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.

Nominate Your Favorite Ocean City Business for a Best of the Press 2020 Award

The Press of Atlantic City holds its Best of the Press, Readers Choice Awards every year and South Jersey businesses are eager to get on this prestigious list. This highly coveted award is one that many local businesses strive to receive and, best of all, you can help your favorite Ocean City business win one!

Here’s how to do so:

  • Visit the Best of the Press, Readers Choice Awards webpage
  • Register on the site
  • Nominate your favorite Ocean City business from eight separate categories through Wednesday, September 2; One nomination per category for each registered user
  • When the nomination period ends, the top five businesses from each category will go to the voting round and you can vote for the winner

If you want to help one or more beloved Ocean City businesses secure the nomination and head to the final round, submit your nominations today!

Help the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6650 in Ocean City

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6650 in Ocean City is always lending a helping hand to the local community. From bringing meals to the Ocean City Fire Department to help feed our local first responders during the COVID-19 crisis to ensuring local youth programs have the funding they need to operate, Ocean City’s VFW is always helping the local community. Now it’s our turn to return the favor!

The VFW Post 6650 has been closed during the pandemic and the building needs some urgent repairs. One repair that needs to be completed as soon as possible is putting a new roof on the building. This is where the community can help. A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect donations for these necessary repairs.

If you’re able to do so, please consider giving a donation to help the VFW obtain the repairs it needs to be back in full operation when able to do so. No amount is too small!

Read more about this in the latest Mayor’s Message from Mayor Gillian and help the local VFW continue to do its extraordinary work!

Two Ocean City Events Helping the Local Community

This year has been a difficult time for many individuals, whether as someone struggling with work issues amid the coronavirus pandemic or as a business owner facing difficulties as they try to make money amid statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Fortunately, in the midst of all of this, are local individuals, businesses, and organizations lending a hand to help others.

Here are two Ocean City events that provide assistance to the local community, including individuals and businesses:

Cape May County Coalition for a Safe Community Drive-Thru School Supply Giveaway

The Cape May County Coalition for a Safe Community will be hosting four school supply giveaway events throughout the county, one of which will take place in Ocean City. On Wednesday, August 26, from 4–6 p.m., the organization will be hosting a school supply giveaway at Pecks Beach Village, located on 4th Street between West and Simpson Avenues. Drive through or walk up (masks required for walk-up service) to get a free backpack and school supplies to help your kids get ready for the new school year. Supplies are limited so get there as soon as possible once the event begins.

Jon & Patty’s Magnet Sale to Benefit Local Businesses

Jon & Patty’s is lending a hand to Ocean City businesses by hosting the Magnets for Main Street fundraising event. When you donate $10 or more, you’ll receive a Jon & Patty’s magnet and help local businesses during these tough times. 100% of the donation proceeds will go directly to benefit Ocean City businesses. With every $100 raised, the Jon & Patty’s team will purchase gift certificates from local businesses to add to a gift basket that will be given away to a lucky winner. The winner is drawn from the list of individuals who have donated to the cause and will be contacted by email if their name is drawn. Magnets are now available on the Jon & Patty’s website.

And be sure to show support for Jon & Patty’s and stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

These are just two of the many ways that the Ocean City community and business owners are being supported by those around them.

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 

Beat the Heat and Explore the Products at Stainton’s in Ocean City

On sunny days, hitting the Ocean City beach is a beloved activity for many. With that said, it’s sometimes nice to find a cool retreat to provide a break from the heat and sun. Shopping along Asbury Avenue is a great option. If you’re looking for a one-stop shopping spot in town, Stainton’s is an easy answer.

This indoor marketplace offers access to 70+ vendor sections that sell a wide array of items, ranging from colorful t-shirts to must-have accessories. And, that’s not all! Stainton’s vendors offer food items, bath and body products, home decor items, games, and so much more.

Capellas Oil and Vinegar

Here are some of the vendors you’ll find at Stainton’s:

Best of all, you can purchase items from any of the vendors located throughout Stainton’s and pay at one set location in the center of the store. One-stop-shopping has never been easier!

Happy Quail Shirt

Visit Stainton’s today and purchase items the whole family is sure to love!

Downtown Pilates to Host Posture for Performers Event

Downtown Pilates of Ocean City just announced its upcoming Posture for Performers event set to unfold this August.

Downtown Pilates owner Jessica Amoroso will be joining forces with her husband Rich, a violinist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, to offer a combination pilates class and Q&A session series. The Posture for Performers series will consist of two mat pilates classes with Jessica each week followed by a Q&A session with Rich. Each class will be 45 minutes and be tailored specifically for musicians and performers.

The four week series will take place throughout the month of August via Zoom, so you can enjoy pilates classes and have all of your posture for performers questions answered in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you’ll have access to recordings so that you can replay them at any time to refresh and receive continual instruction.

Knowing the right way to stand and hold your posture will work wonders when it’s time for you to hit the stage and perform. In addition to commanding the attention of the audience, the class will also teach you techniques to help you avoid injuries as a result of improper posture and movement. When you sign up for this series, you can rest assured that you’ll acquire a wealth of knowledge and helpful techniques simply by working with these extraordinary professionals in their individual fields.

The classes will be held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $99 for the class series, which includes the pilates instruction, Q&A sessions, access to class replays, and a resistance band.

If you’re a performer, musician, or any other individual who often finds themselves in front of a crowd, learn how to improve your performance and sign up for this class today!

Photo credit: Downtown Pilates 

Hooked on Breakfast to Open in Ocean City on July 6

Starting tomorrow, Monday, July 6, you can add a new eatery to your must-visit list in Ocean City: Hooked on Breakfast!

Hooked on Breakfast will be opening its doors at 916 Asbury Avenue. Starting at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide array of savory items for breakfast and lunch, thanks to this new restaurant that’s sure to be a popular dining spot.

The restaurant will be open daily from 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and offer up an extensive array of breakfast and lunch favorites along with some new culinary items you’re sure to adore. The tempting menu includes sticky bun French toast; raspberry chocolate chip pancakes; homemade cinnamon raisin French toast; corned beef hash; bacon, apple, and cheddar grilled sandwich; strawberry caprese salad; chicken fingers. And these are just a few of the many breakfast and lunch menu items diners can choose from at Hooked on Breakfast!

Hooked on Breakfast will be open for takeout and outdoor dining for now. Once indoor dining is allowed to resume, the restaurant will open its expansive dining room, filled with cozy booths and accommodating tables.

Stop by this new Asbury Avenue dining spot as soon as possible to enjoy all of the wonderful culinary items Hooked on Breakfast has to offer!