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O R HEADLIN E AC TS LI K E THI S Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;ladies night outâ&#x20AC;? event featuring three sensual R&B stars, patrons would head up the long escalator, past the Foundation Room, and enter the House of Bluesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Music Hall. For those simply searching for a place to sit back and chill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or perhaps continue the party after the headline acts are over â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one could do a whole lot worse than hanginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at HOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back Stage lounge. Live bands and house DJs share the Back Stage spotlight every Friday and Saturday night (8pm-4am), while tempting, tantalizing and talented dancers (10pm-3am) grace a strategically placed set of large, lit-up square platforms. VIP bottle service is available at a seating area of overstuffed couches and chairs in front of a small stage and dance floor, or at tables adjacent to HOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poker room. Every Sunday a large projection screen fronts the stage, and the lounge is converted into a sports-bar of sorts with food and drink specials during all the football action. Back Stage is part of a recent restructuring of that section of Showboatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gaming level. Live cover bands used to perform in a sort of carved-out section of the HOB restaurant across the hall. Now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a spread-out lounge atmosphere where poker tables and an elevated, 16-seat (electronic poker-equipped) bar are more an integral part of the whole Back Stage ambience. Many southern New Jersey cover bands play at Back Stage on weekends, among them the five-person group Garden State Radio thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slated to appear there Friday night, Dec. 10. On Saturday, Dec. 11, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the four-man band Formerly Known As, which is also a semi-regular at Ri-Ra Irish Pub in The Quarter (coming there the following Friday, Dec. 17), and is the house band every Sunday at noted Northeast Philly sanctuary Sweeneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saloon. Garden State Radio plays mostly poprock hits from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s through today, and is comprised of 20-somethings Kelly Caruso as lead vocalist, guitarist/vocalists Drew Koerner and Brian Pascoe, bassist Stephan Badyna and drummer Ryan Kelly. They have roughly an 80-song repertoire, perform in about a half-dozen states as far north as Vermont, and have a special New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve gig lined up at Back Stage on Dec. 31.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Back Stage] is a lot different from your typical nightclub because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the casino crowd, and usually if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good night at the casino, Back Stage will also be packed,â&#x20AC;? says Kelly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mixed crowd because of the casino environment, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely some familiar faces that we see each time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love playing there because they make it easy for us and [the staff] know what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always the case, especially in the big cities like Philly and New York City. Some of those places can be a free-for-all.â&#x20AC;? While Back Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance floor is somewhat small (about 15 by 30 feet), patrons are welcomed and encouraged to boogie down to the beats if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so inclined. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this one guy whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been following us around since the [A.C.] beach-bar scene [during the summer]. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an Asian guy who goes by Moon, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never see somebody dance like this guy dances. It almost resembles a seizure. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop and has the best time, and he helps bring in a crowd with how much energy he has.â&#x20AC;? Generally DJ Redline and DJ Aiden Scott keep things lively at Back Stage on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, from 8pm-4am, spinning hits between the live bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sets that run from 10pm-2am. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the best part-time job you could have,â&#x20AC;? says Kelly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You meet the coolest people.â&#x20AC;? N


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50 Years for Rogers By David J. Spatz


T AGE 72, KENNY ROGERS HAS a little extra hitch in his giddy-up these days, and for good reason. Currently in the middle of a 20-city North American tour with his annual holiday show, the iconic singing star is celebrating a career milestone few artists achieve: 50 years of entertaining audiences with his blend of country and pop music. To mark his golden anniversary in the business, Rogers will air a television special early next year with a list of guest stars usually reserved for major awards ceremonies: Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys, Alison Krauss, Lionel Richie, Chris Isaak, Smokey Robinson and Darius Rucker, among others. The special, titled Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, was taped last April at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut. “When this was first proposed to me as

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utes,” he told the Ottawa Citizen recently. “Those are the moments, the flashbacks I had when I was doing this special.” Rogers will be the only headliner performing a dedicated holiday show in Atlantic City this season, and he’s bringing the show to Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, Dec. 11, to continue a tradition that dates back at least a decade. For the casino show, Rogers will be blending holiday favorites with many of the songs that have become his musical signature over the years, including “Lady,” “The Gambler” and “Ruby.” The holiday season has always been special for Rogers, who recorded his first Christmas album in 1981 and launched his first holiday tour that same year. Being the father of six-year-old twin boys had made the season even more festive for the entertainer. “As you get older, Christmas combines tradition and a religious holiday, both of which are important,” he said, “but when you add kids and Santa Claus to that mix, it really brings back a lot of memories.” His holiday show, he added, will hopefully provide folks with an escape from their worries and take them back to a kindler, gentler time when the world spun a little slower and records spun a lot faster. “I think when times are bad you need an escape and sometimes your escape can be memories of when things were good,” he says. “We’re all looking to decompress and to remember things when times were better, and look forward to when times get better. I get great memories from these [holiday] songs, and if someone else does, too, that’s a bonus.” Rogers began his professional music career playing the upright bass in a jazz band in 1960 in his native Texas, and then joined the New Christie Minstrels before forming the First Edition and paving the way for his successful solo career. ÊÊN

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Thrifty & Thoughtful Gifts T By Whitney Ullman

O FOLLOW UP ON LAST WEEKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S column, figuring out what to buy a loved one requires a good memory, a little detective work and a well thought-out budget. However, when we finally buckle down to buy the gift, are there any creative and thrifty ways to do so? Well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad you asked! Using resources such as friends, the Internet and local businesses, here are some key suggestions that will help you in your thrifty, cost-saving journey. There are local thrift shops where you can find many new and gently used items that are inexpensive and perfectly suitable to give as gifts. One place in particular is the Alcove Thrift Shop located next to the Tilton 9 Theatre in Northfield. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find good stuff and be helping a good cause at the same time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Families. A few other great ideas, courtesy of my friend Jean Maskuli, include: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Check out

their discount section and make personalized items for friends and family. Quick delivery and items are priced as low as $11. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Create a novel (from classic to vampire romance) where your friend or family member is the star. The cost is $25 before shipping. Awesome! Donations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; You can donate as little as $5 to $10 in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honor, and many places will send the recipient a card saying that a donation was made without specifying how much (check with your charitable organization first, as not all policies are the same). This is another case of being thrifty while charitable at the same time. Good Deed Coupons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Just make up coupons where you write IOUs that can be redeemed at any time. Examples might be â&#x20AC;&#x153;babysit for an hour,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean the house,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;a romantic dinner or a movieâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whatever. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thoughtful gifts that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost anything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least not immediately. Along the lines of Jeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good-deed coupons idea, a similar concept would be to

gift your skill set. In other words, if you are good at cooking, cleaning, designing, photography, fixing things, etc., then gift a certificate to someone for those services. While youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it, some of the most thoughtful gifts are those that are homemade. For instance create a photo book. Or make your own greeting card. It can be so easy with computer paper, markers, glue, glitter, and ribbon or other materials. There are certainly an abundant amount of online places to shop, however for local action you also have a lot of choices. Check out places like the The Walk in Atlantic City or the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing. On the mall front, specials are posted regularly on the shophamilton. com special values page. And if you need your gifts wrapped, make sure to check out the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer & Heart Fund gift-wrap booth, which opens on Dec. 10 across from the food court. If you happen to be at the Shore Mall, gift wrapping to benefit Shaloma Hadassah also begins Dec. 10. On there are 15 different ways to save money. Here is one that stood out. First, use to

personalize with a photo of yourself so when you send a card it will have more meaning. If you are buying for kids, on there is a great article called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trick Kids with Size.â&#x20AC;? It states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;big-ticketâ&#x20AC;? gifts donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be big in price. Kids are often fooled by size â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thinking the more room presents take up under the tree, the more fun and flashy they are. So this year, buy big inexpensive gifts like art easels or snow sleds. No matter what your gift-giving style, remember itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thought that counts! Ă&#x160;N

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are available for all tournament players. The Borgata also has daily single tabl â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sit and Goâ&#x20AC;? tournaments that have buy 1$11-*16'.411/n57+6'2#%-#)'5 ins ranging from $30 + $10 to $1,000 8+5+6999T #44#*5'5146T%1/ $60. Borgata has Survivor Tournaments tha are multi-table cash tournaments. On in every ten players wins ten times th buy-in. Fridays at 5pm: $350 Buy-in $50 Entry. Sunday 21+ with valid ID required to enter. We accept U.S. Issued Drivers License, Military State ID, at 11am and 4pm and Passports. Dress to impress. Nightclub Attire is required to enter and is enforced at all times. $30 Entry. www.thebo Management reserves the right to refuse admission. Know When$150 To StopBuy-in Before You+Start.ÂŽ Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Š2010, Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License Company, LLC.

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but maybe they just werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that lucky in this event. The event itself was won by Atlanta amateur Christopher Rivers (a pretty good poker name) who took home $64,565. Rivers went heads-up with Matthew Diggs of Edgewood, Md., on the final hands. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rundown of the action from the WSOP: Heads up play between Diggs and Rivers began shortly after 3am with blinds and antes at 50,000/100,000/20,000 and both players even in chips. The decisive hand came on a 6c, 5s, 4c flop after which Diggs raised Riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 200k bet all-in. Rivers eventually made the call and showed pocket jacks. Diggs showed 2s, leaving him needing help on the turn and river. A queen and 10 were no help and Diggs was left with 700k. The final hand came shortly after with Diggs outkicked all-in with K-10 to Riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; K-Q. Riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hand held through the river and a Circuit Event champion was made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last couple of times I limped, he raised,â&#x20AC;? Rivers recounted of the hand that crippled Diggs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I decided to limp with jacks, and though I hoped he would play me aggressive after the flop, I was worried about him drawing out on me, but I eventually called. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh man, this is great, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited.â&#x20AC;? Also, poker pro Annie Duke will appear at the circuit events Dec. 10 at 6pm in the poker room and then will play in the room Dec. 11 starting about 11am. Duke has been making numerous appearances in A.C. this year in support of WSOP events. In some other news, the Borgata has once again shown that it will always answer its competitors and has scheduled a series of special tournaments for December. The December Mini-series offers some amped up buy-ins, including a $1,500 + $150 Deepstack tournament on Dec. 17, just two-days before the WSOP circuit $10,000 regional championship event. The series begins this weekend, on Dec. 10, with a $500 + $60 No Limit event. You can check out the schedule at A.C. Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poker blog at

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

32° Luxe Lounge *

The Quarter at Tropicana. 5720032. VIP bottle service, DJs Every Fri. & Sat.

40/40 Club

2120 Atlantic Ave., at The Walk. 449-4040. Upscale sports bar owned by hip-hop mogel Jay-Z.

com. Now open Sun.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am11pm. Home of the Basin Mason.

Back Stage Lounge *

Showboatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk. hobatshowboat. com. 800-522-4700. Live music and DJs Fri. & Sat. Football Sundays w/DJ Johnny B, 12:307:30pm; Live music starts 10pm. Fri., Dec. 10, Garden State Radio with DJ Redline; Sat., Dec. 11, FKA with DJ Aiden Scott.

Blue Martini *

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Park Place & Boardwalk. 340-2709.

Bone Yard Bar & Grill

1219 Pacific at S. Carolina aves. 348-8080. acbarandgrill. com. Open all day and night. Sun NFL, $1 hot dogs during games.

20 S. Virginia Ave. (between Atlantic and Pacific aves., across from Trop, formerly Croctails Tavern), 348-3360. Open 11am-midnight, Fri. & Sat. until 3am. Live music every weekend, Tequila Thurs., $2 tequila and $2 tacos, DJ Lp.

Back Bay Ale House

Boogie Nights *

Atlantic City Bar & Grill

800 N. New Hampshire Ave. 449-0006. backbayalehouse.

Resorts dining level. 340-7698. The ultimate

â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s dance party. Cover charge $10 on Fri., $15 on Sat.

Borgata Comedy Club * Music Box, One Borgata Way. Tickets $20, shows 9pm nigtly at the Music Box.

Casbah Night Club * Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk. 449-1000.

Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Hotel, 111 S Chelsea Ave. 800-548-3030. Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Karaoke Club every Thurs. 8:30pm, Fri. & Sat. 9:30pm at Teplitzkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor room. Jazz trios performs at Chelsea Prime every Fri., 8-10:30pm.

Chelsea Pub 8 S. Morris Ave. (Across from Trop garage) 345-4916. Three bars, four pool tables, outdoor patio and an extensive, inexpensive bar menu. Every Tues. night â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tequila Timeâ&#x20AC;? with Pedro. Every Wed. Quiz Show with Pete, 8pm.

Club Worship * Showboatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk. 343-5700. Three-level nightclub and ultra lounge.

The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret * The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 1-877-FUNNYAC.

The Continental

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

Dusk *

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

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

Corkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ribs and BBQ

Ego Bar and Lounge *

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Foundation Room *

Showboatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk. 343-5795. Members and public can enjoy varied weekly events. Thurs. is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspeedâ&#x20AC;? industry night, 10pm-4am.

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

Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk. 449-1000. Almost Angels perform every Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 10pm-2am.

The Pier Shops at Caesars. 345-6800. Sports bar w/ 90 HDTVs & mechanical bull. DJs, music videos every Sat. 10pm. Happy Hour 3-7pm Mon.-Fri.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar *

Eden Lounge *

Girasole Ristorante & Bar

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 3486700. Latin music, exclusive rum bar.

The Disco *

Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort, 777 Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blvd. 441-5165. harrahsresort. com. Open 24/7. Live music starting 8pm nightly.

3108 Pacific Ave. (in Ocean Club Condos), 345-5554. Mediterranean style cafĂŠ and bar.


Gypsy Bar *

Trump Marina, One Castle Blvd. 441-8300.

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

Dizzy Dolphin *


Hilton, Boston & Pacific aves. 340-7200. Nautical-themed bar.

Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster House

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

Ducktown Tavern 2400 Atlantic & Georgia aves.

Tropicanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marketplace, Brighton Ave. & Boardwalk. 344-6699. 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

Borgata, One Borgata Way. 1-866-MYBORGATA. Live music, gourmet tequila.

Hard Rock Cafe

Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave.

Irish Pub

St. James Place at the Boardwalk. 344-9063. Open 24 hours.

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

Le Grand Fromage

25 Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley. 347-2743. Live music on weekends.

Liquid Bar *

In Trump Plaza lobby, off Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue.

Main Stage

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Wild West, Park Place & Boardwalk. 340-2700. Located between Caesars and Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with beerpong tables and a mechanical bull. Open 24/7. Live music on weekends.

Mountain Sports Bar *

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Wild West, Park Place & Boardwalk. 340-2700.

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Borgata, One Borgata Way. 1-866-MYBORGATA.

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Providence * The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 3457800. providenceclubac. com. Nightclub w/ VIP bottle service.

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

Phillips Seafood

The Pier Shops at Caesars, Level 3,, 3482273. $4 Happy hour all day Sun., 4-7pm Mon.-Fri., bar

The Ridge *

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

Ri´-Ra´ Irish Pub & Restaurant

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.

The Trinity Pub and Carvery

The Pier Shops at Caesars. 345-6900. Traditional Irish fare, frosty pints. Every Fri. night, live entertainment, beer specials.

Tun Tavern

Sheraton Hotel, Two Convention Blvd., across from Convention Ctr. 347-7800. DJs/live music every Wed.-Sun., 9pm-1am.


32nd St. and Revere Blvd. 264-9463. Open from 10am. Happy hour 4-7pm daily. Weekly specials include Reggae Surf Nite Tues., Wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Down Wed. and 3 Olive Thurs.

Laguna Grill Martini Bar 14th St. So. & the ocean at the Celebrity Resorts Suites. 266-7731. Ocean views, entertainment.

St. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub

The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. 3488600. Authentic Irish pub with entertainment most nights, starting 11:30pm.

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



The Pier Shops at Caesars. 348-4443. Serving sushi and cocktails. Karaoke Night Sundays, 9-11pm. Two happy hours, 4-6pm Mon.Fri. and 9pm-close nightly. Latin Night every Fri. with DJ Sammy, 9pm-close.

Tangoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s * The Quarter at Tropicana, Brighton & Pacific aves. Live music.

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

9407 Ventnor Ave., Margate, 822-1789, Happy hour 4-7pm with half-priced appetizers and discounted cocktails. Bob Pantanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Party every Wed., Fri & Sat.

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9707 Amherst Ave ., Margate. 487-6001. Happy hour everyday from 3-7pm at the bar. Discounted drinks and halfpriced appetizers.

Maynard’s Cafe

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


9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. 822-9111. Elegant Greek-style restaurant with entertainment on weekends. Wed. Martini Night; Thurs., Don Ellsworth; Fri. & Sat. Alisa Cooper during dinner and live music until 1am.

Steve & Cookie’s

9700 Amherst Ave., Margate. 823-1163. steveandcookies. com. Live music nightly in the piano bar and oyster bar.


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. Every Mon., 7-11pm, Budesa Brothers Trio.

Ventura’s Greenhouse

106 S. Benson Ave., Margate. 822-0140. venturasgreenhouse. com. Open seven days. Latenight fare. Weekly beer and dinner specials.

MAINLAND 800 Bay Restaurant & Bar 800 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 926-3500. 800bayrestaurant. com. Live music nightly. Tues., reggae & Jazz with Doug Jennings, Wed. & Sat. the Shawn Ashley Experience w/ Daryl Robinson, Fri. & Sat. Tom Tacitti acoustic guitar.


800 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9273363. Open daily 7am-3am; Sun. noon3am. 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. Happy hour Mon-Fri: 4-7pm with different beer and mixed-drink specials daily. Every Mon. 7-8pm “Overtime” with special Eagles guests.

Crab Trap

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

DiOrio’s Circle Cafe

10 McArthur Blvd. Somers Point. 927-6111. Pool table. DJs and occasional live music on weekends.

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JD’s Pub

Smithville Town Center, intersection of Route 9 and Smithville Blvd. 404-9000, Open til 2am or later. Happy hour 3-6:30pm daily w/ drink and menu specials.

La Hacienda

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

Library III

6605 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 645-7655, 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 & Friends; Sun. Patty Balbo. All performances 7-11pm.

Mangia by the Greens

3016 Ocean Heights Ave., EHT. 601-8369. In clubhouse of McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links. Entertainment nightly.

Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 652-0544. Nightly specials. Live music every Fri. and Sat. Happy hour 4-7pm daily. Mexican Monday offers $2 appetizers and margaritas.

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

310 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 652-1942. Over 60 bottled microbrew beers.

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


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1000 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 484-1000. Happy hour 4-7 pm. Entertainment nightly.

Ram’s Head Inn

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

Riverside Inn

5397 Mays Landing-Somers

Point Rd. Mays Landing. 6259710. Open 11am-4am daily. Happy hour daily from 4-7pm. Live music Sat.

Sam’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., WTTH’s Raymond “Trouble Man” Tyler spinning live from 8-11pm.

Sandi Pointe 908 Shore Rd., Somers Point (formerly Mac’s), 927-2759. Seafood restaurant and bar with extensive wine list and live music. Every Tues., 8-10:30pm, “Art of the Trio” jazz series.

Six Packs Pub 4810 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City, 965-7686. Live music and dancing 7-11pm nightly. Sun. (4:30 & 7pm) and Thurs. (7 & 9:30pm) Texas Hold ‘em tournaments. Every Wed., Fri & Sat, the Bill Christman Expresso Band.

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

Tailgaters Galloway Grille 337 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City. 804-9000. Neighborhood sports bar w/ 12 beers on tap.

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OWNERSHIP GI<JJI<C<8J<1 ()&'0&(' AC Dolls, Atlantic City’s premiere gentlemen’s club, will now be known as Melissa Jeffries’ AC Dolls. Melissa has been a well-known figure around the Atlantic City bar and club scene over the last 15 years. Melissa was quoted as saying, “I have been working toward this goal for the past 15 years and when an opportunity like this presented itself and I saw how much business this club was already doing, I had to move on it quickly.” She went on to say, “We will be making constant improvements to the interior and exterior of the club to enhance our guests’ experience. I am so excited to finally have a home that is really my home that all my friends (customers) over the last 15 years can come and enjoy -- because I realize without them I wouldn’t have had this opportunity.” Melissa went on to say, “Our goal at AC Dolls is to have the most inviting, prettiest girls in the city and, looking around, I believe we have achieved that!” In this writer’s humble opinion, I would have to agree, whoa! Melissa has always strived to be number one in everything she does. From being an undefeated equestrian to being a national champion in the Off Shore Powerboat Association’s P-5 category, we don’t think AC Dolls will be any different. She has already booked some major holiday parties. If you already know Melissa, stop by and say hi. If you don’t, stop in and introduce yourself. To get on her private-label VIP guest list, you can reach her at the club at (609) 345-2236 or on her cell phone at (609) 576-3553. Another way is to just stop in to AC Dolls, located at 2600 Pacific Ave (big pink building) in Atlantic City. The club is open from Tuesday to Saturday 8pm-???? (when the last customer leaves or when Melissa throws you out). 8;M<IKFI@8C



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Dec. 31, Circus Maximus Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan headlines New Year’s Eve at Caesars, Friday, Dec. 31, 10pm. Tickets are $70, $90 and $115. McLachlan’s latest release is Laws of Illusion, her first studio album of new material in seven years, since the double–platinum Afterglow in 2003.

Boardwalk Hall

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420 or in person at box office

Ice Hockey at Boardwalk Hall Dec. 12; Jan. 23; Feb. 4, 27, Boardwalk Hall While the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies hockey team has been gone since 2005, this year Boardwall Hall is bringing back minor league hockey from the AHL and ECHL with four remaining games scheduled featuring the Albany Devils and Trenton Devils. The Albany Devils are the New Jersey Devils AHL team and the Trenton Devils (known as the Trenton Titans when they battled the Bullies) are in the ECHL. Tickets range from $15-$25 for single games. 4-Packs, which include four tickets in the upper bowl, four soft drinks and four hot dogs, are $61 per game and must be purchased in advance.

The Caesars Tribute: A Salute to Skating Dec. 11, Boardwalk Hall Evan Lysacek, Nancy Kerrigan, Sasha Cohen, Brian Boitano, Sarah Hughes, Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton headline a legendary field of Olympic figure skating champions participating in an ice skating extravaganza at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30pm. Tickets range from $29.50-$149.50. The event will air nationally on NBC from 4-6pm on Christmas Day. (See feature p. 46)


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Joel McHale Dec. 31, Music Box Actor, comedian and television personality Joel McHale will ring in the New Year at The Music Box Friday, Dec. 31, 7 & 10:30pm. Tickets are $65 for the 7pm show, $65 & $75 for the 10:30pm show.

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Music Box The Borgata Comedy Club offers fun-filled evenings featuring a trio of comedians nightly (except during headliner engagements). Showtimes are 9pm and the tickets are $20. (Visit Scheduled now to Dec. 12 are Chipps Cooney, Klaus Meyers and Richie Minervini. Appearing Dec. 13-19 are Mike Pace, Dennis Blair and Vic DiBitetto. On tap Dec. 20-26 are Steve Marshall, Ben Creed and JJ Ramirez.

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modern R&B, known for vivid storytelling and sensual love songs. His newest release is Now or Never. Jagged Edge is a Grammy-nominated male quartet whose latest album is The Remedy, released in September. Singer Carl Thomas’ latest album is So Much Better.

