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. Additional location in Northfield. Affordable. $

Calabria, 615 New Jersey Ave., 609-641-0080. Pizza and Italian grill offers delicious gluten-free items. Get delivery or dine in with 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. $$

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 menu has a little of everything. 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 and extensive wine list. Standard. $$

Atlantic City Bar & Grill, Pacific and S. Carolina avenues, 609-348-8080. Tourists and celebrities alike have indulged at the AC Bar & Grill for more than 25 years. 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 brings its breakfast, lunch and dinner options to 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 - crab cakes and wings. Affordable. $

EVO Restaurant & Bar, Mississippi Avenue & Boardwalk, 609-441-0400. A newbie hot spot for Atlantic City hipsters. 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 Caf�, 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. $$$

Sammy Hagar's Beach Bar, Bally's Atlantic City, 609-340-2000. Munch on Mexican fusion snacks such as Wabo Wings with tequila-splashed sauce, spicy fries and tacos. Entrees range from $8.95 to $16.95. 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. This renowned sub shop has stuffed its sandwiches with meat for hungry crowds since 1946. Affordable. $

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


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

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. $

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 for the seafarer. 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., features half-off breakfast deals. 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 out-of-this-world crabcakes. Affordable. $

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

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. $

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. $

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


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

Buena Vista

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. $

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. Trattoria-style soups and salads. Standard. $$

Aleathea's, 7 Ocean St., The Inn of Cape May, 609-884-5555. Ocean views from the porch seating area. Full bar with American style food. Standard. $$

Alexander's, 653 Washington St., 609-884-2555. Quaint, colonial setting. Pricey. $$$

Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant, 991 Ocean Drive, 609-884-5878. Tucked back near the fishing docks, seafood doesn't get much fresher. Standard. $$

Blue Pig Tavern, 251 Beach Ave., 609-884-8422. American fare with a classic and fresh ambience. 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.

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

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.

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

Moonfish Grill, 416 S. Broadway, 609-898-1600. Eclectic, modern fusion cusine celebrating steaks and seafood. 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, including seafood, steaks, cocktails, soups. Standard. $$

Rusty Nail at the Beach Shack, 205 Beach Ave., 609-884-0017. Rusty Nail is back, offering its signature comfort food and now boasting, officially, the accolade of longest bar in Cape May. Enjoy the restaurant's seafood, burgers and sandwiches (entrees $8 to $32) as well as its live entertainment, offered every night. Al fresco dining and your choice of drinks from a full bar are also available. Standard. $$

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. $$$

Corbin City

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

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

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. $$$

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 matched with tremendous service. Standard. $$

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

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

Gaspare's Gourmet Italian Restaurant and Bar, Harbor Village Square, Ocean Heights Avenue and Zion Road, 609-653-2112. Nearly 30 years in the biz leaves Gaspare's one of the best Italian and seafood joints in South Jersey. 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. $

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. $$

Macedonian Grill, 6814 Tilton Road, inside Pep Boys Shopping Center, 609-677-5477. Don't leave without trying homemade desserts. www.macedoniangrill.com Affordable. $

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

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

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. $$

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. $$

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. $

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

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. $

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

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

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. $$$

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. Goodfellows and Co., 310 White Horse Pike, 609-652-1942. A Galloway institution for about 15 years. Affordable. $

Yiasou Greek Restaurant, 269 W. White Horse Pike, 609-804-9400. Authentic Greek cuisine with casual atmosphere. 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.

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. $$

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. $$

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

Thai Basil, 199 New Road, Central Square, 609-926-9339. East Asian fusion food in a quiet, suburban atmosphere. Simple meals with fresh and spicy ingredients. Standard. $$.

