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Longboard Cafe
Written By: Jenny Samuels
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Longboard Cafe
Longboard Cafe
The staff at Longboard Café takes pride in serving fresh, seasonal, housemade recipes.
Longboard Cafe
Longboard Café is conveniently located in the newly constructed 67th Street Town Center.
Longboard Cafe
These friends from Baltimore are living and working in Ocean City for Summer 2014. They celebrated Megan’s 21st birthday at the Longboard Café.
  Located in the newly constructed 67th Street Town Center, the Longboard Café is a delightful combination of surfer vibe and fresh ingredients. Visitors staying within walking distance of the restaurant are highly likely to eat at the Longboard Café several times during their stay. This week, we visited the two-level bar and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, and were very impressed by the surf music, delicious recipes, and knowledgeable staff.
Everything at the café is new, from the outdoor wooden deck to the tables, chairs, and décor. As another lovely sunset was descending on the bayside skyline, we approached the outdoor hostess stand, where beautiful Martha immediately greeted us with a warm, welcoming smile. We selected a comfortable outdoor table beneath a huge umbrella to enjoy our dinner.
We perused the full-service bar menu for specialty cocktails, and were pleased to find several local brews on tap. Burley Oak, Flying Dog, Evolution, De Lazy Lizard, and Finn City Brewing Company products are available by the pint or pitcher. My fiancé, Joey Steward, ordered the Draft of the Week—Dogfish Head 61 minute IPA (you read that correctly, sixty-one minute). Longboard Café also serves an impressive list of wines, such as La Crema Chardonnay and Molly Dooker “The Boxer” Shiraz, as well as Margaritas, Crushes, Mojitos, and Martinis.
Our server, Margaret, is exceptionally helpful. She recited the daily appetizer—Eastern Shore Shrimp—and described the fishes of the day—Grouper, Rockfish and Swordfish. The daily Chef’s Risotto was Crab & Scallops. I was challenged to make a decision regarding our appetizers because everything on the menu sounds irresistible. For example, Figs in a Blanket are fresh, seasonal figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in applewood bacon, and Fried Green Tomatoes are topped with lump crab and Creole mustard sauce.
We decided to try the Crab Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms. Fresh artichoke bottoms are bursting with lump crabmeat and topped with imperial sauce. This dish is top quality, and highly recommended. Warm Chips & Queso Blanco, Cheese & Charcutiere Plate, and Brie & Drunken Nuts are just a few more munchies for the table, along with Crab Quesadilla and Grilled Lamb Chop Lollypops.
For our main dish, we ordered the Chef’s Crab & Scallop Risotto of the Day. We also ordered soft Pollo Tacos. Achiote marinated chicken is paired with grilled onions and peppers, sliced avocado, cheddar-jack cheese, cilantro, pico de gallo, and sour cream. All ingredients are fresh, and we truly enjoyed the tacos.
Another delectable taco on the menu at Longboard Café is Baja Fish—beer battered fresh cod, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, Mexican white sauce, roasted tomato salsa, and lime wedges. Steak Fajita, Jerk Mahi, and Pacific Pulled Pork round off the Taco selections, which are served in quantities of three. Add fresh guacamole to your order. It’s fresh, seasonal, and lip-licking good.
Longboard Café also has entrée-size salads with housemade dressings. The Tuna, Crab, and Avocado Tower is quickly gaining popularity among Ocean City locals. Sushi grade Tuna tarter, crab salad, sliced avocado, cucumber, grape tomatoes, field greens, and tomato vinaigrette comprise this locally-renowned dish. Grilled Caesar, Baja Steak Chopped, “My Big Fat Greek,” and Huntington Pier Cobb are other salad selections. Try the St. Croix Chopped for grilled chicken, tomatoes, blue cheese, bacon, Granny Smith apples, roasted corn, macadamia nuts, chopped greens, and honey-lime vinaigrette.
We asked our server, Margaret, about the top-selling entrées at Longboard Café. She instantly answered, “Duck Duck!” Sliced duck breasts are glazed with raspberry-jalapeño glacé and served with duck leg comfit hash. The Seafood Pasta is divine—linguini, avocado cream sauce, lump crab, and pan seared shrimp and scallops. The Longboard Café’s Grilled Baseball Filet is an eight-ounce center cut of Certified Angus Beef sirloin with Madeira demi glacé and sliced portabella. Add a small crab cake and grilled shrimp with remoulade to make it a Surf, Turf, ‘n Surf.
The fresh fish selections of the day can be prepared tropical with grilled pineapple salsa and vanilla bean and rum buerre blanc; Mediterranean style with roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, capers, fresh lemon, wine, and garlic jus; Pan-Asian style with ginger curry broth, wild mushrooms, and greens; or “Just Fish Please” broiled or oven roasted with a little seasoning, butter, and fresh lemon.
If you love burgers, Longboard Café has something extra special for you. Its half-pound burgers are hand-pattied and made with a blend of premium ground chuck, brisket, and short rib, served on baked buns by Touch of Italy. Try the Longboard Burger for spicy-sweet bacon, horseradish cheddar cheese, lettuce, red onion, and medium fried egg. One dollar from each sale of this burger is donated to the Ocean City Surf Club. The Todos Santos Burger is smothered with queso blanco, pico de gallo, and crumbled housemade tortilla chips. The Piggyback Burger is topped with beer-marinated pulled pork, bacon, homemade BBQ sauce, and mustard slaw. Turkey Burger and Bacon Black & Blue are just a few more of many burger selections at Longboard Café.
Paninis, Wraps, and Sandwiches are also available at Longboard Café. Try the Ahi Burger for seared sushi grade tuna steak with ginger-wasabi aioli and Asian slaw. The Elegant Turkey Panini is house-baked turkey, Granny Smith apples, Brie, roasted garlic, and onion jam. Grilled Portabella and Fried Oyster & Shrimp Po’ Boy are just a few more sandwiches. Try the Powerhouse Wrap for avocado, sprouts, sliced cucumbers, tomato, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, field greens, shredded jack, creamy cucumber dressing, herb, and garlic.
Desserts are housemade at Longboard Café. Daily happy hour is from 5:00 to 6:00, featuring two beverages for the price of one. The restaurant opens at 11:00 AM daily. Carryout is available. Longboard Café is located in the 67th Street Town Center, which is full of eclectic shops. Bring the whole family for a fun evening.
This week, enjoy live music by Joe Mama and Dave Sherman on Sunday, June 22. Mike Smith performs on Tuesday, June 24, and Chris Button plays on Thursday, June 26. Check Coconut Times for future entertainment lineups. For more information, visit www.longboardcafe.net or call 443-664-5639.
 
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