Here we are at the end of April already. It's finally(!) stopped raining and the boardwalks down the shore are starting to show signs of life.

Springtime in South Jersey is a wonderful time of year — it's a lot like the "local summer" season that we get to enjoy for several weeks after Labor Day.

But while it's April now, Memorial Day weekend is next month and once that hits, we all know millions of people will be sharing the shore with us.

With that said, some of our most popular restaurants are now either reopening for the season or are returning to more normal business hours. And that gives us locals an opportunity to visit some of our favorite eateries without having to wait an hour and a half for a table on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Ocean City boardwalk
Ocean City boardwalk (Chris Coleman, Townsquare Media NJ)

So enjoy the next few weeks of relative peace and quiet and support some of these fantastic local restaurants (call ahead before you go to make sure they're open).

15 Go-to Restaurants in South Jersey that Shoobies Love the Most

Let's take a quick look at a handful of restaurants down the shore that will almost always have a car with Pennsylvania license plates in front of during the summer.

31 Amazing South Jersey Ice Cream and Custard Stands as Picked by Locals

In no particular order, you definitely want to check out these great places for ice cream this summer when you are down the shore!

Most popular restaurants during the summer at the Jersey Shore, Crab Trap Somers Point NJ, Brown's Ocean City NJ, Deauville Inn Strathmere NJ, Sam's Pizza Wildwood NJ, Menz Restaurant Rio Grande NJ, Uncle Bill's Pancake House Ocean City NJ, Manco & Manco Ocean City NJ, The Lobster House Cape May NJ, Mike's Seafood Sea Isle City NJ, White House Subs Atlantic City NJ, Oves Ocean City NJ, Tony's Baltimore Grill Atlantic City NJ, The Rusty Nail Cape May NJ, The Chicken or the Egg Long Beach Island NJ, Exit Zero Filling Station Cape May NJ, Doo Wop Wawa Wildwood NJ

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