Jersey Girl Eats at Phillips Seafood

by jerseygirl on June 8, 2010 · 13 comments

I have to admit that this Jersey Girl has been doing very little cooking but lots of eating and ordering out. As you probably noticed, there hasn’t been a recipe on my site for quite some time. But don’t worry about me. I’m not becoming a bag of bones. With all the year end activities and sports, there has been little time to cook but I have squeezed in some very good meals.

Last month, I was lucky enough to be invited to a special bloggers dinner at Phillips Seafood in Atlantic City, NJ. Not only was it great food, but it was informative and I was able to share a meal with some old blogging buddies and also meet some new food blogging friends. Bloggers attending the dinner were Lisa from John and Lisa are Eating in South Jersey, Alex of A Food Coma, Erin of No Love More Sincere and Elaine of Elle Eats . It was also very enjoyable to chat with Tina and Jennifer from Breslow Partners which is the PR agency which coordinated the event. They sure seem to know their restaurants and food!

One of the highlights of the evening was that Executive Chef Paul Drew came out between each course and explained all the recipes on the menu. Since seafood is one of my favorite things to eat, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. This is what was on the menu:

Steamed Mojito Clams with fresh garlic, chiles, lime and cilantro

Chilled Plateau Maine lobster, king crab legs, oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, tuna tartar

Cheasapeake Crab Cakes Famous lump crab cakes with gratinee potatoes and sauteed broccolini

Mango Sorbet

The seafood was as fresh as can be and Chef Drew explained in detail where it came from and how it was prepared. Looking at the pictures still makes my mouth water. When one of the bloggers asked about baking a crab cake versus frying it, Chef Drew went back to the kitchen and made sure we could try some both ways. Normally, Phillips bakes their crab cakes, however if a customer has a preference to have them fried, just ask and they will gladly do it for you. Personally, I loved the fact that the crab cakes were baked and really wouldn’t want any extra calories added to something that already tasted perfect.

Phillips Seafood is located at The Pier in Atlantic City and they have various other locations. Chef Drew also offers seafood cooking classes in the Atlantic City location. For more information click HERE.

As if I didn’t eat enough, some of the food bloggers decided to make a trip to the candy store in the pier. My kids think I went there to bring them home treats but it was awfully nice to have sweets for the one hour ride home…LOL! Special thanks to our attentive server, Mike and to Brian Fountain, Phillips general manager that made sure we were treated very well!

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Patsyk June 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Looks like a great time and some amazing food!


Karen Harris June 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Looks like a super fun event.


The Japanese Redneck June 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

That seafood has my mouth watering too. I'm so jealous.

I'd never get out of that candy store.


vanillasugar June 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

i am with you girl. i haven't been baking or cooking a lot lately either so don't feel bad. i love those huge seafood platters, as long as there is tons of sauce! LOL


Jamie June 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Hi there Lisa! I know about end of the school year activities. Mine finished up last Friday but goodness that last month was busy.

I had to write a comment here because my childhood was in Ocean City, Maryland and I grew up with Phillips Seafood. My dad would bring home steamed crabs and I can still remember when you open the brown bag and out comes the smell of Old Bay Seasoning. The crab imperial was awesome too. What a wonderful event you got to attend. Thanks for bringing up some childhood memories.


The Food Hunter June 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Sounds like a fun time.


biz319 June 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

I remember all the last days of school stuff – too much going on so I see why its hard to get back into the kitchen!

What a fun time!


Pam July 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm

What a great time. Fresh and delicious seafood is the BEST!


Mary July 8, 2010 at 12:55 am

What a fabulous meal to share with like-minded friends. The food looks amazing. I hope things slow down a bit for you now that summer is here. Have a great evening, Lisa. Blessings…Mary


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Chef Chuck July 18, 2010 at 10:23 am

I enjoy your cooking! Thank you:)
Born In Jersey!!


Saucy B August 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I think YUM sums up your latest post!
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Allie April 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

That's awesome that you had the opportunity to go! I love seafood, especially when you know it is fresh and great quality. I looove a good crab cake 🙂


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