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“The incredible shrinking donut”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Brown's Restaurant

Brown's Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 212 Restaurants in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Orleans, Louisiana
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“The incredible shrinking donut”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2008

I absolutely get the rising cost of flour, eggs, milk and sugar. I'm in the business...
The donut this past weekend was significantly smaller and 5 cents more expensive. It would have been preferable to simply raise the price a bit more and leave the size alone. It was never a giant donut to begin with, but by dropping it to 3oz from 4.5 is going to be bad for business.
Across the board, most of the prices increased, but that's understandable in this economy. The amount of potatoes on the breakfast plates were smaller, as was the amount of fruit in the bowl of berries.

We visited twice this past trip. On the last visit, as we approached the hostess to pay our tab, she neglected to acknowledge our presence at all, save to take money from our hands. The courtesy of asking how the meal was, thanking us for stopping by was notably absent.
I don't believe we'll be stopping back, which is a shame, really. We've been going to Brown's for years.

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English first
Philadelphia, PA
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“I really hate to write this . . .”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2008

Having been a patron of this restaurant since I was a child, I am terribly fond of Brown's. That being said, the past 4 times we've visited, things have gone from bad to worse. The most recent experience, our food was cold, the eggs chewy, and the service sketchy at best. I asked for iced tea and was told there was none. How difficult is it to make iced tea? We waited for a long time for a waitress in early June, when there were many empty tables. Something is wrong and it should be fixed. This is one of the last great Ocean City institutions, but we won't be back till we hear things are better. Try Ove's! Service is excellent and the food warm and delicious.

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Mineola, New York
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Worth the Wait”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2008

The donuts are worth the wait - - - and wait you will! I've waited between 45 minutes and an hour so be sure to take a book or someone to talk to while waiting. Also, be careful of the many bike riders as you wait in line. This end of the boardwalk is very busy as it is close to the northern end and lots of folks are on bikes on summer mornings. Watch the kids as they tend to wander when they wait...but if you can stand to wait them out, the donuts are great! It's a real shore thing!!

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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Donuts & Omelettes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2007

Cake donuts are the best (In summer lines can be long...)
Breaksfast steps from the ocean, best cheese omeletts,
Again, in summer, line can be long.
Not open year round

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Chester County, PA
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2007

While the location is great, and the food average (other than the donuts-very good), Brown's is otherwise vastly overrated. The service we experienced was awful, with our waitress forgetting items we ordered, and plopping down a pile of napkins and silverware when we reminded her our table was not set (after our drinks and food were served). And value? $1.95 for a watery 8oz chocolate milk? No thanks. I'll stop by for donuts, but won't eat in again. I'll stick to Auggie's and the Surf Cafe instead.

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