1. Its ’50s flair is no fluke. Many restaurants and ice cream shops have attempted to recreate a 1950s malt shop vibe. However, Margate Dairy Bar & Burger’s throwback aesthetic is genuine — they’ve actually been open since 1952. After being almost totally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, it’s back in full operation with quite a few nostalgic touches.
2. The desserts take center stage. You would be hard pressed to find a frozen dessert that Margate Dairy Bar & Burger doesn’t have. With a range of shakes, soft and hard ice creams, hand-dipped cones, dairy-free treats, toppings, sundaes, water ice and frozen yogurt, it has its dessert bases covered.
3. It’s BYO. While there’s a lovely outdoor seating area, head indoors to the dining room to take advantage of their BYO option. Crack open a beer and chow down on something off the menu, stocked with American classics like burgers, chicken dippers, mac and cheese puffs, bacon dogs and more.
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4. It’s participating in Burger Bash. Defending the “burger” in its name, Margate Dairy Bar & Burger will join the ranks competing for best burger at A.C. Weekly’s Burger Bash, taking place 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, with a VIP session beginning at noon. Head to Burger Bash to try its MDB Burger: a patty made of a proprietary Pat LaFrieda blend of short rib and brisket and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a “secret sauce,” on one of MDB’s legendary branded buns.
5. You can bring your four-legged friend. Margate Dairy Bar & Burger sells dog treats from Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, so you can bring your best friend along for dinner. Check out the “Tail Wagger,” a gourmet dog biscuit with soft vanilla ice cream and a hint of peanut butter sauce, or simply get your pup a “Bone Bag” full of dog biscuits or a “Bone for a Buck.”