5/20/2013 04:35:00 PM

The Diving Horse Reopens Tuesday

Memorial Day Weekend is about to be upon us, but there’s another sign that summer is just over the horizon: on May 21, The Diving Horse opens for the season. The Avalon, NJ restaurant from Ed Hackett and Dan Clark (Pub & Kitchen, Fitler Dining Room) brings a bit of sophistication to the Jersey Shore, while still totally embracing its laid back beach environment. Basically, it’s the best of both worlds.

New Pub & Kitchen chef Eli Collins will act as executive chef and longtime team member Palmer Marinelli will oversee the kitchen as chef de cuisine. The opening menu is full of seafood and produce, everything you’d want to eat after a day on the sand. Settle in with a cocktail and the black bass crudo, then switch to wine to pair with the soft shell crab and cauliflower caponata.

From Tuesday on, dinner will be served 5-10 PM daily, through September 14. Check out the full menu below and make plans for your first trip down, sooner rather than later (609-368-5000).

Starters
Black Bass Crudo, Crispy Artichoke, Preserved Lemon, Green Olive Oil
Oysters on the Half Shell, Champagne and Cracked Black Pepper
Fritto Misto, Fennel-Semolina Crust, Crispy Lemon, Romesco
Chilled Carrot Soup, English Peas, Chervil, Coriander Oil
Blue Moon Acres Lettuces, Soft Herbs, Burrata, Primativo Vinaigrette
Diving Horse Wedge Salad, Crab, Tarragon, 7 mile dressing
Roasted Beet Salad, Red Watercress, Sunflower Seeds, Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

Mains
Cape May Scallops, Toasted Farro, Asparagus, Almond-Lemon Pesto
Soft Shell Crab, Cauliflower Caponata, Cerignola Olives
Slow Roasted Monkfish, Leeks, New Potato, Rhubarb Mostarda
Lancaster Beef Short Rib, Fresh Bean Cassoulet, Lardons, Black Radish
Roast Maran Chicken, Soft Polenta, Mushrooms, Sherry Jus
Smoked Duroc Pork Loin, Crushed Marble Potato, Confit Tomato, Olive Oil Jus

Sides
Asparagus, Almond Lemon Pesto
Aligot Potato, Ely Farm Makefield, Chives
Fried Cauliflower, Salsa Verde
Sauteed Greens, Toasted Garlic

Sweets
Selection of 3 Cheeses, Crackers and Jams
Blueberry Crumble, Lemon Verbena Ice Cream
Cherry Semifreddo, Hazelnuts, Moscato Jelly, Nutella
Chocolate Parfait, Chocolate Pudding, Coffee Cream, Coconut and Cacao Nib

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