Nestled in the quiet hamlet of Cape May Point, slightly off the beaten path of the busy beaches and historic, Victorian center of Cape May, you will find one of my favorite spots, The Red Store. Some call it The Cape May Red Store or The General Store, the bottom line – it doesn’t matter what you call it, just please, please . . . make it a point to go! I like to describe it as a very charming and quaint restaurant, but do not be fooled, the culinary talent of the James Beard nominated chef owner, Lucas Manteca, is unprecedented. His talent and pride is evident in every dish!
The Red Store Serves breakfast or brunch, lunch and dinner, depending on the season. I highly recommend paying them a visit more than once so you can experience everything! I definitely have my favorite dishes, and in this post I’m going to tell you about breakfast and brunch.
The avocado toast, which you may add egg to, is delicious – cream cheese, cherry tomatoes, arugula, and melted cheddar served open face on multigrain bread.
Another ABSOLUTE must on the breakfast/brunch menu are The Red Store Pancakes. Crab, corn, roasted poblano pepper and feta cheese pancakes with arugula, creme fraiche and bacon. You may want to re-read those ingredients! These are the most innovative pancakes I’ve ever had, and they are unbelievably good. They may look like pancakes, but the taste is unlike anything you’ve ever had before!
Another favorite is the Latino – eggs any style, rice and beans, guacamole, home fries, pico do gallo, crema, fried plantains, fried queso fresco and grilled tortilla. A feast for the eyes and the tummy!
The Red Store is BYOB and cash only. They have a small store and to go area as well, with coffee, pressed juices, smoothies and baked goods, as well as farm fresh artisinal items such as their very own handcrafted sea salt and homemade condiments including hot sauces and tomato jam. The entire staff is friendly and helpful, too, Jackie is always there with a warm smile and hello! Trust me, you do not want to miss The Red Store if you are in the Cape May area. I go so often you may even see me there! 500 Cape Avenue.