Dining Capsule
Dale Gerhard


Black Cat Bar & Grill, 1 N. Shore Road, 609-641-2323. Plenty of food, locals and entertainment under signature green-eyed black cat. Absecon mainstay since 1930s. Affordable. $

Bob’s Seafood Market, Mill Road and Route 30, 609-641-2224. An Absecon tradition since 1974. Affordable. $

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Bulldogs Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433. Nice selection of beers and bar food to please the crowd. Standard. $$

Calabria, 615 New Jersey Ave., 609-641-0080. Pizza and Italian grill offers delicious gluten-free items. BYOB. Affordable. $

Joe & John’s Pizzeria Ristorante, 136 New Jersey Ave., 609-641-6612. Pizza place’s familiar menu offers plenty of variety. Affordable. $

Mt. Fuji Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 136 White Horse Pike, 609-383-8881. Typical hibachi shenanigans. Affordable. $

Phoenix Diner, 200 W. Absecon Blvd., 609-646-1958. Your friendly southern New Jersey diner. Affordable. $

Skelly’s Hi Point Pub, 5 N. Shore Road, 609-641-3172. Casual, local-friendly place to chow down on a burger or seafood entree. Standard. $$

Sunryser, 632 N. Shore Road, 609-641-2919. A local favorite for breakfast in a downhome general store-type environment complete with knick knacks and mismatched furniture. Affordable. $

Vic’s Subs, 742 Ohio Ave., 609-645-0500. Small, deli-style setting with a homey feel. Affordable. $

Vincenzo’s Pizza, 28 S. New York Road, 609-652-2299. Italian by Italians. Standard. $$

Atlantic City

2825 Restaurant, 2825 Atlantic Ave., 609-344-6913. Unusual Italian specialties. Standard. $$

A.C. Pizza Palace Italian Food, 3206 Arctic Ave., 609-348-0626. Wide-ranging lunch and dinner. Affordable. $

Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern, 2300 Fairmount Ave., 609-344-2439. Family fare, family friendly. Standard. $$

Angeloni’s II, 2400 Arctic Ave., 609-344-7875. Mid-priced Italian fare. Standard. $$

Atlantic City Bar & Grill, Pacific and S. Carolina avenues, 609-348-8080. Tourists and celebrities alike have indulged at the AC Bar & Grill. Affordable. $

Back Bay Ale House, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., 609-449-0006. A cozy eating nook with the luxury of a sunset toast on the back deck. Affordable. $

Baltimore Grill, 2800 Atlantic Ave., 609-345-5766. One of the best pizzas you’ll have. The place and the ingredients haven’t changed in 30 years, and now they deliver! Affordable. $

Bill’s Gyro Souvlaki, 1607 Boardwalk, 609-347-2466. Year-round Boardwalk establishment a fine place to go Greek. Affordable. $

Carmine’s, In The Quarter at the Tropicana, 609-572-9300. Traditional, Italian fare. Standard. $$

Chelsea Pub, 8 S. Morris Ave., 609-345-4916. Laid-back atmosphere with typical bar food. Affordable. $

Constantino’s Restaurant, 1100 Pacific Ave., 609-344-4932. Inexpensive diner-type spot serves up consistent breakfast and lunch for casino visitors and locals. Affordable. $

Country Kitchen, 3000 Boardwalk, 609-344-6101. National franchise on the Boardwalk. Standard. $$

Dock’s Oyster House, 2405 Atlantic Ave., 609-345-0092. Check out the oyster bar. Standard. $$

Dorsey’s, 1336 Atlantic Ave., 609-345-0761. American and Spanish breakfast and lunch options. Affordable. $

Ducktown Tavern, 2400 Atlantic Ave., 609-449-1212. Shore town and American bar staples. Affordable. $

EVO Restaurant & Bar, Mississippi Avenue & Boardwalk, 609-441-0400. A newbie hot spot. Standard. $$

Formica Brothers Bakery, 2310 Arctic Ave., 609-344-2732. Delicious breads and a tasy cafe sandwich menu. Another location is in Northfield. Affordable. $

Girasole Ristorante and Bar, 3108 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City (between the Atlantic City Hilton and the Tropicana), 609-345-5554. Where the casinos send their high-rollers. Pricey. $$$

Hard Rock Cafe, on the Boardwalk at Trump Taj Mahal, 609-441-0007. Nostalgic atmosphere chock full of musical memorabilia. Standard. $$

Hooters, in the Tropicana, Brighton Avenue and the Boardwalk, 609-449-1500. Great sports bar with world-famous wings. Affordable. $

