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Uncle Bill’s Pancake House Serves Up Great Food and Atmosphere

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleUncle Bill’s Pancake House in Ocean City isn’t a typical shore restaurant that ushers people in and out for a quick bite.The owners try — and succeed — at creating a tasty, memorable experience for customers.The proof is in the residents coming back day after day and vacationers year after year.The service is friendly and speedy because the owners recognize the eatery is just a stop along the way to the beach or other summer activities for families.The business is owned by the O’Haras, who have plenty of experience in the restaurant world to do it right.Uncle Bill’s Pancake House owner Pat O’Hara, left, with longtime cook and friend, Willie Hicks, at the 21st Street eatery in Ocean City.The O’Hara family owns eight Uncle Bill’s Pancake House locations, two in Ocean City, one at 21st Street and the other at 40th Street, and the others in Strathmere, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Cape May, North Cape May and Wildwood.“My father opened Uncle Bill’s in Ocean City in 1990. We are all family owned and operated,” said Pat O’Hara, owner and manager of both Ocean City Uncle Bill’s restaurants. “All of the kids in the family run the restaurants. It’s a real family tradition.”O’Hara and his wife, Lisa, have four children, ages 13 down to 20 months. While they have their hands full, they efficiently manage both Ocean City locations and have a good time doing it, with the help of quality staff and longtime, friendly customers, Pat O’Hara explained.“I love it. It’s fun. It’s tradition,” O’Hara said. “We’ve had entrees people have been getting every year when they come to Ocean City. People are not just paying for the food. I want to give them the best service every year, with a smile, so people can come in, get a good meal and go to the beach.”Server Lois Battle displays a tasty entrée.The cooks whip up a variety of favorite foods. Some of the top picks on the breakfast menu, which is served all day, are French toast, chocolate chip pancakes and pancakes made with plump Hammonton blueberries.“In the summertime, the Hammonton blueberries are delicious, and everyone loves the French toast,” O’Hara said. “The other day we had an order for eight servings of French toast all from the same table.”In addition to some of the breakfast favorites, there is an array of other entrees to choose from, including waffles, eggs any way customers like, including a host of omelets, and a variety of meats.O’Hara pointed out that Uncle Bill’s is not just for breakfast.The lunch menu has a large selection.“I call it the best-kept secret,” O’Hara said of the lunch menu. “A lot of the locals know about it, though, and come in from October to May.”Two of his favorite dishes are the crab cake sandwich and a Texas Tommy, a hot dog stuffed with cheese and bacon.Uncle Bill’s also is accommodating to special dietary needs. There are gluten-free pancakes and a lighter side with fruit cups. The restaurant may be adding some more vegetarian choices to the menu in the future, O’Hara noted.Ocean City resident Nancy Tetley makes Uncle Bill’s a daily ritual.Once the summer rolls around, O’Hara said it really bustles in all of the Uncle Bill’s Pancake House restaurants.But vacationers aren’t the only ones who enjoy Uncle Bill’s for all it has to offer, in addition to great food.Uncle Bill’s is open year-round in the 21st Street Ocean City location, Avalon and North Cape May.Nancy Tetley, a year-round Ocean City resident, is one of many longtime Ocean City customers.“I’m here almost every day since it opened,” Tetley said of the 21st Street Uncle Bill’s Pancake House.That was back in 1990“I come here early because I have to work and usually get breakfast,” Tetley said. “It’s usually scrambled eggs and bacon. And it’s always good.”Sometimes, she mixes it up.“I’m having grilled cheese and tomato and fries today,” she said.What she enjoys even more than the food is her comfort level that she attributes to a kind staff.“I come in alone mostly, and everyone is so friendly,” Tetley said.Servers offer efficient and friendly service. (Photo courtesy Pat O’Hara)Then there are the longtime employees who aren’t members of the O’Hara family but have become like family over the years. Pat O’Hara credits them for rounding out the success of Ocean City’s Uncle Bill’s Pancake House.Chef Willie Hicks has been with the O’Hara family cooking up delicious dishes for so long that he couldn’t recall whether he started with Uncle Bill’s in 1991 or ’92.But, Hicks said with a laugh, whose counting?“They are good people. They take care of you no matter what and basically, I am like family to them and they’re like family to me,” Hicks said.Lois Battle, of Ocean City, has worked at Uncle Bill’s for nine years. The server, known for her warm smile, called the eatery a great place to work at and summed up why Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is so special.“I’ve worked in a lot of restaurants. The O’Haras have created a great place to work,” Battle explained. “The atmosphere is friendly. The cooks do a great job and the customers are happy.”For more information visit http://www.unclebillspancakehouse.com/Uncle Bill’s Pancake House at 21st Street in Ocean City is open year-round. Uncle Bill’s Pancake House at 21st Street in Ocean City packs in a breakfast crowd for the Fourth of July holiday week. (Photo courtesy Pat O’Hara)last_img read more

