Even with all the great destinations to discover along the Jersey Shore (by the way, here’s your summer foodie itinerary), there’s a reason Asbury Park remains a crowd favorite.
Along with our top 6 reasons to drive there, it lives up to its reputation as the pantheon of major American music towns (visitors can always catch a good show on the boardwalk or the iconic Stone Pony, where Bruce Springsteen – aka The Boss – got his Start); an oasis for gorgeous beaches; and a place with one of the best food scenes in the Shore, if not the entire state.
The impressive food offering here goes well beyond staples like fried Oreos and sausage and pepper sandwiches, with several legit pizzerias, an authentic Ethiopian restaurant, and a deli with stacked sandwiches. With plenty of summer beach getaways to come, here are Asbury Park’s 17 best restaurants to explore.
Elaheh Nozari is the former Senior Towns Writer at Thrillist. Before that, she sold beach badges on the Jersey Shore. Now she just goes to the beach.