Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival Set for September 28

Beef chili, vegetarian chili, mild chili or out-of-this-world spicy chili…however you like it, you are bound to find your ideal chili at this year’s Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival on September 28, 2019.

But, that’s not all that will be served up at this year’s festival on the Music Pier from noon–4 p.m. The other half of the festival includes robust and flavorful chowder offerings, from seafood to vegetable and other savory dishes.

An admission fee of $15 per adult and $5 per child enables you to enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of chili and chowder prepared by Ocean City Restaurant Association members. With each admission ticket, you’ll also grab a bottle of water to put out the fire from all of the zesty samplings.

On that topic, don’t miss another excellent part of the Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival which is the chili competition between Ocean City firefighters from the three firehouses on the island. Firefighters from the 5th Street headquarters, 29th Street station, and 45th Street station will engage in a little friendly cooking competition as each station competes to have their chili voted to be the best by Chili Chowder Fest attendees.

In addition to enjoying a day sampling chili and chowder and seeing who wins for the best firehouse chili in the Ocean City Fire Department Chili Cookoff, you’ll be helping the Ocean City Fire Department to raise money for the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit raises money to contribute to many local organizations to help those in need.

Don’t miss this extraordinary culinary event where you can sample delicious chili and chowder and help the Ocean City Fire Department raise money for their foundation at the same time. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters located at 550 Asbury Avenue and the 29th Street fire station at 2901 West Avenue.

Maximizing Your Labor Day Weekend in Ocean City

Let’s be honest. Labor Day weekend is tough. It’s the end of the unofficial summer and a time when many kids are getting ready to head back to school. Basically, it’s a bummer! But, don’t be sad, because with Labor Day weekend comes end-of-season sales and the opportunity to grab your last bite of seasonal shore food. Plus, in addition to year-round residents looking forward to “locals summer,” it’s also a time for visitors and seasonal homeowners to enjoy the bevy of activities which occur throughout Ocean City during the fall season.

So, what can you look forward to this weekend? Plenty!

Sales and Specials Galore

As the summer season is nearing its end, many stores are putting their inventory on sale and clearance. Some of the not-to-be-missed sale spots and offerings include the following:

  • Hoy’s 5 & 10: 30-40% off marked price items throughout the store
  • Salty Seahorse20% off beach totes, hats and Ayala Bar products
  • Henry’s: Free gift with $100 purchase of Dune Jewelry
  • Harbor Outfitters: Bote Board blowout sale! $200-$500 off, depending on board style.
  • Seagrass Boutique: At the Linwood and Ocean City shops, Seagrass Boutique will be hosting its Labor Day sale with 20% off throughout the entire store.

Seasonal Last Bites

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

Okay, so whether you live in Ocean City year-round, own a summer home, or are visiting temporarily, chances are you love the smell of caramel corn in the air and cold bites of soft serve. Well, unfortunately, some of these seasonal bites will be paused until next summer. So, what does that mean? You better stock up on your favorites while you can! Here’s a list of must-visit spots and menu items in which to indulge to hold you over until next summer (or your next visit to OC):

Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, may it be filled with family, friends, and fun!

 

 

 

 

Now Open in Ocean City: El Guacamole

A new restaurant just opened its doors in Ocean City: El Guacamole!

The Mexican eatery is located at 403 East 14th Street, in the spot formerly occupied by Ivy Pho. With its flagship restaurant in Millville, El Guacamole is no stranger to the culinary scene. The popular restaurant has received plenty of praise from customers who know and love the Millville location.

As for what you can expect at the new spot in Ocean City, prepare yourself for delicious guacamole prepared tableside and other Mexican cuisine favorites such as fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, queso fundido and more.

The hours of operation are 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. For more information, the restaurant phone number is (609) 938-2698.

Visit this new restaurant today and welcome the El Guacamole team to Ocean City!

Freshly-Baked Donuts and Sweet Treats Line the Shelves at Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery

When looking for a sweet and delicious way to start your morning off right in Ocean City, look no further than Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery.

Located at 407 East 14th Street, Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery offers breakfast treats galore which are perfect for any time of the day. Some of the items you’ll be able to take home in the signature pink boxes include donuts of a wide array, ranging from powdered delicacies generously filled with a sweet cream filling to iced and sprinkled options. Other must-try menu items include brownies, cookies, muffins, and Danish.

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You can have your items boxed to go or order a cup of coffee with your breakfast items to enjoy at one of the umbrella-covered tables outside. Whichever you choose, you’ll find the menu options to be plentiful and delicious and the Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery team to be extremely friendly and helpful.

If you have yet to stop by Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery, or are overdue for a visit, pop in today to indulge in the many wonderful offerings.

Spots to Grab Healthy and Delicious Culinary Bites in Ocean City

Food can be delicious and healthy at the same time. In Ocean City, you’ll find plenty of restaurants that offer nutritious dining options where taste is in no way sacrificed. From tempting fruit bowls to vegetarian dishes, you’ll find your share of healthy dining spots with enticing menu items throughout the city.