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. $

Tiki Joe's at Joe Pop's Shore Bar & Restaurant, 2002 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, 609-494-0558. Modeled after laid-back outdoor haunts in the Florida Keys and Caribbean. Munch on fish tacos, guacamole and dip, coconut rice and plenty of other options, ranging from $3.95 to $21.99, at the al fresco dining experience. Live acoustic entertainment every weekend to provide a soothing backdrop to your meal. Standard. $$ -- CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

Tuckers, Engleside at the Bay, Beach Haven. 609-492-2300. Homey bar setting with delicious beers on tap. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Standard. $$

Yellowfin, 24th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City. 609-494-7001. Inventive and creative menu. Open Thursdays through Sundays. Standard. $$.

Lower Township

Bella Mangiata, 1891 Bayshore Road, Villas, 609-889-6800. "Italy without airfare." Try famous crab cakes. Standard. $$

Harpoon Henry's, 91 Beach Drive, 609-886-5529. Tropical food, drinks and setting. Affordable. $


Barrels, 9 S. Granville Ave., 609-823-4400. Hearty portions of flavorful Italian favorites. Standard. $$

Johnny's Cafe and Martini Bar, 9407 Ventnor Ave., 609-822-1789. A casual, fine-dining Italian cuisine with an eclectic menu. Standard. $$

Lucy's Beach Grille, 9200 Atlantic Ave., 609-822-7268. Open for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Breakfast is served from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classic beach fare is served. Hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, sodas, water ice, etc. All major credit cards are accepted. Standard. $$

Lucy's Bella Luna, 9200 Atlantic Ave., 609-822-7268. Open for dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Bella Luna is al fresco dining on the oceanfront at Lucy the Elephant. Steamers, crabby cakes, scallops, filet, bison steak are but a few things on the menu. Try the chef's soft-shell crabs. All major credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested. Standard. $$.

Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111. Mediterranean-influenced gourmet surf and turf. Pricey. $$$

Steve & Cookie's By The Bay, 9700 Amherst Ave., 609-823-1163. Famous for great food and hospitality, deservedly so. Standard. $$$

Tomatoe's, 9300 Amherst Ave., 609-822-7535. Well known for fresh seafood dishes, great sushi and inventive menu. Standard. $$$

Ventura's Greenhouse, 106 S. Benson Ave., 609-822-0140. The upstairs restaurant has first-class food and atmosphere. Standard. $$

Mays Landing Area

Bayshore Crabhouse, 100 Back Road, 856-447-4535. Specializes in seafood and has a simple menu. Affordable. $

Best Food in Town, 800 Route 50, 609-625-8818. Chinese the way you like it. Additional locations in Northfield, Hammonton, Vineland, Somers Point, Egg Harbor Township and Brigantine. Affordable. $

Careme's Gourmet Restaurant, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Atlantic Cape Community College, Academy of Culinary Arts, 609-343-4940. Student-operated restaurant offers interesting food. Standard. $$

Cavallino Nero, 4760 Black Horse Pike, 609-625-0144. Great food. Standard. $$

Crabby's, 1413 Route 50, 609-625-2722. Fun atmosphere, and all-you-can-eat crab nights can't be beat. Standard. $$

Gregorio's Market, 901 Boulevard, Route 50, 609-625-5353. Enjoy impressive produce, delicious deli and cold cuts, hoagies, subs and pizza, as well as party platters and gift baskets. Market has a coffee bar with hot soup, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee drinks. Affordable. $

Inn At Sugar Hill, Routes 40 and 559, on the waterfront, 609-625-2226. Sit on the porch for river views. Standard. $$

Joe Italiano's Maplewood II, 6126 Black Horse Pike, 609-625-1181. Get in line and wait with everyone else! Standard. $$

Mill Street Pub, 6033 Main St., 609-625-2466. Affordable family dining; family owned and operated for 30 years. Affordable. $

Mays Landing Diner, 6177 Harding Highway (Route 40), 609-625-5051. Plenty of specials and quick service. Affordable. $

Nino's Pizza Festival, in the Festival at Hamilton Shopping Center, 609-625-0701. Subs, Italian dishes, salads, burgers, pizzas and strombolis. Affordable. $

Shiro Japanese Hibachi Restaurant, 3990 Black Horse Pike, 609-625-8206. Wonderful sushi beautifully prepared. Standard. $$

