Best places in/around Atlantic City
We'll be in the area all summer, tell me your favorite places or any new ones I should try. Upscale, hole in the wall, any cuisine, and anything within a half hour of AC. Thanks!
Carmine's in the Tropicana for real family style Italian.
Dock's Oyster House for good seafood.
Gilchrist's in Gardners basin near Atlantic City Aquarium for fantastic waterfront breakfast and lunch.
Kelsey and Kim's Southern Café on the Southern Boardwalk is another good breakfast place.
Ruth Chris Steakhouse in the Tanger Outlets area for a good steak, but be prepared to pay $$$$$ for prime-aged beef.
Bill's Gyro on the boardwalk between ballys and showboat
It's not in AC, but on your way down the parkway stop in pine beach at Roy Rodgers on Rt 9 for a Roast beef sandwich (or 7).
Little Saigon on Artic Ave for great Vietnamese food. It's small so I call to reserve a table in the summer.
I myself tend to stay clear of the restaurants in the Casino's just because most of them are "trendy" or corporate stores. While Carmine's in Tropicanna is about the only exception to that.
I would forget about Ruth Chris, even though I have never been to the A/C location, they are truly hit or miss when it comes to their quality. Instead I would strongly recommend the sister restaurant to Dock's Oyster House (excellent recommendation as well) The Knife and Fork Inn. An excellent old school steakhouse from the 20's, just a cool environment, with excellent steaks and chops.
Another favorite place of mine was Lefty's, but it's my understand it has closed after many, many years of business. I quit gambling about 6 years ago so I'm not in the area often, but you won't go wrong with the Knife and Fork.
Also try Whitehouse subs!