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Where to Find the Tastiest Breakfast at the Jersey Shore

These mouthwatering New Jersey diners and eateries make for the iconic breakfast experience down the Shore.

Jersey Shore Breakfast
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Beach season is on the horizon. With signs of springtime popping up throughout the Main Line region, it’s time to start planning your next trip or getting the old beach house back into summer shape. Whether you’re down for a quick weekend early in the season or you’re taking the whole family out for a Memorial Day outing, don’t skip out on visiting these fan-favorite breakfast spots at the Jersey Shore.

Asbury Kitchen

624 Asbury Ave,, Ocean City

If you’re looking for slightly more refined offerings, you’ve come to the right place. Asbury Kitchen is famous for its sweet and savory crepes served in a traditional beach town setting. Vibrant colors and a welcoming atmosphere make this Ocean City spot special.

Flight Deck Diner

505 Terminal Dr., Rio Grande

Fly on in to this diner for a totally novel Jersey Shore breakfast experience. Located inside the small but bustling Cape May Airport, you can actually watch prop planes taking off and landing while enjoying piping hot breakfast specials. Known for its H-Bomb sandwich (slow-roasted beef, sauteed onions, provolone cheese, and horseradish mayo on ciabatta) and country sausage gravy, the restaurant’s aviation-themed menu makes it impossible to go wrong here.

Gilchrist Restaurant

Atlantic City, Margate, Galloway

Gilchrist’s history spans back nearly 80 years to 1946. It’s been owned and operated by the same family ever since it opened after World War II. Get ready for huge deli Reubens, famous hotcakes and classic hungry man combos in an authentic diner atmosphere with exceptional service.

Mad Batter

19 Jackson St., Cape May

Owned and operated in Cape May since 1976, the Mad Batter serves up mouthwatering dishes at every meal, but recently its breakfasts have taken a leap forward. Located inside the historic Carroll Villa Hotel, the eatery offers brunch every day through 3 p.m. The Belgian waffles and Morgan Rostie (eggs served with crabmeat, tomatoes, potatoes, herbs and Swiss cheese) are worth writing home about, but the crown jewel of the menu is the house-made corn beef hash served with onions and potatoes atop two eggs.

Marvis Diner

4900 Pacific Ave., Wildwood; 325 W Spruce Ave., North Wildwood

One of the newer entries on our list, Marvis brings a ’50s futurism aspect to its eateries. The establishments are known for their “Jimmy’s Famous” creamed chipped beef and skillet-based home fries served six different ways. Don’t forget to try a classic South Jersey pork roll served on a brioche bun with cheese, eggs and home fries.

Uncle Bill’s

Avalon, Cape May, Ocean City, Stone Harbor, Wildwood

What can be told about Uncle Bill’s that hasn’t already been said? It’s simply a Jersey Shore institution. First established in Stone Harbor in 1962, its extensive menu, local hot sauces and quaint atmosphere make for the iconic beach trip morning. No matter how far up the coast you are, you’re sure to find each Uncle Bill’s packed with hungry diners every spring and summer morning.

Vegas Diner

1307 New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood

Voted Wildwood’s best diner for 23 consecutive years, this dive has an illustrious history. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and run by the same family since 1979, Vegas is all you could want in a classic American-style diner. Steeped in nostalgia and always busy, this Jersey Shore institution delights with dishes like chocolate chip pancakes and creamed-chipped beef.

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