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Apr 4, 2008 08:06 AM

LBI hints and tips?

I'm spending a week in LBI this summer, and I haven't been there for twenty years. What's there to eat? Any info appreciated... good food stores, farmer's markets, restaurants, bakeries, whatever... anything and everything!

Thanks in advance hounds!

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  1. La Spiaggia is the best restaurant on the island. It's on the outbound causeway right before the first bridge. You won't be disappointed.
    I also like Mario's Italian market on Long Beach Blvd in Surf City. Everything they sell is very fresh and the staff is nice and helpful.
    There is also a little outdoor cafe open in the summer. The Sandbox, I think it's called. It's on LB blvd. in Ship Bottom. It's cute, all outdoor seating with fountains, etc. Plus, the food is excellent. I've anly been for breakfast, but they do lunch, too. Cash only.
    If you're into a blast from the past, try the Holiday Snack Bar (you may have actually been there 20 years ago) on Centre St. in Beach Haven. Food is okay, but it's exactly the same as the day it opened and the pies and cakes are excellent.
    Lex Mex in Ship Bottom serves decent Mexican food. The fish taco is really good.
    Mud City crab house on East Bay Ave in Manahawkin has great seafood, but they get super crowded in the summer so be prepared for a wait.
    Mustache Bill's diner in Barnegat Light is still open for business. I went there last week and had a good cheeseburger and fries.
    Pangea on Rt. 72 E. is a great source for organic everything and the staff is helpful.

    That's all I got for now. If I think of anything else I'll let you know. Hope you have a great time!

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      1. re: The Engineer

        I will second Mud City. They have great food but you have to get there early as it gets really crowded.

    1. For an upscale night out, you can't go wrong with either Blue or Yellow Fin - both are outstanding.

      For the quintessential Jersey Shore experience, don't miss a visit to the M&M Steam Bar for steamers, raw bar, corn on the cob, etc.

      1. Food:
        The Chicken or the Egg!
        Buckalew's (good burgers), Green Gables (nice brunch, nice prix fixe), Beach Haven Fishery (we usually take out, but there are tables also), Greenhouse Cafe (very granola crunchy, but good), Country Kettle Chowda (and fudge, too... mmm), Engelside Inn.
        I've also heard Sweet Vidalia is good for upscale-- but who wants upscale in the summer?
        Elephant Ears (and other baked goods) from Crust & Crumb (Bay Village)
        Fantasy Island for the kids (POP on Fridays, usually)-- used to be called Hartman's Amusements
        Murphy's Market also has liquors in the store (one stop shopping, decent sized market). There is a mini golf place just south of Murphy's that has very reasonable prices (and you can return the same day for free).

        that should get you started-- where on LBI are you staying? Most of these places are in or near Beach Haven. We've been going to LBI forever...

        1. My parents are in LBI all the time and always eat at Scojo's.
          I thinks its great for breakfast and dinner, very casual
          yellowfin is also awesome for dinner but kind of pricey.

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          1. re: cmarie

            Agree on Scojo's - good diner-like menu - comfortable casual - not high-falutin' but good food - I'm particularly partial to their roast pork.

          2. Chicken or the Egg. If you dont hit this place at least 4 times and try the Goshdarnwich, Im afraid I will have to call the trip a failure :)