Jerry Seinfeld once said that anybody can take a reservation, but it’s the holding of one that’s the most important part.
You know the drill — you go to a restaurant with a group of friends and immediately order up a bunch of apps from the starters menu. The bounty of starters arrives and it’s breathtaking — Buffalo chicken eggrolls, cheesesteak sliders and tower of onion rings so tall it could double as a coat rack. Before the waitress even leaves the table, you and your pals dive on them them like a hive full of angry bees on a honey-robbing grizzly bear.
The Chiarellas are back home on Pacific Avenue, and if recent sold-out crowds on Valentine’s weekend are any indication, Wildwood diners are very happy about that Gia finally returned where it belongs.
If you’re willing to explore, Atlantic City is full of hidden culinary gems and Com Ga Ninh Kieu is the newest to join the pack. Tucked into a block of shops across from City Hall, with a fresh but unassuming exterior, this restaurant is small in stature but big on flavor. With more than 80 different, traditional Vietnamese dishes, Com Ga Ninh Kieu is the perfect opportunity to break off the beaten path and add some variety to your gastronomic landscape.
If you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s weekend with red-hot romance, this area has a variety of events to kick your passion into high gear. Starting with the orgasmic sway of palate-pleasing fare, area chefs and restaurants have created dining options that include everything from aphrodisiac ingredients, to painting, dancing, music and wine. There are enough love-inspired activities to infuse your entire three-day weekend with passion.
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If you’ve dined at The Nizam’s in Egg Harbor Township, you’re familiar with the delicious, authentic Indian cuisine from its highly qualified Executive Chef Syed Abbas. However, don’t expect a simple duplication at the newly opened The Nizam’s II in Galloway Township.
One needs to look no further than the popularity of the Food Network reality show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” — whose eccentric host Guy Fieri has made South Jersey locales the focus of the hit series several times, and recently set up shop himself with a restaurant at Bally’s A.C. — to recognize America’s love of down-home cooking in a cheerful, relaxed environment.
Buddakan Restaurant in Atlantic City will host a “Sake After Sunset” dinner 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The feast includes five mouth-watering courses paired with savory Japanese sake drinks.
Baking enthusiasts and those who want to learn a few tricks of the trade are invited to a series of workshops with Chef Marylou D’Angelo at the Academy of Culinary Arts. The workshops include instruction in baking and pastry making and span six Wednesdays beginning Jan. 27. All take place 6 to 9 p.m.
There is nothing that matters more to Italian-born chef Franco Raimondo than preparing and serving only the freshest food possible at Marco Polo in Ocean City.
It happens all too often. You and your cuddlebug go out to eat, order up an appetizer and commence gazing into each other’s eyes. The app comes, and before you know it, your main squeeze has ravenously scarfed down five of the eight Buffalo wings that came with your order. This is obviously a blatant mathematical violation of both dining and relationship etiquette. After your dramatic outburst (“Et tu, schmoopie!?”), followed by a few tears, it slowly begins to sink in that while you have clearly been wronged, there is no real way to correct this vicious injustice without ordering a second appetizer. But who among us has the bankroll for that?
Bacon Week returns to Tropicana Atlantic City Sunday, Jan. 17, through Saturday, Jan. 23. Bacon lovers will enjoy everything from entrees to desserts to cocktails infused with some bacon goodness. Restaurants, shops and bars throughout Tropicana will offer specialties all week long. Highlights include the Bacon Cinnamon Roll cocktail at Broadway Burger Bar, the super 1-pound BLT at Seaside Café, Bacon Peanut Butter Cups at Bacon Bites, Chocolate Bacon Lava Cake at Il Verdi and FIN and Bacon Breath Mints at LICK. A Time For Wine will offer 15 percent off purchases with the mention of Bacon Week. Bacon-themed souvenirs can be found at the Bacon Bites booth inside The Quarter.
Great food. Reasonable prices. Fun atmosphere. That’s the mantra Owner John Exadaktilos preaches when it comes to his corner tavern, an Atlantic City institution open 24 hours a day that has become the place where locals hang out, industry people flock to after work and everyone goes to watch the game.
As you approach Andrea Trattoria Italiana II in Sea Isle City, you are greeted by bright and pleasant music of a variety of genres — Italian, French, American — before you even get through the door. Once you enter, though, what you hear most is the lively din from the multiple conversations of spirited patrons that rise above any piped-in music.
The legendary Gallagher’s Steakhouse opened its doors at Resorts Casino Hotel 10 years ago. But it really dates much further back than that — it actually originally opened in New York City in 1927 and was the first place to not only serve the New York Strip Steak, but perfect it.
At just 19 years old, Alban Mertkole left his entire family in Albania and came to Atlantic City with the dream of a better life. A friend had told Mertkole that Atlantic City was full of pizzerias that were owned by Albanians and that he would be able to find a job. While he didn’t know the language or anyone here, Mertkole quickly found a job as a dishwasher at an Albanian-owned pizza shop and worked his way through every position, learning the business step by step.
With all the tradition that surrounds this season by the time Christmas actually arrives, you may be ready for something different — especially when it comes to eating. Many folks enjoy the traditional food items that many restaurants prepare for Christmas. But maybe something more exotic such as Indian or other ethnic offering might perk your elf ears.
The Palm Restaurant is once again hosting its popular “A Dickens of a Murder” holiday dinner theater show 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.
The Doc’s Place in Somers Point is hosting its annual Martini Night celebration 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.
Vittorio’s Italian Restaurant in Ocean City is not your typical Italian eatery.
