By Sharon Prudhomme
Relatively new on the foodie scene is a hidden lil gem right here in Pt. Pleasant! The Quarter House Restaurant has a fun, unique menu offering seafood, Cajun, Creole and American fare. Formally known as Capt. Ed’s, The Quarter House opened at the end of 2016. The owners relocated from Brick closing their popular “F-Cove Restaurant” to undertake the renovations in Pt. Pleasant at the Arnold Avenue location.
Hands on owners, Scarlet Dell (originally from Baton Rouge) & Jessie Dedreux met in New Orleans, Scarlets’ home town 10 years ago. While working at a local country club as hostess, Scarlet earned a background in business and marketing. Jessie had been working at the Bourbon House as well as the all famous Commanders Palace at the time. He grew up in the food industry working at his parents’ establishments, Brandy’s and The Pit Stop among others. Their love of food, people and the tastes of Louisiana make a winning combination.
Cozy, quiet & casual, this little gem is a must stop! Perfect for date night or family time, Jessie and Scarlet serve up a combo of authentic Cajun & Creole including some Jersey Shore favorites! Fresh Jersey seafood and eco-friendly farm produce are enjoyed by travelers and locals alike. Special orders don’t upset! Don’t be shy-need a minor tweak, just ask.
Both Jessie and Scarlet took time to sit at my table to fill me in with what I had not already known. I must confess, this is one of our favorite dining spots with family and friends.
Favorite aspect of owning/operating a restaurant? Owners agree- creativity and great customers, both new as well as their regulars from the F-Cove make it all worthwhile.
My craving for raw oysters was met as I arrived on Thursday evening-Oyster Night! I took Scarlets suggestion and tried the char-broiled oysters. They arrived swiftly with just the right amount of butter, parmesean and seasoning although I split my order with half raw. The fresh bread served with my meal was wonderfully soft with a nice crusty edge reminiscent of a New Orleans Po Boy roll, just perfect to sop up the buttery goodness from the broiled oyster plate.
Service is swift and detailed. Frank, our usual waiter was Johnny on the spot with excellent knowledge of the menu and suggestions. Both he and Steve are quick to accommodate.
One of Jessie’s favorite entrees to prepare is the Cajun bone in pork chop so I decided to give it a whirl. Holy cow! It arrived big as life, sure to make Fred Flintstone proud!
Beautifully done! Tender, juicy and glistening with just the right amount of seasoning, paired with fresh sautéed fresh green beans and a tasty sweet potato. Had my husband been with me I’d have begun this culinary adventure with the famous Quarter House Crab Corn Bisque. It is fantastic, having won several awards from the Pt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. The usual “eyes are bigger than the tummy” wouldn’t allow this time. As it was, I did take about half of the chop home.
Something my husband and I encountered over many years in our own restaurant apparently has happened here too. Oddly, serving whole/head on shrimp unnerves some customers who ask for shrimp to be “be-headed” and peeled prior to delivering to the table. Jessie’s BBQ Shrimp is delicious, we hope he brings it back for those of us who grew up eating seafood!
The Quarter House is open six nights a week with weekly specials. Wed- Prime Rib Night Thurs- Oyster Night Sun- Pasta Night *Holiday Party Platters available for pick up *Available Monday night and most days for private luncheon meetings, parties, showers, birthdays, etc. *family friendly- children’s menu high chairs, boosters *seasonal outdoor dining *BYOB* *take out
1001 Arnold Avenue, Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08743
(732) 202-6678 info, reservations
Hours: Monday- closed
Tues. – Sat. – 4:30 – 10PM
Sunday – 4:30 – 9PM
Parking lot off to side on Pine Bluff Ave. as well as street parking
Accepts: VISA, Am Ex, Master Card & Discover…and of course cash