Fare: Contemporary American
Food Quality: Two and 1/2 Stars
Service: One and 1/2 Stars
Decor: One Star
Overall Rating: Two Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Well prepared Contemporary American food
Bare bones amenities
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Very casual
Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy well prepared Contemporary American food without all the fine dining amenities
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer casual dining with a larger menu, with many comfort food selections
Recommended dishes: When available, the Crab Imperial, The Baby Lamb Chops, and The Grilled Salmon
In a Jersey Shore destination with plenty of fine dining restaurants, the Backstreet Cafe is an alternative and a favorite amongst diners who come here for good food and reasonable prices in an unpretentious atmosphere.
The restaurant offers food that can be considered "fine dining quality" but lacks the amenities and trimmings that a fine dining restaurant offers.
Located on a backstreet in West Cape May, this small cafe has a "homey" ambiance with walls adorned with art work.
Owner-chef Theresa Mc Glade is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY. She features well prepared dishes using fresh local ingredients.
The bread and desserts are made in house and served fresh each day.
The standard menu selections are limited and to get the top menu items, order from the chalkboard of daily specials.
The service is "homey" and friendly.
Do not expect the upscale trimmings and amenities normally found at a fine dining restaurant. The tables are covered with a clear plexiglass covering, stainless steel cutlery, and linen napkins.
Coffee is served in a variety of non matching promotional mugs such as Disney World, etc. accompanied by diner style packaged half & half creamers.
Reservations are highly recommended during the busy summer season.
The Backstreet Cafe is open from May through Columbus Day, and are open for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the summer.
The Backstreet Cafe has free on-site parking available
(updated: July, 2019)
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