Here are some of the locations where you can grab healthy and delicious culinary bites in Ocean City as well as some not-to-be-missed items at each spot:

Healthy Sandwiches and Entrees

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The Farm Stand at 14th: The Farm Stand at 14th, located below Bob’s Grill at 14th Street and the Boardwalk, offers a healthy menu filled with veggie-laden dishes and items for the meat lovers of the group. Some of the menu items to try at the Farm Stand include the vegan crab cake, grass-fed beef burger, and the sweet potato taco. And, be sure to check with the restaurant as to their special menu item of the day.

Heart Beet Kitchen: Another must-visit spot for nutritious and tasty meals in Ocean City is Heart Beet Kitchen. The unique menu items you’ll find at Heart Beet Kitchen, located at 801 8th Street, include buffalo cauliflower, watermelon feta salad, eggplant meatballs, and coconut BLT, to name a few.

Soma Cafe: At Soma Cafe, located at 825 Asbury Avenue, you can grab all of your favorite healthy breakfast and lunch offerings from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., seven days a week. Some menu items you should definitely try at Soma include the almond butter avocado toast, strawberry kale salad, and Brussels sprout grilled cheese. As an added bonus, Soma Cafe opens on Thursday nights for dinner and offers a three-course prix fixe meal for $25 per person.

Bashful Banana Bakery and Cafe: When you’re on the boardwalk and find yourself craving healthy eats, pop into the Bashful Banana Bakery and Cafe, located at 946 Boardwalk on Colony Walk. With delicious and nutritious menu options such as the balsamic chicken wrap, shrimp salad sandwich, vegan Thai tofu scramble rice bowl, peanut noodles, and vegetarian paella filling the menu, you are certain to find quite a few items to savor at the Bashful Banana. Also, be sure to check out the daily specials offered for some tempting limited-time-only items.

Tempting Pitaya/Acai/Fruit Bowls and Frozen Yogurt

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Spoon & Sip: As the “home of 100% all-natural acai,” Spoon & Sip at 838 Asbury Avenue offers a menu filled with healthy and delicious light bites of a wide array. The items you’ll find at Spoon & Sip include nutrient-filled and flavor-rich pitaya bowls and acai bowls, refreshing frozen yogurt offerings and so much more. Stop in and enjoy some delectable Spoon & Sip options today!

Yoasis Beach Bowls: Another nutritious eatery in Ocean City is Yoasis Beach Bowls at 1242 Boardwalk. Visit Yoasis Beach Bowls and scoop up all of your favorite healthy bowls, including pitaya bowls and acai bowls, and frozen yogurt options.

Bungalow Bowls: Bungalow Bowls, with two locations including 816 Boardwalk and 1054 Asbury Avenue, is another excellent spot for healthy fare in the way of acai bowls, pitaya bowls, smoothies, and more. Whether you crave a fruit-laden bowl to take along with you to the beach or want to sip a smoothie while strolling along Asbury Avenue, Bungalow Bowls has you covered.

Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls, located at 744 Boardwalk, is your go-to spot for healthy offerings such as poke bowls, green base bowls, chia pudding bowls, and so much more. These refreshing and healthy snacks are filling and delicious, all at the same time.

Visit one or more of these spots today in Ocean City and discover that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor!

Ocean City Breakfast Spots Which Will Make Your Morning Even Better

Dining options in Ocean City are plentiful, whether searching for breakfast, lunch or dinner spots. When seeking out a place to dine in the morning and start your day off right, you’ll have quite a few options available. Here are some spots to visit for breakfast in Ocean City to make your morning even better than it already is:

Ocean City Cafe

Ocean City Cafe now has two locations on the island and you can choose the one which is most convenient for you. Visit the flagship location at 846 Central Avenue or the new location at The Seahorse Grill in the Pavilion Motor Lodge. Indulge in savory omelets, pancakes, waffles, and more. And, don’t miss the $3.99 breakfast specials, available until 10 a.m. at the Central Avenue location.

Chatterbox

The Chatterbox, located at 500 East 9th Street, provides breakfast offerings of a wide array. Some of the menu items you’ll find at this Ocean City restaurant include beignets with Nutella dipping sauce; the Fisherman’s Breakfast, which includes three eggs, fingerling potatoes, choice of bread, and choice of applewood bacon or sausage; eggs Benedict; biscuits and gravy skillet; and, many more culinary items.

 Kessel’s Korner

Kessel’s Korner is known for its stellar ice cream offerings and expansive lunch menu, but did you know that this popular Ocean City eatery also offers breakfast? When you dine at Kessel’s Korner for breakfast you can indulge in many delicious morning culinary items including the following: fried egg, pork roll, and cheese sandwich with home fries; fluffy pancakes with your choice of meat; scrambled eggs wrap with home fries; and, so much more!

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

With two locations in Ocean City, one at 21st Street and one at 40th Street, you are bound to be located close to an Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. This famous breakfast spot, with several locations on the South Jersey shoreline, is one which draws a large crowd. Some of the highly recommended items include the chocolate chip pancakes, peanut butter pancakes, blueberry buttermilk pancakes, the Jersey Shore omelet with Taylor pork roll and cheese, and Uncle Bill’s Special, a breakfast meal featuring a 6-ounce strip steak with 2 eggs and 3 pancakes.

