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Fighting to be the Best of Ocean City: Restaurants Edition

In case you missed it, the annual Best of Ocean City voting is well underway. Over the rest of the year, we’ll be picking out some of our favorite races and asking you whether it is fair. If it isn’t, feel free to vote until you believe that right has prevailed. This week, we look at some of the bar categories, but, as always, you can vote for any or all of the categories here.

And check out what bars are currently in first place here

Results as of January 11, 2019

We want to keep you from wasting your vacation on bad food. The Crabcake Factory is currently in the lead for Best Crabcakes, capturing an astounding 49% of the votes, btw. 

The best pizza is still up in the air

…And we hope it’ll come down eventually, because we’re hungry. Out of every category on our Best Of poll, Best Pizza has the most votes by far. It always does, because everybody loves pizza, and most people have pretty strong opinions about where to get it from. Like last year and the year before that, the winner is currently “other.” We added Ponzetti’s, Piezano’s and Grotto’s to the multiple-choice selection this year because those were the most popular write-ins last year, but you all still aren’t satisfied with our selection! Anyway, after “other” comes Lombardi’s, followed by The Dough Roller and Grotto’s. Mione’s has fallen a few since last year. Come on Mione’s, step up your game!

2018’s winner? “Other,” followed by Lombardi’s. 

Dumser’s takes the (ice cream) cake

If you staunchly disagree that Dumser’s has the best ice cream in Ocean City, you might want to vote now and tell your friends, too. They’re currently in the lead with a whopping 54%. But all hope is not lost. If you’re a fan of King Kone, Island Creamery in Berlin, Julia’s or anyone else, they still have several months to catch up. Kohr Bros, usually our second-place winner, has fallen behind from last year, though there’s still time for the Bros to pull ahead…

2018’s winner? (And the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that…) Dumser’s, of course. 

Dumser's ice cream
Dumser’s is an Ocean City tradition, plus their ice cream is just plain delicious. Objectively speaking, of course.

Shotti’s Point leads a close race for Best Wings

Shotti’s Point is a relatively new restaurant in town, and they’re already opening a second location on the Boardwalk this summer. That might explain their newfound popularity in the Best of Ocean City voting. We shacked up at Shotti’s Point last January and were mightily impressed with the wings selection, as well as the Rhino Chaser fries. But that’s not to influence how you vote for Best Wings; Kirby’s is coming in second, Hooter’s in third, and the Original Greene Turtle in fourth. 

2018’s winner? Kirby’s, followed by the Original Greene Turtle. Shotti’s Point was third.  

Mother’s Cantina and Tequila Mockingbird are neck and neck for Best Mexican Food

We love a little friendly competition, and one of the closest races always seems to be Mother’s Cantina and Tequila Mockingbird, both respectable local options for tacos and margaritas. There’s currently only a 3% difference between the two, while Guido’s Burritos and Plaza Tapatia trail behind.

2018’s winner? Mother’s Cantina, predictably followed by Tequila Mockingbird. 

The Crab Bag has the Best Crabs, for now

When you’re in Ocean City, you’re probably going to want crabs. And not just any crabs–the best crabs. At this moment in time, the best crabs can be found at The Crab Bag, followed by Hooper’s Crab House and Crabs To Go in Ocean Pines. Crab Alley is the most popular write-in.

2018’s winner? The Crab Bag.

Help your fellow vacationers avoid bad food in Ocean City! Vote for your favorites and let your voice be heard. 
Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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