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We traveled to Atlantic City last week to check out the amazing food scene as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap. All photography and opinions are 100% our own. #DOAC
If you follow A Family Feast over on Instagram or Twitter, then you probably already know that my husband Jack and I spent a few fun – and food-filled – days last week visiting Atlantic City! We had a fantastic time checking out the great food and dining scene in Atlantic City – as well as meeting many of the people who are sharing their own passion for food with Atlantic City visitors everyday!
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Jack and I arrived in Atlantic City on Thursday morning – and the city really rolled out the red carpet for us! We stayed at the luxurious Harrah’s Resort with beautiful accommodations and a gorgeous view overlooking the Absecon Inlet from our room on the 42nd floor of the Waterfront Towers.
Our schedule was open for the afternoon so we explored the hotel looking for a light lunch, and quickly discovered Café Tazza – a delicious little café with amazing sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and gelato.
Did I mention the gelato? (That’s a photo of it right above.) I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I ate gelato three different times during our stay – it was fantastic! I highly recommend the Tiramisu flavor if you ever get to Café Tazza…that was my favorite!
Broadway Burger Bar at The Tropicana
For dinner, we went over to the Broadway Burger Bar at The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort – known for serving some of the best burgers in Atlantic City! Jack and I also had the huge pleasure of sharing some appetizers (Salt & Pepper Calamari with a Sweet Chili Sauce, Sweet Chili Glazed Buffalo Wings, Bavarian Baked Pretzel with three dipping sauces, and the Smoked Short Rib Mac and Cheese) with Bobby from the blog, This Fellow, who was also visiting Atlantic City. Jack ordered the Broadway Burger while I had the Prime Beef Burger – and those delicious burgers definitely lived up to their reputation! Broadway Burger Bar makes their own ground beef fresh every day and that attention to quality sure shows in the fantastic flavor!
During our meal, we also chatted with Michael, Broadway Burger Bar’s beverage manager who is a passionate beer aficionado and has worked very hard to come up with innovative and delicious drinks to serve to their customers. We enjoyed the Broadway Lemonade, the Jersey Peach, and the Blueberry Pie Martini (made with fresh New Jersey blueberries of course!), and Jack’s favorite was the Bloody Mary – made with a vodka infused in-house with red and green bell peppers, onions, and jalepenos for a little heat! (Jack said it was the best Bloody Mary he’s ever had – in fact, he drank it before we remembered to take a photo!)
After dinner we ran to a show at the Resorts Casino Hotel where we thoroughly enjoyed seeing The Cat’s Pajamas – a talented, five man acapella group who have appeared on shows like the America’s Got Talent and NBC’s The Sing-Off. These guys were very entertaining!
Atlantic City Board Walk & DoAC Sand Sculpting World Cup
The next morning Jack and I left our hotel room early and took a Jitney (Atlantic City’s shuttle transportation system which makes it super easy and affordable to get around the city) over to the famous Boardwalk!
It was a gorgeous morning to stroll along the beach before we were due to visit the DoAC Sand Sculpting World Cup.
(Don’t laugh too hard at Jack and me for being so goofy with our selfies – this was the first vacation we’ve taken by ourselves since our daughter was born – over seven years ago!)
I really have to take a moment here to tell you that after spending some time last week with both Bobby and Keiko – they are two of the kindest and sweetest people you’ll ever meet – not to mention smart, talented and creative! (So go check out their blogs!)
And the sand sculptures at the #DoAC Sand Sculpting World Cup were absolutely amazing! Some of the most-noted sand sculpting artists in the world came to Atlantic City to compete this year and it’s unbelievable what they created out of sand and water!
Distrito Cantina at Revel
We worked up an appetite for lunch, and the next stop on our great Atlantic City food tour was the Revel’s Distrito Cantina – delicious Mexican fare served out of a food truck right inside the hotel! We enjoyed their fantastic Fish Tacos and Carnitas and Classic Margaritas along with some freshly-made guacamole and chips served by our fantastic waitress Lindsey.
