• Our Restaurants

    For over a decade, creative duo Lucas Manteca and artist/designer Deanna Ebner have owned and operated the best restaurants in South Jersey, including Quahog's Seafood Shack, tacoshop, Dawgtown Dogs, and Beachwood at the Dunes. They opened The Red Store in Cape May Point in 2012 and Lucas was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award in 2014 for Best Chef in the mid-Atlantic region.

     

    Highlighting seasonality and simplicity, Chef Lucas uses all locally sourced ingredients from the tri-state area.


    "Cooking for my guests at the restaurant is like cooking for my family," says Chef Lucas. "Dining is a joy. It's an experience. Our restaurants are just a stage for you to have a good time. At the end, that's what really matters."
     

    Lucas was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award in 2014 for Best Chef in the mid-Atlantic region, and was recently named New Jersey's Local Food Hero by Edible Jersey magazine in recognition of his efforts to sustain the healthy bounty that defines the state.

    Taco Shop Photo by Yvonne Yuen

    tacoshop

    5 Court House S Dennis R, CMCH, NJ

    Everything made from scratch, Mexican-inspired snack bar and taqueria in the heart of Cape May Court House. Take away, or dine in. Not just tacos! Mexi Poke Bowl, street corn, churros, smoothies, and of course, Lucas's famous empanadas!

    Quahog's Seafood Shack Photo by Yvonne Yuen

    Quahog's

    206 97th St

    Stone Harbor, NJ

    Quahog’s Seafood Shack and Bar's combination of American coastal classics with South American flavors is a quintessential Jersey Shore experience. The bar offers summery libations that pair perfectly with a day spent on the beach.

    Taco Shop Photo by Yvonne Yuen

    Dawgtown Dogs

    1288 Hornet Rd

    Rio Grande, NJ

    Dawgtown is where street food meets skateboarding and surf. We use the hot dog crowned best hot dog by the New York Times, and we use famous Martin's rolls. Our own mustards, sauerkraut, kimchi, hot sauces, pickles... are all from scratch.

    Beachwood Photo by Yvonne Yuen

    Beachwood

    8600 Landis Ave

    Sea Isle City, NJ

    Our Sea Isle restaurant marries an airy vibe with an eclectic, global menu.
    Join us at our bar for inventive cocktails, in our a-la-carte dining room for casual but sophisticated dining, or unwind in our mellow lounge space with delish appetizers.

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    The Red Store

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    The Red Store is Chef Lucas Manteca's James Beard nominated restaurant (currently closed).

    Shop authentic Jersey Shore souvenirs including our own small-batch condiments, all made in-house.

  • About Bread+Butter Restaurant Group

    by Lucas Manteca and Deanna Ebner

    About Lucas Manteca

    Born in Argentina, Lucas studied hospitality management in Buenos Aires before his love of surfing drew him to Costa Rica. There, he opened his first restaurant at the age of 21, and he met his wife Deanna Ebner, a New Jersey native. The couple settled in New York City where Lucas attended the French Culinary Institute. Lucas has spent time in some of the most acclaimed kitchens in the world, including Blue Hill (New York), Martin Berasategui (Spain), and Fat Duck (UK).

     

    For Lucas, the bounty of local seafood and New Jersey produce is the inspiration behind his menus. His signature cuisine is a blend of New England coastal classics with South American flavors. "Growing up, farm-to-table was the way my family ate. For me, farm to table isn't a trend. It's a way of living. We take local ingredients and keep them as pure as possible. It's what I call honest food."

    Besides his 2014 James Beard nomination, he has been named Local Food Hero by Edible Jersey (2018) and was awarded Forty Under 40 (2008), amongst many other accolades.

     

    In his free time, Lucas is an avid surfer, and loves spending time at the beach with his wife, daughter, and two chihuahuas.

    About Deanna Ebner

    An Avalon native, Deanna was working in Costa Rica when she and Lucas met. They moved to Miami together and then New York City. After a "visit" to her hometown Jersey Shore, they never left. The duo established a home in Cape May, and went on to create, own and operate some of the best restaurants in South Jersey. Deanna is the creative designer behind the spaces of The Red Store, Quahog's Seafood Shack, tacoshop, and Beachwood at the Dunes. She is co-owner, and also an artist and a realtor.