There is an old theory started by the French that the first bite of any piece of food is the best one, and it makes sense. Think about any amazing meal you have eaten — before that first bite your brain takes you on a wild emotional ride, mixing a palpable sense of mystery with anticipation, all leading up to the moment your teeth sink in and a euphoric combination of elation and satisfaction is achieved.

Keep picturing that scenario … now imagine getting to experience it over and over for 50 days at all of the best restaurants in and around Atlantic City. Welcome to 50 Bites+, our sister publication’s A.C. Weekly’s annual food event.

That’s right, the event you have been pining for since last December is finally back. On Oct. 12, year three of 50 Bites+ will be officially underway. It runs for 50 days. And yes, somehow, it’s better than ever before.

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How? Well, let’s start with the bite count. The official count for 2017 up to 65. In addition to that, there is a whole gaggle of new restaurants, so you and your lucky taste buds get to forge new ground, culinarily speaking.

Of course, not everything is new. All the things you loved about A.C. Weekly’s event last year are returning — you will be able to take the city by storm, eating a bite at each of the restaurants, checking them off on your lanyard as you go. Wanna hit 20 in one day? Go for it. Use up all 65 bites and want more? Buy another pass and start your adventure all over again! And don’t forget — a portion of the proceeds will go directly to The Community FoodBank of South Jersey. Already $10,000 has been donated as a result of this promotion, and you can help add to that.

If one bite is not enough for you, many spots will offer deals on upgrades, too. Did you love the cheeseburger slider at McCullough’s Pub? Well you can upgrade to three sliders for just $6. Crazy about Chef Kevin Cronin’s creations at The Iron Room? 50 Biters can grab a full order of croquettes for just $5, along with $5 Crimson Voodoo cocktails (an original creation named for one of the Jersey Shore’s greatest bands).

So, at this point you are surely wondering how you can get your hands on your very own 50 Bites+ pass. Easy — just head to ACWeekly.com/50Bites to order yours today. As the event gets closer they will be available for purchase in person at The Press of Atlantic City, The Community FoodBank of South Jersey, at the offices of Longport Media and others, so stay tuned.

If you prefer to hunt for your food, we have a perfect solution. If you can find Press of A.C. Director of Entertainment Publications Scott Cronick from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, as he and his merry band of gluttonous misfits travel throughout Atlantic City attempting to break the record of bites eaten in one day, you can get a pass directly from him for a special price. Think it sounds impossible to find him? Here’s a hint — he will broadcast his daily radio show on 1400-AM WOND live from 4 to 6 p.m. at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

This is the culinary event of the year. There is nothing like it. Don’t miss out!

Here’s the complete list of bites:

Atlantic City

Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern: Lobster Ravioli

Back Bay Ale House: Crab Mac & Cheese

Borgata Baking Company: Whoopie Pie

Carmine’s: Homemade Meatball

Cavo Café: Penne with Spicy Marinara

Chart House: Firecracker Shrimp

Chickie’s & Pete’s: Deep-Fried Lobster Ravioli

Coastal Craft Kitchen & Bar: Drago Oyster

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar: Grilled Baby Octopus

Famous Famiglia Pizzeria: Bacon, Chicken & Ranch Pizza

Formica Bros. Bakery: Tomato Pie

Girasole: Tagliatelle Bolognese

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill: Pub Spot Slider

Grotto Ristorante: Fried Eggplant Bruschetta

Guy Fieri’s Chophouse: Rodeo Shrimp Dragon Roll

Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint: Real Deal Smoked BBQ Wings

Harry’s Oyster Bar: New England Clam Chowder

The Iron Room: House-Cured Salmon Crostini

Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub: Spicy Tuna Cracker

Johnny Rockets: Route 66 Burger

Kelsey’s: Soul Roll

Lillie’s Noodles, Asian Cuisine & Sushi: “The Nugget”

Margaritaville: Lava Lava Shrimp

Mexico: Chicken Chimichanga

Nero’s Italian Steakhouse: Prime Meatball

Okatshe: Chicken Wings with Ginger, Garlic, Scallion

Olon: Shrimp Ceviche

Oshi Sushi & Sake: Pork & Bok Choy Dumpling

Pic-A-Lilli Pub: Famous Wings

Ruby’s Dinette: Turkey Bacon Melt

Soup Man Delicatessen: Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwich

Tony’s Baltimore Grill: Meatball Slider

Tony Boloney’s: Mini Truffle Mozzarella Stick

Tun Tavern: Fried Brussels Sprouts

Veracruz: Carnitas Taco

Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse: Maple Glazed Quail

White House Subs: Choice of Regular Italian or Meatball Sub

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar: Poutine Slider

Wonder Bar: Cheesesteak Spring Roll

Absecon

The Hi-Point Pub: Buffalo Shrimp Mac & Cheese

Brigantine

The Cove: Whole Smoked Wing with Choice of Sauce

Egg Harbor City

Assaggio: Ravioli Carbonara

Joseph’s at Renault Winery: Mini Boursin Crab Cake

Egg Harbor Township

A Touch of Italy: Eggplant Rollantini

Chickie’s & Pete’s: Dry-Rubbed Boneless Chicken Wings

McCullough’s Pub: Cheeseburger Slider

Galloway Township

Vagabond: Pulled Pork Slider

El Coyote: Choice of Chicken, Beef or Steak Empanada

Greens & Grains: Meatless Meatballs with Homemade Marinara

Linwood

Banzo: Skordalia with Grilled Pita

The District Bar: Avocado BLT with Coconut Bacon

Ernest & Son: Sausage with Marinara

Jar’d: Avocado Toast

La PizzaTega: Homemade Cheese Involtini

Tony’s Baltimore Grill: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Margate

Bocca: Roasted Garlic Scallop Skewer

Sofia: Souvlaki

Mays Landing

Red Lobster: Coconut Shrimp

Steve’s Grilled Cheese & Quesadilla Co.: Grilled Mac & Cheese

Ocean City

Manco & Manco Pizza: Buffalo Wings

Tony P’s House of Pie: Pepperoni Roll

Pleasantville

La Escondida: Chicken, Beef or Pork Nachos

Sam’s Rialto Grill: Southern-Fried Wings with Potato Salad

Somers Point

Manco & Manco Pizza Too: Regular Slice

Tavern on the Bay: Kobe Beef Nachos

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