Formerly known as Jillians, On the Beach has taken over the location at the corner of rt. 151 and 28A. The general set up is similar but the whole look is more open. A wall has been removed between the bar area and the dining room and the large aquarium is no more. Now however there is a game room so it is a good trade off.We began our meal by sharing an order of calamari. They are quite unusual, they are covered with the honey ginger sauce, you don’t dip into it. Quite interesting though more tentacles than I like to see. If you are looking for your silverware, check out the metal bucket in the middle of the table.I ordered a cup of French Onion soup and a Beach Wedge. The onion soup had the usual French bread crouton with a minimal amount of cheese. The broth was sweet but not beefy. Good but not exactly as expected. The wedge was perfect with a large hunk of iceberg lettuce, delicious crispy bacon pieces and chopped tomatoes covered in bleu cheese dressing.Alex had the popcorn shrimp appetizer and it was a large enough portion to be his meal.
Dan had the chowder in a bread bowl. He had wanted the French Onion in a bread bowl but that is the only soup they won’t do in a bread bowl. Being a culinary student he has very definite ideas about how things should taste and look and he gave them an A for both the chowder and the bread. Al had the French Dip Roast Beef Sandwich and it was a loaded roll with nice rare beef. Al gave it two thumbs up and he is very fussy.I couldn’t resist ordering a Stella to drink, they had it on tap. A warning here, you pay for each soda refill. Of course I found this out the hard way when I got a $10 bill for the boys sodas. Ouch. Save room for dessert. They have an unusual offering called a pebble.
It is served warm and comes in chocolate brownie, chocolate chip cookie dough and bananas fosters varieties. You get five little crispy calls of flavor. Our waitress recommended the brownie and even Alex who had insisted he had to have chocolate chip cookie dough admitted he should have gotten the brownie like Dan. I would have gone for the Bananas Foster but I couldn’t talk either of them into sharing with me.The meal cost me $63 before tip. Not cheap but for dinner with my two almost grown grandsons it was well worth every dollar.Parking is located across route 151 from the restaurant.
Editor's Note: The Beach House was formerly known as Jillian's.