Food & Drink

Eat like a local: Atlantic City's best off-the-boardwalk eat spots

Published On 06/19/2014 Published On 06/19/2014

There are some things you just can't get enough of, like the furtive sex scenes in Orange Is the New Black; or the non-furtive sex scenes in Orange Is the New Black; or the sex scenes in... um, anything really. Oh, and great restaurants! Restaurants are awesome, which is why, even though we've already told you about AC's best restaurants, we've scoured the city for the best local, off-the-boardwalk eat spots.

Knife & Fork Inn

Knife & Fork Inn (address and info)
This steakhouse and seafood restaurant, with an impressive upstairs wine room, dates back to the Prohibition era (look under the wooden bench planks upstairs -- empty space for booze!), which means they've had plenty of time to perfect the Lobster Thermidor, as well as chophouse-style meat dishes like cider-glazed bone-in pork chops.

Tony Boloney's Atlantic City

Tony Baloney’s (address and info)
When you’ve reached the point of where-the-hell-are-we-going (?), you're almost to TB's, which is actually helmed by a dude named Mike, but he'll answer to Tony too, so who cares? Especially when he's busy slinging spectacular pies ranging from a spicy thai peanut pie, to the Casino Carnivore w/ 10 layers of meat, to the Sloppy-Joe-Boy, which is basically what it sounds like -- a Sloppy Joe on a pizza.

Gilchrist Restaurant

Gilchrist Restaurant (address and info)
Literally sitting on the dock of the bay, this indoor/outdoor AM-eats spot boasts views of some seriously ramshackle boathouses, and has the perfect antidotes to all the booze you consumed while gambling last night: their signature fluffy blueberry pancakes, as well as huge omelets w/ piles of sausage and bacon on the side.

Back Bay Ale House

Back Bay Ale House (address and info)
Across the street from the aforementioned Gilchrist, this liquid-lunch destination, with sweet second-story bay views, serves up stiff drinks in Mason jars, and pub eats like JuJu pork, and beer-battered seafood.

Tony's Baltimore Grill

Tony’s Baltimore Grill (address and info)
This rowdy 24-hour boozer also has a late-night kitchen, which is open ‘til 3am, where they're turning out pizzas that are just the right size (big), and classics like spaghetti with a bangin' red sauce and meatballs as big as peaches.

The Irish Pub Atlantic City

The Irish Pub (address and info)
Literally just off the Boardwalk near Resorts Casino, this 24-hour spot looks like a shady dive bar from the outside. But once you walk in, it is a Cheers-style utopia with a huge back deck and bar (surprise!), some seriously good craft beer, huge burgers, and a killer Reuben served with thick steak fries and pickles.

White House Sub Shop

White House Sub Shop (address and info)
Yes, they just expanded to the Boardwalk, but there’s nothing like the original with its photos all over the walls, vinyl booths, and next-level sandwiches. Pro-tip: stick with the cold cuts like Italian, roast beef, and turkey, which're served in huge piles on Italian bread that's baked fresh every day.

Angelonis II Restaurant & Lounge

Angeloni’s II (address and info)
A mom-and-pop shop that hasn’t changed much since the '80s, A2 does a perfectly pounded veal parm smothered in marinara and mozzarella w/ a side of pasta that tastes just like what mom used to make for you in the... um, '80s. Wash it down with the largest wine list in the area.

Kelsey & Kim's Restaurants

Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Café (address and info)
Escape the bright lights and bustle of the casino in favor of a virtual trip to the South via its signature dish: fried chicken. Fried chicken and waffles; fried chicken w/ collard greens; fried chicken w/ mac 'n cheese, corn, string beans, corn bread... you get the idea. Oh, and you can also get grilled salmon, grilled Cajun catfish, fried pork chops, and more.

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1. Knife & Fork Inn 3600 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The Knife and Fork Inn is one of the oldest AC restos (it was big during Prohibition) and is still going strong after a reno in 2005. It's got an awesome wine list and the cooks make killer steaks and seafood.

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2. Tony Boloney's 300 Oriental Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Normal pizzas fail in comparison to the inventive pies served at Tony Boloney's. Toppings include chicken and waffle; fig, homemade goat cheese, and local honey; and macaroni salad -- why forgo pizza for other food when you can simply put said other food on top of a pizza?

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3. Gilchrist Restaurant 804 N Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Gilchrist's has been an AC staple since 1946 got its breakfast and lunch. The most popular item on the menu? The blueberry pancakes of course.

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4. Back Bay Ale House 800 N New Hampshire Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Back Bay Ale House is a little piece of the Key West and home to Basin Mason Margarita. It's open mid-February to the end of the year.

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5. Tony's Baltimore Grill 2800 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Bring quarters for the jukebox at your table and be ready for a long night because the bar is open 24 hours a day. (The kitchen is dishing out grub until 3am.) The spaghetti has meatballs as big as peaches. Best for loud, rowdy types.

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6. The Irish Pub 164 Saint James Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

With $3 beers, 50-cent wings after midnight, and rooms above the bar for rent starting at $25, we're pretty sure this classic Boardwalk Irish pub is run by Prohibition mobsters. So if you run into Nucky Thompson, we told you so.

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7. White House Sub Shop 2301 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Ducktown)

Long line? It's worth the wait. Hailed by locals and politicians alike as the best subs around, each is overstuffed with all things delicious, like steak, meatballs, and Italian sausage. It's cash only, and you can call ahead for to-go orders.

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8. Angeloni's II Restaurant 2400 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Angeloni’s II is a mom-and-pop shop that only serves the freshest food and has the largest wine list in the area. It also caters parties of up to 50 people.

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9. Kelsey & Kim's 201 Melrose Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The husband and wife team is all about giving guests the best meal possible at one of their three restaurants in the area. Their Café's got lots of comfort food and an awesome happy hour from 4-6pm everyday.

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