Irish Pub and Inn, St. James Place and the Boardwalk, 609-345-9613. Old-fashioned setting with a true antique flair. Affordable. $

Irish’s Grill House, 1501 N. Albany Ave., 609-347-8665. An Atlantic City favorite. Affordable. $

Knife and Fork Inn, Atlantic and Pacific avenues, 609-344-1133. Bigger and better than ever. Pricey. $$$

Little Saigon Restaurant, 2801 Arctic Ave., 609-347-9119. Low-key dining room serving delicious Vietnamese specialties. Affordable. $

Longhorn Steak House, The Walk, 2108 Atlantic Ave., 609-344-2050. Excellent steaks at an affordable price. Standard. $$

Los Amigos, 1926 Atlantic Ave., 609-344-2293. Authentic Mexican cuisine. Affordable. $

Mediterranean Flames, 2641 Boardwalk, 609-344-7774. Lounge atmosphere right on the Boardwalk. Standard. $$

The Melting Pot, 2112 Atlantic Ave., 609-441-1100. The ultimate fondue restaurant. Pricey. $$$

Mexico Restaurant, 3810 Ventnor Ave., 609-344-0366. Mexican comfort food such as barbecue goat. Affordable. $

Morton’s, The Steakhouse, 2100 Pacific Ave., 609-449-1044. Think big! Beef is the focus. Pricey. $$$

New Melaka Restaurant, 28 S. Tennessee Ave., 609-344-8928. Terrific Malaysian menu plus standard Chinese offerings. Standard. $$

Old Waterway Inn, 1700 W. Riverside Drive, Venice Park, 609-347-1793. Romantic atmosphere, great food, and lovely views. Standard. $$

Perry’s Café, 1339 Pacific Ave., 609-340-8882. Reliable breakfast and lunch stop. Affordable. $

Punjab Palace, 1001 Pacific Ave., 609-344-3003. Excellent Pakistani cuisine. Adventurous diners must come in! Affordable. $

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 2020 Atlantic Ave., 609-344-5833. Red meat rules! Pricey. $$$

Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar, Bally’s Atlantic City, 609-340-2000. Munch on snacks such as wings, fries and tacos. The beach bar offers live entertainment each night, hosting live music Thursdays to Saturdays and DJs throughout the week. Standard. $$

Scales Grill & Deck Bar,800 N. New Hampshire Ave., 609-345-8222. Casual seafood dining on the waterfront with gorgeous views. Private parties and catering available. Affordable. $

Tun Tavern, 2 Convention Blvd., 609-347-7800. Brew pub offers several beers made on premises. Affordable. $

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House, 672 N. Trenton Ave., 609-350-6721. Craft beer bar and kitchen with unique menu featuring Belgian-style hand-cut fries with dipping sauces. Affordable. $

White House Sub Shop, 2301 Arctic Ave., 609-345-1564. Renowned sub shop. Affordable. $

Wonder Bar, 3701 Sunset Ave., 609-344-8888. Menu choices are way above average. Standard. $$

Yardy Real Jamaican Restaurant, 1332 Atlantic Ave., 609-344-2573. Atlantic City’s only Jamaican restaurant. Standard $$


29th Street Deli & Grill, 2878 Dune Drive, 609-967-3354. Shake the salt from your hair and order a sandwich. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Avalon Rose on 8th, 700 1st Ave., 609-967-7708. Serving an exciting assortment of seafood dishes alongside traditional lad-raised favorites such as filet mignon and medallions of veal. Pricey. $$$

Avalon Seafood & Produce Market, 2909 Ocean Drive, 609-967-7555. Seasonal seafood stop. Grab platters of seafood or pasta for a hearty meal at home. Standard. $$

Beach Club Bar & Grille, Beachfront at 78th Street, 609-368-5155. Poolside dining. Affordable. $

Bobby Dee’s Rock’n Chair Restaurant, 2409 Dune Drive, 609-967-3300. Eclectic menu and great wine list. Affordable. $

Cafe Loren, 23rd Street and Dune Drive, 609-967-8228. Upscale, expertly prepared foods. Pricey. $$$ Seasonal.

