301 Howard St.
Cape May, NJ 08204
Price Of Entrées: $10-$34
Accepts V, M, AE, D
Why Should I Go? When southern Chef Helen Dickerson was running the Magnolia Room kitchen, which she did for seventy years, she expected nothing but good old-fashioned southern manners from her crew. Her daughters, Dot Burton and Lucille Thompson, who have been running the kitchen for the past fifty years, are just as attached to their family’s southern roots, when it comes to both their manners and their cooking.
Dot started working at the hotel when she was nine, washing sand from the bathing suits of guests. Now, she handles the man-hole sized cast iron skillets, in which she prepares the southern fried chicken the restaurant is so famous for. The secret, we’re told, is in the addition of thickly-sliced onions. It’s a trick that must work, because the dish was named one of the Top Ten Best in the country by USA Today. The restaurant regularly receives national acclaim, with features on the Discovery Channel’s Home Matters and on the Food Network’s Tyler’s Ultimate.
Insider Tip: You can either eat inside the Magnolia Room, a casual-but-elegant space in the old Cape May style, or dine on the charming veranda; there’s nothing more southern than spending the night in a rocking chair outside the Chalfonte. Wherever you choose to dine, stop by the King Edward bar, a classic little watering hole, to kick off your evening.
Dot’s Southern Fried Chicken
There’s no other fried chicken like it!
Miss Helen’s Crab Cakes
Crabmeat held together with fresh herbs and Miss Helen’s secret sauce.
Lucille’s Clam Chowder
Probably the tastiest clam chowder ever.
Chalfonte Corn Pudding
One taste and you’ll think you’re in the Deep South.
Smothered Pork Chops
In caramelized onions and rich gravy.
Jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic, white wine and butter, served over herb rice.
In a mushroom sherry sauce, scallops lightly sautéed with mushroom and green onion, topped with a heavy cream reduction and baked.
With home-style bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy.