Easter Treats and Holiday Dining Essentials in Ocean City

Easter is just over a week away and you may be getting holiday items together for this special day. Whether you’re looking for Easter treats to give to friends and loved ones or you’re thinking about your holiday meal, here are some places to look for all your Easter essentials in Ocean City:

Easter Gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect Easter gifts to give to friends and family members, hop to it and visit these wonderful Ocean City businesses:

  • Hoy’s 5&10: Hoy’s 5&10 is always a go-to for seasonal gifts and year-round necessities. Visit Hoy’s 5&10 today to stock up on holiday gifts for Easter.
  • Shriver’s: Shriver’s offers so many wonderful sweet treats, during the Easter holiday and year-round. If you’re looking for items all ready to gift, you’re going to love the products wrapped in lovely spring-themed paper and prepared Easter baskets!
  • Rauhauser’s: Hop on down to Asbury Avenue and check Easter treats off your list with ease thanks to the large selection of chocolates and candies at Rauhauser’s.
  • Bohemian Mama: Stop by Bohemian Mama for Easter items, and everyday options, your kids are sure to love. From Easter outfits to toys, you’ll find all types of fun and eye-catching items at Bohemian Mama.
  • Salty Seahorse: The Salty Seahorse is filled with must-have items for Easter and every day. Visit the Salty Seahorse and check out the tempting selection of clothing, accessories, and pamper spa items.
  • Pappagallo: Pappagallo should be on your must-visit Ocean City Easter shopping list. At the Asbury Avenue store you’ll find pretty pastel accessories and clothing, such as Lilly Pulitzer pouches and headbands, and so much more to make your Easter gift recipient smile!

Easter Dining

It’s a good idea to start perusing your Easter dining options now. Here are a few Ocean City restaurants that can help you out:

  • Jon & Patty’s: Pre-order your Easter takeout dinner from Jon & Patty’s and leave the cooking to the professionals! Check out the Easter dinner menu and place your order today before the options sell out. And be sure to stop by the restaurant to try one of their specialty Easter-themed lattes!
  • Spadafora’s: Spadafora’s will be reopening for the season on April 2 of Easter weekend. Buy all your favorite seafood delicacies and have an Easter feast ready to go!
  • Bennie’s Bread: If you’re looking for a few items to add to your Easter dinner table or want prepared meals to feed the family throughout the weekend, stop by Bennie’s Bread. The shop offers a wide array of fresh-baked rolls and breads, prepared Italian meals, freshly-baked pizzas, and a ton of other delicious items your family is sure to love.
  • The Flanders Hotel: Enjoy an Easter brunch at The Flanders Hotel. Call to make your reservation ASAP and enjoy a decadent brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with seating scheduled every half-hour. The price is $39.95 for adults and children 11+, $16.95 for children ages 2-10, and free for kids under the age of 2, plus tax and gratuity.

Easter Events

Easter events are still few and far between this year due to COVID-19, but there are a couple of fun events on the calendar including:

  • Great Egg Hunt: Although the beach won’t be filled with kids this year hunting for Easter eggs as it was pre-COVID, the city has come up with a socially-distanced way to provide fun for the kids. On March 27 and April 3, the Great Egg Hunt will take place on the boardwalk from 1-4 p.m. Kids ages 7 and under, accompanied by their family, can visit participating stores on the boardwalk to collect eggs with special treats inside. Grab a flyer on the boardwalk on either of these days and start the hunt!
  • JiLLy’s: The JiLLy’s team will be participating in the Great Egg Hunt. They’ll also be offering free parking at JiLLy’s Arcade during the event. Start off the Great Egg Hunt at JiLLy’s Ice Cream Factory and Arcade and receive a free goodie bag. Plus, be sure to say hi to the SiLLy JiLLy Rabbit while you’re there!

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings for Easter gift and dining updates and have a wonderful weekend!

Ocean City Businesses Opening Soon

March is here which means many Ocean City businesses will start opening for the season. From tempting donut shops to clothing stores with a beach vibe, get ready for your favorite Ocean City stores and restaurants to open their doors and welcome guests in.

Here are some of the latest opening announcements:

Kessel’s Korner: Opening for the season on March 11. Hours of operation will be as follows: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Playland’s Castaway Cove: Many people were worried that, due to the recent fire at Playland, it might be a while until this amusement park was up and running again. But, don’t worry! The Playland team has just announced the rides are expected to open on March 27.

Dot’s Pastry Shop: Get ready to enjoy your favorite donuts when Dot’s Pastry Shop reopens the weekend of March 27 and 28. The shop will be open on weekends, 7 a.m.-noon.

