There’s normal Shore breakfast, and then there’s The Mad Batter. At the former, you show up to a cute diner, order something classic, and then take your handwritten check up to a counter and pay $15 per person for your meal. At the Mad Batter, you show up with a big group of friends, order either a manmosa or a pint glass filled with something called “shipwreck punch” (both of which have a two-per-person limit), fill the space leftover from the drinks in your stomach with a lox bagel, and then roll yourself to the beach and pass out for a few hours. It’s not something you can do every morning, but when it happens, you’re happy it did.
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The Rusty Nail in Cape May has good drinks, solid barbecue, and a big sandlot with a fire pit in the middle.
The Red Store
The Red Store is a general store with a restaurant attached to it that serves an excellent $65 per person tasting menu.
George’s is a Greek-ish diner where you can get some of the best breakfast and lunch dishes in Cape May.
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Laurel is a tasting menu spot in East Passyunk that’s perfect for celebrating something big.
Rex 1516 in Rittenhouse is about as close as you can get to New Orleans without leaving Philly.
Helm is a good date spot in Rittenhouse where you can have a few drinks and split some seasonal small plates.
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Mack’s is a boardwalk pizza place in Wildwood where there’s almost always a line (but you should wait in it).
H&H is really just a shack on the side of the road in Cape May with a big deck where you can get fresh, steamed seafood caught that day.
Beach Plum Farm
Beach Plum Farm in Cape May hosts weekly dinners where everything you eat comes directly from the land that the farm sits on.
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