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Reviewed 23 August 2023

Best donuts in ocean city…… actually anywhere. Always hot, fresh and delicious. The line speaks for itself

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023 via mobile

These donuts were worth the hour long wait!!! I went on the morning of the Fourth of July and they were everything and more than I expected!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2022

The donuts -- just like they say -- warm and fresh. The texture was almost creamy. We tried most of their flavors. WOW!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022 via mobile

Great breakfast spot right on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ! Famous for their made-on-prem donuts, our group of 4 stopped in on a Saturday morning. Super friendly staff, large selection of omelets and specials, and of course the donuts. Seating is tightly packed, but...everyone is very friendly. We were lucky in our timing not to have a wait, by the time we finished, there was a line of 10 or so outside. The server got our beverages and then took our order straight away. One of our party ordered two donuts, another a veggie omelet, and two of us got a special which included home fries, two eggs any style, choice of toast and a breakfast meat. We also ordered a couple of sides of scrapple to share. The portions were generous, cooked to order perfectly, and incredibly filling. The price was very reasonable (about$10 pp) and we all left very satisfied. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a great breakfast spot while in town!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 18 September 2022

My husband walked for takeouts on our last day of vacation. My, oh my were these donuts delicious. The vanilla glazed and the cinnamon were my favorite. He watched them make them while he waited and they were still warm when after he walked 4...blocks back to the house.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 12 September 2022 via mobile

Short wait to get inside on a Saturday morning. Very nice server, food and donuts were very good along with the prices. Good selection of choices and donuts are nice and hot when served.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 27 August 2022

Food for breakfast was the same as any restaurant, but at check out we were told they only take cash and what a surprise, they have an atm next to the register that double charged me $2.50 and $2.95 for one service, so breakfast for...2 cost me $43 for a two egg breakfast for 2. ..never again....fool me once.....and their famous doughnuts were the smallest doughnuts I have ever seen, they were only a little bit bigger than the tastycake bag ones....service staff was great but no other redeeming qualities....More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

My gosh!! Brown's has some of the best donuts I have ever eaten in my life! From the moment I first ate donuts there, I've become much more fond of donuts in general. Dunkin is practically out the window (not that I was eating there...much before I came across Brown's). Even though it has been months since I've been there, I still occasionally experience cravings for Brown's donuts. Thank goodness summer is here! One time when I went to Brown's (because I've been there several times), I had breakfast along with my donuts. The breakfast was honestly nothing to write home about (but it wasn't bad) but the donuts more than made up for it!! The good news for folks who don't want to have a full meal there is that Brown's also has a stand right outside the restaurant where you can go and order just donuts. The line outside the stand can get pretty long during the summer season, though, which is why it's important to go there early. Something else to keep in mind is that Brown's only serves donuts until 11 am. To be honest, Brown's absolutely fantastic and fresh donuts were one of the the main highlights of my visits to Ocean City. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that a visit to Ocean City is not complete without stopping by Brown's for their donuts. Overall, I highly reccomend Browns!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 21 September 2021

I know this place gets mixed reviews. We stayed very close to Browns this summer, so got their doughnuts a few times during our stay. I can't comment on the other food as I never tried it. The doughnut line gets incredibly long. I wouldn't...wait more than 15 min, but if you time it right, the doughnuts are worth a stop. You won't find an extensive menu with creative doughnut flavors here. No gobs of icing on top. There are others places in OC for that. But what you will find are classic, hot from the oven doughnuts in a handful of flavors. If you crave a more simple doughnut, check it out!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 July 2021

Recently had a nice breakfast here with my sister and niece. My sister and I enjoyed the Brown's Special - very delish and my niece got the Oatmeal. Of course we had to get donuts to go. Thanks for a nice experience. Our waitress was...so great, even during a crazy busy summer morning.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 3 July 2021 via mobile

My grandson and I went for breakfast thinking the crowds were telling us something. They were wrong. What we found was a type of cult following eating there. Basically if you grew up on Browns you like Browns. We found the food very basic, coffee...was not good, tasted burned, omelet was under cooked, french toast lacked flavor. Service was good. The only saving grace were the donuts, they were fresh and warm. There are better breakfast places throughout Ocean City.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 12 June 2021

What better way to spend a 42nd wedding Anniversary than to have Breakfast and Donuts at Brown's. Tradition! Good food and friendship. The staff is friendly and accommodating! The food is top notch! My favorite is the cinnamon donut!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 17 September 2020

My review is called cash & coin because 1) they only accept cash and 2) we found a nickel in the cup of fries from our lunch order. How it ended up there I have no idea, but it's perhaps the restaurant is a little...overwhelmed by the crowds and it accidentally slipped in. Speaking of overwhelming, get there early for the donuts. We tried twice to buy their almost famous donuts. However, the first time, the kids were with me and they get whiny in long lines. The next day, I went there at 7 in the morning and the line for the donuts stretched all the way to the first aid station. They're good though. Hot and fresh and made in six different styles. At $1 a donut, it's a nice deal (with quantity discounts). But it's cash only. The other knock is the transition from breakfast to lunch. The sign says that they start serving lunch at 11:30, but I wasn't able to order lunch until noon. There were too many breakfast patrons to begin the switch over to lunch. So I ended up stopping in person twice and then placing my order over the phone (three total attempts). I guess these are things you have to deal with when a restaurant is so popular (except the nickel thing, I still don't get it). As for the food, my family really enjoyed it. They are very mindful that takeout orders are likely going to end up on the beach. Most items are packed in wax sleeves, so they're sand resistant. My wife really liked the burger and I got one with a slice of pork roll. There's a good number of pork roll options for breakfast and they offer a pork roll burger as well. Pork roll, a south Jersey staple, makes everything better! Prices are very reasonable for boardwalk food. If you go, be prepared to wait. It's definitely worth it. Just be sure to check for loose change.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 15 September 2020

My family plans our arrival to make sure when we go to OC, we can go directly to Brown's. We have gone to 5-star, written about places like Federal Donuts, but they pale compared to Brown's. We are lifetime customers!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

The warm, fresh donuts are excellent and some of the best in OC. Unfortunately this is where it ends. Working in healthcare I am hyper vigilant about COVID and cross contamination. I was bummed to see all line cooks preparing food without masks. Also I...don’t remember them serving fake bacon- the kind you get in chain hotels where free breakfast are served. Stick with the donuts!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Jane C
15 September 2017|
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Response from Anita E | Reviewed this property |
No. This restaurant closes in September as far as I know, then opens on weekends in the late Spring.
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Lisa C
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Brown's is not "open all day". They are a breakfast venue. I suggest, you stop by via bike or while walking the north end of the boardwalk in the early morning. Most likely, there is a lineup at the donut window. You can ask... More
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Response from pranballer | Reviewed this property |
Nope! If that was the case, I wouldn't have eaten there.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4