This is one of the best bars I have been to. Its small (or intimate depending on how generous you are), the tables are smooshed together and one even has a pole that prevents you from seeing people at your table. There are TV's everywhere and the bartenders and waitstaff will take care of you like family. Its not for everyone and if you are looking to go clubbing and "be seen" then go to the other side of Margate... If you are looking for a cold beer and some damn good bar food, welcome home.
"The Good "
-Beer... really, its cold and they have the usual suspects.
-The food is great. The wings are fantastic, Buffalo Shrimp are real jumbo shrimp in the same hot sauce, the BBQ Pork wings are a giant piece of Rib goodness. The burgers are the best on the island and they have fresh seafood specials in season. Even the pizza is good. Again, its bar food, so if you are looking for fine dining this is not the place for you.
- Did I mention the wings??
-The attitude - The bar itself is not trying to be something that it is not. It's a local bar with room for more. The people who feel out of place, may be just that. But if you go in looking to enjoy your night you will do just that.
-Jukebox - The digital ones that can access the jukebox of the internets.
-Cafeteria trays pose as plates... awesome.
-The waitstaff are cuteys.
-The Flyers poster that features the Stanley Cup team from the 70s.
-The catch 22 wish is that it is too small and could be a little bigger, and if you do not like the occasional bump/elbow/loud laugh/sneeze from perfect strangers then you may want to find another place. The reason that this is not under the bad category is that if it were bigger it would not be Robert's.
-Street parking and the lot around the corner could fill up fast, but unless someone did the math and calculated the number of patrons vs. the number of spots you should be good.
-Location - If you are going bar hopping this place could not be further away. If you are going there as the destination you are good to go.
-The BBQ is unique and may not be for everyone, if you want BBQ go to Kansas City. I would swear that there is either liquid smoke or something that has a tang but the mystery is better than knowing.
- If you have a small bladder or do not feel like walking through the masses after every two beers sit near the back, that is where the restrooms are.
-They have a cigarette machine in the back for the smokers but thankfully its nonsmoking. $30.00 in quarters can take some time for the people who still smoke...
-Cash only - I understand the why, but still its 2010, I think credit cards are going to catch on.
-The occasional group of people that come up to your table and check to see how far along you are in the meal and start having a conversation about which table will be available first... here's an idea, take your rear end to the bar and let people eat in peace. Refer back to small, intimate place.
-Bottled water only (for cash) - again I get the why, tables eating dinner asking for a pitcher of water... to camp out for three hours...Really?? Really?!?
In the middle of Margate between the bars near the bay and the bastion that is Robert's is a great sub shop. Close to the beach or on the way to your beach, get one to go, unless you are there when the booths are empty.
"The Good "
-The Cheesesteak with Lettuce Tomato and Friend Onions and a bag of chips.
-There are some good Parm (sausage / meatball) sandwiches as well.
-The cold subs are great too.
-South Jersey has a ton of sub shops / cheesesteak places. Dino's has Margate locked down.
-The grill - A well seasoned grill that has been delivering quality is not something a rookie shop can produce.
-The booth space is shrinking and is relatively small. Not their fault that they are popular just mentioning it.
-Parking - Off Season, you should be fine. However the close proximity to the beach during the summer would keep all but the die-hards and locals away.
-The ever popular response when answering the phone of- "Dino's, We're Closed" when you call after the grills were shut off but the lights were still on when you drove by... That, is heartbreaking..
-There was a stint before the turn of the century where they used, either a different cut of meat or bad cuts of meat that had gristle on the end of the slice. Thankfully this has been resolved, but full disclosure forces it being mentioned.
-Pizza - It's a holdover and for some reason still on the menu. The rule of letting the specialists handle the specialist's jobs... This is not a pizza place.
-The [censored] vestibule. If two people larger than Kate Moss are entering and exiting at the same time there is going to be some awkward incidental contact.
I am a huge fan of being able to get quality food where I live without traveling (that) far and enjoying my spoils. This place makes that very easy.
- There is a large variety of bagels and cream cheese in a number of flavors.
- You can grab a dozen and a few tubs of spreads or get a few toasted with whatever they have available.
- There are soda coolers that have a decent beverage selection to make it a one stop shop.
- Coffee and a decent area to make it up however you like it.
- As with every location in the summer located in Margate... this place gets crowded, fast at the normal busy times and also completely random times.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
This is home... In the summer it is packed with locals and Shoobies. Then in the winter the shuffleboard table comes out and you can actually find a seat without having to sandwich between the guy that's been fishing all day and the dude in the Wife Beater from South Philly looking for a table for nine.
How do you find it??? Look for the neon in Somers Point.
- The wings are great and so are the tenders, two sauces and buckets filled with greasy goodness.
- The Tail Swimmers are fantastic, shrimp that are sauteed in buffalo sauce that are so simple yet amazing.
- If you do not have plans for making out on the first date, try Wes' favorite. A split Filet Mignon with Lettuce Tomato on Garlic Bread with melted provolone.
- They have a party room if you want to rent it out.
- Its a great place to go.
- The random events that they have, along with the specials. Check out their Website.
- The parking lot fills up early... as in 11:00 AM early. So either find a good spot on the street and walk. And seriously, if you park in front of someone's house, try waving and saying hello... we aren't used to people parking in front of the houses.
- Cash Only, come on its almost time for the apocalypse and you can't trust some plastic once in a while. Thankfully they do have an Mac machine by the door so its a controlled hassle.
- Additional 40 cents for take out orders.... At least move the damn take out counter away from in front of the men's room and closer to the front door so the drunk dude does not swing the door open like he's entering a saloon in the old west.
I have been enjoying sandwiches from this place since High School and am still convinced that it is the best sub shop... period. I used to work a grill as a summer job and like every meal, if you get someone who enjoys cooking and takes pride in the food you will have a fantastic sandwich. If you get a rookie or a grumpy old guard, you may be in trouble.
"The Good "
-The cold subs are amazing, if you have the time try the White House special.
-The steak sandwich is classic and could put the boys in Philly to shame.
-The sleeper is the Tuna Sub. Try one with Raw Onions Lettuce and Tomato with a little oil and if you really want to go over the top add the Provolone.
-Trying to call ahead to avoid the somewhat insane lines that happen at random times. I like the Old School stuff, but you could always add another line or have one of the staffers answer the phone and take orders.
- Watching first timers trying to figure out how to order, where to stand and who they should talk to.
-Its 2010, invest in a credit card machine.
-Bad in a good way, there is limited seating and the booths are shrinking...
-The lack of parking, its street parking and sometimes a random lot, but sometimes you get lucky.
I love water ice... so, I love Rita's. This place is located two blocks off of the beach and has the ability to keep you cool during the 95 degree weather. Some folks do not even know what Italian Ice is... That is a sad fact, but Ritas is here to help.
- Regular Water Ice... pick a flavor and go!
- Misto Shakes, Half water ice, Half Soft Serve ice cream... wow are these things good.
- Gelatos if the cup was see through it would be soft serve ice cream sandwiched between water ice and it is layered.... just drooling good.
- Soft pretzels.
- It is a street location and parking is limited on the street, so plan your walk accordingly.
- Nothing bad, its a Ritas!
--Definitely the ambiance, good atmosphere.
--The gentleman behind the counter bows as you enter and its very sincere.
--The portions are large for the price. You will need an extra order of rice in order to take care of the curry.
--I ordered Green Curry (Hot) and it was not that hot, which is interpretive so its not a bad thing. However, the heat does come out of the kitchen. The Curry Fried Rice was packing some heat. It was not spicy in an inedible way but in a why am I suddenly sweating way. Sadly the chicken did not hold the curry taste, it was cooked separately and not in the sauce, which would have made a huge difference.
--I ordered Mango and Sticky Rice for desert and sadly it was kinda just there, the sticky rice did not have a taste to it. Hopefully this was just an off day.
--Nothing really qualified as bad, and I would go back once in a while.
This place has been here for forever... Sadly, there has not been a happy soul working in this establishment. This review is based off of experiences from 1975 to present... so its not just a one time "bad experience"
"The Good "
-The fact that there is a pharmacy on the island.
-The back door is the front door and the front door is not used...
-No matter how many times the doctor office calls in the prescription... they "Never got the call"
-There is waaay too much attitude from the staff. Some training in customer service should be mandatory. Even if they are temp help in the summer or the year round help, being nice should not be a question.
-If you are dropping off a prescription the minimum wait is 1/2 hour according to the pharmacists. This is to force you to look around and impulse buy... we get that but if you are picking up medicine you should not be forced to wait longer than it takes to go in the back, print the sticker and walk to the register...
-The year round residents have a large elderly population. The fact that this age group has to deal with grumpy, attitude ridden treatment from the staff is sad.
I have been a customer here since they were located in Cape May Courthouse. Rich and Joanne are friendly people who will make sure you are enjoying yourself and are genuinely glad to see their customers, even if they did just meet you.
- They have a large selection of Games Workshop including: Warhammer 40K, Warhammer and yes Lord of the Rings.
- Regular Tournaments for Games Workshop and various other games.
- They have a nice selection of modeling/painting and hobby supplies.
- They have a large selection of Comics and Graphic Novels and can either hold your subscriptions or special order items for you.
- A very large selection of board games / tabletop games / and card games. Kid friendly on this front as well.