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‘Happy Holidays – A Magical Celebration’ Now–Dec. 16, Tropicana Showroom Tropicana is celebrating the holiday season with Happy Holidays – A Magical Celebration, Now to Dec. 16 at the Tropicana Theater. Tickets are $25 and $35. Showtimes are Mon. 8pm; Tues.-Wed. 3:30 & 8pm; Sat. 9pm; Sun. 7pm. As part of Tropicana’s Sixth Annual Holiday Spectacular, Happy Holidays – A Magical Celebration will feature the beloved music of the season, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” “Oh Holy Night,” “Santa Baby” and more. The cast features four singers and 17 dancers, with appearances by Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. (See video at acweekly. com/multimedia)

Dec. 29-30, Music Hall Cameron Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pa. He comes to the Music Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 8pm and Thursday, Dec. 30, 9pm. Tickets are $22.50. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. Khalifa has been influenced by artists such as Jay-Z, Atlantic City Cam’ron, and the Notorious B.I.G. His Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420 stage name is derived from khalifa, an Hoff, Longoria, Reichard & word meaning “successor,” and Spencer Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Arabic wisdom, which was shortened to Wiz Dec. 31, Tropicana Showroom This Dec. 11, Concert Venue Harrah’s Resort when Khalifa was fifteen. New Year’s Eve performance at 10:30pm presents Nathan Burton: Comedy Magic showcases the talents of four stars from the on Saturday, Dec. 11, 8pm. Tickets are Maroon 5 original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys: Tony $20, $25 and $30. Burton has performed Dec. 31 Music Hall Maroon 5 headlines magic since the age of 4, honing his act Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael New Year’s Eve at the House of Blues on into a 60-minute whirlwind of unique, inLongoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony AwardFriday Dec. 31, 10pm. Tickets are $73 your-face magical illusions blended with nominee J. Robert Spencer. Tickets range comedy and showgirls, all tied together and $83. from $45-$115. The foursome will sing with Burton’s engaging personality. hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five, The Mamas and The Papas, B.B. King the Four Seasons and more. Dec. 31, Harrah’s Concert Venue B.B. King, the acknowledged king of the Atlantic City Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret blues, brings his expressive voice and Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420, or the The Comedy Stop is a 300-seat venue in guitar Lucille to Harrah’s Resort for a New Resorts VIP Services desk. For more info, call The Quarter at Tropicana. Showtimes are Year’s Eve concert on Friday, Dec. 31, 1-800-322-SHOW Sun.-Thurs. at 9pm ($25); Fri. ($27) and 10pm. Tickets are $85, $105 and $125. Sat. ($29) at 9 & 11:15pm. Headlining Bobby Vinton now to Dec. 12 are Anton Shuford, Kevin Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Superstar Theater Downey Jr. and Steve Shaffer. Appearing Bobby Vinton, “The Polish Prince” and Dec. 13-18 are Joe Mulligan, Tina Giorgi an iconic singer of 1960s era love songs, and Mike Vecchione. Kozak the Magician headlines at Resorts for a Swinging New appears daily at 6pm ($23), with a dinner Atlantic City Year, on Friday, Dec. 31 at 10:30pm and show package for $32. Those under 18 Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420, or the Saturday, Jan. 1, at 8pm. Prices on Friday must be accompanied by an adult. The Hilton box office are $35, $45 and $55 (includes a split of Comedy Stop will be closed for the holichampagne). Prices on Saturday are $25 days Dec 19 and will reopen Saturday, ‘Hilton Holiday Show’ Now-Dec. 19, Hilton Theater Celebrate and $35. Vinton’s many hit songs include Dec. 25 with Karen Rontowski, Lucas the season with the Hilton Holiday Show, “Roses Are Red,” “Blue Velvet,” “Mr. Bohn and Quinn Dahle performing. The showtimes are Sun. 7pm; Wed. 3 and Lonely” and “My Melody of Love.” 7pm; Thurs. 7pm; Fri. 9pm and Sat. 8pm. Tickets are $25.

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Dec. 10, Tropicana Showroom Cyndi Lauper headlines at the Trop on Friday, Dec. 10, 9pm. Tickets are $35, $55 and $65. Lauper became one of the hottest Tank, Jagged Edge, Carl performers in the world in the early era of Thomas MTV in the 1980s with her debut release, Dec. 10, Music Hall This “ladies night She’s So Unusual. In 2008, Lauper released out” event features the sensual R&B stars Tank, Jagged Edge and Carl Thomas at her tenth studio album, the dance-orientthe Music Hall on Friday, Dec. 10, 8pm. ed Bring Ya to the Brink. Her most recent Tickets range from $30-$50. Tank is album is Memphis Blues, featuring classic one of the most recognizable names in blues tunes. (See interview, p. 45) Tickets: Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420 or 236BLUE

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IFE-LONG ATLANTIC CITY resident, Korean war veteran, and most importantly a family man and a jazz musician and educator, Johnny Andrews was one of the good ones. The one-time host of the Monday Night Jazz Series at the legendary Club Harlem in Atlantic City, Andrews, who passed away Nov. 28, was a fixture on the southern New Jersey jazz scene for decades. He performed at area clubs and festivals, including appearances at the Cape May Jazz Festival. In recent years, Andrews performed at the Showboat Casino and in local hospitals as a volunteer in AtlantiCareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creative Arts & Healing Program. A funeral and viewing were held this past Saturday, Dec. 4, at St. Monicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Atlantic City. The funeral was followed by an extraordinary jazz gathering at Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basin, inside the Join us on Facebook:

Flying Cloud restaurant, where, according to those who attended, the place was packed with musicians playing and honoring the late southern New Jersey jazz pioneer. Andrews, a Holy Spirit High School graduate (class of 1951), was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Mays Landing. After graduating from high school, Andrews, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award a few years ago by the Somers Point Jazz Society, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed outside Tokyo, Japan during the Korean War. It was during his stint with the military that he teamed up with fellow jazz musicians and had his first successful band. In an interview with Atlantic City Weekly in May 2008, Andrews, who was at the time still performing regularly around town and in the casino lounges either solo or with a local band, said that ever

since the military, throughout his life, he â&#x20AC;&#x153;always made time for music.â&#x20AC;? Freelance writer Carole Mattessich, who interviewed Andrews for the piece, wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most striking about Andrews, as he shares anecdotes of hosting or interviewing jazz greats [on his radio show], is the absence of self-importance, and the sense that he imparts memories as another way to further jazz music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the names woven into his elegant recollections form a veritable jazz encyclopedia.â&#x20AC;? Andrews also taught jazz courses as an adjunct professor at the Richard Stockton College for several years. Nick Regine, of the Somers Point Jazz Society, tells Atlantic City Weekly that the Atlantic City region has lost a â&#x20AC;&#x153;true gentleman of jazz.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Johnny was one of the first to promote jazz on local radio [in the modern

era],â&#x20AC;? says Regine, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I always credit him, with his WOND radio show â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jazz Workshopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; during the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s and him being a constant champion of jazz, for getting me into the music. I used to love to hear those old radio shows. In a way, he gave birth to the modern jazz scene that we have now [locally]. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a very great jazz pianist, comfortable in many styles of jazz, from stride to bebop to more modern playing,â&#x20AC;? adds Regine. Andrews, even while having his own health issues in recent years, often performed for patients and hospital staff at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (ARMC) mainland campus in Galloway as part of the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creative Arts & Healing Program. Dahlia Smythe, who helps run the AtlantiCare Creative Arts & Healing Program, was delighted when Andrews first started to play at the hospital a couple years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was an amzing musician,â&#x20AC;? Smythe says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a big loss to us and the community that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone and we send out our regards to his family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll really be missed.â&#x20AC;? N


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DVENTUROUS DINING ALERT: if you consider yourself a culinary sophisticate searching for ways to broaden your perspective, keep reading. This same principle applies to anyone with an interest in fine wine, or those simply looking for an out-of-the-ordinary evening of victuals and vin. Arturoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant at Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently hosted the second in a seven-part series of regional wine dinners on Friday, Dec. 3. Featuring the eclectic eats of the Veneto â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unusual region, more on that later â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and wines from Verona-based Ca De Rocchi, the festivities began with sparkling Prosecco and butlered trays of hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. Included were four amuse bouche-sized samplings: chicken and veal liver on crispy polenta rounds, a duet of sardines (pickled and deep fried) plus beef carpaccio wound on tiny forks with fresh artichokes and aged Parmigiano cheese. We deeply admired the gutsiness of this opening salvo. These true gourmet delights were light years beyond the standard fritto misto we might have expected. That willingness to experiment and stretch the skills of the kitchen created an atmosphere of inspired indulgence. We especially adored the fried sardines, reminding us of our favorite â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Fishesâ&#x20AC;? requirement, crispy smelts. For anyone who thinks of these little critters as greasy or acrid, this flaky version will convert you. Once seated, we began with an outrageously rich starter, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cappuccinoâ&#x20AC;? of creamed potato and black cuttlefish. Filled halfway in a large glass cup, the contrasting colors were swirled, parfait-

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style; a pretty presentation. Like a savory take on deli classic black-and-white cookies, we dug into the rich potato, dipping it into the salty, indigo-shaded broth of the cuttlefish. That odd creature â&#x20AC;&#x201D; actually a mollusk but generally perceived as a kin to the octopus and squid â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creates a musky, aromatic flavor completely unlike any other seafood. Next up was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;refresherâ&#x20AC;? of blood orange sorbet topped by shrimp and mussels with shaved fennel and radicchio. The sorbet was spectacular; crimson and assertive. Add-ons, at first visually puzzling, made sense once spooned and tasted as an ensemble. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been anticipating risotto with fresh peas, â&#x20AC;&#x153;risi bisi,â&#x20AC;? since spying the peasant staple on a printed menu.

Composed of creamy carnaroli rice, considered by savvy Italians to be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;king of rices,â&#x20AC;? this warming bowl worked well on a bleak December night, as we peered down through the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windows at a cold, windswept beach. Possessing longer grain and firmer texture than more common arborio, carnaroli is also native to northernmost Italy, in harmony with the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme. Arturoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chef, Maurizio DiMarco, queried earlier as to what preparation he was most excited about serving, enthusiastically pointed to the fish. This plating, a corn crusted John Dory filet atop celery root puree, thoroughly failed to disappoint. Heartier than most white-meat fish, John Dory reminded us of exceptional halibut. Beneath it the puree, a pale jade,

provided contrasting, equally cerebral and earthy notes. Thoughtfully paired with a white called Lugana, the overall composition of this course was faultless. Good call, chef. Meat, served next, illustrated our earlier comment about Venuto (whose capital is Venice). Tucked in a corner of northeastern Italy, Venetian cuisine has always been influenced by its immediate neighbors, Switzerland and Austria. Veal filet with Prosecco sauce and beet root quenelles, looked more like an item from a court of the Austro-Hungarian Empire than anything typically perceived as Italian. Accompanied by the powerful red Amarone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; explained by master sommelier and co-host Eugene Engel as crafted from sweet, raisiny grapes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the vealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concentrated, beefy essence shone regally. Desserts were a delicate, pleasant strawberry/mascarpone torte drizzled with aged balsamic along with an assortment of cookies. We were even fortunate enough to receive a pair of mini-cannolis, signaling victory in the finale of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special prizes, an authentic silver and gold Venetian carnivale mask. Bringing up another, undeniable fact â&#x20AC;&#x201D; incredible value â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where else will you be lovingly treated to an eightcourse formal feast, plus nearly unlimited wine over the course of three plus hours, with prizes, for only $75? The remainder of Arturoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional wine-dinner seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schedule is as follows: Lombardy, Jan. 14; Abruzzo, Feb. 11; Piedmont, March 11; Puglia, April 15; and Sicily, May 20. For reservations, call 340-2300. Ă&#x160;N E-mail Frank Gabriel at


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Amici Brick Oven Pizzeria & Italian Grill 2010 Baltic Ave. (at The Walk). 345-8700. Large variety of pastas, brick-oven pizzas, hot sandwiches, paninis, calzones, strombolis, salads and desserts. All items are there to choose from along a 40-foot counter. Take-out, delivery and corporate accounts available. Open daily 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm.

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Atlantic City Bar & Grill

1219 Pacific Ave. (Corner of S.Carolina & Pacific). 348-8080. Lobster and seafood specials. Homemade pizza, BBQ baby back ribs and more. Over 25 items for $7 and under. Various import beers on draft and 20 different martinis. Free parking. Open daily 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6am.


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Chelsea Pub

8 S. Morris Ave. 345-4916. Local hangout is open 24/7. Serving inexpensive snacks, burgers, seafood, subs. Includes 4 pool tables and outdoor smoking section. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 11:30am1pm, 4-6pm.

Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster House

2405 Atlantic Ave. 345-0092. Offering fine steaks and seafood, classic seafood soups, bar and raw bar with 10 to 20 different oyster selections nightly, and an extensive wine list. Dinner is served daily from 5pm.