 OC Surf Cafe

The OC Surf Cafe is a great spot to grab breakfast and enjoy an authentic surf vibe at the same time. With menu items such as a western omelet, meat-laden omelet, chocolate chip pancakes, banana nut French toast, and steak and egg tacos gracing the menu, you better believe that OC Surf Cafe is a popular breakfast spot in Ocean City.

Sunrise Cafe

The Sunrise Cafe offers plentiful breakfast dining options with a large outdoor seating area along Asbury Avenue. With delectable breakfast culinary dishes such as sausage and gravy, huevos rancheros, crab avocado toast, Nutella peanut butter French toast, and Spanish omelet gracing the menu, Sunrise Cafe is a breakfast eatery which draws the crowd in.

Ready’s Coffee Shop

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Ready’s Coffee Shop is a restaurant filled with nostalgia and delicious eats. Having recently undergone renovations, the Ready’s of today offers an impressive interior while still retaining its original charm. Stop into Ready’s Coffee Shop for robust hot coffee, sensational breakfast items, and a welcoming vibe.

Cafe Beach Club

For boardwalk area dining, the Cafe Beach Club offers indoor and outdoor dining options. Sit on the porch and enjoy alfresco dining as you watch the boardwalk crowds pass by and take in the lovely ocean views. The breakfast menu at the Cafe Beach Club features many tempting culinary items including egg breakfast platters, omelets, buttermilk pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, French toast, and more.

Yianni’s

Yianni’s on Asbury Avenue offers breakfast every day until 2 p.m., which is perfect for those early morning breakfast seekers and late morning diners alike. Start your day off at Yianni’s with delectable menu items such as their freshly-made smoothies of a wide array, egg-laden breakfast platters, and sweet breakfast items, such as the Bella Nutella, a concoction of strawberries, banana and Nutella over your choice of waffles, French toast or pancakes.

Varsity Inn

Varsity Inn has been an Ocean City dining staple since 1969. Enjoy a fresh, delicious breakfast at Varsity Inn with menu items ranging from the Jersey omelet to the French bread French toast to the perfectly-prepared hotcakes. Top it off with a juice or hot coffee and you have the ideal morning meal.

Augie’s

Augie’s is your go-to spot for breakfast delicacies of a wide array. Open every day from 7 a.m.–2 p.m., this year-round eatery offers exceptional breakfast items such as specialty omelets, egg platters, unique waffle offerings, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Senior citizens can even grab a discount deal at Augie’s with five different, specially-priced menu options to choose from if you are 62 years of age and older.

Dockside Kitchen

For bayside dining, stop by Dockside Kitchen for some sensational breakfast favorites and unique morning culinary offerings. Some of the menu items on the Dockside Kitchen roster include classic Benedict, daily quiche special, crab cake Benedict, lobster toast, short rib toast, Nutella French toast, and other unforgettable culinary dishes.

Airport Diner

Head over to the Ocean City Airport and have breakfast at the Airport Diner. This popular breakfast spot is open year-round and offers breakfast all day long. So, no matter what time it is, if you’re craving some made-to-order pancakes, you can have your wishes granted at Airport Diner. Other menu items include omelets, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast wraps, French toast, fruit bowls, and more.

Arlene’s on Asbury

Arlene’s on Asbury has your morning meal of the day covered with spectacular breakfast options. Start your morning off right with a glass of fresh orange juice and coffee along with the eggs Benedict Florentine, Western omelet or other tempting breakfast menu items.

These are just a few of the many spots to explore when searching for breakfast dining options in Ocean City!

Omelet photo credit: Ocean City Cafe

Plan Your Next Dining Trip to Kessel’s Korner ASAP

You walk into Kessel’s Korner out of the humid summer air and are craving a refreshing made-to-order milkshake. Not only will you find this cold, welcome beverage crafted from quality Breyer’s ice cream but a wide array of additional menu items as well.

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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as those in-between-meal sweet treats, Kessel’s Korner offers a bevy of culinary offerings. The Ocean City eatery, located at 2760 Asbury Avenue, is the perfect spot to bring the family for a meal or impromptu dessert. Some of the menu items include fried egg, pork roll, and cheese breakfast sandwich; pancakes; French toast; cheesesteak; tuna salad sandwich; crispy chicken wrap; chicken salad platter; hamburger; and, so much more. Add in the dessert offerings of hand-dipped ice cream, milkshakes, and ice cream sodas, all of the Breyer’s variety, and you have all of your meals covered at Kessel’s.

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The food isn’t the only thing which will draw you in at Kessel’s Korner. The casual and nostalgic seat-your-self interior will draw you back to an iconic era and the staff will make you feel welcome as soon as you enter the restaurant. Just remember to bring some cash along with you, as this is a cash-only establishment. Should you forget, there’s an ATM machine at the front to help you out with your purchase.

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Kessel’s Korner is open daily from 8 a.m.–10 p.m.