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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Reviews for Peter Shields Inn and Restaurant, Cape May, NJ

Hello Everyone! I'd like to give my first fine dining restaurant review on the Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, in Cape May, New Jersey. I am also being interviewed on my stay at the inn, by Jaybird over at The Bird's Nest. Please check that out as well.
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, 1301 Ocean Drive, Cape May, NJ
My biggest thanks to the proprietor Jeff, who made my birthday extra special by bringing me into the kitchen to meet Chef Carl Messick! Chef Carl welcomed me into his kitchen, took me on a tour of his walk ins and allowed me to pepper him with questions while he and his sous chefs were getting ready for dinner service. Amazing!
Jeff, sous chef, Executive Chef Carl Messick, and I

Chef Carl and I, in the kitchen!@!!

I have to admit to being a little "shy" around such a culinary talent, however, Chef Carl was down to earth, kind, approachable and more than eager to answer any and all of my questions. This humble genius encouraged me to keep my passion for food and cooking alive. I hope to one day, be the kind of stand up Chef he is, and make him proud!

NOW, let's start with the dinner service. The dining room has beautiful ocean views and was quiet and relaxing. Our server Chris, was quick, efficient and extremely attentive and helpful with suggestions on what to order. (He even told us that for his birthday celebration, he took his family back to the PSI for dinner.
Our fabulous server Chris!
I tasted a bit of everything that was ordered, so I could give a great description for you all. I was not disappointed with anything I tasted, at all.  For starters our table ordered:
The Crispy Calamari Lemon Chili Gastrique and Micro Cilantro- It was so light and crispy and the cilantro was a great hit at the back of your palette! Chef Carl perfected an old favorite and threw it a modern twist.

The potato leek soup I had anticipated was not on the menu, instead, the more seasonally appropriate Early Summer Corn Soup, Chipolte Lobster Salad was- and what a treat it was too!

This soup is savory and creamy with just the right amount of lobster. Truly outstanding. It appears on the Chef's Tasting Menu, which is highly recommended.   Faith's A  Foodie rates this soup *****
The highest rating!
I ordered the Hudson Valley Foie Gras Grilled Brioche Toast, Cherry Puree and a Rubarb Marmalade. Now, most kids would probably shy away from  ordering the Foie Gras, but I am going to tell you friends, to GO FOR IT. It was delicious!
Hudson Valley Foie Gras Grilled Brioche Toast, Cherry Puree and a Rubarb Marmalade WOW
Yellowfin Tuna Tartare Shooter, a little "present" from Chef Carl, which everyone at my table, proceeded to devour.

My favorite course of the entire evening!
Before our entrees, Chef Carl presented us with another "present"- I believe this was my favorite of all the dishes I sampled- the Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, Smoked Salmon Mache Toasted Almonds and Basil Aioli Faith's a Foodie Highest Rating ***** A simple, must order. Just so you know, I'm not even all that fond of crab. Boy, did Chef Carl change my mind about that!

For the entree, I ordered the PSI Surf& Turf. It was Grilled Hanger Steak Local Day Boat Scallops a Truffle Risotto Asparagus Bordelaise Horseradish Foam

With this entree, you can't go wrong. It was everything I thought it would be, and more. The horseradish foam complimented the hanger steak beautifully. The scallops were seared to perfection! The risotto was a truffle creamy delight to eat. The asparagus had a little bite and I loved it- This is the entree to order.  Faith's A Foodie Highest Rating *****


Now, on to what you've all been waiting for:  DESSERT!!! Before we started, Chef Carl sent out, you guessed it,  ANOTHER PRESENT! Mango Sorbet (BTW, best birthday present ever)
The mango sorbet was light, cool and refreshing. The perfect compliment to a hot summer day. It contains no dairy either, if that's a concern. This is yet another  must order for you! I could have eaten scoop after scoop after scoop..well, you get the idea.

Contrary to what I was going to order (the creme brulee and lava cake)  I decided to change my mind
and order the: Warm English Date Pudding with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Caramel
Simply put, it was the BEST dessert I have ever had! Faith's A Foodie ***** Highest Rating

FOR my final recommendation: The Peter Shield Inn & Restaurant is the place to eat in Cape May. They killed it across the board in my review, receiving the FAITH'S A FOODIE ***** Absolute highest rating.  Please go to  for an interview and complete review of the Inn. Thank You!! If any of you have further questions about a particular dish, additional questions and/or recommendations you would like me to make, please feel free to drop me a comment!


 As always, DON'T FORGET, If it's not YUM, don't eat some!


  1. That is quite an indorsement for the Chef and the Inn. Such a heartfelt recommendation. I will definitely try to get in the next time I am in Cape May. Maybe you will be there too.

    1. Thank you for reading my blog post, and you can bet I will be going back there again and again!

  2. This all sounds amazing! I'm so jealous. :)

    1. Thank you for the follow, and for commenting on my blog. It was amazing, and I wish I could go back there right not and eat it all again!

  3. Faith, your review was fantastic, you really made the food and atmosphere of Peter Shields Inn come alive on the page, and I hope I'm lucky enough to visit America, and Cape May sometime in the future.

    As I said on Jaybird's blog, you're such a well spoken and articulate eleven year old, your blog is a pleasure to read.

    1. Thank you so much Miss Clare- I hope you can come to America too. Or better yet, maybe I can go across the pond and visit England and try out all of their specialty foods! Plus, I would love to look up my relatives/ancestors on my Pop Pop's side.

      Thank you for commenting and following my blog!

  4. Faith! I cannot get over that you are only eleven years old! First of all, this review was so well written. You rival many of the adult blogs out there. And second of all, I can't believe how sophisticated your palate is! I'm very impressed by you and I absolutely loved this review.

    I would also love to visit Peter Shield's, so if I ever get there, I'll be sure to tell them you sent me!

    1. Thank you so much. I really love cooking and eating/trying all kinds of different food. My classmates at school are always asking me to make them something!

      If you do choose to go to the PSI, trust me, you won't be disappointed-everything was sooo good!