Ducktown Tavern

2400 Atlantic Ave. 449-1212. Open 24/7. Happy hour 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm, 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5am. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and latenight dining. Drink and food specials all week long. Live music.

El Charro!

2430 Fairmount Ave. Authentic Mexican restaurant. Lunch specials daily. Ladies Night every Wed.

Flying Cloud CafĂŠ

800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basin. 345-8222. 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. During all games, $1 hot dogs and $2 16-ounce domestic drafts.

Girasole Ristorante

3108 Pacific Ave. 345-5554. www. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri. noon-2pm, and dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-10pm. Fri. and Sat. hours from 5:30-11pm, Sun. 5-10pm. Late night menu. Serving Mediterranean Italian cuisine daily. Holiday specials.

Imperial Inn

Knife & Fork

3600 Atlantic Ave. Corner of Atlantic and Pacific Aves. www. 344-1133. Historic landmark restaurant renovated by the Dougherty family (owners of Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster House). The finest seafood and steaks prepared on a wood-fired grill. Extensive wine selection. Open daily for dinner from 5pm; bar opens at 4pm. Friday lunch, 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30pm.

Little Saigon

2801 Arctic Ave. 347-9119. Authentic Vietnamese and vegetarian cuisine. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm, Sun. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm. Lunch specials Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm. Closed Tues.

Longhorn Steak House

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

Los Amigos

1926 Atlantic Ave. 344-2293. Mexican food, fresh seafood and prime steaks. Lunch and dinner Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm, Fri. & Sat. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:30pm, Sun. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm.

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

1743 Boardwalk at Indiana Ave., 289-8950. 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. Only Malaysian restaurant in Atlantic City. Open 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; mid. daily. Dining room or delivery.

The Melting Pot

2112 Atlantic Ave., 441-1100. Fondue restaurant offers unique and interactive dining experience. Sun.-Thurs. 4-10pm, Sat.-Sun. 4-11pm.

Mexico Restaurant

2825 Atlantic Ave. (at Brighton Ave.). 344-6913. www.cafe2825. com. Regional Italian fare with full bar. Open Tues.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. for dinner; reservations suggested.

3124 Atlantic Ave. 347-8810. Open daily from 11:30 ammidnight. Serving exceptional Mandarin, Szechwan and Cantonese food.

3810 Ventnor Ave. 344-0366. Cocktail lounge serving authentic Mexican food & beer. Open daily from 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm.

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New York Diner

122 N. Michigan Ave. (at The Walk). 340-1300. Open Mon.-Sat. 8am-7pm, Sun. 8am-6pm.

Chelsea Prime

111 S. Chelsea Ave., inside Chelsea hotel. 348-2200. A steakhouse in the setting of a 1940s supper club with indoor and outdoor seating, a cocktail lounge with a curvilinear bar, Hollywood-style booths, ocean views and entertainment. Located on the 5th Floor. Open Thur.-Sat. 5pm-9pm. Call for

St. James Pl. at the Boardwalk. 3449063. Free parking. Open 24 hours with full menu served anytime. Daily lunch special 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2pm: $2.50 soup & sandwich. Dinner specials weekdays, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm, weekends and holidays, 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm: $6.95.

Kelsey and Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

201 Melrose Ave. 350-6800. Classic Southern soul food with a twist, including fried chicken and waffles. Open daily 7am-10pm; BYOB/cash only.

3101 Pacific Ave., at Flamingo Motel. 345-8887. New York-style deli sandwiches. Eat in or take out. Corned beef, brisket, soups and salads. Breakfast all day. Open daily at 7am.

Old Waterway Inn

1700 W. Riverside Dr. 347-1793. Specializing in seafood and steak. Open for dinner Fri.-Sun., 5-10pm. Features family-priced favorites.

Pho Hoa Cali

3808 Ventnor Ave. 340-0063.

Authentic Vietnamese noodle house. 71 menu choices $2.95â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $8.50. Open daily 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm.

Pic A Lilli Pub

229 S. Tennessee Ave. 344-1113. Serving lunch & dinner daily. 1/2 price wings Wednesday nights. Open 24/7.


1545 Pacific Ave. 348-3270. Offering the ultimate in southern cuisine with bar specials every day from 4-7pm.

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

2020 Atlantic Ave. 344-5833. A distinctive dining experience at The Walk. Aged, corn-fed USDA Prime Midwest beef, specialty chops, seafood, award-winning wine list. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm, Fri. & Sat. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm, Sun. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm. Lounge open daily from 4pm.


111 S. Chelsea Ave., inside Chelsea hotel. 1-800-548-3030. www. Diner-inspired venue offering food in a fun, classic setting that also houses a hideaway cocktail lounge and coffee shop. Open daily 7-3am.

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

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

Tun Tavern

2 Convention Way. 347-7800. A.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first steakhouse and brewery, now serving steaks, burgers and Philly cheesesteaks. Fresh seafood includes ahi tuna wasabi, calamari, steamers and lobster ravioli. Lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Microbrews. Sun.-Tue. 11:30am-midnight, Wed.-Sat. 11:30am-2am.

Whiskey Grille

20 Pennsylvania Ave. 345-3290. Bar and grille. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;? & Sun. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;? Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Flat screen TVs. Daily specials from 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1pm, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm and 1-3am, $1 off bottles and draft beers.

White House Sub Shop

2308 Arctic Ave. 345-8599. A.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary sub shop. Sun.-Thurs. 10am-8pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am9:30pm.

The Wonder Bar

3701 Sunset Ave. (at the Albany Ave. bridge). 344-8888. Mon.-Thurs. 5pm-7am, Fri.-Sun. noon-7am. Dinner served nightly in the Sunset Room from 5-10pm.

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

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

out, eat-in and delivery. Open 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm daily.


900 W. Brigantine Ave. 2665400. Pizzas, subs, wings, wraps and more. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am11pm.

Cellar 32

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

Goochie Brothers

4208 Harbour Beach Blvd. 2663100. Italian cuisine and pizzaria. Mon.-Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 12-9pm.

Laguna Grill Martini Bar

1400 Ocean Ave. 266-7731. Fine cuisine, unique ambiance on the beach with beautiful view. 18 plasma TVs for sporting events. Open daily for breakfast from 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:30am, lunch from 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm and dinner from 4pm.

Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Aragosta Ristorante

3400 Brigantine Blvd. 266-2808. Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Mon.-Sun. 11am-10pm., Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm.

The Links Bar & Grille

1075 North Shore Dr. 266-1388. Breakfast and lunch daily, 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm. Beautiful views of golf course, casual ambiance.

Lucyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Grille

9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate. 822-7268. Dine al Fresco in the shadow of Lucy the Elephant for breakfast 9-11am; lunch, 11am4:30pm.

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Yuki Hana

3628 Brigantine Blvd. 266-7608. Japanese/Chinese restaurant with a full sushi bar. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:30pm, Fri. & Sat. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;11:30pm; Sun. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10pm.

DOWNBEACH Ventnor, Margate & Longport Barrels

9 S. Granville Ave., Margate. 8234400. Italian food. Also in Linwood. Open daily, 11am-9pm. Lunch served 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. Dine-in lunch specials.

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La Fontana

7307 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 822-5858. Various menu options including chowders, fried entrees, crab, lobster and more. A large variety of prepared seafood and dinner platters. Take-out and delivery. Catering available. 11am7:30pm daily. Closed Mondays.

Dinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Subs & Pizza

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

Downbeach Deli

8 S. Essex Ave., Margate. 8237310. Serving up a huge selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner (their specialty is the smoked fish) items, plus fabulous desserts and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu. Open 8am-7:30pm Sun.-Thurs., 8am-8pm Fri. & Sat.

Fedeliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant

9403 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 8221293. Home of authentic homecooked Italian cuisine and two-forone specials. Open daily.


7309 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 823-3003. Dinner from 5pm daily. Chef Neil Elsohn creates Gertrudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a casual yet sophisticated restaurant.

Hannah Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

7310 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 823-1466.(cafe located at 7303 Ventnor Ave.). 822-6000. Serving healthy continental cuisine, dinner from 5-10pm Thurs., Fri. and Sat. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Try the sweet potato pancakes.


4 S. Portland Ave., Ventnor. 8222477. This traditional Mexican restaurant serves breakfast entrees and remains open for dinner with specialities such as fajitas, burritos, and other Mexican inspired dishes. B.Y.O.B.

Jerusalem Glatt Kosher Restaurant

6410 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 600-822-2266. Casual family atmosphere specializing in Kosher Mediterranean cuisine, steaks, lamb, chicken and fish. Open for lunch Sun.-Fri., noon3pm. Dinner served Sun.-Thurs., 5-9:30pm. Large party reservations suggested.

Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ and Cocktails

9407 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 8221789. www.johnnyscafeventnor. com. Hearty breakfasts, healthy lunches and classic dinner cuisine with an Asian flair. Open year round from 7am-9pm,

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9707 Amherst Ave., Margate. 4876001. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Happy-hour daily 3-7pm with half-price appetizers and reduced drink prices at the bar only.


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Liang House Imperial East

7800 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 487-8052. Open daily 11:30am9:30 pm. Modern Chinese cuisine. Daily lunch and dinner specials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We deliver, even to the beach.â&#x20AC;? Free parking lot.

Maynardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ

9306 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8228423. Lunch and dinner specials. Serving wings, tenders and Big Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homemade crab cake sandwiches. Open 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am daily. Starlight Garden bar open daily.

Malelani CafĂŠ

5205 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 8225007. 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.


9210 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-4759. Authentic Japanese cuisine. Fresh fish selected daily. Lunch from noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm. Dinner from 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm. Weekends, noon-midnight. Reservations recommended.

Euro Gourmet Cafe and The Gelato Factory

6525 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 487-6525. Italian ice and gelato made on premises. Also featuring lunch & dinner specialty panini sandwiches, soups and fresh salads. Authentic gourmet cappuccinos, espressos, lattes & coffees. Breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Open daily 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm (until 10pm on Sat.) and 7am-3pm Sun. Also deliver from 11:30am2pm.

Red Room CafĂŠ

141 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor. 8221067. Gourmet pizzas, Italian specialties. Casual dining with a new twist. Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm; Sun. 4-10pm. Closed Mon.

Shore Club Crabhouse, Bar & Grill

303 Longport Blvd., Longport (in the Seaview Harbor Marina). 822-1002. www.shoreclubbar. com. Great views of Egg Harbor

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6888. Open daily for lunch and dinner specializing in Dim Sum and seafood. Open 11am -10pm, Fri. and Sat. till 11pm. Eat-in, takeout and delivery.

FOOD & DRINK (Continued from preceding page) Bay. Lunch, dinner and bar. Open daily. DJ and dancing every Fri. and Sat. night. Free parking.


9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. 822-9111. Restaurant, bar and private events. This bayside treasure transports you to the Mediterranean with stylish decor and authentic Greek/ Mediterranean cuisine. Happy hour every day 4-7pm, Sunset menu available 3-6pm (except Sat.). Wednesday is Martini Night ($5 martinis and complementary buffet); Thurs. half-price appetizers (bar only) and steak night, $20 Black Angus cuts and half-priced bottles of wine; Fri. Half-priced wine bottles (special wine list). Live music Wed., Fri., Sat. Open Mon.-Fri. from 3pm; Sat.-Sun. from noon.

Sophie’s Margate Café

8017 Winchester Ave., Margate. 822-1610. Formerly Dilba’s Margate Café, re-opened under new ownership. Serves breakfast and lunch, and offers a wide selection of pancakes. Kids’ menu available. Open daily 7am–2pm.

Steve & Cookie’s by the Bay

9700 Amherst Ave., Margate. 823-1163. Open for dinner nightly, year-round. Live jazz in the piano room almost every night. Menu highlights fresh seafood and produce and prime cuts of meat. Reservations suggested. 5–10pm daily (11pm Fri. & Sat.).


9300 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8227535. Varied eclectic menu highlights seafood with tuna, sea bass and soft shell crab (seasonal only) among the favorites. Rock-N-Sushi, Mon. & Wed. 9pm–midnight with reduced sushi-roll prices (bar only). Dinner daily from 5pm. Reservations recommended.