Wenger channels ‘Invincibles’ run

first_img Aaron Ramsey’s 12th minute goal secured a 1-0 win over battling Burnley at Turf Moor and Wenger sees no reason why his side cannot draw on that illustrious chapter in their history by extending that streak until the end of the season. With injury problems easing and the emergence of a new generation of talent encapsulated by French midfielder Francis Coquelin, Wenger’s men have emerged as the most likely title challengers to Chelsea, to whom this win narrowed the gap to four points. Press Association Giroud said: “You can’t play your best football in every game. We tried to be focused on not conceding and we kept calm because they played really tough against us – it was a big fight. “It’s really good for us and I’m really proud to take part in this performance but we don’t want to stop here. We want to carry on and keep this good run going until the end.” Wenger’s post-match words of praise for Burnley will have come as scant consolation but the Clarets are still only two points from safety and focus on a relatively favourable run-in having come through a series of daunting fixtures against the big guns relatively unscathed. And for midfielder Kieran Trippier the fact that many outside east Lancashire have been writing his side off all season can only work in their favour in what promises to be a nail-biting last six games. Trippier said: “We knew it was going to be difficult moving into this league and people were writing us off but we’re still there, we’re still fighting and we’ve got six massive games to come now. “We give everything and that’s the thing about our team – we’ve got a spirit and our belief is so strong, and every game we play we give everything. “We’re disappointed we didn’t come out with a point in the end. We gave a bad goal away but that’s the difference in this league – you give chances to Arsenal and they will put them away.” Wenger said: “I always hope for the best of my team but no manager in the world if he is serious can predict a run like that. “(But) I would just remind you that we won a championship without losing a game. We are only one who has done that – nobody else has done it. “We are already in a position that nobody believed possible one month ago for us, so we just focus on ourselves and see where we stand at the end of the season.” What pleased Wenger most at Turf Moor was the way his side shrugged off assertions that have clung to them in recent seasons that there are sporadic occasions when they are not up for the fight. If ever there was an afternoon when previous Gunners sides might have buckled it was surely this one, with Burnley fighting for their top-flight lives in difficult, swirling conditions. Ramsey’s poked opener after the home side failed to deal with the threat of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the box gave Wenger some breathing space, but the home side hit back with an excellent period early in the second half. George Boyd was inches from connecting with a Ben Mee cross and an audacious Danny Ings bicycle kick flashed just wide as the visitors were forced to ride their luck. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud endured a frustrating afternoon as he was well shackled by the Burnley rearguard but admitted his own pride in the performance – and believes it proved they can maintain their current run until the end of the campaign. Arsene Wenger believes the spirit of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ is alive and kicking within his current squad after the Gunners claimed their eighth straight Premier League win for the first time since that unbeaten 2004 campaign. last_img read more

Warriors’ Mark Stevens banned 1 year, fined $500K for shoving Kyle Lowry

first_img“There’s no place for that,” Lowry told reporters Wednesday. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.”Lowry called for Stevens’ ban to be permanent when he met with reporters one day after the game.“More should be done,” Lowry said, via the Washington Post. “He’s not a good look for the ownership group they have. A guy like that showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s no place for that.”Stevens apologized for his actions in a statement later Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions (Wednesday) at the NBA Finals and am embarrassed by what transpired,” Stevens’ statement read, in part. “What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it. Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologize. The incident occurred early in the fourth quarter when Lowry dove into the crowd. Stevens reached over and pushed the guard before the two exchanged words. He was then ejected from the stadium.Golden State went on to lose 123-109 and now trails Toronto in the series, 2-1. Related News “I hope the Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgment understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night (Wednesday) does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life. I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry.”The Warriors will host the Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors aren’t focused on who is or isn’t playing for Warriors Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens has been banned from attending games and team activities for one year and fined $500,000 for shoving Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the league announced Thursday.“A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard,” the league said in an earlier statement. “The conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league.” Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson to play Game 4, but Kevin Durant out NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from the Raptors’ Game 3 road win over the Warriorslast_img read more

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