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APRIL 22-28, 2010

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Sparks Will Fly By Lori Hoffman Three years later, Jordin Sparks, the youngest ‘Idol’ champ in history, is as bubbly and genuine as ever.

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Relive the Decade of Love By Ray Schweibert

The fifth annual Sensational ’60s Weekend is a celebration of Wildwood’s unique role in music history

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Local tourism boards will have to find ways to offset cuts made in state marketing funds for the summer

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Quotables Pinky’s Corner Coasting Curtain Call The City Beat Ante Up Whitney’s Radar Good Golf Guide

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Dining: Latin Soul Food

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The Boardwalk Committee has had complaints about the empty billboard at Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and the Boardwalk, which is jointly owned by the Shiff Brothers and Pinnacle Entertainment. I brought this to the attention of Atlantic Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deputy Solicitor Irv Jacoby and requested that he speak with the owners of the board about allowing the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority (ACCVA) to put a sign on the empty board, until such time as it is rented. Both parties agreed and Maureen Siman, VP of marketing for the ACCVA, is in the midst of getting a sign made to place on the empty board. I urge Atlantic Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Council to pass an ordinance stating that if a signboard is without a rented sign on it for 30 days, it should be made available first to the city and then to any charitable organization willing to take advantage of it until it is rented. Blank billboards create an ugly atmosphere. The demolishing of the Atlantic City Post Office building is under way. When completed, the area will be seeded and have a park-like atmosphere. This will give the city another long empty lot on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, one third of a block wide from Atlantic to Pacific avenues. It will provide a four-lane roadway to the Boardwalk with the empty Pinnacle block on one side and a large empty area on the other. It would have been nice to have a parking lot on that site, but it is too costly and Pinnacle is not going to spend the money necessary to establish a parking lot. Happy to inform you that Mayor Lorenzo Langford will issue an executive order stating that trucks on the Boardwalk will have to use the nearest ramp for ingress and egress. For years, the Boardwalk Committee has been complaining about the vehicles on the Boardwalk causing nails to come up. The long-awaited redevelopment of the Roosevelt Place pavilion will begin within the next two months and should be completed by the end of the summer. The CRDA is providing the funding and oversight of the development. The next pavilion that should be reconstructed is the one at Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk. It is a disgrace to have it sitting there the way it looks. n

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NYONE WHO HAS EVER dropped by one of the local establishments that complement the dining or socializing scene with live music probably crossed paths with Don Ellsworth. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly made the rounds over the past decade or so, and along with being a talented and versatile musician he often mingles between sets with the guests heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performing for, seeming to always maintain an upbeat attitude. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m never one of those people that runs around saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh my God, things are so toughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I have enough faith in this area that things will come around,â&#x20AC;? says Ellsworth regarding his forthcoming slate of summer gigs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those kinds of things I have no control over, and I just try to do what I do and spread the word, meet with people and know that things will eventually fall into place. I tend to keep optimistic about work, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very pleased with how things are lining up.â&#x20AC;? Born in Atlantic City, Ellsworth spent his formative years in Vermont and received a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in music from Castleton State College. He returned to the A.C. area in the late 1990s and was almost immediately booked as a performer at Fred and Ethelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Smithville and elsewhere. Occasionally heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d make jaunts down to Nashville, Tenn., to hone his craft and study songwriting, and in 2005 released a CD of original material he wrote or co-wrote (audio clips can be heard at donellsworth.com) that manifest the soulful, country sound often associated with Nashville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People will ask me from time to time, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What would you like to play?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and if I had my choice Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do some country music,â&#x20AC;? says Ellsworth, who complements his vocal skills by switching between guitar and piano during gigs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That being said I still like performing Billy Joel, Elton John and others. Country music, as great as it is itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of tough to find many piano-driven songs. In a lot of cases what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to do is rearrange the songs a little bit to sort of suit the piano, just because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to play everything on guitar. Ellsworth currently performs every Wednesday night at the Library III in EHT, and will also be making regular appearances at Sofia of Margate (Thursdays), the Flying Cloud CafĂŠ in Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basin Join us on Facebook:

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HEY’LL BE SHOUTING AT THE slot machines and screaming at the craps tables when Linda Eder takes the stage in Atlantic City this weekend, just as they did when the singer and Broadway star first performed here more than 25 years ago. The big difference is that neither Eder nor her audience will hear all that commotion. That’s just one difference between working in a wide-open lounge just a few feet from the casino floor and headlining in a spacious showroom that’s insulated from all that ambient noise. Still, Eder doesn’t discount the importance that casino lounges meant to her career. For entertainers trying to grab the brass ring of success, learning how to work around the distractions in a lounge can often be a make-or-break proposition. “It’s not an easy audience,” says Eder, who spent three years as a regular in the old Atrium Lounge at Harrah’s Resort in the mid-1980s. “It’s a mix of people who come in for music and people just coming in to take a load off their feet for a little while in between playing on the casino floor,” she adds. And, of course, there’s always the folks who lost more than they could afford to lose and then drank themselves silly to forget their bad luck. “You get all kinds in the lounges,” Eder says. Yet Eder, who headlines Saturday, April 24, at Bally’s Atlantic City, knows how important her earliest casino gigs meant to her career. It was the four, five and six sets a night, six nights a week, that helped her polish her performing style and learn how to deal with distractions. “In the lounges, you really learn how to be an entertainer and deal with all the distractions,” says Eder, who moves easily between a variety of musical genres that include pop, country, standards and jazz. Eder’s long-running casino gig proved to be her ticket out of the lounges and ultimately onto the Broadway stage. In 1986, while she was working at Harrah’s, the Brainerd, Minn., native auditioned for and won a chance to compete on Star Search. Eder, 49, would have been content just to scratch out a win during her first appearance on the show. Instead, her sparkling voice helped her win the weekly competition for three consecutive months. And that attention and national exposure set in motion a chain

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of events that would ultimately lead her to Broadway a decade later, when she originated the role of Lucy in the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Eder is one of those performers who literally was born to do it. From the time she was eight-years-old, she knew she wanted to be a singer. Painfully shy, though, she didn’t perform for an audience until she was in high school and her choir teacher convinced her to sing some solos. Once the spotlight shined on her, though, she realized how much she loved the business and her shyness began to disappear. “If you have it in you, once you get on stage you realize how much you want it,” she says. Because of her success on Broadway, audiences have come to expect her concerts to be filled with popular show tunes and standards. To satisfy her fans, she had drifted away from the pop and country tunes she favored at the beginning of her career. But in recent years, she’s returned to her roots by performing programs and recording albums that have a little bit of everything. “I’ve really enjoyed bringing [pop and country] back into my show, because it’s been so many years since I did that,” she says during a phone call from her suburban New York home. “I got so identified with Broadway and standards, but that’s sort of role playing for me, because that’s not who I am innately as a person, or where I come from. I’m just finally free to be myself on stage, and do the kind of stuff that I write and the kind of stuff that makes me feel like the natural Linda I am offstage.” If she had to pick just one type of music to listen to and sing for the rest of her life, Eder would likely choose music from the Great American Songbook. “I love very down-the-middle pop and country,” she says. “I love beautiful melodies, good stories and lyrics. It’s American kind of music.” n

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Williams and Smothers individually were all life changing for me because of what I learned about entertainment. However, some of the moments that have made me the most proud are the stories that I hope are appreciated by the communityat-large. Annually I bring on Atlantic City health department director Ron Cash to discuss issues like men’s health and AIDS prevention via TV and radio. When President Barack Obama was elected I brought together a panel that included former A.C. councilwoman Barbara Hudgins. I also interviewed Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle, who was elected the same night as Obama. Coming soon will be the student council members of Atlantic City High School East Campus. The Breakfast Club has also co-sponsored several concerts on the Boardwalk and open mikes, workshops and panel discussions throughout southern New Jersey. No other media outlet reaches out at all to the African-American community here at the Jersey Shore. The past three years on radio have been wonderful because of great guests, loyal sponsors, and great listeners. On April 28 I hope to see you all (or those who are age 21 and over) at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues. The event will feature several artists who have had music featured on the Breakfast Club including singer/songwriters Barbara Sheree, and Melvin McKnight. Indie filmmaker Mike Dennis will bring footage from his film Last Night At The Five Spot (which features exclusive live performances by Floetry, Kindred and Jaguar Wright). We also will recognize 120 who represented Atlantic City with their national appearance on 106th and Park, which was seen by over 17 million people. Remember, admission is free, but please bring a canned food donation for the local Food Bank, and please dress to impress. n

