Best of Ocean City®2018 Winners Announced

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Best of Ocean City 2018 Winners Announced

Ocean City, Md, [June 25, 2018]: is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Best of Ocean City® contest, wherein visitors and locals alike nominate and vote for their favorite businesses in Ocean City’s longest running, most prestigious contest of its kind.

Now in its 9th year, Best of Ocean City is the only local popular vote not tied to advertising or sponsorship, instead relying on the fans of Ocean City business’ enthusiasm to propel the most engaged businesses to the top.

Winning an Best of Ocean City® award is an incredible triumph for Ocean City businesses. Winners are prominently recognized within the local community and receive a coveted certificate of achievement and distinctive window decal to display throughout 2018 and into 2019.

“This all started when hotels were coming to us wanting this information — guests in the hotels wanted to know who they recommended as the best businesses, which is why it’s imperative that the Best of Ocean City not be related to advertising,” said CEO Ann McGinnis Hillyer. “We want to provide every visitor in Ocean City with real, true recommendations for the best businesses in town.”

The awarding of the title of ‘Best of Ocean City’ falls on the readers of and their nearly 180,000 Facebook fans. With more votes than any other contest, results were tallied across 38 categories including Best Restaurants, Best Bars, Best Activities and Best of the Boardwalk.

“When some businesses find out they won, they’ll say they didn’t even know they were participating,” Hillyer said. “Nobody signs up for this contest. The Shrimp Boat didn’t even know they were included in the voting, for instance, but now they’re very glad they won.”

Without further ado, here are the award-winning businesses of 2018. The full list of award winners, runners up and editors picks, in addition to 5-year winners, can be found online at Best of Ocean City 2019 polls are now open at


Best Pizza: Lombardi’s

Runner-up: Dough Roller. Editor’s Choice: Mione’s  

Best Ice Cream: Dumser’s

Runner-up: Kohr Bros. Editor’s Choice: Island Creamery

Best Crabs: The Crab Bag

Runner-up: Hooper’s. Editor’s Choice: Crabs-to-Go

Best Crabcakes: The Crabcake Factory

Runner-up: Coins Pub. Editor’s Choice: Southside Deli  

Best Seafood: The Crabcake Factory

Runner-up: The Crab Bag. Editor’s Choice: The Shrimp Boat  

Best Raw Bar: Harrison’s Harbor Watch

Runner-up: Blu Crab House. Editor’s Choice: Seacrets

Best Wings: Kirby’s Pub

Runner-up: The Original Greene Turtle. Editor’s Choice: Shotti’s Point

Best Barbecue: Bull on the Beach

Runner-up: 28th Street Pit and Pub. Editor’s Choice: Smoker’s BBQ Pit

Best Breakfast: Barn 34

Runner-up: General’s Kitchen. Editor’s Choice: Bad Monkey

Best Subs: Anthony’s Beer, Wine, Deli & Liquor

Runner-up: Anthony’s Carryout. Editor’s Choice: Billy’s Sub Shop

Best Asian Food: OC Wasabi

Runner-up: Blue Fish. Editor’s Choice: Rice House

Best Mexican Food: Mother’s Cantina

Runner-up: Tequila Mockingbird. Editor’s Choice: Plaza Tapatia

Best Italian Food: Touch of Italy

Runner-up: Ristorante Antipasti. Editor’s Choice: DiFebo’s

Best All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: Bonfire

Runner-up: The Embers. Editor’s Choice: Horizons Oceanfront

Best Carry-Out: Anthony’s

Runner-up: Anthony’s Beer, Wine, Deli & Liquor. Editor’s Choice: Belly Busters

Best Waterfront Dining: Sunset Grille

Runner-up: Fish Tales. Editor’s Choice: Macky’s



Best Bar Overall: Fish Tales

Runner-up: Seacrets. Editor’s Choice: Harborside

Best Sports Bar: Pickles Pub

Runner-up: The Original Greene Turtle. Editor’s Choice: The Greene Turtle West OC

Best Drinks: Fish Tales

Runner-up: Seacrets. Editor’s Choice: Harborside

Best Happy Hour Specials: Coconuts Bar & Grill

Runner-up: MR Ducks. Editor’s Choice: Mother’s Cantina

Best Brewery: Burley Oak

Runner-up: OC Brewing Company. Editor’s Choice: Backshore Brewing Co.

Best Craft Beer Selection: OC Brewing Company

Runner-up: The Tap House. Editor’s Choice: Hopper’s Tap House

Best Live Music: Seacrets

Runner-up: Coconuts Bar & Grill. Editor’s Choice: Fager’s Island

Best Place to View a Sunset: Fager’s Island

Runner-up: Ropewalk. Editor’s Choice: The Angler



Best Mini Golf: Old Pro

Runner-up: Lost Treasure

Best Parasailing: OC Parasailing

Runner-up: Paradise Watersports

Best Jet Skiing: Odyssea Watersports

Runner-up: OC Bayside Rentals.

Best Kayak Rental/Experience: 48th St. Watersports

Runner-up: Coastal Kayak

Best Fishing Charter: The Angler

Runner-up: Happy Hooker

Best Surf Shop: Malibu’s

Runner-up: K Coast. Editor’s Choice: Chauncey’s

Best Rainy Day Activity: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Runner-up: Fox Sun & Surf Cinema. Editor’s Choice: Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum



Best Caramel Corn: Fisher’s Popcorn

Runner-up: Dolle’s

Best Pizza: The Dough Roller

Runner-up: Tony’s Pizza

Best Candy: Candy Kitchen

Runner-up: Wockenfuss. Editor’s Choice: Dolle’s

Best Shop: The Kite Loft

Runner-up: Quiet Storm

Best Bar: Purple Moose

Runner-up: Shenanigans. Editor’s Choice: Cork Bar & Grill.

Best Stand/Small Restaurant: Golden Plate

Runner-up: Alaska Stand

Best Sit-Down Restaurant: Harrison’s Harbor Watch

Runner-up: Shenanigans. Editor’s Choice: Captain’s Table