When you want great seafood near the water on LBI, you could eat fried flounder out of to-go containers at Viking Fresh Off The Hook, or you could eat flounder francaise on a white tablecloth at Stefano’s. But for something in between, go to Ship Bottom Shellfish. It’s a casual spot with a big menu that ranges from buffalo calamari to shrimp stuffed with crab imperial, but we like to keep it simple and dip bread into a big bowl of clams with wine and garlic butter. You usually have to wait for a table, but it’s BYOB, so bring a bottle (or a cooler) and hang out on the outdoor patio until your name is called.
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The Chicken Or The Egg
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Blue Water Cafe
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Ship Bottom Brewery
Ship Bottom Brewery serves its own beers at its bar and brewery on Long Beach Island, where it has a BYO food policy and often has live music.
Viking Fresh Off The Hook
Viking Fresh Off The Hook is a counter-service spot in Barnegat Light with great fried seafood.
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