JiLLy’s Candy Factory: Start thinking about what sweet treats you want to stock up on when JiLLy’s Candy Factory reopens on Friday, March 5. The candy store will be open Friday through Sunday each week, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Island Gypsy: Starting March 11, Island Gypsy will be open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Keep checking back to see when other favorite Ocean City businesses will be opening their doors for the season!

Last Minute Super Bowl Food and Beverage Options

Super Bowl Sunday is here and it may be looking a bit different this year. Gatherings are probably smaller but that’s no excuse to not have spectacular food and beverage options for the big game!

Here are some spots in Ocean City and on the mainland to grab your favorite game day culinary bites and beverages:

Bennie’s Bread

Bennie’s Bread at 12th Street and Asbury Avenue is a go-to, one-stop shopping spot for all your game day essentials. Some of the culinary bites you’ll find at Bennie’s Bread include freshly baked rolls, stuffed breads, wood-fired pizzas, and so much more! Bennie’s Bread also offers a wide array of prepared Italian entrees, so feeding your family for Super Bowl Sunday is easy as can be.

Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

Order your favorite Italian delicacies from Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant off their regular menu or try their Super Bowl special to enjoy during the game today. The Super Bowl special includes 25 wings, a large pizza, and a 2-liter bottle of soda for $39.

Somers Point Brewing Company

If you’re heading over to the mainland, stop by Somers Point Brewing Company from 1-6 p.m. for your favorite beer to-go. Takeout brews can be purchased in 32-ounce crowlers and 64-ounce growlers. You can enjoy your favorite beers while supporting this local brewing company at the same time.

Charlie’s Bar

While you’re over at Somers Point Brewing Company, order takeout chicken wings from Charlie’s Bar to indulge in during the game. Choose from a variety of sauces including Tail Gun (mild), Top Gun (very spicy), Southwest (secret BBQ sauce), and Stinger (honey garlic with a kick). Just make sure to order before you head over, because they’re sure to be even more popular today!

Randazzo’s

No matter whether you want to pick up your Super Bowl food or have it delivered directly to your door, Randazzo’s has you covered. Order your favorite pizza pies, sandwiches, Italian entrees, and more from Randazzo’s. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m., with orders taken until 8:30 p.m.

Make sure you’re well stocked for the big game today and show some love for the local restaurants and breweries at the same time!

Things to Try and Buy This Month in Ocean City

The holidays have come and gone and cold, brisk days are probably what the rest of January has in store for us. Want some ways to make this month an eventful and fun one? Try some tempting food items you haven’t indulged in yet and buy some new products from the businesses around Ocean City!

Here are a few of the latest and greatest food and product offerings you should enjoy in Ocean City:

Beef Empanadas from Sunrise Cafe

Sunrise Cafe has an expansive dining menu with many tempting culinary items on it. This beef empanada special is comfort food at its finest. Pair it with a side of your choice and you have a complete meal you’re going to be thinking about for days to come.

Cozy Outfits from Surf Cottage Shop

As the colder weather sets in, staying cozy and comfortable is essential. With the new joggers available from Surf Cottage Shop in Stainton’s, this goal is an easy one to achieve. While you’re in the shop, check out the other products and buy some additional items to add to your 2021 wardrobe.

CocoaBombs at JiLLy’s Candy Factory

Visit JiLLy’s Candy Factory to stock up on CocoaBombs. These sweet treats are the latest culinary craze which are delicious and fun at the same time. Make your weekend even better with one of these chocolaty treats.

Framed Products from SaltWorks Studio

January is an excellent time to redecorate and hang framed artwork and decor pieces around your home. Take your artwork to a whole new level by having it turned into a beautiful finished product with the help of SaltWorks Studio. Visit the studio to view their products and ask for suggestions as to how to turn your artwork or decor piece into an even more spectacular vision.

Virtual Book Club at the Ocean City Free Public Library

In an effort to social distance and continue to provide literary activities to the community, the Ocean City Free Public Library is offering a virtual book club. Join other book lovers every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. starting on January 20. With the help of Zoom and the fabulous Ocean City librarians, this book club provides a convenient way to bring individuals together to discuss a different book each month.

Puzzles at Sun Rose Words & Music

Sun Rose Words & Music offers a large selection of puzzles, including Ocean City puzzles. Choose your favorite puzzle and get ready for hours of family fun.

Whether you choose to shop, dine, or take part in fun activities this January, make this month a spectacular one in Ocean City!

