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Honoring the Honorees

Soak Up Some Suds

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Being named one of the Top 40 Under 40 brings humility, pride and a long string of congratulations from old friends and new.

By Ray Schweibert

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Kathleen Madigan sticks to her comedic guns, does Trump Marina Saturday

Brian Regan may be one of the cleanest comics out there, but he’s also one of the funniest.

From ESPN to Comedy Central

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Quotables Pinky’s Corner Coasting Ask the Geator Ante Up Whitney’s Radar Curtain Call

Food & Drink

Arts & Entertainment 34 37 58 Online

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ELOW ARE EXCERPTS FROM A CASINO Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) press release. On Monday, March 15, the CRDA approved the South Inlet Demolition Program, which targets unoccupied, derelict structures for demolition in an area bordered by Delaware, Maine and Melrose avenues and the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The program is a pilot for possible future demolition projects in Atlantic City. The CRDA has negotiated with representatives of the City of Atlantic City and Revel Entertainment to structure the investment and the program criteria. The program will be funded by $500,000 via a donation to CRDA by Revel as a pre-payment against their Atlantic City Housing Investment Alternative Tax obligations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The South Inlet Demolition Program is consistent with some of the suggestions heard in meetings held by [A.C.] Mayor Lorenzo Langford,â&#x20AC;? says CRDA Executive Director Thomas D. Carver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of the community and business leaders said that the perception of Atlantic City needed to be improved. This is a good first step.â&#x20AC;? In a description of the program and summary of procedure, it is explained that CRDA funds will be provided to the City of Atlantic City in two $250,000 installments. The second installment will be issued by the CRDA once the initial installment depletes to $50,000. Funds will cover such things as utility disconnection fees, demolition costs (permits, all on-site demolition, disposal, grading, etc.). It will not cover such items as unpaid utility bills, staff costs, legal fees and relocation expenses. The program requirements include a dedicated city staff and a start-up date within 30 days of the initial, demolition liens placed by the city, city-recovered funds returned to the CRDA within 30 days of receipt, mutually agreed-upon demolition priorities, monthly status meetings between the CRDA and city program staff, and all work competitively bid upon and awarded to qualified contractors. All of this is very good news to the city, as the demolition program is one that has been discussed for many years, but the financial wherewithal needed to get rid of the derelict structures in the city was never achieved. Hopefully additional funds will be found to attack the other areas within the community. This is the beginning of more to come from the committees that have been meeting to come up with ways of improving and beautifying Atlantic City, and bringing in more events for visitors and to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents.

the one on Saturday, March 13, had 8,208 fans; and the championship on Sunday, March 14, was played before 7,882 spectators. The total for all of the events was 27,535 paying spectators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the largest A-10 tournament crowd in five years. Without a doubt, there would have been several thousand more if we had good weather. Boardwalk Hall was certainly the place to be last weekend. Most of the colleges brought their school bands and cheerleaders. Each of the games was well played, and you could tell by the scores that the emphasis was on defense. For the third consecutive year Temple was crowned A-10 champions. The quality of the play in a marvelous arena where every seat was a good one provided an experience that had the people saying to one another after the games, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will see you next year in Boardwalk Hall.â&#x20AC;? Congratulations to all those who were involved in making the A-10 tournament the success that it was. By the way, that was the second consecutive, weekendlong sporting event hosted by Boardwalk Hall. First came the New Jersey High School Wrestling Championships. Next year the ECAC Hockey Championships will be held in the third weekend of March. Some of the ECACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14 colleges with hockey programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown and others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be coming to A.C. for their consolation and championship games. There will be two league semifinal games on Friday and the consolation and final game will be held on Saturday. The colleges have rabid hockey fans and they are looking forward to coming to Atlantic City for their marquee event. Steve Hagwell, the ECAC hockey commissioner, was here for the A-10. He said he is anxiously awaiting the opportunity for his league to have their championship determined here. This town should be booming in March 2011.

Notes of Interest

Good news for those living in the Enclave Condominiums in the Chelsea section of Atlantic City. While walking on the Boardwalk last week I saw a young lady climbing a ladder in the dormant, dilapidated pavilion on the Boardwalk at Roosevelt Place. I asked her what she was doing and she told me that she was taking measurements for architects. I later learned at a Boardwalk Committee meeting that the CRDA has hired an architectural firm for the redevelopment of that pavilion and that it should be rebuilt in time for the summer season. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to pass that information along to those of you whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been inquiring when the pavilion would be available for those who liked to sit there and enjoy the view of the dunes (the view used to be of A Successful A-10 Tourney the ocean) and those walking on the Boardwalk. Slowly but Last year at this time we were concerned about the surely, the upgrading of the Boardwalk will be done. n Atlantic 10 tournament remaining in Atlantic City. The two-year contract had expired and the 14 universities involved in the A-10 were to vote on returning to Atlantic P INKY K RAVITZ City or other sites that expressed interest in hosting the Pinkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner airs Monday through Friday tournament. Fortunately, under the leadership of League from 4 to 6pm on News Talk WOND-AM Commissioner Bernadette McGlade, the vote was 1400. His TV show, WMGM Presents Pinky, overwhelmingly in favor of Atlantic City and they chose airs Saturday at 7:30pm on TV40. Pinkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to sign a three-year contract extension with Boardwalk e-mail address is: pinky@acweekly.com. Hall. Despite the horrendous weather, the four events on Friday, March 12, (two doubleheaders) drew 11,445 fans; Join us on Facebook:

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AIN (AND SNOW) SEEMS TO have been the continuous bane of Atlantic City since last summer and the storm that blew through the region over the weekend may have been felt at the city’s poker tables, especially at Caesars’ World Series of Poker circuit’s main event. The event, a $4,900 + $250 No Limit Hold’em tournament, failed to break $1 million in total prize money coming in at $817,015. Still, despite the weather, the event attracted 174 entrants, from 20 states and seven different nations, according to the WSOP folks. Poker pro Roland Isra, 52, of New York, won the tournament taking home the $264,715 top prize as well as a $10,000 seat at the WSOP Main Event in July at The Rio in Las Vegas. Isra has had several final table appearances in major tournaments, but finally broke through for a win. He also had a cash (37th) at the 2005 WSOP main event. Isra won the top spot after facing down second place finisher Christopher Mitchell of Sumter, S.C., heads-up for about three hours. Mitchell, who suffered several bad beats at the final table, eventually lost to Isra’s two pair after missing an inside straight draw. He took home $138,894. The tournament was played over three days beginning March 12 and finishing up late Sunday. Among those who cashed was Paul Wasicka, perhaps best known as the runner-up finisher to Jamie Gold in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. Wasicka finished 12th. Another top pro who cashed was Jacobo Fernandez (14th), who enjoyed a huge year at the 2008 WSOP when he cashed seven times and made three final tables. Las Vegas pro Nick Binger also made the money, finishing in 17th place, according to the WSOP blog. Also, the circuit event’s second biggest tournament, a $1,500 + $100 No Limit Hold’em, which began March 10, was won by Thomas “Sandy” Taylor, a 27year-old pro from Ontario. He took home $89,570, winning with pocket fives. Though a good selection or pros turned out, the overall circuit event, which included 12 major tournaments, attracted a strong showing of amateurs who took more than their fair share of the WSOP rings given out to tournament winners,

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especially in the early events. The winners list also showed that the tournament attracted players from throughout the East Coast, both south and north, and even drew some from out west. We can only imagine how many more would have turned out with a little sun. (Look for the new acweekly.com poker blog — “The Real Deal” coming soon!) Here’s a look at other poker tournaments in A.C.: Borgata: Borgata has Survivor Tournaments that are multi-table cash tournaments. One in every 10 players wins ten times the buy-in. Fridays at 5pm: $350 Buy-in + $50 Entry. Sunday at 11am and 4pm: $150 Buy-in + $30 Entry. Caesars: Caesars offers Texas Hold’em $1-2 No Limit, $2-5 No Limit and $510 No Limit games. Structured games start at $2-4, $3-6 and $4-8. Higher limit games are also available based on demand. Caesars offers regular Deep Stack Gladiator Games V, daily tournaments with $100 + $20, $85 +$15 buyins Sunday through Thursday; $100 + $20 Friday and $150 + $25 buy-ins on Saturdays (with a $300 + $25 the third Sat. of each month). Harrah’s Resort: Daily tournaments at 10:15am ($58+$12); Sunday to Friday at 1:15pm ($68+$12); Sunday to Thursday at 8:15pm ($68+$12); and daily midnight tournaments ($58+$12). Friday features a 15,000 in chips tournament at 8:15pm ($105+$20) and Saturday at 1:15pm ($175 + $25) and Saturday Night Satellite at 8:15pm ($56+$14). Showboat: No Limit Hold ‘Em schedule: Mon.-Thurs. at 11am, 2pm, 7pm & 10pm; $53 + $12 = $10,000 in chips, Friday at 11am, 2pm & 10pm; $53+$12 = $10,000 chips, Friday at 7pm; $85 + $15 = $10,000 in chips, Saturday at 11am, 2pm, 7pm & 10pm; $85 + $15 = $10,000 in chips Sunday at 11am, 2pm, 7pm & 10pm; $53 + $12 = $10,000 in chips. Tropicana: Daily tournaments are $40 + $12 ($50/$12 Sun. 11:15am and 7:15pm; $100 + $22 buy-ins on Friday and Saturday). n see more online @


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are doing now to make sure you are living the life you want. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not, what can you do to start out on the right path? In life everything happens for a reason and life is too short to let it go by without doing what you love to do. However, you should strive to be someone who works hard and knows how to ask for what you want. The worst that can happen is someone might say no. If that happens, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be discouraged. Just say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh wellâ&#x20AC;? and move on. There is an old saying that asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who is rich?â&#x20AC;? with the answer being, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He who is satisfied with his lot.â&#x20AC;? This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean to limit yourself and not dream at all, but just reminds us how important it is to appreciate what we have every day. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to ask for what you want and make your dreams a reality!

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ATLANTIC CITY * For casino venues, see “Casino Capsule” p. 34 for entertainment listings. Visit acweekly.com for more detailed listings. 25 Hours

Resorts. 344-6000. resortsac.com. Casino bar & lounge.

32° Luxe Lounge *

The Quarter at Tropicana. 5720032. tropicana.net. VIP bottle service, DJs.

40/40 Club

2120 Atlantic Ave., at The Walk. 449-4040. the4040club.com. Upscale sports bar.

A Dam Good Sports Bar

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 347-7770. tropicana.net.

Alto Vino *

Tropicana Casino Resort. Sun.-Fri. 4-10pm. Wine bar with smallplates menu and live nightly entertainment. New Happy hour Mon.-Thurs. 5-7pm and Fri. 6-7pm. Half off all wines-bythe-glass and complimentary International cheeses.

Atlantic City Bar & Grill

1219 Pacific at S. Carolina aves. 348-8080. acbarandgrill.com. Open all day and night.

Back Bay Ale House

800 N. New Hampshire Ave. 4490006. backbayalehouse.com. Now open Tues.-Thurs, 11am3pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm.

Bar 12-21 at Morton’s Steakhouse

Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave. 4491044. caesarsac.com. Premium wines and martinis.

Bar at Wellington’s

Bayside Tavern

648 N. Albany Ave. (formerly Home Run Tavern). 348-1700. Open 24/7. Happy hour 11am1:30pm, 4-8pm and 3-5am.

Blue Martini *

Bally’s, Park Place & Boardwalk. 340-2709. ballysac.com. Over 100 martini variations.

Boogie Nights *

Resorts dining level. 340-7698. resortsac.com. The ultimate ’70s and ’80s dance party. Open Fri & Sat. Nights, 9pm.

Borgata Comedy Club *

Chelsea’s 5th Floor

Chelsea Hotel, 111 S Chelsea Ave. 800-548-3030. thechelsea-ac.com. C5 nightclub open 10pm-4am every Fri. & Sat.

Chelsea Pub

8 S. Morris Ave. (Across from Trop parking garage) 345-4916. Three bars. Three happy hours: 11:30am-1pm and 4-6pm. New patio area, pool tables.

Club Worship *

At House of Blues (Showboat), 801 Boardwalk. 343-5700. hob.com. Nightclub and ultra lounge.

The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret *

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. tropicana.net. 1877-FUNNYAC.

The Continental

The Pier Shops at Caesars, 6748300. continentalac.com. Famous Philly martini bar export.

Corky’s Ribs and BBQ

Tropicana’s Marketplace, Brighton Ave. & the Boardwalk. 345-4100. tropicana.net. Open daily from 8am-11pm.

Croctails Tavern

20 S. Virginia Ave. (between Atlantic and Pacific aves.), 3483360. Open 11am-midnight, Fri. & Sat. until 3am.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar *

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 348-6700. cubalibrerestaurant.com. Latin music, exclusive rum bar.

