Where Is The Best Boardwalk Food?
The Daily Meal put together a list of the 31 Best Boardwalks for Food in America, and NJ is well-represented (they even used Asbury Park for the lead image on the list!).
A boardwalk in Maine starts the list at #31, and New Jersey makes its first appearance at #27.
27 - Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Point Pleasant
This North Jersey hotspot is a fabulous place for families to hang their hats for the summer. With sprawling, clean beaches and a ton of fun things to do, Point Pleasant, N.J. is a great place to have authentic summer fun and far. This is especially true for those who visit Jenkinson's Boardwalk, where eateries and bars are a plenty. We are particularly impressed with the Sweet Shop (which offers a dangerous amount of fudge and candied apples and the Inlet Bar and Restaurant which lets your dine right on the sand!
I'm not sure how they consider Point Pleasant "North Jersey", but growing up in Brick, this was THE boardwalk.
26 - Keansburg Amusement Park, Keansburg
With a vibrant atmosphere and a ton of fun things for the family to do, Keansburg Amusements is a must-stop for Keansburg vacationers. While the variety of food on their amusement piers is slightly scarce, the establishments they do have made a name for themselves for fast and fun food. Spots like Barb’s Burritos and Dylan’s Walking Tacos & Hot Dogs put a fun spin on traditional beach fare worth checking out.
I'm pretty sure I remember going to Keansburg when I was a little little kid, but I have no real memories of it - I'll have to check it out again.
18 - Asbury Park Boardwalk, Asbury Park
Venues like The Stone Pony and The Wonder Bar Hall have all helped make the Asbury Park Boardwalk a destination for vacationers and music lovers a must-see attraction. The fact that they have an incredible food scene doesn’t hurt either! Try popping by the Crepe Shop for a pre-beach noshing session, or kill time at Pucker before a shower for some delicious lemonade and the best fries on the boards. Dinner time can be spent at spots like the Langosta Lounge for a great Mexican fiesta.
This has become my favorite boardwalk in Jersey. The "rebirth" of Asbury Park has been a long process, and to be honest some of it may be turning too glitzy, but the spirit of the town is still strong in the music, the food, the art, and the overall community.
15 - Jersey Shore Boardwalk, Ocean City
If you're looking for a classic boardwalk dining experience, there are a ton of places you can casually stop by on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Take a walk a little behind the boardwalk for a seafood dinner at Spadafora’s and you’ll be dining on fresh dockside seafood. Kohr’s Frozen Custard at the Jersey Shore Boardwalk is home to many sweet-tooth-pleasing treats, including flavors like cotton candy and orange cream. It's perfect for cooling down on a hot day!
I have never been to Ocean City, so I'll have to add this to my list of new destinations to check out.
14 - Seaside Heights Boardwalk, Seaside Heights
Cheese and grease are the mainstays at this New Jersey boardwalk, but that doesn’t mean this is all they’ve ever had to offer. After Hurricane Sandy, many of the beloved eateries in the area closed, but some are set to reopen like relaxed bar and venue The Beach Bar, which had a ton of great pub food. For now, pick up an authentic pizza pie at Three Brothers From Italy or double-fist it with legendary cheesesteaks from Midway Steak House.
The Hawk's home-away-from-home, Seaside Heights is basically the model for what a boardwalk should be - lots of rides and games for the kids, lots of bars for the parents, unhealthy food, and plenty of stuff to do during the day and at night.
4 - Atlantic City Boardwalk. Atlantic City
Casino lovers can meander into any of the casino’s high-end restaurants for a gourmet experience, but this historical site has a ton of beach food everyone can afford. The oldest and longest of all the boardwalks in the U.S. has been dubbed the "Salt Water Taffy Capital of the World." James Candy Company sells their signature taffy in souvenir boxes and by the bucket. And while the view isn’t much to take in, fans of battered food will won’t mind once they’re nibbling on fried Oreos and fried pickles from Vanina’s Ice Cream.
I consider AC more of a specific trip than just heading to the boardwalk, but I guess if I lived closer it wouldn't be a bad choice. It's been a while since I just strolled the boards, so maybe this summer will be the time to do it.
3 - Wildwood Boardwalk, Wildwood
With heavy Philadelphia culinary influences, the Wildwood Boardwalk food scene is bursting with fried and gourmet options alike. Head to Curly’s for their signature fries or mosey on down to Douglass Fudge’s delicious sweet shop. With spots like Philly’s own Chickie’s and Pete’s making a name for themselves on the boards, it will be hard to choose where you’d like to eat first. Just make sure you watch the tram car, please!
I think 99% of my high school class went to Wildwood after prom - my friends and I went to Philadelphia. Despite living in NJ my entire life, I've actually never made it to Wildwood, so I'll have to rectify that soon.
Ocean City, Maryland lands at #2, and Mission Beach Boardwalk in San Diego claimed the #1 spot.
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