World's Best Beach Food

Elephant Ears on the Jersey Shore

The beach: Beach Haven, New Jersey

The place: Crust and Crumb Bakery, a family-owned beachside institution

The dish: Elephant ears, fried dough coated in cinnamon and sugar

The old-fashioned elephant ear is classic boardwalk food: an irregular flat disk of deep-fried dough topped with butter, liberally sprinkled with a cinnamon-sugar mixture, and served piping hot. And Beach Haven, New Jersey, at the southern end of Long Beach Island, is classic Jersey Shore: an old-school American beach town that's a magnet for families from Philadelphia, New York City, and all the Jersey suburbs in between. So it stands to reason that the combination of Beach Haven and elephant ear is a Proustian talisman of summertime Americana—and that's before taking into account the tiny family-run bakery, Crust and Crumb, that's been producing elephant ears and other baked goodies since 1987. It's located within a Skee-Ball's throw of the town's low-key amusement park, Fantasy Island, and just two blocks from the wide, sandy beach. Beach Haven regulars insist that the official start of summer isn't June 21—it's the moment you get your first whiff of cinnamon-scented sea air on the beach near Crust and Crumb.

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Crust and Crumb Bakery
Ninth Street and Bay Avenue
Beach Haven, New Jersey
(609) 492-4966

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