Ventura’s Greenhouse d e c e m b e r 9 , 2 0 1 0 / A C W e e k ly. c o m

106 Benson Ave., Margate. 8220140. www.venturasgreenhouse. com. Lunch & dinner specials and late-night fare. Cafe & bar open 11am–2am daily. Dining room available Thurs.–Sat. 5–10pm.

Yama Japanese Restaurant

breathtaking views.

Antonino’s Jo Jo Ristorante

2405 New Rd., Northfield. 646-7565. Open for lunch & dinner daily; weekdays 11am– 10pm, weekends 11am–11pm. Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Desserts, children’s menu, specials.

Athenian Garden

619 New York Rd. (Route 9), Galloway Twp. 748-1818. Authentic Greek cuisine. Lunch and dinner. Rated “excellent” by Zagat. Closed Monday. Tues.– Thurs. lunch 11am–3pm, dinner 4–8pm. Fri. & Sat. 4–9pm. Sun. 8am–2pm breakfast/lunch, dinner 4–8pm.

Atlantic City Sub Shop

Heather Croft Sq., Northfield. 6467799. www.atlanticcitysubshops. com. Eat-in, take-out, delivery and party trays. Subs made on fresh, Italian style bread. 10:30am– 11pm daily.

A Touch of Italy

Black Horse Pike, Cardiff/EHT. 646-1855. www.touchofitaly. net. Dinner 4–10:30pm. Sun. 2–10pm. Serving veal, seafood, pasta, steaks and brick-oven pizzas. Wine, beer and cocktails available. Banquet facilities. Live music Wed. & Thurs. starting at 6pm.


Rt. 9, Central Square, Linwood. 926-9900. www.barrelsfoods. com. Italian food. Open Mon.–Sat. 11am–9pm. Originally of South Phila. Since 1959. Also in Margate. Intimate dining, takeout and delivery.

Berkshire Grill

Black Horse Pike at English Creek Ave., EHT. 272-8808. www. Open Mon.–Thurs. 4–11pm; Fri. & Sat. 4pm–mid.; Sun. 3–10pm. 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 featuring chicken, lamb, vegetable dishes and rice specialties. Lunch buffet & daily dinner specials available. Open daily, 11am–3pm, 5pm–10pm.

5305 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 8228105. Sushi and sashimi; over 100 special rolls, plus tempura and other cooked specials. Open Mon.-Sat., for lunch noon–3pm; dinner 4:30–10:30pm. Sun. 1:30–11pm.



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800 Bay Restaurant & Bar


800 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 9263500. Open daily, 11:30am-10pm Sun.-Thurs., until 11pm Fri.-Sat. Cocktails with freshly-squeezed juice, fresh seafood and steak entrées, exotic raw foods and sushi, lively music on the dock,

743 White Horse Pike, Galloway. 965-4433. Open daily 11:30am– 1am. Bar open until 2am. Neighborhood sports bar serving American dishes including burgers, wings, strombolis and salads. 4760 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-0144. Lunch, dinner and late-night. Italian specialties, seafood, steaks, lamb chops, soups and more. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Open daily at noon.

Celina’s Mulberry Market & Grille

Sunrise Plaza, 68 W. Jimmie Leeds

Rd., Galloway Twp. 404-1700. FAX 404-7776. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring soups, salads, wraps, vegetarian entrees. Daily specials. Home-baked goods. Open Mon.–Sat. 8am–8pm. Open Sun. for breakfast 8am–2pm.

Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant 800 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9273663, Popular buffalo wings. Open Mon.–Sat. 9am–3am; Sun. noon– 3am. Serving lunch 11am–4pm. Dinner 4pm–midnight. Late-night menu to 2am. No credit cards. Over 15 TVs for sporting events.

Chickie’s and Pete’s

6055 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 2721930. www.chickiesandpetes. com. Sports-themed bar/restaurant famous for its wings, crabs and Philly-style sandwiches. Kitchen open 11am-midnight Sun.-Thurs., 11am-1am Fri. & Sat. Bar open until 2am.

Chido Burrito

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

Cousin Mario’s

5401 Hardin Hwy. (Route 40), Mays Landing. 625-2523. Pizza and Italian specialties. Live music every Fri. & Sat. nights. Happy hour noon-7pm weekdays.

Crab Trap

2 Broadway, Somers Pt. 9277377. Serving fresh seafood, soups, steaks, homemade breads, desserts and more. Open daily for lunch 11am–3pm; dinner Sun.–Thurs. 3–10pm; Fri.–Sat. 3–11pm. Early bird specials Mon.–Fri. 3–5pm.

Dubliner Irish Pub

325 Jimmy Leeds Rd., Galloway. 652-2210. Authentic Irish cuisine and spirits. Open Sun.-Thurs. 11am-12am, Fri.-Sat. 11am1:30am.

East Bay Crab & Grill

Cardiff Plaza, EHT. 272-7721. Specializing in all-you-can-eat crabs, early-bird menu. 12 Entrees under $12 menu, over 60 entrees starting at $8.99 and daily specials. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri.-Sat. 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun. 129:30pm. Reservations accepted.

El Rancho

375 S. Main St., Pleasantville. Open 9am-10pm daily. Authentic Mexican. Dine-in or take-out. Free parking.

English Creek Restaurant

3003 English Creek Shopping Ctr., EHT. 677-0016. Open daily, 7:30am-9pm. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Menu includes salads, jumbo sandwiches, specialty burgers, hot & cold subs, Italian specialties, pasta, seafood and smoked fish platters. Eat-in,

take-out, local delivery.

weekdays and 10pm–midnight daily.

Greek specialties; delivery available. Open daily 10am–10pm.

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

Gourmet Italian Cuisine

Jo-Jo’s Italian Grille

Formica Brothers Bakery

Great American Pub

Joseph’s Restaurant at the Tuscany House

Feather Cafe & Grill

Kensington Square, Northfield. 646-6565. Formica’s legendary hand-crafted breads baked on site. The cafe features daily lunch sandwich specials, tomato pie, and coffees. Open 7am-7pm.

Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern Towne of Historic Smithville, Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 6520544. Family restaurant, casual dining, live music and happy hour. Serving lunch & dinner. Daily lunch specials. Open from 11:30am.


210 New Rd., No. 4, Linwood Green Plaza, Linwood. 926-8861. Eat-in or take-out Japanese cuisine specializing in sushi and steak. Open for lunch 11am–3pm, dinner 4:30–9:30pm daily.

Gaspare’s Gourmet Italian Bistro

Harbor Village Square, EHT. Ocean Heights Ave. & Zion Rd., Bargaintown. 653-2112. www. Hearty, homemade comforting cuisine served in a warm welcoming atmosphere. Quaint, cozy and casual serving lunch, dinner, take-out and delivery. Cocktails, beer and wine.

Gianna’s Cafe

The Plaza at Center Point, 1205 Tilton Rd., Northfield. 677-0470; FAX 677-8885. Mon.-Sat. 10am3pm for lunch. Fri.-Sat. 5-9pm for dinner. Closed Sun. California cuisine in a casual, upscale setting.

Gilchrist Offshore

734 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne. 965-3433. Open daily 6am-2pm. Great breakfast specials every day, lunch specials Mon.–Fri. Take-out available.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant 6708 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 3832588. (Ginza II located in English Creek Shopping Ctr., EHT. 3833999) Hibachi steakhouse and sushi bar. Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 11:30am–3pm for lunch and 4:30–10:30pm for dinner. Fri. & Sat. 11:30am–11pm; Sun. noon–10pm.

Goodfellows, W.L.

310 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway. 652-1942. Home of the French Fried Lobster Tail, gourmet burgers, steaks, seafood and homemade Italian specialties. Open for lunch and dinner from 11:30am. Sun. brunch from 11am. Children’s menu. Bar open until midnight weekdays and 2am weekends. Happy hours 4–8pm

324 S Pitney Rd., Galloway. 6521398. Serving authentic Italian food and fine wines. Serving lunch, dinner, and late-night lounge specials 11am–10pm (until 11pm weekends). Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-1990. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Great gourmet Black Angus burgers. Tues. & Thurs. two-for-one appetizers (bar only). Open Mon.–Sat. from 11am; Sun. from noon. Free poker Tues.-Wed.

Gregory’s Restaurant

900 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9276665. Wed. 3 for $1 Miller Light. Open daily 11am–2am. Serving lunch & dinner until 1am. Food & beverage specials.

The Grilled Cheese & Crabcake Co.

55 West Laurel Dr., Somers Pt. 601-7533. Offers a selection of fresh, homemade goods daily and a variety of tasty soups. Fried lobster tails, fried oysters and a variety of seafood platters plus signature sandwiches and crabcakes. Open Mon.–Sat. 10:30am–8pm; Sun. 11am– 3pm. Relaxing atmosphere, reasonably priced.

Hi Point Pub (Skelly’s)

5 N. Shore Rd., Absecon. 6413172. Early-bird specials Mon.– Thurs. 4–6pm. Open 24/7.

Hu Tieu

Asian Mall, Pleasantville Shopping Center, 700 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 646-8977. Vietnamese cuisine. Daily lunch & dinner specials $5.50–$6. Open 10:00am–9pm.

Johnny Rockets

Hamilton Mall, Mays Landing. 1960sthemed classic burger joint and more. Working nickel jukebox at every table. Burgers, shakes, malts, floats, fries, sandwiches, salads, chili and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. Kid’s meals available. Open 9am-9:30pm Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm Sun.

The Inn at Sugar Hill

Rt. 559, Mays Landing. 625-2226. Great food and cocktails on the waterfront. Country inn dining. Lunch, dinner and private parties. Dinner Wed.-Sat. from 4pm.; Sun. from 3pm.

JD’s Pub & Grille

45 S. New York Rd., Galloway Twp. 404-9000. Open daily 11am– 2am, featuring classic pub fare like burgers, sandwiches and wings, plus a full dinner menu with steaks, pasta and seafood.

Joe’s Restaurant

131 Jordan Rd., (behind the Sunoco station off Laurel Rd./Garden State Parkway entrance), Somers Pt. 9274637. Lunch and dinner featuring

Black Horse Pike & Main St., Pleasantville. 646-8332. Serving Homemade Italian specialties for over 30 Years. Happy hour 4-6pm Mon.-Fri.

72 N. Breman Ave., (Renault Winery), Egg Harbor City. 9652111. Casual family cuisine serving seafood, chicken, pasta, steak and veal. Also features a full bar with piano entertainment. Lunch and dinner available daily. Brunch served on Sun. Dinner 5–8pm Mon.-Fri.; 5-9pm Sat.; 4-8pm Sun.

JR’s Tavern

650 New Rd., Somers Point. 6539853. Open daily 7am–2am (Sun. 9am-2pm). Free delivery on packaged goods and food. Lunch specials starting at $5 and dinner specials from $9. Live entertainment Fri. & Sat., 9pm.

Juliano’s Restaurant

Zion Rd. & Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Twp. 9276363. Sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and seafood. Open daily 9am–2am.

Kelsey & Kim’s Soul Food

52 N. Main St, Pleasantville. 4848448. Classic Southern style Soul Food with a twist. Hours: daily 11am-10pm.

L’s Restaurant

119 Route 50, Corbin City. 6283024. Early bird specials served Sun.-Thurs. 4:30-6pm, $13.50. Traditional, casual dining. Seafood, steaks & Italian specialties. J-Bones Tavern inside. 4-11pm Mon.-Fri.; 11:30am-11pm Sat.-Sun.

La Hacienda

265 S. New York Rd. (Route 9), Galloway, 652-6050. www. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine. Same owners as Mexico in Atlantic City. Happy hour Mon.–Fri. 4–7pm. Restaurant open daily 11am–10pm. Lunch specials. Live music.

La Pizzatega

Linwood Greene, Rt. 9, Linwood. 653-8442. Serving seafood, veal pasta, steak, subs and salads. Pizza party trays for all occasions. Open Mon.–Sat. 10am–9pm; Sun. closed. Daily lunch & dinner specials.