DeFeo’s

27-29 Missouri Ave. 347-7780. Sports bar & dance club. Pool table and digital jukbox. Food served until 4am.

Dizzy Dolphin

Hilton, Boston & Pacific aves. 3407200. hiltonac.com. Nauticalthemed bar with signature cocktails.

Dock’s Oyster House

2405 Atlantic Ave. 345-0092, docksoysterhouse.com. Opens 5pm. Piano bar nightly.

Ducktown Tavern

2400 Atlantic & Georgia aves. 449-1212. ducktowntavernac. com. Open 24/7. Three Happy hours: 11am-1pm, 4-7pm and 3-5am.

Dusk *

Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave. 3453875. DuskAC.com. AC’s newest nightclub. Open Tues., Fri. & Sat., 10pm till late. Tues. is service

industry night.

Ego Bar and Lounge *

Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk. 4491000. trumptaj.com. Nightlife hot spot. The Angels perform every Thurs. Fri. & Sat. night.

Eden Lounge *

Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. 441-5165. harrahsresort.com. Open 24/7. Live music.

El Charro!

2430 Fairmount Ave. Authentic Mexican restaurant serving lunch & dinner.

Evo

Trump Plaza, 2225 Boardwalk. 441-0400. trumpplaza.com. Posh bar and dining.

Firewaters

Tropicana’s Marketplace, Brighton Ave. & Boardwalk. 344-6699. tropicana.net. 101 bottled & 50 draft beers, martini bar.

Flying Cloud Café

800 N. New Hampshire Avenue, Gardner’s Basin. 345-8222.Open daily from 11am for lunch and dinner and drinks.

Formica’s Cafe

2310 Arctic Ave. 344-2732. formicabrosbakery.com. Live music every Sat., 7-10pm.

Forum Lounge *

Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave. 1-800677-SHOW. caesarsac.com.

Foundation Room at House of Blues * 801 Boardwalk at Showboat. 3435795. hob.com. Members and public can enjoy varied weekly events.

Game On!

The Pier Shops at Caesars. 3456800. gameonac.com. Sports bar w/ 90 HDTVs & mechanical bull. DJs, music videos every Sat. 10pm.

Girasole Ristorante & Bar

3108 Pacific Ave. (in Ocean Club Condos), 345-5554. girasoleac. com. Mediterranean style café.

Gypsy Bar *

Borgata, One Borgata Way. 1866-MYBORGATA. theborgata. com. Live music, gourmet tequila menu.

Hard Rock Cafe

Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave. 4410007. hardrock.com. Home of authentic rock ’n’ roll memorabilia.

Hooters

Two locations: Tropicana, Brighton Ave. & Boardwalk. 4491500 and Trump Marina, One Castle Blvd. 441-8300. hooters. com. 13 TVs.

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Music Box, One Borgata Way. theborgata.com. Tickets $20, shows 9pm.

Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk. 4491000. casbahclub.com. Open Fri.,Sat. 10:30pm to 6am. DJs and dance parties.

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Tropicana, Atlantic City. Brighton and Pacific aves. tropicana.net. Open daily 2pm-2am; food avail. from 4-11pm.

Casbah Night Club *

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801 Boardwalk, at Showboat. 236-BLUE. hob.com. Music Hall with bands weekly, restaurant and bars.

Irish Pub

St. James Place at the Boardwalk. 344-9063. theirishpub.com. Free parking. Open 24 hours.

Izakaya

Borgata, One Borgata Way. 3171000. theborgata.com. Modern Japanese pub. Sushi, sake and cocktails. Izakaya Monday, $7 sushi and drinks starting 5pm.

Jezebelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s *

Located at Trump Plaza. 4416000. trumpplaza.com. Casino lounge.

Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner Pub

2721 Arctic & Iowa aves. 3484925. Lively Irish bar open 11am1am daily.

Knife & Fork

Atlantic and Pacific aves. 3441133. knifeandforkinn.com. Open daily at 4pm, serving dinner from 5pm.

Le Grand Fromage

25 Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley. 347-2743. Late night menu, lounge open 8pm8am. Live music.

Liquid Bar *

In Trump Plaza lobby, off Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue. trumpplaza.com. Stylish bar in casino lobby.

Los Amigos

1926 Atlantic Ave. 344-2293. losamigosrest.com. Southwestern and Mexican beers and fare since 1978.

Los Compadres

2701 Arctic Ave. at California. 3441119. Thurs.- Sun. Live Mexican music.

Meganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Grub & Pub

1743 Boardwalk at Indiana Ave., megansgoodgrubandpublcom. 289-8950. Open Tues.-Sat. for lunch and dinner. Closed Sun. & Mon. Live music 6-9pm. M M AORNCTHH 1080, , 22001100 / / AACCWWEEEEKKLLYY. .CCOOMM

Melting Pot

2112 Atlantic Ave. (by The Walk), meltingpot.com. 441-1100. Mon.Thurs. 4-10pm, Fri . 4-11pm, Sat. 1-11pm, Sun. 1-10pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Olives Thursdaysâ&#x20AC;? has 30 martinis for $5 and live music.

Missile Bar *

The Quarter at Tropicana, upper level. 348-2000. missilebar.com. Open midnight-dawn Thurs.Sun. DJs.

MIXX *

Borgata, One Borgata Way. 1-866MYBORGATA. theborgata.com. Fri. & Sat. 10pm-5am. Highenergy dance club w/world-renowned DJs.

Mountain Sports Bar *

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Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Wild West, Park Place & Boardwalk. 340-2709. ballysac. com.

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mur.mur *

Borgata, One Borgata Way. 1866-MYBORGATA. theborgata. com. Fri., Sat., Mon. 10pm-5am. Nightclub with a personality of its own.

Oasis Lobby Bar

Trump Taj Mahal. 1000 Boardwalk. trumptaj.com. Located on the casino floor in the main lobby.

Old Waterway Inn

1700 W. Riverside Dr. (Venice Park) 347-1793. Open Thurs.-Sun. from 5pm. Waterfront dining. Happy hour 4-7pm Thurs. & Fri.

The Palm

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 344-7256. thepalm.com. Award-winning wine list. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prime Timeâ&#x20AC;? Happy hour 57pm daily, includes $3.50 smallbites menu.

The Pool *

Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort, 777 Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blvd., (marina district), harrahsresort.com. Tropical oasis with large heated pool, six secluded hot tubs, 12 private poolside cabanas.

Pic-A-Lilli Pub

231 S. Tennessee Ave. 344-1113. Dinner menu. Wing specials on Wednesday nights. Beer specials daily, 11pm-2am.

Pizza Pub 2309 Pacific Ave. 344-0055 Located across from Trump Plaza. Great food, music and specialty drinks.

Planet Rose Karaoke Bar

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 344-6565. planetrose.com. Plush cocktail lounge and karaoke bar.

Proud Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

3209 Fairmount Ave. 348-3322. Serving food, beverages 24 hours daily.

Providence *

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 345-7800. providenceclubac.com. Nightclub w/ VIP bottle service, private lounges and energetic atmosphere.

Red Square

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 344-9100. chinagrillmgt.com. Sat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siberian Nightsâ&#x20AC;? includes DJ, dancing, and no cover charge.

The Ridge *

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Claridge tower. Park Place and the Boardwalk. 340-2000. ballysac.com. A hybrid of a bar with casino games.

Ri´-Ra´ Irish Pub & Restaurant

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 348-8600. rira. com. Authentic Irish pub with entertainment most nights starting around 8pm. Slamm, March 20, 8pm.

Rumba Lounge

Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific

aves. 348-8600. tropicana.net. Open seven days a week. Sportsthemed lounge.

Sonsie

The Pier Shops at Caesars. 3456300. sonsieac.com. Serving classic dishes from its original 1993 Boston location.

Souzai

The Pier Shops at Caesars. 3484443. thepiershopsatcaesars.com. Serving sushi and cocktails.

Tangoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s *

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. tropicana.net. Lounge next to gaming floor with live music nightly.

Teplitzkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge

Chelsea Hotel. 111 S. Chelsea Ave. 800-548-3030. thechelseaac.com. Happy hour 4-7pm includes discounted drinks and half-off apps.

Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baltimore Bar & Grill

2800 Atlantic Ave. 345-5766 and 345-9461. baltimoregrill.com. An A.C. landmark. Bar open 24 hours, kitchen until 3am.

The Trinity Pub and Carvery

The Pier Shops at Caesars. 345-6900. trinitypubac.com. Traditional Irish fare, frosty pints.

Tun Tavern

Sheraton Hotel, Two Convention Blvd., across from Convention Ctr. 347-7800. tuntavern.com. Live music Wed.-Sun., 9pm-1am. Fri., March 19, Jon Anthony. Sat., March 20, Tom Sweeney.

The Wave *

Trump Marina, One Castle Blvd. 441-8300. trumpmarina.com. Bands and DJs every Fri. & Sat. nights.

West Side Bar

511 N. Arkansas Ave. 344-0883. westsideac.com. Alternative lifestyle party every night.

Whiskey Grille

20 Pennsylvania Ave. 345-3290. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Five flat screen TVs, daily specials.

The Wonderbar

3701 Sunset Avenue (at the Albany Ave. bridge). 344-8888. wonderbarac.com. Casual and upscale dining with views overlooking the bay.

BRIGANTINE Cellar 32

32nd St. and Revere Blvd. 2649463. Newly opened restaurant, bar and package goods store. Open from 10am. Live music Thurs. Happy hour 4-7pm daily.

Laguna Grill Martini Bar

14th St. So. & the ocean at the Celebrity Resorts Suites. 266-7731. lagunagrill.com. Ocean views, en-

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Rod & Reel Tavern

101 13th St. North, 266-0343. Karaoke on Saturday nights. Pool table, darts.

St. George’s Pub

Towne Center, 4282 Harbour Beach Blvd. 266-1001. stgeorgespub.com. Full bar with martini menu. Pool table. Open 24 hours.

DOWNBEACH Ventnor, Margate & Longport Johnny’s Cafe and Cocktails 9407 Ventnor Ave., Margate, 8221789, johnnyscafeventnor.com. Happy hour 4:30-6:30pm with half-priced appetizers and discounted cocktails. Thurs. Ladies Night with DJ Jimmy 2 Shirts.

Black Cat Bar & Grill

1 N. Shore Road, Absecon. 6412323. Open 7 days from 10am1am. Kitchen from 11am-11pm. Live music Thursdays.

Blue Marlin Sports Bar & Grill

200 S. Pitney Rd. Galloway. 7485000. bluemarlincafe.com. Lunch, dinner and drink specials daily.

Bulldogs Bar & Grill

743 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, 965-4433. bulldogsbar.net. TVs at the bar & booths. Entertainment Fri. & Sat. night.

Caroline’s Bar & Restaurant 6725 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 9279007. carolinesbythebay.com. Food served 11am-2am. Happy hour Mon.-Sat., 4-7pm. DJs Fri. night.

Malelani Café

Cavallino Nero

5205 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 822-5007. malelani.com. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 8am-10pm. Live music every Wed. 7-10pm. Open mike night every Sat. 7-10pm.

4760 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-0144, cavnero.com. Open daily 11am-1am. Mon.-Fri., Happy hour 3-6pm. Live entertainment.

Shore Club Crab House Bar & Grill

800 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9273363. charliesbar.com. Open daily 7am-3am; Sun. noon-3pm. MonFri. Happy hour 3-6pm.

301 Longport Blvd., Seaview Harbor Marina, Longport. 8221002. shoreclubbar.com. Great views, fine seafood, drinks and entertainment.

Sofia

9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. 822-9111. sofiaofmargate.com. Elegant Greek-style restaurant with entertainment on weekends.

Steve & Cookie’s

9700 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8231163. steveandcookies.com. Live music nightly.

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9306 Amherst Ave. On the Bay, Margate. 822-8423. Daily drink, lunch and dinner specials. Live music Fri. Sat. & Sun. 6:30pm.

Maynard’s Cafe

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9300 Amherst Ave., Margate. 822-7535. tomatoesmargate.com. Asian-American cuisine. Rock ‘n’ Roll Sushi Mon. and Wed, Happy hour- and-a-half every night. Call for reservations.

Ventura’s Greenhouse

106 S. Benson Ave., Margate. 8220140. venturasgreenhouse.com. Open seven days. Late-night fare. Weekly beer and dinner specials.

MAINLAND Anchorage

823 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 9271776. A Somers Point tradition Open 10am-2am. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4-7pm.

Barista’s Coffee House

68 W. Jimmy Leeds Road, Suite 14, Galloway. 568-5519. An “Old World” atmosphere with free WiFi connection.

Charlie’s

Chickie’s and Pete’s

6055 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 2721930. chickiesandpetes.com. Ultimate sports bar with entertainment nightly.

