Long Beach Island, New Jersey offers around 18 miles of beach to explore, and six different municipalities each with its own flair and sights to savor. Accordingly, Long Beach Island vacation rentals serve as the perfect home away from home for a fun-filled family getaway. These accommodations provide easy beach access, and are situated nearby amusement parks, and plenty of family-friendly restaurants to satisfy your big appetites. Check out the most popular Long Beach Island restaurants for tasty options to fill up everyone from toddlers to grandparents.
1. Crabby Paddy’s
At the beach, seafood is always in season, and Crabby Paddy’s convenient location near the center of Long Beach Island in Ship Bottom makes it a great place for your family’s seafood feast. From crabby-tizers to homemade desserts the menu offers up scrumptious choices for fabulous dinners. Keep your children entertained with the convenient coloring kids’ menus, and be sure to check out the restaurant’s famous crabby paddy crab cakes while you’re there.
2. The Local Market and Kitchen
To sample the local cuisine, take a morning stroll to The Local Market and Kitchen for breakfast. This cozy cafe provides offerings made fresh from the local harvest, including breakfast sandwiches, egg burritos, and quiche. Your kids are sure to love the blueberry French toast while you savor the nitro cold-brew coffee selections or fruited cold-brew teas. While you’re there pick up some fresh pre-made salads for lunch on the beach, and a pound of specialty coffee to brew the next morning in your vacation rental kitchen.
3. Biggy’s Beach Grill
Near the southern end of Long Beach Island, check out Biggy’s Beach Grill for mouthwatering burgers perfect for lunch or dinner on the beach. An oversized blackboard displays their menu, but you can order ahead if your kids hate to wait. Fabulous surfboard decor and outdoor picnic table seating are fun for the younger set while the delicious Caribbean specialties like the Jamaican jerk chicken served with fried plantains keep your adult tastebuds entertained.
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4. The Chicken or the Egg
Make weekend brunch at The Chicken or the Egg a family tradition, and enjoy stuffed omelets, eggwiches, or flavorful peanut butter pancakes. You’ll want to come back in the evening to try the jumbo wings and extra-thick milkshakes. The special Little Cluckers menu offers your kids their own house specialties, including funky fries, a pasta party, and crazy shakes with extra whipped cream.
5. Uncle Will’s Pancake House
Don’t let the name fool you. Although breakfast is its specialty, Uncle Will’s also offers dinner several nights a week. Watch your kids smile at the pig-themed decor including an oversized pig-mascot sculpture that just might join you for dinner. After your meal of fluffy pancakes or eggs-traordinary omelets, check out the gift shop for a variety of pig-themed items suitable for taking home souvenirs.
6. Skipper Dipper
If your kids just can’t wait to get to dessert, stop by Skipper Dipper for delicious ice cream goodness. Specialty cookie and pretzel cones plus over 30 sundae toppings make these treats extra special. Order smaller child-sized cones to give your littlest tots a treat that is easy to eat, and check out the gelato and malts for more sophisticated palates.
7. Black Whale Bar & Fish House
The Black Whale Bar & Fish House pairs a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere with food designed to please an upscale appetite. Order steaks and cocktails for the adults in your party, or try one of the restaurant’s seafood specials. Kid-friendly entrees include burgers and fried fish with sides like corn on the cob and fresh-cut fries. Ask for your meal served family style to encourage your kids to try new foods, and be sure to take a peek into the large lobster and crab tank before you leave.
8. Blue Water Cafe
Champion chowder, fresh lobster rolls, and bouillabaisse are just a few of the delicious seafood dishes you’ll find on the menu at Blue Water Cafe. The extensive menu covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner while the cozy dining room provides high chairs and booster seats to keep everyone comfortable. Porch seating is available for smaller families, letting you enjoy the cool sea breeze while you savor your meal.
9. The Sandbox Café
Before going to play in the sand at the beach, have a big breakfast at this Ship Bottom favorite. Be sure to ask about the seasonal french toast and waffle options featuring fresh fruit and homemade syrups. If you prefer savory breakfast fare, try the crab cakes and eggs or clam hash, entrees that combine your favorite seafood with breakfast staples for one delicious meal.
10. Good Shore Donuts
This kid-friendly eatery makes donuts to order while you wait. Check out the weekly specials, or try one of their regular flavors, such as inside-out Boston cream or French toast. For hearty appetites, order LBI’s original donut sundae or a riptide soft-serve ice cream treat chocked full of your favorite mix-ins.
11. Woodies Drive In
Woodies Drive-In offers your family old-fashioned fun plus a quality meal. The basic menu features burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches with all your favorite toppings plus the Jersey specialty, pork roll. The separate kids’ menu offers favorites like macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, and personal pizzas. Choose indoor or outdoor seating, and enjoy the retro diner ambiance of 1950s and 1960s music and decor.
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