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Ugly Mug, Cape May, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Ugly Mug, Cape May, NJ
Ugly Mug
426 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ
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Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  American Tavern food

Price:  In-expensive

Good American Tavern Food and variety of draught Beers

Outside dining good for people watching along the Washington Street Mall

Limited metered parking during peak summer evenungs

Value:  Excellent

Noise Level:  Moderate - High

Dress:  Very casual

Recommended For:  Budget conscious diners who enjoy good tavern food in a friendly, energetic setting

Not Recommended For:  Diners who prefer more complex eclectic dishes with a more upscale, trendy ambiance.

Recommended Dishes:  Chili, cheese steaks, burgers, and lobster roll.

Alcohol:  Full service vibrant bar scene

Restaurant Review

The Ugly Mug, a popular gathering place in Cape May, serving good American  tavern food with a large variety of draught beers.

It's very casual, T-shirts and shorts are the norm.

They are located right on the Washington Street Mall. Like many of the restaurants on the mall, they offer outside seating.

Inside is a bar area and a fairly large dining room. Outside there are about a dozen tables.

The atmosphere and bar scene is friendly and energetic.

The service is friendly and attentive.

The chili is very good, one of the best in the area. It's light on beans and heavy on the good stuff --- big chunks of ground meat, peppers and onion, kidney beans with a tasty "kick".

They are also known for their tradition associated with mugs being suspended from the ceiling. The mugs belong to members of the Ugly Mug Club. Each member has his own mug, as they did in the old days of Vaudeville and barbershop quartets. Deceased members of the club are honored by having their mugs hung facing the ocean.

The Ugly Mug is family and kids friendly.

The Ugly Mug is open year round with winter seasonal hours.

(updated: June, 2018)

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