Heading to the Jersey Shore? Don’t Head Out Without Our Guide to the Best Shore Eats

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Heading down to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy yourself but don’t head out without Philadelphia magazine’s guide to the Best Shore Eats. It has everything you need from the best shore pizza to the best boardwalk eats of Ocean City and Wildwood. And of course we also list the 20 best restaurants from Cape May to Long Beach Island.

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Take Your Memorial Day Weekend Home with “The Jersey Shore Cookbook”

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Deborah Smith, author of “The Jersey Shore Cookbook”

For a beach read that is far more appetizing than the newest Nicholas Sparks novel, pick up a copy of The Jersey Shore Cookbook. Highlighting recipes from Keyport to Cape May, the newly released book offers a taste of the shore that will last long past your next weekend down the shore.

Written by Deborah Smith, founder of JerseyBites.com, the book includes recipes from 50 of the shore’s best restaurants. Smith, who grew up on the shore, captures not only the flavors of the beach towns but the backstories of establishments that have become landmarks in their own right.

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Jersey Shore Food Guide: 20 Best Shore Restaurants

Lobster bake at Quahog's Seafood Shack, Stone Harbor | Photo by Jason Varney

Lobster bake at Quahog’s Seafood Shack, Stone Harbor | Photo by Jason Varney

At some point — maybe during one of those gray February days — a thought pops into your head: ice cream. Two scoops of mint chocolate chip. In a waffle cone. At your favorite Shore shop. Or maybe you remember a family tradition — getting up early with the kids and biking to Oves, then all of you licking your fingers clean of cinnamon sugar from the warm doughnuts you just devoured. There’s more: the mid-beach-day pizza break, the bayside seafood-shack feast, the giant stack of puffy pancakes … Shore weekends are, of course, about beaches and bikes and late-night games of dominoes, but nothing quite captures summer like the delicious tastes we dream about all winter. Here are dozens of ways to make sure every bite counts this year.

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Jersey Shore Food Guide: The Best Food on the Ocean City Boardwalk

The Best Food on the Ocean City Boardwalk | Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

The Best Food on the Ocean City Boardwalk | Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

It’s easy to get sidetracked on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey: There are delicious smells wafting from every which way on every single block. But smells can be deceiving, and when you’re on the hunt for something delicious, you need some insider intel. Well, dear reader, you’ve come to the right place: We ate our way down the Ocean City boardwalk and back again in search of its most delectable flavors and tastiest treats. Below, the bites you absolutely don’t want to miss.   Read more »

The Best Jersey Shore Pizza, As Chosen By You

Jersey Shore Food Guide: Best Pizza at the Jersey Shore | Pictured: Pizza from Panzone's on Long Beach Island

A classic plain pie from Panzone’s on Long Beach Island | Photograph by Jason Varney

There’s no point in getting between a Jersey Shore-goer and their favorite slice, which is why we asked you to help pick the best pizzeria at the Shore. Here, the results from last summer’s online poll (where over 10,000 votes were cast!). In the first round, you picked your favorite winners in each town, then you voted once again to pick the top pie-tossing shop. Read more »

Lululemon’s Seasonal Shore Store Re-Opens Next Week 

Lululemon Seasonal Store | Photo via Facebook

Lululemon Seasonal Store | Photo via Facebook

Lululemon addicts, rejoice: Lululemon’s seasonal pop-up store in Avalon, New Jersey, which made its debut last May, will be reopening on Thursday, May 26th to keep all the beach-loving fitness addicts well-dressed throughout the summer. And there you have it: Your Memorial Day Weekend shopping plans. Read more »

The Best Ice Cream Shops at the Jersey Shore

This week, we’re highlighting the best restaurants, quick bites and tasty treats from LBI to Cape May as we give you a taste of our Best Shore Eats package in Philly Mag’s June issue, on newsstands this week. We’ve already told you about the best takeout and delivery options. And yesterday, we spilled the beans on our eight favorite doughnut shops up and down the Shore.

Now it’s time for what is sure to be one of the most hotly debated topics in our Shore Eats series: the best ice cream shops in your favorite Shore towns. From custard and soft-serve to hard-scoops and milkshakes, our top picks for ice cream shops at the Jersey shore are below. Feel free to tell us your favorites in the comments.

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Jersey Shore Food Guide: Best Spots for Takeout and Delivery

Jersey Shore Food Guide: Best Spots for Takeout and Delivery | Beach-chair delivery from the Rusty Nail, Cape May

Beach-chair delivery from the Rusty Nail in Cape May | Photograph by Jason Varney

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.

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