-They offer demonstration games for people that do not know how to play.
- Card games for the munchkin crowd and those creepy dudes over 20 something that still play Yugi-whatever.
- Large selection of RPGs.
- Gaming area for tournaments and gaming nights.
- Chess sets and adult games as well.
- The tournaments offer Primo Subs (there will be a separate review soon)
- The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. There is the normal NJ outlook that some people call an attitude only because they are not used to how we speak. But, what those people fail to realize is that we speak to everyone as if they were already our friends... so relax and cut some jokes right back :).
- Clean restroom, even among the gamer crowd.
- The random events that are held at the location.
- Do they have a facebook page?? Of course they do.
- Yep... nothing really meh.
- Parking on game nights. Silly Magic players... I think you should roll some dice like real men.
This is the one and only service plaza on the Expressway between AC and Philly. It is either right after or right before the toll plaza on the expressway. A decent little pit stop before you make your trek into AC for the fun or are heading back to Philly after a great time.
- A gas station, that still falls under the cheaper NJ gas prices, we have our perks and even have people to pump the gas for you.
- An ATM currently with TD Bank.
- A farmers market in the summer months to grab some fresh produce from the Hammonton area, it is the Blueberry capital of the world after all.
- A gift shop where you can buy an EZ Pass. Seriously, if you do not have one of these yet and drive in NJ or PA (or in the Northeast for that matter) then you are crazy, wait in one line on the NJ Turnpike on a Sunday heading into DE and you will see why EZ Pass is incredible.
- A dog park on the side of the center.
- A few places to grab munchies or a drink, including a Burger King and a Starbucks among others.
- A friendly sign that reminds you to check your gas gauge before you get to the entrance.
- Clean restrooms.
- A State Police barracks to keep those left lane drivers in the right lane unless they are passing. How hard is it to drive right and pass left?? We have signs. Philly I am looking at yous guys...
- Nothing really meh... its a rest stop on the expressway. Enjoy your time stretching your legs.
- Again nothing really Bad here either. Unless you count the not being able to check in part. Yelp does not recognize the Expressway address.
There are a number of places to grab breakfast food or a good sandwich on the island. Each one has their specialties and The Downbeach is no different. This is the third location for the Deli and it finally has the space to have that little bit of everything.
- The Eggel Milt Bagel - What the Egg McMuffin dreams it could be. A Bagel of your choice (Everything for me) with a Fried Egg and Cheese (Swiss)... Amazing and Delicious. No sides, so do not forget to get hash-browns if you are expecting them you're SOL...
- Babka French Toast... Are you kidding me?? This is incredible, imported from a Bakery in NYC and battered and grilled up in Margate.
- The Bagels are good but a little pricey, its convenience shopping though as there is competition close by.
- Ice Cream Bar.
- Rotisserie Chicken is off the charts, I like the set up too... right when you walk in you can see them spinning.
- The homemade desserts are pricey but delicious, just be careful when ordering by the pound those little suckers carry some weight.
- I am not kosher but the food is traditional and it really is good. There are some train-wrecks with every menu, but if they stick to what they are good at its great.
- The pickle platter is great and has dill pickles, a pickled tomato, and a sweet pickle, sadly you have to ask for it as opposed to it being brought out automatically. As far as I know, its on the house.
- The servers are hit and miss. It will either be an almost bitter lady that does not want to stay trapped in the house all day or a Shoobie trying to find some beer money for the summer... If you can show me how to make people care you will make millions and be able to get their rear ends in gear.
- The Corned Beef Hash - Little painful after getting it.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
I grew up in Margate and have good memories of Maynard's when I cam back from college it was a great place to meet up. In the summer it was a good bar to hit while making the crawl on that side of town.
It is what Margate used to be and is now surrounded by a few places that are trying waay to hard, an ice cream place of all things and a style of bar that city hall has deemed more desirable... but still she stands and is a good place to go, reminisce about how the other bars used to be just like her and make sure that you get some experiences in while she's here.
- The staff is good, everyone has their favorite bartender or waitress but all in all they are good people and will take care of you if you are not "that customer".
- The crowd varies from Shoobies, to the people that have been fishing all day to the folks coming in off the beach. All in all they vary their visits with the time of day and populate the seats just as good as any other group...
- The food is decent. It varies with the chef. When I was in school they had great wings, now they have good wings... soon they may have better ones. Try out the menu and get some pub grub. There are no real specials that stand out here but its decent.
- Mentioned here because I do not want to tab down to the "Meh" section... The Burgers are hit or miss. Sometimes they are masterful works of art other times they eat like a frozen waste of my time. Talk with the wait staff, ask for their opinion. After a few visits they will know what you like and be able to help you out with the food.
- Limited parking in the summer, but what else is new... this is just so you know.
