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White House Sub Shop

2301 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ - (609) 345-1564
Posted By Cliff Shockley on 3/24/2008 11:18:00 AM
My first visit ever to White House: we arrived 8:30pm on Easter Saturday. I'd say it was probably a slow night for them. There were two counter seats and two booths open; the line did run the entire length of the restaurant. The waitstaff was very friendly, but the kitchen staff seemed extremely inefficient. I've been to plenty of carryout places that are just as busy, if not busier, and they handle it much better.

I ordered a chicken parmesan sub and a turkey sub, both without cheese (as I'm allergic). My friend ordered a cheesesteak. The chicken parmesan was the best I've ever had anywhere. The grilled chicken was very tender and cooked thoroughly, and the sauce was flavorful. The turkey was cheap quality, but at least it was very clean/white; I'm very picky about deli turkey and it was good. The lettuce and tomatoes were fresh, not bagged at a factory with a chemical taste. The hot peppers were very good; I thought I detected a little cilantro in the peppers. The bread didn't seem very fresh to me, but perhaps I was expecting too much after the reviews here; it sufficed. I was expecting the bread to be slightly warm, tender inside, with a slight crunch. What I got was very cold and tough.

Now, the negative: the cheesesteak was the worst that my friend has ever had. She has had better at gas station delis; heck, a microwaved Steak-umm would be better. I could tell from the looks that the meat was very poor quality and very tough. The meat had no flavor at all and, to make it worse, there was absolutely no seasoning at all. They could have at least sprinkled some salt and pepper on the meat. If the meat had some flavor then perhaps they wouldn't want to spoil the meatiness but, considering how bad the steak was, it could have used lots of seasoning.

The waitress seemed annoyed at the stupidity of the kitchen staff. My turkey sub was turkey, no cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, raw onions and hot peppers. First they tried to put fried onions on it (she came over before bringing it to me, incredulous, saying "I'm sure you didn't want your onions fried"; we both laughed over it; she said she'd set them straight). When the sub came, it was slathered in mayo. I hate mayo, did not order mayo, and the ticket was very clear, nowhere did it say mayo. The waitress was very embarrassed, and was very quick to get me a correct sub.

Overall, considering there is no other place to eat in all of Atlantic City, it is well worth the trip to White House. Stay away from the cheesesteak; I'd say the cold subs are much better. If you want something hot, get the chicken parmesan, chicken cacciatore, or perhaps chicken steak.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chicken Parmesan Sub
Cheese Steak
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A cross-sectional view emphasizes the enormous quantity of cold cuts on a White House Special.
"A cross-sectional view emphasizes the enormous quantity of cold cuts on a White House Special."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





This is HALF a Special (two quarters), fully dressed with tomatoes, onions, and chopped hot peppers.
"This is HALF a Special (two quarters), fully dressed with tomatoes, onions, and chopped hot peppers. "
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


White House tuna subs are well-oiled, but there's no mayo.  These are fantastic!
"White House tuna subs are well-oiled, but there's no mayo. These are fantastic!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Just capicola and provolone, for a change.
"Just capicola and provolone, for a change."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The White House Special. These two lengths are only HALF a full-size sandwich!
"The White House Special. These two lengths are only HALF a full-size sandwich!"
Michael Stern


We always get a White House Special when we visit.  But the Special is a special version of what?  Well, this sub, a
"We always get a White House Special when we visit. But the Special is a special version of what? Well, this sub, a "regular". Same ingredients, less meat. Even this one is more than you can probably eat, but we'd give the nod to the Special anyway. It just seems more... special."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


This is a full tuna sub.  You sometimes hear the full-size subs are over a foot long, but in fact they must be about a yard in length.
"This is a full tuna sub. You sometimes hear the full-size subs are over a foot long, but in fact they must be about a yard in length."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The unique thing about a White House tuna sub is that the tuna doesn't seem to be mixed with mayo.  We're not really sure how it's prepared; kind of seems like it's dressed with oil.  Anyway, this is one of the world's great tuna sandwiches.
"The unique thing about a White House tuna sub is that the tuna doesn't seem to be mixed with mayo. We're not really sure how it's prepared; kind of seems like it's dressed with oil. Anyway, this is one of the world's great tuna sandwiches."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Of all the celebrities honored on the White House walls, none is more revered than The Chairman of the Board.  Sinatra, after all, was a New Jersey boy himself.
"Of all the celebrities honored on the White House walls, none is more revered than The Chairman of the Board. Sinatra, after all, was a New Jersey boy himself."
Michael Stern


The White House has not franchised, proliferated, or otherwise watered-down its formula for excellence.  And if you doubt that, read this notice posted behind the counter!
"The White House has not franchised, proliferated, or otherwise watered-down its formula for excellence. And if you doubt that, read this notice posted behind the counter!"
Michael Stern


Formica Brothers Italian Bakery is a major reason for the legend of White House.  The bread is impeccably fresh.
"Formica Brothers Italian Bakery is a major reason for the legend of White House. The bread is impeccably fresh."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Since 1946, submarine excellence has been defined here.
"Since 1946, submarine excellence has been defined here."
Michael Stern


At lunch time, the line for a seat leads out the door onto Arctic Avenue.
"At lunch time, the line for a seat leads out the door onto Arctic Avenue."
Michael Stern


That's a full-sized chef's knife, not a paring knife.  A whole sub is A LOT of sub.
"That's a full-sized chef's knife, not a paring knife. A whole sub is A LOT of sub."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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