Brunch Gang hits the road: Dock Mike’s, Sea Isle City, N.J.
Place: Dock Mike’s
Neighborhood: Jersey Shore, 4615 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, N.J.
The scoop: My family has been coming to the beach town of Sea Isle City for over 30 years, so I have always grown up loving the Jersey Shore (known simply as “the shore” or “down the shore” to us Jerseyans). The real shore is nothing like what you see on TV, believe me! We went to Dock Mike’s for a quick brunch before hitting the beach. The inside of the restaurant is true to the typical no-frills atmosphere that you find at many shore eateries. It reminded me of a diner. The specials were written on the walls, and there was plenty of seating, both tables and booths. Our waitress was very friendly and great with our big group. The service was so quick! We were all pleasantly surprised to see our food come out less than ten minutes after we ordered it. Dock Mike’s is cash only. The also have another location in West Cape May.
Bottoms up: Dock Mike’s does not serve alcohol, but the coffee was complimentary and delicious. Two thumbs up for free caffeine!
Chew on this:
Lite apple and raisin pancakes $8.50 / 10 junior pancakes filled with raisins served with unsweetened warm apple sauce sprinkled with cinnamon
These were delicious! Even though they were off the lite menu, they were very filling and there were plenty of raisins. I chose to spread the applesauce on the pancakes, as well as put some lite syrup on them. The apple sauce was sweet. The pancakes were very light and fluffy. They also give you Promise on the side as opposed to butter, so this is a great option for anyone looking to watch calories.
Lite white veggie omelette $8.75 / Tomato, broccoli, onion and mushroom, served with choice of dry toast
The omelette was light and fluffy, and the veggies were very fresh. There were a good amount of all the veggies. Since there was no cheese in the lite omelette (we all have to make sacrifices to look good, right?), it was hard to get the egg and veggies all in one bite. The dry toast came with assorted jams and Promise on the side. I was very happy with my choice.
Chocolate chip pancakes $8.25 / Three chocolate chip pancakes topped with whipped cream and nuts
Dock Mike’s chocolate chip pancakes were voted Best Down the Shore, and I agree with this! The pancakes were better than any other I’ve had in town. They were a good size, very chocolatey, and fluffy. They were also very sweet and didn’t really need syrup, but I did put a little on, and they tasted delicious both ways.
Mushroom and onion omelette $8.75 / Mushrooms, onions, and white cheddar cheese served with toast home fries
The onions were very sweet. The mushrooms were tasty. There was just the right amount of cheese, and it wasn’t oozing out. The size was perfect, and the omelette wasn’t greasy. The home fries were just like grandma used to make! Some were very crispy and some could have a little crispier, but overall, I really enjoyed them.
Plain omelette $6.25 / Three-egg omelette served with toast and home fries
I was really happy that my omelette was not oily or greasy at all. The toast was not drenched in butter, and there was just the right amount of home fries. There wasn’t a morsel left on my plate, so I was obviously very happy with my meal!
The final bite: Dock Mike’s was the perfect spot for brunch before our afternoon beach visit. The food was yummy, the service was great, and the extensive breakfast and lunch menu ensured that there was really something for everyone, from dieters to young children and everyone in between. If you’re in Sea Isle or West Cape May, you should visit Dock Mike’s for “shore”!
Reviewed by: Jen