Testa's Good Guys Pub, 5698 Somers Point/Mays Landing Road, 609-625-1926. With large menu and daily specials, Testa's offers everything. Affordable. $

The Clam Bar, 910 Bay Ave., 609-927-8783. No-frills seafood restaurant. Affordable. $

Watering Hole Cafe, 6494 Weymouth Road (Route 559), 609-625-9300. Famous for wings, 18-ounce T-Bone steak, cozy atmosphere. Bridge is now open. Affordable. $

Middle Township

Atkinson's Restaurant and Tavern, 1010 Route 9 South, Cape May Court House, 609-465-5641. Great food and an exciting bar scene. Standard. $$

Bellevue Tavern, 7 S. Main St., Cape May Court House, 609-463-1738. Great lunches are served. Affordable. $

Doctor's Inn, 2 N. Main St., Cape May Court House, 609-463-9330. A 19th-century masion turned into a cozy B&B. Pricey. $$$

Main Street Cafe, 104 N. Main St., Cape May Court House, 609-536-8072. Intimate cafe setting offering specialties such as the fresh Sicilian shrimp sandwich and salads. Open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays with chef specials including catch of the day, chef filet and seafood cioppino. Try the Coquilles St. Jacques. Affordable. $

Murasaki, 13 Dennisville S Road, Cape May Court House, 609-465-8888. Japanese hibachi and sushi bar. Also serves thai cuisine. Standard. $$


Billy D's Hamburgers, 432 N. High St., 856-506-8499. Hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and shakes in '50s diner-style setting. Affordable. $

Next Oar, 127 N. High St., 856-293-1360. Intimate restaurant with plenty of candles and atmosphere. Standard. $$

Oliver's Twist, 66 Sassafras St., 856-327-4288. Simple-yet-fun menu and clever decorations. Affordable. $

Old Oar House Irish Pub, 123 N. High St., 856-293-1200. A first-class establishment. Outside beer garden and seating area. Affordable. $

Port of Call, routes 47 and 55, 856-327-5547. Contemporary American cuisine. Standard. $$.

Winfield's Restaurant, 106 N. High St., 856-327-0909. Urban upscale restaurant. Standard. $$


Uncle Dewey's Outdoor BBQ, 6931 U.S. Route 40, 609-476-4040. Authentic barbecue ribs and chicken, kettle fried fish and homemade sides. Affordable. $


Antonino's Jo-Jo's, 2405 New Road, 609-646-7565. Italian specialities such as stuffed manicotti with red sauce. Affordable. $

Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, 609-641-7575. Gourmet cuisine overlooking historic golf course. Sunday brunch. Standard. $$

Atlantic City Sub Shops, 6825 Tilton Road, 609-646-7799. Variety of creative sub options, including low carb. Affordable. $

Formica Brothers Bakery, 200 North Tilton Road, 609-646-6565. Delicious breads and a tasy cafe sandwich menu. Original location is in Atlantic City. Affordable. $

Gianna's Cafe, 1205 Tilton Road, 609-677-0470. Formerly Celina's, under new management, same favorites. Standard. $$

Giovanni's Best of Italy, 801 Tilton Road, 609-383-1155. Family owned and operated. Standard. $$

Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking, 1333 New Road, 609-646-8189. Foods conjured straight from the heart of Italy prepared with great care. Pricey. $$$

Ventura's Offshore Cafe, 2015 Shore Road, 609-641-5158. Best bar food in the area. Everything is above average. Affordable. $

Ocean City

701 Mosaic Bistro-Cafe-Catering, 701 Fourth St., 609-398-2700. Ocean City can now dine Caribbean and Mediterranean style thanks to this chic cafe. Standard. $$.

All Natural Award Winning Pizza, 1136 Asbury Ave., 609-391-2212. All-natural sauce took Best Gourmet Sauce at the 2009 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Affordable. $

Arlene's On Asbury, 624 Asbury Ave., 609-399-3639. Cozy, family-run breakfast and lunch spot. Affordable. $.

