Jimmy Steal

Seaside Heights, NJ

My favorite place to get boardwalk food is the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. My favorite boardwalk food to get there? A Sausage “Sangweech” with peppers and onions!

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Sweet or hot Italian Sausage is great any time of year. However, when it’s summertime and it’s done right on the grill or flattop on the boardwalk, it’s to die for. Especially when it gets all caramelized, and then they use the grease to cook the sliced green bell peppers and Vidalia onions. Oh, baby, I shouldn’t be writing this at lunchtime.

I guess the reason I prefer the Sausage and Peppers on the Seaside Boardwalk is that it’s comfort food for me. Seaside Heights is where I started going in my teenage years. Meanwhile, having lived in Ocean County for almost 25 years, and Toms River specifically for 20, it’s where I’ve taken my kids.

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Now, I’m not foolish enough not to realize two things.

There are hundreds of places in the area that make a good sausage sandwich. However, they don’t have the ambiance, if you will,  of the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. The other thing is, I know there are more than five places that make a good Sausage and Peppers, but hey this is MY personal list! Haha, maybe I’m totally off base and you can show me some better Italian tube steaks! Well, that didn’t translate how I wanted, but let’s keep it PG, for food’s sake.

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The list contains places where I have great memories of enjoying a sausage sandwich, as well as places that I truly feel have a superior product. Greasy, but not too greasy. A good ratio of peppers to onions, and peppers and onions to meat. Another very important criterion for a good SPOS is the bread! Too doughy and you got a soggy mess. Too hard you lose half your peppers and onions on the boards in front of Luck Leo’s. Come onnnn! Oh, and my most personal requirement is, condiment options. Not just “sauce or no sauce”. No no, that isn’t enough. bring me the good stuff!

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So here’s my list, I hope I make ya hungry! Summer only last so long, just like these delicious Sausage and Pepper sandwiches!

  • The Midway Steak House 500 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights

    The OG and still my favorite. As iconic a building as there has ever been on those boards. You see it, then you smell it. The fellas workin’ inside that hut don’t say much, but boy they cook their asses off all Summer long. they are also the best because of the condiments table. Hot peppers? Sure take as many as you like. Malt vinegar for the fries? Right on! Hot sauce? homemade baby. My number one. Oh and not a bad cheesesteak either!



  • The Sawmill 1807 Boardwalk, Seaside Park

    This landmark, open since 1977, that links the Heights and Park Boardwalks is known for many culinary adventures. From their gigantic pizza slices and pies, to their crazy brunches on football Sundays. However, I love their sausage sandwiches. Huge portions and always made perfect. Here’s a great idea: Sausage Peppers and Onions Pie, with a side of marinara. Boom. Goodnight! Great beer list, and it’s open all year!



  • The Original Steaks 21 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights

    Open since the 1950’s, this is the Original Steaks, in case you were confused. What the name lacks in originality, they make up for in awesome late-night drunk food. They are on my list because you can get a gigantic Sauce-laden SPO sando for like 10 bucks. Plus you can add the famous cheeseballs inside, AND stuff it in authentic Newark Pizza Bread if you ask! Madone!

  • Steaks Unlimited 14 Dupont Avenue, Seaside Heights

    When I was a kid, I thought this was the same place as Original Steaks. However, it’s its own thing. Almost exactly the same mind you, but it’s own thing. Made famous the world over by the cheeseball guy from MTV, Bon Jovi, Chelsea Handler, and countless other celebs, this is another place to put your cheeseballs in your sausage! They also do a nice Sausage Parm Sandwich.

  • Jimbo's Bar And Grill 715 Boardwalk Seaside Heights

    The classic Boardwalk Bar. Stroll on in off the beach, grab a cold draft beer, and just check out that giant pile of onions on the side of that grill. Damn, son! Jimbo’s is grilling those sausages morning noon and night. Add a little live entertainment and you have lunch or dinner done right!

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