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Best Food to Eat in Ocean City, Maryland (MD)

Updated on April 9, 2015
Ocean City Maryland from above.
Ocean City Maryland from above. | Source
 Ocean City boardwalk with Thrasher fries and Candy Kitchen store fronts
Ocean City boardwalk with Thrasher fries and Candy Kitchen store fronts | Source

Ocean City Maryland is one of the quintessential vacation towns along the United States Atlantic coastline. With Virginia to the south, Delaware to the North and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean to it's east, it is in the perfect spot for the American family vacation.The massive hotels line the sandy ground like guards on patrol. The boardwalk is a 3 miles long walk of nostalgia, food and stores.

This barrier island has developed from a simple fishing village in the early 1900s to the epitome of an American vacation town from the 1960s on. As the city developed into what it is today, the landscape was transformed into a new identity that people will not forget once they visit. Along with the development of the physical landscape came the experiences that stick with you forever. Beyond the fun of the boardwalk rides and the endless frolicking on the beach, another stable of Ocean City is the food!

Ocean city is known for a number of their great treats. From candy to seafood this place has it all. Below I will list the best places for food in Ocean City, with the occasional photo from the summer of 2011. The places I will list include: Candy Kitchen, Hooper's Crab House, Phillips Seafood, Fisher's Popcorn, Fractured Prune and Ocean City's Famous Thrasher fries!

Candy Ktichen sign on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md
Candy Ktichen sign on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md | Source

Candy Kitchen

For the best candy, sweets and treats! The most go to spot is Candy Kitchen. Among the dozens of treats, you can also get fudge and of course salt water taffy! Many offer ice cream as well. You can't miss a candy kitchen in Ocean City or up into the Delaware beaches because of their bright pink and orange décor. To the right is a picture of the Candy Kitchen sign of one of the stores on the boardwalk. My personal favorite treat from Candy Kitchen is the dark chocolate covered marshmallows!

Below is an old Candy Kitchen tv commercial, most likely from the late 1980s or 1990s. It's definitely a dated commercial but the famous eastern shore candy store is still around today!

Candy Kitchen Old Tv Commercial

The sign outside Hooper's Crab House in Ocean City, MD
The sign outside Hooper's Crab House in Ocean City, MD | Source

Best Seafood in Ocean City

Being a city named after the Ocean and having the Atlantic Ocean as a boarder makes this place a great spot for seafood! There are two well know places to dine in Ocean City for seafood. One is the Maryland famous Phillipp's Seafood. This place always has a line out the door. However my favorite seafood spot in Ocean City is Hooper's Crab House. It's across the bay from downtown Ocean City but you can't miss the place as you go over the Route 50 bridge.

Hooper's Crab House offers you great seating on a deck overlooking the bay and looking out towards the strip of land known as Ocean City. This place offers a true seafood experience. The all you can eat buffet for less then $30 supplies you with unlimited whole crabs, corn on the cob, hush puppies, and steamed spiced shrimp. All of it just thrown on your table (which is covered in paper) for you to eat like the feast that it is! Even though Hooper's Crab House looks like a warehouse from the outside it is a true seafood lover's palace. To the right is a picture of the sign hanging outside the entrance to Hooper's crab House.

Fisher's Popcorn stand on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD
Fisher's Popcorn stand on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD | Source

Fisher's Popcorn

If your down in Ocean City for the weekend or the whole week and you need something to snack on or something to bring back to that friend that watched your house, go no further than Fisher's Popcorn. This iconic popcorn stand has been around for decades and offers great assortments in popcorn. My family usually gets the white bucket of Carmel popcorn. There's two great things about this place, one they make the popcorn right in front of you and two if you bring back your empty white bucket you get a discounted refill! A trip to Ocean City wouldn't be right without some Fisher's Popcorn. Below is a picture of Fisher's Popcorn Stand on the Boardwalk. The photo was taken at 10 am and yet people are still gathering to get some popcorn!

Best Breakfast in Ocean City

If your looking for a great breakfast treat look out for the strangely named Fractured Prune. This place offers great donuts and have been around for decades. The variety of donuts they offer is amazing, it's like picking out toppings for ice cream! My personal favorites include the chocolate sprinkles and rainbow sprinkles on plane donuts but also love a creamsicle donut!

Get to Fracture Prune early because the line gets long fast and is the go to for breakfast take out! To get your mouth watering, check out some of the Fractured Prune donuts in the photo below!

Ocean City's Fractured Prune Donuts
Ocean City's Fractured Prune Donuts | Source
Thrasher's Fries on the boardwalk in Ocean City MD
Thrasher's Fries on the boardwalk in Ocean City MD | Source

BEST Fries in the World!!!

Finally what would Ocean City cuisine be without the infamous Thrasher Fries!

These fries are so the best I have ever had. They have nationally recognized and I've even seen them on national talk shows. There is always lines 20 to 30 feet long at the main store at the beginning of the boardwalk but it's well worth the wait!

The best way to have your french fries is with salt and vinegar! There have been many times where my family and I have substituted whole meals for a bucket of Thrasher Fries! The picture to the right is from the smaller Thrasher Fries store halfway down the boardwalk. Once again the photo was taken early in the morning before the store really opened up, hence no lines.

Well I hope my suggestions help! After going to Ocean City for almost every summer of my life and my parents going even longer I still find the food above amazing. I hope if you ever get to visit Ocean City as well you will try some of these great gems. Enjoy your food at the beach!


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