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2 nights at the Borgata: comments on the Buffet and suggestions for another nice dinner?

We'll be coming to Atlantic City from DC spending 2 nights at the Borgata (a Monday - Wednesday trip). One night we'll be doing their "Up All Night" package, which includes 2 tix to a comedy club, 2 drinks, and the Borgata Buffet dinner for two. The other night we're doing the "Wake Up Smiling" package with breakfast at the Borgata Buffet.

A few questions:
1. Any comments on the Borgata Buffet itself for Breakfast and Dinner? (We haven't finalized the pacakges yet so if the buffet offerings are just so-so, we might change our plan.) We LOVED the buffet at the Bellagio, for comparison's sake.
2. Can you AC Chowhounds provide suggestions for another place for a nice dinner the night we won't have the buffet? We'll probably want to end up staying at the hotel itself, but might consider meandering over to the Pier or to the Tropicana. (We will have a car.) I've read on the boards some pros and cons for Sea Catch and Bobby Flay's and am curious what the latest thoughts on those are. We like trendy but want something upscale as we are celebrating my husband's new job.
3. Any feedback on Brulee (the dessert place)? I saw a story on the Food Network about it a while back and am curious if anyone's been and if it's worth it. That might be a nice way to celebrate since my husband is a sugar addict!

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Not to rain on anything, but, just so you know, the Borgata buffet is not the Bellagio. I took my family one sunday to the Borgata brunch and was also hoping to recapture some of the magic that we shared at the Bellagio, but it wasn't even close.

    Bobby Flay's is not a bad choice if you don't want to leave the hotel, but check out a few of the recent posts about better local choices for a special meal. And fyi, since you would have to drive anyway to the Pier, you shouldn't rule out driving to any other local places.

    1. My husband and I were at the Borgata for a concert a few months ago and had a few drinks at Ombra afterwards, their menu looks fantastic, at least something we would enjoy, it's upscale, it's got a great atmosphere.

      http://www.theborgata.com/Main.cfm?Ca...

      The only place I've eaten at the Tropicana has been Hooters. *blush*

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      1. re: TarheelYankee

        Ombra is excellent. Super food and a great wine list. If you go ask to be seated in Sandy's area.

        1. re: TarheelYankee

          Ombra is wonderful, my favorite restaurant at the Borgata. I would honestly skip Flay's and Puck's, and try Buddakan (Caesar's Pier-it's excellent) on the second night. If you're looking for a smaller meal or a snack while at the Borgata, don't miss Fatburger on the cafeteria level (its the only one I know of on the West Coast) or Gypsy Bar-a fantastic tequila bar with upscale bar food.

          1. re: vvvindaloo

            There is actually a fatburger in jersey city as well but you are right in that it is worth a visit- great fat fries.

            I didnt know that buddakan opened up down there?? Thats great to hear- does it offer the same menu as the one in philly? If so, I need to pay it a visit.

        2. The latest thoughts on Bobby Flay's and Sea Blue, which is what I think you meant when you sead Sea Catch, is that they charge top dollar for inconsistant food and service, just like almost all of the new wave of AC's high end restaurants. There have been several recent discussions on this board. That said, if you really want to check out the Pier or the Quarter, my recommendation for the Pier is Buddakan. I would expect the Continental to also be good, but I have not eaten in that one yet, although the one in Philadelphia is very good. At the Quarter my favorites are Red Square and the Palm. If you want to go off the beaten path, Little Saigon in AC is excellent and Dune in Margate is as well, both BYOs. Ate last night at Manna in Ventnor and would recommend it as an "up and comer". Lots of people rave about the food at Chef Vola's in AC. I'm not one of them, but I'd still recommend it as a place to experience for it's atmosphere.

          Of course if you want to hedge your bets, there's always White House Subs.

          Good Luck

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          1. re: Rocket88

            Yes, I meant Sea Blue. Sea Catch is here in DC. Thanks for the fedback.

          2. The Borgata Buffet is probably the best in AC - everything comes out in small batches to ensure freshness. That being said - don't expect anything amazing.
            I read recently that Brulee is no longer open except by special arramgement for parties. It uses a shared space at the Quarter.
            I agree with an earlier reply about Red Square at the Quarter - worth the drive over. I am still waiting for their sister restaurant - Rum Jungle - to open at the pier, the date keeps getting pushed back.

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            1. The Borgota buffet is good but nothing that will absolutely knock you out. If you want to stay in the Borgota, the Steakhouse is very good but I have not been to the Emeril or Flay places yet. I will say that Ive never been disappointed by Mesa Grill but Im not sure if that translates.

              For your sake, do NOT miss out on a few white house subs, at least on the way home. The best you are ever going to eat- ask to buy some extra rolls too.

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              1. re: yankeefan

                Where is White House? That sounds perfect for our drive home!

                Emeril has a place in the Borgata? Is that new?

                  1. re: yankeefan

                    Yum, looks great. Thanks for the link, yankeefan. What sandwiches do you recommend from there?

                    1. re: KWynn

                      You honestly can not go wrong with just about any choice.

                      My personal favorites are the tuna and the sausage/pepper. You truly cant go wrong. All this talk I need to make a trip down there now.

                      1. re: KWynn

                        The tuna and the meatball. The best!

                    2. re: KWynn

                      White House subs is at 2301 Arctic Ave, a block or so south of the Expressway corridor into mid town. But don't get take out, or it's just a sub shop. It's a throwback to Old Atlantic City.

                      There is no Emeril restaurant in AC. yankeefan probably means Wolfgang Puck or Michael Mina.

                      1. re: Rocket88

                        Sorry about that, I was thinking of Mina- got it confused with Emerils seablue.