ATS-Christmas Roundup-Latz's

Andrew Latz owner of Latz's By the Bay in Somers Point in the tea room Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Latz's by the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-788-8838. Serving dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Christmas night. Closed Christmas Eve. Latz's regular menu available with popular selections such as smoked salmon and potato blini ($11.95); Drew's seafood chowder ($7.50); roasted half-chicken ($14.95); and salmon ($17.95) with stacked cucumber salad, roasted tomato and horseradish cream. Specials include: surf and turf ($54.95) with sauce Bordelaise; sea bass ($32.95) with vegetable rissotto and lemon butter sauce; rack of lamb au jus ($39.95) with orzo and pea puree; and a dessert trio for two ($14) with mini creme brulee, lemon pie and cranberry maread. Latz's Tea at the Top: Evelyn ($21), warm, oven-fresh scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd, a delicious assortment of tea savories and an elegant selection of miniature desserts. Allah ($16), warm, oven-fresh scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd, a delicious assortment of tea savories or an elegant selection of miniature desserts; Elaine (cream tea) ($11) warm, oven-fresh scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd; Heddy (children's tea) ($13,) savories and sweets. 32 different teas available. Noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays.

Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking, Plaza 9 Shopping Center, 1333 New Road, Northfield, 609-646-8189. Feast of the seven fishes, four-course dinner served Thursday, Dec. 20, to Monday, Dec. 24. First course: Venetian baccala Mantecato, whipped cod on grilled bread; fritto misto di pesce with blood orange "Maltaise" aioli. Second course: chittara pasta with black garlic aglio e olio, Marvesta shrimp and ricci burro fuso. Third course: zuppa di pesce al cartoccio, Marvesta shrimp. clams, mussels, scallops, fish, roasted tomatoes, saffron couscous. Fourth course: dolce tasting, seasonal cakes and housemade gelato. $55 per person. Closed Christmas Day.

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille, 18 MacArthur Blvd., Somers Point, 609-365-8056. Open Monday, Dec. 24, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Holiday entree specials: whole-roasted, lemon-pepper-brined chicken with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables; certified angus prime rib au jus with horseradish dipping sauce, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus; seafood cioppino with lobster, jumbo lump crabmeat, mussels, clams and scallops in a light tomato white wine broth with crusty Italian bread and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil; surf and turf 8-ounce certified angus filet mignon and an 8-ounce Maine lobster tail with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables; filet mignon and jumbo lump crab (Oscar style) with Hollandaise sauce, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Brunch specials: crab hash with jumbo lump crabmeat sauteed with sweet bell peppers, onions and potatoes topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce; whole-grain pancakes with fresh berry compote and toasted hazelnuts; quiche with goat cheese, chorizo, onions, peppers and fresh herbs. Closed Tuesday, Dec. 25.

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Gregory's Restaurant and Bar, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-6665. Christmas Eve: bar open 11 a.m. to midnight, food served 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Day: bar open 11 a.m., regular and Taco Tuesday menus served from 5 p.m. to late night.

Red Room Cafe, 141 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor, 609-822-1067. Christmas Eve: seven fishes begins at 4 p.m. First course: lobster bisque. Second course: choice of Caesar salad or bacala salad. Third course: homemade lobster ravioli. Main entree: broiled or fried seafood platter with flounder, scallops, shrimp, calamari, smelts and clams casino; cioppino with clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, scallops and tilapia in a tomato-fennel broth. Dessert: homemade cannoli, profiteroles and biscotti. Veal and chicken dishes also available. $38 per person.

Johnny's Cafe & Bar, 9407 Ventnor Ave., Margate, 609-822-1789. Christmas Eve seven fishes served from 4:30 to 10 p.m. First course: seafood soup. Second course: lobster salad. Third course: seafood manicotti. Main course: choice of broiled or fried flounder, smelts, scallops, shrimp, crab cake, calamari. Sides: garlic mashed, vegetables. Dessert: a decadent trio. Adults $28.95, children 9 and under, $14.50.

Philippe Chin French-Asian Bistro,800 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-926-3500. Open Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. with a la carte menu and happy hour. Closed Christmas Day.

The Blue Pig Tavern, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, 609-884-8422. Christmas dinner served 1 to 7 p.m. Entree price includes choice of first course and dessert, $19 for kids 3 to 12. First course: creamy potato leek soup, Congressional Caesar salad or tender mixed greens. Entrees: roast tenderloin of beef, $38; roasted duck breast, $34; maple-cured ham, $34; smoked chicken breast, $27; pan-seared salmon, $29; winter vegetable risotto, $25. Dessert: chef's choice.

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson Street, Cape May, 609-884-5700. First course: roasted chestnut soup or roasted beet salad. Second course: butternut squash gnocchi or truffled ricotta ravioli. Third course: balsamic roasted quail or roasted Alaskan cod. Dessert: caramel apple bread pudding. Three-course Christmas dinner for $60 per person.

Rio Station, Grande Center Shopping Mall, Rio Grande, 609-889-2000.  Open Christmas Eve until 9 p.m.; open Christmas Day at 4 p.m. Serving special holiday menu. Appetizers include angels on horseback ($8.99); Donnie's bruschetta with cheese ($8.99); artichoke, spinach and crab dip ($11.99). Entrees include "Honourable" steak Gorman ($22.99); Captain Dan's seafood bounty ($27.99); grilled Mandarin salmon ($19.99). Desserts include Tami's homemade carrot cake ($4.95); "Wow" bread pudding ($3.99); key lime pie ($4.50); rice pudding ($2.50).

Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, 401 South New York Road, Galloway, 609-652-1800. Christmas Eve dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Adults: $44.95 per person; children ages 6 to 12 $16.95; ages 5 and under are free. Christmas Day brunch from noon to 3 p.m. Adults: $54.95 per person; children 6 to 12 $25; ages 5 and under are free. Reservations required.

Mays Landing Golf & Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing, 609-641-4411. Featuring holiday dinner to go. Entrees include spiral ham, whole-roasted tenderloin of filet or beef au jus, pistachio-crusted salmon and more. Packages include appetizers sides and dessert. Pick-up available until noon Monday, Dec. 24.

Andrea Trattoria Italiana, 16 N. High Street, Millville, 856-825-8588. Serving the feast of the fishes on Christmas Eve from noon to 7 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Christmas Eve menu served a la carte: seafood soup ($9.99); baccala salad ($7.99); cockles sauteed in oil & garlic with cherry tomatoes ($11.99); fried smelts ($9.99); grilled octopus with arugula and balsamic vinegar ($9.99); seafood risotto ($18.99); mussels white or red ($8.99); branzino with lemon, capers and white wine ($28.99).

Shore Diner, 6710 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-641-3669. Christmas Eve specials served from 4 to 10 p.m.: seven-fish combo or surf and turf ($21.95) includes bread basket, soup and salad, baked sweet potatoes, string beans, coffee or tea, and dessert of the day. Regular menu also available. Closed Christmas Day.

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