Bashful Banana Bakery & Cafe, 944 Boardwalk, 609-398-9677. A novel concept - fresh, healthy food on the Boardwalk. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Bloom 'n Tulip, 10th Street, between Ocean Avenue and the Boardwalk, 609-399-4953. Wide variety of breakfast foods. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Casa del Dolce By The Sea, 949 Asbury Ave., 609-398-9300. Traditional family-owned Italian bakery, deli and restaurant. Standard. $$

Chatterbox, 500 Ninth St., 609-399-0113. An Ocean City institution for more than 70 years. Affordable. $.

Cinco de Mayo, 1039 West Ave., 609-399-0199. For a taste of Mexico. Affordable. $

Clancy's By The Sea, 1244 Boardwalk, 609-398-3344. Just like Mom makes. Standard. $$

Cousin's Restaurant, First Street and Asbury Avenue, 609-399-9462. Specializing in fine Italian cuisine & seafood. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Cafe Beach Club, 1280 Boardwalk, 609-398-7700. Service has stood the test of time since 1979. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Del's Oceanside Grill, 934 Boardwalk, 609-399-3931. Serving up burgers and steak sandwiches since 1965. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Emily's Ocean Room Cafe, inside the Historic Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11 St., 609-398-5700. American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts from scratch. Standard. $$

Express Pizza & Subs, 719 Battersea Road, 609-398-3322. Name says it all. Try the thin-crust specialty pizza. Affordable. $

Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlor, 34th Street and West Avenue, 609-525-0648. '50s style ice cream parlor serves breakfast, burgers and tons of sweet treats. Additional location on 14th Street and Asbury Avenue. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Jon and Patty's Coffee Bar and Bistro, 637 Asbury Ave., 609-399-3377. Crafty sandwiches and wraps. Affordable. $

Katina's Gyro Restaurant, Ninth and Central avenues, 609-399-5525. Greek restaurant with an American kids' menu to satisfy picky small fries. Affordable. $

Luigi's, Ninth Street and West Avenue, 609-399-4937. Simple, wholesome Italian fare. Affordable. $

Ma France Creperie, 596 Ninth St., 609-399-9955. Offers buckwheat and dessert crepes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus homemade soups, salads, quiche, organic coffee, espresso, lattes and capuccino. Standard. $$

Manco and Manco Pizza, 920 Boardwalk, 609-399-2548. Going strong since 1956. Seasonal locations on Eighth and 12th streets. Affordable. $

Mario's Pizzeria, 1510 Bay Ave., 609-398-0490. Simple Italian favorites. Affordable. $

Mike's Seafood, 55th Street and West Avenue, 609-399-3474. Dig into fried or steamed seafood platters on your back deck or Mike's. Affordable. $$

Oishii Sushi & Tea, 507 Ninth St., 609-391-8900. Sushi, smoothies and bubble tea. Affordable. $

Oves Restaurant, Fourth Street and Boardwalk, 609-398-3712. Kid-friendly beachside cuisine in the vein of chicken fingers and fries. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Periwinkles, Ninth Street and Atlantic Avenue, 609-814-9500. Seashore casual atmosphere, very family friendly with an extensive kid's menu. Crab & lobster bisque is a must try. Excellent service, famous early bird special and patio dining. Caters to everyone, sure to please! Affordable. $

Piccini Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza, 13th Street and West Avenue, 609-525-0767. Wood-fired pizzas, Italian dinners and seafood. Affordable. $

Positively Fourth Street Coffee Bar & Cafe, Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue, 609-399-8400. Friendly, eclectic little cafe inside Inn at Laurel Bay. Affordable. $

Pure Tacos, 1138 Boardwalk, 609-736-8028. Offering fresh - and completely gluten-free - ingredients, Pure Tacos sells tacos (one for $3.50, two for $6.50, three for $9) and nachos (regular for $7, large for $9.50) of many flavors and varieties. This includes chicken, steak and cheeseburger tacos and the popular chicken bacon ranch nachos. Takeout only. Standard. $$