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N WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, the Alternative Soul Breakfast Club radio show that I host Sunday mornings on WTTH FM 96.1 - The Touch will celebrate the start of its fourth year with a listener-appreciation event called After Dark at the House of Blues’ Foundation Room. Co-hosts, sponsors and show guests will be on hand to celebrate from 7-10pm. Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring a canned-good donation for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The cliché goes “time flies when you’re having fun,” and as the producer and host of the Alternative Soul Breakfast Club, time has taken me on an incredible ride. I can hardly believe that it’s going on four years since I started to build something special at the 7am hour every Sunday on The Touch. While being a lot of fun, I have also worked very hard to use radio to reach out to my community and fill some gaps that no other radio or TV stations are filling. I have tried to build a home for diverse music. I’ve had the honor of breaking brand new music by Barbara Sheree, who went on to sing with Patti LaBelle on NBC and to open for Keith Sweat. Currently Sheree can be found on the Billboard dance charts with Beyoncé and Janet Jackson. I’ve had local R&B group 120 drop by and break two singles before they performed on BET’s 106th and Park. There are several other performers, too, like spoken-word artist Michelle Moseley and rapper Illogik, who are close to their time in the national spotlight, but are also pioneers in local entertainment. I promise you’ll hear more from them. Along with the local and up-and-coming, the Breakfast Club has brought some of the most well-known voices of American culture to the airwaves of Atlantic City. Listeners have heard my conversations with Zane, the New York Times best-selling author and producer of Cinemax’s hit show The Sex Chronicles. I’ve discussed entertainment from Pleasantville to Hollywood with Rodney Jerkins. I’ve talked success, politics and brotherhood with Tom Smothers. I’ve even talked Motown, yesterday, today and forever with Otis Williams of the Temptations and William “Smokey” Robinson. My conversations with Robinson,

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OU CAN CHECK OUT BREAKING poker news in A.C. and from the Borgata Spring Open at “The Real Deal” poker blog at acweekly.com/poker. For instance, the Borgata Spring Poker Open (April 10-30) is brand new, adding to the casino’s regular Borgata Open and Winter Poker Open. With that new idea came the East Coast Championship, an early event at the open that carried a pretty steep $7,500 buy-in for the NoLimit tournament. So, at that buy-in, you might expect a light turnout and you’d be right. Only 62 players were in the tournament. But while the field was small, it was also very tight with some big-name pros making the field as competitive as it comes. “It’s some of the best poker I’ve ever played in a big tournament,” says pro Chris Klodnicki of Voorhees, who finished second in the tournament and collected $92,456. “It was a small field, but a tough field, the toughest I’ve played. There weren’t too many soft spots.” The winner of the tournament was Sorel Mizzi of Toronto who collected $170,313. Mizzi won with two pair on the final hand. He gets a crystal trophy and gold bracelet for the win. Mizzi made his name as one of the best online players in the game, but has been appearing in a growing number of live tournaments since about 2007. And lately, he’s been on a roll winning some big online tournaments as well as The Wynn Classic in Las Vegas in March — an $85,000 cash. He also scored an about $600,000 cash for a third place finish at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne this past January. “This is great. I played really well and am happy to survive,” Mizzi told The Borgata’s poker blog. “This was a tough, tough field.” Klodnicki’s earnings now top $1.2 million and he has become a real force at Atlantic City tables. He’s had several cashes in the city, including a $215,000 main event cash at a WSOP circuit event at Caesars in December. Another famous pro in the field was Gavin Smith, also known as “Birdguts,” whose winnings are more than $4.7 million. He was an early chip leader, but finished eighth in the championship taking home about $19,500. Of the top finishers, virtually all were are ranked

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pros or up and comers. So far, the spring open has to be considered a success and the good turnout of pros bodes well for the open’s main event, a $3,300 + $300 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. The Open Championship starts April 25. In some other news, pro Annie Duke will be in teacher mode as she makes her first appearance with the World Series of Poker Tournament Academy at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City May 1-2. Duke will be the lead instructor for the program. She will also teach at the WSOP Live Hand Analysis Academy May 3. The two-day academy costs $1,899 and is designed for players at all levels. However, to celebrate Duke’s appearance, you can get a $300 discount if you live within 150 miles of Atlantic City. Only 45 seats are open, so you’d better move fast if you’re interested. Go to wsopacademy. com for info or call 800-989-9767. The $999 Hand Analysis Academy will also be taught by Duke, but is even more limited with only 20 seats and is open only to alumnae of the Tournament Academy. Duke’s appearance here does make you wonder if she might catch a plane and get into town five days earlier for the Borgata’s Spring Open Main Event. It’s not likely, but who knows? Visit acweekly.com to look at this week’s poker tournaments schedule in Atlantic City. n see more online @


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What trendy accessories do you offer? We try to be more of a trendy classic. Kitson of Hollywood was one of our favorite stores when we were in L.A. We found they had some great items, and offered many items that were not affordable. We began our search for clothing, handbags, jewelry and gifts that had the great look, without sticker shock. Our biggest concentration is on organic and fair trade. Organic clothing is made with cotton minus the pesticides. Once you wear an outfit made from organic cotton itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to go back. Fair-trade gifts and accessories are made by women who have [previously] been exploited. By choosing fair trade, you not only get beautiful crafts, but you are also empowering women with sustainable work and fair wages.

Alcove and did a wonderful fashion show last year coordinated by Shelby Losco. We love being involved in the community and giving back as often as we can. When are you going to have your grand opening? Our grand opening will be held in May. We are planning on having a pink ribbon-cutting, giveaways and samples. Live models and local artisans with trunk shows are just part of the plans. We loved being in Atlantic City and many of our customers have been shopping with us already. Thanks to them we were able to realize we needed to be open year round, which Hamilton Mall allowed us to do. At Never Too Spoiled they offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;affordable spoiling for everyone.â&#x20AC;? From local designers such as Lolly, with her best-selling scarves, to watches by LeMer, there is a gift for everyone here. Lauren, Reneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, was the inspiration for this fab store, so when stopping in make sure to thank Rene and Lauren for keeping us trendy, yet healthy, and responsible to our earth.

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

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s dance party. Open Fri & Sat. Nights, 9pm.

Borgata Comedy Club *

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

Casbah Night Club *

Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk. 449-1000. casbahclub.com. Open Fri.,Sat. 10:30pm to 6am. DJs and dance parties.

Nautical-themed bar with signature cocktails.

Chelsea Hotel

Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster House

Chelsea Hotel, 111 S Chelsea Ave. 800-548-3030. thechelsea-ac.com. The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fifth Floor C5 nightclub is open 10pm-4am every Fri. & Sat. Every Thursday, Jazz in the Living Room: April 22, Jessie Andrus Trio; April 29, Keith Hollis Trio; May 6, Tony Deluca and the Jazz Disciples; May 13, Battle of the Sax.

Chelsea Pub

8 S. Morris Ave. (Across from Trop parking garage) 3454916. Three bars. Three happy hours: 11:30am-1pm and 46pm. Pool tables.

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. tropicana.net. 1-877-FUNNYAC.

The Pier Shops at Caesars, 674-8300. continentalac.com. Famous Philly martini bar export.

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

Tropicanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marketplace, Brighton Ave. & the Boardwalk. 345-4100. tropicana.net. Open daily from 8am-11pm.

Bar at Wellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Croctails Tavern

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Park Place & Boardwalk. 340-2709. ballysac.com. $5 Absolut, $3 Coors all the time.

Boogie Nights *

Resorts dining level. 340-7698. resortsac.com. The ultimate

Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave. 3453875. DuskAC.com. ACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest nightclub. Open Tues., Fri. & Sat., 10pm till late. Tues. is service industry night.

