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Apr 19, 2009 05:59 PM

Absecon & Other Shore Points

We're heading to the Marriott Resort in Absecon next weekend and will be there for a week. We're looking for something within a 1/2 hour drive for breakfast and dinner. We'd like to know about "locals" favorites for both and are interested in just about anything with the exception of Indian cuisine.

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    1. re: shabbystorm

      There is a bagel place on Rt 9 (on the way to Smithville) called Bagel Gourmet that had pretty good bagels, I haven't been there in a few years since I moved farther inland but I used to go there at least once a week when I was in college out by there.

      If you are in the mood for Greek there is a place very close to where you are staying named Athenian Garden. It is really good for lunch or dinner. The Chicken Oregenato is really good and they make a really tasty Tzatziki sauce. Its also BYOB since it doesn't have a liquor license.

    2. Don't miss the Athenian Garden if you like Greek food. There is also the Ram's Head. Sort of a stuffy 'old people's' menu, but the service is excellent and the food is good. Chicken Pot Pie is a specialty there. Call first for reservations, and gentlemen need a jacket, I think.

      1. Drive up Route 9 (it will become the GSP for a short while - get off at exit 50) to New Gretna and look for Allen's Clam Bar on the right - small building with a big shark sticking out of the roof/front. Excellent fresh seafood - don't miss the fried scallops and shrimp. BYOB - liquor store across the street.

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        1. re: newfie29

          By any chance have you tried the Fried Lobster Tail at Allen's Clam Bar? Just curious, people rave about this place. Thank you.

          1. re: shabbystorm

            It's not my cup of tea - too rich, and I'm simply too much of a lobster fan to condone dropping the tail into a fryer - seems kind of blasphemous to me. However, friends who've had it say it's quite good, though quite rich.

            1. re: newfie29

              I have to agree with you there, for me lobster is; trap it, quickly boil it, dig in. Maybe a bit of butter. The only time the tail or claws should be separated from the whole is when I take them off to eat. Waste of flavor to me to do anything else.

          2. re: newfie29

            I'll second Allen's Clam Bar. Great food, great prices.

            1. re: newfie29

              I've been a big advocate of Allen's for years, but the last time I was there, the fried shrimp tasted of iodine so badly that I couldn't eat it and they have also changed their cole slaw which was great to something not so great.

              1. re: SusieQQ

                Oyster Creek Inn, Leeds Point 609-652-8565 Great seafood (look it up in the search box)
                Sage in Ventnor I think it is on Atlantic Ave is a very nice BYOB
                Shay's Cafe on Rt 9 just a bit past the Seaview is a wonderful place for breakfast
                The Knife and Fork in AC
                Back Bay Bar and Grill in AC
                Let us know where you ended eating.

                1. re: Babs16

                  We're about 1/2 way through the week and here's where we've been so far. 1st night ate in some ravoli's brought from home. Have been to: Sunryser where we both had omelets - hers mushroom, mine ham & swiss - I liked it, she didn't; Goodfellows - hers scallops, mine burger - we both liked it; Crap Trap - hers manhattan clam chowder & cob salad, mine ceasar salad and the huge mussels app (over 5 doz.!!) - we both liked it; Gourmet Italian Cuisine - 1/2 plain, 1/2 mushroom pizza - she liked it better than me; Athenian Garden - hers greek salad, mine chicken avgolemono soup & horiatiki - we both liked it. I'll fill you in on the rest of the week later, but so far we're both pretty happy with the recommendations!!

                  1. re: bucksguy14

                    I'm assuming you meant Crab Trap? LOL...

                    1. re: newfie29

                      ROTFLMAO - yes, absolutely, I meant the CRAB Trap!!!! I gotta start proof-reading my posts!

                  2. re: Babs16

                    Heading back tomorrow. Made a big mistake and went to Gourmet Italian Cuisine for dinner. My wife had crab cakes that contained a ton of filler and I had a roasted salmon that was OK, but the veggies that accompanied the salmon were floating in an ocean of soy - disgusting. Should have just been happy with the pizza and gone somewhere else. Went back the Athenian Garden for dinner tonight. Best recommendation of those we tried. My wife had flounder with rice and some kind of tomato/spinach veggie that was really good. She started with a bean soup that she loved! I had the Lavraki (sea bass with tomatoes, blond raisins and some really good garlic mashed). Sure wish I had gone there instead of Gourmet Italian! Next time we're in the area Athenian Garden will be a definite stop on our tour. Thanks to everyone who recommended places to us, whether we went there, or not!

              2. Real good prime rib at SKELLY'S Hi Point Pub on Rt . 30 in Absecon ..
                (right across the street from the Black Cat Tavern..)

                It's $18.95 for a huge one pound piece.... I usually get the end cut with the bone...

                I enjoyed reading your meal reports.... nice follow up....hope you'll have a great finale!

                1. I wrote this about Chef Vola's over a year ago. We have returned twice since-from D. C. It is an Atlantic City original and worth seeking out: