But there is good, even great, boardwalk food out there, if you know where to look. I spent six days walking the six major boardwalks - Asbury Park, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside, Atlantic City, Ocean City and Wildwood - most of the journey in a blistering heat wave. I stopped at 77 restaurants/stands, sampling close to 150 items, everything from fried pickles with sexy sauce to Seagull Droppings (more on that later). Candy and sweets stands were not considered.
Here are the 35 best boardwalk eats, drawing on my sweaty walking tour and past experience. There's no reason to bad-mouth boardwalk food ever again - unless you keep going to all the wrong places.