Ego Bar and Lounge *

Eden Lounge *

Corkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ribs and BBQ

Blue Martini *

Dusk *

The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret *

Bar 12-21 at Mortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse

648 N. Albany Ave. (formerly Home Run Tavern). 348-1700. Open 24/7. Happy hour 11am-1:30pm, 4-8pm and 3-5am.

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

Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk. 449-1000. trumptaj.com. Nightlife hot spot. The Angels perform every Thurs. Fri. & Sat. night.

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

The Continental

Bayside Tavern

Ducktown Tavern

Club Worship *

800 N. New Hampshire Ave. 449-0006. backbayalehouse. com. Now open Tues.-Thurs, 11am-3pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am10pm.

Tropicana, Atlantic City. Brighton and Pacific aves. tropicana.net. Open daily 2pm2am; food avail. from 4-11pm.

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

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. 3486700. cubalibrerestaurant.com. Latin music, exclusive rum bar.

DeFeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort, 777 Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

Tropicanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marketplace, Brighton Ave. & Boardwalk. 344-6699. tropicana.net. 101 bottled & 50 draft beers, martini bar.

Flying Cloud CafĂŠ

800 N. New Hampshire Avenue, Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basin. 345-8222. Open daily from 11am for lunch and dinner and drinks.

Formicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe

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

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

Forum Lounge *

Dizzy Dolphin

Foundation Room at House of Blues *

Hilton, Boston & Pacific aves. 340-7200. hiltonac.com.

Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave. 1800-677-SHOW. caesarsac. com.

801 Boardwalk at Showboat.


343-5795. 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. 449-1500 and Trump Marina,

Japanese pub. Sushi, sake and cocktails. Izakaya Monday, $7 sushi and drinks 5pm.

Open daily at 4pm, serving dinner from 5pm.

Southwestern and Mexican beers and fare since 1978.

Los Compadres

Jezebel’s *

Le Grand Fromage

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

25 Gordon’s Alley. 347-2743. Late night menu, lounge open 8pm-8am. Live music.

Irish Pub

Kelly’s Corner Pub

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

2721 Arctic & Iowa aves. 3484925. Lively Irish bar open 11am-1am daily.

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

Izakaya

Knife & Fork

Los Amigos

Borgata, One Borgata Way. 3171000. theborgata.com. Modern

Atlantic and Pacific aves. 3441133. knifeandforkinn.com.

1926 Atlantic Ave. 3442293. losamigosrest.com.

One Castle Blvd. 441-8300. hooters.com. 13 TVs.

House of Blues *

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

Liquid Bar *

2701 Arctic Ave. at California. 344-1119. Thurs.- Sun. Live Mexican music.

Megan’s Good Grub & Pub

1743 Boardwalk at Indiana Ave., megansgoodgrubandpublcom. 289-8950. Open Wednesday-Sunday for Lunch & Dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Live music 6-9pm.

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Melting Pot

2112 Atlantic Ave. (by The Walk), meltingpot.com. 4411100. 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. 1866-MYBORGATA. theborgata. com. Fri. & Sat. 10pm-5am. High-energy dance club w/ world-renowned DJs.

Located on the casino floor in the main lobby.

Plaza. Great food, music and specialty drinks.

Old Waterway Inn

Planet Rose Karaoke Bar

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. 3447256. thepalm.com. Awardwinning wine list. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prime Timeâ&#x20AC;? Happy hour 5-7pm daily, includes $3.50 smallbites menu.

The Pool *

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

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.

mur.mur *

Pic-A-Lilli Pub

Mountain Sports Bar *

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 3446565. planetrose.com. Plush cocktail lounge and karaoke bar.

Proud Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

3209 Fairmount Ave. 3483322. Serving food, beverages 24 hours daily.

Providence *

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 3457800. providenceclubac. com. Nightclub w/ VIP bottle service, private lounges and energetic atmosphere.

Red Square

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 3449100. chinagrillmgt.com. Sat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siberian Nightsâ&#x20AC;? includes DJ, dancing, and no cover charge.

Borgata, One Borgata Way. 1866-MYBORGATA. theborgata. com. Fri., Sat., Mon. 10pm5am. Nightclub with a personality of its own.

231 S. Tennessee Ave. 3441113. Dinner menu. Wing specials on Wednesday nights. Beer specials daily, 11pm2am.

The Ridge *

Oasis Lobby Bar

Pizza Pub

Ri´-Ra´ Irish Pub & Restaurant

Trump Taj Mahal. 1000 Boardwalk. trumptaj.com.

2309 Pacific Ave. 344-0055  Located across from Trump

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Claridge tower. Park Place and the Boardwalk. 3402000. ballysac.com. A hybrid of a bar with casino games.

The Quarter at Tropicana,

Brighton & Pacific aves. 3488600. rira.com. Authentic Irish pub with entertainment most nights. Thurs., April 22, Eleven Eleven 11pm; Fri., April 23, Common Good 10pm.

Rumba Lounge

Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 348-8600. tropicana. net. Open seven days a week. Sports-themed 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 *

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., April 23, Joey DeNoble; Sat., April 24, James Klapp;. Fri., April 30, Jon Anthony

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

The Wave *

Teplitzkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge

West Side Bar

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

Trump Marina, One Castle Blvd. 441-8300. trumpmarina. com. Bands and DJs every Fri. & Sat. nights. 511 N. Arkansas Ave. 3440883. westsideac.com. Alternative lifestyle party every night.

Whiskey Grille

20 Pennsylvania Ave. 3453290. 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.

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

Laguna Grill Martini Bar

14th St. So. & the ocean at the Celebrity Resorts Suites. 2667731. lagunagrill.com. Ocean views, entertainment and specials nightly.

Rod & Reel Tavern

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

St. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub

Towne Center, 4282 Harbour Beach Blvd. 266-1001. stgeorgespub.com. Full bar with martini menu. Pool table. Open 24 hours. Fri., April 23, Don Ellsworth.

DOWNBEACH Ventnor, Margate & Longport Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe and Cocktails

9407 Ventnor Ave., Margate, 822-1789, johnnyscafeventnor.com. Happy hour 4:306:30pm with half-priced appetizers and discounted cocktails. Thurs. Ladies Night with DJ Jimmy 2 Shirts.

Maynardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe

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

Malelani CafĂŠ

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

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Shore Club Crab House Bar & Grill

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

Sofia

9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8229111. sofiaofmargate.com. Elegant Greek-style restaurant with entertainment on weekends.

Steve & Cookie’s

9700 Amherst Ave., Margate. 823-1163. steveandcookies. com. Live music nightly.

Tomatoe’s

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. 822-0140. venturasgreenhouse.com. Open seven days. Late-night fare. Weekly beer and dinner specials.

MAINLAND Anchorage

823 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 927-1776. 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 Wi-Fi connection.

Atlantic City Country Club

1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, 236-4401, accountryclub.com. Tap Room Happy hour 4-6pm, half-priced drafts and martinis with culinary bar menu. 1 N. Shore Road, Absecon. 641-2323. Open 7 days from 10am-1am. Kitchen from 11am-11pm. Live music Thursdays.

Cavallino Nero

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

Charlie’s

800 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9273363. charliesbar.com. Open daily 7am-3am; Sun. noon3pm. Mon-Fri. Happy hour 3-6pm.

Chickie’s and Pete’s

6055 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 272-1930. 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. 965-0457. 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 8pmmidnight Sat, including halfpriced apps. Entertainment Wed. through Sun. nights.

East Bay Crab & Grille

200 S. Pitney Rd. Galloway. 748-5000. bluemarlincafe. com. Lunch, dinner and drink specials daily.

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.

Bulldogs Bar & Grill

Formica’s Cafe

Blue Marlin Sports Bar & Grill

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

6725 Black Horse Pike, EHT.

Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern

Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 652-0544. Nightly

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. 927-6665. 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. Thurs., April 22, Cresson Ave. 8pm; Fri., April 23, the Drive-ins 9pm; Sat., April 24, Dan Brown Duo (3-5pm), The Pedestrians (5-10pm) and Splintered Sunlight (6-10pm).

The Inlet

998 Bay Avenue, Somers Point 926-9611. inletrestaurantnj. com. Wed.-Sun 11:30am10pm. Happy hour every day at the bar, 3-7pm, half-priced apps and drink specials.

