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Jordan's Rooftop: view, food are tops


From Jordan's Rooftop, diners have a spectacular view of the Atlantic, Ocean City and the bay. The view alone would be enough to attract the adventurous to this newly opened restaurant atop the Fenwick Inn.

But the restaurant's varied seafood menu, sizable portions of food, not to mention quality, service and atmosphere will prompt diners to return.

Count me and mine among them.

We began our meal with two non-seafood appetizers: a cup of onion soup ($2.95) and cheese sticks ($4.25). Topped with melted provolone cheese, the broth was tasty, complimented by plentiful onions. The breading on the cheese sticks was light, not detracting from the cheese.

The appetizer menu includes much more: steamed clams and oysters casino, chicken fingers, Buffalo wings and potato skins.

Throughout our meal, we were served homemade bread -- cheese garlic and raisin -- as well as coconut and blueberry muffins. They were delicious. We learned the breads are baked daily in the restaurant's kitchen.

The menu features everything from fresh fish to shrimp and crab dishes.

My wife chose the fresh broiled flounder ($14.95). She found the fish flaky and tender.

I chose the prime rib and scallops ($15.95) -- a 7-ounce cut of

meat and 4 ounces of scallops, served in a small platter of butter. The portions seemed much larger than the menu indicated. Both the prime rib and the scallops were tender.

The meals included a choice of potatoes and greens. The salad choices, though, were anything but typical -- tossed, spinach, Caesar or Jordan's House, a crab meat salad. The salads contained heaping portions of fresh vegetables.

And like some of the established restaurants in Ocean City, Jordan's Rooftop caters to kids. They receive the usual crayons and coloring material. The children's menu is typical: hot dogs, -- hamburgers, grilled cheese and shrimp. Meals begin at $2.95.

With everything from the bread to the entrees well above our expectations, we could not pass up dessert. The kids chose sundaes ($2.95) (again, the portions were generous) and we selected a piece of key lime pie ($2.95), also among the restaurant's homemade items.

Located on the eighth floor of the Fenwick Inn, formerly the Lookout Restaurant and Lounge, the restaurant and bar also serves breakfast and lunch.

Jordon's Rooftop, owned by Al Jordan, formerly vice president and general manager of Harpoon Hanna's in nearby Fenwick Island, may be the resort's best-kept secret.

Jordan's Rooftop

13801 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 250-1867.

Hours: Breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner served from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Credit cards: AE, MC, V.

Features: seafood.

Non-smoking section available.

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