- Lots of televisions, however you still have to sit sideways to see them... leatn to adapt or do not watch ;)
- Cash only.... come on people.
- Everyone has something bad to say about something.... This place is just what it claims to be Maynard's Bar. So go enjoy yourself.
This would be the business that you would find if you ever wanted to find out what it means when people say "You get what you pay for". There may be storage facilities that have lower prices with kinda the same bells and whistles but they do not have them as good as this location.
I used Premier for both storage and for U-Haul rental, combined because I do not want to write more than one review ;).
- The owners are proud of their business and take pride to help you but it is definitely a mom and pop run operation. They are polite and attentaive but can easily get overwhelmed when there are more than two customers in the store and the phone rings all the while someone is banging on the window to return a U-Haul truck.
- The staff they have can apply to the above statement but all is all its still good.
- Both the staff and the owners have the respect factor which is why they will be my go too place should I ever need to use them again.
- Amazingly clean for a storage facility.
- The standard various sized units for the standard rates.
- Easy tours of the spaces and what they look like.
- They have both indoor and outdoor access to the units.
- U-Haul reservations made easy, they have a basic selection, but if you make the reservation early enough the correct sized truck magically appears in time for your pick up with is always nice.
- Easy U-Haul drop off with drop slot for the keys should you come in after hours.
- They "rent" shelves for the units but you may be better in buying shelves. It is definitely convenient but a little pricey in my opinion.
- They sell moving materials including boxes and tape etc.. If you are running last minute it is a great convenience, but if you are making the most of your dollar you can always find better shopping around.
- Compared to the other storage places in the area I like these guys so there is nothing bad to comment on...
One of the major discoveries I had when I cleaned out the garage this past Fall was my old Beach Cruiser from high school. Sure, it was purchased off of the island but it lived there longer than some people you see on the beach in the summer. It was suprisingly in decent shape all things considering and looked like the two guys from American Pickers would be making me an offer I could not refuse....
After my (mostly) expert assessment of what was wrong I noticed that the tires were flat. Everything else worked fairly well so off to the Bike Shop I went to see if there was anything major I needed to make it work again.
- The staff was great. I was met with a smile when I walked in, that is always a great start. The greeting that I am familiar with that always makes me smile "How ya doin'?", you will miss this when you travel.
I explained the situation and asked what needed to be done to get the bike back to working condition. I was asked to leave it overnight so they could take a look at it and we agreed that if there was something other than the tires that needed to be replaced I would get a call.... as it should be, and all of this was his idea!
- All in all they get a good pop from me for the customer service aspect. Of course you need that in a beach town in NJ, but its nice when it is unexpected.
- There is a decent selection of the accessories you would need to ride on the boardwalk and in the designated bike lanes ;).
- I know that they rent bikes in the summer if you want to ride but do not have your wheels.
- The parking is shared with their neighbors, Downbeach Deli and can get a little tight at times.
- Nothing bad to comment on.
A cool (architecturally) brick building on Washington Ave. It is currently being renovated where the attached Fire Station was/is. so it has potential to look cool(er).
This building holds all municipal departments except for the building and code enforcement folks, they are currently two blocks away.
- Get your beach badges here.
- Pay your taxes and meet your elected officials.
- The parking lot is for city employees only... kinda makes it difficult to find a spot on the street, with the three spots out front.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
I have had nothing but good experiences at Frye's. The are local folks that take pride in their work and work pretty darn hard for being two blocks from the beach :). One of the few locations on the island that you can have work done on your car.
- I am unsure if they still rent them (I rented one last summer) but I rented a U-Haul from them as well and the staff was professional and very courteous.
- Decent and fast responses on any issue that you have with your vehicle, it is diagnosed and you are updated prior to work being started.
- Once the commitment to have them perform the work is completed, the actual work itself goes fairly fast as there are a number of mechanics.
- Nothing really Meh to comment on.
- There is very (very) limited parking and drive up / drop off area.
I have lived in Margate since kindergarten. I remember going over the bridge into Northfield to hit the McDonald's after my Farm League games... I remember when it was a quarter and then fifty cents ... and then it keeps getting raised. Finally in 2009 it went up to $1.50 which is kinda insane... Now you would think that the elected officials would have the power to run on the "I will make things right ticket" But here is the kicker... the bridge is privately owned.
Now that you have that bag of knowledge... we now start the review.
- It is the shortest route to get off the island from Margate and then onto the Parkway or Expressway.
- It cuts through the bay, so you see migrating turtles trying to cross, this is listed under the good not before my hatred of turtles (I like turtles), but because over the past few years there have been environmental groups that set up nets that redirect them so they do not get run over.
- Turtle Crossings are between May and August ;)
- The toll takers are great, friendly people ... say Hello to them and ask them how they are. One of them is even my former mail carrier.
