Eat Where Nucky Dined & Other Atlantic City Tips

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author

Eat where Nucky dined while in Atlantic City.
Eat where Nucky dined while in Atlantic City.
We’re seven days away from gathering in Atlantic City for our jammed-packed three days at LCT-NLA Show East at Caesars Atlantic City and the Convention Center. One of the things I always like to do when attending an out-of-town event is sneak in a little time to soak up the local flavor — it always makes the trip more interesting.
So if you are extending your time at the resort before or after the show, here are some insider tips on things you can do to capture the historic and local flavor of AC.

Eat Where Nucky Dined

Fans of “Boardwalk Empire” can eat at the historic Knife & Fork restaurant (3600 Atlantic Ave.) where Enoch “Nucky” Johnson dined (the noted political boss who is depicted as the lead character Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, in the HBO series). Johnson was a regular at the restaurant that dates back to 1912, where patrons openly defied Prohibition-era laws until a federal raid put an end to the free-flowing booze at the restaurant. So stop in and toast the ghost of Nucky and enjoy one of the city’s historic venues.

Sub? Hoagie? Hero?

No matter what you call it in your neck of the woods, a trip to Atlantic City is never complete without a stop at the famous White House Sub Shop (2301 Arctic Ave.) for a killer sandwich. Opened in 1946, the take-out restaurant is noted for its hearty subs, especially the White House special—a combination of ham, salami, capocollo, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on a long roll that is more than a mouthful.

Oysters on the Half Shell Anyone?

When I’m near the ocean the drill is to eat what’s fresh from the sea, and Dock’s Oyster House (2405 Atlantic Ave.) is the place to go for fresh local and regional oysters. Opened in 1897, Dock’s is a classic shore spot that has been shucking and serving local and regional oysters longer than anyone.  Oysters caught from the coasts off of Prince Edward Island, Long Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia are all on the menu depending on season. For fresh local oysters, try the Cape May Salts and taste a bit of the Jersey Shore.

Boardwalk Taffy Tradition

If you’re looking to bring a treat back to the office to share with staff, a box of salt water taffy from Fralinger’s is always a hit. Since the 1800s Fralingers, located on the Boardwalk, has been whipping up original salt water taffy and other delights for generations of vacationers.

The family-owned company has been churning out more than 600,000 pounds of taffy annually—the most popular being chocolate, vanilla and strawberry— and is a great reason to stroll the Boardwalk and breathe in the salt air during your stay.

Downbeach Drive

A drive from Atlantic City the end of the island about six miles south via Atlantic Ave. is a quick way to view the nearby resort towns of Ventnor, Margate and Longport. All residential towns, there are some great historic beachfront homes along with multi-million dollar sand castles. Margate, once known as the shore’s “Barbary Coast” for its wild nightlife, has toned it down over the years, but there are many fine back-bay restaurants and local shore bars that still rock on weekends.

Take a Dip

And, finally the weather forecast is calling for mild temperatures, mostly sunny skies, and the ocean temperature is still in the mid-60s, so a dip in the ocean is not out of the question for hearty operators. No needs for suntan lotion…see you in Atlantic City Sunday!





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