Egg Harbor Fun Park houses a multitude of yawn-busting attractions, from the whimsical 18-hole miniature golf course to a paintball target range and trampoline basketball court. Families test their ball-tapping mettle on the roundabout greens of the golf course, where hidden tunnels and watery obstacles spell doom for all but the craftiest balls. Springy trampolines launch basketball players toward highlight-reel dunks on the Jump Shot course and young kids expel some of their endless energy in the outdoor Bounce Zone. Those seeking splashes and splatters take cover in the waterlogged trenches of the Water Wars course, or create minor avant-garde masterpieces at the paintball target range. Outdoor go-karts placate preteens anxious for their drivers’ licenses and a 3,000-square-foot arcade promises shelter for limited-edition quarters featuring American heroes Big Bird and Ringo Starr.
The culinary artisans at Good Times handcraft pizzas from scratch with a special mixture of Wisconsin cheeses before sending them off for fire-kisses in a stone oven. Gustatory glands go toe-to-toe with chewy garlic bread ($2.99+) or cheese curds ($4.99) to provoke growing appetites. Bedeck a traditional thin crust or classic hand-tossed pizza with a custom medley of toppings ($7.69+), or nosh on a specialty pie such as the monster, which arrives loaded with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black and green olives (12.39+). An array of salads, sandwiches, and 100% Black Angus burgers ($4.29–$7.79) occupy curious cutlery and fingers before they venture into light sockets. During temperate weather, an outdoor deck offers diners a place to feast amid a delicate breeze and flocks of serenading birds.
While working at a national pizza chain, Scott Gittrich looked at the palette of ingredients around him and wondered why pizza seemed so limited. Then in 1991 he got his chance to experiment. He opened the first Toppers Pizza, combining a fun, party-fueling atmosphere with edible concoctions that topped housemade dough with unexpected delicacies such as mac ‘n' cheese and a deconstructed gyro. More than 19 house specialty pies make use of freshly kneaded dough, transporting classic recipes and unheard-of combinations to get people excited about pizza again. And the people respond, enjoying the treats as much as Scott himself, who once went 60 days eating at least one meal a day from Toppers.
Today Toppers Pizza stretches across the country, peppering the Midwest and reaching to the East Coast. Along with pizzas, the cooks oven-toast their grinder sandwiches, which are built on artisanal french bread and stuffed with ingredients such as chipotle chicken and italian sausage. Signature Topperstix—breadsticks adorned with cheese, garlic butter, and toppings such as bacon and pepperoni—accompany pizza orders, silencing rumbling bellies until the early morning.
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.
Regatta 220 regales jaded restaurant veterans with a singular, elegant menu full of freshly assembled New American fare constructed from locally harvested produce when possible. Gluten-free edamame works great as a shareable starter ($3.99), and a veggie-flanked 10-ounce Angus sirloin awaits those on a meaty un-diet ($18.99). Baked cod served with spinach hashbrowns lands its succulent hooks into diners' taste buds ($15.99), and burgers such as the jalapeño-laden firecracker burger ($8.99) or the barbecue bacon cheeseburger ($8.99) tempt with tasty variations on the most American meal outside of flag-pin pudding. Vegetarian options abound, such as the portobello mushroom sandwich ($9.49), and an extensive wine list lets guests sip a glass of 2009 Canyon Road chardonnay to loosen their tongues before limericking their way out of awkward conversations ($5).
With more than 30 years’ experience in the pie-to-oven-to-stomach transportation business, Godfather's family-friendly establishment delights customers with a menu of specialty pies, salads, wings, and other Italian delights. Pizzas range from the mini 6-inch cheese ($3.99) to the large 14-inch classic combo, where the naked pizza frolics in a garden of veggies and then is bombarded with pepperoni, beef, sausage, and flashbulbs from starved paparazzi ($16.99). Customize pies to preferred levels of deliciousness by choosing a crust—golden (buttery pan-style) or thin (light and crispy)—then gather an outfit of pie-packers from a lineup of italian sausage, pineapple, jalapeños, mushrooms, and more. For more three-dimensional fare, feel free to load up on buffalo wings ($4.99/six) or garlic bread ($2.49/four) or deep-fry a copy of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.