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Where to eat in AC?

My husband and I are going to AC on my birthday, on a Saturday. We are seeing a show at the Etess arena. Where should we go out for dinner? It could be fancy but doesnt have to be, but definitely nicer than going for subs at White House. Where is great food to be found?

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  1. Where to start!

    What kind of food are you looking for? Los Amigos (Mexican) is good. Angelo's is very good italian food (drink the house red). The Melting Pot was good for apps and dessert but I don't need the main course.

    There are the steak houses - Gallagher's was very nice.

    Inside of the casino's there are some great restaurants now too.

    Happy Birthday:)

    1. Not sure what CHers have to say about it, but we had a very nice meal at Dock's Oyster House last summer.

      http://www.docksoysterhouse.com/

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      1. re: ttoommyy

        We've enjoyed many great dinners at Dock's - an AC institution! The fresh seafood and great service is worth the short taxi ride from whatever resort you stay at.

        We also enjoy dining at the Borgata and would recommend for a casual experience, dining at the bar at Wolfgang Puck's. We also prefer Bobby Flay's steaks over The Old Homestead although others may disagree.

        1. re: Foody4life

          Funny, I was going to recommend The Old Homestead but decided not to. But now that you brought it up...we had a terrific meal there. Never been to the one in NYC, but the one in AC was very good. Haven't been to Bobby Flay's though. Will have to try it.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            We've eaten at both Bobby Flay's and the Homestead. Both are fantastic. The Homestead is your typical NYC style steakhouse. While BF puts a spin, or a should say, a spice on it. I love his food flavor combos, the spiced steaks, the twists on the potatoes and veggies. Some people may love it, while others may prefer a basic steak.

            Have had very good meals at Wolfgang's too. Avoid SeaBlue, ate there last time, it was overpriced for what it was and not that great.
            KathyH

            1. re: KathyH

              Couldn't agree more with your BF - Homestead comparison. We also liked both, but enjoyed the vibe, ambiance, etc at BF's in addition to the food!

          2. re: Foody4life

            We have recently been to both. I wasn't overwhelmed by Homestead at all. Bobby Flays is preferable to us, though I wouldn't put it in the same caliber as some of the better steak places in NYC (though you will be charged as such...)

            I'd recommend Dock's - we had a fantastic dinner there not so long ago, and the service and food were amazing. I thought the prices were pretty reasonable for the lobsters considering the area as well. However blasphemous this may be, at a place where it seems necessary to order lobster or oysters, I think the scallops are the best I've ever had.

        2. If you don't want to stray too far from the Taj Mahal, you could try IL Mulino. Two sided restaurant one being casual and other more upscale. I don't have the link but if you search their AC location you will be able to find a menu for both sides.

          Good Luck and Happy Birthday

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          1. re: AC Captain

            You just sparked my memory...we ate there last time we visited AC! I totally forgot about it, but the meal was not forgettable. It was actually very good. We dined in the less formal of the two restaurants.

          2. If I went all the way to AC I'd pick up White House subs to bring home, though.

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            1. re: johnlockedema

              Whitehouse sub get the Italian, the rest of the town is real hit and miss ..even the good places depends who is in the back cooking that night the A team or he B team

              1. re: beentheredonethat

                I also like the white tuna and the sausage sub

            2. Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I have been to Docks but it was 25 years ago and I cant remember anything about it. I wasnt sure if it was still there! I love fish and seafood but I am cautious about eating it in restaurants because so many places overcook it.
              I do, however, miss the old fashioned seafood houses that are nonexistent now in Philadelphia. I will keep Docs on the list.

              i am curious about Bobby Flay's restaurant. We loved Mesa Grill, but it has been years since we were there.
              We may end up having to eat close to the hotel because I may not be able to get to AC with a lot of time to spare that night, so I will definately keep Il Mulino in mind.
              Has anyone heard of a private Italian restaurant in AC where you have know someone to get on a list to be able to get in? Someone told me about this a couple of years ago.

