Limited-Time Specials and Ongoing Deals You’re Going to Love in Ocean City

Whether vacationing in Ocean City or shopping and dining here in your hometown, saving money is an ideal goal which most of us strive to achieve. With so many stellar dining and shopping options available in Ocean City, you may find that your credit cards get a good workout. The good news is that there are many ways to save money shopping and dining around town with limited-time specials and ongoing deals offered by the establishments. The following highlights some of the deals going on now and where to find them:

Dining Deals

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Many Ocean City restaurants will offer dining specials throughout the summer and the off-season as well. From early bird specials to breakfast deals, you’ll find plenty of ways to save money and enjoy dining out at the same time.

Here are a few examples of the current dining deals in Ocean City:

  • Ocean City Cafe: Early bird breakfast specials are served from 7–10 a.m. daily and include delicious items such as the short stack of pancakes ($3.99); bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on toast ($4.99); creamed chipped beef on toast with home fries ($4.99); and, two eggs, any style, with home fries and toast ($4.99), to name a few options.
  • Emily’s Ocean RoomEmily’s Ocean Room, located in the beautiful and historic Flanders Hotel, hosts its Family Night every Wednesday evening through the end of August, where kids eat for free.
  • Island GrillEarly bird dinner specials at the Island Grill are available for $15.99 each and include delicious options such as bourbon chicken, parmesan tilapia, scampi mussels over linguini and more. Each entree is accompanied by a garden salad or cup of New England clam chowder and a chef’s choice of dessert.
  • 16th Street Seafood: 16th Street Seafood offers special deals in various coupon books available throughout the island as well as specials listed on its social media pages.

Shopping Savings

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For those seeking out excellent shopping deals and savings, the end of August is a great time to find those money-saving options. Some of the current deals happening now include the following:

  • Henry’sHenry’s is known for its exquisite jewelry offerings and lovely Ocean City clothing items. The boardwalk boutique is currently having a flash sale on its sterling silver sand dollar pendant with a sterling silver adjustable chain for $24.99.
  • Harbor OutfittersHarbor Outfitters is currently offering $200 off all inflatable stand up paddleboards.
  • SunSmiles Sandals & BeachwearSunSmiles is currently holding their end-of-summer sale and offering 40% off the purchase of swimwear, cover-ups, resort wear, and accessories.
  • Ta-DahTa-Dah offers five different locations in Ocean City from which to find specials and deals. Plus, the jewelry items at Ta-Dah are so reasonably priced that you’ll think they’re already on sale, even if they aren’t.

Use Local Coupon Books to Your Advantage

When you walk into the local Wawa or are dining at an Ocean City restaurant, you are bound to come across free Ocean City coupon books and newspapers. When you look through these items, you will find so many excellent coupons and deal offerings to use at local restaurants, shops, and entertainment locations. From percentage-off coupons at Ocean City restaurants to deals on mini-golf, you can save a lot of money just by flipping through these free booklets, newspapers, and magazines.

Grab Extra Deals by Following Restaurants and Stores on Social Media

Deals can also be scored by following your favorite Ocean City spot on social media. Frequently, local restaurants and shops will offer special deals via social media which are only available to followers and individuals who happen to come across the Facebook and Instagram pages of these local businesses. Plus, you may just find out about a special deal you never even knew existed by coming across it on social media.

Saving money and still enjoying all that Ocean City has to offer is easy to do and will have you smiling as you indulge in your next meal, embark on your next shopping spree or enjoy a night out with the family.

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!

Happening Tonight: 51st Annual Miss Ocean City Pageant at the Ocean City Music Pier

The 51st Annual Miss Ocean City Pageant is set to unfold tonight, Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Contestants, ages 16–22, will compete to be named the new Miss Ocean City and do so by taking part in a number of onstage activities, including talent, interview, swimsuit, evening gown, and a Q&A. Those involved in this competition are year-round residents of Ocean City, attend or have graduated from Ocean City High School, or are the daughters of Ocean City property owners.