- You get free passage on Christmas Day ... yay!
- The QTC - The Margate Bridge Companies version of EZ Pass - it is convenient if you only travel between Margate and the local mainland.(*See below)
- It is a drawbridge and boats use the water... when you do the math on that one, take into account that there are no "set times" when the drawbridge will go or be up. When boats need to pass they call in and the bridge goes up.
- Here is a link to the local NBC affiliate that covered a protest when the price was raised to $1.50. nbc40.net/news/7986
- Here is a good comparison of the tolls for random bridges.
- The QTC - The Margate Bridge Companies version of EZ Pass. Now this leads us to the question that it is rumored... the owners of the Bridge are greedy as seen with the price hikes for something that they should be able to own... but on top of that they are not willing to split any profits with EZ Pass and came up with something that is privately theirs... This would be great back in the day when there was no EZ Pass and it may have even still been starting out... This is just another reason to have bad blood between the communities and the owner.
- Privately owned bridge ... fine. Privately owned bridge that has absolutely no check and balance or regulation on raising the tolls... not so much.
- The politicians for Margate (mainly), Longport & Ventnor (secondarily) Do not really talk about it as "There is nothing they can do" ... He's an idea, Get the damn bridge, if you are feeling nice, buy it. If you are feeling like dispensing justice, eminent domain, people have lost houses to it... why not help multiple communities on the island and the mainland by the doing the right thing.
I wish I had Dr. Sean as my dentist while I was growing up... It would have been weird as we are around the same age but still... One of my rules is find doctors and healthcare professionals that you get along with, partner up with them and grow old with them. This is that adage in living breathing proof.
I moved back to Margate after leaving for school finding a career and then proving that working from home was a good idea. One of my best friends suggested Dr. Sean as their number one choice for dentists. That was good enough for an intro and the treatment and the relationship between the Dentist / Patient is what keeps me coming back.
- The Doc is patient and professional. There is no judging. If you only flossed three out of five days last week... that's fine. You will be reminded that that you need to more, but its not in that harsh judging tone... Its in the "Hey goofball you need to floss more, because you know its good for the health of your teeth" tone.
- The office staff, assistants and rest of the staff are courteous and professional. At the end of the day, they all care about you as a person and a patient.
- The recliners have a TV and a remote so if you are waiting for the doc to come back or if there is time between the switch between the assistant and the doc you will have something to do other than think about the fact you are in a doctor's office.
- When I missed an appointment due to work and traveling and then spoke with Pat again, she was grumpy with me when we spoke, but it is because they care about you not that they are trying to give people a hard time. There is a fine line with that and this place has never crossed that line with me. Its the old Italian attitude of if I didn't care I wouldn't yell. Its kinda like that only they would never yell ;).
- They care... Kinda had to give an explanation of that without having you just giving them an opportunity to take care of you.
- No one has figured out a way to silence that damn drill noise... if they do, millions in the bank. But that is not limited to just one office.
- Nothing bad to comment on ... if there was he would not be my dentist.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason why every Sunoco is a Sunny Sunoco. It has been ingrained into my head since I was three... so thanks ;).
This is one of the few gas stations left on the island. They also have a decent garage that can perform some repairs when you are in need.
Oh and for you out of staters... stay in your damn vehicles... NJ loves you so we will pump your gas for you.
- A local business on the island, do not use them for convenience, use them so they will stay open on the island.
- Helpful staff, although the folks pumping the gas changes with the season they are for the most part polite.
- I have not used the garage portion of the business but it is available and based off of the treatment for gas and general questions should be a good experience.
- Sometimes that price is a little higher, but you do not have to pay three dollars round trip to go offshore to fill up.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
This is my Ritas and it is goooooood. I am a huge fan. It is a great convenient location that you can stop at either heading to your vacation or heading home (or vice versa for me.) They have good stuff, stop by and support a good local business.
- Just like all Ritas, they have Italian Water Ice, Misto shakes and Gelatos. Its simple, its what they do and they do it well.
- The staff is always polite and fast and smiling which is a great bonus.
- This location also has pretzels on occasion but they are just ok...
- This Rita''s is seasonal.
- The parking lot is funky and an afterthought that was carved out of a larger parking lot. Soooo, that means that you can get in easily if you are heading off of the island. If you are headed towards Margate though you will need to make an illegal left turn which is the most annoying thing ever that folks have not figured out how to get here. The parking lot does have a "back door" and you can easily make it there by going a little out of your way but making some turns...
On the grounds of the former Parti Pak Deli stands the very non-nondescript WaWa of Margate. The signage may be subtle but it is right across the street from City Hall and they had to make it look at least somewhat residential with the other houses on the block.