Circle Pizza, 21st Street and Dune Drive, 609-967-7566. The Buchanan family has been serving up specialty pizzas, sandwiches and strombolis in Avalon since 1968. Affordable. $

Concord Cafe, 7800 Dune Drive, 609-368-5505. Menu runs the gamut of American specialties. Affordable. $

The Diving Horse, 2409 Dune Drive, 609-368-5000. A charming upscale restaurant serving elegant dishes such as short ribs and Rhode Island Fluke. Pricey. $$$

Fuze, 79th and 3rd avenues, 609-368-1919. Recognized for its upscale appeal. Pricey. $$$

Golden Inn, Beachfront at 78th Street, 609-368-5155. Sea glass restaurant, seaside dining, scrumptious fare. Standard. $$

Grand Moon Chinese Food & Take Out, 3250 Dune Drive, 609-368-8869. Cash-only Chinese place. Affordable. $

Luigi’s Pasta & Vino, Beachfront at 78th Street, 609-368-5155. Family atmosphere. Standard. $$

Moran’s Dockside Deli, in the Avalon Sportfishing Center, 14th Street and Ocean Drive, 609-368-1321. Simple sandwiches, salads and breakfasts. Affordable. $

Oceanside Seafood, 25th Street and Dune Drive, 609-368-2114. Seafood for the whole family. Kids eat dinner for free on Tuesdays. Standard. $$ Seasonal

P.K. McCool’s Grille, 2711 Dune Drive, 609-368-3555. “Breakfast Happy Hour,” from 7 to 9 a.m. Affordable. $

Princeton Bar and Grill, 2008 Dune Drive, 609-967-3456. Great live music with fine American cuisine. Affordable. $

The Sea Grill, 225 21st St., 609-967-5511. Darling location with inventive and unique meals. Standard. $$

Seven Mile Island Deli, 3101 Dune Drive, 609-368-6453. Triple-layer club sandwiches share the menu with classic deli fare. Affordable. $

Shorebreak Pizza Grille, 2259 Dune Drive, 609-967-3020. Pizza, subs and salads at this beachy locale. Standard. $$

Sylvester’s Fish Market, 503 21st Ave., 609-967-7553. A reputation for crabcakes. Affordable. $

Tortilla Flats, 2540 Dune Drive, 609-967-5658. Fantastic, authentic Mexican cuisine. Affordable. $. Seasonal.

Uncle Bill's Pancake House, 3189 Dune Drive, 609-967-8448. Serving the best pancakes in the area along with other breakfast favorites. Affordable. $

Via Mare Ristorante, 2319 Ocean Drive, 609-368-4494. An extensive menu featuring authentic Italian-inspired veal, pasta and fresh seafood dishes. Pricey. $$$

Windrift Restaurant, 79th Street and the Beach, 609-368-5761. Great place to see live music and dance. Standard. $$

Whitebrier, 260 20th St., 609-967-5225. Traditional Italian and American dishes. Affordable. $

Beach Haven

Buckalew’s Restaurant — Tavern, 101 N. Bay Ave. at Centre Street, 609.492.1065. Located in a building more than 100 years old, Buckalew’s keeps up a tradition of having popular tomato pies but has also evolved with the times. For example, they recently added vegetarian and vegan menus. Affordable. $

Bridgeton Area

Coach Room, 59 W. Broad St., Bridgeton, 856-451-0041. Large dining area with extensive menu. Standard. $$

Newport House Restaurant, Husted Lane, Newport, 856-447-3597. Quaint and elegant, both in style and food. Standard. $$


Andre’s Italian Restaurant, 1312 W. Brigantine Ave., 609-266-1124. Authentic Italian cuisine. Affordable. $

Brigantine Seafood, 3312 W. Brigantine Ave., 609-266-6926. Fresh seafood available at this fish market. Affordable. $

The Cellar 32, 3119 Revere Blvd., 609-264-9463. The Cellar 32 has an incredible wine selection along with an extensive menu featuring both Italian favorites and fresh seafood. Pricey. $$$

Crab Shack, 1112 W. Brigantine Ave., 609-266-3009. Known for serving up some of the most delicious seafood in South Jersey. Standard. $$

Hooper’s Seafood Cafe, 3312 W.Brigantine Ave., 609-266-6826. Combination platters, perfectly prepared. Affordable. $

Hot Bagel Factory, 1213 W. Brigantine Ave., 609-266-4600. Breakfast, lunch, bagels aplenty. Affordable. $

Laguna Grille and Martini Bar, 1400 Ocean Ave., at the Ramada Suites, 609-266-7731. Excellent and inventive cuisine matched with tropical martinis. Standard. $$

Laragosta Ristorante, 3400 Brigantine Blvd., 609-266-2808. Tasty Italian food. Standard. $$

Macedonian Grill, 3015 Brigantine Blvd., 609-264-8801. Authentic Greek food, Italian specialties and home-cooked diner food in casual atmosphere. Also has Egg Harbor Township location. www.macedoniangrill.com. Affordable. $

