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YoccosFan Jul 18, 2007 07:07 AM

Hi,

To celebrate a birthday, we were planning to go to an Atlantic City restaurant. However, we had seen a lot of negative reviews about Bobby Flay's steak and I was wondering if anyone could recommend something else. The preference would be a steakhouse or a really good italian restaurant with prices under $30 per entree. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    geepepper Jul 18, 2007 07:37 AM

    I don't know how fancy a restaurant you want, but there's Angelo's Fairmount Tavern which claims on its menu to have "simply the best food in Atlantic City." It's been operated by the same Italian family since 1935. ...Must be doing something right!

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      Dave Lazar Jul 18, 2007 09:46 AM

      I'd pass on Angelo's - no great shakes. Most of the restaurants in AC are either overpriced (especially the casino restaurants) or inferior in quality. When I'm in AC, I usually take a short drive to one of the following: Tomatoes, Cookie's By the Bay or the Nostalgia Room.

      Little Saigon has some of the best Asian food on earth and is a BYO within 5 min. walk of the strip near the Trop. Like most good Asian restaurants, though, the decor is lacking.

      If you must eat in a casino, Carmine's (Trop) is a reasonable choice. Make reservations WELL in advance.

      There's also a bunch of new restaurants at the pier in front of Caesar's. They look nice but I haven't tried any of them yet.

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        MartiniQueen Jul 18, 2007 12:59 PM

        I agree with passing on Angelo's...I was totally underwhelmed. Why people wait for hours for a table is beyond me.

        I'm don't remember the prices, but the Palm at the Trop is a good place for steak. The Old Homestead in the Borgata is also good, but $$$$$$$$$$$.

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        BCjr Jul 19, 2007 05:25 AM

        I hear Ombra in the Borgata is really good.

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          Mel Jul 19, 2007 10:29 PM

          ate there 2 years ago and food was good, ambiance was good... walked out on the pier at caesar's and most of the restaurants looked like a glorified food court and not that appealing. Went to AC back in June and really struggled with places to eat, nothing really was a winner, but then again we just finished a long weekend of gorging ourselves in NYC

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          yankeefan Jul 19, 2007 06:03 AM

          Ive heard good things about Specchio in the Borgata. It is hard for me to venture away from the AC greats. A stop at the Irish Pub and leaving that city without loading up on White House Subs should be a crime.

          1. Angelina Jul 19, 2007 06:11 AM

            If you want steak...try The Old Homestead in the Borgata. We had a fantastic meal there. We were also sitting next to John Mayer (not that I care because I personally do not like his music) and he even took a picture with our friends (who adore him, I don't know why).

            All in all, our meal was very good!!

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              timmy Jul 19, 2007 06:33 AM

              Homestead is fantastic..... Specchio also very very good

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                YoccosFan Jul 19, 2007 01:42 PM

                Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I will be sure to report back after the weekend.

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              vealstew42 Jul 19, 2007 09:33 PM

              please try Girasole restaurant.
              It is on the main drag between Tropicana and the Hilton.
              Great value for the quality.
              Family run business. Not Casino run.

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                bgut1 Jul 19, 2007 09:55 PM

                I haven't been to Girasole in years - way before the recent restaurant boom. The meal was fabulous and I specifically recall the excellent homemade pasta. Good Luck.

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                  YoccosFan Jul 21, 2007 05:22 PM

                  Just wanted to report back. Unfortunately, there were no available reservations at the Borgata at any of their restaurants until after 9:30pm so we ended up going to Morton's at Caesar's. It was expensive but very good. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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                    aacharya Jul 23, 2007 01:08 PM

                    I am so sorry I read this late. Chef Vola (good luck finding it) would have been extraordinary.

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                      rfried Aug 1, 2007 10:03 PM

                      A little late, but if anyone else happens to be looking, I think Dock's Oyster House would fit the bill-- http://www.docksoysterhouse.com/. it is obviously primarily seafood, but they do have good steaks (so says my husband)...

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