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The 7 Best Boardwalks In The Country

Posted: 08/31/2012 12:33 am

By Julie Alvin, Food & Wine

There are over 60 boardwalks dotting America's coastlines, ranging from iconic destinations that have lured seaside-goers for over a century (Coney Island, New York) to newer attractions like the Kemah Boardwalk, an amusement park built overlooking Galveston Bay outside of Houston. For those who also love boardwalk foods, advanced planning for summer trips to these tourist haunts can mean the difference between frozen fries or terrific meals that match the allure of the beach. Here, Food & Wine names America's best boardwalk food.

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; Santa Cruz, CA
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Operating since 1907, the only remaining oceanfront amusement park on the West Coast has two rides officially recognized as National Historic Landmarks: the hand-carved Looff carousel (1911) and the wood-framed Giant Dipper roller coaster (1924). Another throwback to its early years is Marini's Boardwalk, whose 1915 location still cooks its saltwater taffy in copper kettles. At the Surf City Grill, the fresh-dipped corn dogs are infamous, but the artichokes in a light, garlicky batter are the real finds.

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Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.


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