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coldsolderjoint Feb 25, 2013 07:44 AM

We are heading down to AC on Thursday for the Tenacious D concert and staying at 1 night at Showboat.

I'm sort of ashamed to say I've never eaten at Whitehouse subs, either the timing was not correct, we were full from other places, or my companion(s) didn't want subs. This time, I hope it's going to happen.

I was informed that they have a second location at the Taj, and since we are saying right there, it seems like it would be a home-run to just walk over and get a sub.

Is there any difference between the two locations? Is the Nostalgia of Sinatra's towel worth the drive/finding parking, etc?

And, do you guys have recommendations for what I should order? From the menu, I'd probably go with a half a Whitehouse Special and half a cheese steak.

Here's the rest of my greasy spoon low-class eating adventure plan if you were interested:

Bills Gyro (How could you be present in AC and not show up here?)
Roy Rodgers in Bay ville on the Trip back up North.
Possibly Tony Baloney's if the timing doesn't work out.

  1. foobuc Mar 2, 2013 01:21 PM

    Best thing for me at Roy Rogers is the Sour Dough Frisco burger. They don't make them at the turnpike or GSP rest stop ones AFAI. The roast beef is good too but i like the roast beef sliders.

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      coldsolderjoint Mar 1, 2013 04:36 PM

      Well, we went today to the Taj Location. My companion isn't as interested in trying out new things as I am so we went to the closer Taj Location. Tried the half cheesesteak, half a special, and a french fry. My honest review: "Meh". We can get much better subs around here. The french fries were the best part of the meal. Don't have to go back here.

      Apparently "Bill's Gyro Souvlaki - Never Closed!" actually does close.. on Thursday night.. when I want a greasy gyro platter, which was much to our dismay and unbeknownst to "Larry Love" - Rolling chair operator who must have not one single remaining taste bud left.

      He brought us to the "Irish Pub" which was pretty much the only thing open besides Johnny Rockets, and the numerous late night fried chicken places we weren't prepared to go to. I should have just went back to the hotel and ordered Domino's. That food just plain and simply sucked. First time I've ever considered pulling a "Robert Irvine" on Restaurant Impossible. Even though I did have a pretty full bag on.. (Which should in theory make things taste a lot better).. yeah.. no need to ever go back there.

      Didn't make it to Tony Baloney's on this trip. But we did Stop at Roy Rodgers (Pine Beach) on the way back up. Man.. that place is a Golden unicorn. Can't wait to eat my remaining Roast Beef Sandwich. I took it easy this time and only ordered 3. 1 to eat there, and 2 to take home.

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        bifpocaroba Feb 27, 2013 10:20 AM

        Hit Tony's Baltimore B&G for a bar pie....

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          pie22 Mar 19, 2013 01:19 PM

          +1

          also the cherry peppers are my fave topping!

        2. PommeDeGuerre Feb 27, 2013 04:45 AM

          A half a Special, half a cheese steak, and a drink will cost you $19.75 before tax at the Taj Mahal location. Just FYI.

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            ebchower Feb 27, 2013 06:40 AM

            Anyone know if Taj food comps are good there?

            Only ate at WH once. They gave us some other party's order by mistake, but they were so marginally different that we didn't notice/care. Not sure about the other party. It's always been a place you had to know about because it's so inconspicuous and isolated behind the Boardwalk.

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              diablo Mar 2, 2013 12:01 PM

              Taj does 2:1 comps there.

          2. diablo Feb 26, 2013 03:03 PM

            I have two White House subs in my possession right now from the Taj location. They are identical to what you will find at the original store, which I have also been to many times. If history and "the experience" is important to you, you should go to the original and wait to be seated. If not, the Taj spot is quick and easy. The egg and cheese on a kaiser makes a great breakfast and the Regular sub is excellent. I also like their turkey and cheese.

            I went to Bill's Gyro the other day for the first time and I wasn't all that impressed. Fries were undercooked and the chicken gyro was only okay. Also the tszatsiki (sp) sauce was kind of gelatinous. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing.

            I recommend Pho Sydney if you like Vietnamese food. Cheap and delicious.