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              1. re: thehungrything

                I think you're talking about Cafe 2825...2825 Atlantic Ave.

                1. re: RayP

                  This is definitely open to the general public. The menu looks great! I would like to order every one of their appetizers. Have you eaten there? Should we go?

                  1. re: 1stand3rd

                    You are right. I just checked out their website and you cannot get their phone number or email on it and you need a password to sign in. It is amazing that they can do enough business to exclude new customers.
                    Has anyone been there? Is it worth attempting to get in?

                    1. re: thehungrything

                      There was just a recent thread about Chef Vola's - it certainly isn't a secret, their address and phone number is listed on Zagat's website.

                      111 S. Albion Pl. (Pacific Ave.) Atlantic City, NJ
                      609-345-2022

                      A friend of mine ate there a year ago - she loved the food although she said the ambiance would not be for everyone's liking. It literally was an unmarked door, down to the basement floor and into a small, crowded and noisy room with people winding their way between very close tables. She had to call between 10-15 times before someone answered the phone and she was able to make a reservation.

                      1. re: IndigoOnTheGo

                        Thanks. I think we will try Il Mulino this time.

                2. unsure if you already went for your bday but some of my atlantic city faves are "mexico" its technically west atlantic city though, off the strip, pretty cheap and just amazing food, i prefer it to los amigos.
                  in borgata, i think the best option is izakaya, it can be a bit pricey but its def worth it! as for ceasers, i could do with or without any of them...the sushi place (i think its something like souzai?) is good. stay away from phillips seafood, one of the most dissapointing meals, ever.

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                  1. re: pie22

                    I personally would avoid Izakaya. Here are some past notes.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/624425

                    1. re: stickman731

                      I've been there a half dozen times and have always loved it. I think it's one of those places where you have to know what to order.

                      1. re: stickman731

                        aw, i'm sorry you had such a bad experience, i have been there a handful of times and everything was great!
                        the only complaint i have is that almost every single specialty drink has sake in it, so if you don't like sake you can't try a specialty drink...but the beer and wine selections were great (and there's always mixed drinks).

                    2. Well I like the Old Homestead at the Borgata...in fairness I havent tried Bobby Flays or Wolfgangs. One of my favorites is on the boardwalk OPA, a greek restaurant. Another one not in the casinos I lke is Girasole (italian)...I have tried Morton's (very disappointing) and Prime..nothing special..If you;re looking for a fun place for another night..I lke the Tun Tavern...great casual atmosphere and fun people...and their steaks arent that bad either!

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                      1. re: foodislove1958

                        oh yes, second on girasole - so good!

                      2. I want to thank everyone for their help.
                        We checked in to the Taj and had very little time before the show, so we ate at Il Mulino in their formal dining area. It was a really nice place for a celebratory meal. The service was very attentive and spot on. The food was excellent. I did get a little worried about the kitchen when we were served some extremely greasy, tasteless fried Zucchini and cold extremely greasy garlic bread as part of the complimentary antipasti that they serve before you order. Those were the only two missteps from the kitchen.
                        The rest of the antipasti was delicious and included shaved aged reggiano, garlicky tomatoes with mussels, great bread, and some sliced hard sausage.
                        We ordered buccatini pasta to share, a wonderful grilled polenta appetizer, a grilled veal chop. Servings were generous and we had to quit after eating those dishes. We did have a nice glass of grappa to finish the meal.
                        It was really relaxing to park the car and enjoy dinner and the show and then go up to the room. Everything is always so hectic for us, this was a welcome break.
                        In the morning we picked up White House subs to go and shared a sausage sub for breakfast. The sausage sub was the best sandwich we bought , we had it with lettuce tomato and crushed peppers. Followed by the White House special, turkey and tuna. I love their crushed peppers.
                        We stood in line for our sandwiches with Captain Kirk from the Roots. They had played the Borgata the night before. They had his picture right next to the register. I enjoyed that; one of the celebrity's on the wall appeared in the flesh!