Getting Served L.B.I. Style

This weekend, I went with the girls on a roadtrip to Long Beach Island (AKA “L.B.I.”) in New Jersey (not be confused with Long Beach in Long Island).

Sure, it was the Jersey Shore, but it didn’t come without its charms including local eateries like The Ketch and Chicken or the Egg which were both within walking distance of our condo.

Saturday night we enjoyed dinner and drinks near the water at The Ketch at 529 Dock Road in Beach Haven.  They serve a variety of seafood including the usual suspects like mussels and calamari, as well as maine lobster and other delicacies. We opted to start with the calamari and coconut shrimp and then worked our way to the sesame-crusted seared tuna.

Fried calamari at The Ketch

Coconut shrimp at The Ketch

Sesame-crusted seared tuna at The Ketch

After you’re done dining at The Ketch, it turns into a nightclub, so it’s a nice spot if you’re looking for a good meal and a good dance. We enjoyed grooving to the beats of The Following, a local band with a Reggaeton feel – very cool.

Following a breezy Saturday evening with dinner and drinks by the bay, we opted for something a little bit more low key and local and stumbled upon The Chicken or the Egg at 207 North Bay Avenue, also in Beach Haven.  This local eatery is also open 24 hours (for all you NJ party people) and serves up everything from omelettes to sloppy joes and wings. 

I enjoyed the Eggs Chesapeake, a throwback to a similar dish I enjoyed at Bondi Road (reference this post), which featured poached eggs served atop jumbo lump crab cakes and bacon on a toasted english muffin, which I ordered with a side of sweet potato fries. The restaurant also boasts cute chicken-themed decor and seemed to satisfy children and shore kids alike.

Eggs Chesapeake at Chicken or the Egg

Sweet potato fries at Chicken or the Egg

Chicken or the Egg

Chicken or the Egg

Even if “the shore” isn’t your scene, you’re sure to find some good food on the island. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, I’m told Atlantic City is only 30 minutes driving distance.


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