Mad Dog Morgans, 3004 W. Brigantine Ave., 609-266-6200. Great selection of hot dogs and overstuffed sandwiches. Affordable. $

Pirate’s Den, 1219 E. Brigantine Ave., 609-266-1927. Exceptional lunch in a unique dining environment. Standard. $$

Rod and Reel Tavern, 101 N. 13th Street, 609-266-0343. Serving everything from burgers to clam chowder in a friendly atmosphere. Standard. $$

Yuki Hana Restaurant, 3628 Brigantine Blvd., 609-266-7608. Serving the best of both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, Yuki Hana provides the best of both worlds under one roof. Affordable. $


Merighi’s Savoy Inn, E. Landis Ave. and Union Road, East Vineland. 856-691-8051. Well-known and respected Italian bistro. Standard. $$

Buena Vista

54 Diner, 374 New Jersey 54, 856-405-6196. Friendly diner food with a Mexican twist. Affordable. $

Pete's Pizza, 107 S. Harding Hwy., 856-697-3555. Piping hot pizza and other mouth-watering Italian classics round out the menu at this local favorite. Affordable. $

The Rail, 1252 Harding Hwy., 856-697-7245, The best place for wings and many other wings. Come for the friendly bar and grill. Affordable. $

Villa Fazzolari Restaurant, 821 Harding Highway, 856-697-7107. Featuring many dishes and culinary specialties from Calabria, Italy. Standard. $$

Cape May

410 Bank Street, 410 Bank St., 609-884-2127. Cajun, Creole and French fusion. Standard. $$

A Ca Mia, 524 Washington Mall, 609-884-6661. Perfect for dining and people-watching along the mall. Standard. $$

Aleathea’s, 7 Ocean St., The Inn of Cape May, 609-884-5555. Ocean views from the porch seating area. Standard. $$

The Blue Rose Inn & Restaurant, 653 Washington St., (609) 435-5458. Quaint, colonial setting offering seasonal, new American cuisine in a newly restored dining room. Pricey. $$$

Axelsson’s Blue Claw Restaurant, 991 Ocean Drive, 609-884-5878. Tucked back near the fishing docks. Standard. $$

Black Duck on Sunset, 1 Sunset Blvd., 609-898-0100. Seafood from local waters and entrees such as slow-roasted, honey-glazed duck will satisfy any palate. Pricey. $$$

Blue Pig Tavern, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8422. American fare. Standard. $$

Cabana's Beach Bar and Grill, 429 Beach Ave., 609-884-4800. Family friendly with open air, beachfront dining. Standard. $$

Cape May Roasters, 404 Washington St., 609-884-9292. House-roasted coffee blends, teas and gourmet foods. Coffee is bagged by hand. Affordable. $

Copper Fish, 416 Broadway, West Cape May, 609-898-1555. Bouilliabaise is always a great choice. Standard. $$

Cucina Rosa, 301 Washington St., 609-898-9800. Homemade Italian favorites with fresh coffees and desserts. Standard. $$

Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700. Definitely one of Cape May’s best. Pricey. $$$

Elaine’s Haunted Mansion Restaurant, 513 Lafayette St., 609-884-4358. Menu changes daily, but always something for everyone. Standard. $$

Freda’s Cafe, 210 Ocean St., 609-884-7887. European-bistro feel with interesting menu. Standard. $$

Frescos Ristorante, 412 Bank St., 609-884-0366. Food ranges from Mediterranean to Tuscan to Venetian, but it’s all good! Pricey. $$$. Seasonal.

Godmother's Restaurant, Broadway and W. Perry Street, 609-884-4543. Godmothers offers a wide selection of Italian fare, home-baked desserts and much more. Standard. $$

Harbor View, 954 Ocean Drive, 609-884-5444. Harbor view is the place to be for beautiful sunsets, great food and fun times. Pricey. $$

Harry's Ocean Bar and Grille, Beach and Madison Ave., 609-88-HARRY. Homestyle recipes served on a sun-drenched oceanfront patio. Standard. $$

Hemingway’s, 1045 Beach Drive, in the Grand Hotel, 609-884-5611. Great food, and a terrific atmosphere. Standard. $$

Island Grill, 311 Mansion Street, 609-884-0200. Cool island setting serving fresh fish with a Caribbean flair. Pricey. $$$

Lobster House, Fisherman’s Wharf, 609-884-8296. Still “the” place for seafood in South Jersey. Standard. $$

Lucky Bones, 1200 Route 109, 609-884-1919. Good Cuban pork sandwiches and soups. Standard. $$

Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970. The mother of all Cape May gourmet restaurants. Standard. $$

Magnolia Room, 301 Howard St., The Chalfonte Hotel, 609-884-8409. Homemade food with a Southern flair. Pricey. $$$. Seasonal.

