Seasonal restaurants dot the landscape of Jersey Shore towns like Margate, Ventnor and Longport, many opening just before Memorial Day and serving meals through October. Salt Ayre Bistro, a three-year-old BYOB along the southern edge of Ventnor (7309 Ventnor Ave., 609-428-6952), is one such place. Serving dinner Wednesdays through Sundays, the cozy French-influenced seafooder stands out among the dozens of Italian and American restaurants on Absecon Island.
|Salt Ayre Bistro's shrimp & grits|
|Blackened mahi atop mashed avocado|
The absence of a wine-and-spirits list helps to keep a ceiling on the overall tab. With more attentive service and larger portions, Salt Ayre can be a Ventnor staple for summers to come.