Levari’s Seafood & American Grill

Tuckahoe Rd. and Rt. 50, Upper Township. 628-2225. Open daily 10am. Drink specials.

Library III

6605 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 6457655. Murph’s

crab cakes, steaks, prime rib, seafood and salad bar. Wheelchair accessible. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. from 4:30pm; Sun. from 3:30pm.

Mangia by the Greens

3016 Ocean Heights Ave., EHT. 601-8369. Lunch, dinner, latenight snacks, pizza. Happy hour with reduced prices for drinks and appetizers. Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm. Free delivery to EHT, Linwood, Northfield, and Somers Point. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-midnight; Fri.Sun. 11am-12am.

Mays Landing Diner

6177 Harding Highway (Rt. 40), Mays Landing. 625-5051. Classic New Jersey diner with an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with great pies and desserts. All baking is done on the premises. Sun.-Thurs. 7am11pm. Fri.-Sat. 7am-midnight.

McKeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub

446 St. Louis Ave., Egg Harbor City. 965-7878. Open for lunch and dinner. Live Irish music Fri. & Sat. Closed Mon.; open from 11am Tues.-Sun.

Mickey & Minnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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

Mount Fuji

136 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 383-8881. Traditional Japanese cuisine. Sushi bar, Tatami tables, hibachi. Open daily. Lunch Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm; dinner Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm; Fri. 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm; Sat. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm; Sun. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm.

The Nizamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

1004. Thai cuisine with reasonable prices. Open Tues.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:30pm & 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm; Fri. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2:30pm & 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10pm; Sat. 1:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm; Sun. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm. Closed Mon.

Ramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Inn

9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway. 652-1700. Open Tues.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. for lunch noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm and dinner 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm; Sat. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm; Sun. 3:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8:30pm. Closed Mon.

Renault Winery

72 N. Breman Ave, Egg Harbor City. 965-2111. Gourmet restaurant open Fri. 5-8pm; Sat. 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm; Sun. brunch from 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2pm, dinner from 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:00pm. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Richland House

1303 Harding Hwy. (Rt. 40), Richland. 856-697-5700. www. Fresh seafood and steaks, unique wine list. All-you-can-eat snow crabs Tues. & Wed. Thurs. sushi night. Live music Fri.&Sat. Open Sun.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm; Fri.& Sat. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;mid.

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

279 South New York Rd., Galloway. 652-0179. www. Sun.-Thurs. 7:30am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 7:30am11pm. Breakfast served until 2pm. All dishes are natural and freshly prepared daily on the premises with no additives or preservatives. Catering available.

Sack Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Subs

784 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 646-6555. Hot and cold subs, homemade soups and salads. Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm, Sun. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm.

Oyster Creek Inn

4215 Black Horse Pike (Hamilton Commons shopping center), Mays Landing. 485-0071. Japanese cuisine with Japanese steak, seafood house and sushi bar. Tableside chef cooking before your eyes. Full bar. Open for lunch Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fri. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2:30pm and dinner Mon.-Thurs. 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm; Fri. dinner 4:30-11pm; Sat. noon11pm; Sun. noon-9pm.

41 N. Oyster Creek Rd., Leeds Point. 652-8565. Old-fashioned fresh seafood house with waterfront dining. Open Tues.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm; Sat. & Sun. 1-9pm. Bar opens one hour before dining hours. Early-bird menu 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:45pm. Closed Mon.

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

1000 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 484-1000. www. Casual dining. Open Sun.-Thurs. 11am2:30am (Kitchen until 1am), Fri.Sat. 11am-3:30am (Kitchen until 2am). Happy hour 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm. Daily lunch specials.

PJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 Pub & Grille

2301 Rt. 50, 1 Mile N. of Black Horse Pike (Rt. 322), Mays Landing. 625-9600. Lunch and dinner specials. Everything homemade from soups to desserts. Open 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11pm (closed Tues.).

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Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

18 S. Main St., Pleasantville. 6465128. www.samsbarandgrill. com. Mon.-Wed. 7:30am-11pm; Thurs.-Sun. 7:30am-1am.

Sandi Pointe

908 Shore Rd., Somers Point, 927-2759. (formerly Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant). Seafood restaurant and bar with live music.

Simply Fondue

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

Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 652-7777. Open for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm; Sun. brunch 10amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30pm; Sun. dinner 2:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm.

Somers Point Cafe

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

Tailgaters Galloway Grille

337 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City. 804-9000. Traditional American cuisine, daily homemade specials, burgers and wings. Sports bar. Open from 11am daily (noon Sun.).

Tap Room & Grille

Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Dr., Northfield. 236.4465. Featuring an acclaimed Sun. brunch. Open Sun.-Thurs. for lunch from 11am. Fri.-Sun. breakfast from 7am. Fri.&Sat. dinner from 5pm. Sun., brunch, 10am-2pm; lunch 11am.

Testaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Guys Pub

5698 Somers Point Rd., Mays Landing. 625-1926. Open daily from 10:30am. Serving lunch from 11am. Dinner 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2am. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Wing night Mon. 7pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;close. Mexican night Tues. & Thurs. 4pm-close. Clam night Wed. 7pm-close. Prime rib night Fri. 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;close.

Thai Basil

199 New Rd., Suite 72, Linwood. 926-9339. Serving Thai-French cuisine. Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:30pm; Fri. & Sat. 11:30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10:30pm; Sun. 4:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm. Lunch menu Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm.

Tre Figlio

500 W. White Horse Pike, Pomona. 965-3303. Italian cuisine. Prix fixe dinners Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fri. from 4pm; Sat. from 5pm; closed Sun. Live entertainment.

TW Howellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

341 West White Horse Pike (Odesse Ave. & Rt.9), Pomona. 892-3704. Open 6amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2pm daily.

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

2015 Shore Rd., Northfield, www. 641-5158. Award-winning filet mignon, pan pizzas and more. Open daily from 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1am. Drink specials all day and night. Delivery.

Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Subs

742 Ohio Ave., Absecon. 6450500. Hot & cold subs, salads, party trays. Delivery. Open Sun.â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wed. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm, Thurs.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. 11amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30pm.

6033 Main Street, Mays Landing. 625-2466. Celebrating their 35th year. Specializing in seafood, steaks, chops and more. Open 11am-11pm daily, Fri. and Sat. til midnight and Sunday 1-10pm. Banquet facilities available. Reservations and takeout available.


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947-949 Asbury Ave., OC. 3989300. Italian restaurant and gourmet deli. Fresh, homemade seafood and pasta dinners.

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926 Asbury Ave., OC. 525-0460. Hot and cold subs, french fries, pizza, homemade soups, salads, and dinners. Open Sun.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm, Fri. & Sat. 10:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm.


25 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Sea Isle City. 263-4567. A family business in same location for over 50 years. Fully renovated; great views. Open Wed.-Sun, for dinner at 4:30pm. Breakfast starting at 8am and lunch starting at 11am Fri.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat.

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730 Asbury Ave., OC. 399-1260. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm; Sat. 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5pm; Sun. 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2pm. Doughnuts, cakes, pies, etc.


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

two, take-out and daily specials. Open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. for dinner from 5pm, Sat. & Sun. from 4pm.


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Spa Café

served Tues., Wed., Thurs. 5:30–10pm; weekends until 11pm. Bar & lounge open until 2am; closed Sun.-Mon.

Enjoy a traditional Italian meal prepared with a contemporary, New York fare in the sophisticated setting of this award-winning trattoria. Open 5:30–10pm Sun.–Tues.; Sat. 5:30–11. Closed Wed.-Fri.

The Bagel & Doughnut Connection


Bally’s Brunch

340-2000 Gold Tooth Gerties

340-2000 Arturo’s

Brunch every Sun. at the Reserve, 10am–2 pm. $39.99 per person.

Ben & Jerry’s

Enjoy all your signature favorites; also the home of the Philadelphia Soft Pretzel Factory. Open daily 10am– 11pm.

Johnny Rockets

340-0099. A retro ’50sstyle Boardwalk restaurant. Breakfast served daily 8–11am. Lunch & dinner served daily from 11am-midnight during the week, 11am-3am on weekends.

Noodle Village

Offering an extensive selection of authentic Chinese and Vietnamese “comfort foods.” Open Sun. 8am-6am; Mon., Wed.–Fri. 11:30am-6am; Tues. 11:30am-12am; Sat. 10am– 6am.

Pickles Deli

Serving traditional New York style Deli favorites. Call Pickles Hotline at 340-2320 for hours of operation.

The Reserve/ Preview Bar

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Bally’s iconic culinary experience. Seasonal celebration of great steaks and the very best in fresh seafood. The restaurant’s Preview Bar offers the latest mixologist creations and its own take on seafood tapas. Hours: Fri. & Sat. 5:30–11pm; Sun. brunch 10am–2pm; dinner, 5:30–10pm; Wed.-Thurs. 5:30–10pm; closed Mon. and Tues. Preview bar open Wed.Sun. from 5pm-12am.

6ix: A Bistro

American bistro featuring great lucky $7.77 blackboard specials all day, every day, open 24 hours, except closed Mon. 10pm, reopens Tues. 7am. Located on the sixth floor. Breakfast served anytime.

Red Pearl


Modern Asian cuisine served up fresh in casual setting. On the sixth floor. Hours: Sat. & Sun. 5:30pm-11pm.

Located in the Spa at Bally’s, offering health-conscious meals Sat.–Sun. noon–4pm.

449-1044. www.mortons. com. Steakhouse with an a la carte menu features steaks, fish and salads. Hours: Mon.–Sat. 5–11pm; Sun. 5–10pm. Bar 12·21 opens nightly at 5pm with appetizer menu. Reservations recommended. Prime Sundays w/ proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.

Open daily 7am–10pm (to mid. on Fri. & Sat.).


Bakery, bagel sandwiches, and more. Open daily 6:30am– 12:30pm; Sat. & Sun. to 8pm.

Lone Star Snack Bar

Burgers, hot dogs. Open Sun.Fri. 12pm–2am. Sat. 12pm4am.

Sports Bar

Snacks from the Lone Star Snack Bar are served. Open 24 hrs.

Virginia City Buffet

Nero’s Grill Sun.: 5-10pm. Closed Thurs.

Gypsy Bar

Open Mon. & Wed. 5pm–1am (no food); Tues. 11:30am-1am (no food); Thurs. 5pm-2am; Fri. 5pm–3am; Sat. noon–3am; Sun. noon–1am


All-you-can-eat, Western-style buffet. Hours: Breakfast: Sat. & Sun. 7:30am-11:30am ($15.99 plus tax); Lunch: Sun.-Fri .12pm-3pm ($16.99 plus tax); Dinner: Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs. 3pm-8pm, Tues. & Fri. 3pm-9pm ($21.99 plus tax) Seafood Buffet with allyou-can-eat crab legs: Sat. 12pm-10pm ($25.99 plus tax).

A modern Japanese pub from Michael Schulson, offers hot and cold appetizers, a la carte grilled meats and fishes, a sushi bar, tempura selections and heartier entrees. Open Mon. 5:30-mid., Tues. 5:30-10pm, Fri. & Sat. 5-11pm, Sun. 5-9:30pm. Closed Wed.-Thurs. Izakaya Mondays feature $7 select sushi and robatayaki along with two for $7 beers.


Noodles of the World

1-866-MYBORGATA Bobby Flay Steak

Choose from a variety of regional steaks and seafood. Open Tues.–Thurs. 5–11pm; Fri.–Sat. 5pm–midnight; Sun. 4–10pm. Closed Mon.

Borgata Buffet

Extensive buffet menu. Breakfast, $14.95 (plus tax), Mon.-Sat. 8-11:15am; Lunch, $17.95 (plus tax), Mon.-Fri. noon-2pm; Sat. noon-3pm; Dinner $28.95 (plus tax) Mon.-Thurs. 4-8pm; Fri. 4-9pm; Sat. 4-10pm; Sun. 8am-3pm for brunch; 4pm9pm for dinner.

Bread + Butter

Griddled sandwiches served with an array of premiere beverages and desserts. Open Mon., Tues. & Sun. 7am-8pm; Wed. open 24 hours starting at 7am; Thurs. overnight-8pm; Fri. & Sat.,7am-2am.