Marq's Pub, 501 Beach Ave., 609-884-3500, x366. Family friendly with a warm and cozy charm. Standard. $$

Martini Beach, corner of Beach and Decataur Street, 609-884-1925. Pricey. $$

Merion Inn, 106 Decatur St., 609-884-8363. Have a drink at the piano bar. Standard. $$

Oyster Bay Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 615 Lafayette St., 609-884-2111. Surf and turf with a twist. Standard. $$

Peter Shields Inn, 1301 Beach Drive, 609-884-9090. Elegant food and surroundings. Pricey. $$$

Pilot House, 142 Decatur St., 609-884-3449. Tempting tavern fare served in nautically-themed dining room and bar, including seafood, steaks, cocktails, homemade soups. Open daily year-round. Standard. $$

Rusty Nail at the Beach House, 205 Beach Dr., 609-884-0017. Rusty Nail is back, offering its signature comfort food and now boasting, officially, the accolade of longest bar in Cape May. Standard. $$

SeaSalt, 1035 Beach Ave., 609-884-7000. A truly unique seafood experience with hints of Asian and Mediterranean influences. Pricey. $$$

Tisha’s, 322 Washington St., 609-884-9119. New American cuisine overlooking the beach. Pricey. $$$

Uncle Bill's Pancake House, 216 Beach Ave., 609-884-7199. Serving the best pancakes in the area along with other breakfast favorites. Affordable. $

Union Park Dining Room, 727 Beach Ave., 609-884-8811. Contemporary cuisine and it’s BYOB. Try executive chef John Schatz’s South African lobster. Pricey. $$$

Washington Inn, 801 Washington Ave., 609-884-5697. The Cape May standard-bearer of luxury cuisine. Pricey. $$$

Zoe's Beachfront Eatery, Beach and Stockton Place, 609-884-1233. Simply great food, generous portions and a fun environment for all. Affordable. $$

Corbin City

Buck Tavern, 621 Route 50, 609-628-3117. Good, basic food. Look for prime-rib specials. Standard. $$

Corbin Cafe, 405 Route 50, 609-628-2100. A great local watering hole with some of the best Buffalo wings around. Affordable. $

L's Restaurant and J Bones Tavern, 119 Route 50, 609-628-3024. Menu includes a wide selection of foods. Standard. $$

Dennis Township

Fai’s Chinese Restaurant, 2518 Shore Road (Route 9), 609-624-8000. This Ocean View restaurant offers catering, private parties, take out and delivery. Affordable. $

Southville Corner Diner and Pizzeria, 780 Route 47 North, 609-861-5500. The combo appetizer is a good selection. Affordable. $

Egg Harbor City

Billy's Oak Grove Inn, 5324 White Horse Pike, 609-965-2374. Rustic Inn serving popular favorites such as the "Billy Burger." Standard. $$

Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 W. White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433. Popular sports bar with great wings. Affordable. $

Country Kitchen, 910 W. White Horse Pike, 609-804-8333. Laid-back atmosphere serving breakfast and lunch. Standard. $$

Joseph’s Restaurant, 72 North Bremen Ave., 609-965-2111. Featuring steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday Nights. Affordable. $

Harbor Diner, 613 White Horse Pike, 609-965-0797. Classic diner fare. Affordable. $

Hime, 103 Washington Ave., 609-965-8789. Offering Japanese and Chinese food, you can get sushi, teriyaki and tempura dishes along with General Tso’s chicken. Dine-in guests get a free salad and it’s BYOB. Affordable. $

Mario's Uptown Grill and Pizza, 126 Philadelphia Ave., 609-965-4476. Old-style Italian food and lots of it. Standard. $$

Mickey and Minnie's Inn, 733 West White Horse Pike, 609-965-1877. Classic comfort food as well as German dishes served in an inviting country setting. Standard. $$

Pepe's, 201 Cincinnati Ave, 609-965-2087. Authentic Latin dishes. Affordable. $$

Piasano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, 530 S. Philadelphia Ave., 609-965-5611. Burgers and quesadillas alongside traditional pizzeria offerings. Affordable. $

The Renault Winery, Bremen Avenue, 609-965-2111. Prix-fixe menu in romantic setting. Pricey. $$$

The Rusty Barrel Pub and Grill, 354 St. Louis Ave., 609-965-0558. Burgers, ribs, craft beers and an incredible assortment of wing varieties. Affordable. $

