Healthy Boardwalk Food? Step Right Up!

Wondering how to eat healthy on the boardwalk? Here are some choices that will help you steer clear of junk food.

Boardwalk & Third, Asbury Park

Vegetable sandwich at Hoagitos.

Vegetable sandwich at Hoagitos. Photo courtesy of Hoagitos

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.

Pop’s Garage
Boardwalk & Second, Asbury Park

Ceviche at Pop's Garage.

Ceviche at Pop’s Garage. Photo courtesy of Pop’s Garage.

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.

Spicy Cantina
Boardwalk & Sumner, Seaside Heights

Camarones Grande a la Diabla at Spicy Cantina.

Camarones Grande a la Diabla at Spicy Cantina. Photo courtesy of Spicy Cantina

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

Mango-banana whip at Bashful Banana Bakery & Cafe.

Mango-banana whip at Bashful Banana Bakery & Cafe. Photo by Jim Connolly

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.

The Sawmill
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

Greek salad from Opa Gyros & Crépes.

Greek salad from Opa Gyros & Crépes. Photo by Jim Connolly

Opa offers healthy Mediterranean dishes, including babaganoush, falafel, salads, savory crêpes and wraps.

Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar & Grille
Morey’s Surfside Pier, Wildwood

Signature salad at Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar & Grille.

Signature salad at Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar & Grille. Photo by Jim Connolly

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).

Read more Eat & Drink, Jersey Shore articles.

By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly.

Comments (1)

Required not shown
Required not shown

  1. Luch

    Don’t forget Playa Bowls and Eat Poke Bro in the Dunes Boardwalk Cafe in Ocean Grove!