- The staff are very nice and polite and willing to help. Although sometimes, you do not know where the line is.
- The parking lot is good compared to the amount of traffic this place sees.
- Amorosa Bakery makes regular deliveries to the bread bin to the right hand side of the sandwich counter.
- Coffee and Sandwiches for both breakfast and lunch.
- Gatorade and Bottled Water, life savers one block from the beach.
- Newspaper and other convenience items that save you a trip to the supermarket.
- Nothing really Meh...
- Although the parking lot is fairly big, people do not know how to navigate it... especially in the summer. Washington Ave being one way has nothing to do with it... just user error.
How can you not be a fan of an Irish, Jewish (style) Deli?? They used to have a small location down New Rd that had a parking lot big enough for three cars...
not anymore. Even though the strip mall they are in now will not win any awards for beauty and the parking spots are a foot too small in width.. it is well worth the visit.
- The staff is always friendly and smiling and make you feel welcome, even when they are busy.
- The Thursday Soup Special is Chicken Tortilla Soup... and it is amazing. I get extra and freeze it.
- They have Egg Cremes, which ironically does not have egg or creme in it. :)
- The sandwiches are good and on the large size.
- The normal Deli selections are very good, Pastrami and Corned Beef.
- The Corned Beef Hash is very good. However, the chef fears making it well done. I like it crisp on the ends... well anywhere for that matter but they just will not do it. It finally got to the point where I asked them to burn it... and they still serve it just prior to it getting crisp (sad face)
- They are more popular than they give themselves credit for as the "waiting" area is about three or four chairs by the door, when they are slammed the line spills outside, but, remember to sneak your way through and give your name to the host or hostess.
- The parking lot is fairly small... The clientele is fairly old... The fairly old drive land yachts... Do the match and park far away and walk :)
A quick trip home last week made number 200 a pretty easy choice. I have been coming here for almost three years (since they opened). The staff are great guys and sell some of the coolest sports stuff ... Ev - Ah!!
I get my baseball cards here, yes I still get cards... refer back to the n3rd comment in the profile ;). I get all my hats here... come to think of it I get a lot of things from here...
- The staff are great people. Its Cory (the owner), occasionally his dad, and Pete. All of them are very helpful and are great at assisting you in finding random gifts for any sports fan.
- Clothing - From Authentic game worn Jerseys and Sweaters to the random fan Shirts. They have everything you need. Although proximity would suggest Philadelphia Phans, they do carry items for those "other" teams.
- Hats - I do love me some hats and I own a few... They have 47 Limited Brand hats, which are the old school "The Game" hats that are now fitted... but these things are just comfortable and look damn good too.
- Autograph Signings from local sports personalities. I went to Greg "The Bull" Luzinski, and Bernie Parant, last year.
- Baseball Cards - From the higher end collector boxes and packs to the good old, pick up a few packs on the ride home. Great selection too.
- Trade night for the baseball card collectors.
- Random stocking stuffers from bottle openers to magnets for the fridge.
- Memorabilia - Autographed Baseballs and Hockey Pucks, to 8x10 glossies. Baseball bats and hockey sticks and autographed mini-helmets.
- All of the above is not just for doods anymore... They have a large selection of women's clothing, accessories as well.
- Normally I am not a fan of the "we can order it for you" However, with sports stuff it is different. Sometimes things are difficult to find or you want a certain hat. Aside from being limited by the manufacturers, they can special order just about anything, so its a good way to support brick and mortar stores and still get some cool stuff.
- Nothing really meh to comment on.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
I am a huge fan of this place, partly because of the food, party because it reminds me of home and partly because of the great memories.
This was on the rotation to places to go for Breakfast/Lunch on Sundays and any other time in OC as a great default.
- The servers are polite and attentive. For the most part they are summer help from the people just visiting, but there may be a local or two mixed in for sanity's sake.
- Jersey Tomato Soup... The Varsity's answer to French Onion. It is amazing, they take pride in it and refer back to its amazing... It brings back those memories of having a grilled cheese and a bowl of tomato soup on a rainy day.
- My favorite is the French Bread French Toast. Simple thing, French Toast, but for some reason it tastes better here, the bananas are a nice touch.
- The bacon, from what I can tell is cooked to order which is hit or miss, especially when the kitchen has a relatively small staff. Kudos for cooking it fresh.
- The strategic use of the roll up windows at the front to provide much needed additional seating.
- Since I like to cook, I know how I like certain things prepared. I also love bacon. Since my man behind the scenes may get rushed once in a while "crisp" bacon may not always come out as "crisp".
