We all had a terrific dinner at Atlantic Manor Restaurant located in Ogdensburg, NJ. The restaurant is a blend of Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Rodizio style menu selections. My mother, Ria, actually grew up in Ogdensburg, right down the street from the restaurant and even went to the School across the street! All of these years of visiting relatives and friends in Ogdensburg, we never found any real notable restaurants in Ogdensburg, and more often, no restaurants at all. It was truly a surprise when our friend, Barbara K., recommended that we try a new restaurant that had opened recently and looked nice from the window in Ogdensburg. Her son lives not too far from there. Thank you, Barbara for the tip.
The restaurant has a really cozy feel to it. Being that it was a frigid 7 degrees outside, we desperately needed to have a “cozy” experience. We arrived there late in the evening, at around 9:30 pm, and we were starving. When you walk into the restaurant, you walk right into the bar area. There are two large dining room areas beyond that. Darry was our host / server and immediately welcomed us and made us feel right at home. She could see the hunger in our eyes and our need to unwind. We had just attended a wake service for one of Ria’s cousins in Franklin, NJ, so we needed an uplifting experience.
Darry is a really down to earth, soothing and very accommodating server. We also met the restaurant owner, Carlos, and had a fun time chatting with the both of them about our trip to Portugal several months ago. Carlos grew up in Portugal and still lives part time over there.
Now for the really good part…the food! Atlantic Manor really has a great menu, full of very reasonably priced food selections. It was very pleasant to see such great foods and at great prices. We ordered a really great Portuguese Vino Verde (white) wine to accompany our meal. It was a great white wine also at a great price.
On the table, we were served a basket of soft delicious bread, flavorful olive oil and totally awesome olives. The olives put us right back in Portugal. Ahhh memories! They actually import their olives right from Portugal. For appetizers, we ordered the Shrimp Cocktail which was tender and excellent! We also also ordered the sliced Chorizos, Spanish Style. They were sliced, sauteed Spanish / Portuguese sausages. I grew up eating chorizos and they will always be one of my all-time favorite foods. They were so delicious and gave us that comfort food feeling. Wow!
All dinner entrees come with a bowl of the soup of the day, which was a White Bean and Escarole soup. It was really delicious and something we really needed to warm up. I actually finished mine and even moved on and helped Ren finish his. Lol.
For dinner, Ria ordered the full rack of Baby Back Ribs. Well, when her entree came we were really impressed by the presentation. They actually arranged the perfectly cooked ribs in the shape of a crown, almost like a crown roast. Placed in the center was a heaping pile of freshly fried French fries. Not only did Ria really enjoy her meal, we all did! There were enough ribs for Ren and me to help Mom eat them. Yummy!
Ren and I both ordered the Chilean Sea Bass for our dinner. We were extremely pleased with our selection. We were served a very generous portion of sea bass accompanied by Spanish Safron Rice and vegetables. The fish was prepared just right. It was flavorful, light and flaky with an excellent texture. The rice was tasty and went very well with the fish. We were pleasantly surprised by the excellent value of the Sea Bass entree. It was a large portion of a traditionally pricey fish, but at a reasonable price.
Our experience at Atlantic Manor was really what we needed. It was relaxing, the service and staff were terrific and the food was excellent. We definitely will go there again when we are in that area. We also promised Carlos, that we would bring our coffee table photo book of our pictures from Portugal to show him. He loves to see pictures and talk about his home country. Thank you, Darry and Carlos for a great evening.
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