Just in case further proof was needed that the restaurant scene in Atlantic County is at the top of its game, one of the best Southern/soul food restaurants in the area has been selected to appear on the Food Network’s hit show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Michael Symon – an award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and author – will soon join the esteemed, star-studded culinary lineup at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. With an anticipated fall debut of a yet-unnamed Italian restaurant, Symon will take a place alongside fellow celebrated chefs Bobby Flay, Geoffrey Zakarian, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Schulson, and Greg and Marc Sherry at Borgata.
More than four years have passed since the Golden Nugget’s transformation in Atlantic City and a slew of Landry’s-owned restaurants, including Grotto, debuted here.
Chef Joe Muldoon is never one to do things like everyone else. The creative chef and co-owner of Roberta’s by Joe Muldoon in Northfield wows diners daily — and nightly — with what I believe is the best cuisine on the mainland.
1: Windy Acres Farm, Dennis Township
Since arriving here 10 years ago, Stephen Starr’s The Continental has become as synonymous with the Atlantic City culinary scene as the restaurateur’s restaurant has become to Philadelphia.
To celebrate harvest season, a time for gathering — in this case grapes — Willow Creek Winery is commemorating the occasion with its third-annual, old world Harvest Ball 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Come enjoy foods prepared by Master Chef Brian Parker of the Southern Mansion in Cape May, along with, of course, an incredible selection of wines. This super schmancy black tie event includes live entertainment, dinner and dancing. Wine-tasting tokens will be provided with a cash bar following that. Tickets are $75. Be sure to bring a canned food to help kick off the winery’s holiday food drive. Willow Creek is located at 160-168 Stevens St. in West Cape May. Call 609-770-8782 or go to WillowCreekWineryCapeMay.com.
Love to eat seafood, but hate to cook it? Are your scallops overdone? Is your shrimp rubbery? Does your flounder … well … flounder?
If you’re a foodie who loves restaurants, top chefs and dining, then Savor Borgata Weekend is a must-do on your to-do list.
Vegans don’t have too many optins when it comes to dining out. Sure, vegan supermarkets and restaurants are indeed becoming more popular, but they’re still few and far between.
It’s easy to be a classic. You get to sit back, rest on your laurels and bask in the glory of established success that came so many years ago. You need not feel compelled to compete or even stay relevant with the times because, at the end of the day, you have the ability to coast through the next 20 years on reputation alone. Yeah, it’s easy to be a classic, but for some, that will never be enough. Case in point: The Smithville Inn.
Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you, there is nothing meek about Empanada Mamas Cantina in West Cape May. The bold flavors, indulgent fare and bright, inviting interior and are what give this small cafe its huge following. Specializing in empanadas, of course, there is a flavor suited to everyone from the gourmet aficionado to the picky 5 year old.
The Hi-Point Pub is a true landmark on the corner of the White Horse Pike and Shore Road in Absecon that has been welcoming casino workers, tourists and hungry locals for half of a century. Brothers Raymond “Dink” and Bill Sykes first opened the Hi-Point in 1961. As skilled construction tradesmen, they built the Hi-Point along with local contractors on the side, often at night. After more than 50 years, some of today’s most favorite menu items were created during those late nights. In fact, you can thank a couple of sheet metal apprentices for the famous Hi-Point Special, a cheesesteak with tomato and bacon on a toasted Italian roll served with chips and a pickle ($6.75).
The week that area chocaholics look forward to more than any other returns. From Sunday, Oct. 25, through Oct. 31, Tropicana Casino and Resort presents unique meals, desserts, specialty cocktails and more with one common thread — the main ingredient in all is chocolate.
Guy Fieri is back in town, and it looks like he’s hungry again.
50 Bites is here! A month after Atlantic City Weekly’s Special Section titled 50 Bites, 50 Things You Have to Eat in Atlantic City Before You Die was published, everyone can now experience all 50 Bites from Thursday, Oct. 15, to Dec. 3 for just $50.
If you’ve ever had to opportunity to travel to Europe and enjoy the food, then you know the culinary experience is very different from typical American dining. In Europe, there is no rush to prepare food as quickly as possible and no desire to pile on the ingredients. That is exactly how Chef Agron (Goni) Hajdari prepares his dishes at Bella Luna in Sea Isle City.
What are two guys to do on a rainy October day when their women are at a bachelorette party? Eat, of course. And eat adventurously, going to two places we never tried before.
Cafe 2825 has not only been a culinary staple, but a culinary standout in Atlantic City for nearly 30 years.
Recently Atlantic City has been the site for successive weekends of Miss America contestants, the nation’s most notable drag-queen pageant, and the queen of pop — Madonna — packing fans into Boardwalk Hall.
PIg out for a good cause during a pig roast to benefit Ed Rowe, known as “Ed Rowe” — neither Ed nor Rowe alone — 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Red Men Lodge in Tuckerton. Rowe is a member of the Tuckerton Red Men Club, which prides itself in friendship, freedom and charity. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of, and include beer, food and entertainment, plus a Chinese auction and raffle. The lodge is at 145 W. Main St. Kids under 15 years old are $15. Proceeds go toward Rowe’s medical expenses. Go to TuckertonRedMen.com.
50 Bites is almost here. Hopefully you read our special 50 Things You Have to Eat in Atlantic City before you die special section on Sept. 17. If not, just go to ACWeekly.com and read the interactive, ticketed event portion. Our 50 Bites. 50 Days. 50 Bucks. begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 3.
One of Ventnor's most popular BYOBs is starting a new monthly traditional - Second Sundays - a night filled with food, wine and art.
So many restaurants claim to take no shortcuts. “Everything is made from scratch,” they say … with the reality translating to, “Some things are made from scratch.”