By TIM KELLY
The Best of the Push awards are crucial to Mike Monichetti due to the fact of what it requires to gain them. They call for loyalty and action by prospects, characteristics Mike and staff members are happy to have attained.
Monichetti is the third-era operator of Mike’s Seafood and Dock Cafe, at 4222 Park Road in the heart of Sea Isle City’s historic Fish Alley. His institution is the two-time defending “Best Seafood Restaurant” champion – and gunning for its 3rd title in a row.
“We wouldn’t be the achievement we are with out our customers’ and employees’ loyalty,” Monichetti stated. “Positive term of mouth is the very best component of achievement. We are completing a single of our finest several years ever in 2021. I’m grateful our shoppers go the term along to close friends, and that our astounding and remarkable workers give superb provider and a great customer experience. Very best of the Press demonstrates that.”
Mike reported he was hopeful to generate winning numbers all over again this year in the contest, a “reader’s choice” levels of competition, which pits hundreds of Jersey Shore businesses from every single other in dozens of classes.
Press viewers nominated their favorites for the duration of the initially part of the contest. The top five moved on to the voting round, which commenced Sept. 1 and continues through Sept. 19. Winners will be introduced on Oct. 31.
“We’re hopeful for an additional strong exhibiting as we achieved in 2020 and 2019. Our customers have given us solid figures beforehand,” Monichetti claimed of the contest, which handles a 4-county geographic region and shore resort cities stretching from Brigantine to Cape May perhaps.
The authentic creating housing the business, an in any other case nondescript get rid of, continue to sits on Mike’s premises as a reminder to employees and customers of the background of Mike’s Seafood.
“I’ve experienced rather a couple of men and women who are my age (baby boomers) who convey to me, ‘I’ve been coming listed here since I was a minimal kid,’” Monichetti mentioned.
Monichetti also owns a Mike’s Seafood in Ocean Metropolis at 208 E. 55th Street.
In addition to “Best Seafood Cafe,” Mike’s Seafood also produced the major five and is below thought in the “Best Waterfront Dining” and “Best Crabcakes” classes.
For whole aspects on the contest and to vote, visit the Ideal of the Push website: https://pressofatlanticcity.com/information/regional/voting-for-2021-ideal-of-the-press-is-now-open/post_49460eda-0783-11ec-ba41-ff5166be3b78.html
Plaques and gold medals are awesome recognition, Monichetti said, but his authentic award is retaining the Mike’s Seafood tradition likely.
“I am very privileged to have on the tradition my grandparents commenced 110 decades in the past,” he claimed. “We do our incredibly best to live up to the requirements they would want us to manage.”
“We promote freshly caught seafood each and each working day,” Monichetti reported in a previously printed report. “We acquire our seafood from our good friends we’ve acknowledged for 25 years and who dock their boats correct powering our restaurant.”
Clients can see the stock occur in, see it well prepared and see it exhibited for takeout buy. This sort of transparency leaves no question as to the freshness and local taste of almost each individual menu merchandise.
According to Monichetti, there are other elements that do the job in his restaurant’s favor.
“It’s the consistency,” he explained. “People arrive in with anticipations, and we’re ready to give folks what they want.”
That does not suggest Mike’s Seafood is standing pat. “We are frequently evolving to preserve up with buyers and a transforming food items provider marketplace,” Monichetti claimed.
The sit-down meals feature outdated favorites this sort of as crabcakes, scallops wrapped in bacon and quite a few others, and nightly specials. On the takeout menu are a prolonged list of profitable choices this kind of as steamed clams, mussels “to die for,” five distinctive shrimp dishes and a broad range of soups and chowders.
In addition to good food and exciting, Monichetti is a longtime Sea Isle civic leader and booster. He sponsors a run-wander all through Sea Isle’s Polar Bear Plunge weekend that has lifted hundreds of thousands of bucks for autism consciousness. The once-a-year celebration in February also attracts much more guests to Polar Bear Plunge weekend who might not be inclined to run into the chilly Atlantic Ocean but who continue to commit revenue in city.
The business enterprise was started in 1911 immediately after Monichetti’s grandparents Lodovico (Dewey) and Rosina manufactured the brave final decision to go away their indigenous land, the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, Italy.
They set out on a journey “in a rickety outdated ship that leaked and could hardly keep afloat,” in accordance to Mike Seafood’s website, “for a new and far better life in The usa.”
Just after surviving the journey and demanding processing on Ellis Island, there was one more important matter ahead. The pair desired to come across a position to settle and to chase the American desire.
“They manufactured their way to the coach station and this was difficult as my grandparents did not discuss or comprehend English,” Monichetti stated in an oft-recurring story. The ticket grasp recognized this and produced hand gestures indicating “North or South?” Lodovico and Rosina seemed at every single other and replied at the very same time, “South!”
Lodovico pulled all the funds out of his pocket, which identified how considerably the train would just take them. That turned out to be Sea Isle City, Monichetti said.
Which begs the concern: How would upstate New York or Sea Isle glance these days had they explained “North?”
Fortunately for Jersey Shore people and website visitors who adore the freshest and domestically caught seafood, the pair gave the correct remedy.
For menus, pics and more record and details, make sure you go to the Mike’s Seafood web page, www.mikesseafood.com.