GOOD EATS: Yes, I can suggest a good restaurant in Atlantic City. I have a few favorites and I will reveal them to those of you who will be attending LCT Show East. These are all places that I love for different reasons. They are not in the casinos and they are not chain restaurants. For the most part., they are inexpensive and offer great food. Chef Vola’s is the only one that is a little pricey but worth the experience. Atlantic City has tons of great food places and if you are looking for celebrity chefs and fancy restaurants, these are not where you should go. If you want good service, great food at a reasonable price — enjoy!
Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern
2300 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tel: (609) 344-2439 Fax: 609-348-1043
Angelos Fairmont Tavern in the Ducktown section of Atlantic City is out of sight. The Italian restaurant has been around for more than 75. Portions are huge so go there hungry. They make the best Broccoli Rabe I’ve ever had. The prices are moderate and although there is usually a wait, the bar is interesting and drinks are much more reasonably priced than at the casinos. Give your name at the bar when you go in and enjoy the atmosphere. The best part about Angelo’s is that it is in walking distance from Caesar’s.
111 S Albion Place, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
If you haven’t eaten here you are definitely in for a treat. You must have a reservation, or you won’t get in. Based in the basement of a home, Chef Vola’s serves some of the best Italian food in New Jersey. The tables are tight in this very small restaurant. Try the bone in Veal Parmigiana that they are famous for. Chef Vola’s is BYOB so bring your own Chianti if you go. Also bring cash as they don’t take any credit cards.
Kelsey and Kim’s Supper Club
201 Melrose Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Kim and Kelsey’s is a new favorite of mine. My husband and I were introduced to it by friends and it is one of the best kept secrets in Atlantic City. I think the locals don’t want the tourists to know about it. If you like soul food (who wouldn’t), this is the place to go. If you have never had soul food, you don’t know what you are missing. We usually share an entrée but I won’t do that here. The food is just too good to share. I suggest the meat loaf. The collard greens are great also. Don’t miss the corn bread — I don’t know how they make it but it is almost like cake. There is nothing dry about it. My friends rave about the catfish (I am not a catfish person. I don’t really like cat anything — sorry cat lovers). They have a parking lot next to the restaurant which is at the end of Rte. 30. Bring your own booze and don’t skip the awesome desserts.
Los Amigos Southwestern & Mexican Style
Restaurant & Bar
1926 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, N.J.
For Mexican you can’t go wrong at Los Amigos. The owners have two restaurants and the other is near my home in Berlin, N.J. Again this is away from the casinos and the prices are very reasonable. The food is great and you can get dishes that you don’t see at chain Mexican restaurants.
231 S Tennessee Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
The original Pic A Lilli is in my hometown of Shamong, N.J., where we are regulars. My two favorite things on the menu are the wings and She Crab Soup. The other thing that is great at the Pic is the cheese steaks which are not the same as you would get at Pat’s and Geno’s in Philly — they are much better. Try them and let me know. Be prepared. The Pic is a bar with a Piney flavor.
— Linda Jagiela, LCT contributing writer
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