Jersey Shore Gem and BYO Restaurant Re-Opens for the Season on May 21st
May 21, 2013 (Avalon, NJ)—After a long winter, The Diving Horse in Avalon, New Jersey is re-opening for the season, bringing Shore-goers seasonal, regionally-focused New American fare in a casual, yet sophisticated setting.
From the team behind Philadelphia’s acclaimed Pub & Kitchen and the newly-opened Fitler Dining Room, The Diving Horse offers a menu that features simple-but-polished takes on classic dishes. Executive Chef Eli Collins and Chef de Cuisine Palmer Marinelli helm the kitchen this season, transforming local produce, freshly caught fish, and sustainable meats into composed plates that highlight the spirit of the coast. To begin, enjoy starters such as Chilled Carrot Soup with English peas, chervil, and coriander oil; Black Bass Crudo with crispy artichoke, preserved lemon, and green olive oil; or the Diving Horse Wedge Salad with 7 mile island dressing, jumbo lump crab, and tarragon. As for mains, choose from offerings like Soft Shell Crab with cauliflower caponata and Cerignola olives; Slow Roasted Monkfish with leeks, new potato, and rhubarb mostarda; Roast Maran Chicken with soft polenta, mushrooms, and sherry jus; or Lancaster Beef Short Rib with French bean cassoulet, lardons, and black radish. Guests may also choose from a selection of rotating daily specials. Side dishes are not to be missed, with uncomplicated and satisfying offerings like Asparagus with almond-lemon pesto;Aligot Potatoes with Ely Farm Makefield cheese and chives; and Sautéed Greens with toasted garlic.
For dessert, choose from a selection of sweet offerings like the Blueberry Crumble with lemon verbena ice cream;Cherry Semifreddo with hazelnuts, Moscato jelly, and Nutella; or the Chocolate Parfait with chocolate pudding, coffee cream, coconut, and cacao nibs. For a more savory end to your meal, enjoy a Selection of 3 Cheeses served with crackers and jams. The Diving Horse also offers a special BYO program, where guests may bring in their own favorite bottles of wine or beer, and the staff will happily open and serve it along with their meal.
Owners Ed Hacket and Dan Clark joined forces with Philadelphia’s BOLLE Design and Providence Architectural Salvage, to create The Diving Horse’s 70-seat airy, inviting space. Taking design cues from a modern farmhouse, late 19th century touches include a miner’s cart turned hostess station fitted with a slab of inky slate, plus rustic stacks of wooden grocery crates filled with produce that section off the dining area. Various decorativeart pieces are showcased along the restaurant’s walls, and are bound to start a conversation at the handmade black maple wood community table in the back.
The Diving Horse is located at 2109 Dune Drive in Avalon, New Jersey. The restaurant serves dinner daily from 5PM to 10PM, including holidays. The season runs from Tuesday, May 21st through Saturday, September 14th. Reservations are accepted, and walk-ins welcome. For more information, please visit www.thedivinghorseavalon.com or call 609-368-5000.
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