If you're looking for a lovely and relaxing restaurant at the Shore, look no further than Seagrass Restaurant in Ocean Grove. Located on Main Avenue, a street lined with shops and restaurants, Seagrass is a wonderful choice for either lunch or dinner.
My dining companion and I headed there one Sunday afternoon for lunch after browsing the many varied shops in town.
The restaurant looked inviting, and we took a table against the wall. Seagrass bills itself as serving contemporary American fare and has a varied menu. Many of the lunch items also are on the dinner menu.
We were immediately greeted by the server who took our beverage order.
HINT: This is a BYOB restaurant, so if you want a glass of wine with lunch or dinner, come prepared.
It took a little time to decide what we wanted to eat for lunch, there is the regular lunch menu and a page of specials for the day. We decided to bypass the appetizers, though they were very tempting, and just have entrees.
I decided on the old-fashioned turkey club ($10), served on a fresh-baked focaccia roll with cranberry relish and stuffing. My dining companion ordered Cobb salad ($13). Sandwiches come with a choice of homemade chips or cole slaw; for a $1 extra you can opt for sweet potato fries, which was my choice.
HINT: If you plan on ordering a few courses at lunchtime, you might want to wait and order your entrees after your appetizers are served. The couple near us both ordered soup, shared a hot appetizer and ordered hot entrees. The soups and hot appetizer were served to them at the same time -- and the entrees came before they had finished the appetizer. We were never rushed, so I don't understand why they were served their food so quickly.
Our lunches arrived and were delicious. The sandwich was particularly good, with the sweet cranberry relish nicely complementing the stuffing, turkey, bacon and tomato. It was a wonderful sandwich.
HINT: Go for the homemade chips that come with the sandwiches. The sweet potato fries were just OK, while how often can you get crispy, homemade chips?
The Cobb salad also was good and served in an edible tortilla bowl. All the entrees that were served to neighboring tables looked delicious.
Also on the menu is a grilled vegetable sandwich, fish and chips, assorted salads and pasta dishes.
We didn't have room for dessert so headed outside, happy and content.
HINT: With Nagles Apothecary down the block for ice cream and two bakeries in town, it pays to take a walk after lunch and digest a bit before you decide on dessert.
And if you haven't walked around Ocean Grove yet, make sure you do before you head home.