BELMAR, NJ — Spicy shrimp tacos with a Caribbean kick and Jersey Fresh corn-on-the-cob served up "bird of paradise" style are now on the menu at Cruz Bay Café, the new open-air boardwalk concession at Taylor Pavilion.
Maho Bay Shrimp Tacos boasts two flour tortillas filled with tender shrimp, a chopped vegetable mix and topped with chipotle aioli, served with cilantro-scented kohlrabi slaw.
Arriving fresh from Samaha’s Farm in Matawan, the white corn is skewered, buttered and seasoned with salt and pepper, and then wrapped in foil that is shaped to resemble a bird of paradise.
The type of culinary creativity is quickly making Cruz Bay Café the “go-to” place on the Belmar boardwalk for a bite to eat — whether you’re on the beach, walking the boards or just want to enjoy a meal overlooking Belmar’s beachfront.
Located at the northern end of the new Taylor Pavilion at Ocean and Fifth Avenues, Cruz Bay Café is the first and only eatery on the Belmar boardwalk to offer a menu with an island-inspired twist. In fact, it is named after the quaint, picturesque town on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Cruz Bay is the most relaxing, beautiful places you can ever visit. It’s where my wife, Cindy, and I were married,” said Rick Bott, CEO of Merri-Makers Caterers, which operates the open-air oceanfront concession.
“With the opening of the Cruz Bay Café, I wanted to bring that Caribbean feel to Belmar — with good quality beach food enjoyed on our large deck and picnic area, or brought to you on the beach.”
Edison-based Merri-Makers is New Jersey’s premier catering company, known for its commitment to creating outstanding culinary experiences. At Cruz Bay Café, you’ll find that same dedication to high-quality food, served up by friendly staff from a full-view kitchen.
From one-third pound hamburgers and the classic South Jersey cheese steak sandwich to beer-battered fish tacos and grilled chicken Caesar wraps, there’s a touch of savor and spice that makes Caribbean cuisine so distinctive.
For those looking for a meal with a bit more “life of the islands” kick, Cruz Bay Café hits the mark with a host of offerings, including jerk rubbed chicken with red curry sauce served with lettuce, tomato, onion and sweet Jamaican pepper relish, and fried chicken breast topped with Caribbean spicy jerk sauce, tomatoes and lettuce in a hoagie roll.
And, of course, no boardwalk concession menu would be complete without hot dogs — in this case, extra-jumbo, slow cooked with a snap, topped with any combination of shredded sauerkraut, sautéed onions or Isa’s five-alarm chili.
In addition to dining on the palm tree-lined deck or at the picnic tables in the sand, there is an express takeout and the café deploys a crew of food runners on the beach and boardwalk. There’s nothing more convenient than that — because you’re on Cruz Bay time.
Click here for a look at Cruz Bay Café’s full menu. To place an order or for more information, call 732-280-1990 or 732-280-1999.