Hi Point Pub (Skelly’s)

5 N. Shore Rd., Absecon. 6413172. 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.

Jo-Jo’s Italian Grille

Black Horse Pike & Main St., Pleasantville. 646-8332. jojositaliangrille.com. Happy

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Caroline’s Bar & Restaurant

Kensington Square, 200 North Tilton Road, Northfield, 6466565. formicabrosbakery.com. Live music Fridays, 7-10pm.

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927-9007. carolinesbythebay. com. Food served 11am-2am. Happy hour Mon.-Sat., 47pm. DJs Fri. night.


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Oyster Creek Inn

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

3016 Ocean Heights Ave., EHT. 601-8369. mangiabythegreens.com. In clubhouse of McCulloughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emerald Golf Links. Entertainment nightly.

41 N. Oyster Creek Rd., Leeds Point, 652-8565. Waterfront dining, arrive by boat or car. Several beers on tap. Live music.

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appetizers and half-priced drinks.

JRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

La Hacienda

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.

Julianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Grill Corner of Ocean Heights. Ave. & Zion Rd., EHT. 927-6363. julianospub.com. Tues., Thurs. 47pm, Happy hour with 2-for-1

6605 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 645-7655, libraryiii.com. Tues. 2-for-1 appetizers at the bar and lounge. Live music: Tues. & Thurs. Patty Blee; Wed. Don Ellsworth; Fri. Acoustic Fish; Sat. Sharon Sable; Sun. Patty Balbo. All performances 7-11pm.

500 S. NY Rd., Galloway. 6526476. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4-7pm reduced drink prices. Nightly drink specials.

McKeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub 446 St. Louis Ave.,Egg Harbor City. 965-7878. Open for lunch and dinner. Drink specials daily.

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

PJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 Pub & Grille 2301 Rt. 50, Mays Landing.

625-9600. Open Wed.-Mon. 11am-11pm. Happy hour weekdays 4-7pm $1 off appetizers, reduced drink prices. Mon. Mexican night.

Ramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Inn

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

Rificiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

308 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 272-2000. Restaurant and bar. Entertainment Wed., Fri. & Sat. nights.

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Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Grill

18 S. Main St., Pleasantville. 646-5128. samsbarandgrill. com. Happy hour Tue.-Fri. 4-6:30pm. Thurs., Fri. and Sat. DJ. Every Sun., WTTHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raymond â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trouble Manâ&#x20AC;? Tyler spinning live from 8-11pm.

Sandi Pointe

908 Shore Rd., Somers Point (formerly Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 710pm. Sun., May 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Star Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? 4-8pm. Over 23 musicians to appear.

Smithville Inn

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Tailgaters Galloway Grille

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Tap Room Bar & Grille

At Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Dr., Northfield. 236.4465. Daily happy hour 46pm. Brunch Sun. 10am-2pm.

Testaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Guys Pub

5698 Mays Landing-Somers Point Rd., Mays Landing. 6251926. testaspub.com. Open Mon-Sat. to 4am; Sun. to 3am.

Venturaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Offshore Cafe 2015 Shore Road, Northfield. 641-5158. venturascafe.com. Daily dinner specials. Weekly drink specials.

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Deauville Inn 201 Willard Road, Strathmere, 263-2080. deauvilleinn.com. Waterfront bar, dining and entertainment. Open noonmidnight. 11am on Sat.

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Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern 314 96th St., Stone Harbor, 368-5591. fredstavernstoneharbor.com. Open 11am-2am. Happy hour Fri. 5-7pm. Party packages available.

Fuze 79th St. and Third, Avalon. 368-1919. Upscale dining and live entertainment.

Golden Inn Oceanfront at 78th St., Avalon. 967-2111. goldeninn.com. Dinner served from 5-8pm (9pm on weekends).

3807 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City. 263-5600. Sea Isleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only authentic Irish pub. Live music on weekends.

Princeton Bar

2008 Dune Dr., Avalon. 9673457. princetonbar.com. DJ entertainment every Fri. & Sat.

Windrift

The Windrift Resort Hotel, 80th St. and the beach, Avalon. 780-4289. windrifthotel.com. Newly renovated with five bars, 26 HDTVs, and live music all summer. Open weekends only through May 21, then seven days per week.

Yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

316 Roosevelt Blvd. Marmora. 390-1757. yesterdaysbar.com. Open 11am-midnight daily. Live music Fri. and Sat. from 9pm.

Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place

3601 Ocean Drive, Avalon, 967-5001. jacksplaceavalon. com. Live music on weekends.

Juan Pabloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Margarita Bar

Garfield & Pacific aves., Wildwood, 729-6500. juanpablos.com. Mexican fare, stepped up cocktails and atmosphere.

Kix McNutleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar

63rd and Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, 263-6341. kixmcnutleys. com. Fri: karaoke with the Hot Sounds.

La Costa Lounge 4000 Landis Ave., Sea Isle, 263-3756. lacosta-seaisle.com. Drink specials nightly. Live music on weekends.

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Coconutz

30 S. Florida Ave., AC 4490033. Open daily 3pm-3am, with happy hour 3-6pm. Free parking.

Delilahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den

201 E. Delilah Rd., Pleasantville. 383-0666. Open Mon.-Sat., noon-4am. Sun.,4pm-4am.

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6032 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 652-0800. Open daily at noon. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4-6pm.

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Linda Eder April 24, Main Ballroom Broadway vocalist Linda Eder headlines at Bally’s on Saturday, April 24, at 9pm. Tickets are $35. (See interview, p. 12)

Chef Daisy Martinez May 1, Main Ballroom Chef Daisy Martinez appears at Bally’s on Saturday, May 1, at 9pm. Tickets are $25, and $35 for VIP seating. A Brooklyn native born to Puerto Rican parents, Daisy Maria Martinez lived at her grandmother’s house until she was almost five years old. Between her grandmother, Valentina, and her mother, Conchita, Daisy learned that the kitchen is the happiest room in the household, filled with love, family, and delicious food. In 2005 she launched her new career with Daisy Cooks! on PBS. Her current show is Viva Daisy! on the Food Network, Her new cookbook Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night, will be released this spring in English and Spanish.

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April 30, Music Box Hot new singing star Ke$ha, joined by opening act Dirty Nasty, makes her Atlantic City debut at the Borgata on Friday, April 30, at 9pm. The show is listed as sold-out. Ke$ha became an overnight sensation thanks to the No. 1 Billboard hit “Tik Toc.” Her latest single is “Blah, Blah Blah.” Both are off her debut album Animal, which hit the charts at No. 1.

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headlines at the Hilton on Saturday, April Resorts will host two nights of mixed martial arts in the Superstar Theater, May 1, Event Center Weezer headlines 24, 8pm. Tickets are $35. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, at the Borgata on Saturday, May 1, 8pm. with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets Tickets are $55. The band is touring in are $40, $55, $75 and $135. Premier support of its acclaimed November 2009 four-person ringside booths are availrelease Raditude. able for $300. Each bout on the fight card is scheduled for three, three-minute rounds. Fighters will square off inside a Atlantic City 24-foot caged hexagon.

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La Escondida II

Address: 701 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville Phone: 484-1616 Details: Liquor license, credit cards accepted. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 10am to 11pm

Latino Soul Food Nothing to hide taste-wise at La Escondida II By Frank Gabriel PHOTO BY DON KRAVITZ

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F YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A NEW hiding place, one that serves serious, authentic Mexican fare in an easily accessible location, look no further than La Escondida II in Pleasantville. Open a year and half, this second venture from owners Irma Lara and husband Ramiro Castilla — operators of a nearby market on Washington Avenue for eight years — possesses a cool, festive vibe. The cuisine, based on Lara’s proprietary Mexico City formulas, is genuine Mexican, not an Americanized amalgam. The first thing one takes notice of at La Escondida is their sunny, orangeoriented décor, coupled with artwork reflecting the rich, multicultural heritage of our southern neighbor. The next is a preponderance of Latino customers, one sure barometer that the kitchen is consistently plating up quality. We sampled a pair of selections from the antojitos (“sudden cravings”) portion of the menu. Flautos de pollo, a trio of three large corn tortillas stuffed with seasoned chicken and tightly wound, hence the name flautos, meaning “flutes.” After a bath in the fryer, these tidy bundles were finished with a snowstorm of sour cream, cheddar cheese and shredded lettuce. A crunchy exterior worked well with the tender poultry within — hot, steamy and soulful. In fact, if asked to categorize this restaurant’s concept, we’d label it “Latino soul food.” Simple, honest ingredients, worked with plenty of time and considerable skill to produce extraordinary results.

