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.


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 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 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.


Drip N’ Scoop Caters to the Sweet Treat and Caffeine-Loving Crowd at the New Location at The Flanders Hotel

The historic Flanders Hotel has been serving the lodging needs of guests since 1923. Now, guests of this iconic Ocean City establishment will have access to another wonderful amenity: the addition of Drip N’ Scoop!

Drip N’ Scoop opened its second Ocean City location earlier this month at The Flanders Hotel, located at 719 E. 11th Street. The opening of the newest Drip N’ Scoop expands the eatery’s offerings to hotel guests, but that’s not all who can take advantage of the menu items sold there. The recently-opened shop offers donuts, ice cream, coffee beverages, and more to all individuals who visit. From passersby along Ocean Avenue to boardwalk strollers who have a sudden craving for refreshing waffles and ice cream and a cold nitro brew, Drip N’ Scoop welcomes all to stop in and purchase their favorite food and beverage items.

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The entrance to Drip N’ Scoop at The Flanders Hotel is conveniently located on the lower level of the hotel along 11th Street, directly off of Ocean Avenue. As you walk into the lower lobby area, you’ll find the path to sensational donuts, unique ice cream offerings, and bountiful coffee options right in front of you.

Walk up to the counter and peruse the sweet treat and coffee options. On the day I stopped in, I was greeted with visions of 8 tempting donut choices and 11 ice cream flavors. The donut selection and ice cream flavors will continually rotate, in order to keep the options unique and exciting! There are other sweet delicacies for sale as well, including scones, muffins, and lemon pound cake, brought in daily from Dead End Bakehouse.

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Some of the donut offerings you might find at Drip N’ Scoop when you stop in include M&M, vanilla Oreo, chocolate and vanilla sprinkle, and lemon poppyseed. As for the ice cream options, Moose Tracks, mint chip, peach, and salted caramel pretzel are a few varieties which may be on display.

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In order to satiate your craving for caffeine-laden beverages, Drip N’ Scoop offers hot coffee, lattes, cold brew, and nitro brew. Whether you like your coffee “as is” or fixed up with some sweet flavors, Drip N’ Scoop has the perfect coffee beverage for you to enjoy.

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For the non-coffee lovers of the crowd, don’t worry! Drip N’ Scoop offers a wide array of juices and still and sparkling waters to quench your thirst. Alongside the items in the juice and water case, you can also pick up fruit and yogurt parfaits and fruit bowls, which are delivered daily from Dead End Bakehouse.

After you have decided on one or more delicious Drip N’ Scoop items, you can take your food and beverages to-go or sit at one of the lovely tables set up in the lower lobby area right outside of the Drip N’ Scoop entrance.

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If you have yet to visit Drip N’ Scoop at their newest location, now is the perfect time to do so! Hours of operation are 7 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.


Must-Have Necessities for a Day at the Beach in Ocean City and Where to Find Them

As the weekend of high heat and humidity wraps up, we can now look forward to some more comfortable temperatures. This means it’s the perfect time to lounge on the beach and enjoy cool ocean breezes and welcoming warm sun. Some beachgoers have it down to a science when they make the trek from their house or hotel room to the beach. Others might find that they are unsure where to find all of their beach necessities. For the latter group, OCNJ Happenings has some helpful tips on where to go for all of your must-have beach products.

Beach Cart

For those individuals who are bringing their family to the beach and plan to spend the entire day lounging seaside, a beach cart is an excellent item to have. Whether you are walking a short block to the beach or have a few blocks worth of trekking to do, beach carts are a great way to make the journey an easy one. Island Beach Gear stocks up on beach carts and you can find the right size and style which suits your gear-toting needs.

Beach Towels, Chairs, and Toys

If you need to stock up on beach towels for drying off after a refreshing swim or want to find the perfect beach chair in which to lounge, Hoy’s 5 & 10 is a great place to visit. With two locations in Ocean City, one at 732 Asbury Avenue and the other location at 34th Street and West Avenue, you’ll find plenty of options at this beach shop. Hoy’s 5 & 10 offers towels and chairs in a variety of styles, perfect for all members of the family. For the kids of the family, Hoy’s is also your go-to spot for beach toys and all of your sandcastle-building tools.

Swimsuits and Sandals

If you are due for a new swimsuit or forgot to pack one in your suitcase, there are plenty of options for swimsuit and sandal shopping in Ocean City. Some of the spots where you’ll find a wide selection of beach attire include SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, Marty’s, and B & B.

Beach Lunch

Some beachgoers like to pack their own lunch while others who sit close to the boardwalk find their lunch options at one of the many boardwalk eateries. If you’re interested in having lunch from Blitz’s but didn’t grab your hoagie before hitting the beach, don’t worry, as Beach Bucket Lunch will deliver your lunch to you. Delivered in the perfect beach-themed bucket, you’ll choose a sandwich, hoagie, or salad and have your choice accompanied by a drink, chips, and Tastykake treat. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the beach to grab lunch!

Once you have all of these beach necessities checked off the list, you are ready to get started with your day of sun and fun in Ocean City!