An extensive menu, local art and great live music makes this a frequent LBIF stop year round!…
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101 North Bay Avenue
Beach Haven, NJ 08808
Here’s why we love Buckalew’s. HUGE menu. They have everything from raw bar, to wings, to hog wings, to sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood, stir-fry, all the way to stroganoff! There is so much to choose from… so how does one choose? I mean sometimes such a gargantuan menu leaves you struggling to pick something. “I’ll go last…” you utter nervously as your table orders in a circle around you. “Do I want comfort food like meatloaf or do I want an order of clams and a crab cake sandwich?” You begin to sweat. That’s where we come in, you fantastic fanatical foodies. Buckalew’s has a hidden ace tucked up their sleeve.
One frigid Friday winter night, we made it to the island around 9pm. Being the off-season, everything was shutting down pretty quickly. Our stomachs growled angrily at us in the car. We knew we had to think fast. As we drove past Buckalew’s… we spotted what looked like someone eating a slice of pizza. Could it be? Were we hallucinating an oasis that was serving pizza after 9pm in the winter?
It was true. Now we just had to agree on toppings. Trouble. Some of us like olives and anchovies… some not at all. Then… a light shimmered from our laminated menus. Two words. Personal. Pies. Not only do they make pizza (referred to as “tomato pies” on the menu)… but they make a perfect personal-sized pizza. Problem solved. If you are late night food gamblers like us… this is the ace that wins the poker game.
As for decor, you’ll recognize some amazing photography hanging above the booths. Beautiful local favorite spots grace the walls of Buck’s. Artist Dave Gurtcheff creates these unique pieces and they’re all for sale. Our favorite is the one of Polly’s Dock. Hands off people. It’s ours. Buck’s is the only place on the island that you can have a personal pie and buy some art.
They also have shuffleboard. Which is perfect entertainment if you have to wait for a table. Or if you are like us and just love shuffleboard.
Speaking of entertainment… Buck’s is great for all ages and musical tastes. It never gets too loud, and it varies from piano “mood” music, to classic rock cover bands, to original rock bands like Beach Haven’s own Clammer Ted and The Clams. Where else can you get homegrown original music… from the guy that actually harvested the clams you’re eating?
So, with the menu, the art, the entertainment, and a pocket pizza ace… Buckalew’s holds a straight flush in the foodies five card stud poker game.
“You gotta know when to hold ‘em and to fold ‘em.”
…We’re talking about pizza slices of course.