Egg Harbor Township

A Touch of Italy, 6629 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff, 609-646-1855. Ask for the eggplant rollatini as an entree. Standard. $$

Berkshire Grille, Black Horse Pike and English Creek Road, 609-272-8808. Menu has something for everyone. Standard. $$

Bombay Indian Restaurant, Route 40, English Creek Shopping Center, 609-646-4445. Excellent lunch buffet. Standard. $$

Bonefish Grill, 3121 Fire Road, 609-646-2828. Pick and choose your fish, cooking method and favorite sauce. Standard. $$

Diamond Diner, 6711 Washington Ave., 609-646-6656. Standard American diner fare prepared fresh. Affordable. $

Dolce Vita, 443 Zion Road, 609-788-8512. A wide menu of Italian favorites from pizza to veal chops. Free bruschetta, too. Standard. $$

East Bay Crab & Grille, 6701 Route 322, Black Horse Pike on the Cardiff Circle, 609-272-7721. Casual attire, nice bar area. Standard. $$

El Coyote Southwest Grill, Ocean Heights and Zion Road, 609-927-0004. Superb Tex-Mex joint serving up everything from crab quesadillas to beef burritos. BYOB. Standard. $$

Frankie's Famous Pizzeria, 3001 Ocean Heights Ave., 609-926-5566. Huge slices and great service, plus they make a killer cannoli. Affordable. $

Gaspare’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant and Bar, Harbor Village Square, Ocean Heights Avenue and Zion Road, 609-653-2112. One of the best Italian and seafood joints. Standard. $$

Ginza I, 6708 Black Horse Pike, 609-383-2588. Lots of sushi choices. Watch out for flying food! Affordable. $

Ginza II, English Creek Shopping Center, 609-383-3999. Bigger and newer than Ginza I. Affordable. $

Great Wall, 6814 Tilton Road, 609-383-8848. Inexpensive Chinese place. Features a diet menu and vegetarian options. Additional location on Black Horse Pike. Affordable. $

JT's Restaurant, 635 Route 9 N., 609-296-0707. Great BYOB where kids are welcome. Try the prime rib. Affordable. $

Juliano’s, 2264 Ocean Heights Ave., 609-927-6363. Perfect setting to hang out and watch a game. A typical neighborhood sports bar. Affordable. $

Ky Lin, 6106 Black Horse Pike, 609-383-0668. Cute little Chinese place offers eat in, take out or delivery. Affordable. $

Library III, 6605 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff, 609-645-7655. Great bar area with live music. Standard. $$

The Nizam's, 6666 Black Horse Pike, 609-677-8829. Authentic Indian dishes such as Lamb Pasanda and a variety of kebabs make this a worthwhile stop. Standard. $$

Outback Steakhouse, 6733 Black Horse Pike, near the Shore Mall, 609-484-8778. Casual chain known as much for its juicy steaks. Standard. $$

Rama Thai, 3003 English Creek Ave., 609-677-1004. Authentic Thai cuisine in beautiful-yet-casual setting. Standard. $$

Shore Diner, 6710 Tilton Road, 609-641-3669. Exquisitely prepared omeletes, sandwiches and salads. Affordable. $

Special Pizza City, in the English Creek Shopping Center, Route 40 and English Creek Road, 609-641-5500. Extensive menu focuses on Italian classics such as veal, chicken, seafood and pasta dishes in addition to its pizzas. Standard. $$

Tilton Inn, 6823 Tilton Road, 609-641-0943. Local pub with great food, great value and awesome wings. Affordable. $

Wings To Go, 6690 Black Horse Pike, 609-272-7557. Plenty of buffalo (wings, shrimp, meatballs) and chicken (tenders, nuggets) along with family meal deals. Buffalo sauces range from “mild” to “homicide.” Affordable. $

Forked River

Caffrey’s Tavern, 440 Route 9 South, 609-693-6613. Home of the popular 25-cent wings, this tavern knows how to keep its crowd entertained, with events like trivia night. Affordable. $

Galloway Township

Assaggio!, 500 W. White Horse Pike. 609-965-3303. "A Trip to Italy, One Taste at a Time". Live entertainment on weekends. Standard. $$

AJ's on the Lake, 615 East Moss Mill Road, 609-748-2377. Tasty sandwiches and wraps along with other American fare. Affordable. $

Athenian Garden, 619 S. New York Road (Route 9), 609-748-1818. Large portions of delicious Greek specialties. Affordable. $

