The Ocean City location of Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is the only one open year round. This might have something to do with the fact that Ocean City (along with Cape May) have become more of a “year round” town, eschewing the old practice of boarding up everything in town from October to April.
The good: Uncle Bill’s has a great breakfast. It’s the only thing they do (except daily lunch specials) and they do it very well. Eggs, pancakes, waffles, creamed chipped beef. You name it, if it’s breakfast food, it’s on the menu.
They have eight locations across the southern New Jersey shore open during the summer.
I visited twice in the last few weeks. First was my absolutely perfect pecan waffle. Hot, fluffy, not too big, and with flecks of pecan. Yes, I know I put too much syrup and butter on it, but it’s how i like it.
Scrapple is deep fried. I appreciate deep fried scrapple because the crispy outside is impossible to get in a frying pan. Oh, for those outside the Philadelphia region and want to know what scrapple is: Ground up the inside of sausage, mix it with cornmeal, form into a loaf and slice it, then fry it in a pan or deep fry it. It sounds bizarre, but it is really good. I like mine with a little maple syrup.
On my second visit I tried Uncle Bill’s weekend special: The country sausage benedict. This was two pieces of fresh cornbread topped with a sausage patty, a poached egg and covered in sausage gravy.
It was good. It wasn’t great. Next time I’ll go for the waffle again.
The con: Uncle Bill’s is expensive. They’ve got a great breakfast and they know it. So, they think nothing of hitting you for $8 for a waffle or $3.00 for a glass of juice. Breakfast for 3 adults and 1 child ran $55.00 one day and $62.00 the next. If you’re not splurging on vacation and you’re on a budget, then Uncle Bill’s is a treat, not a regular stop.
They are open 7am to 2pm most days. The staff is friendly and seems to get younger each year.