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Showing up in the restaurant for a morning interview with Lara, one observes this first hand. In a corner of the large, Lshaped kitchen, a young chef from Mexico City called “Chamoy” has two identical pots — one filled with rice and the other beans — softly simmering on just the lowest sliver of gas flame. It was obvious that these items, ready for lunch service, had been working for quite some time prior to my arrival. The magnitude of those cooking vessels, each more than a foot and half across, also serves as proof positive that La Escondida is moving plenty of inventory. The restaurant’s other chef, Abel Sanchez, is of Oaxacan origin, another positive indi-

cator due to its status as a fertile hotbed of Latino cooking talent. Our other antojito — isn’t it just a great word? — were empanadas de camarones (shrimp empanadas). These sort of delicate, savory pastries are common throughout the Caribbean region, largely as a result of centuries of British colonial influence. We like to think that expertly prepared deep-fried food is the culinary equivalent of an orgasm, and this version, crisp and sexy, did nothing to disprove that notion. When asked about her menu, Lara is quick to mention several house signatures, such as whole red snapper (pescado de Veracruzana), their take on a traditional preparation served with tomatoes, peppers

and onions, originating in the southern Mexican seaside port of Veracruz. She’s also keen on her version of pork ribs, once again reiterating the earlier soul food analogy. Having been smitten with a smooth, mildly hot green chile, served alongside chips immediately upon seating, we second her suggestion of having it on those ribs for an altogether unexpected flavor spectrum. Mole, one of the globe’s most complex and time-consuming blends, is another of Lara’s preferred creations. Asked about the recipe, which typically includes close to two dozen ingredients, she’s understandably cagey, careful not to give away too much. Allowing that it includes “three types of chiles, including dried Anchos and mulattos, plus chocolate, plantain and Spanish nuts” was a specific as we could manage to extract. On weekends, family specialties like pozole (corn soup), menudo (triple beef soup) and carnitas ya barbacoa de cordero (barbequed lamb) are in vogue along with live nightly entertainment. The big news these days is the anticipated relocation of their original store to 418 N. Main St. in Pleasantville by May 15. This will both greatly increase the available retail space and allow for an expanded area serving the same well-prepared food. Ramiro, a construction worker who doubles as bartender on weekends, is credited for the unusual moniker “La Escondida.” Translated, it means “the hiding place,” and for us, that works just fine. n E-mail Frank Gabriel at fgabriel@acweekly.com

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ATLANTIC CITY 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.

Amici Brick Oven Pizzeria & Italian Grill

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.

Girasole Ristorante

3108 Pacific Ave. 345-5554. girasoleac.com. Serving Mediterranean Italian cuisine daily. Holiday specials.

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

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Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern

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

2300 Fairmount Ave. 344-2439. angelosfairmounttavern.com. An A.C. institution, Angelo’s Italian fare has flourished for three generations.

Angeloni’s II Restaurant

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

Atlantic City Bar & Grill

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

Irish Pub

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.

1219 Pacific Ave. (Corner of S.Carolina & Pacific). 348-8080. atlanticcitybar.com. Lobster, homemade pizza, BBQ baby back ribs and more.

Little Saigon

Café 2825

2825 Atlantic Ave (at Brighton Ave.). 344-6913. cafe2825.com. Regional Italian fare with full bar.

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

Cavo Crepe Café

Los Amigos

122 N. Michigan Ave. (at The Walk). 340-1300.

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.

Dock’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.

Longhorn Steak House

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

Megan’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

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

Mexico Restaurant

2430 Fairmount Ave. Authentic Mexican restaurant.

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

Flying Cloud Café

New York Diner

El Charro!

3101 Pacific Ave., at Flamingo Motel. 345-8887. Full diner

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

Pho Hoa Cali

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

Pic A Lilli Pub

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

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

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

Open Mon.-Sat. 4pm-10:30pm Sun. 2pm-10pm

Teplitzky’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 Boloney’s Pizzeria

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.

Tun Tavern

Two Convention Way. 347-7800. tuntavern.com. A.C.’s first steakhouse and brewery, now serving lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Microbrews.

Whiskey Grille

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

White House Sub Shop

2308 Arctic Ave. 345-8599. A.C.’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.

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

Carmine’s

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

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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.

Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Aragosta Ristorante

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

The Links Bar & Grille

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

Macedonian Grill

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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.

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

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7307 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 822-5858. cleosfish.com. A large variety of prepared seafood and dinner platters. Catering available.

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3015 Brigantine Blvd. at 31st St. 264-8801. macedoniangrill.com. Specializing in Mediterranean and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3628 Brigantine Blvd. 266-7608. Japanese/Chinese restaurant with a full sushi bar.

Fine Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Sum and seafood. Open 11am -10pm, Fri. and Sat. till 11pm. Eatin, take-out and delivery.

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

Gertrudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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

Hannah Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

7310 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 823-1466. (Cafe located at 7303 Ventnor Ave. 822-6000).

Isabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

4 S. Portland Ave. Ventnor. 8222477. This traditional Mexican restaurant serves breakfast entrees and remains open for dinner with

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.

La Fontana

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 appetizers and reduced drink prices at the bar only.

Miyako

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 breakfast, lunch & dinner specialties. Delivery.

Red Room CafĂŠ

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

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7800 Ventnor Avenue, Margate. 487-8052. Open 7 days 11am10:30 pm. Modern Chinese cuisine. Daily lunch and dinner specials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We deliver, even to the beach.â&#x20AC;? Free parking lot.

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

Malelani CafĂŠ

5205 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 8225007. www.malelani.com. Fresh baked paninis, pastries, hearthealthy salad bar, Illyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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

Steve & Cookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Bay

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

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

Venturaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Antoninoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Sports-themed bar/restaurant famous for its wings, crabs and Philly-style sandwiches.

Chido Burrito

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

Cousin Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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

807 Tilton Rd.., Northfield. 4841480. chidoburrito.com. Check out surf videos, listen to some cool music and kick back for awhile. Live free. Eat well.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant

5401 Hardin Hwy. (Route 40), Mays Landing. 625-2523. (Formerly the Epic Grille). Pizza and Italian specialties. Happy hour noon-7pm weekdays.

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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

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

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.

A Touch of Italy

El Rancho

Atlantic City Sub Shop

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

Cavallino Nero

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

Celinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Restaurant 800 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9273663, charliesbar.com. Popular buffalo wings. No credit cards. Over 15 TVs for sporting events.

Chickieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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 & Ethelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Gaspareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Giannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe

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

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

Julianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant

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

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

Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant

Gourmet Italian Cuisine

La Hacienda

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.

Gregoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 variety of tasty soups. Relaxing atmosphere, reasonably priced.

Hi Point Pub (Skellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Inn at Sugar Hill

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

JDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Grille

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

Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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-Joâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Grille

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

Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant at the Tuscany House 72 N. Breman Ave., (Renault Winery), Egg Harbor City. 9652111. www.renaultwinery.com. Casual family cuisine, full bar

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

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

La Pizzatega

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

Levariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood & American Grill

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

Library III

6605 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 6457655. libraryiii.com. Murphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crab cakes, steaks, prime rib, seafood and salad bar. Live music.

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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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best spaghetti.â&#x20AC;?

Mays Landing Diner

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

McKeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub

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

Mickey & Minnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Nizamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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Pistol Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saloon & Steakhouse

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

PJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 Pub & Grille

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

Rama Thai

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

Ramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Inn

9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway. 652-1700. Classic area hotspot.

Renault Winery

72 N. Breman Ave, Egg Harbor City. 965-2111. Gourmet restaurant and also Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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Rificiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Cuisine & Pizzeria

Simply Fondue

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

Romanelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Cafe

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

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

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, 10am-2pm.

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701 Mosaic

Island Grill Restaurant

Testaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Guys Pub

All Natural Pizza

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

Thai Basil

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

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

4215 Black Horse Pike (Hamilton Commons shopping center), Mays Landing. 4850071. Japanese cuisine w/ Japanese steak, seafood house and sushi bar.