White House Sub Shop
But lunch didn’t end there – because next on our to-do list was a visit to Atlantic City’s venerable White House Sub Shop! In business since 1946, White House Sub Shop is one of the country’s most famous sub shops. It’s a long-standing favorite spot that has been host to many famous celebrities and Atlantic City tourists over the years who visit the shop for their huge portions, reasonable prices – and fantastic subs!
At the recommendation of our sweetheart-of-a-waitress Joanne, we ordered the two most popular subs on the menu – the Italian and the Cheese Steak – and we totally understand why they are so popular. (YUM!) What you see here is a ‘half’ portion and we couldn’t even finish it!
Our next stop that afternoon was Pho Sydney – Atlantic City’s largest Vietnamese restaurant located just a few blocks away from White House Sub Shop. Jack and I are huge fans of Vietnamese food, and the Pho Tai Nam and the Chen Sup Thai (Thai soup) was some of the best we’ve eaten – EVER. There’s a good reason why this restaurant was named in the New York Times as one of the best places in Atlantic City to enjoy Pho – a Vietnamese soup made from beef broth, long skinny rice noodles, herbs and meat.
Jack and I both left wishing we had room in our stomach to try more of Pho Sydney’s fantastic dishes – and we’ve vowed that this will be on our must-go-to restaurant list when we make a return visit to Atlantic City!
Later that evening, Jack and I joined Bobby and Keiko for a wonderful dinner at Robert’s Steakhouse, located at the Trump Taj Majal.
Our waiter Robert took excellent care of us that evening (such a smile and enthusiasm!) and we enjoyed a truly wonderful meal! Robert’s has a reputation for serving some of the best steaks in New York City and lucky for us, this restaurant has a location in Atlantic City!
Jack enjoyed an Iceberg Wedge Salad and Robert’s famous dry-aged Rib Eye Steak, while I had a Roasted Beet Salad and the Tuna a la Plancha. The fantastic food was equally matched by the romantic atmosphere, complete with a musical serenade by Kenny I (a.k.a. “Mr. Music Man” of Atlantic City).
After dinner, we ended the night at Haven at the Golden Nugget, Atlantic City’s newest nightclub! That place was hopping and a great place to party the night away!
Jack and I were scheduled to leave Atlantic City the next day – but with a few hours before our flight home, we decided at the last minute to sign up for a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School located inside Harrah’s Resort. We’ll share more about our cooking class in an upcoming post here on A Family Feast – but this class was another great activity that any foodie visiting Atlantic City will love!
The People of Atlantic City
In addition to all of the fantastic food that we ate, we can’t finish our recap without calling attention to all of the wonderful people we met in Atlantic City! Everyone – from the restaurant and hotel staff, to the Jitney drivers, local residents, and even other tourists – everyone was so friendly, so helpful, and so passionate about their city – it’s another great reason to DoAC!
Thank you so much to the Atlantic City Alliance and to all of the local business we visited for your hospitality and great generosity in hosting our stay in Atlantic City! We had a great time and can’t wait to visit you again!
Shout-outs to (pictured above) Michael from Broadway Burger Bar, our Jitney driver (we didn’t get his name but he drove us around several times), Lindsay, our spunky waitress at Distrito Cantina (thank you for NOT laughing at us about the “top shelf” margaritas), Joanne from White House Sub Shop (you’re a sweetheart!), our waiter Bob from Robert’s Steakhouse (we remembered your name! keep smiling!), our shy but very helpful waiter from Pho Sydney, and last but not least, fellow tourists Dominic and Frank who have inspired us to keep laughing and enjoying life – always!
If you’d like to plan your own Atlantic City vacation, be sure to visit the DoAC website to help you plan your stay.
And read more about Atlantic City food, shopping and spas from some of my blogger friends: