The Arlington is pretty upscale by LBI standards. But it’s also on LBI, which is why we never feel out of place walking straight here for lunch or $1 oyster Happy Hour after spending too many hours riding two-foot chop in 60-degree water. Fortunately, it’s a short walk, as this big American spot, which actually looks more like a ski lodge than an island restaurant, is less than a block from the beach in Ship Bottom. Whether you sit in the first-come bar area or get a table in one of the dining rooms, you should start with a plate of chicken wings with housemade ranch and any of the 22 unusual, rotating beers they have on tap. If you want to keep things casual, get the very good double cheeseburger, or if you want to class up your board shorts and flip flops, go with the slightly sweet pork chop over andouille and cornbread stuffing.
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