Smithville Inn

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

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

Venturaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Offshore CafĂŠ

Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

Tailgaters Galloway Grille

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

Sack Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Subs

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

Sakura

18 S. Main St., Pleasantville. 646-5128. samsbarandgrill. com.

Sandi Pointe

908 Shore Rd., Somers Point, 927-2759. (formerly Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Tap Room & Grille

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Tre Figlio

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

TW Howellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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

Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Subs

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

701 4th St., Ocean City. 3982700. Contemporary Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine. 1136 Asbury Ave.., Ocean City. 391-2212. No sugar, shortening, oil or preservaties in sauce or dough. Fresh dough made daily.

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

Ma France Creperie

Casa Del Dolce

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

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

Chatterbox

Sack Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Subs

500 9th St., OC. 399-0113. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where the town meets.â&#x20AC;?

Clancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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

Vinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Sea Isle City. 263-4567. vincesrestaurant. net. A family business in same location for over 50 years.

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BALLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S

Modern Asian cuisine served up fresh in casual setting.

Enjoy a traditional Italian meal prepared with a contemporary, New York fare in the sophisticated setting of this award-winning trattoria.

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brunch

Brunch every Sunday at The Reserve, 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 pm. $39.99 per person.

A modern Japanese pub from Michael Schulson.

Noodles of the World

Kwi Restaurant and Noodle Bar

Old Homestead Steak House

La Piazza Buffet

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Mia

348-4411, ext. 6000. Contemporary Italian/ Mediterranean cuisine.

Celebrated chef Michael Mina combines cutting-edge technology and design elements with his signature and acclaimed approach to seafood.

Bakery, bagel sandwiches, and more.

Virginia City Buffet

Casual Asian cuisine at the Claridge tower.

BORGATA

The Metropolitan

Johnny Rockets

1-866-MYBORGATA Bobby Flay Steak

Noodle Village

Buffet selections for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

SeaBlue

340-2000 Gold Tooth Gerties

The Cafeteria

340-0099. A retro â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s-style Boardwalk restaurant.

Offers a selection of traditional and modern Asian cuisines.

Domestically-raised, hand-massaged Kobe beef is the signature dish of this steakhouse.

All-you-can-eat, Western-style buffet.

Fulu Wok & Fry

Coffee shop w/take-out available.

Asian fusion.

Red Pearl

340-2000 Arturoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Cafe Roma

Southern Italian fare.

Izakaya

Mortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

449-1044. mortons.com. Steakhouse with an a la carte menu features steaks, fish and salads.

Full of quick food options.

Neroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grill

Sirloin and porterhouse steak and New England lobster.

French bistro-style cafe serves classic and contemporary American dishes.

Choose from a variety of regional steaks and seafood.

Primavera

Wolfgang Puck American Grille

Service is formal with traditional Italian favorites.

Offering an extensive selection of authentic Chinese and Vietnamese comfort foods.

Borgata Buffet

Contemporary American cuisine in two distinctive dining areas.

The Reserve/Preview Bar

Bread + Butter

CAESARS

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic culinary experience.

Griddled sandwiches served with an array of premiere beverages and desserts.

6ix: A Bistro

Fornelletto

American bistro. Breakfast served anytime.

Extensive buffet menu.

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Venice Bar

Catch the latest game or just relax with the most updated sports scores.

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674-0100. Restaurant includes twilight sky or â&#x20AC;&#x153;opium den styleâ&#x20AC;?

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345-6800. State-of-the-art sports bar and restaurant.

menu with steakhouse cuisine.

Phillips Seafood

Souzai Sushi & Sake

348-2273. Serving authentic Maryland-style seafood and world-famous crab cakes.

Piazza di Giorgio

345-3100. Food Court with A Taste of Tuscany, South of the Border, Salad Sensations, Hot Off the Grille, and Udon Creations. Also a fresh fruit smoothie bar.

Sonsie

345-6900. A warm and inviting place to relax and enjoy a frosty pint of your favorite stout while feasting on traditional Irish specialties.

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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

Hours are Fri.–Sat. 5:30-10pm; Sun.–Tues. 6 –10pm; closed Wed.–Thurs. A bar menu is available Sun. 4:30-10pm; 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. 610pm; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10pm; Sun. brunch, 10am-3pm. Reservations recommended. Also the casual Oaks Burger Bar.

Big Easy Burger.

food menu.

DJ’s Steakhouse

Rib & Chophouse

Carmine’s

Steaks, chops, chicken and fresh seafood, char-grilled to specification. Raw bar plus the freshest catch.

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.

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.

Royal Noodle House Located next to the Fortune Gaming Pavilion on the casino floor; authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese noodle, rice and dim-sum dishes.

Starbucks Coffee Open. Mon-Sun 7am-mid. Signature drinks, including lattes and other specialty coffee drinks and pastry selection.

The Palm

Imperial Court

340-4000 il Verdi

Polistina’s Italian Ristorante

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.

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.

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.

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Coffee and espresso bar plus 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.

Empress Gem Noodle Bar 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.

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Specializing in Neapolitan cuisine, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in New York was Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant.

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

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night fare. Open 24 hours daily.

Seaside Cafe

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Wellington’s

Offers an international menu, as well a full complement of all-American selections.

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

Capriccio This perennial Zagat Awardwinning Italian restaurant features antipasto, pasta delicacies, fresh seafood or veal entrées with ocean views. Now featuring a three-course prix fixe menu for $34.99.

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 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.

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Golden Dynasty

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Breadsticks Cafe & Grill

449-9300. Seafood, salad, “nearly world-famous” chicken wings and the “more than a mouthful burger” all served by the Hooters girls.

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

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

Hooters

Upscale gourmet Italian cuisine presented in an elegant ambiance.

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

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.

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

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

The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret

This 24-hour dining experience offers updated casual fare.

TROPICANA’S THE MARKETPLACE: A Dam Good Deli “Mom and Pop”-style deli featuring a variety of overstuffed sandwiches along with homemade soups.

Boardwalk Favorites

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

344-7256. thepalm.com. Known for its aged prime beef, monstrous Nova Scotia lobsters and outstanding American and Italian dishes.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro 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 Chodorow’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.

Rí-Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant

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

348-8600. Authentic pubs were imported from Ireland and reassembled here. Pub fare and modern interpretations of classic Irish dishes.

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ

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

Create-A-Cone Patrons choose their favorite flavor and toppings. Then the staff mixes them together on a marble slab. Dine-in or take-out.

Fiesta Buffet Abundant selection.

Hooters Seafood, burgers and “nearly world-famous” chicken wings served by the famous Hooters girls.

236-BLUE. New Orleans-style restaurant and bar.

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Mansion Cafe

A Dam Good Sports Bar

Hearth-baked biscuits, overstuffed sandwiches, hearty salads and more. Home of the $3

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

Stewart’s Root Beer Famous for its root beer, ice cream floats, and hot dogs, Stewart’s is now located in Tropicana’s Transportation Center, serving all its popular snacks and goodies.

TRUMP MARINA 1-800-777-8477; 4412000 The Bayside Buffet An all you can eat International buffet has all your traditional favorites in a relaxing atmosphere.

Cosimo’s Pizza Casual and classic Italian cuisine from pizza to Eggplant Parmigiana to Chicken Florentino.

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

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

TRUMP PLAZA 441-6000 24 Central Cafe

Famous, Arthur Treacher’s, Häagen-Dazs and Sarah’s Cookies.

TRUMP TAJ MAHAL 449-1000 Dynasty Cantonese/Chinese with many delicacies including authentic sushi bar.

Hard Rock Café On the Boardwalk at Trump Taj Mahal. 441-0007. Burgers and sandwiches served in a rock ’n’ roll ambiance.

Il Mulino New York Offers two distinct, side-by-side dining experiences, the fine dining restaurant, Il Mulino New York and the more casual, newer concept, Trattoria Il Mulino.

Trattoria Il Mulino Casual dining experience offers a lounge. Has an open kitchen with a pizza oven and a communal table.

Moon at Dynasty

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

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

China Cafe & Sushi Chef

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.

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.

The Rim

Royal Albert’s Palace On the Boardwalk at Trump Taj Mahal. 449-9200. Fine Indian cuisine.

