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See who was voted Best of Cape May 2019

You voted and we counted. Many of your favorites are on our list again this year, but there were a few upsets (and we have a few new categories to check out). Here are the winners and runners up for the Best of Cape May 2019:


Women’s Clothing: Cotton Company
Runner up: Cash & Clive

Men’s Clothing: Galvanic
Runner up: Cotton Company

Children’s Clothing: Arden’s Kids
Runner up: Happy Baby

T-shirts and Sweatshirts: It’s a Breeze
Runner up: Great White Shark

Shoes: Casale’s
Runner up: South End Surf Shop

Accessories: Whale’s Tale
Runner up: Red Oak Trading

Jewelry: Henry’s
Runner up: Whale’s Tale

Surf & Swimwear: Pete Smith’s Surf Shop
Runner up: South End Surf Shop

Handbags & Totes: Red Oak Trading
Runner up: SeaWeeds

Candy & Fudge: Original Fudge Kitchen
Runner up: Fralinger’s

Gifts: Whale’s Tale
Runner up: Sunset Beach Gift Shops

Home Decor: Cape May Wicker
Runner up: West End Garage

Art: Washington Street Gallery
Runner up: SOMA Gallery

Antiques: West End Garage
Runner up: Treehouse Antiques

Gourmet / Specialty Food: Cape May Peanut Butter Co.
Runner up: Love the Cook

Toys: Whale’s Tale
Runner up: Toy Store of Cape May

Pet Accessories: Dog Days of Cape May
Runner up: Muddy Paws

Cape May Souvenirs: Sunset Beach Gift Shops
Runner up: Whale’s Tale

Bath & Body: Bath Time
Runner up: A Place on Earth

Liquor or Wine: Collier’s
Runner up: Sunset Liquors


Coffee: Coffee Tyme
Runner up: Magic Brain

Cold/Frozen Drinks: Coffee Tyme
Runner up: Harry’s Bar and Grill

Pancakes: Uncle Bill’s Pancake House
Runner up: Mad Batter

Brunch: Mad Batter
Runner up: It’s a tie! Red Store and George’s Place

Breakfast Sandwich: Coffee Tyme
Runner up: Bagel Time Cafe

Hot Dog: Hot Dog Tommy’s
Runner up: Stewart’s Root Beer

Wings: C-View
Runner up: Mad Batter

Burger: Ugly Mug
Runner up: Lucky Bones

Fish / shrimp tacos: Key West Tacos
Runner up: Fins

Sandwich, wrap, or hoagie: Wawa
Runner up: West Side Market

Pizza: Mario’s
Runner up: Louie’s

Appetizers: Harry’s Bar and Grill
Runner up: Oyster Bay

Seafood: Lobster House
Runner up: Oyster Bay

Scallops: Lobster House
Runner up: Mayer’s Tavern

Crabcakes: Lobster House
Runner up: Mad Batter

Oysters on the half shell: Lobster House
Runner up: Oyster Bay

Mussels: Lucky Bones
Runner up: Lobster House

Mexican / Tex Mex: La Doña
Runner up: Gecko’s

Italian: Sapore Italiano
Runner up: Godmother’s

Steak: Washington Inn
Runner up: Oyster Bay

Sushi: Yozu
Runner up: Iron Pier Craft House

Chinese/Japanese/Thai: New Cape Orient
Runner up: Yozu

Vegetarian / Vegan: Bella Vida Garden Cafe
Runner up: Good Earth Organic Eatery

Fries: Lucky Bones
Runner up: Rusty Nail

Salads: George’s Place
Runner up: It’s a tie! Lucky Bones and Fins

Dessert: Washington Inn
Runner up: Oyster Bay

Ice cream / custard / gelato: Khor Bros.
Runner up: Fine Fellows Creamery

Baked goods & pastries: Chez Michel
Runner up: Madison Bakery

Takeout: Lobster House
Runner up: The Depot

Best options for kids: Rusty Nail
Runner up: It’s a tie! Mad Batter and Oceanview Diner

Best place to eat outside: Lobster House
Runner up: Harry’s Bar and Grill

Best view from the table: Lobster House
Runner up: Harry’s Bar and Grill

A restaurant worth the splurge: Washington Inn
Runner up: Peter Shields Inn

Who has the best cocktails? Harry’s Bar and Grill
Runner up: Brown Room

What’s the best outdoor bar? Harry’s Bar and Grill
Runner up: Rusty Nail

Where’s the best place to hear live music? Harry’s Bar and Grill
Runner up: Mad Batter

Who has the best happy hour? Harry’s Bar and Grill
Runner up: Mad Batter

Leisure & Activities

Spa or massage: Cape May Day Spa
Runner up: Sea Spa at Congress Hall

Golf course: Cape May National
Runner up: Avalon Golf

Bicycle or surrey rental: Cape Island Bikes
Runner up: Shields Bike Rentals

Winery tour/tasting: Cape May Winery
Runner up: Willow Creek Winery

Brewery or distillery tour: Cape May Brew Co
Runner up: Nauti Spirits

Walking or guided tour: Cape May MAC
Runner up: Cape May Food Tours

Boat tour or cruise: Cape May Whale Watcher
Runner up: Tiny Cruise Line

Museum or historic site: Emlen Physick Estate
Runner up: Cape May lighthouse

Thrill or high-speed activity: East Coast Watersports
Runner up: Morey’s Piers

Live performing arts: Cape May Stage
Runner up: East Lynne Theater

Best food festival/event: Cape May Craft Beer & Crabs Festival
Runner up: Lima Bean Festival

Best holiday festival/event: West Cape May Christmas Parade
Runner up: Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall


B&B: The Queen Victoria
Runner up: Carroll Villa

Guest house: Highland House
Runner up: 931 Beach Guest House

Hotel: Congress Hall
Runner up: Sea Crest Inn

Campground: Beachcomber Camping Resort
Runner up: Holly Shores

Best place to stay with pets: Beachcomber Camping Resort
Runner up: Highland House

Best place to stay with kids: Congress Hall
Runner up: Grand Hotel

And finally…

Best month to visit: September
Runner up: July

Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up, and thank you to everyone who voted! If you didn’t see your favorites on the list, mark your calendar for next August.