- The occasional shoobie that has not idea how to speak with the hostess and then complain when you get seated in a timely manner.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
I will always claim NJ as my home, although work takes me other places to stay for extended periods. When I was living in VA this was one of the most relaxing ways to go home and was a great sendoff when headed back South. There are a few different Ferries that vary in age, but they are all sturdy and can withstand some waves. It is beyond cool to watch a Thunderstorm at sea without a care in the world.
- The people you encounter while making a reservation, paying for your pass, checking your pass or taking care of you at sea... they are polite and friendly.
- There is a snack bar in the terminal and on the Ferry.
- You can drive, walk or rider your bike.
- The fact you can make reservations online or over the phone.
- The bar.
- The fact they have concerts in the summer, its cool to just take the Ferry to DE and then back again after dinner... why not.
- Their friends at Dogfish Head Brewery have friendly events ;)
- Get there early to get a seat in the main cabin.
- The occasional Dolphin sighting... its cool when you an watch them swim along the bow of the Ferry.
- Same as above.. now with Whales.
- Some folks do not have sea legs. Know this before you board... not after.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
A decent spot for lunch and the food is always good. There are always good specials to rely on. This is a favorite spot on the top ten of "where to go for lunch".
- The waitresses are great, fast, smiley and spot on.
- Food is good, the specials are usually great as the chef gets to show off a little, the other menu items are consistent, but nothing go over the top, just good quality food.
- Fried Green Beans... yes please fry the veggies... so I will like them more.
- The parking lot exits to a side street in the back, so you can leave through the light on New Road. This prevents you trying to fight to get onto New Road in Summer traffic.
-The seats are not packed like sardines, but allow you to breathe a little more.
- Very good breakfast food... across the board.
- The prices are a little high, even for South Jersey...
- Parking can get a little full in the lot around lunch and on the weekends.
- Nothing really bad to comment on.
A fast trip home and staying with a friend means that I get to hit this location as opposed to the sister store over in Margate. People love you when you bring things as gifts. People love you more when you bring you bring Hot Bagels... and more. OK, ok marketing is not my fortee but if you say it with a cheesy advertising voice and say Huuh?? :) at the end it takes on a little more.
- This is my favorite bagel place due to the fact that they are simply delicious.
- The staff can get tired after dealing with shoobies, so smile first and keep them moving so they can make it past eleven.
- The homemade schmears... Horseradish, bacon?? Yes Please!
- The breakfast sandwiches leave a little to be desired... they are better then the ones at the sleven, but make one at home with the goods you get here and take pride in it as it will be better.
- Hinkey parking in and out of a parking lot without a traffic light. In the winter, you'll be fine, in the summer... you've got issues.
The great expansion inland allows you to grab a pie or a few slices while shopping for food in the center or bringing some home.
This is one of those memory triggers from when I was a kid. Granted it was on the Ocean City Boardwalk and the two slices and a Birch Beer which was in an old bubbler that looked like a keg... Yeah this place is new and not on the boardwalk but who cares.
If you get it to go it will taste different, if you get it delivered it will taste different.
If, however, you get it half way cooked and finish it off in your oven at home on a pizza stone, it will be just like the memories you had when you were a munchkin.
For whatever reason since the pie has the cheese first on the crust and then the sauce, just does not sit right went left to steam in a cardboard box... trust me try heating it up at home.
- The staff are usually high school kids or shoobies if it is the summer. On average they are polite and prompt with helping and getting you in and out the door with some pizza.
- Although they do not have Birch Beer on draft (or fountain, for those that want to be realistic about my memories) they do have it in bottles. You cannot have this pizza without craving a birch beer and you cannot have a birch beer without associating it with this pizza.
- Its Pizza.... its delicious. and the cheese is on the bottom. (shhhhhh thats the secret)
- You can get it par baked.
- Delivery now to Downbeach too. Woot Margate!
- Nothing really meh...
- The pricing is starting to get a little hinkey... ask for their specials and adapt.
One of the two original locations on the Ocean City Boardwalk brings back memories of my childhood. Yeah, I can get mushy over a memory, what? First off when you order and are with a group, just get a large pie... by the time you get two slices and finish them before you know it and then go back for another two... plus times that by two or three folks and you would have already finished a pie. OK, still with me?? Step two, get the birch beer. Its different and made by the Pennsylvania Dutch, so its healthy too ;).
Seriously this place is just cool, don't overdo it, don't expect white napkins and a candle on the table, grab a pie and a couple of Birch beers and people watch the folks walking on the boardwalk.
- Similar to the mainland location this is staffed by a majority of high school / college kids and the influx of shoobies in the summer looking for summer jobs compliments the ease of use nicely.
- The pizza is delicious, eat it here, it will not survive any trip you are planning on taking. It needs to be eaten while it is still hot or it will not taste the same.
- The combination of the Pizza and the Birch Beer will make you happy happy.
- Nothing really Meh to comment on.
