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A look back at Ocean City’s Best of 2017

We announced the winners back in the early summer, which is when we always close the polls and collect the votes, but here they are again in case you missed them the first time. 

Our Best of Ocean City is the only “best of”-type event in town that’s not dependent on advertiser input–the winners reflect how Ocean City lovers really feel about all the local restaurants, bars, activities and shops around. If you don’t like the results–or just want to add your own two cents (which you should)–be sure to…

 Vote for the Best of Ocean City 2018!

Contest time

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The “Best Of” wall at Fat Daddy’s.

Our team has just gone out and delivered all of the signs and certificates to the 2017 winners, so hopefully when you stop by one of these joints in the coming year you’ll see the “Best Of” sign hanging proudly on the wall! 

If you see one between now and the time we announce our 2018 winners this Memorial Day, take a picture with it and share it with us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #bestofocmd. We’ll put you in a drawing and you could be one of five lucky winners to receive a gift card of your choice from our store

Below are our winners of 2017. Click on the headers to read more about the best restaurants, bars, activities and boardwalk businesses, and to see the editor’s choice for each category. What do you think? 

Best restaurants

Best pizza

Winner: Lombardi’s. Runner-up: Dough Roller

Best seafood

Winner: Crabcake Factory USA. Runner-up: Shark on the Harbor.

Best raw bar

Winner: Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Runner-up: Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar

Best BBQ

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

Best crabs

Winner: The Crab Bag. Runner-up: Hooper’s Crab House

Best crabcakes

Winner: Crabcake Factory USA. Runner-up: Coins Pub & Restaurant

Best wings

Winner: The Greene Turtle. Runner-up: Kirby’s Pub

Best subs

Winner: Anthony’s Liquor, Beer, Wine, Deli & Bar. Runner-up: Anthony’s Carryout

Best breakfast

Winner: Barn 34. Runner-up: General’s Cafe

Best ice cream

Winner: Dumser’s. Runner-up: Kohr Bros Frozen Custard.

Best buffet

Winner: The Bonfire. Runner-up: Embers Restaurant.

Best carryout

Winner: Anthony’s Carryout at 17th. Runner-up: Fat Daddy’s Sub Shop.

Best waterfront dining

Winner: Fish Tales. Runner-up: Fager’s Island.

Best Asian food

Winner: OC Wasabi. Runner-up: Blue Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar.

Best Italian food

Winner: Touch of Italy. Runner-up: Mione’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant.

Best Mexican food

Winner: Mother’s Cantina. Runner-up: Tequila Mockingbird

Best bars

Best overall

Winner: Fish Tales. Runner-up: Seacrets.

Best happy hour

Winner: Coconuts. Runner-up: M.R. Ducks.  

Best sunset view

Winner: Fager’s Island. Runner-up: Fish Tales.

Best live music

Winner: Seacrets. Runner-up: Coconuts

Best sports bar

Winner: Pickles. Runner-up: Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon.

Best craft beer 

Winner: Ocean City Brewing Co. Runner-up: 45th Street Taphouse

Best brewery

Winner: Burley Oak. Runner-up: Ocean City Brewing Co

Best activities

Best fishing charter

Winner: The Angler boat. Runner-up: Happy Hooker

Best mini golf

Winner: Old Pro Golf. Runner-up: Lost Treasure Golf.

Best parasailing

Winner: OC Parasailing. Runner-up:  OC Watersports.

Best jet skiing

Winner: Odyssea Watersports. Runner-up: Action Watersports.

Best kayak rental

Winner: 48th Street Watersports. Runner-up: Coastal Kayak.

Best surf shop

Winner: Malibu’s Surf Shop. Runner-up: K-Coast Surf Shop.

Best rainy day

Winner: Fox Sun & Surf. Runner-up: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Best indoor activity

Winner: Fox Sun & Surf. Runner-up: OC Screams.

Best of the boardwalk

Best caramel corn

Winner: Fisher’s Popcorn. Runner-up: Dolles Candyland.

Best boardwalk shop

Winner: The Kite Loft. Runner-up: Quiet Storm.

Best boardwalk stand

Winner: Golden Plate. Runner-up: Atlantic Stand.

Best sit-down restaurant

Winner: Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Runner-up: Captain’s Table.

Best boardwalk bar

Winner: Purple Moose Saloon. Runner-up: Shenanigan’s.

Best boardwalk pizza

Winner: Tony’s. Runner-up: Dough Roller.

Best boardwalk candy

Winner: Candy Kitchen. Runner-up: Wockenfuss Candies.

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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