Our Favorite Seafood Spots at the Shore
The only thing we love more than summer seafood is quick summer seafood. Here are our all-time favorite places to score fast and comforting (and fried) seafood dinners down the Shore — before it’s too late.
Beach Haven’s takeout crew loves the Clam Bar, Harvey Cedars Shellfish Company’s little takeout outpost. Just bring cash — no credit cards allowed. 7904 Long Beach Boulevard; 609-494-7112.
We love ten-year-old Flying Cloud Café in Gardner’s Basin for its tiki-hut bar and live music. Oh, and the shack’s fried lobster tails and catfish tacos aren’t bad either. 800 New Hampshire Avenue; 609-345-8222.
Bobby Chez in Margate is famous for its takeout ready-to-warm crabcakes, but you shouldn’t forget the mashed potatoes, shrimp puffs, and tomato salad. 8007 Ventnor Avenue, Margate; 609-487-1922.
At The Clam Bar, a.k.a. Smitty’s, the creamy clam chowder is always worth the loooong waits. Just BYO six-pack and enjoy the marina views while you wait for a seat. 910 Bay Avenue; 609-927-8783.
For po’boys and shrimp platters it’s Spadafora’s (843 Atlantic Avenue, 609-398-6154, or 932 Haven Avenue, 609-398-6703). For crabcakes it’s the Ocean City Seafood Company. 846 Central Avenue; 609-814-1203.
Sea Isle City
There’s really only one thing you need to know about seafood takeout from Mike’s Seafood & Raw Bar — and that’s fried crab balls. 4222 Park Road; 609-263-3458.
The name of the game in Avalon is easy, gratifying takeout. (Admit it: You love it too.) And for that, it’s fried shrimp from Avalon Seafood (2909 Ocean Drive; 609-967-7555) and crabcakes (with fries) from Sylvester’s. 503 21st Street; 609-967-7553.
Okay, the Quahog’s Seafood Shack isn’t exactly a shack — you can do takeout clam strips and fried shrimp thing, or enjoy the blackened catches of the day in the covered backyard. 206 97th Street, 609-368-6300.
While waits at the Lobster House can reach upwards of two hours, you can get a quick seafood fix by ordering the fried flounder platter at the takeout counter and enjoying in the comfort of your rental. Another way to beat the lines and the hefty price tags at the L.H. is lunch on the deck of the restaurant’s 146-foot schooner. (Order the mayo-heavy lobster roll and a cold beer.) Fisherman’s Wharf; 609-884-8296.