Randazzo Pizzeria & Family Restaurant, 34th Street and Asbury Avenue, 609-814-1600. Family-owned Italian place serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Standard. $$

Red's Jersey Mex Caf�, 11th Street and Haven Avenue, 609-399-2272. Generously portioned burritos, tacos and quesadillas. Gluten-free menu available. Affordable. $

R.I. Caf�, 403 E. 14th St., 609-391-7780. Asian cuisine offering Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan food has all the Chinese staples. Affordable. $

Sindia, 801 Plymouth Place, 609-399-1997. American-style cuisine and seafood. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Spadafora's, Ninth Street and Atlantic Avenue, 609-398-6154. More than 25 years old and never out of style. Standard. $$

Szechwan Garden, 503 E. Ninth St., 609-398-5456. Low-key Chinese. Affordable. $

Varsity Inn, 605 Eighth St., 609-399-1500. Try the Baked Jersey Tomato soup at this breakfast and lunch stop. Affordable. $

Voltaco's Italian Foods, 957 West Ave., 609-399-0753. Italian classics to take out. Cash only. Standard. $$

Who's on First?, 100 Asbury Ave., 609-399-0764. Coffee, tea, mochas, muffins and lunch. Serves dinner in the summer. Affordable. $

Yianni's Cafe, 814 Asbury Ave., 609-391-1113. Specialty Greek food and American sub shop favorites. Try the bagels. Affordable. $

Ocean County Area

Allen's Clam Bar, 5650 Route 9, New Gretna, 609-296-4106. Famous for oyster stew and clam chowder. Affordable. $

The Grapevine, Route 9, Tuckerton, 609-296-7799. Friendly people, casual atmosphere and great eats. Standard. $$

II Giardino Sul Mare, Route 9 and Hollywood Boulevard, Forked River, 609-971-7699. Your favorite Italian dishes, made to order just the way you like it. Standard. $$


JoJo's, Black Horse Pike and Main St., 609-646-8332. Above-average Italian-American fare. Affordable. $

Mi Jacolito, 375 S. Main St., 609-645-1000. Customers can get a zesty Mexican food and a taste of Honduran food for no more than $12 an entree. Affordable. $

Rio Grande

Momiji, 1302 Route 47 South, 609-886-8888, Serving Japanese hibachi-style food and sushi. Standard. $$

Menz Restaurant, Route 47 and Fulling Mill Road, 609-886-9500. Happening bar scene on Friday nights. Standard. $$

Rio Station, routes 9 and 47, 609-889-2000. Great railroad decor and standard, hearty fare. Standard. $$

Tokyo Japanese, 1711 Route 47 South, 609-889-9220. Sushi, teriyaki, sashimi and tempura all on the menu. Standard. $$

Sea Isle City

Azzurra Pizza, 5012 Landis Ave., 609-263-1868. Pizza and subs in the summer. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Basilico's, 27 43rd St., 609-263-1010. Ethnic cuisine down by the shore. Standard. $$

Braca Cafe, Kennedy Boulevard and the Beach, 609-263-4271. Solid food and drink. Standard. $$

Busch's Seafood Restaurant, 8700 Landis Ave., 609-263-8626. A true family restaurant. Standard. $$

DeNunzio's Brick Oven Pizza, 36th Street and the Boardwalk, 609-263-2600. Pizza, cheesesteaks and authentic Italian gelato. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Dock Mike's Pancake House, 4615 Landis Ave., 609-263-3625. Get your Jersey corn, sweet potato or pina colada pancakes at this inventive breakfast and lunch stop. Additional location in Cape May. Affordable. $

Giovanni's Delicatessen, 4309 Landis Ave., 609-263-7684. Subs and Italian food at this South Philadelphia-style eatery. Affordable. $

Lobster Loft, 42nd Street and the Bay, 609-263-3000. Fun and entertaining restaurant with large menu. Standard. $$

Marie's Lobster House, 4304 Park Road, 609-263-2526. Try the crab cake. Pricey. $$$