Last Minute Holiday Gift Finds in Ocean City

It’s a couple days before Christmas and you might still be looking for that perfect gift or a few extra gifts for friends and loved ones. Don’t stress! You can get your last minute holiday shopping done with ease thanks to the extraordinary businesses in Ocean City.

Here are a few ideas to help you finish off your holiday gift list:

These are just a few of the many wonderful Ocean City spots to visit to finish your holiday shopping with ease. Happy Holidays!

Gail’s Salad Co. to Host Breast Cancer Fundraising Event in Ocean City

Gail’s Salad Co. is an Ocean City eatery that offers healthy and delicious meals to Ocean City residents and visitors throughout the year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, in support of breast cancer warriors, Gail’s Salad Co. has teamed up with South Jersey’s Crossfit Parallax to co-host the Barbells for Boobs event on Sunday, October 25.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-noon at Gail’s Salad Co., located at 611 East 8th Street, and feature a short workout outdoors. Afterwards, pop into Gail’s Salad Co. to purchase a healthy salad so you can refuel post-workout. The registration fee is $15 per person and includes the workout offered by Crossfit Parallax. Salads and other healthy dishes can be purchased from Gail’s Salad Co. when you’re finished with the invigorating workout.

Crossfit Parallax will donate half of the registration fee to two exceptional causes and Gail’s Salad Co. will donate a portion of the proceeds from all salads sold that day. Half of the total proceeds will go to benefit CrossFit Parallax member Jamie Miller, who is currently battling breast cancer, and the other half will go directly to Barbells for Boobs, a nationwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit breast cancer awareness organization.

Sign up for this wonderful fundraising event today and enjoy an excellent outdoor workout and sensational salad while joining in the fight against breast cancer!

Indoor Dining Now Available at Ocean City Restaurants

As of Friday, September 4, New Jersey restaurants are allowed to offer indoor dining. This includes Ocean City restaurants whose owners have been getting creative since March by offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery services. Now these wonderful local restaurants can open their doors to invite the dining crowd in and offer seating with 25% capacity and social distancing measures in place.

Here’s a list of some Ocean City restaurants that are now offering indoor dining or will be doing so in the next few days:

Many Ocean City restaurants are now offering indoor dining while some are waiting until the dining restrictions are eased a bit more, due to space restrictions within the individual restaurants and other important considerations. But, don’t worry, as these restaurants and the ones now offering indoor dining will continue to offer additional dining options, such as takeout, outdoor dining, and delivery.

5 Top Reasons to Order Lunch From Hooked on Breakfast Today

Hooked on Breakfast opened its doors this summer at 916 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. With a name like Hooked on Breakfast, you better believe their breakfast menu is amazing, with decadent and unforgettable culinary dishes such as the peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes, Jersey omelet, and hot cinnamon apple Belgian waffle.

However, this Ocean City eatery is an excellent choice for lunch, too. With menu items for every taste for both meals, if you have yet to visit Hooked on Breakfast, you’re going to want to do so as soon as you can.

Here are five excellent reasons to order lunch from Hooked on Breakfast today:

1. Menu Options Galore

Hooked on Breakfast Deputy Chief DiMarco

When you peruse the Hooked on Breakfast lunch menu, you are sure to be impressed. From spicy fried chicken sandwiches to robust burgers to refreshing salads, the Hooked on Breakfast team has created a menu that’s sure to appeal to all cuisine seekers.

And it’s not just the variety of menu items that will draw you in. It’s also the ingredients included within each menu item that make any lunch choice extremely unique. Here are some examples:

  • Shore Points Burger: Fresh ground half-pound burger topped with jumbo fried shrimp and sauteed asparagus, smothered in house-made Old Bay mayo. Served with tomato and shredded lettuce.
  • The Deputy Chief DiMarco: Hand-breaded, deep-fried chicken breast topped with fresh mozzarella, spinach, and roasted red peppers, finished with a balsamic reduction.
  • Turkey Apple Melt: Slow-smoked turkey breast topped with sliced Granny Smith apples and melted brie cheese then finished with a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. Served on grilled Texas toast.

2. The Tots

Hooked on Breakfast Clays High Heat Chicken Sandwich

At Hooked on Breakfast, you get your choice of fries or tots with many of the meals. The potato tots are amazing! Don’t get me wrong, the fries are delicious, too. However, if you are a potato tot aficionado or simply like these crispy side items on occasion, you must try the Hooked on Breakfast tots. These potato bites are perfectly prepared and crispy yet not overdone. These are true winners!

