2012 Award Winner: BEST Breakfast (Finalist)

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Mad Batter

Nominated for: BEST Breakfast

Mad Batter 19 Jackson St Cape May NJ (609) 884-5970

Built in 1882 as a seaside escape for families, the Carroll Villa was built in the Italian villa or American bracketed villa style. The Carroll Villa was on the cover of the Cape May handbook as an architectural example of this style which presents an imposing, sweeping porch, tall front windows, a symmetrical facade, and often a cupola, as does the Carroll Villa.

The history of the Carroll Villa shows that about a decade later, a second section was added to the main building. These new rooms were very small, leading one to the conclusion that they were built as servant quarters for the families occupying the main building. As was true of the seaside villas of the Victorian era, the rooms of the Carroll Villa were spare and austere. When bathrooms were added, they were "down the hall," two to a floor. There was a common parlor for socializing and a large dining room for meals.

When the present owners, the Kulkowitz family, purchased the Carroll Villa in 1978, there were 31 rooms and 8 bathrooms. Each room had an odd combination of a beautiful antique dresser and a rather worn out iron bedstead. Rooms were painted in dark colors. There were many connecting doors between the rooms. It was obvious that a restoration project had to begin. As became true with all restoration projects in Cape May, that of the Carroll Villa came to reflect the personalities and histories of the members of the Kulkowitz family.

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Awards

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jpgreen on June 11, 2012

Best brealfast potatoes

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Joanne C. on May 31, 2012

Always Seasonal Quenching Choices!

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Joanne C. on May 31, 2012

BEST spot @ Exit Zero

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Olivia W. on May 30, 2012

The most amazing pancakes ever... everything is always cooked to perfection, all around the best

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Marta K. on May 23, 2012

Yum Yum

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Connie B. on May 15, 2012

Banana Bread w chocc chips - OMY - Crustada is my fave - fresh muffins and OJ worth the wait

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John L. on April 20, 2011

Ask for the patio

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Dean B. on April 13, 2011

Great year around.

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Jean L. on April 7, 2011

Everything you could want in a breatfast at the Mad Batter.

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Dzilz on April 6, 2011

probably the best breakfast we've had, always go there when in south Jersey. Consistant and delish

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