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Kenny Joe

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Atlantic City Tue, 10/19/10 11:02 PM (permalink)
In a couple of weeks I will be passing through Atlantic city at dinnertime. The two reviewed venues (White House & Fralingers) do not especially appeal. Any suggestions? Atlantic City must be full of great hot dog, burger and ice cream places, right?

    Re:Atlantic City Wed, 10/20/10 8:21 AM (permalink)
    Maybe Ellen or one of the other locals will see this. Got to be other places.
    I mainly ate at Harrah's buffet and the White House once.

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      Re:Atlantic City Thu, 10/21/10 1:01 AM (permalink)
        I was always surprised at the lack of "roadfood type" places in AC.In the days when I went there every 2 months or so I found a small number of places that I liked.Within a year,they all went out of business.I dont know what the reasoning was,possibly high rents combined with the fact that the media cautions visitors not to venture outside the casinos for fear of being eviscerated.
        There are still some places that have been around a long time and continue to give you your moneys worth.Tonys Baltimore Grill still has the best pizza in town.Pic's Pub,a concrete bunker on Tennesee Ave,still has legendary chicken wings and a rather interesting clientele.The venerable  Irish Pub on st James Place will still sell you a satisfying dinner for 6 or 7 bucks.And the White House Sub Shop may not be perfect,but it is without doubt a landmark.But the wonderful Peking Duck House is ancient history,the tavern at 12 S. Indiana Ave which was mostly a casino worker hangout,but just happened to have the best value in town as concerns prime steak is gone,Arnold Orsatti's place just down from Resorts International,where I had dinner with Jerry Vale (an extremely cool guy) is gone (as is Arnold) and the incredible Mama Motts Italian restaurant,an icon of what spaghetti-and-meatball family run places should aspire to,is also long gone.
            In later years I ventured off the island with mixed results.Found some good diners in Galloway township and Egg Harbor City but they tended to change ownership with no warning or consistency.There are some true 4-star places like the renault winery and still some pretty good places on the White Horse Pike in Absecon like the Goodfellowes (which has some awesome habanero chicken wings,maybe the best Ive ever had). 
          Theres no doubt about it.They want  you to dine in the casino venues.You will pay a lot but the food is good,tho overpriced.As to a great hamburger or hot dog,no i dont think so.Things change so fast in AC,the best bet is to get out and sniff around.Dont be scared.Take a chance on an intersting looking place before it gets driven out of business.The ethnic mix in town will provide some darn good food that might not last long before the corrupt city government kills it.You never know what will happen.In the 90s i used to drink at a place called the Chelsea Inn.It was one of the most depressing places I ever been,dark and dank,but now its one of the hottest joints in town.All the "cool people" go there and pay big bucks to be seen.
          This is the East Coast.Enjoy it for what it is.Its not like LA or Vegas.Its pretty darn good.
        Kenny Joe

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        Re:Atlantic City Thu, 10/21/10 8:46 PM (permalink)
        Thanks for the helpful and thoughtful response. I am getting the impression that Atlantic City has changed a bit since I was last there in 1970.

          Re:Atlantic City Thu, 10/21/10 9:06 PM (permalink)
          Might not be what you are looking for and it has been a few years, but I once had a nice dinner at Dock's Oyster House.


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            Re:Atlantic City Fri, 10/22/10 9:57 AM (permalink)
            <<Atlantic City must be full of great hot dog, burger and ice cream places, right? >>
            Wrong. But there are some roadfood-type places there.

            I'm not the expert here, I only get down to AC every couple of years with a group of old friends. Since I don't gamble much, I like to get out and explore once I get bored with the tables (usually takes about an hour).
            My take is about the same as Billfish's. The Pic-a-lilly Bar (i.e The  Pic) is a real hole in the wall find with great chicken wings and chicken fingers and cheap beer. Great if you like well-run Blue Collar bars with character and characters. Tony's Baltimore Grill is about as Old school Italian as you can get. The Irish Pub is my favorite place in all of AC, prices are unbeliveably cheap by any standards. By AC standards they seem to be from another era.
            I can usually rally my friends for a big Italian dinner at Angelo's Fairmount Tavern, another Old School place that overall has much better food than Tony's (but no pizza).
            I'd rate the White House as  #5 after the above four. It's OK, but I think it's way overrated. But a must-stop, at least once.
            There is actually a brewpub in Atlantic City, the Tun Tavern. The beer's real good, I haven't eaten there. But it seems like a corporate high roller version of a brew  pub, not my style.

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              Re:Atlantic City Fri, 10/22/10 2:46 PM (permalink)
              I would suggest Tony's Baltimore Grill.  Killer Pizza and Italian!  Great value too.  They take cash!    Ducktown Tavern for bar food!  

