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Atlantic City Restaurant Deals

October 21st, 2012 ernie Posted in Atlantic City 1 Comment »

Atlantic City Restaurant Deals

We recently visited Atlantic city and did not find any really great Atlantic city restaurant deals, however there are ways to save money on restaurant meals and still have a great meal. We will review some of the restaurants that we visited and let you decide on the value based on our experience. If you know of some really great restaurant deals, then let us know by leaving a comment. Next time we visit Atlantic city we will definitely try them out.

Atlantic City Restaurant Deals

Breadsticks at the Resorts International Hotel and Casino

Located in the casino, but facing onto the boardwalk this is a great place to grab a quick bite. It is a sit down restaurant, but the service is quick and the food is very good. We dined at this restaurant in September in the evening and frankly we were just looking for something to eat and not too large. It was late in the evening and we did not want a large meal.

The waiter quickly understood and suggested that we split a bowl of soup and a salad and then think about what other courses we would like. We asked for the corn chowder soup and he brought it to us in two small bowls, which was exactly the size we were looking for. The soup was fantastic and I will definitely order this soup again. We also ordered a Caesar salad, which he also split for us and again it was large enough to satisfy both of us. At this point we should have stopped simply because we realized that we were completely satisfied, however we ordered the seafood linguine and split that. It was excellent, however there was so much that we could not finish it and this was supposed to be a meal for one person.

While these were not specials, we did save a lot of money and enjoyed the food so I guess this would qualify as an Atlantic City restaurant deal.

Six Restaurant at Bally’s Hotel and Casino

We really wanted to try a buffet at Bally’s however they have closed their buffet and refer customers to the buffet at Caesars casino. We ended up going to this restaurant on the 6th floor, because they advertised crab legs and steak, all you can eat with a salad and pasta to go with it for $29.99. We certainly had more food than we could handle and it was very tasty as well.

The pasta was actually a seafood spaghetti in a huge bowl. The steaks were a bit over cooked, very lean and tasty. And the crab legs were excellent with lots of hot butter. We found that the crab legs were not split so it is a bit more work to remove the crab meat, however we enjoyed the food very much. We did not save any money at this restaurant, however there was lots of food and we used our comp dollars to pay for part of it.

We probably would not eat there again, preferring to try other restaurants in the area along the boardwalk.

Buffet at the Resorts Hotel and Casino

This was also $24.99 for all you can eat including crab legs. Typical of most buffets, they had a great assortment of foods on display and you certainly would not go hungry or be disappointed. The only negative thing we would like to mention is the line ups.

Go early before 5 pm, or plan to spend at least 45 minutes waiting in line. The seating area is relatively small for a buffet, so there are long line ups at meal time. The crab legs were not split here as well, but they still taste great. We think that this is the main attraction of this particular buffet.

Casino Restaurant Meals and Comp’s

One of the best ways to enjoy Atlantic City restaurant deals is to use your casino slot card at restaurants in the casino. If you play the slots at all, make sure you use a slot card and receive food and hotel room comp’s from the slot card. One meal came to a total of $48.00 and it ended up costing us a $1.04 after we used our comp’s. Now that is a deal as far as we are concerned. We were going to gamble anyway and this is a great way to receive something back from the casino for your efforts.

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Best Atlantic City Restaurants

October 7th, 2012 ernie Posted in Atlantic City No Comments »

Best Atlantic City Restaurants

One of the restaurants that we enjoyed while in Atlantic city was the Bungalow Restaurant on the boardwalk. The picture on the left shows the restaurant as seen from the boardwalk. This particular restaurant is probably not one of the best Atlantic city restaurants in the area, however we spent one warm September morning having breakfast at this restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sitting under umbrellas on director chairs with white table clothes with excellent service is my idea of a nice breakfast outside with the beach in the distance and the boardwalk just outside the perimeter of the restaurant. The prices were quite reasonable. We paid $5.99 for breakfast which included two eggs, hash browns and bacon with toast. Coffee was a bit expensive at $3.00, however they did a good job of keeping our cups full of coffee.

Best Atlantic City Restaurants

The service was attentive, but not over powering. All in all, a definite place to have breakfast. We did not try any other meals there during the day, however we would expect similar service and quality. The Bungalow restaurant is located near the Tropicana Casino if you are looking for it. You cannot miss it, with the white tablecloths and umbrellas. They also have an inside area where you can also dine during inclement weather.

Other Atlantic City Restaurants

All of the casinos have a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to coffee shops. Prices will be a bit higher in these restaurants since this is one way the hotels make their money, however the portions are so large that the meals can be shared and you may still have food left over unless you are a really big eater.

For example we went to the SIX restaurant in Bally’s. For $29.99, you can have unlimited steak and crab legs, with pasta, salad and buns. We would have been satisfied with the crab legs, steak and salad; however the seafood pasta was over the top. They brought this bowl of pasta which really was enough for two people by itself. We focused on the steak and especially the crab legs since this was the reason we went there in the first place.

The crab legs were excellent, however they are not pre-cracked or split and this makes it more difficult to open them. We have been to other restaurants were the legs are already split and this totally enhances the removal of the crab meat. The steaks were ok, a bit overdone and thin, but tasty. Service was also quite acceptable. Although we enjoyed it very much, we probably would not go back due to the issue with the crab legs.

