Normally I would be extremely envious of truffled mac & cheese, but this looked rather boring.
My dish (I know how to order) was amazing. The almond/sesame coating added a perfect crunch to the soft piece of fish. The kalamata vinaigrette was very complimentary.
After that we
down a couple shots of Patron & hit the dance floor with the cougars got ice cream and went home.
PS: Get there early enough and catch the tail end of a sunset right outside Tomatoe’s; its gorgeous:
Those summer nights.
Pros: Wide array of food. Something for everyone.
Cons: Can be a little too sceney for my taste.