Megan Keenan, Miss Ocean City 2019, will be on hand to crown her successor in this exciting pageant tonight, where the theme of the evening is “Going Country.”

The winner of this year’s Miss Ocean City Pageant will be an ambassador at a wide array of annual Ocean City events, such as Night in Venice, the Baby Parade, the Christmas Parade, and more.

Interested in attending the pageant to see who brings home the crown? Well, you can! Tickets are still available for tonight’s event and can be purchased online or at the Music Pier box office.

Good luck to all of the contestants!

 

 

 

Support Operation First Response While Enjoying the Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove (August 13)

Operation First Response has been hosting its annual Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City since 2009. Every September, Operation First Response brings supporters together for the annual walk which raises money to support our wounded soldiers and their family members. Another event which helps to support this nonprofit organization is the Operation First Response Wristband Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove.

On Tuesday, August 13, from 1–4 p.m., Playland’s Castaway Cove will be selling $15 wristbands which provide for unlimited rides (excluding Gale Force) during this special event. All proceeds raised as a result of the wristband sales will go directly to Operation First Response in support of its mission to offer financial and emotional support to wounded military members and their families.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support Operation First Response on August 13 and be sure to reserve the date of Saturday, September 28, for the Annual Walk for the Wounded event.

What You Need to Know About the Seagull Abatement Program in Ocean City

From delicious Roma Pizza slices stolen right out of your hand to having to hide your fresh, hot Chickie’s and Pete’s fries as you quickly eat them on the boardwalk, the problem associated with Ocean City seagulls is readily apparent. These birds won’t ask permission to enjoy a bite of your tasty boardwalk food. The audacity of these ocean gulls has become so extreme that Mayor Jay Gillian has taken steps to combat the issue. The mayor has enlisted the help of East Coast Falcons to aid the city in keeping these aggressive seagull sightings and events to a minimum.

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The East Coast Falcons will deploy its trained falcons, hawks, and owls in Ocean City from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily throughout the month of August. The presence of these birds will keep the seagulls away as they will feel unsafe with these other birds flying throughout the area.

It’s important to note that this program is one of a humane nature. The seagulls won’t be harmed as a result of this program and it’s one which is approved by the Humane Society of Ocean City.

It will be interesting to see how well this program works to lessen the presence of seagulls on the boardwalk, and especially seagulls of an aggressive nature. While we wait to view the results, we can have high hopes of leisurely eating our Kohr Bros. ice cream cones on the boardwalk without fear of seagull sneak attacks while doing so.

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

Art and Cars Fill This Weekend’s Ocean City Happenings List

The first weekend in August in Ocean City promises plentiful events to enjoy. From shopping the artwork selection at the Boardwalk Art Show to viewing unique and eye-catching cars at the Ocean City Cars and Coffee event, your weekend will be chock full of exciting offerings.

57th Boardwalk Art Show (Aug. 2–4)

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Walk along the Ocean City boardwalk and peruse the fine art offerings from a wide array of East Coast artists. Whether simply admiring the options or looking for some artwork to add to your home decor, this weekend event is a wonderful one to attend. The 57th Boardwalk Art Show takes place Friday, August 2, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; and, Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

19th Annual Art of Surfing (Aug. 2–3)

For surfing aficionados who adore artwork on the same topic, the 19th Annual Art of Surfing event is one not to miss. The Art of Surfing event unfolds Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, from noon–10 p.m. both days at the Ocean City Music Pier. View surfing artwork, meet the artists and listen to live music at this free event.

Ocean City Cars and Coffee (Aug. 3)

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If you’re a car lover, you won’t want to miss the Ocean City Cars and Coffee event on Saturday, August 3, at the Ocean City Tabernacle, located at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event takes place from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and features over 100 cars of all makes and models on display. Sip coffee, check out the cars and enjoy the camaraderie with others who share a similar interest.