Hula Grill

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Located at 940 Boardwalk, this hidden gem — literally hidden from view on the main street — provides quick service, a casual atmosphere, and Hawaiian-style food. It’s the perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner after a day of shopping along the Ocean City Boardwalk. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio, and try the pulled pork, coconut shrimp, or Hawaiian chicken plate.

After your meal, head over to one of the nearby attractions. The mini-golf course, Haunted Golf, is steps away at 824 Boardwalk. If you walk the other direction to 1020 Boardwalk, you’ll end up at Playland’s Castaway Cove. This amusement park has family-friendly rides, thrill rides, a go-cart speedway, two mini-golf courses, and an arcade.

OC Surf Cafe

If you’re craving Mexican food for breakfast or lunch, stop by OC Surf Cafe at 715 E. Eighth St. It has colorful decor and a playful menu that includes surfer-themed items like “Surfs Up” and “Longboard.” Fan favorites include Mexican-style eggs, fish tacos, and the Point Break omelet. You can also choose from items like pancakes, French toast, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Little ones may order from the kids’ menu.

Nearby attractions include Stainton’s Gallery of Shops. This shopping center is known for its display of unusual items in more than 70 stores, making it the place to go for gift shopping. If you’re not in the mood for shopping, consider visiting Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. It has classic amusement park rides like swings, a carousel, and The Scrambler. Some of the rides are indoors, too, which works well on rainy days.

Yianni’s Cafe

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For a diverse menu, look no further than Yianni’s Cafe at 841 Asbury Ave. It has standard American items like hamburgers and chicken salad wraps, classic Italian dishes such as ravioli with meatballs, and tasty Greek fare. The pikalia sampler is popular: It comes with a large serving of stuffed grape leaves, Kalamata olives, eggplant dip, pita bread, and other finger food. Vegetarians will be happy to discover plant-based meals like the portobello mushroom sandwich and veggie-lover quesadillas.

Like most other restaurants in the area, Yianni’s Cafe isn’t that far from the Ocean City Boardwalk. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, head 6 miles west to Corson’s Inlet State Park. This area is more quiet than most of the other attractions, making it a great place to collect your thoughts. Here you can enjoy activities like hiking, crabbing, boating, birdwatching, and swimming.

Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, there’s plenty to do in this coastal city. Many of the Ocean City Hotels are right by the main attractions at Ocean City Boardwalk, so book ahead of time to get the most convenient location possible. And don’t forget to visit one of these popular eateries!