The unofficial start of Shore season is days away, which means it’s time to start thinking about all of those delicious summer tastes (pizza! Doughnuts! Ice cream!) we dream about all winter. All this week, we’ll be rolling out our guide to the Best Shore Eats, so check back often. Or pick up the June issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see it all in one place.
Takeout and Delivery in Long Beach Island
There’s no shortage of great eateries on Long Beach Island, but if you need to feed your family and friends (and friends-of-friends) in a flash, Pearl Street Market is a one-stop shop that has a large selection of prepared sandwiches and salads, plus a giant catering menu with all sorts of dips, appetizers and dinners. (Not to mention you can get meats and seafood for the grill, too.) When the seafood craving hits, you can watch the fish being pulled out of the water near bayside Viking Fresh Off the Hook in Viking Village. Pick up a few buckets (they serve four to six) of fried shrimp or fish fingers. Over at Okie’s Butcher Shop, platters of thin-cut Boar’s Head deli meats, trays of pulled pork and the ideal cook-at-home grill kit (burgers, ribs, chicken dogs) make dinner a breeze.
Takeout and Delivery in Brigantine and Atlantic City
Everyone at the Shore knows that in the hamlet of Brigantine, Aversa’s Bakery makes killer sticky buns. But the locals flock there for Italian hoagies on house-baked rolls and cheese-rich stromboli. For fish, Brigantine Seafood is bare-bones inside but has plentiful family-style combo packages of shrimp, clams and flounder with sides (plus, free delivery). Keep driving and you’ll soon be in Atlantic City, where Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern and the White House Sub Shop were serving up their baked pastas and oversized hoagies (respectively) even before Trump arrived — and will continue long after he’s gone. Just waiting for a table at White House is worth the experience.
Takeout and Delivery in Margate and Ventnor
One of the owners of venerable restaurant Steve and Cookie’s recently opened a bakery and cafe called No. 7311; it sells boxes and trays of crowd-pleasing breakfast breads and desserts as well as Jersey blueberry pies. For those craving something a little less delicate, the sandwiches at Dino’s Subs and Pizza are insanely large and insanely delicious (try the tuna) — and they’ll deliver to the beach.
Takeout and Delivery in Ocean City
Poki and Caribbean sticky rice may not be the first thing you crave on your Ocean City vacay, but when you get sick of pizza and shrimp, dial up Hula Restaurant and Sauce Co., which has island-y food that’s refreshingly different. You’ll have to bring cash to Piccini, but it’s worth the stop at the ATM; the family-owned shop has been tossing thin-crusted pies forever.
Takeout and Delivery in Sea Isle, Avalon and Stone Harbor
In Sea Isle, Mike’s Seafood has been the first stop for fish lovers for decades because of those steamed clams and crab legs — skip the wait and order out. The stuffed eggplant and gorgonzola gnocchi are just a few of the Italian dishes at La Fontana Coast — a spot that’s way better than your average red-sauce joint. On your way into Avalon on a Friday night, stop by Avalon Seafood and Produce Market for to-go meals of broiled scallops, stuffed flounder and lobster rolls. For lunch the next day, get cheesesteaks from Tonio’s Pizza or paninis and salads from Isabel’s Cake & Bakery. The takeout business at Italian mainstay Via Mare has a separate pickup menu of pizzas, chicken parm subs and party trays, as well as regular restaurant dishes. For those in Stone Harbor, the Lee’s Hoagie House serves up the same fat, well-seasoned hoagies as the city outpost, except they deliver right to your beach blanket. You can cook the crabcakes from Back Bay Seafood at home — they’re the meatiest around.
Takeout and Delivery in Cape May
There’s a tiny spot in West Cape May called Empanada Mama’s that does fantastic empanadas in several varieties (including a version that’s kind of like the roast pork sandwich of dumplings) and should be way more popular than it is. What is popular is HotDog Tommy’s, a shop with window ordering that slaps together an epic chili cheese dog. For something more substantial, the Rusty Nail has a menu of salads and ribs as well as a chicken bowl for your dog.
Published as “This Way to Good Food” in Philadelphia magazine’s June 2016 issue.