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Windmill, Long Branch

Windmill, Long Branch

Today I’m going share one of my favorite Jersey shore institutions – the Windmill. There are nine Windmill Restaurants in New Jersey, and seven of them are in the shore area. The one I frequent is the original Windmill in West End (Long Branch) – which is special because it actually looks like a windmill. When you enter, you walk straight to the counter to place your order. There is no indoor seating in this location – instead they have what they call the “deck,” which is on top of the windmill. You pick up your food, head up to the top, sit in the sun, and enjoy! If you have to stay inside, you can eat at the counter by the widows overlooking Ocean Blvd. People line up shoulder to shoulder to enjoy their hot dogs – but nobody minds, because this is a part of the Windmill experience.

Now onto the menu: The Windmill is famous for their grilled jumbo hot dogs and cheese fries. These hot dogs are sitting on the grill as you enter, and you can pick which one you want – they will even place it on the fire grill to make it a little snappier. If you want toppings on your dog they have cheese, homemade chili (which you can also put on the fries), kraut, relish, onions – the list goes on. If you want it, they probably have it. They also have flame grilled burgers, rib eye steak sandwiches, grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, fried fish sandwiches and the most delicious of all: onion rings. All of these sandwiches are made fresh right in front of you, and after they prepare your food you get to stack all the toppings you want. Pile them high and enjoy!

This is a great place for lunch, dinner, a late-night snack (they are open until 3 am) or if you just need something to eat right off the beach.

The other location in Long Branch is on Ocean Ave North. This one has a nicely sized sit-down restaurant and a liquor license, so if you want an ice cold beer with your dog then head to the Windmill over by Seven Presidents Beach.

I can tell you, I have been eating at the Windmill for over 30 years and I have never been let down. If you’re reading this and thinking “it’s a hot dog – what’s the big deal?” then you have obviously never had a dog at the Windmill. This is the must have for all visitors and locals alike!