Boardwalk & Third, Asbury Park
Don’t be fooled by the name—there’s more than hoagie sandwiches at this gourmet to-go spot. Try the soppressata with brie, arugula, chili jam and citrus vinaigrette; the portobello slider with mustard greens; or eggplant with mozzarella, roasted tomato, baby kale and basil mayo.
Boardwalk & Second, Asbury Park
This sustainable Mexican restaurant has tasty salads, including field greens, grilled pineapple, grilled onion and avocado with chipotle-agave vinaigrette; a grilled Jersey corn appetizer; and ceviche with camarones, tuna, pineapple, cilantro, lime and tomato.
Mogo Korean Tacos
Boardwalk & First, Asbury Park
At Mogo, you can turn tacos into salad or rice bowls, or stick with tacos and try soy-marinated chicken with ponzu-sesame sauce or tangy sweet-and-sour shrimp topped with cucumber salad. They also have vegan options.
Boardwalk & Sumner, Seaside Heights
This sit-down spot offers the Cantina Ceviche (shrimp and tilapia marinated in orange and lemon juice with mango, cucumber and tomato); island crab salad with lime, sherry vinegar and herbs; smoked trout salad with chick peas and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette; lump crab and avocado salad (ask for it without the tortilla bowl); and grilled lollipop lamb chops with pesto, potatoes and asparagus.
Bashful Banana Bakery & Cafe
Boardwalk & Ninth, Ocean City
The Bashful Banana is known for its dairy-free banana whip ice cream, made with frozen bananas. Other specialties: whole-grain banana-walnut pancakes (with optional ground flaxseed); a farmer’s omelet with turkey bacon; tons of salads, including spinach with scallops; fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices; fruit smoothies; and an algae shake with soy milk, bananas and protein powder.
Boardwalk & Stockton, Seaside Park
This sit-down café serves healthy treats like oysters on the half shell, blackened tuna bites with horseradish dip, an eggplant wrap with roasted red peppers and goat cheese on a tomato-basil tortilla, and plenty of salads.
Opa Gyros & Crêpes
Boardwalk & Ninth, Ocean City
Opa offers healthy Mediterranean dishes, including babaganoush, falafel, salads, savory crêpes and wraps.
Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar & Grille
Morey’s Surfside Pier, Wildwood
A sit-down restaurant offering Sibling’s Signature Salad (field greens, strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese); the Angry Arugula salad (asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, shaved Parmesan in tangy house lemon vinaigrette; and Mama’s Own Avocado Toast (open-faced multigrain toast with cream cheese, cheddar, avocado, spring mix, cherry tomatoes and light vinaigrette). The Pure & Simple menu section includes salmon with baby bok choy, DIY lettuce wraps, and a beachy bento box with yellowfin tuna and seaweed salad.
Aloha Smoothie Company
Morey’s Adventure Pier, Wildwood
Say aloha to more than fruit smoothies. Bowls include the Monkey (organic acai, bananas, peanut butter and soy or almond milk, topped with homemade granola, bananas, cacao nibs and local raw honey); and the Banzai (acai, strawberries, bananas, blueberries and soy or almond milk, topped with homemade granola, bananas, hemp seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, coconut, cacao nibs and local raw honey).