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Michelle’s LBI Guidebook

Michelle

Michelle’s LBI Guidebook

Excellent Breakfast/Lunch Spots in Walking Distance from the Condo
These are the breakfast & lunch locations that I LOVE and highly recommend -- the best part is they are in walking distance from the Condo!
The food is incredible. The pancakes are ginormous! Sometimes there is a wait, but take a walk up the block and leave your name on the list... go back to the condo and finish getting ready. By the time you walk back to The Sandbox, your table will be ready for you!
Sandbox Cafe
105 Ship Bottom Ave
The food is incredible. The pancakes are ginormous! Sometimes there is a wait, but take a walk up the block and leave your name on the list... go back to the condo and finish getting ready. By the time you walk back to The Sandbox, your table will be ready for you!
Excellent bakery in walking distance from the condo. As their sign reads "BEST JELLY DONUT ON THE PLANET!". Their donuts, breakfast sandwiches (taylor ham or pork roll, egg & cheese), and rolls are delicious. They also have ice cream and coffee.
Ferrara's Island Bakery
2900 Long Beach Blvd
Excellent bakery in walking distance from the condo. As their sign reads "BEST JELLY DONUT ON THE PLANET!". Their donuts, breakfast sandwiches (taylor ham or pork roll, egg & cheese), and rolls are delicious. They also have ice cream and coffee.
The lobster rolls are delicious! Mystic is within walking distance of the condo - you can literally see if from the front of our building down the street near Heartland Golf. Everything is fresh. The establishment is very clean. Mystic moved into the location in 2020. Great new spot to pick up some lunch to go to the beach or have an early dinner. You will not be disappointed!!!
Mystic Meat & Seafood Market
2901 Long Beach Boulevard
The lobster rolls are delicious! Mystic is within walking distance of the condo - you can literally see if from the front of our building down the street near Heartland Golf. Everything is fresh. The establishment is very clean. Mystic moved into the location in 2020. Great new spot to pick up some lunch to go to the beach or have an early dinner. You will not be disappointed!!!
Food scene
Here are some of my favorite Cafes and Restaurants on and off the island that are great for sit down meals and takeout. You won't be disappointed!
The Goodness Café by Sweet Melissa has INCREDIBLE pop tarts made from scratch as well as other treats including cookies, gluten free items, and breakfast (avocado toast is excellent). They close at 3pm so get there early and be prepared to buy extras because there are usually several flavors of pop tarts to choose from - Nutella, Strawberry, Blueberry, etc.
The Goodness Café
1102 N Bay Ave
The Goodness Café by Sweet Melissa has INCREDIBLE pop tarts made from scratch as well as other treats including cookies, gluten free items, and breakfast (avocado toast is excellent). They close at 3pm so get there early and be prepared to buy extras because there are usually several flavors of pop tarts to choose from - Nutella, Strawberry, Blueberry, etc.
You cannot go wrong with the Local -- great place to eat outside or indoors.... or take out and eat back at the condo or on the beach. Everything from the salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee options are excellent and always fresh. Local tip -- after 3pm everything in the back deli case is discounted for the "TV Dinner" Special where you get to choose one protein and 2 sides for only $12.99 -- that includes salmon, shrimp, meatballs, etc. They do this to clear out inventory to make sure everything is always as fresh as possible. They have a firepit, cornhole games, an AirStream trailer outside serving treats, and outdoor area is DOG friendly! You can't go wrong!!!!
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The Local
604 Central Ave
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You cannot go wrong with the Local -- great place to eat outside or indoors.... or take out and eat back at the condo or on the beach. Everything from the salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee options are excellent and always fresh. Local tip -- after 3pm everything in the back deli case is discounted for the "TV Dinner" Special where you get to choose one protein and 2 sides for only $12.99 -- that includes salmon, shrimp, meatballs, etc. They do this to clear out inventory to make sure everything is always as fresh as possible. They have a firepit, cornhole games, an AirStream trailer outside serving treats, and outdoor area is DOG friendly! You can't go wrong!!!!
Everything is delicious at the Old Causeway! This is owned by the same family that owns Mud City Crab House, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. They have bands on weekends and a large bar area. The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House
1201 E Bay Ave
Everything is delicious at the Old Causeway! This is owned by the same family that owns Mud City Crab House, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. They have bands on weekends and a large bar area. The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
Lobster corndogs -- need I say more! Every restaurant this family owns is excellent.... but good food usually involves a wait. Get there early and for large groups, definitely call ahead to make reservations. They also have an oyster bar that you can just walk in, take a seat and order up!
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Parker's Garage & Oyster Saloon
116 Northwest Ave
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Lobster corndogs -- need I say more! Every restaurant this family owns is excellent.... but good food usually involves a wait. Get there early and for large groups, definitely call ahead to make reservations. They also have an oyster bar that you can just walk in, take a seat and order up!
If you love Italian food you MUST go to La Spiaggia! Everything is fresh and made to order. It's a BYOB so make sure you stop at the liquor store for some wine before heading over.