Moe's Bar-Bie-Q, 4210 Park Road, 609-263-0300. Soul food and Bourbon baby back ribs. Standard. $$

Mrs. Brizzle's Buns, 4601 Landis Ave., 609-263-2773. Try the cinnamon buns. Also serves sandwiches and breakfast items. Affordable. $

The Ocean Drive, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-1000. Shoreside party spot will fill entertainment and burger cravings alike. Affordable. $

O'Donnell's Pour House, 3907 Landis Ave., 609-263-5600. Pub atmosphere attracts a young crowd. Standard. $$

Rick's Breakfast House, 6114 Landis Ave., 609-263-0037. Casual, friendly breakfast place. Affordable. $

Shoobies Restaurant, 4001 Landis Ave., 609-263-2000. Creative paninis, sliders and sandwiches for the tourist or the local. Affordable. $

Steak-Out, 4005 Landis Ave., 609-263-6200. Serving up cheesesteaks and pancakes since 1966. Affordable. $

Sunset Pier Restaurant, 86th Street and the Bay, 609-263-5200. Simple, affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Affordable. $

Uncle Oogie's Pizzeria, 6118 Landis Ave., 609-263-6086. Inexpensive, family-friendly pizza place. Affordable. $

Valarie's Place, 5900 Landis Ave., 609-263-5400. Kitschy, colorful little meal stop. Family friendly. Standard. $$

Vince's Restaurant, 25 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 609-263-4567. A multi-level restaurant with two dining areas. Affordable. $

Welshie's For Shore, 4203 Landis Ave., 609-263-7455. Reliable wing stop, sandwich shop. Affordable. $

Somers Point

Anchorage Tavern, 823 Bay Ave., 609-926-1776. Great bar food and cold beer. Affordable. $

Breakfast Shop, 910 Bay Ave., 609-601-2100. Behind Smitty's clam bar. Open year-round seven days a week for breakfast from 6 a.m. to noon. Affordable. $

Bay Ave Sushi, 718 Bay Ave., 609-601-8822. A contemporary twist on sushi, this eatery rolls out new special rolls and keeps customers guessing on what flavors will come next. Affordable. $

Charlie's Bar and Restaurant, 800 Shore Road, 609-653-9848. Good food in an informal atmosphere. Affordable. $

Clancy's By the Bay, 101 E. Maryland Avenue, 609-927-6969. This newly opened restaurant has a full bar and seafood menu as well as traditional pub food. Affordable. $

Crab Trap, Somers Point Circle, 609-927-7377. Fresh seafood done well. Standard. $$

Doc's Place, 646 Bay Ave., 609-926-0404. Above-average dinners, great brunch menu. Standard. $$.

Fitzpatrick's Deli, 650 New Road, 609-653-8155. The deli is relocatingfrom the Groveland Shopping Center to its own space. The new Fitzpatrick's will be bigger and better than ever, with more space and parking in this free-standing location. Affordable. $

Gregory's Restaurant & Bar, 900 Shore Road, 609-927-6665. A place for good food and fun. Standard. $$

The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co., 55 Laurel Drive, 609-601-7533. Try the cream-of-crab bisque and fresh baked goodies. Affordable. $

Joe's Restaurant, 131 Jordan Road, 609-927-4637. Very good Greek and Italian cuisine. Affordable. $

Josephine's Pizzeria & Italian Deli, 218 W. New York Ave., 609-927-9230. Homemade pasta and other Italian favorites. Affordable. $

Latz's by the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., 609-788-8838. A shore family tradition presented by Andrew Latz, you can enjoy lunch, dinner and brunch at this location. Affordable. $

Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759. The Anderson family makes its mark on the old Mac's, with great culinary results. Standard. $$

Shanghai House, 28 E. Maryland Ave., 609-926-3388. Great soups. Try the wonton egg-drop. Affordable. $

The Clam Bar, 910 Bay Ave., at Smith's Pier, 609-927-8783. Basic seafood dishes perfectly prepared at a fine price. Affordable. $

800 Bay Restaurant & Bar, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500. A must-eat dining destination featuring Happy Hour all day and all night. Great views, and even better food. Standard. $$


Deauville Inn, 201 Willard Road, 609-263-2080. Waterfront Dining - complimentary sunsets, open noon daily year round; dinner reservations suggested for indoor dining; full liquor service. Standard. $$

Mildred's Strathmere Restaurant, 901 Ocean Drive, 609-263-8209. Homemade pastas. Try the Jewish apple cake and an Italian rum cake. Standard. $$

Stone Harbor

Back Bay Seafood, 8305 Third Ave., 609-368-2022. Acclaimed crab cakes. Standard. $$ Seasonal

Back Yard Restaurant, 220 81st St., 609-368-2627. Elegant outdoor BYOB. Pricey. $$$ Seasonal

Bradley's Steaks and Hoagies, 10725 Third Ave., 609-368-2039. Try the chicken cheesesteak. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Kuishimbo, 330 96th St., 609-967-7007. Typical Japanese done right. Standard. $$

Mildred's, Ocean Drive and Prescott Road, 609-263-8209. A weekender's paradise. Standard. $$

Ristorante Luciano, 9820 Third Ave., 609-967-9115. Gnocchi, puttanesca, rigatoni and other authentic Italian dishes. Standard. $$ Seasonal

Yvette's Cafe, 221 96th St., 609-368-1855. Charming, European-influenced caf�. Affordable. $ Seasonal

Upper Township

Mama Mia Ristorante, Cedar Square Shopping Center, Seaville, 609-624-9322. Mix of American-Italian standards and upscale specials. Standard. $$

Obadiah's, 321 Roosevelt Blvd., Marmora, 609-390-3574. Incredible seafood. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Red Sky Cafe, 3054 Route 9, Seaville, 609-624-2550. Southwestern and Tex-Mex offerings. Standard. $$

Tuckahoe Inn, 1 Harbor Rd. and Route 9, Beesley's Point. 609-390-3322. Standard continental menu fare with beautiful views. Standard. $$

Yesterday's Restaurant, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., Marmora, 609-390-1757. The name echoes its old-timey feel. Standard. $$


Salt Ayre, 7309 Ventnor Ave., 609-428-6952. New in Ventnor, this bistro has everything from tasty oysters to Asian Bangkok chicken wings. Affordable. $

Isabella's, 4 South Portland Ave., 609-822-2477. Authentic Mexican cuisine for dinner. Also serving breakfast and lunch. Cash only. Standard. SS

Lisa's, 5210 Atlantic Ave., 609-823-2117. Great place for lunch, and great decor. Affordable. $

Malelani Cafe, 5205 Atlantic Ave., 609-822-5007. A taste of South Africa with great paninis and coffee. A welcoming atmosphere. Affordable. $

Sack O' Subs, 5217 Ventnor Ave., 609-823-2552. Local fixture since 1969. Additional locations in Absecon, Atlantic City and Ocean City. Affordable. $

Sage, 5206 Atlantic Ave., 609-823-2110. An inventive Italian menu in a fine-dining arena makes Sage just as good, if not superior, to chef Lisa Savage's former Savaradio's in Linwood. Standard. $$

Sub-Ology, 6709 Atlantic Ave., 609-822-4860. Sub-Ology is not just a sub place, it's also a full-service deli, slicing lunchmeat to order. Sub-Ology will also deliver sliced lunchmeat anywhere on the island and even farther. Affordable. $

Yama Japanese Restaurant, 5305 Atlantic Ave., 609-822-8007. Lovely food and service. Standard. $$


Continental Room, West Landis Avenue and Route 55, in the Ramada Inn, 856-692-8600. Fine continental cuisine in an upscale setting. Pricey. $$$

The Garden Room, 3722 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 856-691-3303. Huge banquet room for large groups, parties, etc. Standard. $$

Lucia's, 785 W. Sherman Ave., 856-692-0300. Dine in an indoor courtyard. Standard. $$

Maplewood III, 200 N. Delsea Drive, 856-692-2011. Daily dinner and early-bird specials. Standard. $$

