We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Chicken or the Egg

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
207 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1814
+1 609-492-3695
07:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

664 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 663: English reviews
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Level Contributor
38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best Chicken soup......just wish the would get a better system for seating. The waits are so long you really have to plan your day around the timing of getting a table if you want to eat at this restaurant

Thank travelingfam2000
Beach Haven, New Jersey
Level Contributor
87 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We tried the Chegg during the week after the summer season was over. The wait was still long for dinner. They text your phone when your table was ready which was the only thing we found good about this place. We did not have breakfast (which may be better than dinner). We tried Fried Shrimp and the combo platter. The... More 

Thank XNY
Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Went on a Friday night, pretty busy but the service was fast. Had the crab cakes and they were very good. Father in law had the clam chowder and it was awesome. Worth going to if you are on the island.

Thank krpg2015
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We wish we had just eaten here and nowhere else. But it was our first time on LBI and wanted to check other places. Every single bite was delicious and worth every cent.

Thank cruisecrowd
Vernon, New Jersey
Level Contributor
30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My title says good food, but this place is also about the friendly wait staff. When you head to LBI, Long Beach Island, NJ enjoy the sun, the beach and the fresh sea air...but do not miss stepping into The Chicken or the Egg for something different to eat and as I said very good wait staff. I had strawberry... More 

Thank twoshots2
Jersey City, NJ, USA
Level Contributor
185 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We originally tried to get in in August, but the wait was more than 1 hour ! So we came back in mid-October & had no problem getting a table. We had read the TripAdvisor reviews in which patrons raved about the crabby omelet. Little did we know that it would EXCEED our expectations. Then we topped the breakfast off... More 

Thank Hope Susan B
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Ordered take out here right before they closed one night. Very fast service and the food was amazing! They have some pretty cool t-shirts for sale too.

Thank John A
Westland, Michigan
Level Contributor
128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This place is totally great! The decor is funky and cool. The food is nothing short of magnificent and our server Terry was superb!! I left my glasses home and he provided at least six I could pick from!! Everyone needs to come here!!

Thank Theresa013067
Wilmington, Delaware
Level Contributor
84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This restaurant has a very long waiting line on the weekends. Once inside they serve typical breakfast and lunch food. I got the fried chicken platter because I was in the Chicken or the Egg. It was just OK. Not great. Not bad. Just ok. The fries were better. My malted vanilla milk shake is better at Charcoal Pit!! My... More 

Thank Cheap_but_Good
Little Egg Harbor
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Summer is never complete without a trip to get their ribs. I love the garlic the best, but they have them from just slightly hot to the extreme. A favorite place to go and the food is well worth the wait. (They have take out too)

Thank givencook

Travellers who viewed The Chicken or the Egg also viewed

Beach Haven, Long Beach Island
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island
Surf City, Long Beach Island
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island

Been to The Chicken or the Egg? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Chicken or the Egg and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Toms River, New Jersey
4 months ago
over a year ago
beach haven
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from The Chicken or the Egg staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?