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Safari Steak House

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

Decorated in a rustic jungle theme, the steakhouse received the Gold award from the National Academy of Restaurant Sciences.

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

Rainforest Café 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.

Roberto’s

Sultan’s Feast Buffet features black angus steaks grilled to order, a gourmet pizza station and dessert station.

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Three years later, Jordin Sparks, the youngest ‘Idol’ champ in history, is as bubbly and genuine as ever.

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ORDIN SPARKS WAS AMERICAN Idol’s teen dream champion, taking home the crown in season six of the show in May 2007. The youngest American Idol winner, Sparks released her self-titled debut album in November 2007, which went on to sell over 1.6 million copies worldwide, earning U.S. platinum status and spawning three Top Five hits on Billboard’s pop singles chart including “Tattoo,” “No Air” and “One Step At A Time.” Her sophomore release, Battlefield, has been a critical and commercial success. In the three years since her victory, she has sung for two presidents of the United States, participated in the “We Are The World” reboot for Haiti, become a Twitter queen and a Grammy nominee and managed to retain the perky personality that created her original American Idol fan base. In a chat with Atlantic City Weekly about her show this Saturday, April 24, at the Tropicana, her sweet-natured personality dominated the conversation.

a Grammy [for “No Air”], I let out the highest pitched scream you can ever imagine. It was amazing to me because I was a new artist. It was my first record. I won American Idol, but sometimes it is hit or miss with American Idol — you can win the show but things might not go the right way or you just catapult. The fact that the Academy loved my music enough to say, “Hey, this is Grammy worthy,” I was in awe. I cried too.

on the Disney Channel and I’m going to be on an episode of Big Time Rush on Nickelodeon. I grew up watching the kids’ channels and I still do. When I go home, SpongeBob is the only thing on my TV. I would love to do a romantic comedy or maybe a TV movie. I have to take baby steps, but I would love to do more acting.

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You’ve been back to perform on Idol, but have you been watching the show this season? I was a big fan of the show before I was on it and I am a big fan of the show now. I was doing a session the other night to lay down vocals and I said, “Can I take a break?” Idol I know you met President Bush before, so was coming on, so we took an hour break you’ve met two presidents of the United States to watch the show. I love seeing the new and you’re not even 21 yet. talent that’s coming up and seeing all the Your albums have done well and you’ve been I was thinking about that the other day. I different changes. The stages are bigger and very successful as a download artist. Are you got to perform in front of both of them. better and they get to use instruments and part of that online world? Do you Tweet and People would dream about being able to stuff. I look at them and think I was doing do that. It’s so crazy to think about it. The post on Facebook? that. I was up there scared for my life. Oh man, I definitely do. With Twitter you pictures are on my wall. can talk to your favorite artist and not You are so young; how do you see yourself 10 feel crazy because everyone else is too. It’s Speaking of being around amazing people, years down the road? almost like a personal connection with you participated in the “We Are the World” I want to keep learning and growing. I Twitter — and I can’t believe I’m talking video for Haiti — Who were you most excited want to hone my songwriting skills. I’d like about this in normal conversation — you to meet? to do the acting. I’m not going to rush the can set up a notification setting so every Tony Bennett was there, Gladys Knight, time you get Twitted or the person you are Natalie Cole. I was standing next to Tyrese marriage thing, but I would love to have a following Tweets, you can have it sent to and Brandi and Snoop Dogg was in the significant other who is there for me and Almost three years down the road from your your phone. Almost anything I [Tweet] is back. To be part of something that speaks adores me [giggles]. I just want to be happy Idol win, are you happy about how your career like a private text message. It’s cool to have to so many people and is timeless, I was in 10 years. that kind of connection with your fans. I really excited to be a part of it. is going? What kind of show can fans in Atlantic City I can’t believe it has been [three years]. know there are a lot of fans that [use the It feels like yesterday to me. I still feel Internet] to get my music illegally, but as While Idol certainly jumpstarted your career, expect? I don’t have crazy stuff behind me, no like everything is fresh, meeting different long as they get the songs, the songs are have you felt any Idol backlash? I haven’t been surrounded by people background dancers and stuff like that. people and how things are going. It has touching them, I’m good. that have literally said, “American Idol It’s me, my band and the music. I’ll be been quite the experience but it has been You’ve said you are interested in an acting is stupid,” or anything like that, but I singing the songs that everybody knows. I a lot of fun too. career as well. What is happening on that know those people are out there. I want love to do covers. I like to do a little Stevie to prove them wrong. Carrie Underwood Wonder, Patty Griffin. I want my fans and How excited were you when you learned you front? I’ve had some acting opportunities. I did and Kelly and Fantasia, most of them of their parents to have a good time. ■ had been nominated for a Grammy? When I found out I was nominated for a stint on The Suite Life With Zack & Cody had successful careers, if not musically (See more of this interview at acweekly.com)

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Relive the Decade of Love

The fifth annual Sensational ’60s Weekend is a celebration of Wildwood’s unique role in music history By Ray Schweibert

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HERE’S SO MUCH MORE taking place during the Wildwoods Sensational ’60s Weekend than just timeless retro music, but certainly a key element to the fifth annual affair is recognizing Wildwoods’ roots at the forefront of what’s known as the Doo-Wop era. Just as integral as that 1950s and ’60s music scene is some seamlessly preserved architecture, with bus tours and the Wildwoods’ Doo-Wop Experience museum open to visitors during the fun-filled weekend, April 23-25. “The Experience has a wonderful collection of ’50s and ‘60s memorabilia, and Philly Bill Culp from Wibbage radio [94.3 FM out of Avalon] will be doing his live broadcast from there,” says Tracey DuFault, executive director of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce (GWCC). “We have a lot of construction down here that’s part of the ’50s and ’60s, and we’re very proud to be considered the Doo-Wop capital of the world.” Presented by the GWCC and serving as a far-reaching fundraiser, the Sensational ’60s Weekend kicks off with a dance party Friday night hosted by Jerry “The Geator with the Heater” Blavat at the Wildwoods Convention Center’s Oceanfront Arena. It continues Saturday (10am-5pm) with Join us on Facebook:

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a free music-filled street fair at Fox Park (across from the Convention Center), and heats up with a concert at the Oceanfront highlighted by music legends Paul Revere and the Raiders, Gary Puckett, and The Grass Roots with Rob Grill. More free ’60s-era music and fun family activities will happen at Fox Park from noon-3pm Sunday with the four-man tribute band Shore Thing, and a Beatles’ tribute band called the Rubber Souls. “[The Sensational ’60s Weekend] is one of the first events of the season that we do down here in Wildwood, and [the Fabulous ’50s Weekend in October] is usually one of the last we do,” says DuFault. “Although this year there’s also going to be a country music weekend the weekend after ours, so the season just keeps getting longer and longer every year.” The Friday Dance Party is $12 and goes from 7-11pm, and Saturday’s activities begin 10am and last all day. The street fair will include food vendors, crafts, contests and music by the ’60s tribute bands Tidal Wave, the Large Flowerheads, and the Good Tymes Band. Rick Rock from Wibbage radio will emcee the Saturday festivities, which will also feature a classic car show co-presented by the GWCC and the Wildwood Hotel-Motel Association. “Last year we had over 70 classic cars on

display in front of the Convention Center and along the circle,” says DuFault. “The car show is just part of the street fair. We also do a lot of contests like a hula-hoop contest, a dance contest, one year we did a bubblegum-blowing contest — we make it an entire weekend event that’s fun for the whole family.” Some revelers really take the “Reliving the ’60s” theme to the extreme, she says. “A lot of people really get into the spirit of things,” says DuFault. “We have couples who get dressed up in tie-dyed clothing and fashions from the ’60s, and Jerry will be playing hits from that decade

