The Chatterbox is the kind of place you drop in for a quick meal at a guaranteed table before heading off to shop downtown or hit the boardwalk. It does not, however, offer much more than basic sustenance at a very reasonable price. The BBQ beef sandwich was a standout, but it came with chips, not the fries the menu detailed, and the coleslaw on the side could have come from Acme. The black and blue burger (a double!) was not blackend, and didn't have the lettuce or tomato the waitress suggested. The kid's ravioli sauce, as we all agreed, tasted "a little weird." Service started out strong but then fizzled just as our cups needed refilling. The space, which was renovated after Sandy, is almost entirely brown and puts off a rather institutional feel. It is flabbergasting why the new owners didn't take the chance to liven up the space when presented with the opportunity. Nostalgia, and a very affordable menu, may be the only things sustaining this OC icon.
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