Bulldog’s Bar & Grill, 743 W. White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433. Achieves the improbable — great bar scene meets family-friendly restaurant. Affordable. $

Celinas Cafe, 401 S. Pitney Road, 609-404-1700. American standards such as cheesesteaks and burgers plus an array of vegetarian options. Affordable. $

Costello's, 615 Moss Mill Road, 609-652-0378. Legendary wings, specialty pizzas and their signature sandwich "The Stockton Bomb" keeps folks coming back again and again. Standard. $$

Dubliner Irish Pub and Grill, 325 E. Jimmy Leeds Road, 609-652-2210. Fish and Chips, shepards pie and a host of other Irish specialties make this one of the most popular spots in town. Standard. $$

Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern, Route 9, Shoppes at Smithville, 609-652-0544. Friendly atmosphere and staff. Great, homemade foods. Affordable. $

Gourmet Italian Cuisine, Pitney and Jimmie Leeds roads, 609-652-1398. Mid-priced Italian fare. Standard. $$

J.D.’s Pub & Grille, Route 9, Shoppes at Smithville, 609-404-9000. Your friendly neighborhood sports bar. Affordable. $

Kelsey and Kim's Soul Food and Bar, 319 E. Jimmy Leeds Road, 609-652-9400. Serving warm and delicious soul food staples in a friendly ambience. Standard. $$

La Hacienda, 265 S. New York Road (Route 9), 609-652-6050. High-level Hispanic food. The flan is perfect. Affordable. $.

McGettigan’s 19th Hole, 500 S. Route 9, 609-652-6476. Try the cup of soup and sandwich of the day for $5.95. Chef Carrie Smith presides. Affordable. $

Mickey and Minnie’s Inn, 733 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne, 609-965-1877. Great food in cozy surroundings. Affordable. $

Napoli Pizza Grill, in Risley Square, 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, 609-910-0085. Traditional pizza place featuring vegetarian “Napoli Specials.” Affordable. $

Oyster Creek Inn, Oyster Creek Dock, Leeds Point, 609-652-8565. A little hard to find, but fresh seafood worth the trek. Affordable. $

Pitney Pub, 200 S. Pitney Rd., 609-241-8906. Enjoy a menu with everything from breakfast options to a raw bar, steak and martinis. Affordable. $

Ram’s Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1700. Classic continental cuisine that never goes out of style. Pricey. $$$

Romanelli’s Garden Cafe, 279 S. New York Rd., 609-652-0179. Now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering available. Liquor license. Affordable. $

Seaview — A Dolce Resort, Route 9, 609-652-1800. An outstanding reputation for several years. Beautiful setting with lush flowers and landscaping. Pricey. $$$

Shea's Cafe, 195 S. New York Road, 609-748-7000. An extremely popular breakfast place. Go for the food, stay for the friendly service and made-from-scratch dishes. Affordable. $

Smithville Inn, Route 9, Shoppes at Smithville, 609-652-7777. Standard American fare such as chicken pot pie and double-cut pork chops. Standard. $$

Thinkin Chick’n, in Risley Square, 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, 609-652-9464. They’ve got soul food from chicken wings down to sweet potato pie. Affordable. $

W.L. Goodfellow's Restaurant and Pub, 310 E. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1942. A made-from-scratch lobster mac and cheese and extensive martini list all in one place. Affordable. $

Hammonton Area

Annata Wine Bar, 216 Bellevue Ave., 1-877-7ANNATA. Check out the tapas with tiered pricing. Affordable. $

Bagliani’s Market, 417 12th St., 609-561-0693. Family-owned and operated, this market is a full service, cut-to-order butcher shop with prime meats and deli. The market also carries New Jersey eggs, fruits and vegetables, homemade salads, sauces and gravies, plus daily specials. Affordable. $

Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., 609-561-2600. Enjoy homemade sweets and sandwiches to go, artisan coffee by the cup or pound, lattes, frappes, smoothies and gluten-free baked goods.

Columbia II Restaurant, 3238 S. White Horse Pike, 609561-0907. Great homestyle food with more than reasonable prices. Affordable. $

Fiesta Mexicana, 327 12th Street, 609-704-1611. Authentic Mexican specialties and cocktails. Standard. $$

Frog Rock Golf & Country Club, 755 South White Horse Pike, 609-561-5504. A new patio bar lets patrons look out over the golf course for seasonal outdoor dining. Enjoy everything from stuffed filet mignon to lobster tails and crab cakes. Standard. $$

Hibachi Grill & Sushi Buffet, 80 S. White Horse Pike (Peachtree Plaza Shopping Center). Goes beyond your typical Asian buffet with great sushi and a la carte menus. 609-704-2666. Affordable $.