Fifth Annual Sensational ’60s Weekend

When: Friday through Sunday, April 23-25 Where: Wildwoods Convention Center and surrounding locations. How Much: Most activities are free. Friday’s Sensational ’60s Dance Party with Jerry Blavat is $12; Saturday’s Sensational ’60s Concert (featuring Paul Revere & the Raiders, Gary Puckett, and The Grass Roots with Rob Grill) is $45. only during his dance party. I always tell my staff to be careful going through [the dance hall] because these people really come to dance, and you have to sort of do the duck-and-weave to avoid getting hit. We’re also very excited since this is Jerry’s 50th anniversary in the entertainment industry. It’s a huge milestone for him and we’re very proud of him.” Saturday night’s concert in the 3,500seat Oceanfront Arena is $45 per person and is considered the focal point of the weekend. Proceeds from the show and all other sales during Sensational ’60s Weekend go toward scholarships and a coalition of charitable organizations. “This is a fundraiser for the Chamber, and of course all of the money we raise we give back to the community in the form of scholarships to area students. We make donations to organizations like the United Way, Volunteers in Medicine and others,” says DuFault. “So not only are you coming out and having a good time, but you’re also doing a lot to support a huge fundraising effort for charities, community programs, educational programs and to help keep Wildwood going. That’s really the best part about it.” n see more online @


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State Tourism: Making Do with Less Local tourism boards will have to find ways to offset cuts made in state marketing funds for the summer By Michael Pritchard

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H E N N E W J E R S E Y L T . Governor Kim Guadagno addressed leaders of the state’s tourism industry in Atlantic City last week, her speech had a sort of “The state giveth, and the state taketh away” feel to it. In the end, however, it was what the state left in place that was most welcome by industry leaders. What was taken was $2 million in funds still in the current state budget slated for a spring and summer marketing campaign to draw tourists to the state. Guadagno said the funds had been cut as Gov. Chris Christie and their administration try to close a $2 billion hole in the state budget. “We all know that these are very difficult times,” Guadagno said. “We were faced with some tough choices. ... When we saw that $2 million, our choice was to either fund tourism, or do something like close a hospital or school for a few days. I know many people are hurting, but we are doing the best we can with the cards we’ve been dealt.” Which means local tourism boards around the state have to deal with being dealt less cards as the burden of marketing shifts to them. “I think the attitude has to be that there is no use crying over spilled milk,” says Diane Wieland, director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism. “That money is gone. The lieutenant governor came and explained it and, myself coming from government, you just have to accept that funding gets reallocated. We’re just all going to have to work a little harder.” Cape May in particular runs a number of promotions and marketing campaigns through local offices and boards from Ocean City through Wildwood to Cape May City. Wieland pointed to Ocean City and the work of their public relations office, which comes up with marketing ideas such as the recent Doo Dah Parade to draw attention to the city. “Those ideas come from Mark Soifer [head of public relations for Ocean City] and we all wish we had a Mark Soifer in our towns,” Wieland says. “That’s a creativity that comes from the local level.” Still, the loss of a general marketing campaign is felt statewide. “A lot of people reacted to that announcement by saying, ‘Well, that doesn’t affect Atlantic City,’” says Maureen Siman, head of marketing for the Atlantic City Convention and Visitor’s Authority (ACCVA). “Our marketing money is funded differently and the cut doesn’t effect our programs. But we are still affected because we are part of the overall shore area. The spring is the most important time to be out there marketing the beaches and the beach communities. So it’s really unfortunate timing. But, let’s face it, there’s a serious budget shortfall and this is what happens.” Both Siman and Wieland pointed to specialized

‘People talk about our brand. Well, our brand is the sand and we have to maintain that asset.’ regional promotions as one way to help attract new visitors. For example, both Cape May and the ACCVA have partnered to increase marketing to Canadian tourists. “In the ’90s, Canadian visitors were a huge market for us, but then we kind of lost them due to their own financial woes,” Wieland says. “But right now the Canadian dollar is very strong and we are a bargain for them again. We’ve looked for particular markets and one of the biggest is with golfers. Canada has a very short golf season, so we’re marketing to them for golf trips and junkets. That’s the

kind of marketing that has to be done.” Atlantic City has also made similar efforts to target specific travelers. A recent example has been efforts to market to the gay and lesbian community. “The point is to find the groups that you can offer something special to,” says Siman. Siman was quick to point out, however, that there were many positives in Guadagno’s address. One was that approximately $9 million, to be raised through New Jersey’s five-percent hotel-motel occupancy tax, would not be touched in the next state budget and would go to arts and cultural groups. Many cultural groups have been reeling as cuts to state grants have devastated their budgets. Guadagno also said that about $10 million in beach replenishment funds would stay in place. After a severe stretch of weather this winter and early spring, many shore communities are coping with huge beach erosion. “The beach erosion is one of the most important things the state can do,” Wieland says. “Our studies show that 85 to 90 percent of our visitors come here for the beach. People talk about our brand. Well, our brand is the sand and we have to maintain that asset.” Guadagno also scored some points with the industry by recognizing the importance of tourism to New Jersey’s economy in her speech. “We understand what you do,” she told the conference. “You are our first line of defense. It is through small businesses and tourism that we’ll be able to kick-start this economy. You are the people who bring people to New Jersey and get them to spend money.” Guadagno said she intends to be a vocal advocate for tourism in the state and told the conference that she would be available to help promote any event or cultural institution that asks. “That was nice to hear,” Wieland says. “It was important to know that she understands what tourism means to this state. Now we have to get to work.” Guadagno’s comments came at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at Trump Marina. Though usually attended by the Governor, Guadagno called it a rookie mistake that she appeared instead of Christie. Guadagno is also New Jersey secretary of state. Her department oversees tourism. “As secretary of state, I just assumed that this was an event where I should appear,” she said. In some other news from the conference, several southern New Jersey tourism groups were honored with special awards including: The Cape May County Department of Tourism, The South Jersey Transportation Authority, The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement Development Association, The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and Morey’s Pier in Wildwood. ■

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HE TERRIFIC NEW SWEDISH FILM The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a wonderful reminder of an era in film distribution when foreign-language films were a strong component of the independent-film scene. In the modern era, however, foreign films mostly just play in the major cities then go directly to video. It takes an exceptional film to break that pattern and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fits the bill. It’s a multi-layered, intriguing mystery that encompasses investigative reporting, computer hacking, sadism, a dysfunctional family, Nazis and eventually, compassion and love. This movie, which is two and a half hours long — but fills the time admirably — is a classic onion movie. It keeps peeling back layers to reveal more and more layers of intrigue and twists. It even has three different endings — just when you think you’ve learned everything, another The Girl with the ★★★★ Dragon Tattoo Directed by Niels Arden Oplev; not rated (equivalent to NC17)

nugget of truth is revealed. Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), an investigative journalist has just been set up and convicted of libel. Out of work and waiting before he goes to jail, Blomkvist accepts a job from wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube). Blomkvist is asked to investigate the 40-year-old murder of Vanger’s niece, Harriet. Meanwhile we are introduced to the titled character, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a 24-year-old pierced-and-tattooed computer hacker. Shortly after we meet her, she is assaulted by her new financial guardian, Bjurman (Peter Andersson). This sicko controls her inheritance and makes it clear rape is the interest rate whenever she wants any money. How these two threads are twisted together is part of the film’s charm. Eventually the disgraced journalist and the hacker come together as a team. Henrik Vanger admits to Blomkvist that the Vanger family tree has a bunch of rotten branches; he was being kind. As Blomkvist and Salander work together, we see the level of their skill, and are given flashback hints about the violent history

of the tough but emotionally damaged Salander. The movie also provides the cathartic moment when she delivers delicious revenge against her guardian. Danish director Niels Arden Oplev manages to make investigative research compelling, especially when Blomkvist and Salander figure out that a serial killer has been plying his trade since 1948. How this killer connects to Harriet Vanger is just one of the big reveals that come together in the multi-layered finish. While Michael Nygvist gives a solid performance as the resolute reporter, the film belongs to Noomi Rapace, who creates one of the most fascinating screen creations in recent memory. As a victim of violence during her childhood, Lisbeth thinks of love as a dangerous emotion and keeps such feelings in check. When she is in danger, she uses uncontrollable

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fury as her weapon of choice. The fact that Blomkvist manages to soften her view of life just a hair is a major emotional breakthrough that Rapace reveals mostly with her expressive eyes. While exposing the ugly truth of a family’s literal skeletons in the closet — a string of murders fueled by hatred and racism — this odd couple forge a fascinating bond. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reminds us that international cinema deserves a place in the multi-plex as well as a place in our Netflix queue. ■

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