The next day we headed over to Villas, NJ and stopped at Mel's Diner for breakfast. The first thing I noticed when I walked in, besides the leopard print carpet, was Mel (a life size stuffed gorilla) sitting at the bar. I wonder if they move him when it gets really crowded? Pictures of movie stars adorned the walls and one sassy, but cute, waitress bustled around the tables. I started with a cup of joe and proceeded to look over the menu. Stuffed french toast, pumpkin pancakes....ohhhh the temptation, but I ordered two eggs over medium with home fries (super good), a side of pork roll and a glass of ruby red grapefruit juice. All gluten-free, yay!
For dinner that night, also in the Villas, we headed over to Jake's Bar & Grill. The first thing that caught my eye on the menu was their crab stuffed flounder. Every time I see that listed on the menu I want it, but inevitably it is never just fresh lump crab meat that's stuffed into the fish of choice. It's always the same mixture they use to make crab cakes, bread crumbs and all, put into it.......Until now. I asked the waiter, who asked another waiter, who got the chef, and glory hallelujah it was GLUTEN-FREE!! Just sweet, delicious, fresh Maryland blue crab meat (and nothing else) stuffed into a huge piece of flounder and broiled!! And man was it good. Later for dessert?.......another piece of Laura's fudge.
For our last night at the Jersey shore we grilled out yet again with some primo cuts of filet from Blitz's market, some sauteed broccoli and baby red bliss potatoes. Then we hit the boardwalk for our last hurrah and stopped at yet another decadent candy shop for the best salt water taffy and molasses paddles in the world. Yes, Wildwood, NJ knows how to do candy right. Again gluten-free but not dairy-free, Douglass Candies' salt water taffy (I love vanilla) and molasses paddles (soft, chewy real molasses caramel drenched in dark chocolate) are to die for.
Alas it was time to return home, still gluten-free but slightly pudgier, and get back to reality and a healthier diet.
Until we eat again,
Eat a bunch of candy, Drink and Be Gluten-Free