The online listing - I couldn't find it in their magazine issue - puts O.C. pretty close to top - in the Top 10, for sure, and possibly the Top 3.
But as much as O.C. may see it as no biggie, its coastal relatives are not so blase.
According to Shore News Today (shorenewstoday.com), Cape May officials were not so pleased about the list, mostly because it didn't include them.
"She didn't do her research," Diane Wieland, director of tourism for Cape May County, said of writer Julie Alvin, who ranked Atlantic City second; Ocean City, Md., third; Disney's Boardwalk in Orlando, Fla., sixth; and Seaside Heights, in Ocean County, 15th. "I can't imagine our boardwalk cuisine is not as good as Atlantic City's or Ocean City, Maryland's."
Can you imagine, dear reader?
Well, to that point, Food & Wine seems to note O.C.'s three main food groups: crabs, fries and sweets. (I don't know how they left out the beer.)
The magazine praises the town's free events, like concerts and movies on the beach. It also gives a shout out to the Mug & Mallet's crabs, Thrasher's vinegar-dipped fries and Fractured Prune's hand-dipped doughnuts.
I'm sorry Cape May, but it's really hard to compete with a menu like that.