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Mar 1, 2012 08:32 AM

Atlantic City recommendations

I'm sure there's been a prior thread as to this topic but I'm at a loss as to calling it up.

Heading down to AC for this weekend's wrestling championships with my youngest son (20). Would appreciate rec's - be it a White House / Tony Boloney's sub shop to something a bit more upscale - prefer not to eat inside a Casino but I'll defer to you folks - I'm not a gambler, and I'm not a big fan of AC to begin with. I do love HS and college wrestling though. ;-). If the rec is for a 'dicey' area, would like to know, but it shouldn't be that much of a deterrent.

Will have a late dinner Friday nite (after 8pm) - we're staying in nearby Brigantine Beach area should you know of anything there; and a casual lunch Saturday - before we drive back home as he has to return to the university Saturday nite.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Try searching for Little Saigon. Vietnamese food that far surpasses anything in Monmouth County.

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    1. re: MGZ

      Tony's Baltimore bar and grill by the Trop. Cheap and good.

      1. re: bifpocaroba

        Another vote for tony's. Simple but good red sauce italian kind of place. In my opinion best pizza in AC as well.

    2. For lunch try Kelsey and Kims, southern style, homemade and seriously good food in a pretty room to boot!

      1. Little Saigon is awesome. Whit House subs are a must! Good travel food, so maybe a stop by for when leaving. Tony's gets good marks, I have personally not been.

        Also if you look down at the bottom of the page, you will see a list of similar posts, something in those may be of interest.

        1. JustJake, I'm also a big fan, enjoy your weekend. You can catch me at all the Rider home matches.
          I would suggest Chef Vola in AC but the chances of getting in are pretty much nil

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          1. re: tom246

            Thanks all. Some of the recs I gleaned off of a wrestling site (Tony's and White House) are pretty popular and there are waits - which are understandable. I love pizza (thanks Cappy)Some very nice suggestions here - especially the Viet and Southern style.

            Tom, one of these days, I'll get to Vola - can I use your name to get inside the place and past the 'gatekeeper'? lol I have to tell you, there was quite a bit of cognitive dissonance as to where to go this weekend - AC or going to Princeton for the EIWA's - then again, it would have been a slam dunk and no need to post had we decided on the college tournament......Blue Point Grill.

            Now onto the search engine for these recs. Thank you again.

            1. re: JustJake

              Use my name at Vola and your liable to get thrown out lol. From what I hear, you have good advice on Little Saigon and White House. Have not been, maybe one day.
              We're heading over to Princeton to the EIWA's on Sunday and then probably Nomad or Osteria Procaccini but BPG is also a good choice.

              1. re: tom246

                Tom/MGZ, Little Saigon was closed for vacation as we walked the 'hood' and arrived. That was disappointing, and we probably should have called in advance. Tony Boloney's is a dive and something that you fall off the wagon for every so often. Guy Fierri is going to end up like Paula Dean if he keeps eating at these places. Tony's is a gem. We split a Cheese Steak Ole' and had a slice each. My Reuben slice was out of this world good. Nice eating elbow to elbow with some of the colorful 'locals' too. lol. Didn't do the Baltimore Grill as my bride made her sauce yesterday. Probably should have visited WH as we hung a left there as we made our way to Lil Saigon. As my son recommended skipping a redux at TonyBoloney's, suggesting we find something on the way, I agreed as it was a long two days in AC (not a fan of the city). Veered onto LBI only to find Mud City closed; murmured to son, that we would NOT be stopping off in TR (a wasteland), though we did enjoy El Familar for Mexican, the previous week at Region finals at Pine Belt Arena. Which brings us to being 'HOME'.....thought long and hard as to Point, Belmar etc. and we audibled off of 10th Ave Burrito and did Local Smoke. Ribs were a bit DRY. They're lean (and not Baby Backs). Mac & Cheese was barely warmed up, good slaw, and while we commented how good it was to be back home (Monmouth County), Local Smoke has gone downhill (IMHO). Jamison's, up the street, still (or should still) be serving superior ribs. It's all good though. Tom, your Broncs (and a lot of Shore wrestlers) had a tough go of it. But I heard glowing reports of Jadwin's 'act' in showcasing the EIWA's. Top shelf. A lot of feedback that it should be held there every year.

                1. re: JustJake

                  AC also not my favorite, sounds like you did alright at Tony's. The Broncs were awful, was not expecting much but worse than expected.
                  Did not make it over to the EIWA's but a friend said it was run VERY well. Could easily have 3 National champs from that group.

                  1. re: JustJake

                    Oh, Had no idea you liked Mexican and knew about Manahawkin (Mud City doesn't open this early in the season) But there is an excellent Mexican place in Manahawkin, Senor Frog. We dine there quite often and I have posted some of my photos of the dishes here. Today I enjoyed a very rich deep chili soup with seafood, last week it was monkfish tacos and the best scallops I ever had Luna cooked. So if you like Mexican, try Senor Frog, On Rt 9 just across from the lake where the old Cranberry Inn used to be.

            2. Chef Vola's. Great Italian, love it.