If you’re thinking about opening a pizza place down the Shore, don’t do it in Avalon. Or Stone Harbor for that matter. Everyone already has their favorite pizza place, and it’s Circle. Circle Pizza is a pretty standard spot, with large pies topped with the classic pepperoni or mushrooms and onions, and huge fountain sodas that will make their way, half-full, into your fridge when you get home. But due to how simultaneously greasy and crunchy their slices are, this indoor/outdoor spot has a fanatical following. You’ll find just as many people here at 2pm on a beach break as you will at 2am after the bars close down - though everyone will likely be wearing the same amount of clothing as if they had just gotten out of the water.
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Pizza Shackamaxon is a slice shop on Girard with big, floppy pizzas and excellent tomato pie.
Angelo’s is a counter-service pizza shop in Bella Vista with an excellent Detroit-style “Upside Down Jawn” pizza.
Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
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Water Star Grille
Water Star Grille is an indoor-outdoor restaurant on the bay in Stone Harbor that looks like it might as well be in the Hamptons.
Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream
You’ll have to wait in line for Springer’s, but the 50 homemade ice cream flavors are worth it.
Quahog’s Seafood Shack
Quahog’s is half seafood restaurant, and half take-out taco shack. You should make room in your summer for both halves.
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