Hoy Yeung Restaurant, 240 S.White Horse Pike, 609-561-5310. Serving up both Chinese and Japanese dishes, this popular spot also features a sushi bar. Standard. $$

Illiano’s Ristorante, 705 12th St., 609-561-3444. Large portions of homestyle Italian cuisine. Standard. $$

Joe Italiano’s Maplewood Inn, 470 White Horse Pike, 609-561-9621. Legendary Italian fare. Standard. $$

Marcello's Restaurant, 225 Bellevue Ave., 609-704-1901. Traditional Italian dishes done right. Standard. $$

Mr. Bill's Restaurant, 453 Route 73, 609-561-5400. All your favorite Boardwalk-style foods under one roof. Affordable. $

Rocco’s Town House, 21 N. Third St., 609-561-9384. Lively crowd and homemade desserts. Standard. $$

Silver Coin Diner, 20 White Horse Pike, 609-561-6974. Diner favorites such as grilled cheese and an assortment of scrumptious desserts are what keep folks coming back here. Affordable. $

Vitale's Crab House, 10 N. White Horse Pike, 609-567-2266. A Family-owned and family-operated seafood restaurant. Try the snow crab. Standard. $$


Barrel's, 199 New Road, 609-926-9900. Home-cooked Italian meals originating in South Philly. Standard. $$

Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse, 210 New Road, 609-926-8861. Small in size but big in taste. Standard. $$

La Pizzatega, Linwood Greene Shopping Plaza, 210 New Road, 609-653-8442. This pizzeria has been a community institution for 18 years. Standard. $$

Chaba Thai & Sushi Restaurant, 199 New Road, Central Square, 609-927-0025. East Asian fusion food in a quiet, suburban atmosphere. Simple meals with fresh and spicy ingredients. Affordable. $.

Long Beach Island

Bagel Shack, 306 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-5552. A breakfast and lunch joint serious about its namesake. Affordable. $ -- CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

Bay Village Pizza, 830 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-4484. Enormous slices. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Bistro 14, Ninth Street and Bay Avenue, Beach Haven, 609-492-6100. Surf and turf with a view. Pricey. $$$ -- CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

Cafe Bacio, 1511 Long Beach Blvd., North Beach Haven, 609-492-7702. Homey and cute. Nothing too fancy. Open Fridays to Sundays in October. Affordable. $. Seasonal.

The Chicken or the Egg, 207 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-3695. Quirky late-night wing stop offers plenty of reasons to go all day. Featured on the Food Network. Open every day but Tuesday through Oct. 30. Affordable. $ Seasonal

The Gables Inn and Restaurant, 212 Centre St., Beach Haven, 609-492-3553. Gorgeous antique B&B with tea time and brunch served daily. Open weekends through New Year’s. Pricey. $$$

The Gazebo, 325 Ninth St. on Schooner’s Wharf, Beach Haven, 609-492-5811. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fresh, locally caught seafood and sushi as well as Italian/American favorites. Something for the whole family at this casual dining restaurant with a mesmerising view of the bay. Standard. $$ Seasonal. -- CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

Harvey Cedars Shellfish Company, 7904 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, 609-494-7112. Thirty years in, and they still know how to run a restaurant right! Standard. $$. Seasonal. -- CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

Howard’s Restaurant, 33rd Street and Long Beach Boulevard, Beach Haven, 609-492-2319. “Seashore Classics” such as crab cakes, lobster and a fish du jour. Pricey. $$$ -- CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

La Spiaggia, Westbound on the Causeway, Ship Bottom, 609-494-4343. Homemade sauces and desserts beautifully crafted. Online: www.laspiaggialbi.com. Standard. $$. Seasonal. -- CLOSED NEW YEAR’S THROUGH MARCH

Palm Grill at the Sea Shell, 10 S. Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-4611. Breakfast, sandwiches and a raw bar. Affordable. $ Seasonal

The Plantation, 7908 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, 609-494-8191. Progressive, American menu with class. Standard. $$

Port Hole Cafe, 1620 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, 609-494-4242. Try the roast beef sandwich. Affordable. $

Slice of Heaven, 610 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-7437. Above-average pizza at friendly local parlor. Affordable. $

Spray Beach Bagels & Deli, 2611 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach, 609-492-6800. Deli sandwiches and ice cream among the offerings at this breakfast and lunch stop. Affordable. $ -- CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

Surf City Pizza, 1017 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, 609-361-8150. Friendly service. Affordable. $

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