5 Terrific Restaurants In Atlantic City
Slowly but surely, it seems that Atlantic City is regaining a place among American tourist destinations. Once considered to be the Vegas of the East Coast, as well as a nice retreat for people in New York City looking for a fun weekend away, Atlantic City fell into hard economic times that largely devastated its appeal. According to recent reports however, it just had its best summer in years for tourist activity.
There could be a few different reasons for this. One may be simple recovery. It takes time for economic hardship to pass, and some of the casino resorts at the core of the city’s tourist appeal are only just getting back on their feet. Somewhat ironically, it may also be due to betting opportunity. Currently most of the U.S. still can’t bet legally on sports and events, and must instead look to Canadian options or other overseas possibilities for such activity. New Jersey allows it though, and with sports betting very much in the news thanks to efforts to spread legalization, it could simply be that this aspect of the city is back at the forefront of people’s minds, and drawing visitors. To a lesser extent, the same could be said of casino gaming.
Whatever the case may be, Atlantic City is back on the map. And whatever else may draw you there, it’s a city built for relaxation and indulgence – which means eating well is part of the experience! Considering this, here are five our our picks for the best places to eat in and around the city.
Knife And Fork Inn
The Knife And Fork Inn near the beach in Atlantic City has been around for over 100 years now, and as such is the most iconic restaurant in town. An almost medieval-looking exterior houses an old-fashioned dining area, and the menu is full of decadent beef and seafood preparations. Oscar-style filet and lobster dishes more or less define the dining experience, though there’s also a raw bar and a side menu specifically for sustainability sourced seafood.
If you don’t know where to look for Chef Vola’s, it can blend into the surrounding neighborhood, particularly given that it’s basically a converted house. It’s been serving the community as an Italian restaurant since 1921, and is widely celebrated for its quality and authenticity. The in-house red sauce and veal dishes are popular highlights.
Dock’s Oyster House
As you might imagine from the name, this restaurant is primarily a raw bar. It’s actually older even than the Knife And Fork Inn, having first been established in 1897, and according to a write-up as recently as 2016, it’s better than ever following an expansion and slight remodeling. It’s the sort of place that’s all about tradition and flavor, and by all accounts establishes exactly what it means to.
No list of Atlantic City restaurants would be complete without at least including one or two establishments from inside the casino resorts themselves, and for this list Buddakan is one that merits mention. It’s a pan-Asian cuisine spot with a range of small plates at the forefront of its menu, and despite being part of Caesar’s Hotel, it’s a chic spot that won’t overwhelm the senses.
Here we have another casino establishment, and one that calls the Borgata home. Angeline is also the second Italian restaurant on this list, though it’s a little bit more modern and less of a family-style spot than Chef Vola’s. The menu has a strong reputation at Angeline, but it also makes our list largely because of its beautiful, open design.