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Best of the Shore 2015: Stone Harbor

Best of the Shore 2015: Stone Harbor …From the pages of South Jersey Magazine…

There’s nothing quite like summer at the Shore.
Whether you’re spending the day enjoying the surf and sand or heading out for a cocktail before dining at one of the many spectacular restaurants up and down the coast, it’s time to head back to the beach. But, we don’t want you to show up unprepared, which is why for our annual Best of the Shore roundup we’ve gathered the top places from Long Beach Island to Cape May. Find out where you should be grabbing breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the best happy hours, cocktail bars, retail shops, activities for the kids and more.

Rise and Shine
Marabella’s Family Restaurant
Marabella’s offers all the traditional breakfast staples, but also has specials like the eggs Florentine, and the frittata of the day, which often includes our favorite, the sausage and mozzarella frittata—made with the freshest eggs and enough melty mozzarella to make our cheese-loving taste buds swoon.
(609) 368-5037, MarabellasFamilyRestaurant.com

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Out to Lunch
Chill
Chill was new in 2014 and we love that they’re bringing their farm- and ocean-to-table concept back for another season. You won’t find fresher seafood or more in-season vegetables at this laid-back, family-friendly establishment, so we recommend you order whatever tempts your palate, then sit back and enjoy.
(609) 368-8500, ChillStoneHarbor.com

Dining Out
Sax at the Reeds at Shelter Haven
Just because you’re down the Shore doesn’t mean your dinner options are limited to boardwalk fare and fast food. You’ll find fine dining at its best at Sax, where the atmosphere is just as elegant as the menu which boasts standout dishes like pan-seared scallops with toasted hazelnut and one unforgettable lobster Caesar salad.
(609) 368-0100, ReedsAtShelterHaven.com

Snack attack
Bread and Cheese Cupboard
Whether you’re a sweet aficionado or you prefer treats on the savory side, you’ll find the perfect afternoon snack here, with options ranging from chocolate cheesecake muffins to truffle cheese.
(609) 368-1135, BreadAndCheeseCupboard.com

Child’s play
Harbor Bike & Beach Shop
Inevitably, the beach is going to get boring this summer. So when your kids are looking for something else to do, head over to Harbor Bike & Beach Shop, where you can rent bikes and cruise the island for the afternoon.
(609) 368-3691, HarborBike.com

By the Bar
Stone Harbor Bar and Grill
There’s nothing better than a cool drink after a hot day in the sun, and the Stone Harbor Bar and Grill offers plenty of options after having expanded their selection of draft and craft brews. Happy hour brings plenty of specials and munchies like the ahi tuna bites.
(609) 961-3534, StoneHarborBarAndGrill.com

Drink Up
Water Star Grille
There’s a lot to like about the Water Star Grille—from its appealing food offerings to its seating on the water—but its cocktail menu truly stands out. We love how summer-like their drinks are—the Melon-Basil Cooler and the Cool as a Cucumber are especially refreshing on a hot evening—and we never get the same one twice.
(609) 368-0100, ReedsAtShelterHaven.com

The Scoop
Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream
Springers is practically an institution in Stone Harbor, so you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you were to forgo any of their over 50 flavors, which include the chocolate and vanilla mainstays but also feature unique specialties like potpourri and butterscotch brickle.
(609) 368-4631, SpringersIceCream.com

The Buzz
Fred’s Tavern
If you’re looking to extend your happy hour into the evening, head to Fred’s, where there’s never a shortage of live music on the weekends. The beer selection is notable as is the coconut vanilla martini.
(609) 368-5591

More in Store
Gingy’s
Whether they know what they’re looking for or they need a little inspiration, ladies looking to update their wardrobes will find the trendiest summer clothing and accessories here, ensuring they step out on their latest Shore adventure in style.
(609) 961-3057, Gingys.com

What’s New

Stone Harbor Bar and Grill recently renovated its space and will introduce a new menu this season. In the mood for fine dining? Try out SAX Prix, which for nine weeks this summer will offer a multi-course prix fixe menu, two thoughtfully selected wine flights and a full gourmet, exclusive dining experience.

Stone Harbor will also be hosting a new event, the Harbor Hustle 5K and 2-Mile Fun Walk, set for July 5. And every Tuesday from July 7 through Aug. 25, bring your beach chairs and head to Water Tower Plaza for a weekly concert.

The Watering Hull is a new Caribbean-inspired seafood restaurant opening on the second floor or Harbor Square at 261 96th Street.

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Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June, 2015).
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Author: Erica Bauwens, Matt Cosentino, Bill Donahue, Erin Fornwald, Amanda Hamm Hengel, Liz Hunter, Rachel Morgan and Peter Proko

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