Celebrated chef Stephan Kalt’s new restaurant offering traditional Southern Italian fare. Hours: Mon.-Wed. 5-10pm; Fri. & Sat.: 5pm - 11:30pm.;

Open Mon.–Thurs. noon–2am; Fri. noon–4am; Sat. 11am– 4am; Sun. 11am–2am.

Old Homestead Steak House

Domestically-raised, handmassaged Kobe beef is the signature dish of this steakhouse. Open Mon.-Thurs. 5-11pm; Fri .& Sat., 5pm-12am.; Closed Sun.


a Gelato Bar and Oyster Bar. Open 24 hours daily, except closed Wed. 11:30pm–Thur. 7am.

Wolfgang Puck American Grille Contemporary American cuisine in two distinctive dining areas: The tavern offers moderately priced, approachable fine dining and the main dining room offers a sophisticated dining experience. Open Mon., Thurs. & Sun. 5-10pm, Fri. & Sat. 5-11pm. Closed Tues.-Wed.

Caesars 348-4411 Caesars Sunday Brunch

Served 10am–2pm on the second level. Includes freshly carved prime meats, omelet artisan designing your gourmet omelet. Price: $44.95; includes champagne and Bloody Mary’s.

Cafe Roma

Coffee shop w/take-out available. Open Mon.-Thurs. 8:00am-11pm; Open 24 hours from Fri. 8am to Sun. 11pm.

Celebrated chef Michael Mina combines cutting-edge technology and design elements with his signature and acclaimed approach to seafood. Open Wed., Thurs. & Sun. 5–9:30pm. Fri. & Sat. 5–11pm. Closed Mon.-Tues.

Kwi Restaurant and Noodle Bar

The Cafeteria

La Piazza Buffet

Located adjacent to the Palace East gaming area, Kwi offers a selection of traditional and modern Asian cuisines. Hours: Sun.–Thurs. noon–2am; Fri., Sat. noon–6am.

Full of quick food options: Lettuce Head, Tony Luke’s, Ben and Jerry’s, Villa Pizza, Minibar, Panda Express, Fat Burger (open 24hrs.) and HibachiSan. Open Sun.–Thurs. 11am– midnight; Fri., Sat. 11am– 2am.

Buffet selections for all day dining. Breakfast, daily $14.99 plus tax, 8-11:30am. Lunch, $17.99, 11:30am-4pm; Dinner weekdays, $26.99, 4pm-closing; $29.99 weekends. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 8am–9pm; Fri., 8am–10pm; Sat., 8am–11pm.

The Metropolitan


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

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

Sirloin and porterhouse steak and New England lobster. Reservations accepted. Open Thurs. 5:30 – 10pm, Fri. & Sat. 6 –10:30pm.


Service is formal with traditional Italian favorites. Reservations recommended. Open Sun. & Mon. 5:30 – 10pm, Fri. & Sat., 6pm – 10:30pm.

The Pier Shops at Caesars: Buddakan

A Taste of Tuscany, South of the Border, Salad Sensations, Hot Off the Grille, and Udon Creations. Also a fresh fruit smoothie bar.

Souzai Sushi & Sake

348-4443. Souzai is a countrystyle Japanese restaurant. Intimate setting, sushi menu and unique sake cocktails.

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

Harrah’s Resort 441-5000 Bluepoint Bar

A raw-bar experience where fresh seafood, shellfish and a variety of martinis are the house specialties.

Club Cappuccino

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

674-0100. Incorporating dishes from the restaurant’s two forbearers (NYC and Philly), while developing original modern specialties. Mon.-Fri. lunch noon-3:30pm; dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5-10pm., (bar to 11pm); Fri. 5-11pm, (bar to midnight); Sat. noon-11pm, (bar to midnight); Sun. noon10pm (bar to 11pm).

Corner Grille & Deli

The Continental

More than 30 different varieties of fresh seafood featured on a menu that changes twice daily; an array of oysters are delivered fresh daily. Lunch daily, 11am-3pm. Dinner Mon.-Sat., 3pm-mid.; Sun. 3-11pm. Bar open daily from 11am.

674-8300, An “outdoor” patio bar with signature drinks & sunken fire-pit lounge as well as the large flower-shaped central dining pod, nicknamed the “Sammy Davis Room.” Lunch Mon.–Fri. 11:30am–4pm. Brunch Sat.-Sun. 11am-4pm. Dinner Sun.–Thurs. 4–10pm; Fri.-Sat. 4–11pm (bar stays open until midnight).

Game On!

345-6800. State-of-the-art sports bar and restaurant. Featuring a DJ, more than 90 high-definition televisions, plus a mechanical bull.

Phillips Seafood

348-2273. Serving authentic Maryland-style seafood and world-famous crab cakes since 1956. Serves lunch and dinner daily and features an open, expedition kitchen. Sun.-Thurs. 11:30am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11:30am-11pm.

Piazza di Giorgio

345-3100. Food Court with

Traditional deli favorites. Also has hot menu items.


Brazilian steakhouse with an all-you-can-eat $35 price that includes salad bar and eight different meats brought tableside. Also has a $7 tapas menu at the bar. Open Fri. and Sat..

McCormick & Schmick’s

Polistina’s Italian Ristorante

Enjoy family style, Italian favorites and a selection of homemade pastas and sauces. Closed Wed. & Thurs.


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

The Steakhouse

Gourmet restaurant offers a raw bar, roast prime rib, shrimp Wellington and more. Open daily at 5:30pm; closed Mon. & Tues.

Taste of the Shore

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Temptations Fine Chocolate & Coffee

Located on first level of Waterfront Tower. Open 8am10pm Sun.-Thurs., until 2am on Fri. & Sat.

Waterfront Buffet

Extensive buffet items. Cost: $29.99 (plus tax, $22.99 kids) for dinner; $23.99 (plus tax, $10.99, kids) for brunch. Hours: Sat. 8:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;noon brunch; 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm dinner; Sun. 8:30am-1:30pm brunch; 2-9pm dinner.

HILTON 347-7111 Cappuccinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Coffee and espresso bar plus pastry shop, soups and sandwiches. Open 24 hrs. from Sun. at 7am-close Fri. at 11pm. Sat. 7am-11pm.

The Coffee Shop

Features a focus on comfort. From a unique spin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;alldayâ&#x20AC;? breakfast foods like Ricotta cheese pancakes, to their all-day menu, Mon.Thurs. 7am-11pm; Fri. 7amclose on Sun. at 11pm.

Cornucopia Buffet

Land and sea buffet features a variety of specialties. Cost: $18.50 (includes tax). Closed Mon.-Thurs. Fri. noon-9pm, Sat.

noon-10pm, Sun. noon-9pm.

Empress Gem Noodle Bar Asian noodle bar open Sun.Fri. 2pm-mid. Sat. 2pm-2am.

Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burger Bar

Design your own gourmet burger from top to bottom. Exotic beers. Mon.-Thurs. noon-5pm (bar only), 5pmmid. (dining); Fri. 5pm-1am; Sat. noon-am; Sun. noon-mid.

ONO Pan-Asian Bistro and Bar

Features exotic dishes from sushi to sashimi to rock lobster tail with Kaffir lime butter. For those with simpler tastes ONO also features a traditional surf & turf or New York strip steak. Fri. & sat. 5:30-10pm; Sun. brunch 10am-2pm.


Specializing in Neapolitan cuisine, Patsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant in New York was Frank Sinatraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite restaurant. Fri. & Sat. 5:30-10pm; Sun. 6-10pm. For reservations, call 340-7585.

Simon Prime

Contemporary American steakhouse by famed, celebrity chef Kerry Simon. Simon Prime will quickly become famous for its amazing steaks, as well as its unique take on fish, seafood, chops and organic seasonal vegetables. Thurs. 6-10pm; Fri. & Sat. 5:30-10pm.


brunch available for $44.95 per person. Fall hours: Fri. 6pm-11pm; Sat. 5-11pm; Sun. brunch 9:30am-2pm.

344-6000 Asian Spice

Gourmet cuisine with a noodle bar and Chinese barbecue items. Noodle bar open Mon.Thurs. noon-11pm; Fri.-Sat. noon-2am; Sun. 11am-11pm; Restaurant open Sat.-Sun. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm.

BeachBall Seafood House On the Boardwalk, open Fri.Sun. Closed after Labor Day.

Boardwalk Perks

Coffee shop with deli sandwiches. Sun.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm; Fri.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm. Fall hours. Sun.-Thurs. 7am-5pm; Fri.-Sat. 7am-10pm.

Breadsticks Cafe & Grill

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

The Buffet

Offers an international menu, as well a full complement of all-American selections. Cost: $14.99 (plus tax) lunch and dinner; $13.99 (plus tax) for breakfast Sat. & Sun. $3 discount for Resorts Casino Club members. Fall hours: Sat. 9am9pm; Sun. 9am-8pm.


This perennial Zagat Awardwinning Italian restaurant features antipasto, pasta delicacies, fresh seafood or veal entrĂŠes with ocean views. Sun.

Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burger Bar

Burger Bar located across from Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers dry-aged beef burgers, chili made with choice sirloin, sliders (mini burgers) and more. Fall hours: Mon.-Thurs. 4-9:30pm; Fri. noon-9:30pm; Sat. noon11pm; Sun. noon-9:30pm.

Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse

340-6555. The renowned New York City steakhouse is located on Resortsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dining level and features traditional dry-aged steaks and seafood favorites prepared on their famous open flame. Fall hours: Sun.-Fri. 5-9:30pm; Sat. 5-11pm.

SHOWBOAT 343-4000 Canal Street Bread & Sandwich Co.

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

Casa Di Napoli

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

French Quarter Buffet

Seafood, steaks, a Bayou salad bar and homemade desserts, self-serve cappuccino machine. Mon.-Thurs. 12-4pm

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House of Blues Restaurant

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

Johnny Rockets

348-0725. A retro â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s-style restaurant featuring classic burgers and more. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 8am-mid.; Fri.Sat., 8am-2am.

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Signature drinks, including lattes and other specialty coffee drinks and pastry selection.

TROPICANA 340-4000 il Verdi

Upscale gourmet Italian cuisine presented in an elegant ambiance.


Mansion Cafe

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

New seafood restaurant opening May 28, featuring locally grown food and wine under the direction of locally born and trained Chef Demetrios Haronis. Has a sushi and raw bar. Hours: Wed.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sun. 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm. Located on the casino level in the South Tower.

Oshi Sushi & Sake

Golden Dynasty

343-4330. A 32-seat oasis for classic Japanese sushi and sake from chef Tony Fok, located in the Rib & Chophouse. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 5-11pm. Closed Sun.-Tues.

Rib & Chophouse

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

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.

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

Seaside Cafe

This 24-hour dining experience offers updated casual fare.

Tropicanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Marketplace: A Dam Good Deli

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Casual dining BBQ restaurant serving hickory-smoked pork, beef, chicken, BBQ ribs, sandwiches and salads. Open Mon.Fri. 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;11pm; Sat. 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;midnight, Sun. 8am-10pm.

348-4600. Traditional Chinese cuisine, with innovative contemporary creations that demonstrate modern influences on the modern Asian palette.

Harbor View


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

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

Corkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ribs & BBQ

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. Cost: $18.95 (plus tax) for breakfast and brunch; nightly seafood buffet for $24.95 per person (complimentary lobster tail on Fridays). Hours: Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11am; Sat. & Sun. 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm. Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm; Fri. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm; Sat. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm; Sun. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm.


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


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P.F. Changâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s China Bistro

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RĂ­-RĂĄ Irish Pub & Restaurant

348-8600. Authentic pubs were imported from Ireland and reassembled here. Pub fare and modern interpretations of classic Irish dishes. Live entertainment Wed.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat.

Transportation Center: Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Root Beer

The Quarter at the Tropicana:

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

A Dam Good Sports Bar


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


The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret

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

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

348-6700. Classic and contemporary Cuban dishes. Brunch, dinner and late dining served daily. 344-7256. www.thepalm.

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2225 Boardwalk at Trump Plaza. 441-0400. Serving specialty cocktails and 20 wines by the glass. Menu features world cuisine and brick-oven pizzas. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8am daily.