3. The Fresh Ingredients

Hooked on Breakfast Turkey Apple Melt

No matter where you dine, it’s always great to have a large menu with plenty of options but you also want all of those options to include fresh ingredients. And Hooked on Breakfast offers all this and more! From the freshly baked rolls that the restaurant offers to the produce and meats that are used for the menu items, Hooked on Breakfast takes the use of fresh ingredients to a whole new level.

4. Expansive Seating and Takeout Options

Hooked on Breakfast Burger

Our lunch was a takeout order, which was extremely efficient and fast. The ordering process was easy and turnaround time was quick. In addition to takeout, Hooked on Breakfast has many umbrella-topped tables along the side and front of the building, offering an excellent outdoor dining option. And when the state restrictions on indoor dining are removed, Hooked on Breakfast will be able to open its beautiful restaurant for indoor dining.

5. Superb Customer Service

When you dine out, customer service is equally as important as the food the restaurant serves and the Hooked on Breakfast team definitely exceeds this goal with fabulous customer service. We were greeted as soon as we walked up and were immediately helped with our takeout order. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and let us know they were happy we chose Hooked on Breakfast as our go-to dining spot.

If you want an Ocean City restaurant that offers sensational food items made from the freshest of ingredients in a warm, welcoming environment, Hooked on Breakfast should be your new favorite eatery!

Hooked on Breakfast is open daily, 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Visit Hooked on Breakfast today for breakfast, lunch, or a midday snack.

Rainy Day Activities in Ocean City

When the rain starts falling in Ocean City, your beach day plans will likely have changed. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, dining in at your favorite local restaurant or taking part in certain activities are not possible now. But, don’t worry! There’s still plenty to do on a rainy day in Ocean City!

Order Takeout for Any (or Every) Meal

Dining outdoors might not be possible today, or any other rainy day, but fortunately plenty of Ocean City restaurants offer takeout. Some have always offered takeout, whereas others have added takeout options in response to recent dining restrictions due to the pandemic.

Whether you want to order out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a midday snack, you have so many options available to you throughout the island, including some new spots you might not have tried yet:

If you’re wondering if your favorite Ocean City restaurant offers takeout, simply give them a call or check out their social media pages for more information.  And if you’d rather not head outside in the rain to pick it up, many Ocean City restaurants will deliver the food right to your door!

Buy Some Indoor Games for the Family

Indoor games, such as board games, are fun anytime and anywhere, but especially on a rainy day down the shore. No matter how old or young your family members are, you’re sure to find some fun board games, card games, and other indoor activities to enjoy with the whole family. You can visit Hoy’s 5 & 10 and Stainton’s for game options and you can have fun indoors or on your covered porch until the rain stops.

Grab Your Rain Gear and Go Shopping

Although you can’t make it to the beach on a rainy day, you can indulge in some serious shopping along Asbury Avenue. Grab your rain gear and walk along Asbury Avenue, stopping into stores that pique your interest. Whether you want to explore the clothing and home decor items at B & B, create your own sandals at SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, or buy some eye-catching accessories at Seagrass Boutique, there’s something for everyone on Asbury Avenue.

Don’t let a little rain stop the fun in Ocean City! Enjoy the day!

Enjoy Local Shopping Discounts and Support Charities with Key to the Community Card

Supporting Ocean City businesses is important at all times, but especially now with local shops, restaurants, and service providers facing challenging situations due to COVID-19. It’s also important to support charities and nonprofit organizations whenever possible. Fortunately, the organizers of the Key to the Community card program have the answer!

The Key to the Community card is a discount shopping, dining, and services card that can be used at a wide array of local businesses. The card costs $25 and is good now through August of 2021. When individuals purchase this card, they can select a charity listed on the Key to the Community website and have $5 of the purchase price donated to their chosen organization. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the card sales will go to provide scholarship opportunities to deserving students.

Key to the Community

The deals offered range anywhere from meal discounts at Jon & Patty’s to a photo session discount with Kerri J Photography. The deals and discounts offered may change from month-to-month, so there’s always something new to explore and added ways to support local businesses.

Some of the charities that cardholders can support include OCNJ CARE, CROPS, Ocean City Theatre Company, Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, Humane Society of Ocean City, and so many other wonderful local and national nonprofit organizations.

The Key to the Community card program was created by founders Jill Adamson and Tyrone Rolls who wanted to lend a hand and help the local community. Add in the philanthropic aspect plus discounts to cardholders and you have a program where there are benefits all around!

Now’s the perfect time to lend a hand to local businesses, support your favorite charity, and grab sensational discounts! Purchase your Key to the Community card today and get started saving money while helping others at the same time.

Photo credit: Key to the Community