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Driving from Manhattan to Atlantic City with three boys ages 6-12.

Any "can't misses" along the way?

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  1. It's not a can't miss, but about 1/2 way down if you get hungry is Bobby's Burger Palace in Eatontown, NJ. I believe exit 105 off the Parkway. When you are in AC definitely don't miss White House Sub shop. That is a "can't miss".

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    White House Sub Shop
    2301 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

    Bobby's Burger Palace
    188 Weston Pl, Eatontown, NJ 07724

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    1. re: cmarie

      heard that. white house DEFINITELY on list.

      1. re: cmarie

        For that age, Bobby's is a waste. However, 100 yards away is Buffalo Wild Wings. It's been open about four weeks. It's at the eastern end of the Monmouth Mall, right by the theater. Take exit 105 as cmarie said.

        The kid will love it. I'll be putting up a review soon, as I went for lunch last week.

        1. re: cantkick

          I have to disagree with you cantkick. My kids are in the OP's age group and they go crazy for BBP. They love the fries, onion rings, the crunchified burgers and the milkshakes. Now with regard to BWW, I agree that its a fun place to go as long as its not during prime time on the weekends (its a small space with very little waiting room). While I wasn't too keen on the food (except for the namesake wings - try the mango habanero) the kids loved all the TV's and the various televised sporting events.

          1. re: bgut1

            bgut, good for them. You're raising them right. :)

            Agree, the Mango Habanero is very good. It's not my #1 favorite, but I'll get it again. I really can't speak for much of the other food, but I thought the fries, very skinny shoestrings, were excellent.

            1. re: cantkick

              Thanks cantkick. What's your favorite sauce at BWW? BTW, stay away from the salads. They taste as if they just came out of a bag.

              1. re: bgut1

                Only been once so far. Asian Zing was my favorite. The wimp in our party ordered the Parmesan Garlic, which was decent, and the mild one, which was flavorless. Next trip will be Jerk and one of the real hot ones.

                1. re: cantkick

                  Speaking of the hot ones, I think they have a contest where if you can eat 12 of their hottest wings in 6 minutes with no napkins or beverages, you get the wings for free and a picture on their wall (or something like that).

      2. Circus Drive-In on Rt.35 in Wall, NJ (short distance off of the Garden State Parkway)

        http://circusdrivein.com/

        I think they would like that. You can eat in the car w/carhop service & a tray that hangs on the window, or they have seating inside if you are fussy about eating in your car.

        Maybe Hoffman's IceCream in Point Pleasant [on Rt. 35 south] for dessert:

        http://www.hoffmansicecream.net/

        Also second the nomination of White House Sub Shop in A.C., of course :-) Make sure you see Sinatra's towel hanging up in its frame.....along with all the other Atlantic City memorabilia & kitsch. Be prepared for a bit of a wait depending on when you get there.

        Have a good time !!

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        1. re: bakersma

          Thanks. Circus Diner FOR SURE -- and going for the carhop. Couldn't be less fussy bout eating in the car. Kids'll love it. Sundaes look pretty good there. If they can hold out, we'll do Hoffman's too.

          1. re: bakersma

            While I agree with Hoffman's, I've never been a fan of the Circus Drive-In.

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            Circus Drive-In
            State Highway 35 N, Belmar, NJ 07719

          2. LAY IN THE SUPPLY OF VALIUM
            seriously Tony's Baltimore Grill is great great pizz
            White House of course
            salt water taffy on the boardwark
            heaven help you my friend

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            Tony's Baltimore Grill
            2800 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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            1. re: foodismylife

              Had Tony's Baltimore on the list. My 12-year-old's already put in an order for the special sausage and mushroom!

            2. i would suggest one of the surf taco locations if youve never been. belmar, manasquan, or pt pleasant would be good. especially if you plan on hoffmans after

              http://www.surftaco.com/
              much better food then circus, and a fun experience

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              1. re: boodie1821

                Ditto on Circus Drive In, Surf Taco, and White House subs. Boom in Belmar is worth the detour.

                1. re: johnlockedema

                  just checked out boom. DEFINITELY looks worth the detour. thanks for all...

                  1. re: aklores

                    aklores - While I really enjoy Boom, I find that the burgers are a bit over my kids' head. On the sole occasion that I took my children they didn't enjoy it.

                    1. re: bgut1

                      thanks for advice. hoping to do bobby's one way and circus the other...

                2. re: boodie1821

                  I actually prefer Fins in Bradly Beach to Surf Taco. Similar ambiance, cleaner digs and better food...

                3. The kids will love the Circus Drive-In. Nice owners, good food and fast service. Lots of kids eating there all the time - Just a few miles from the parkway and easy on and off - Enjoy and Have Fun!

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                  Circus Drive-In
                  State Highway 35 N, Belmar, NJ 07719