Cousin Mario’s

5401 Harding Hwy. (Route 40), Mays Landing. 625-2523. Happy hour noon-7pm weekdays. Live music every Fri. & Sat. night.

Christina’s Restaurant and Bar

Inside the Vienna Inn, 920 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway. 9650457. christinasrestaurantandbar. com. Happy hours Tues.-Fri. 3-6pm and 9-11pm. Thurs. karaoke 7-11pm, Sat. live music 8pm-mid.

Crab Trap

On the Circle in Somers Pt. 927-7377. thecrabtrap.com. Restaurant and bar overlooking bay. Happy hour 4-7pm with drink specials and $5 menu items.

DiOrio’s Circle Cafe

10 McArthur Blvd. Somers Point. 927-6111.

Dubliner Irish Pub

325 E. Jimmy Leeds Rd., Galloway. www.dublinerpubandgrill.com. 652-2210. Authentic Irish Pub. Happy hour 4-8pm daily and 8pm-midnight Sat, including half-priced apps. Entertainment Wed. through Sun. nights.

East Bay Crab & Grille

6701 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 272-7721. eastbaycrab.com. Daily Happy hour 4-7pm. Mon. half-priced sushi, dinner & drink specials daily. Bar menu with 11 items from $2 each daily.

Formica’s Cafe

Kensington Square, 200 North Tilton Road, Northfield, 646-6565. formicabrosbakery.com. Live music Fridays, 7-10pm.

Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern

Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 652-0544. Nightly specials. Live music every Fri. and Sat.

Goodfellows, W.L.

310 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 652-1942. wlgoodfellows.com. Over 60 bottled micobrew beers. Open from 11:30am. Half-price happy hour 4-8pm weekdays and 10pm-midnight daily.

Great American Pub & Grille

Festival at Hamilton, Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-1990. Family owned since 1998. Specials daily.

Gregory’s

900 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9276665. gregorysbar.com. Weekly drink specials. Family run since 1946.

Hibiscus

101 E. Maryland Ave., Somers Pt. Formerly Stumpo’s. Entertainment Fri., Sat., Sun. nights. Sun., 4:30-9pm, open jam w/Revolver. Sat., March 20, Sumthin of Nuthin.

Hi Point Pub (Skelly’s)

5 N. Shore Rd., Absecon. 641-3172. Open 24 hrs. Happy hour 5-7pm. Mon.-Fri. with discount drinks & free buffet.

The Inn at Sugar Hill

5704 Mays Landing-Somers Point Road, Mays Landing, innatsugarhill.com. 625.2226. Historic bed-and-breakfast.

JD’s Pub

Smithville Town Center, intersection of Route 9 and Smithville Blvd. 404-9000, jdspubsmithville.com. Open til 2am or later. Happy hour 3-6:30pm daily w/drink and menu specials. Sat., March 20, the Billy Walton Band.

Jo-Jo’s Italian Grille

Black Horse Pike & Main St., Pleasantville. 646-8332. jojositaliangrille.com. Happy hour 4-6pm Mon.-Fri. Entertainment Wed. & Sun. in the bar.

JR’s Tavern

650 New Rd., Somers Pt. 6539853. jrstavern.com. Open every day 7am-2am, Sun. 9am-2am. Weekly drink and wing specials. DJ entertainment Thurs.-Sat.

Juliano’s Pub & Grill

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EVERAL WEEKS AGO, I answered my most frequently-asked question — What was the best show you’ve ever seen? — by not answering it because it would be impossible for me to single out just one performance. Instead, I cited two shows that had a lasting impression of the more than 6,000 I’ve seen during the past 32 years (Frank Sinatra in 1988, Paul McCartney in 2002). Then I asked you to chime in and tell me your best or favorite Atlantic City shows. Between responses to the column on the Atlantic City Weekly Web site, e-mails, messages sent to my Facebook page and even one from the produce aisle of the Somers Point ShopRite, I received a diverse crosssection of artists that reflects the broad demographic of people who live, work, play and visit Atlantic City. (By the way, if you’re not a Facebook friend, just search for “curtaincalltv@comcast.net”). Here are a few comments that either piqued my interest or sent me on a trip down Memory Lane, with my occasional comments in italics:

to the traditional casino showroom fare, and it was an amazing sight — 60-some musicians, jammed onto the stage of the Superstar Theatre and performing under the baton of its world-renowned conductor, Zubin Mehta.

From “Joel”: “Sammy Davis Jr. with the Ringo Starr All Starr Band at the Grand wasn’t bad either.” Interesting, Joel. I saw Sammy at the Grand many times, both in the intimate Opera House and once in the outdoor venue. I also remember Ringo’s debut under the stars at the Grand, not only for the great show, but because Ringo was the first (and still the only) Beatle I ever met. But Sammy performing with Ringo’s band? I don’t remember Sammy doing a walk-on during Ringo’s show.

From “BeachBaby:” “No doubt about it, the most memorable show ever in Atlantic City was in 1983 when the Beach Boys performed on the beach on Independence Day.” Hard for me to argue against that, Baby. America’s Band, on America’s Birthday, in America’s Playground — with 300,000 of their closest fans jammed onto the sand. Thank you, James Watt! n

From “RunningOnEmpty:” “... the first time Jackson Browne performed in Atlantic City.” Again, another show at the old Grandstand Under the Stars. What made that one so memorable wasn’t so much that it was Jackson’s Atlantic City debut. Near the end of the show, From “TFM’: “... unlike you I can name 4,400 people got the surprise of a lifetime when the best — Glenn Miller’s big band. Jackson’s good buddy, Bruce Springsteen, casuSecond place — all the other big bands. ally strolled onto the stage and jammed with I’m 84 so [I] have a wealth of material to his friend. It was Springsteen’s first — and draw from. Best singer? No contest — The so far only — appearance on a casino stage, Voice (Frank Sinatra). I caught him in although The Boss has turned in a couple of killer shows at Boardwalk Hall. 1941 with Tommy Dorsey.”

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La Hacienda

265 S. New York Rd., Galloway. 652-6050. Live music every Fri. & Sat. night, 7:30-11:30pm.

Library III

6605 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 6457655, libraryiii.com. Tues. 2-for-1 appetizers at the bar and lounge. Tues. & Thurs. Patty Blee; Sun. & Wed. Don Ellsworth; Fri. Acoustic Fish; Sat. Sharon Sable. All performances 7-11pm.

Pistol Pete’s Steakhouse

1000 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 484-1000. pistolpetessaloon.com. Happy hour 4-7 pm. Entertainment nightly. Lunch, dinner and drink specials daily.

PJ’s 50 Pub & Grille 2301 Rt. 50, Mays Landing. 6259600. Open Wed.-Mon. 11am11pm. Happy hour weekdays 4-7pm $1 off appetizers, reduced drink prices. Mon. Mexican night.

Ram’s Head Inn

9 W. White Horse Pike. Galloway.652-1700. ramsheadinn. com. Restaurant and bar. Pianist in the tavern Fri. & Sat. nights.

Sandi Pointe 908 Shore Rd., Somers Point (formerly Mac’s), 927-2759. sandipointe.com. Seafood restaurant and bar with live music. Extensive wine list. Tues. Night Jazz Series with Tim Lekan and Bob Shomo 7-10pm. March 23, vocalist/guitarist Gina Roche and pianist Barry Sames. Sat., March 27, Tony Mart’s “Famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs” event, 8pm.

Smithville Inn Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 652-7777. smithvilleinn.com. Fri. & Sat. Lenny Mitchell on piano.

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Being named one of the Top 40 Under 40 brings humility, pride and a long string of congratulations from old friends and new. By Michael Pritchard

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the community. That leads to a little bit of pride that somebody (and sometimes several people) thought enough of you to put in your name. For some who knew they were nominated ahead of time (many nominators keep their identity a secret) they get a quick call of thanks. Then comes the call to mom/spouse/kids/ family and best friends to let them know. Now at this point, you might think that’s pretty much the end of it — a few handshakes, a little basking in the glow, your picture in Atlantic City Weekly, a pretty cool party at Borgata’s MIXX that all the honorees are looking forward to. It’s not even close. After six years and now 240 honorees, the prestige of the annual list continues to grow. And thanks to the Internet and social network sites, word starts to spread pretty fast. Then the congratulations start to come in. “I’ve received several e-mails congratulating me and welcoming me to the ranks,” says Stephanie Carr, director of education programs for Absecon Lighthouse. “But I was most surprised by the reactions on my Facebook announcement though. Lots of old high-school friends sent their wishes and kudos and it’s nice to know that those friends still care, even though I haven’t seen most of them in almost 20 years.” In fact, according to many honorees, winning a Top 40 Under 40 slot brings you into more contact with old friends than many of those class reunion sites. “They are all really excited,” says Nicole Zacchi, convention services manager for the A.C. Convention & Visitors Authority. “If you are a local, it is something that people look for every year,

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and they have all been very excited.â&#x20AC;? Still, the word can get out in all kinds of ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a cousin who lives in North Jersey,â&#x20AC;? says James Hunt, an attorney with Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She did not know about my nomination. She just happened to be at an Atlantic City casino for a trip, and she just happened to pick up the A.C. Weekly to flip through it. She was floored to see my picture on the cover page, and her and her friends got a big kick out of it. She took a bunch and distributed them to my whole family in North Jersey.â&#x20AC;? And more than a few people among those congratulating our nominees see a little humor in it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They tell me my nose looks big in the picture!â&#x20AC;? says Shannon Wray, director of marketing & promotions for Equity Communications. (It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, by the way). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I received many congratulations via phone, e-mail, Facebook, and friends and colleagues stopping me on the street just to say they read the article and it is well deserved,â&#x20AC;? says Linda Bruckler, sales and

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It is such a beautiful resource in this thoroughly modern cityscape and I love encouraging friends and neighbors to take advantage of one of Atlantic City’s most treasured landmarks.” And for Gramlich, the first female firefighter in A.C., she hopes her award “sheds some positive light on the Fire Department” after some recent bad press. For the honorees, the award also means recognition, new contacts and a chance

to continue to shine in the community. “My career is still a work in progress,” says Kleiner of Local 351 and a Galloway Township Councilman. “I truly do not believe that there will be any obstacle I won’t be able to overcome or goal I will not reach with all the support I receive

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Robyn Boniewicz, 31, of Smithville, New Jersey, is program director, AtlantiCare Women’s and Children’s Services. As AtlantiCare lead health educator, Boniewicz delivered more than 1,000 presentations to nearly 20,000 youth in Atlantic County. Prior to joining AtlantiCare, she was a family health worker, Atlantic Human Resources Early Start. Boniewicz is co-chair, Atlantic County Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition and on the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative Board. She’s a member, Atlantic County Women’s Commission; United Way of Atlantic County’s Success By 6™ Advisory Council; and Atlantic Human Resources Head Start Health Advisory Committee She’s spoken nationally about health and wellness issues. Robyn’s Bachelor of Science degree in public health is from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She’s pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at Rutgers School of Business, Camden. Robyn enjoys learning about people; reading whatever she can; baking for friends and family and spoiling her niece.

Darrell Edmonds, 30, joined AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH) in 2003 as a case manager with the Atlantic City Family Centers. As director, AtlantiCare Oakcrest Teen Center at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing he led the opening of the center. Among the innovative programs he has initiated at the Teen Center is the HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) Mentoring Program that provides a web-based platform to match high school students with professional adult mentors in a safe, monitored environment. Edmonds serves on the Executive Board, the Beatrice Mays Scholarship Fund and is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Upsilon Alpha graduate chapter, Atlantic City. His Bachelor of Science degree in history is from the University of Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware and Master of Science degree in non profit management is from Eastern University, St. David’s Pennsylvania, where he was honored with the Distinguished Strategic Management Award.

Samantha Kiley Ficcaglia, 29, of Millville, is AtlantiCare’s Health Promotion Program Director. One of her responsibilities in this role is to lead AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools Program which combats childhood obesity by assisting 40 area schools in developing healthy lifestyle programming for students and families. Kiley previously worked for Wilmington Head Start, Inc. and the American Cancer Society as a health educator. Kiley has spoken regionally and nationally about obesity prevention. She serves as the Secretary for NJ Action for Healthy Kids, and is a member of the Shaping NJ Partnership. Outside of work, Kiley volunteers at her church, Special Olympics, and has worked on-site for Habitat for Humanity in South Dakota and Mississippi. Kiley is pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration from University of Massachusetts. She holds a Master’s of Public Health from West Chester University and Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. Kiley and her husband are expecting a daughter.

Steven Gallagher, 27, of Somers Point, is an AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) emergency medical technician (EMT). He primarily works at AtlantiCare’s 911 Dispatch Center in Egg Harbor Township. He also provides EMT response services at various ARMC EMS locations. He’s a cardio pulmonary resuscitation instructor at the ARMC EMS Life Support Training Center and is certified in prehospital trauma life support care. When a dog bit Gallagher’s young daughter in the eye, his life changed. Shortly after the experience, he applied to the AtlantiCare NAACP Fellowship program, was accepted and completed AtlantiCare’s first EMT training class. He is in the first class of the Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) / AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Health Professions Institute paramedic training program. Gallagher was a 2009 AtlantiCare Customer Service Award winner. Outside of work, Gallagher teaches Sunday School at Beacon Evangelical Free Church in Galloway. He and wife Shalini have a daughter, Lydia.

