Top Choice Southern US in Atlantic City

Kelsey & Kim's Café

In the pretty residential Uptown area, this friendly cafe does excellent Southern comfort food, from morning grits and waffles to fried whiting and barbecue brisket. BYOB makes it a deal.
Top Choice Italian in Asbury Park


A high-ceilinged, hardwood-picnic-table heaven, with customized ovens from Naples and thin-crust pizzas vetted by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. A glass of red and a side of meatballs at the lively happy …
Breakfast in Jersey Shore

Shut Up and Eat!

About 6 miles west of Seaside Heights, tucked away in the Kmart shopping plaza in Tom's River, this could be the silliest breakfast joint ever: waitresses in pajamas (wear yours for a 13% discount), snappy repartee,…
American in Cape May

Mad Batter

Tucked away in a white Victorian B&B, this restaurant is locally beloved for brunch – including fluffy oat pancakes and rich clam chowder. Dinner is fine but pricier, with mains around $30.
Seafood in Sandy Hook

Bahr's Landing

A century of seafood tradition on the docks, with views facing the Hook. You can hardly go wrong, but we found the cups of chowder, Maine mussels and lobster roll particularly delish. Long waits in the summer, but i…
Ice Cream in Ocean Grove

Nagle's Fountain

This lovingly tended old soda fountain and cafe has been operating since the 1880s. Check out real estate prices from days of yore on the bathroom walls, and try New Jersey's ubiquitous classic – the pork roll – wit…
Sweets in Ocean City, Strathmere & Sea Isle

Shriver’s Taffy

While saltwater taffy is offered in many places, Shriver’s Taffy is, in our humble opinion, the best: watch machines stretch and wrap it, and then fill a bag with two dozen or more flavors. The fudge ain't bad, eith…
Ice Cream in Barnegat Peninsula

Music Man

Have a little razzle-dazzle with your ice-cream sundae – the waitstaff belt out Broadway show tunes all night (from 5:30pm Friday to Sunday in June and daily in July and August). Cash only.
Sandwiches in Atlantic City

White House Subs

The legendary giant sub sandwiches. A half is plenty for two.
Cafe in Asbury Park

Sunset Landing

On Deal Lake, about 10 blocks from the beach, Sunset Landing is like a Hawaiian surf shack transported to a suburban Asbury lakeside. Vintage longboards crowd the wooden rafters, cheesy omelets are super-fresh, and …