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                Re:Atlantic City Mon, 10/25/10 2:56 PM (permalink)
                You need to stop at the White House, regardless of your predisposition.  Half the fun is waiting in line and checking out all the cheesy photos of everyone who's eaten there over the years.  And the subs are worth the wait.
                I'd second Tony's Baltimore Grill - definitely better than Angelo's.    There's also the Irish Pub on St. James - that was always a big after work place when I used to work in AC. 
                  Kenny Joe

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                  Re:Atlantic City Tue, 11/2/10 9:13 PM (permalink)
                  Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll check out White House, Tony's and probably one other spot.  

                    Re:Atlantic City Tue, 11/2/10 9:29 PM (permalink)
                    With any luck, we'll hear from Ellen ... maybe some crusty beef ribs ... burgers ... pastrami ???

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                      Re:Atlantic City Wed, 11/3/10 11:13 AM (permalink)
                      Hey gang ,
                      If you are a total rewards member for Harrahs its pretty easy to score a Free buffet with your points on the card , especially this time of the year.
                      I second White House subs , or third it or whatever . Half the fun is being there , the other half is trying to eat their fantastic subs . Grab a booth and  take it all in .
                      Ellen could probably chime in better .
                      I always liked the Irish Pub myself , others tell me its overrated
                      Goodfellows on White Horse Pike is also good in Absecon
                      Good luck and let us know how you do

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                        Re:Atlantic City Mon, 11/22/10 2:01 PM (permalink)
                        I don't go into A.C. all that much, but I had a comped room at Caesar's one night in September, and my daughter and I had a late dinner at the 24 Central Cafe at Trump Plaza. You can just walk in there from the boardwalk. I was so surprised how good it was, and with food comps that my lovely gambling daughter had, the meal (delicious burger and fries for me, and huge salad for her) ended up costing $12 in total. And they're not expensive, and the service and atmosphere were just very down-to-earth and nice!
                        Tony's is an old standby, and I've been eating there since I was a little girl. It's still the same, which is good. I don't eat hoagies, so I've never gone to White House unless just accompanying someone who was ordering them.
                        Regarding Irish Pub, it's been YEARS! We used to drink there when the drinking age was 18. I don't remember eating there, but it certainly is a thought for the future.
                        Unfortunately, Kenny Joe, all of the places we used to get hot dogs (Nathan's), burgers (wherever), and ice cream (I'm sure people remember the Belgian Waffle place and other good ice cream places on the boardwalk) are gone with the sea breeze.
                        We go to a lot of places outside of A.C. to eat if we're skirting the area.
                        Please let us know where you went.
                          Kenny Joe

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                          Re:Atlantic City Mon, 11/22/10 8:37 PM (permalink)
                          I just got back. Unfortunately, my time in Atlantic City was limited to one meal. I went to White House and was not disappointed. When I got there, there was a long line of folks waiting for booths. One of them helpfully told me that if I was by myself, I could jump the line if there was a single stool at the counter free. Even though it was around 1:00, one of the five counter stools was available, so I was soon seated between a young couple and an older couple, both friendly and White House veterans. More and more, I understand that for me the joy of roadfood is much more about the atmosphere than the food itself. White House confirmed that. I thought my sub was just "so-so", but the atmosphere was great. The place doesn't seen to have changed since the 1950s and folks were very friendly. If I ever get back to AC, I would definitely return to White House.
                            Hugh DeMann

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                            Re:Atlantic City Tue, 11/23/10 2:13 PM (permalink)
                            I'm wondering why the White House Sub Shop doesn't appeal to you. It's a truly great dining experience.  If the atmosphere (or lack thereof) doesn't appeal to you, get one to go.
                            A few miles to the south is Ocean City, where Mack & Mancko's pizza (on the boardwalk) is not to be missed - as well as Johnson's Popcorn.
                              Kenny Joe

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                              Re:Atlantic City Tue, 11/23/10 2:19 PM (permalink)
                              Hugh, you misread my message. While not impressed with the quality of the food, I would be very happy to return to White House.   

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                                Re:Atlantic City Tue, 11/23/10 4:34 PM (permalink)
                                This is a little late for your recent trip, but might help next time.   If you are willing to travel outside A.C., the Mays Landing Diner on U.S. Rt. 40 in Mays Landing is very good.  As with most jersey diners, they have "everything". 
                                  It's been a few years since I've been up that way, and I don't recall the details of what I ordered, but what I do recall is that the food was great. 
                                (Sorry for the lack of specific food items.).

                                  Re:Atlantic City Mon, 06/20/11 10:31 AM (permalink)
                                  Going back to Atlantic City this Thursday June 23, 2011.
                                  Any updates or new places?
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