Tisha's Fine Dining


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to take a few days and head south to Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May, at the very tip of New Jersey (and even further south than Baltimore, Maryland), is unlike almost every other shore town in the state. It’s filled to the brim with beachgoers even in mid-September, but the town still finds a way to feel untouched.

Of course, there are tons of shops, restaurants, and beachfront hotels, but so many of the homes by the water are still the same buildings that were built in the 1800s. Cape May is a true colonial era gem and its restaurants are just as worthy. Tisha’s Fine Dining, located on the Washington Street Mall, is just one of the many great spots.

The food
I hardly know where to begin when it comes to the food. Tisha’s offers a lunch menu and a dinner menu; I dined here for dinner. The menu was so overwhelmingly impressive I had the hardest time I have had in a long while deciding what to eat. Appetizers include lobster risotto (lobster meat and cognac), curried clams (local clams in a Thai red curry broth), and stuffed pumpkin gnocchi (brown butter, fresh sage, pecorino romano cheese, and toasted pignoli nuts).

All entrees come with a house salad, though, so I opted to skip out on the appetizers (albeit extremely unwillingly). Instead, I ordered the crab cakes, which came on a bed of fresh spinach and were topped with shrimp and more crabmeat. I could eat it again and again, but would probably go for the grilled Thai salmon next time, which comes topped with shrimp sauteed in Thai chile sauce and a side of greens and red mashed potatoes.

The drinks
Tisha’s is a BYO establishment, but the restaurant does have coffee and soft drinks on offer.

The service/ambience
The wait staff at Tisha’s is attentive, informative, and quite friendly. It also helps that Tisha’s is a beautiful space with two sizeable rooms, great artwork on the walls, and dim lighting. However, since it’s located on the Washington Street Mall, it can be quite busy so patrons certainly need a reservation to get in here without a wait.