La Spiaggia Restaurant
357 West 8th Street
If you love Italian food you MUST go to La Spiaggia! Everything is fresh and made to order. It's a BYOB so make sure you stop at the liquor store for some wine before heading over.
Very small menu and quaint place run by a husband and wife team -- the wife is from France and the recipes are authentic. Sweet and savory crepes and French press coffee. Bon Apetite!
Crêperie de la Mer
126 N Bay Ave
Very small menu and quaint place run by a husband and wife team -- the wife is from France and the recipes are authentic. Sweet and savory crepes and French press coffee. Bon Apetite!
If you love hamburgers this place is a must visit! All of the meat is procured from a local butcher so it's always fresh. The burgers are cooked on a fired grill so you get that char broil taste. Shakes are also great. The Ship Bottom location is their original restaurant and the one my family always visits. Note, this is also one of comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite places to eat on LBI, usually before or after he plays a round of mini golf at the nearby Flamingo.
Woodies Drive-in
509 Long Beach Blvd
If you love hamburgers this place is a must visit! All of the meat is procured from a local butcher so it's always fresh. The burgers are cooked on a fired grill so you get that char broil taste. Shakes are also great. The Ship Bottom location is their original restaurant and the one my family always visits. Note, this is also one of comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite places to eat on LBI, usually before or after he plays a round of mini golf at the nearby Flamingo.
If you're into vegan food, this is the place for you! They have breakfast, lunch, and snack options.
Living On the Veg
2613 Long Beach Boulevard
If you're into vegan food, this is the place for you! They have breakfast, lunch, and snack options.
Everything is delicious at Mud City! This is owned by the same family that owns the Old Causeway, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. The crab cakes are a MUST. The garlic crabs and mussels in white wine are delicious. The "muddy fries" aren't always on the menu but you can ask for them -- French fries with garlic crab sauce! The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
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Mud City Crab House
1185 East Bay Avenue
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Everything is delicious at Mud City! This is owned by the same family that owns the Old Causeway, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. The crab cakes are a MUST. The garlic crabs and mussels in white wine are delicious. The "muddy fries" aren't always on the menu but you can ask for them -- French fries with garlic crab sauce! The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
Variety of tacos, burritos and great salsas
Surf Taco
1915 Long Beach Blvd
Variety of tacos, burritos and great salsas
Everything is always fresh and delicious. Salsas are house made. Previously located in Ship Bottom but relocated to Surf City. If you love Mexican food you will love Lex Mex
Lex Mex
816 Long Beach Blvd
Everything is always fresh and delicious. Salsas are house made. Previously located in Ship Bottom but relocated to Surf City. If you love Mexican food you will love Lex Mex
Fresh fish and great bar - owned by same family that owns Mud City, Parkers Garage, Ship Bottom Shellfish.... quality, consistency.
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Black Whale Bar & Fish House
100 North Pennsylvania Avenue
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Fresh fish and great bar - owned by same family that owns Mud City, Parkers Garage, Ship Bottom Shellfish.... quality, consistency.
So much fun!! Go with a group and fun for all ages. Waiters and waitresses sing while they serve ice cream. They incorporate you into the show. Ssssshhhh....don't tell your guests the concept before you go -- make it a surprise so if they're incorporated into the act, it's even funnier. Kids will have a great time. You will have to wait on line for the "show" but it's worth it and the ice cream is great.
The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour
204 Centre Street
So much fun!! Go with a group and fun for all ages. Waiters and waitresses sing while they serve ice cream. They incorporate you into the show. Ssssshhhh....don't tell your guests the concept before you go -- make it a surprise so if they're incorporated into the act, it's even funnier. Kids will have a great time. You will have to wait on line for the "show" but it's worth it and the ice cream is great.
Mini Golf
Fun mini golf course and arcade right across the street from the condo!! Visitors of all ages will enjoy Hartland Golf! When it's raining out, the arcade is a great place to play pinball, video games, and shoot hoops.
Hartland Golf & Arcade
2801 Long Beach Blvd
Fun mini golf course and arcade right across the street from the condo!! Visitors of all ages will enjoy Hartland Golf! When it's raining out, the arcade is a great place to play pinball, video games, and shoot hoops.
Newest mini golf on LBI. Great course right on the water.
Jen's Links At LBI
501 Broadway
Newest mini golf on LBI. Great course right on the water.
While you're at Fantasy Island and Bay Village, if you're in the mood to play mini golf, this is a great course. Two different courses - one with a waterfall and one with a cave. It gets busy during the summer so you need to have patience. It's also a little more expensive than Hartland.
Settler's Mill Adventure Golf
300 Taylor Avenue
While you're at Fantasy Island and Bay Village, if you're in the mood to play mini golf, this is a great course. Two different courses - one with a waterfall and one with a cave. It gets busy during the summer so you need to have patience. It's also a little more expensive than Hartland.
This is comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite mini golf course on LBI. In July/August you just may see him playing a round of mini golf with his family.