Glen Ann Stoll, 39, of Absecon, is director, Community and Cultural Affairs, AtlantiCare. Stoll has raised nearly $40 million dollars in her professional career to promote the health of our community through her current tenure at AtlantiCare which raises funds for the programs and services of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center as well as, through her years of service at United Way. Her integral role in fundraising for AtlantiCare’s cardiac surgery program, was a tribute to her father who passed away of heart disease. In addition to fundraising, she is responsible for fostering community relationships, marketing health engagement activities, special events planning and AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts program, which she initiated and today proudly hosts more than 1,000 pieces in its arts collection. Stoll holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Philadelphia University and is pursuing her MBA from St. Joseph’s University. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE™) and is also certified in Planned Giving Management from The College of William & Mary. She and her husband Chris have two children and a wonderfully supportive extended family, with whom she enjoys saltwater fishing, Brigantine Beach and the Florida Keys.

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with a performance at the Hilton on Saturday, March 27, 8pm. Tickets are $35. Rydell’s hits songs include “Kissin’ Time,” “Volare,” “Forget Him,” “Wildwood Days” and “Wild One,” and he co-starred in the 1963 film musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Boardwalk Hall

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Carrie Underwood March 19, Boardwalk Hall Carrie Underwood is bringing her 2010 tour to Boardwalk Hall on Friday, March 19, at 7:30pm. She will be joined by Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55. Underwood was last in town February 2008 co-starring with Keith Urban at Boardwalk Hall. Underwood made her first appearance in Atlantic City as the American Idol champion in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, went multi-platinum featuring the hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats.” Her latest album is Play On, featuring the hit single “Cowboy Casanova,” one of seven songs she cowrote on the disc.

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March 20, Event Center Comedian Brian Regan headlines in the Event Center on Saturday, March 20, at 8pm. Tickets are $43.50. Growing up, Regan was a big fan of Johnny Carson and the Smothers Brothers, but it was Steve Martin who inspired him when he decided not to become an accountant and switched to the uncertain world of stand-up comedy. In his home base of South Florida, he honed his comedy as the MC at The Comedy Strip then moved to New York in 1986. He was thrilled when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His comedy DVDs include The Epitome of Hyperbole and Brian Regan Standing Up. (See interview, p. 50))

Atlantic City

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In 1997 he formed his own label, Black Hole Recordings, to release both the records he made himself and ones made by likeminded electronica visionaries. He has been nominated for a Grammy and had worldwide hit singles (his remix of Delerium’s “Silence” featuring Sarah McLachlan; “Dance4Life” featuring Faithless’s Maxi Jazz).

Borgata Comedy Club Music Box The Borgata Comedy Club offers fun-filled evenings featuring a trio of comedians nightly (except during headliner engagements). Showtimes are 9pm and the tickets are $20. (Visit theborgata.com). Appearing now to March 21 are Joe O’Connel, Don Learned and Billy Gardell. Appearing March 22-28 are Sandy Marks, John Joseph and Johnny B. On tap March 29-April 1 are Peter Sasso, Rich Ramirez and Mike Marino.

Caesars Atlantic City

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March 20, Circus Maximus Theater The cast of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys is coming to Caesars to present the show’s musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Saturday, March 20, 9pm. Tickets are $35, $45 and $65. The “Boys” are Christian Huff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tiësto March 27, Event Center Superstar DJ Bobby Spencer. Tiësto takes over the Borgata’s Event Center on Saturday, March 27, 10pm. Train Tickets are $50 and the show is for March 27, Circus Maximus Theater those 21 and older. The Dutch Tiësto Train, the San Francisco band that hit has turned the playing of trance music the music world like a runaway freight into an art form. Inspired by the likes train with the hits “Drops of Jupiter” and of U2, he invested heavily in the live “Calling All Angels,” headlines at Caesars aspect of his sets, employing his own on Saturday, March 27, at 7pm. Opening sound, light and visual crews, creating the show will be Butch Walker. Tickets are arena-friendly dance music spectaculars. $35, $45 and $55. The band’s hit albums

include their self-titled debut in 1998, Drops of Jupiter and My Private Nation. The En Vogue band is touring in support of its most March 19, Music Hall One of the most successful female vocal groups of all recent release Save Me San Francisco. time, En Vogue headlines at the House of Blues on Friday, March 19, 9pm. Tickets are $30, $35, $40 and $45. Assembled by music producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, the En Vogue foursome Atlantic City are Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420 Robinson and Terry Ellis. The group’s many hits include “Hold On,” “Lies You Chris Botti Don’t Have to Worry,” “My Lovin’ (You’re March 20, Concert Venue One of Never Gonna Get It)” and “Don’t Let Go the world’s top-selling instrumental art- (Love).” ists, trumpeter Chris Botti, headlines at Harrah’s Resort on Saturday, March Ace Frehley 20, 9pm. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55. March 20, Music Hall Minus his Kiss Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, commakeup, guitarist/singer Ace Frehley poser and performer, blending classic jazz presents his solo show Saturday, March and pop music. His acclaimed albums 20, 9pm, at the House of Blues. Tickets include Italia, When I Fall In Love, To Love are $25 and $30. His released an album, Again: The Duets, and Chris Botti Live with Anomaly, this past September. As lead Orchestra & Special Guests. His current guitarist for Kiss, Frehley was known for album is the live recording Chris Botti in his frenetic, atmospheric playing, becomBoston, released last year. ing one of the most popular guitarists in the ’70s.

Harrah’s Resort

Nathan Burton: Comedy Magic

March 27, April 3, 17 Concert Venue Harrah’s Resort presents Nathan Burton: Comedy Magic for selected Saturdays at 8pm each night. Tickets are $20-$30. Burton has performed magic since the age of four, honing his act into a 60-minute whirlwind of unique, in-your-face magical illusions blended with comedy and showgirls, all tied together with Burton’s engaging personality.

Hilton Atlantic City

Off the Hook Comedy Tour

March 27, Music Hall The Off the Hook Comedy Tour comes to the House of Blues on Saturday, March 27, at 8:30pm. Tickets range from $25-65.

Tropicana Casino and Resort

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420, or Tropicana box office, 1-800-526-2935

‘Crocodile Rock’

Now-March 24, Tropicana Showroom The Tropicana presents the musical revue Crocodile Rock now through March 24, starring versatile singer-musician Bobby Rydell Christian Marc Gendron, a six-piece live March 27, Hilton Theater Philly born band and eight dancers. Tickets are $25. singer and drummer Bobby Rydell, brings Showtimes are Mon. 8pm; Tues., Wed. back memories of his years as a teen idol 3:30 & 8pm; Sat. 9pm; Sun. 7pm (also Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420, or the Hilton box office


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3:30pm Sun. on March 21). The live music really energizes the show, and while Gendron doesn’t try to mimic the stars whose songs he interprets, he does prove he has the range to do the music made famous by Elton John, Billy Joel, Tom Jones and fellow Canadians Paul Anka and Michael Bublé. (See video at acweekly.com/video)

Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret

The Comedy Stop is a 300-seat venue in The Quarter at Tropicana. Showtimes are Sun.-Thurs. at 9pm ($23); Fri. and Sat. at 9 & 11:15pm ($28). Appearing now to March 21 are Mike Eagan, Jarrod Harris and Al Romas. On tap March 22-28 are Glen Jensen, Joe Mulligan and Steve Shaffer. Appearing March 29-April 4 are Hal Spear, Tina Giorgi and Erik Griffin. Kozak the Magician appears daily, ($23), with a dinner show package for $32. Showtime is 6pm (dinner seating one hour prior). Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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March 20, Mark G. Etess Arena Alicia Keys, joined by special guest Melanie Fiona, headlines at the Taj on Saturday, March 20, 8pm. Tickets are $75.50, $95.50 and $150.50. Alicia Keys’ debut effort in 2001, Songs in A Minor, sold more than 10 million units worldwide, officially establishing her as an international star. She played a variety of instruments and penned the vast majority of her songs. Her second offering, The Diary of Alicia Keys solidified her popularity two years later, and was followed by another charttopping album As I Am. Keys had a big hit in 2009 with Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind,” and released her current album The Element of Freedom. (See story online at acweekly.com)

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S ONE OF THE REGION’S FASTESTgrowing communities, Egg Harbor Township has attracted a number of eateries catering to the specific tastes — Indian, Asian and seafood among them — of those newly arrived residents. For Demitrios “Jimmy” Dounoulis, of Tilton Road’s Macedonian Grill, what the area lacked was a full-service, family restaurant offering customary Greek diner-type fare coupled with American favorites plus elements of cuisine from throughout the Mediterranean basin. Open just over a year at this current location, Dounoulis also has another Macedonian Grill in Brigantine, which celebrated its fourth anniversary last December. Originally from the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Dounoulis definitely states that the Macedonia referred to in his business name is of that region, not the independent country just above it in the southern reaches of what was once Yugoslavia. The Macedonian’s voluminous bill of fare is dotted with references to a homeland left 24 years ago. With members of his family previously owning restaurants in Norwalk, Conn., and Vineland, it seems only natural that he should follow suit. Alluding to the lengthy list of selections, he explains, “I do that because of the simple fact that I want everyone to be able to come to the Macedonian Grill. I have it all.” That includes “high quality strip steaks and filet mignons,” which he asserts are

the equal of many at fine steakhouses. It also means creative dinner additions, like their Grecian take on a southern New Jersey favorite, stuffed eggplant. Called Papotsaki (“little shoe” in Greek), this refers to the oblong vegetable’s appearance when split in half lengthwise. Packed with an herbed beef mixture the eggplant is finished with a classic, creamy béchamel. Calling Friday “a day of fish,” Dounoulis offers salmon Florentine; a dry-grilled fillet presented with sautéed onions, fresh spinach and feta cheese in a light, lemony sauce. Several other items pay homage to a Greek heroine, Queen Olga. A salad dedicated to the beloved former monarch contains spinach, iceberg, basil, black olives, tomatoes, red onions and feta with “Jimmy’s” balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Casual diners will find a wealth of available options. The endless list of salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers numbers well over a hundred. If you can imagine a conceivable combination of ingredients, the Macedonian probably already has it for you. All the familiar touchstones of Dounoulis’ ethnic background — olives, stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie, gyros, souvlakis, kabobs, saganiki (sautéed cheese) and tzatsiki (yogurt based sauce for dipping) — appear prominently as well. Sometimes in the most unusual ways. For example, one of the plates Dounoulis touts most is his high-protein omelet. Filled with the marinated lamb and beef blend that makes up gyro meat, plus feta cheese and roasted red peppers, he asserts foods like this omelet have been crucial in

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helping him shed more than 100 pounds since opening this latest venture. A restaurateur eating well and still losing weight. Who’d of thunk it? Breakfast in general is a subject of great attention for Dounoulis, who says locals, “Don’t have to be intimidated by our name. If they thought they had great breakfasts at the old Greek diners, I’ve really elevated that.” Adding that his bill of fare goes, “around the world with a little bit of everything,” he mentions a Mexican omelet as another demonstration of diversity. It pairs sausage, tomato, onion and spicy peppers within the ovum, topped by a layer of salsa. Big news at the Macedonian these days is their recent expansion. Having taken over another retailer’s prior space to the left, they now have the ability to seat 76 patrons, the maximum allowable by Egg Harbor Township statue, according to the owner. This addition was necessitated by the restaurant’s early success. Dounoulis elaborates: “We lost a lot of business because we didn’t have the seating.” When referring to the restaurant as “family style” the 42-year-old father of five isn’t merely referencing a concept: he means it literally. Older brother Vasilios works alongside him in the kitchen as co-chef. Sister-inlaw Georgia, wife Jamie and their children; Michael, 24, Katerina, 20, Danielle, 18, Yiannoula, 17, and Eleni, 15, all serve in various roles. n E-mail Frank Gabriel at fgabriel@acweekly.com

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ATLANTIC CITY

Walk). 340-1300.

For casino restaurants and independent establishments located within casino properties, including restaurants located inside The Quarter at the Tropicana and at The Pier Shops at Caesars, see Casino Dining listings at the end of this section. For more listings, visit acweekly.com.

111 S. Chelsea Ave. , inside Chelsea hotel. thechelsea-ac.com. 3482200. A steakhouse in the setting of a 1940s supper club with indoor and outdoor seating, a cocktail lounge with a curvilinear bar, and entertainment.

Amici Brick Oven Pizzeria & Italian Grill 2010 Baltic Ave. (at The Walk). 345-8700. Large variety of pastas, brick-oven pizzas, hot sandwiches, paninis, calzones, strombolis, salads and desserts.

Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fairmount Tavern

2300 Fairmount Ave. 344-2439. angelosfairmounttavern.com. An A.C. institution, Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian fare has flourished for three generations.

Angeloniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II Restaurant

Chelsea Prime

Chelsea Pub

8 S. Morris Ave. 345-4916. Popular local hangout is open 24 hours, seven days. Mon.-Fri. Happy hour 11:30am-1pm, 4-6pm.

Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster House

2405 Atlantic Ave. 345-0092. docksoysterhouse.com. Offering fine steaks and seafood, classic seafood soups, bar and raw bar.

Ducktown Tavern

2400 Atlantic Ave. 449-1212. ducktowntavernac.com. Open 24/7. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining.

El Charro!

2400 Arctic Ave. 344-7875. angelonis.com. Fine Italian cuisine and impressive wine selection.

2430 Fairmount Ave.Authentic Mexican restaurant.

Atlantic City Bar & Grill

Flying Cloud CafĂŠ

1219 Pacific Ave. (Corner of S.Carolina & Pacific). 348-8080. atlanticcitybar.com. Lobster, homemade pizza, BBQ baby back ribs and more. 2825 Atlantic Ave (at Brighton Ave.). 344-6913. cafe2825.com. Regional Italian fare with full bar.

800 N. New Hampshire Avenue, Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basin.Relaxed, waterfront dining specializing in seafood. Open daily from 11am for lunch and dinner. Available for private parties from 10 to 200, and off-premise catering. Waterside outside deck open, weather permitting.

Cavo Crepe CafĂŠ

Girasole Ristorante

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122 N. Michigan Ave. (at The

3108 Pacific Ave. 345-5554.

girasoleac.com. Serving Mediterranean Italian cuisine daily. Holiday specials.

Imperial Inn

3124 Atlantic Ave. 347-8810. Serving exceptional Mandarin, Szechwan and Cantonese food.

Irish Pub

St. James Pl. at the Boardwalk. 3449063. theirishpub.com. Open 24 hours with full menu served anytime. Daily lunch and dinner specials.

Knife & Fork

3600 Atlantic Ave. Corner of Atlantic and Pacific aves. knifeandforkinn.com. 344-1133. Historic landmark restaurant with the finest seafood and steaks prepared on a wood-fired grill.

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Los Amigos

1926 Atlantic Ave. 344-2293. losamigosrest.com/AC. Mexican food, fresh seafood and prime steaks.

Meganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Grub & Pub

1743 Boardwalk at Indiana Ave. 289-8950. megansgoodgrubandpub.com. Open Thurs.-Sun for lunch and dinner. Closed Mon.-Wed. A unique menu of classic American comfort food, executed with gourmet flair, served in a friendly and fun pub environment. Meeting space, private parties and take-out available.

Melaka Restaurant

28 S. Tennessee Ave. 344-8928. Malaysian and Chinese cuisine.

The Melting Pot

804 N Rhode Island Ave. 3483999. Atlantic City waterfront dining. Open Mon.-Thurs. 5am-2pm & Fri.-Sun. 5am9pm. Diner-style varied menu, complete with breakfast favorites and hearty lunch options. Sample homemade soups, salads, omelettes, cold cereal, and hot subs. Kids menu available.

2112 Atlantic Ave., 441-1100. meltingpotcom. Fondue restaurant offers unique and interactive dining experience.

Little Saigon

2801 Arctic Ave. 347-9119. Authentic Vietnamese and vegetarian cuisine.

3101 Pacific Ave., at Flamingo Motel. 345-8887. Full diner menu. New York-style deli sandwiches.

Longhorn Steak House

Old Waterway Inn

2108 Atlantic Ave. 344-2050. Serving lunch and dinner. 11:30am-10pm weekdays, till 11pm weekends.

Pho Hoa Cali

3808 Ventnor Ave. 340-0063. Authentic Vietnamese noodle house.

Pic A Lilli Pub

229 S. Tennessee Ave. 344-1113. Open 24/7. Full Menu. Serving lunch & dinner daily. Try their wings.

Ruthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Steakhouse

2020 Atlantic Ave. 344-5833. serioussteaks.com. Corn-fed USDA Prime Midwest beef, specialty chops, seafood, award-winning wine list.

Teplitzkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

111 S. Chelsea Ave., inside Chelsea hotel. thechelsea-ac.com.1-800548-3030. Retro-style diner with hideaway cocktail lounge and coffee shop.

Tony Boloneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria

3810 Ventnor Ave. 344-0366. mexicorestaurant.com. Cocktail lounge serving authentic Mexican food & beer.

300 Oriental Ave. (Corner of Oriental and Vermont St.). 3448669. tonybaloneys.com. Pizzas, subs, wraps, calzones and more. Mon.-Thurs. 9am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 9am-11pm. Sun. 10am-10pm. Free delivery.

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Tun Tavern

Mexico Restaurant

1700 W. Riverside Dr. 347-1793. Specializing in seafood and steak. Open for dinner Wed. through Sun. 5-10pm.

Two Convention Way. 347-7800. tuntavern.com. A.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first steakhouse and brewery, now serving lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Microbrews.

White House Sub Shop

2308 Arctic Ave. 345-8599. A.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary sub shop.

The Wonder Bar

3701 Sunset Avenue (at the Albany Ave. bridge). 344-8888, wonderbarac.com. Lunch served from 11am and dinner served nightly in the Sunset Room from 5-10pm.

BRIGANTINE Andreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant

1312 W. Brigantine Ave. 2661124. Serving pizza, subs, steaks, Italian dinners, grilled seafood, cappuccino and desserts.

Carmineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

900 W. Brigantine Ave. 2665400. Pizzas, subs, wings, wraps and more.

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32nd St. and Revere Blvd. Newly opened restaurant, bar and package goods store.

Goochie Brothers

4208 Harbour Beach Blvd. 2663100. Italian cuisine and pizzeria.

Laguna Grill Martini Bar

1400 Ocean Ave. 266-7731. lagunagrill.com. Fine cuisine, unique ambiance on the beach with beautiful view.

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20 Pennsylvania Ave. 345-3290. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner.

Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Aragosta Ristorante

3400 Brigantine Blvd. 266-2808. Northern and Southern Italian cuisine.

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The Links Bar & Grille

1075 North Shore Dr. 266-1388. brigantinegolf.com. Beautiful views of golf course, casual ambiance.

822-5858. cleosfish.com. A large variety of prepared seafood and dinner platters. Catering available.

Hannah G’s

Macedonian Grill

Dino’s Subs & Pizza

Isabella’s

3015 Brigantine Blvd. at 31st St. 264-8801. macedoniangrill.com. Specializing in Mediterranean and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Yuki Hana

3628 Brigantine Blvd. 266-7608. Japanese/Chinese restaurant with a full sushi bar.

DOWNBEACH Ventnor, Margate & Longport Barrels

9 S. Granville Ave., Margate. 8234400. barrelsfoods.com. Italian food. Also in Linwood.

China Dumpling Seafood Resaurant

5200 Ventnor Avenue, Ventnor. 822-6888. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Specializing in Dim Sum and seafood. Open 11am -10pm, Fri. and Sat. till 11pm. Eatin, take-out and delivery.

Cleo’s Fish Palace

7307 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor.

8016 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-6602 or 822-0670. Open daily, 7-11:30am. Breakfast entrees, sandwiches and subs. Party trays for all occasions. Pick up, eat in and delivery.

Downbeach Deli

8 S. Essex Ave., Margate. 8237310. Serving up a huge selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

7310 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 823-1466. (Cafe located at 7303 Ventnor Ave. 822-6000). 4 S. Portland Ave. Ventnor. 8222477. This traditional Mexican restaurant serves breakfast entrees and remains open for dinner with specialities such as fajitas, burritos, and other Mexican inspired dishes.

Johnny’s Café & Cocktails

appetizers and reduced drink prices at the bar only.

fast, lunch & dinner specialties. Delivery.

Liang House Imperial East

Red Room Café

7800 Ventnor Avenue, Margate. 487-8052. Open 7 days 11am10:30 pm. Modern Chinese cuisine. Daily lunch and dinner specials. “We deliver, even to the beach.” Free parking lot.

Maynard’s Café

9306 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8228423. Lunch and dinner specials. Starlight Garden bar open daily.

Malelani Café

9510 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 487-7450. Prix-Fixe menu available. Reservations suggested. Local produce, poultry and fish. Organic options. Call for hours of operation.

9407 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-1789. johnnyscafeventnor. com. Hearty breakfasts, healthy lunches and classic dinner cuisine with an Asian flair. Open year round from 7am-9pm, weekends till midnight. The Ultimate Happy hour at the bar, Mon.-Thurs. with half-price appetizers and discounted cocktails.

Fedeli’s Italian Restaurant

La Fontana

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Dune

9403 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-1293. Home of authentic home-cooked Italian cuisine and two-for-one specials.

Gertrude’s

7309 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 8233003. gertrudesventnor.com. Dinner from 5pm nightly.

20 Douglas Ave., Margate. Gourmet Italian cuisine. Take out anytime.

Lamberti

9707 Amherst Ave., Margate. 4876001. sunsetonthebay.com. Open dailyfor lunch and dinner. Happy hour daily 3-7pm with half-price

5205 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 822-5007. www.malelani. com. Fresh baked paninis, pastries, heart-healthy salad bar, Illy’s famous 60-bean blend coffee, black, green, and herbal teas, fresh juice, and other specialty drinks. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 8am-10pm. 9210 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-4759. Authentic Japanese cuisine.

Euro Gourmet Cafe and The Gelato Factory

6525 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 4876525. Italian ice and gelato made on premises. Also featuring break-

141 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor. 8221067. Gourmet pizzas, Italian specialties.

Shore Club Crabhouse, Bar & Grill

303 Longport Blvd., Longport (in the Seaview Harbor Marina). 8221002. shoreclubbar.com. Great views of Egg Harbor Bay. Lunch, dinner and bar. Open dailyfor lunch and dinner.

Sofia

9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. 822-9111. sofiaofmargate.com. This bayside treasure transports you to the Mediterranean with stylish decor and authentic Greek/ Mediterranean cuisine.

Sophie’s Margate Café

8017 Winchester Ave., Margate. 822-1610. Offers a wide selection of pancakes. Kids’ menu available.

Steve & Cookie’s by the Bay

9700 Amherst Ave., Margate. 823-1163. steveandcookies.com. Menu highlights fresh seafood and produce and prime cuts of meat.

Tomatoe’s

9300 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8227535 or tomatoesmargate.com. Varied eclectic menu highlights seafood entrees.

Ventura’s Greenhouse

106 Benson Ave., Margate. 8220140. venturasgreenhouse.com. Lunch & dinner specials and late-night fare.

Yama Japanese Restaurant 5305 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 8228105. Sushi and sashimi; over 100 special rolls, plus tempura and other cooked specials.

MAINLAND Antonino’s Jo Jo Ristorante

2405 New Rd., Northfield. 6467565. Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine.

Athenian Garden

619 New York Rd. (Route 9), Galloway Twp. 748-1818. Authentic Greek cuisine.

Atlantic City Sub Shop

Heather Croft Sq., Northfield. 6467799. atlanticcitysubshops.com. Eat-in, take-out, delivery and party trays.

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Black Horse Pike, Cardiff/EHT. 6461855. touchofitaly.net. Serving veal, seafood, pasta, steaks and brick-oven pizzas. Banquet facilities.

Barrels

Rt. 9, Central Square, Linwood. 926-9900. barrelsfoods.com. Italian food in intimate setting. Also in Margate. Take out/ Delivery.

Berkshire Grill

Black Horse Pike at English Creek Ave., EHT. 272-8808. berkshiregrill.net. Great seafood and thick, juicy, tender steaks.

Bombay Indian Restaurant English Creek Shopping Ctr., Rt. 40 & English Creek Rd., EHT. 646-4445. Authentic Indian dining experience.

Bulldogs

743 White Horse Pike, Galloway. 965-4433. Neighborhood sports bar serving American dishes.

Cavallino Nero

4760 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-0144. Lunch, dinner and late-night. Italian specialties.

Celina’s Mulberry Market & Grille

Sunrise Plaza, 68 W. Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway Twp. 404-1700. celinascafes.com. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Homebaked goods.

Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant

800 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9273663, charliesbar.com. Popular buffalo wings. No credit cards. Over 15 TVs for sporting events.

Chickie’s and Pete’s

6055 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 2721930. chickiesandpetes.com. Sports-themed bar/restaurant famous for its wings, crabs and Philly-style sandwiches.

Cousin Mario’s

5401 Hardin Hwy. (Route 40), Mays Landing. 625-2523. (Formerly the Epic Grille). Pizza and Italian specialties. Happy hour noon-7pm weekdays. M A R C H 1 8 , 2 0 1 0 / A C W E E K LY. C O M

Crab Trap

On the Circle in Somers Pt. 9277377, thecrabtrap.com Serving fresh seafood, soups, steaks, homemade breads, desserts and more.