            1. nokitchen Feb 26, 2013 08:35 AM

              There's definitely something to be said about the original location if you're going ot sit and eat. But the sandwiches are identical -- same meats in the same quantities, same bread from the same bakery, etc. Half a Whitehouse Special and half a Cheesesteak are the correct answers to getting the stars of the Whitehouse show, but it's just an enormous amount of food. Eat the cheesesteak first because the special will keep for a few hours if you find yourself stuffed.

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                coldsolderjoint Feb 26, 2013 10:07 AM

                Thats what I was kind of thinking. Since I'll be most likely drinking heavily that night.. would be nice to have something to eat before passing out.

              2. JustJake Feb 26, 2013 08:18 AM

                Actually, how could you NOT do Tony Baloney's when in AC? ;-)

                I'm rarely in the city - cept' for the upcoming NJSIAA wrestling championships as I do each March. I haven't heard of Bill's - as good as Gyro II?

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                  coldsolderjoint Feb 26, 2013 10:06 AM

                  I actually don't like Gyro II all that much.. sauce is too sweet, and the paprika on top just sorta ruins it for me.

                  Bill's is pretty much the definition of a greasy spoon. (I'm pretty sure all their silverware is plastic anyways). So maybe it's the ambiance, maybe its the novelty of the $10,000 taped to the walls, maybe its the infrequency that I get to go there, or maybe its the fact that I'm usually a few drinks into the weekend when I show up. But man.. does that place make me happy.

                  I've never been to Tony's Baloney's brick and mortar. I only had their stuff from the Mustache Mobile at Monmouth Park last year.

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                    JustJake Feb 27, 2013 04:19 AM

                    That sweetness is ok by me, and what's not to live about paprika? Other than Gyro II, (which I always ask for extra sauce and makes it deliciously sloppy) - if I'm elsewhere in the city, any street vendor doling out that a gyro works for me, especially if I'm carrying a half a load. ;-)

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                  scrappyone Feb 26, 2013 05:15 AM

                  When we go to AC we stop at Whitehouse Subs on our way into town and also get one to go when we leave. It makes a nice lunch when returning home after our trip.

                  Recommend that you view the menu online and call in your order. The pickup line for telephone orders is much quicker than ordering in person.

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                    LargeLife Feb 25, 2013 09:19 AM

                    My wife and I are from Florida.....and when we visited AC....we made our way to Whitehouse Subs....as it's a landmark eatery in the area.....We enjoyed the subs there....liked them very much....Not the very best we've ever had....but far from the worst......Crazy expensive....And I mean crazy expensive....but good and glad we went....Don't know if would go again....but it's a landmark.......

                    We also liked the little bakery and shop across the street.....

                    EMac
                    Ft. Pierce, FL

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                      iluvcookies Feb 25, 2013 10:00 AM

                      I would not call White House crazy expensive... half subs are $6-8, and they can easily feed 2 people. The whole subs are enormous, and can be enough for 4.
                      Menu link:
                      http://whitehousesubshop.net/arctic-avenue/

                      http://whitehousesubshop.net/menu/

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                        MarlboroMan Feb 26, 2013 07:48 AM

                        There's a sub place near me in Marlboro, NJ, where the whole subs are $20.00. I would call THAT crazy expensive.

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                          ebchower Mar 10, 2013 04:05 AM

                          Pretty cheap for the nuclear variety.

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                      newfie29 Feb 25, 2013 09:16 AM

                      DEFINITELY forget about the Taj and go to the original - the ambience is part of the experience, reading all of the autographed pics, etc.

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                        jracpa Feb 25, 2013 10:08 AM

                        I had heard that the original suffered some damage during the hurricane. Does anyone know for certain that is open/has re opened?

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                          iluvcookies Feb 25, 2013 10:09 AM

                          According to their website, they are open.

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                            cwdonald Feb 26, 2013 07:59 AM

                            They have definitely reopened. They had to replace most of their appliances (fridges etc). Parking is not too bad around there and it really is a much better experience. It really is a takeaway place so you can go get it and take it back to your hotel.

                        2. iluvcookies Feb 25, 2013 08:20 AM

                          I've only been to the original location, but the Italian, Cheesesteak, and meatball with provolone were all delicious.

                          It's not too far of a walk to go to the original---it you are at the outlets (which are pretty much behind the Showboat/Bally's) then it's only another 2-3 blocks. Added bonus---besides being a little cheaper than the Taj location, Formica Bros bakery is across the street from it and they have very good cookies.

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