- The prices are a little hinkey at the original location as well... Try for a special or only order it when its a special occasion. It really is too expensive for the quality of pie you can get here at the beach.
I needed to use a storage facility to store the contents of my mom's house when she passed. Now that I am settled again I am ready to consolidate everything and move the large bulky items that were just gathering dust out of here and into my new home.
The relationship has always been strained as the previous manager and staff were not personable at all and did not really go out of their way to help you. They have rules and you need to follow them. They consistently left early so the office hours were never realistically reflected in having staff onsite... the sad part is, there is an apartment up stairs so if there is an emergency, its not like they had to go far. They offer the use of a truck if it is within a certain number of days when you open your account. But if two people open on the same day and you request the truck two days later, they do not know how to respond... so of course the answer is no.
The management has since changed and sadly it is more of the same. Kim, the manager had a conversation with me over the phone, she was so frustrated that I had the Gaul to ask questions that she talked over me the entire conversation. They cannot handle being asked any question and get agitated and hostile when you ask them to explain any policy.
They also cannot use the "broken" phone lines. The phone is hardly ever answered. However, when it does go to voicemail you have a fifty-fifty shot of being responded to as the answering machine (not voicemail mind you) can't be understood. Sadly I had to call corporate in order to fix my account from going into an auction due to the fact they did not have my new phone number, which I have had for over tens years and opened the unit with.
After finally getting a hold of Kim and dealing with the untrained ramblings of someone who honestly does not like to interact with people I arranged to clear out my unit the next day... one day prior to them putting up for auction. They did not even try to contact me. Its kinda sad when people do not take any interest in what they do for a living. Its even worse when there is no training for interacting with people and being able to think on your feet etc... From the actions of their staff there is absolutely zero training that happens at any of the Extra Space Storage locations.
Its actually embarrassing that folks would rather be mean then take two minutes to think through a situation that is not in the manager book... that is what the job entails right??
- You have a free truck rental when you open your account.
- You get a discount if you recommend friends to use their service.
- They have conditioned and non conditioned units.
- Reasonably priced, but you get what you pay for.
- Nothing meh to comment on.
- See the above. There is a Premier Storage on the same road that you will pay a little more for, but the staff is at least competent because the owners are more involved.
This location "shares" the free moving truck that they advertise when you move in. When absolutely zero effort was made when I moved in to have the truck moved less than 1/2 of a mile. I went to this location to pick up the truck per the request of the "manager" at the Black Horse Pike location. I asked if there was anyone specific I should ask for and was told that there was only one person working. When I asked what that only one person's name was, the response of attitude was just more of the same.
I arrived and explained the situation and that I was here to pick up the truck, that was not there... After waiting approximately a half hour while she argued with her boss at the Black Horse Pike location over the phone she let me know that "We ain't got no truck today"...
All I ask is that people care, you can even pretend and bitch about me when I leave... but at least pretend to care when I am in the building.
This is just more of the same and a sad influence from the other location.
- Nothing Meh to comment on either.
- Sadly, see above.
I have always claimed NJ as my home, even North Jersey counts on certain occasions and this would be one of them. I had just moved to New Hampshire and decided I had the room and time to devote to adopting a dog. I did some research online found a little guy that needed a home and contacted the Rescue. I dealt with Janis (who has since moved) and she was an amazing point person. I was put into contact with her after applying and interviewed with her over the phone. There was a volunteer that drove down from Maine to check out the home to make sure the reality matched the application and I went onto the next stage. Everything was approved and I tied in a visit with the pup to make sure he was interested in me as well.
There were some medical issues going on with him from prior to being dropped off with the rescue but he was on the mend. We chilled for a bit and he ate from my hand. A quick count of my fingers confirmed I still had them all :) Although he was scared... here is this big bald dude that is talking to him and asking him if he wanted a new home and a life of sleeping all day, he did handle himself well and I knew I could help him, just as much as he could help me. I called Janis while I was in front of the foster's house letting her know that Murphy was the one I was ready to take my pal home. She asked me who Murphy was... I let her know that his new name. So, after filling out the final forms and arranging a time to pick him up, we drove home. There was some settling in time getting used to his new home but after about an hour, a spot on the floor was claimed and the first of his naps began.
This was a great experience and I am happy to have my new pal Murphy in my life. He is awesome. Bulldogs have a personality all their own and require more TLC than most breeds, but I wouldn't trade the experience for the world.
- Murphy - I am lucky to be a part of his life.
- Janis was fantastic and a wonderful face for the rescue, my interaction was solely with her, which made it easy for me as there was one point of contact and no red tape that had to go through multiple people etc...
- The fact they worked with me given my location.
- Nothing meh to comment on.
- Nothing bad to comment on.
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