White House Subs Atlantic City

Atlantic City Food: What Your Taste Buds Can Expect

New Jersey is known for many things—its agriculture, famous icons (like Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra), and Atlantic City often referred to as the “Las Vegas of the East Coast.” Since it was developed as a resort town in 1850, it’s been a beacon for entertainment for all sorts of visitors from around the country and the world.

The city inspired the American version of the board game Monopoly, so it’s only fitting that your adventure could take you just about anywhere. It could mean basking in the bustle of the boardwalk, partying from sundown to sunrise, trying your luck at one of the casinos you’ll find in Atlantic City, or something else more your speed.

No matter what you choose to do there, the food in Atlantic City is sure to add to the sensory feast. With classic boardwalk funnel cake, fresh seafood, and pork rolls on the menu, every bite will leave you craving more!

Boardwalk Staples – Funnel Cake, Salt Water Taffy, Gyro Plates and More

Step foot on the boardwalk, and you’ll be met with a variety of charming and colorful food stores. Whether you’re craving fish and chips or need to get your taffy fix, each store is brimming with secrets and delicious eats that evoke feelings of nostalgia.

Brace yourself because you’ll be spoiled with choice – but the number-one food item you need to try before leaving Atlantic City is its iconic saltwater taffy. While you might be able to get taffy at any seaside destination, it originated in Atlantic City. Head over to Fralinger’s Original Salt Water Taffy for their 16 unique flavors and unleash your inner kid in a candy store. For more indulgent desserts, visit Funnel Cake House, a family-run business serving funnel cake and desserts since 1999.

Looking for something to satisfy your savory taste buds? Bill’s Gyro & Souvlaki boasts full platters of gyro, Greek salad, and pita. There are also juicy burgers, grill classics, and way too many spots where you can get a slice of pizza pie.

Jersey Shore Delicacies – Pork Roll Sandwiches and Hoagies

The essence of the Jersey Shore food scene is the simple yet tasty pork roll sandwich. It’s so legendary that it might as well be classified as an unofficial state food. Although pork roll meat (also known as Taylor ham) can be eaten on its own or tucked into a sub, the best way to eat it is thinly sliced, grilled, and tucked in between two halves of a hard roll or bagel, and topped with egg and melted cheese. Get one of these sandwiches at Hot Bagels & More between their authentic hand-rolled water bagels.

While most of the world knows it as a sub, much of South Jersey calls it a hoagie. Stacked to the max with deli meat, veggies, cheese, and condiments, there’s no better embodiment of the hoagie than the ones at White House Subs. Established in 1946, the restaurant has been a staple in Atlantic City for just under eight decades.

Coastal Delights – Fresh Atlantic Seafood

With the briny, salty sea already hinting about the seafood scene, you’ll naturally find yourself craving what it could offer. The selection is endless, with seafood shacks like Smitty’s Clam Bar and their piping hot plates of fried seafood to oyster houses like Dock’s Oyster House for endless slurping and fine dining establishments like Chart House and their upscale surf and turf.

Ready to get hooked on the local specialties and prized catches of Atlantic City? Move along from New England clam chowder and say hello to the local version featuring tomato-based broth and spices. For those more interested in the local fish, indulge in tender flounder cooked in a variety of ways. And don’t forget the sweet and succulent blue claw crabs paired with a side of tangy cocktail sauce or melted butter!

Diner Classics – Comfort Food and All-Day Breakfast

Diner culture is quintessentially American, but it’s certainly more pronounced in certain states and cities. One of those places is Atlantic City. Its rich history as a resort town is a big part of why this is the case. At one point, diners were forbidden in the city, but they eventually became a popular homely spot to gather and enjoy hearty food. Many diners, including must-go places like the authentic Maria’s Luncheonette, are scattered along the entire coast of the city.

If you’re looking for checkerboard tiles, a down-to-earth vibe, and big plates of food, Maria’s is the right place. They’re best known for their complete breakfasts and French toast platters. For more of a soul food twist, Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Cafe features Southern favorites like grits, fish frys, and more to kickstart your morning.

Italian-American Flavors – Chicken Parmesan and Spaghetti and Meatballs

Jersey wouldn’t be Jersey without its deep-rooted Italian-American culture. Mixing classic Italian gems with the character of the Jersey Shore, the Italian-American fare in Atlantic City is second to none. Think breaded, crispy chicken smothered in marinara and melted cheese, classic al dente spaghetti served with hearty meatballs, and tender veal cutlets in a Marsala wine sauce – the sheer descriptions of these dishes will have your mouth watering.

The unassuming Chef Vola’s is a great place to start, boasting a menu of homestyle Italian dishes in a formal dining room. Craving a classic fine dining eatery that will blow your mind? Cafe 2825 is loved for its tableside experiences, including a handmade burrata journey and cacio e pepe tossed into a cheese wheel. What about a more one-of-a-kind experience? Superfrico pays homage to old-world Italian cuisine and reimagines it in a psychedelic space.

What is your favorite place to eat in Atlantic City?


Marilyn Johnson

Marilyn is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scene of South Jersey. You can find more of her writing on Philly Grub and NewsBreak.

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