Dubliner Irish Pub

325 Jimmy Leeds Rd., Galloway. 652-2210, dublineririshpubandgrill.com. Authentic Irish cuisine.

East Bay Crab & Grill

Cardiff Plaza, EHT. 272-7721. eastbaycrab.com. Specializing in All-UCan Eat Crabs, Early Bird Menu.12 Entrees under $12 menu, over 60 entrees starting at $8.99 and daily specials. Reservations accepted.

El Rancho

375 S. Main St., Pleasantville. Authentic Mexican.

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English Creek Restaurant

3003 English Creek Shopping Ctr.,

EHT. 677-0016. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Menu includes Italian specialties, pasta, seafood and smoked fish platters.

Feather Cafe & Grill

6041 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 3775555. Traditional and authentic northern and southern Indian cuisine. Indian lunch buffet daily from 11am-2:30pm. Also serves American entrees.

Formica Bros. Bakery

Kensington Square, Northfield. 646-6565. formicabrosbakery. com. Cafe features daily lunch specials. Open 7am-7pm.

Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern

Towne of Historic Smithville, Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 6520544. Family restaurant, casual dining.

Fuji

210 New Rd., No. 4, Linwood Green Plaza, Linwood. 926-8861. Japanese cuisine specializing in sushi and steak.

Gaspare’s Gourmet Italian Bistro

Harbor Village Square, EHT. Ocean Heights Ave. & Zion Road, Bargaintown. 653-2112. www. gaspares.com. Quaint, cozy and casual serving lunch, dinner, takeout and delivery. Cocktails, beer and wine.

Gianna’s Cafe

variety of tasty soups. Relaxing atmosphere, reasonably priced.

Hi Point Pub (Skelly’s)

5 N. Shore Rd., Absecon. 6413172. Open 24 hours. Full dinner menu. Eat in/take out/delivery.

Hu Tieu

Asian Mall, Pleasantville Shopping Center, 700 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 646-8977. Vietnamese cuisine.

Johnny Rockets

Hamilton Mall, Mays Landing. johnnyrockets.com. 1960s-themed classic burger joint and more.

The Inlet

988 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 9269611. inletrestaurantnj.com. Open daily 11:30am-3pm for lunch and 3-10pm for dinner.

The Inn at Sugar Hill

Rt. 559, Mays Landing. 625-2226. innatsugarhill.com. Great food and cocktails on the waterfront.

JD’s Pub & Grille

45 S. New York Rd., Galloway Twp. 404-9000. Featuring classic pub fare plus a full dinner menu.

Joe’s Restaurant

131 Jordan Rd., (behind the Sunoco station off Laurel Dr./ Garden State Parkway entrance), Somers Pt. 927-4637. Lunch and dinner featuring Greek specialties.

Jo-Jo’s Italian Grille

The Plaza at Center Point, 1205 Tilton Rd., Northfield. 677-0470; FAX 677-8885. California cuisine in a casual, upscale setting.

Black Horse Pike & Main St., Pleasantville. 646-8332. www.jojositaliangrille.com. Homemade Italian specialties.

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Joseph’s Restaurant at the Tuscany House

734 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne, 965-3433. Great breakfast and lunch specials.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant 6708 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 3832588. (Ginza II located in English Creek Shopping Ctr., EHT. 3833999) Hibachi steakhouse and sushi bar.

Goodfellows, W.L.

310 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway; 652-1942. Home of the French Fried Lobster Tail, gourmet burgers, steaks, seafood, and homemade Italian specialties.

Gourmet Italian Cuisine

324 S Pitney Rd, Galloway, NJ. 6521398. Serving authentic Italian food and fine wines.

Great American Pub

Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-1990. Great gourmet Black Angus burgers. Happy hour six days a week. Free poker Tues.Weds.

Gregory’s Restaurant

900 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9276665. gregorysbar.com. Serving lunch & dinner until 1am. Food and beverage specials.

The Grilled Cheese & Crabcake Co.

55 Laurel Dr., Somers Pt. 6017533. Offers a selection of fresh, homemade goods daily and a

72 N. Breman Ave., (Renault Winery), Egg Harbor City. 9652111. www.renaultwinery.com. Casual family cuisine, full bar with piano entertainment.

JR’s Tavern

650 New Road, Somers Point. 653-9853. jrstavern.com. Lunch specials starting at $5 and dinner specials from $9.

Juliano’s Restaurant

Library III

6605 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 6457655. libraryiii.com. Murph’s crab cakes, steaks, prime rib, seafood and salad bar.

Mangia by the Greens

3016 Ocean Heights Ave., EHT. 601-8369. Lunch, dinner, latenight snacks, pizza. Free delivery to EHT, Linwood, Northfield, and Somers Point.

Maplewood Inn

1470 White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 561-9621. joesmaplewood.com. Italian specialties and “world’s best spaghetti.”

Mays Landing Diner

6177 Harding Highway (Rt. 40), Mays Landing. 625-5051. mayslandingdiner.com. Classic New Jersey diner. Baking done on the premises.

McKee’s Irish Pub

446 St. Louis Ave., Egg Harbor City. 965-7878. Open for lunch and dinner.

Mickey & Minnie’s

733 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne. 965-1877. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Closed Mondays.

Mount Fuji

136 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 383-8881. Traditional Japanese cuisine. Sushi bar.

The Nizam’s

6666 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 6778829. Northern and Southern Indian food, including nan, tandori and vegetarian dishes. Major credit cards accepted. Lunch buffett $9.95.

Oyster Creek Inn

41 N. Oyster Creek Rd., Leeds Point. 652-8565. Old-fashioned fresh seafood house with waterfront dining.

Pistol Pete’s Saloon & Steakhouse

1000 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 484-1000. pistolpetessaloon.com. Casual dining. Weekly specials.

PJ’s 50 Pub & Grille

Zion Rd. & Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Twp. 927-6363. julianospub.com Sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and seafood.

2301 Rt. 50, 1 Mile N. of Black Horse Pike (Rt. 322), Mays Landing. 625-9600. Everything homemade from soups to desserts.

L’s Restaurant

Rama Thai

119 Route 50, Corbin City. 6283024. ls-jbones.com. Traditional, casual dining. J-Bones Tavern inside.

La Hacienda

3003 English Creek Ave. Egg Harbor Twp. (in English Creek Shopping Ctr.) 677-1004. ramathainj.com. Thai cuisine with reasonable prices.

265 S. New York Rd. (Route 9), Galloway, 652-6050. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine.

Ram’s Head Inn

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Renault Winery

Linwood Greene, Rt. 9, Linwood. 653-8442. Serving seafood, veal pasta, steak, subs and salads.

Levari’s Seafood & American Grill

Tuckahoe Rd. and Rt. 50, Petersurg. 628-2225.levarisamericangrill. com. Open daily 10am. Drink specials.

9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway. 652-1700. Classic area hotspot. 72 N. Breman Ave, Egg Harbor City. 965-2111. Gourmet restaurant and also Joseph’s Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Richland House

1303 Harding Hwy. (Rt. 40), Richland. 856-697-5700. therichlandhouse.com. Fresh seafood

and steaks, unique wine list.

Rifici’s Italian Cuisine & Pizzeria

308 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 272-2000. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Banquet room available.

Romanelli’s Garden Cafe

279 South New York Rd., Galloway. 652-0179. romanelliscafe.com. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also catering.

Sack O’ Subs

784 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 646-6555. Hot and cold subs, homemade soups and salads.

Sakura

4215 Black Horse Pike (Hamilton Commons shopping center), Mays Landing. 485-0071. Japanese cuisine w/ Japanese steak, seafood house and sushi bar.

Sam’s Bar & Grill

18 S. Main St., Pleasantville. 6465128. samsbarandgrill.com.

Sandi Pointe

908 Shore Rd., Somers Point, 927-2759. (formerly Mac’s Restaurant). Seafood restaurant and bar with live music.

Simply Fondue

4215 Black Horse Pike. (Hamilton Commons shopping center) , Mays Landing. (near Regal Cinemas) simplyfonduemayslanding.com. Mostly fondue, but also salads and a bar offering more than 50 different martinis.

Somers Point Cafe

581 Ocean Heights Ave., Somers Point. 788-8115 Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 7am10pm daily. Daily specials. Eat in, take out, delivery. Most dinners under $10.

Smithville Inn

Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 652-7777. Traditional area hotspot.

Tailgaters Galloway Grille

337 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City. 804-9000. Traditional American cuisine, daily homemade specials, burgers and wings. Sports bar.

Tap Room & Grille

Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Dr., Northfield. 236.4465. Featuring an acclaimed Sunday brunch. Open Sun.-Thurs.lunch from 11am. Fri.& Sat. dinner from 5pm. Fri.-Sun. breakfast from 7am. Sun. brunch, 10am2pm.

TW Howell’s

341 West White Horse Pike (Odesse Ave. & Rt.9), Pomona. 892-3704. Summertime BBQs as well as catering for any event.

Ventura’s Offshore Café

2015 Shore Rd., Northfield, venturascafe.com. 641-5158. Awardwinning filet mignon, pan pizzas and more. Delivery.

Vic’s Subs

742 Ohio Ave., Absecon. 6450500. Hot & cold subs, salads, party trays.

OCEAN CITY AND SOUTH 701 Mosaic

701 4th St., Ocean City. 3982700. Contemporary Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine.

Casa Del Dolce

947-949 Asbury Ave., OC. 3989300. Italian restaurant and gourmet deli.

Chatterbox

500 9th St., OC. 399-0113. “Where the town meets.”

Clancy’s by the Sea

1244 Boardwalk, Ocean City. 398-3344. clancysbythesea.com. Weekly specials, open year round. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open evenings.

Deauville Inn 201 Willard Road, Strathmere, 263-2080. deauvilleinn.com. Waterfront bar and dining.

Fuze 79th St. and Third, Avalon. 368-1919. Upscale dining and live entertainment. Open Wed.-Sun. in the fall.

Island Grill Restaurant

100 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City. 391-9616. ocnjislandgrill.com. Full service restaurant with wide variety of choices from seafood to steaks.

Ma France Creperie

506 9th St., Ocean City. 3999955. mafrancecreperie.com. Enjoy a quaint eatery with an artinspired decor while feasting on French cuisine. Call for hours.

Sack O’ Subs

926 Asbury Ave., OC. 525-0460. Hot and cold subs, french fries, pizzas, homemade soups, salads and dinners.

Vince’s

5698 Somers Point Rd., Mays Landing. 625-1926. Daily lunch & dinner specials.

25 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Sea Isle City. 263-4567. vincesrestaurant. net. A family business in same location for over 50 years. Great views.

Thai Basil

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Testa’s Good Guys Pub

199 New Rd., Suite 72, Linwood. 926-9339. Serving Thai-French cuisine.

730 Asbury Ave., OC. 399-1260. Doughnuts, cakes, pies, etc.

Tre Figlio

316 Roosevelt Blvd., Marmora, 390-1757. yesterdaysbar.com. Lunch, dinner, late-night snacks and take-out. ■

500 W. White Horse Pike, Pomona. 965-3303. trefiglio.com. Italian cuisine.

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Club Cappuccino

Coffee bar. Fine gourmet coffees, cappuccino, espresso and teas accompanied by homemade pastries, cookies and brownies.

Corner Grille & Deli

Traditional deli favorites. Also has hot menu items.

McCormick & Schmick’s

More than 30 different varieties of fresh seafood featured on a menu that changes twice daily.

Polistina’s Italian Ristorante

Enjoy family style, Italian favorites and a selection of homemade pastas and sauces.

Reflections

A 24-hour cafe offering steaks, seafood, sandwiches and burgers. Breakfast is available anytime.

The Steakhouse

Gourmet restaurant offers a raw bar, roast prime rib, shrimp Wellington and more.

Taste of the Shore

Food emporium features Primo Pizza, Sack O’ Subs, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.

pastry shop, soups and sandwiches. Open 24 hours Sun.-Fri.; open 7am-11pm Sat.

Cornucopia Buffet

Land and sea buffet features a variety of specialties. Cost: $16 (includes tax). Hours are 11:30 am-9pm Sun.-Fri; 11:30 am10pm on Sat.

Empress Gem Noodle Bar

Temptations Fine Chocolate & Coffee

Located on first level of Waterfront Tower. Open 7am7pm Sun.-Thurs., until 2am on Fri. & Sat.

Waterfront Buffet

Extensive buffet items. Cost: $29.99(plus tax, $22.99 kids) for dinner daily; $18.99 (plus tax, $10.99, kids) for brunch. Hours: Mon. & Fri., 8:30am– noon brunch, 4–9pm dinner; Tues. & Wed., noon–9pm dinner; Thurs. 4–9pm dinner; Sat. 8:30am–noon brunch, 1–10pm dinner; Sun. 8:30am– 1:30pm brunch, 2–9pm dinner.