Another restaurant we grabbed a quick dinner in was the Breadsticks restaurant in the Resort Casino. It is also located inside close to the boardwalk with windows looking out onto the boardwalk. We were not looking for a large meal and we ordered a corn chowder soup and salad. The waiter suggested that we split these items and he brought two small bowls of soup and two small plates of salad.

It was perfect for us and the soup was truly excellent. I recommend you try this soup anytime you visit the Resorts casino if it is on the menu. We ordered a seafood linguine to share as well and between the two of us could not finish it. This is a great way to save a bit of money and to keep from gaining weight as well while on vacation.

We also ate at the Resorts Hotel Buffet. The only bad thing about this was that we stood in line for 45 minutes before we were seated. The food was great, the crab legs were very good, but not split as we mentioned before. The restaurant was very crowded and noisy. We enjoyed it very much, but again probably would not go back, preferring to try some other location.

While these restaurants would not be considered some of the best Atlantic City restaurants, they did have great food and the prices were not too bad particularly if you can split the meals. Of course this cannot be done if you are dining in a buffet style of restaurant. Let us know if you have visited other restaurants in the area and what you thought of them. Watch a video of the boardwalk on YouTube, click here

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

September 21st, 2012 ernie Posted in Atlantic City 3 Comments »

We just got back from Atlantic city and with a couple of exceptions really enjoyed our stay in the area. We decided to stay at the Showboat casino, which is right on the Atlantic city boardwalk with full access to the beach and all of the other hotels and casinos. For those of you who have never been to the Atlantic city area the attractions include: Seven miles of boardwalk with a combination of shops, restaurants, casinos and homes; miles of sandy beach with lots of sand bars to wade out on; bars on the beach beside the boardwalk; bike riding on the boardwalk, and for us beautiful weather!

We will discuss each of these in a bit more detail, and we will provide a link to a YouTube video that we shot which really shows how large the beach and the boardwalk really is. Unfortunately Atlantic city is going through some tough times right now due to government overspending and imposing taxes and tolls on visitors. They also have a lot of competition from casinos in other states.

Atlantic City Outlets

If you like to shop, Atlantic city has seen a huge change in this environment. For many years it really was not even safe to leave the boardwalk and go into the downtown area. Now if you head down Michigan Ave, which is just beside Bally’s Casino, past the hospital for 3 blocks, you have over 250 outlet shops, McDonalds, Starbucks and Subway to choose from. This is upscale, safe and the deals are there just like any other major outlet mall and it is in easy walking distance of the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

The picture we have at the top left of this post shows a section of the boardwalk early in the morning. We took this picture when there were not many people around. It stretches for approximately seven miles and it is all in good condition, safe for bike riding which you can do from 6:30 am to 10:30am every day. After 10:30am it just gets too crowded with people. On the right of the picture is the beach which we show in another picture in the next section. Watch a video of the boardwalk on YouTube, click here

The Beach

This is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches anywhere. Miles and miles of sand with a large area between the sand dunes and the water to catch the sun’s rays. The picture we took was near the time when the low tide was at its maximum so the beach area was almost doubled. People were just coming out to suntan, stroll along the water and look for rings etc with metal detectors. We spent a very enjoyable two hours just strolling along the water’s edge taking in the sights, sounds and the smell of the ocean.

The Atlantic City Casinos

As we mentioned we were staying at the Showboat Casino hotel. It is located at the north end of the boardwalk, beside the Taj Mahal and the new Revel Casino which just opened in April 2012. We have stayed there before and enjoy this hotel, however next time we will stay at Bally’s or Caesars which are in the middle of the casino action and closer to the outlet shop area. You can walk from the Showboat to the outlets , however it is a long walk and some people might find it just too far. Here is a list of the casinos in Atlantic City that we are aware of (some of these are now closed or going through bankruptcy hearings):

  • Atlantic Club Casino
  • Bally’s
  • Borgata
  • Caesars
  • Golden Nugget
  • Harrahs
  • Resorts
  • Revel
  • Tropicana
  • Trump plaza
  • Trump Taj Mahal

All but the Borgata, Harrahs and the Golden Nugget are on the boardwalk. There are shuttles to these hotels to and from the boardwalk. If you plan to go to Atlantic City to gamble, sign up for a slot card and use it while you are there. You may receive future comp’s for rooms and meals which makes it a much less expensive vacation.

What Do We like About Atlantic City

The boardwalk is our favorite along with the beach areas. We really enjoy strolling along the boardwalk and also renting bikes to ride the boardwalk in the morning. We play the slots a bit and obviously try different restaurants, but we spend the majority of our time strolling along the boardwalk, taking in the sights and sounds and people watching.

What We Do Not Like About Atlantic City

Well it is the tax grab that the state applies to people coming to and staying in Atlantic City. We spend ten or fifteen dollars alone on tolls just getting there by car. Then we had to pay five dollars to park our car at any of the casino parking garages and we had to pay thirteen dollars a day in state taxes for each night we stayed at the hotel.

Now if that is not a rip off of tourists, I do not know what is. We would probably go back to Atlantic City every year if it was not for those taxes. There are just so many other places to go, why would you go to some place were you are taken advantage of by all of these taxes?

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