Neptune Seafood House and Cocktail Lounge, 1554 S. Delsea Drive, 856-692-2800. Affordable seafood that's big on taste. Standard. $$

Red Lobster, 3849 S. Delsea Drive, 856-825-9600. The classic chain you've come to know and love. Standard. $$

The Wildwoods

The Bayview, 8100 Bayview Drive, Wildwood Crest, 609-522-1287. Classic food, classic taste. Standard. $$

Big River Fish Co./Grilladelphia, 300 W. Spruce Ave., N. Wildwood, 609-846-1099. Now boasting double the name and menu, Big River Fish Co./Grilladelphia opened this summer under new management, selling the broiled and fried combos and crabcakes of Big River as well as the cheesesteaks, pizza and wings that made a name for Grilladelphia. Entrees $3.95 to $16.95. Standard. $$

Boathouse Restaurant, 506 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, 609-729-5301. Try the surf and turf. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Claude's, 100 Olde New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood, 609-522-0400. Visit this petite oasis for typical French delights. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Gia, 3800 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, 609-729-5959. Everyone's favorite veal, chicken and seafood dishes. Standard. $$

Groff's Restaurant, 423 Magnolia Ave., Wildwood, 609-522-5474. Amazing prices with excellent food. Affordable. $

Jersey Girl Drinks and Dining, Corner of Schellenger and Atlantic avenues, 609-523-1800. Contemporary American cuisine focusing on meat and seafood. Standard. $$

Joe's Fish Co. at Morey's Piers, 2701 Boardwalk, Wildwood, 609-522-3900. Offering "contemporary Boardwalk fare" in the vein of pizza, seafood and Curley's fries. A casual, off-the-beach eatery, Joe's Fish Co. serves both quick family favorites such as its 12-inch brick oven pizza and high-end dinners such as lobster. Entrees range from $14 to $24, excepting lobster, which is sold at market price. Standard. $$

Juan Pablo's, Garfield and Pacific avenues, Wildwood, 609-729-6500. A corner bar that doubles as a Mexican restaurant with delicious entrees and crayons for the kids. Standard. $$

La Piazza Cucina Italiano, 4600 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, 609-522-8300. Hot Italian food, live music and family atmosphere. Standard. $$

Lighthouse Pointe, 5101 Shawcrest Road, Wildwood, 609-522-SHIP. Food is great and the dining room is big enough for large groups. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Marie Nicole's, 9510 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest, 609-522-5425. One of the first "gourmet" restaurants to succeed in Wildwood area. Standard. $$

Neil's Steak and Chowder House, 222 E. Schellenger Ave., Wildwood, 609-522-5226. Never a disappointment. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Nino's Family Restaurant, 201 West Walnut Ave., North Wildwood, 609-729-9314. Homey pasta house with gigantic portions. Standard. $$

Owen's Pub, 119 E. 17th Ave., 609-729-7290. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Affordable. $

Sunset Bay, 400 W. Spruce Ave., North Wildwood, 609-523-0411. Tropical meets traditional in this gem of a shore restaurant. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Tony Luke's, 6200 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood Crest, 215-551-5725. A South Philadelphia staple comes to the Wildwoods and offers all the tried-and-true fare of Tony Luke's. This includes the roast pork sandwich, chicken cutlets and, of course, cheesesteaks. Standard. $$

Tucker's, Wildwood and Atlantic avenues, Wildwood, 609-846-1110. Happy Hour and daily specials a must. Standard. $$

Two Mile Inn & Crab House, Ocean Drive, Wildwood Crest, 609-522-1341. Fresh seafood. Outside Tiki Bar a big draw, as well. Standard. $$. Seasonal.

Urie's Waterfront Restaurant, 588 West Rio Grande Ave., 609-522-4189. Menu of broiled/ fried seafood combinations. Standard. $$. Seasonal.


Soprano's Pizzeria, Route 550, corner of Dehirsch and Heilprin, 609-861-3663. Delicious pasta dishes. Affordable. $

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