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Asian noodle bar open 1pm4am Mon.-Thurs., 1pm-5am Fri., noon-5am Sat. and noon4am Sun.

Horizons

A lovely ocean view is a perk at this 24-hour restaurant Fri. to Sun., 7am-11pm Mon.-Thurs., serving casual fare including the Coney Island Deli, featuring deli appetizers and sandwiches.

Patsy’s

Specializing in Neapolitan cuisine, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in New York was Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant. Hours are Fri.–Sat. 5:30-10pm; Sun.–Tues. 6 –10pm; closed Wed.–Thurs. A bar menu is available Sun. 4:3010pm; Mon.-Tues. noon-mid.; Fri., Sat. 4:30-11pm. For reservations, call 340-7585.

The Oaks

New York-style steakhouse featuring prime meats and the freshest seafood served in a refined atmosphere. Open for dinner Wed.–Thurs. 6-10pm; Fri.Sat. 5:30-10pm; Sun. brunch, 10am-3pm. Reservations recommended. Also the casual Oaks Burger Bar.

RESORTS 344-6000 Asian Spice

Gourmet cuisine with a noodle bar and Chinese barbecue items. Noodle bar open daily noon–2am; Restaurant open Sat.-Sun. 6–11pm. Now featuring a four-course prix fixe menu for $29.99.

Boardwalk Perks

Coffee shop with deli sandwiches. Sun.–Thurs. 7am–6pm; Fri.–Sat. 7am–10pm.

Breadsticks Cafe & Grill

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and latenight fare. Open 24 hours daily.

The Buffet

Offers an international menu, as well a full complement of all-American selections. Cost: $14.99 (plus tax) lunch and dinner; $13.99 (plus tax) for breakfast Sat. & Sun. $3 discount for members of the Resorts Destination Casino Club.

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Gallagher’s Burger Bar

Burger Bar located across from Gallagher’s offers dry-aged beef burgers, chili made with choice sirloin, sliders (mini burgers) and more.

Gallagher’s Steakhouse

340-6555. The renowned New York City steakhouse is located on Resorts’ dining level and features traditional dry-aged steaks and seafood favorites prepared on their famous open flame.

SHOWBOAT 343-4000 Canal Street Bread & Sandwich Co.

Soup, overstuffed sandwiches, made-to-order pizza and desserts, 24/7.

Casa Di Napoli

Brick-oven pizza, classic Italian dishes including pasta, veal and seafood, homemade salad and breads.

French Quarter Buffet

Seafood, steaks, a Bayou salad bar and homemade desserts, self-serve cappuccino machine. Sun.-Tues. 12-4pm lunch $17.99 (plus tax) Sun.–Tues. dinner 4-9pm, $21.99. Fri., 410 pm Seafood Night, $25.99. Sat. noon-3pm lunch, $17.99; dinner, all-u-can-eat lobster 4-10pm, $29.99. Closed Wed.Thurs.

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TROPICANA 340-4000 il Verdi

Upscale gourmet Italian cuisine presented in an elegant ambiance.

Golden Dynasty

Traditional Chinese cuisine, Cantonese specialties and exotic delicacies for which Chef Ping is well known.

Seaside Cafe

This 24-hour dining experience offers updated casual fare.

Wellington’s

Offering classic seashore seafood dishes, steaks and freshly prepared seasonal specialties and the best gourmet in town. Ocean views from every table.

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House of Blues Restaurant 236-BLUE. New Orleans-style restaurant and bar.

“Mom and Pop”-style deli featuring a variety of overstuffed sandwiches along with homemade soups.

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Rib & Chophouse

Classic Boardwalk treats including foot-long hot dogs, fresh fruit smoothies, soft pretzels, cotton candy, corn dogs, and pizza.

Royal Noodle House

Casual dining BBQ restaurant serving hickory-smoked pork, beef, chicken, BBQ ribs, sandwiches and salads.

Hearth-baked biscuits, overstuffed sandwiches, hearty salads and more. Home of the $3 Big Easy Burger. Steaks, chops, chicken and fresh seafood, char-grilled to specification. Raw bar plus the freshest catch. Located next to the Fortune Gaming Pavilion on the casino floor; authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese noodle, rice and dim-sum dishes.

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Hooters

Seafood, burgers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearly world-famousâ&#x20AC;? chicken wings served by the famous Hooters girls.

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347-7770. Catch your favorite game while eating a meal with everything from beef to seafood menu.

Carmineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

572-9300. The renowned New York family-style Italian institution serves southern Italian appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared from the freshest quality ingredients in large portions.

The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret

Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 1-877-FUNNYAC. Offering a full menu of dining options, every day. CafĂŠ Cuisine includes a continental menu, latte & espresso available. Buffet style breakfast (Sat. & Sun. 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2pm) $7.77.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

348-6700. cubalibrerestaurant. com. Classic and contemporary Cuban dishes. Brunch, dinner and late dining served daily.

The Palm

344-7256. thepalm.com. Known for its aged prime beef, monstrous Nova Scotia lobsters and outstanding American and Italian dishes. 348-4600. Traditional Chinese cuisine, with innovative contemporary creations that demonstrate modern influences on the modern Asian palette.

Red Square

344-9100. Famed restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vodka and caviar bar and restaurant recreates centuries of Russian history. The dining room, flanked with two ice columns, gives way to an ice-topped 32-foot bar.

RĂ­-RĂĄ Irish Pub & Restaurant

Famous for its root beer, ice cream floats, and hot dogs, Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is now located in Tropicanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation Center, serving all its popular snacks and goodies.

TRUMP MARINA 1-800-777-8477; 441-2000 The Bayside Buffet

An all you can eat International buffet has all your traditional favorites in a relaxing atmosphere lunch and dinner Mon.-Thurs. ($16.99 pls. tax.), or sample the lavish breakfast buffet from 8am -11:30am daily ($12.99 pls. tax.). A Seafood buffet is featured every Fri., Sat., and Sun. during lunch and dinner ($25.99 plus tax.). Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8am-8pm; Fri.-Sun. 8am-9pm.

Cosimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza

Casual and classic Italian cuisine from pizza to Eggplant Parmigiana to Chicken Florentino.

DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse

Surround yourself with western charm while savoring gourmet steaks, chop, and seafood. Serving CAB prime meats and the freshest fish available. A Sunday through Thursday Three Course Chef Special Dinner menu is available for $35 per person. Open for dinner Fri.Tue. 6pm.

Hooters

449-9300. Seafood, salad, â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearly world-famousâ&#x20AC;? chicken wings and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;more than a mouthful burgerâ&#x20AC;? all served by the Hooters girls.

Harbor View

Elegant, intimate dining. Serving the finest gourmet seafood and Italian specialties. Best views of the Marina and Atlantic City skyline. Open for dinner Wed.-Sun 6pm. Sunday Champagne Brunch 10am-2pm.

Imperial Court

Superb Chinese cuisine with exotic offerings and assortment of familiar items. Open for dinner for Friday - Sunday 6pm.

The CafĂŠ

Full breakfast fare. Also serving deli-style lunch and casual dinners. Open 24 hours.

TRUMP PLAZA 441-6000 24 Central Cafe

An upscale dining experience in a casual atmosphere, features everything from steaks to seafood and from Asian dishes to the latest martinis available.

Boardwalk Terrace (overlooking the ocean), 572-0866. A fusion of unique Asian cuisine ranging from Cantonese to Japanese accompanied by an assortment of selections available at the Noodle and Sushi Bar.

Evo

2225 Boardwalk at Trump Plaza. 441-0400. evorestaurant.com. Serving specialty cocktails and 20 wines by the glass. Menu features world cuisine and brick-oven pizzas.

Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Located on the sixth floor, this steakhouse features U.S.D.A. prime certified Angus beef and seafood selections. Open for dinner.

Rainforest CafĂŠ

On the Boardwalk at Trump Plaza. 345-5757. rainforestcafe.com. Exotic salads, pastas, burgers, steaks and seafood served amidst the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.

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Hard Rock CafĂŠ

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Moon at Dynasty

Serving specialty cocktails, including the Sake-tini, along with sushi creations and fully cooked selections.

The Rim

A gourmet noodle bar right off the casino floor. Sit at the circular bar and watch chefs prepare your meal or dine at a private table.

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5th annual Atlantic City Beer Festival

Where: Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd., A.C. When: Saturday & Sunday, March 20-21 How Much: $50 at the door, $43 per session in advance (through ticketmaster.com or celebrationofthesuds.com). Group tickets: 10-19 people $38 per person, 20-30 people $35 per person. Details: Session 1 is Sat. noon-4:30pm (doors open 11:30am with advanced tickets); Session 2 is Sat. (sold out) 6-10:30pm (doors open 5:30pm); Session 3 is Sun. 1-5:30pm (doors open 12:30pm). Attendees must be at least 21 with valid ID. Designated driver tickets are available.

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Choose your brews and other amusements at 5th annual Atlantic City Beer Fest

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City Sideshow, mechanical bull riding, a creation by master sand sculptor Matt Dieberg, cooking-with-beer demos by Rocky Fino and Sheila Stepkin, and a “mustache lounge” that requires all who enter to be mustachioed. “If you decide to draw one on or wear a fake one, great,” says Henderson. “I actually ordered about 500 fake mustaches just for that.” Along with fine-tuning the festival’s floor plan to give attendees a bit more walking-around room, everything including the culinary options have been expanded. Several local restaurants will

was say, ‘Alright, let’s get some of the personalities behind the beers to show people how it’s done and answer questions, and let’s add lots of entertaining components to create a fun time.’ People have a hard time being a jerk when everybody’s having fun. When a lot of people are having a good time, hey, people end up getting married here.” That’s precisely what occurred among past festival attendees Chris Warwick and Erin Neary. “I have a place in Margate, and two of my daughters were down [from Palmyra] for the weekend to attend the beer fes-

‘It isn’t just a chance to sample new brews without having to buy a six-pack to find out if you’ll like it or not; it’s an entire entertainment weekend.’ have vending stations offering such delectables as sausage-and-peppers, crab cakes and more. Tony Boloney’s A.C. Pizzeria will be serving several beer-inspired pizzas at the festival. “The creation process was tough,” says Mario Dorazio of Tony Boloney’s. “It included going out to the bar with fellow co-workers, having 10 pizzas show-up, tasting them all, then drinking more. Just my kind of tough if you know what I mean.” “There’s so many different options for people this year, we had to really spread it out,” says Henderson. “It isn’t just a chance to sample new brews without having to buy a six-pack to find out if you’ll like it or not; it’s an entire entertainment weekend. What we [the producers] did

tival,” says Kevin Neary, Erin’s father. “My younger daughter met up with [Chris], whose dad used to coach her in soccer, and they eventually wound up getting married.” Brewers new to the festival this year include Ithaca (ithacabeer.com), Great Lakes (greatlakesbrewing.com), High and Mighty (highandmightybeer.com), Yards (yardsbrewing.com) and Cape Ann (capeannbrewing.com). Monterosso, producer of the Web site stillcrazyafterallthesebeers.com, will inform attendees of the essential differences between the two most popular types of beers — lagers and ales — during his free seminars. “Most of the craft breweries turn out exclusively ales, and the logic behind

that is that you can get one out on the street in about 10 days to two weeks,” says Monterosso. “Lagers, which comes from the German word ‘lagern’ meaning ‘to store,’ take about four to six months to produce. So from the standpoint of where some of these craft breweries are coming from — many of which are small mom-and-pop organizations — they want to get their product out on the street as quickly as possible, ergo you produce mostly ales. Yuengling is a powerhouse [located in Pennsylvania] known for their lagers, and now most of the breweries are starting to dabble in producing at least one lager to include in their portfolio.” Last year corporate executives from Michelob, an Anheuser-Busch subsidiary, introduced some of the brand’s experimental beers at the Atlantic City festival in an effort to get a handle on consumer preference. “Let’s face it, there are numerous beer festivals throughout the year and throughout the country — probably one going on every week somewhere,” says Monterosso, “and Anheuser-Busch has really thrown their support behind the one in Atlantic City. That’s the respect they have for a show like the one we have here. “Bringing in varying aspects of entertainment is an important element,” adds Monterosso. “Jon likes to put on shows and he’s very good at it. He’s good at finding and creating various types of entertainment and meshing them together. He’s definitely an asset to Atlantic City, and fits in to the culture here perfectly.” n see more online @


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Where: Trump Marina, A.C. When: Saturday, March 20, 8pm How Much: $30

Kathleen Madigan sticks to her comedic guns, does Trump Marina Saturday By Ed Condran

