The Lobster House
Fisherman's Wharf, Cape May Harbor, Lower Township, 609-884-8296, thelobsterhouse.com
Known for its fleet of ships that deliver fresh seafood daily, The Lobster House is another local seafood staple that offers simple, quality seafood, which is what diners should expect when eating in a seafood restaurant at the shore. This large harborfront restaurant, with an equally large menu, knows not to mess with success. That's why people keep coming back.
Suggestions: Oyster stew, snapper soup, schooner dinner (steamers, mussels, shrimp, scallops, lobster), Port & Starboard (petite filet mignon, stuffed broiled lobster, broiled tomato). Pricey.
Mustache Bill's Diner
Eighth Street and Broadway, Barnegat Light, 609-494-0155
It may be open for breakfast and lunch only, but Mustache Bill's long lines are proof a diner can be a culinary destination. Just ask the Food Network's Guy Fieri, who featured the Long Beach Island eatery on his show, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." You also can ask the James Beard Foundation, which declared Mustache Bill's an "American Classic." Owner Bill Smith knows his customers want tasty, artery-clogging food and lots of it. And he never disappoints. He can even make pancakes look like people.
Suggestions: Cyclops (pancake with fried egg in the middle), cream chipped beef over home fries, cheesesteak, omelets, chili, cinnamon raisin French toast, hot turkey sandwich, barbecued beef sandwich, corned beef. Affordable.
7807 Atlantic Ave., Margate, 609-823-5050
It may look like an unassuming local bar from the outside, but if you're lucky enough to land one of the few tables inside this Margate hot spot, you'll be surprised by the amazing food. If you're looking for gourmet service and haute cuisine, this isn't the place for you. This is exceptional bar food served in a dark, cramped pub.
Suggestions: Hot wings, barbecued ribs, steamers, burgers, buffalo shrimp. Affordable.
Uncle Bill's Pancake House
Various locations in Avalon, Cape May, N. Cape May, Ocean City, Stone Harbor, Strathmere, Wildwood, http://www.unclebillspancakehouse.com" target= "_blank">www.unclebillspancakehouse.com
It doesn't really matter which Uncle Bill's you go to in the summer, there is always a wait for breakfast, no matter what day of the week. And their lunch menu does not disappoint either. People say it's hard to screw up breakfast, but how many restaurants make breakfast great? Uncle Bill's locations, which are run by various members of the O'Hara family, does just that. The different locations' hours and days change seasonally, so call before you go. The Avalon, North Cape May and Ocean City (21st Street) locations remain open year-round.
Suggestions: Fluffy buttermilk pancakes with blueberries or pecans, cream cheese-stuffed French toast with homemade cinnamon butter, fresh waffles and strawberries, overstuffed omelets, potato pancakes with applesauce and bacon, crab cakes, Aunt Betty's Signature salad. Affordable.