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The Chicken or the Egg

207 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1814
+1 609-492-3695
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“late night” (16 reviews)
“wings” (226 reviews)
“chicken” (116 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
207 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1814
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Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

I've been going to LBI for more than 20 years. I can say without hesitation that if you're looking for a casual meal, the selection, food quality and value does NOT get better than this. I'm always overwhelmed with the attention given to the ingredients...More

Thank RatherBatthebeach
Reviewed 21 August 2015

This is the most popular restaurant on all of Long Beach Island for a reason. In the summer they stay open 24 hours. The menu has something for everyone and everything is cooked to perfection. Their wings are the best in the entire region!

Thank Arteacher2010
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Arrived on a Friday night at 9:00 PM and we were told we would need to wait 1 hour and 20 minutes. Never got inside. Heard it's really good but not about to wait that long!!!

Thank jtea34
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Affectionately known on the island as The Chegg, The Chicken or the Egg is an absolute LBI staple. Waits often run as long as a few hours but if you arrive before 8:00am you'll have no wait at all. Best known for their amazing wings...More

1  Thank Dita D
Reviewed 20 August 2015

The only late night food joint in LBI is this place. It is open 24/7 during the summer. It closes around midnight in the fall and closes for the winter. It is mobbed after 9p.m. in the summer. The food is reasonable and good. There...More

Thank DrewYork
Reviewed 19 August 2015

There's a reason that this restaurant has been around for almost a quarter of a century and that's because you can get some average food at below average prices. The omelet so are good and a 4 piece fried chicken dinner can be had for...More

Thank BigoBoca
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Everything is amazing at this establishment. Breakfast choices are endless.. I particular enjoyed this egg Scramble that was filled with egg, cheese, potatoes, and topped off with a biscuit. I wish I could have their Buffalo Wings everyday!! As soon as you walk in the...More

Thank 234Traveler1982
Reviewed 18 August 2015

During a big family vacation on LBI, we were naturally drawn to the huge lines outside this restaurant, imagining that the food must really be terrific to garner such devotion. We arrived at 10:00 am and could not be seated until 11:30. The food was...More

Thank Traci D
Reviewed 17 August 2015

This place is less expensive and casual. It features comfort food. They have an app to download on the phone to get your name on the list for seating. I'd suggest doing that at least an hour before you plan to arrive.

Thank Darth_Rater
Reviewed 17 August 2015

I seemed to be the only person I knew that had never been here, but now I can mark that off the list. Stopped by for a Sunday breakfast. Wait was approx 30-40 minutes, but they do give you the option to be texted when...More

Thank Sandra H
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Lu-Anne C
Is it open all year
25 July 2016|
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Response from Katy83UnitedStates | Reviewed this property |
No it is not open all year. It closes for several months during the winter.
Hello! Will you be open in mid-December?
24 June 2015|
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Response from beachbumbabs | Reviewed this property |
I don't know - but they ARE open 24/7 I season !!
Is there gluten free options? Thank you
25 May 2015|
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Response from Pconwaynyc | Reviewed this property |
Not many, you could have eggs with no bread, that would be filling, they have oatmeal, but not sure if is 100% gluten free, You might want to check out Greenhouse Cafe, they advertise gluten free options
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 207 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1814
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Long Beach Island  >  Beach Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 609-492-3695
  • E-mail
When we boast that there is something for everyone, it's not without merit. There are classic items and ones that are completely original and unique. And then there are the wings... A lot of places talk a good buffalo wing, but the "Chegg" as it is now commonly known, truly delivers. The wings are big, juicy and available in 17 sauces, both Original Breaded, or Naked. The Chicken or the Egg has become know locally and Nationally for these big beauties. And best of all, the whole menu (breakfast too) is available 24 hours a day (in season). But for us, it's not just about the food. It's about family. It's about camaraderie. It' s about good times. So come io in and join the family. Join the fun. You'll be happy you did. Oh, and sorry about the lines. People dig us. But it' s worth the wait.
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