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ONSIDERING THE PLIGHT OF the newspaper industry, perhaps Kathleen Madigan chose wisely when she left her post as a features reporter during the late 1980s for comedy. “I worked long enough as a journalist to realize that I really didn’t want to be a journalist,” Madigan tells Atlantic City Weekly. “There had to be something else out there for me.” Madigan, 44, gave comedy a shot 21 years ago and by 1990 it was her occupation. “I didn’t get paid a lot, but when you’re just out of school you don’t need that much money,” Madigan says during a telephone interview from her Los Angeles home. The St. Louis native didn’t give up journalism entirely. She scored a gig as an ESPN 2 reporter in 1991. The emerging sports network was so impressed with her wit she was offered a gig as an anchor the following year. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute,’ I’m supposed to move to Bristol, Conn., [ESPN homebase] for just $28,000 a year?’ I also don’t love all sports. I’m not into college football or NASCAR. That wasn’t the job for me. I found the right job.” Indeed. Madigan, who has appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Night With Conan O’Brien, is an inveterate stand-up. Madigan, who will perform Saturday, March 20, at the Trump Marina, will Join us on Facebook:

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crack wise about religion, politics and pop culture. “I voted for Barack Obama, but I wasn’t a big backer like my sister, who is 10 years younger than me,” Madigan says. “She was like, ‘C’mon, vote for Barack, don’t you have any hope left?’ I told her that I lost hope for this country when American Airlines stopped giving out pillows. If I had been one of those rabid Obama backers, I would be a little ticked off. When you look at who he’s picked, it’s the Clinton administration again. Is this really change?” When Madigan isn’t performing in America, she’s doing USO shows in the Middle East. “It’s nothing like the military commercials when you see what the soldiers have to deal with in Afghanistan,” Madigan says. “No American soldier is fighting a dragon. Afghanistan makes Iraq look like Las Vegas. They show you the tent where you sleep and the tent where you go to the bathroom. I wanted to know where the tent was where you quit.” But Madigan is impressed with the transformation of Iraq since America invaded in 2003. “We’ve built hospitals, roads and given jobs to people. If it were a show, it would be called Extreme Country Makeover. I think America should invade Detroit. We should get everybody out of there, bomb it and make a new Detroit and everyone would be happy.”

Madigan is happy that she recently graduated to the theater/casino circuit. “I didn’t want to have a boring old job working in the office with the same old people and situations everyday,” Madigan says. “But it started becoming a bit predictable playing the same clubs in Omaha and Cleveland. But now I’m playing a lot of

places I haven’t been to before and it just makes it interesting for me. I’m playing new venues and I have new jokes.” The affable Madigan also has a new gig. She is toiling as Dr. Phil’s special correspondent. The quirky humorist hits the streets and has fun with unsuspecting people. “It’s a fun job,” Madigan says. “It’s just one more good thing to happen to me.

But it’s been a succession of good things that have happened to me since I’ve made comedy my career. There are obvious risks when you become a comedian. But isn’t there risk with just about everything that you do today? I would rather take the risk being a comedian than working for some company that will terminate you out of the blue. Comedy has certainly worked out for me. I have no regrets.” Madigan is amazed at how different the comedy landscape is today. “It’s dramatic how it is now compared to when I started,” Madigan says. “It’s the same for society. There were no cell phones or Internet back then. But as far as comedy, you went on Johnny Carson and boom, you were headlining Las Vegas. There were just a few channels and everyone was watching those channels. Today there are hundreds of channels. There are so many outlets to showcase what you can do as a comic. But you’re not performing in front of an audience like you would have been during the Johnny Carson era. It’s more of a marathon than a sprint today and I’m fine with that. But a lot of other comics aren’t fine with that and they quit. They want a normal life, a family. They look at other options. Once I got into this, there were no other options for me. This was it and I’m so glad I stuck with it because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” n see more online @

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Where: The Borgata, Atlantic City When: Saturday, March 20, 8pm How Much: $43.50

Brian Regan may be one of the cleanest comics out there, but he’s also one of the funniest. By Jeff Schwachter

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RIAN REGAN’S RISE TO FAME came slowly. He spent the aspiring stand-up’s mandatory time doing cramped clubs and small festivals across the country until breaking through big-time in the mid-1990s. His stand-up act around that period would eventually be captured on a Comedy Central special, thousands of Internet sites and a live CD. It was around this time when Regan’s hilarious bits like “You Too & Stuff,” “The Eye Doctor,” “Food Combinations” and “The Donut Lady” could be heard pouring out of dorm rooms and from behind office cubicle walls across our comedydependent nation. Over the past five years or so, Regan’s star has continued to rise, selling out theater tours — since 2005 he’s visited about 80 cities a year — releasing a pair of Comedy Central DVDs — Brian Regan Standing Up (2007) and The Epitome of the Hyperbole (2008) — raising a family and appearing on numerous late-night TV shows, all while doing what he loves: coming up with “goofy things.”For his second interview with Atlantic City Weekly — he spoke to us right before the first of his four Borgata appearances back in 2006 — Regan called from Las Vegas, right before a five-night stint in Salt Lake City.

I just watched ‘The Epitome of the Hyperbole’ and the ‘Dora the Explorer’ bit was great. You have two kids, what other kid shows are you into? Ever see the show ‘Kipper’? Oh yeah. Do I have the right theme song? [Starts singing the theme song] Kipper ... da, dah, dum ... It’s a bit jazzier: “Kipper the dog. The one with the slipper, that’s Kipper. Kipper the dog.” [Laughter] You know if your main character is Kipper, you know the word “slipper” is going to be in the theme song. It’s almost a given. ... You know there must have been a deadline. [The songwriter] must have said, “They said they wanted this theme song at noon and I got one lyric that I just can’t nail down. Let me send in this version and see if it flies.”

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Right. Like the song “I’m the Map” from ‘Dora.’ Yeah. [Starts singing the song like he does on his DVD] “I’m the Map, I’m the Map, I’m the Map, I’m the Map.”

You’ve appeared at the Borgata a few times over the past four years or so. The Borgata’s always a fun place. It’s a wide kind of room so you have to really kind of work it, you know? You got to walk way over to the right, and walk way over to the left, and you’ve got to come up with jokes that have to do with width. You have to go, “Hey, what’s the deal with the wingspan on the Wright Brothers first plane? I mean that wingspan went from way over here to way over here! You’ve got to utilize your space.” People love you as a comedian and you’re always working. Do you find there’s a pressure on you to keep churning out new

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following among pot smokers.” I’m like, “Wow, thanks man.” And then he put his head back down and shuffled off into the sunset. It was really cool. I was like, “Wow, alright. I didn’t know I had the pot-smokers out there. I got them now.”

Not to put down your comedy, but I guess anything could be funny to a pot smoker. Right, you could watch Gunsmoke and laugh for an hour! Hey, I’m the Gunsmoke of comedy!

That could be a good name for your next DVD: “The Gunsmoke of Comedy.” [Laughs]

On your current tour, you have five nights in Salt Lake City, but only one night most other places. What’s the deal? I tend to work clean and I think because of that — obviously there’s a large Mormon community in Utah and Salt Lake City in particular and they’re partial to that kind of comedy. It came as a surprise to me a couple years ago. I had never even performed there and I was getting comments on like my guestbooks, you know? “Hey, you should play Salt Lake City!” And I was like, OK, let’s book a show there and see what happens. Next thing I knew — material? it was very flattering. I was like, wow, these people seem Well, I don’t feel it as a pressure because I just naturally to like what I do. So I’m cool with it. If they are, I am. like to think about goofy things. And so, anytime I’m doing a show I have one or two brand-new or relatively What’s your favorite Atlantic City Boardwalk moment? new things that I’m kicking in — I mean from night My favorite Boardwalk story, it’s a true story, there was to night — and every time you add something, somesome kind of little arcade thing there, you know? This thing falls by the wayside, and it just seems kind of is years ago and I’m walking around and they have this natural that after about a year and a half or two years little arcade game where you throw these balls into a you get kind of a turnover. [So] when people come basket and there are these big stuffed animals behind back out, hopefully they’re going to see a bunch of the guy. And there’s a sign that says, “Put two out of stuff that they didn’t see the previous time. three balls into the basket and you win a big stuffed animal.” So I go, OK, I’ll give it a try and I put the 50 cents Does your 11-year-old son get to watch your comedy? I mean it’s down and they give me three golf-ball type of things. I pretty family-friendly. threw the first one and the first ball went right through Yeah, he does, but — I know that there are kids out there the basket and I was like, whoa, I only need one more! who are even younger than my son who like my comedy, Second ball hits the basket and bounced out. The third and that’s cool for me, but I want my kids to think of me one, I tried to throw it like the first one, and boom! It as just Daddy, you know? And maybe there’s also this went into the basket! I’m like, I got myself a big stuffed deep-rooted fear that if I did put something on and [my animal. So the guy reaches under the counter and hands kids] are like, “Oh, brother this is what you do Daddy?” me this stuffed animal that — and I’m not joking — was That would crush me, you know? about five inches long and he throws it on the counter and goes, “There you go.” And I say, “No, no, no! The Speaking of the crowds out there, what’s one of the strangest or most sign says that I won a big stuffed animal.” And he goes, memorable meet-and-greet experiences you’ve had? “Yeah” and he points to the little thing. “Yeah, that’s Oh, there are just all kinds of bizarre things. I came out the big stuffed animal.” And then he points to the ones of a restaurant one time and this longhaired guy with up behind him and goes, “Those are huge.” his head down, just kind of shuffling along, was on the sidewalk. And this guy just walked right passed me and [Laughter] How do you win a huge one? doesn’t even look at me. He walks about 10 feet, I’m [Laughter] I don’t know. I guess you have to hit like 500 in not even really paying attention other than the fact that a row or something to win one that’s huge. And then I look he stopped, turned around, walks back to me and then at the huge ones and they were like bolted into the walls he looks up and he goes, “Dude, you’ve got the hugest behind the guy. Those things never move! n see more online @


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HEN I WENT TO SEE ROMAN Polanski’s Ghost Writer and Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone, I thought they would be totally different film genres that didn’t have much in common. I was wrong. Polanski’s quietly effective thriller set in an off-season Maine coastal town, and Greengrass’ weak action picture/message movie hybrid set in Iraq just after the invasion in 2003, are both devoted to the theme of political maneuvering during wartime. Both want to deliver a message about men in power whose secret policies are carried out not just to protect innocent citizens, but also to keep the powerhungry politicians in power. Polanski’s film provides the added bonus of intriguing characters and an interesting story wrapped around his polemic. Greengrass appears to care only about the message and doesn’t bother to provide compelling filmmaking to make his message palatable. Polanski’s film is based on a novel by Robert Harris that the author adapted for The Ghost Writer HHHH Directed by Roman Polanski; rated PG13 Green Zone HHHH Directed by Paul Greengrass; rated R

the screen. Ewan McGregor stars as the titled character, a man who is hired to finish a ghost-writing job for the former prime minister of Great Britain, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), who has written his memoirs. The previous ghost writer turned up dead, by accidental death or suicide. This makes the new ghost vaguely uncomfortable, but the money was too good to pass up. He is also uncomfortable about the breaking news that the former PM allegedly allowed terrorists to be illegally tortured under his watch. Angry peace protesters feel that Lang was a puppet of the United States and that their soldiers are still paying the price. As the Ghost (we are never told his name) continues his work on the book, he comes across some clues that suggest the previous writer might have been murdered. His curiosity and desire to find the truth leads him to a man (Tom Wilkinson), whose possible CIA ties expand his uneasiness and realization that he might be in danger. Polanski delivers his message about power and corruption in a subtle, engaging way, with performances that enhance his storytelling and deliver his message with a wry, humorous edge. The excellent storytelling makes Ghost Writer an effective vehicle for Polanski’s political statement.

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There is a classic cliché about Hollywood filmmaking: “If you want to send a message, use Western Union.” Nobody under the age of 40 knows what Western Union is, but here’s the point — you need to engage the audience in the movie’s story if you want the message to have an impact. With Green Zone, director Greengrass and star Matt Damon are the lure to trick us into the multi-plex; the movie is being sold as a new collaboration by the team that brought us The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. The

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idea was to convince moviegoers that despite the Iraq setting, this was going to be an action picture. Instead, it is a movie about the politics that led to the continuing war in Iraq. Yes, a lot of Americans are not happy about the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction, but if you are going to make a movie that is designed to be entertainment, make it entertaining. If you want to make a movie to present your point of view in such a heavy handed manner, interview the real people involved and make it a documentary. Instead, Greengrass and screenwriter Brian Hegleland, who adapted a book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, have taken some facts and created a tedious fictional version of those facts. It will give you a headache as it hammers home its message — that when politicians do bad things, like cover up the fact that were no WMDs, it is the soldiers on the ground and the civilians caught in the middle who suffer. I had a horrible thought as I watched this lousy film: now there is one thing that Glenn Beck and I will agree about. n

To read more about movies and other topics covered by movie critic Lori Hoffman visit the ‘Atlantic City Central’ blog at http://blog.acweekly.com/

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