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Knife & Fork -> Dock’s Oyster House ->>??? is there some place else?

cgarner Oct 7, 2011 09:13 AM

No, my last name is not Dougherty… but we LOVE Docks and I hear nothing but good about K&F

We’re treating my Dad and Step-Mom to an Atlantic City weekend in early December for my Pop’s birthday and we’d like to take them out to dinner. Can’t decide where to take them and of course, they’re non-committal (oh, wherever you want is fine with us)

They’ve had lunch at Harry’s Oyster Bar but it seemed my Dad wasn’t totally blown over by it. We’ve had lunch there too, it was good… nothing earth shattering, but I’m easy, I like fresh oysters and good gin. If they have wianno, old salts, cape may salts, or malpeques and they have Bombay Sapphire, then I’m happy. In addition to oysters, my husband had a crabcake that he thought was wonderful and I had mussels fra diavolo, (I think) that were a little oily but still quite tasty.

But since it got a “ho hum” from Pop, I figure we’d pass on it. plus, I think we’d like to go a little more upscale for his birthday.

My husband and I have never eaten at the Knife & Fork, though we’re pretty much regulars at Docks….

They appreciate really good food, it takes a bit to impress them, though my step-mom is a little more limited in what she likes than my Dad

Suggestions for places to take them for dinner in Atlantic City?

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    Applecheeks Oct 7, 2011 05:59 PM

    Ram's Head Inn is a great place for a special occasion. It is consistently rated very highly by most people I know that have been there. Last time I was there was around Christmas time and it was beautifully and tastefully decorated.

    The other place that comes to mind is Chef Vola. I haven't been there but those who have say the food (Italian) is very good. However, it is very difficult to get a reservation.

    Ram's Head Inn
    9 West White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ 08205

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    1. re: Applecheeks
      cgarner Oct 14, 2011 11:25 AM

      Funny you should mention Ram’s Head Inn…It has been on my list of places which I’ve wanted to eat since I was young… I don’t really remember why exactly. I think I may have seen it spotlighted on a TV show (I’ve been a chowhound since I was a little kid)

      Thing with Chef Vola’s… I’ve read about their service and the way they kind of “mob it up” with the whole “who do you know” in order to get a reservation and such… it’s great that Sinatra ate there and everything, but my Dad’s really uncomfortable with that whole scene. My grandparents are from Italy and ... let’s just say, he’d be more comfortable at an Itailan restaurant like Del Posto than Chef Vola’s.
      Both have VERY good food in their own right, just different.

    2. Quine Oct 7, 2011 01:10 PM

      My Mom and I love Tomatoes in Margate.


      I have not been but have heard good things about Ram's Head Inn, just a short drive from AC.


      Ram's Head Inn
      9 West White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ 08205

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      1. re: Quine
        diablo Oct 7, 2011 04:26 PM

        The Ram's Head is consistently top notch. You might also want to consider Chef Vola's

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