Flamingo Miniature Golf Course
Long Beach Boulevard
This is comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite mini golf course on LBI. In July/August you just may see him playing a round of mini golf with his family.
Shopping
Family-owned surf shop (celebrating they're 50th year!). Their Ship Bottom store is located steps away from the condo to purchase great items AND to rent bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. AND sign up for surfing and paddle board lessons.
Farias Surf & Sport
2800 Long Beach Blvd
Family-owned surf shop (celebrating they're 50th year!). Their Ship Bottom store is located steps away from the condo to purchase great items AND to rent bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. AND sign up for surfing and paddle board lessons.
This is Ron Jon's flagship store where it all started! HUGE surf shop with a variety of items.
Ron Jon Surf Shop
801 Central Ave
This is Ron Jon's flagship store where it all started! HUGE surf shop with a variety of items.
Adorable women’s surf boutique
Five 0 Six Surf Boutique
506 Long Beach Boulevard
Adorable women’s surf boutique
Beautiful beach / nautical decor. Two locations - Beach Haven and Barnegate
The Spotted Whale Beach Haven
500 North Bay Avenue
Beautiful beach / nautical decor. Two locations - Beach Haven and Barnegate
Unique decorative items, clothing and shoes.
How To Live
7 S Bay Ave
Unique decorative items, clothing and shoes.
Shops & places to eat in the heart of Beach Haven. Walk around the area. This is right where Chowderfest is every October.
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Bay Village
830 N Bay Ave
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Shops & places to eat in the heart of Beach Haven. Walk around the area. This is right where Chowderfest is every October.
Amusement Parks, Arcades, Boat Rentals & Various Things to Do -- Driving Distance from Condo
Rides for small children and pre-teens. The bumper cars are fun, ferris wheel has amazing views. Very clean amusement park. You can buy a card and fill it with "tokens" for rides and games to win prizes. There's an arcade with old time skee-ball, claw games, various arcade style games -- great for rainy days or when you're tired of the beach. Also great at night.
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Fantasy Island Amusement Park
320 7th Street
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Rides for small children and pre-teens. The bumper cars are fun, ferris wheel has amazing views. Very clean amusement park. You can buy a card and fill it with "tokens" for rides and games to win prizes. There's an arcade with old time skee-ball, claw games, various arcade style games -- great for rainy days or when you're tired of the beach. Also great at night.
Fun water park - check their website and The SandPaper (grab one in front of Farias or Ferrara's Bakery; or check them out online) for the discount times. Lazy river, wave pool, surf area, and various slides for all ages.
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Thundering Surf Waterpark
806 N Bay Ave
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Fun water park - check their website and The SandPaper (grab one in front of Farias or Ferrara's Bakery; or check them out online) for the discount times. Lazy river, wave pool, surf area, and various slides for all ages.
If you're looking for adventure, zip lines and something different, head over to The Mainland Adventure Park right on Route 72 (you passed it on your way to LBI) attached to the Holiday Inn and the Mainland Kitchen & Pub. It has over 50 Aerial Activities: – 50 Foot Climbing Wall with 3 Climbing Routes – 4 Extended Zip Lines Soaring Over the Go Kart Track – Go Kart Track with Single and Double Seat Karts – Kids Course with Play Fort
The Mainland adventure park
151 New Jersey 72
If you're looking for adventure, zip lines and something different, head over to The Mainland Adventure Park right on Route 72 (you passed it on your way to LBI) attached to the Holiday Inn and the Mainland Kitchen & Pub. It has over 50 Aerial Activities: – 50 Foot Climbing Wall with 3 Climbing Routes – 4 Extended Zip Lines Soaring Over the Go Kart Track – Go Kart Track with Single and Double Seat Karts – Kids Course with Play Fort
This is the newest hot spot in the area. You may have noticed the tents as you approached LBI driving over the Causeway. There are food trucks, boat rentals, and boat slips/fuel. According to their website...Here at the Boatyard and Marina, we believe in being relaxed and casual. We have a connection with the bay, our boats, and our favorite spots. We live for glassy boat rides with our family, friends, and kids. Arrive by water or land. The Marina offers boat rentals, marina slips, and fuel. Then gather at The Boatyard for casual food and drinks, meet up with your family and friends. Play games, and enjoy a day on the bay!
The Boatyard
2304 East Bay Avenue
This is the newest hot spot in the area. You may have noticed the tents as you approached LBI driving over the Causeway. There are food trucks, boat rentals, and boat slips/fuel. According to their website...Here at the Boatyard and Marina, we believe in being relaxed and casual. We have a connection with the bay, our boats, and our favorite spots. We live for glassy boat rides with our family, friends, and kids. Arrive by water or land. The Marina offers boat rentals, marina slips, and fuel. Then gather at The Boatyard for casual food and drinks, meet up with your family and friends. Play games, and enjoy a day on the bay!
Sightseeing
You cannot go to LBI without visiting "Old Barney" up close
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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
208 Broadway
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You cannot go to LBI without visiting "Old Barney" up close