Being a part of the marketing and public relations team at Morey’s Piers definitely has its perks. Only two weeks into my internship, I had the opportunity, and pleasure, to meet with two travel writers from Canada. The purpose of their visit was to learn about, sample and better understand the culinary offerings provided to guests at Morey’s Piers, and then share that experience with readers back in Canada. So what did that mean for me? Food, Glorious Food! Yes, that’s right – I too got to learn about, sample and better understand.
To share with you my whole culinary experience that evening would take forever, so in short, this is how it went down:
First Up – Pizza from Jumbo’s Restaurant on Mariner’s Pier, and boy, was it JUMBO! Yes, like bigger than my head JUMBO! This was my first time ever tasting Jumbo’s pizza, and I have to say, it definitely falls into my top three pizza slices on the Wildwood Boardwalk.
Next Up – One of Jumbo’s specials, a scallop appetizer served over linguine, the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Following this was the Grilled Summer Shrimp Salad with field greens and baby arugula, shrimp, avocado, goat cheese, bell peppers and a creamy vinaigrette dressing – an interesting yet perfect combination of flavors. The Jumbo’s tasting concluded with a Reuben sandwich, followed by a lobster salad sandwich and of course some mouth-watering, cold cocktails to wash it all down.
There’s More! – Curley’s Fries, a boardwalk staple since 1974. The regular fries with cheese sauce were excellent, and the Cuban spice fries with cilantro sauce were a pleasant change of tradition. We even got to go behind the scenes and watch Curley’s Fries being hand cut with an antique fry cutter from the ‘70s.
Still Not Done – Tacos and nachos from the Taco Joint on Mariner’s Pier. These tacos weren’t just any other tacos. With flavors like Korean BBQ Beef, Adobo Chicken and Baja Bang Bang Shrimp, I never want Taco Bell again!
All Delicious Things Must Come to an End – Last but not least was dessert from La Bakerie on Mariner’s Pier. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I’m a pretty tough dessert critic. But it wasn’t hard to satisfy my sweet tooth on this evening. Samples of funnel cake with mixed berries on top, s’mores crepes full of Nutella, gooey marshmallows and crunchy graham crackers, and Nutella crepes took dessert to the next level. I think it’s safe to say La Bakerie is my new go-to spot for dessert.
Later in the evening, Executive Chef Walter “Wally” Jurusz, the man of the hour and the brains behind all of this amazing food, joined us at our table. He discussed many things with the writers such as where his food concepts come from, how he has been able to elevate the boardwalk dining experience to the next level and the importance of using local and Jersey fresh products. When asked what his future envisions were for food at Morey’s Piers, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Who knows, maybe Chinese is next.”
From the looks on their faces, our friendly Canadian guests seemed more than pleased. And as for me, I can’t wait to go back for more!