Think you know the Pilot House Bar & Restaurant? Think again. A Cape May dining favorite since 1976, the Pilot House is now under new ownership and management and is offering new, great tastes with traditional family-friendly flavor.
Restaurant Manager Danielle Palumbo brings a strong background in customer service and management to the “new” Pilot House and has easily integrated this experience into her new role. Danielle describes the remainder of the Pilot House team as “several outstanding staff members that decided to stay with us once management was changed, and many others who have come on board since. Everyone works well together to create a wonderful dining experience for our guests.”
Executive Chef Carl Messick attended the New England Culinary Institute in 2002 and has since worked at several local restaurants, further honing his skills. Jeremy Palumbo, Chef de Cuisine, also worked as a chef at many local eateries, including the Peter Shields Inn where he worked alongside Chef Carl beginning in 2011. Chef Carl now oversees both of these well-respected restaurants while Jeremy is responsible for running the Pilot House’s kitchen.
Together, they present diners with a vast range of “American, Casual” cuisine from fresh salad and homemade soups to exquisitely prepared entrees and a “fun-friendly” kids’ menu. In the words of Manager Palumbo, “Coming to the Pilot House is always a fun experience.” They also now feature an $8.99 lunch menu with several promising options, such as the fried flounder sandwich and the signature blackened chicken Caesar wrap, that include fries and a side salad. Plus, the new $12.99 Early Bird dinner menu that includes both salad and dessert has been the talk of the town in recent weeks.
The bar has undergone a serious revamp as well, now featuring an impressive fall cocktail selection and over twenty craft beers. Palumbo personally recommends that PH patrons sample the Housemade Sangria, spiced rum Dark ‘n Stormy, and “Apple Cobbler Crush”. The new Pilot House’s invites deal seekers to join them for happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy $5 select appetizers, $2 Yuengling and Coors Light drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles and a $10 craft beer bucket which features three select bottles from their wide selection.
The Pilot House has been sure to cover Cape May County’s entertainment needs. Wednesdays feature Family Friendly Trivia beginning at 8 p.m., while popular local artists perform live every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. At Friday’s Open Mic night, aspiring entertainers are invited to take the stage and showcase their unique talents. Stay tuned for further information on the Pilot House’s highly anticipated Halloween Party to be hosted Thursday, Oct. 30. Stop by and make new memories at the landmark Pilot House Bar & Restaurant.
By Meg Kummer