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On the Boardwalk at Trump Plaza. 345-5757. Open Sun.–Thurs. 11am–9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am– 11pm. Exotic salads, pastas, burgers, steaks and seafood served amidst the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.


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On the Boardwalk at Trump Taj Mahal. 441-0007. Burgers and sandwiches served in a rock ’n’ roll ambiance. Open Sun.–Thurs. 11am–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11am–1am.

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The 26-year-old Greenwich Village dining destination has debuted its 10th location in Atlantic City. Offer two distinct, side-by-side dining experiences, the fine dining restaurant, Il Mulino New York and the more casual, newer concept, Trattoria Il Mulino. Executive Chef Michele Mazza pays homage to the Abruzzo region of Italy Open for dinner: Wed.-Thurs. 4:30-10pm; open for lunch Fri.-Sun., noon-3pm;

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Cyndi Lauper,” comic Margaret Cho says. “She does her own thing. It’s all her and you just don’t see that so much anymore. I totally respect that.” Lauper, a mother, has a strong personality on and off stage. She has a touch and a charm that is uncommon. She easily breaks the fourth wall on stage. “I like having fun with the audience,” Lauper says. “Why just go up there and sing songs? There are people out there and they want to be entertained.” There is also a serious side to Lauper, who has championed gay rights. “I’m about many different causes,” Lauper says. “I grew up during the civil rights struggle that African-Americans were having. “That was a difficult struggle. Women had a difficult struggle for equality. That’s been a long fight. The LBGT community has had to fight for its rights. We should all have equality. I’m lucky that I have a platform. I would like to use it to make change. Some of the things that have

gone down with [the LBGT community] are unacceptable. They should have equal rights.” It’s no surprise that the affable Lauper embraces everyone. She is a humanitarian, who loves her fans. Lauper aims to please, but sometimes she can’t please all of her fans. Sometimes she can’t play every hit. Fortunately for Lauper she has a deep canon to draw from when she hits the stage. “It’s a good situation for me to have so many songs that I’m not sure what will get into the set list and what won’t,” Lauper says. “When it comes to the big hits, I usually include them. But there have been times that I’ve rested [certain] hits and just went with other hits and other songs. But when you come out, you can normally expect me to play what you’re most familiar with. I’ll play those hits, but I like to change things up to keep things fresh and interesting for me and I just try to give the best show possible.” n


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ing, Memphis Blues, released in June. The album is just as the title suggests, it’s a blues collection, with a huge assist from a number of the idiom’s heavyweights: B.B. King, Ann Peebles, Charles Musselwhite and Jonny Lang. Lauper has no problem with such classics as Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” or Big Bill Broonzy’s “Romance in the Dark.” There’s little doubt that the energetic fireball can sing anything. “I love to sing,” Lauper says. “I don’t have to sing one kind of thing. Just give me a song and watch me go.” Aside from her musical talent, what’s so appealing about Lauper is that she is one of the few remaining true characters in rock. Lauper has always been a quirky, independent and strong-willed entertainer. That was the way it was when the porcelain skinned waif with the iridescent hair went national a generation ago. She has always been unique. “I don’t think there is anyone like

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ecember is perhaps the best time to catch Cyndi Lauper perform. You never know what the animated vocalist will do when she hits the stage. She could render Christmas songs, offer hits or deep album cuts. “This is the greatest time of year,” Lauper tells Atlantic City Weekly. “That’s especially so for someone like me. I’m just a sucker for Christmas. Is there a more fun season? I love listening to a variety of Christmas music. I love reggae Christmas songs, mambo Christmas songs. I’ve always been drawn to holiday songs like ‘All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.’ I like songs like that and the [Alvin and the Chipmunks] stuff. To tell you the truth I love it all.” It’s not surprising that Lauper loves the sillier tunes as well as the serious songs since that sums up Lauper’s sensibility as a recording artist. Lauper, who performs Friday, Dec. 10, at the Tropicana, broke in thanks to her aptly titled She’s So Unusual, which is filled with a variety of new-wave pop and was a major smash in 1984. The diminutive vocalist with the huge set of pipes sung songs (“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “She Bop” and “Yeah Yeah”), which are as cartoonish as the walking rainbow, which was Lauper circa 1984. “I had the greatest time back then,” Lauper says. “What was not to like? I went from some tough times, but that’s the way it goes in this business.” Lauper struggled with the obscure Blue Angel, her band before her rise to superstardom. It was only a matter of time for Lauper, who always had big booming pipes, perfect pitch and a style like no other artist. It happened for Lauper when She’s So Unusual dropped. She went from unknown to one of the most popular singers of the 1980s. The album, which has sold over 16 million copies, was in the Top 200 for 65 weeks. It helped launch Lauper into the pop stratosphere. She has sold more then 30 million albums and is instantly recognizable by face or voice. “That album was huge for me,” Lauper says. “There’s no two ways about that. It established me.” She’s So Unusual primarily shows off the lighter, goofier and poppier side of Lauper and then there is her latest offer-


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tlantic City has hosted numerous professional skating exhibitions over the years, including the era when Boardwalk Hall was the summer home for the Ice Capades, from 1940-1981. However, despite its long history as a skating venue, it has never hosted an event so star-studded as the Caesars Tribute: A Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating, which takes place Saturday night, Dec. 11. Headlining the show is the reigning Olympic 2010 gold medalist Evan Lysacek, joined by 2006 Olympic silver medalist and three-time World Champion, Sasha Cohen, as well as Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Scott Hamilton, Peggy Fleming, Sarah Hughes, Michael Weiss and doubles champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner. “We are ecstatic to bring together a cast of figure skaters with the most medals ever represented in one place at one time,” says Jerry Solomon, president of StarGames, the sports marketing agency bringing the event

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to Boardwalk Hall. “With more than 200 Olympic, World and National medals combined, the talent of the 30 skaters slated to perform at the Caesars tribute will make for one incredible and memorable night.” Fleming will not be skating, but will be one of the hosts of the show, which will be filmed and broadcast on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, on NBC. In addition, special appearances and presentations will be made by and for other skating icons such as 1948 and 1952 Olympic gold medal winner Dick Button, and 1992 Olympic gold medal winner Kristi Yamaguchi. Bringing the event to Atlantic City was a product of StarGames’ multi-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah’s Entertainment), that included the Caesars Tennis Classic at Boardwalk Hall last April, which drew 7,000 fans.


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Skating Stars Here is the staggering list of ice-skating superstars that will be on hand either as hosts, skating stars or as honorees for their careers in skating:

“We had had numerous discussions with Harrah’s about their desire to bring new events, new entertainment to Atlantic City,” explains Solomon. “We agreed, thought it was a great idea, and we really felt the commitment there to build and rebuild business, to show that Atlantic City is more than a one-night town.” Fleming has visited Atlantic City several times in the past few years as a wine expert, representing Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery. Fleming, in a phone interview from her home in California, says that she had been in Atlantic City for a skating event about 15 years ago when she was doing commentary for ABC Sports. She is also familiar with Boardwalk Hall from being a judge at the 1973 Miss America Pageant. Fleming is hosting the NBC broadcast with Mary Carillo and Kerrigan. As a skating commentator, she has to remain neutral, but is she looking forward to any particular skaters? “I haven’t seen Rudy Galindo skate in a long time and Nancy is skating,” she says.

• Evan Lysacek, 2010 Olympic gold medalist • Sasha Cohen, 2006 Olympic silver medalist • Nancy Kerrigan, 1992 bronze, 1994 Olympic silver medalist • Kimmie Meissner, 2006 World gold medalist • Dick Button, 1948, 1952 Olympic gold medalist • Brian Boitano, 1988 Olympic gold medalist • Scott Hamilton, 1985 Olympic gold medalist • Peggy Fleming, 1968 Olympic gold medalist • Sarah Hughes, 2002 Olympic gold medalist • Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 Olympic gold medal winner • Paul Wylie, 1992 Olympic silver medalist • Todd Eldredge, 1996 World Champion • Rudy Galindo, 1996 US National Champion • Michael Weiss, three-time US National Champion • Tenley Albright, 1956 Olympic gold medalist and first American female skater to win • Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, 1979 World Doubles Champions • JoJo Starbuck and Kenneth Shelley, three-time pair National Skating Champions • Debi Thomas, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist • Richard Dwyer, 1950 National bronze medalist • Caryn Kadavy, 1987 World bronze medalist • Rosalynn Sumners, 1984 Olympic silver medalist • Linda Fratianne, 1980 Olympic silver medalist • Calla Urbanski and Rocky Marval, 1992-93 National Pairs Champions • Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, three time National Pairs Champions • Naomi Lang and Peter Tcherneshev, four-time National Ice Dancing Champions

“It will show the great history of skating with all of us together and should be an entertaining evening. I performed with Richard Dwyer in the Ice Follies and he is still performing in his seventies.” Asked if she was tempted to hit the ice on skates for an exhibition like this, she laughs and suggests that this was a bad time of the year to have to spend time getting back on the ice and training with running the winery, having three active grandsons and planning for the holidays. These skaters need to train, even if it isn’t with the same intensity as a competition. “These events are about keeping the image of what you did in the sport alive and well,” explains Fleming. “Nobody wants to go out there and not skate well. You want to deliver the best performance you can and still have fun with the sport.” Fleming also notes that skaters: “Are always judging each other, no matter if it is a competition or not.” Fleming, as a commentator on the sport for over 20 years, has seen some remarkable changes in skating. “I think it has evolved into a spectacular sport,” she says. “It is really tough doing the short program versus the school figures, because every element in the program counts so much. I think it’s more creative, much more difficult and it’s very competitive. We have a lot of talented skaters and I hope we can continue to nurture them and inspire them.” n


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A tale of extraordinary courage in Danny Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’ By Lori Hoffman


o m e d i r e c t o r s f i t themselves neatly into a box as an action director, an art house film director, a kids’ movie director or a horror film director. Director Danny Boyle has an extraordinary gift for all genres, finding stories he wants to tell that take the audience into a different realm of life every single time. But they do all share something — they all evoke an amazing compassion for humanity, whether he shows us drug addicts (Trainspotting), people chased by fast-moving zombies (28 Days Later), a seven-year-old who finds a bag of money (Millions) or street orphans trying to survive on the streets of Mumbai (Slumdog Millionaire). Now, with 127 Hours, Boyle has latched onto the remarkable story of Aron Ralston, a weekend warrior who loves to hike and explore the canyons of the American southwest. During a canyoneering trip in 2003, Ralston was descending into a canyon crevice near Moab, Utah when the 800-pound boulder he was using as a handhold began to slide down the crev127 Hours  HHHH Co-written & directed by Danny Boyle; rated R

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ice, sending Ralston and the boulder in the same direction. While trying to protect his head, Ralston’s right hand and wrist were wedged between the boulder and the rock face and he was trapped. Lost down a remote canyon and having told no one exactly where he was going, he knew that if he were to survive, he would have to help himself. This is the story Boyle has latched onto

‘Isn’t that the movie where the guy cuts his arm off?’ Yes, this is that movie. this time, the story that has been summarized as, “Isn’t that the movie where the guy cuts his arm off?” Yes, this is that movie. If you assume that a man trapped and without any chance for rescue might make for a one-dimensional movie, you would be so wrong. Boyle and actor James Franco, the versatile star of such fare as Spider-Man, Pineapple Express and Howl — making his portfolio as diversified as Boyle’s — have teamed up to wring every bit of drama, fear, unbearable

pain and offbeat humor out of this compelling tale of courage and recklessness. Ralston’s saving grace is his ability to remain calm in these circumstances, even making a video blog of his predicament, including his delight at the warmth of the 15 minutes of sunlight he gets to enjoy every 24 hours. As an engineer and an experienced climber, he understands how much time he has and what will happen if he does nothing and waits for someone to find him. He tries to use his camping knife to dig his arm out, a tedious exercise that saps his strength with little progress. A series of pulleys to lift the rock off him doesn’t work either. Boyle ups the cinematic side of this drama by going inside Ralston’s feverish brain. He shows us Ralston’s dreams and hallucinations. In one phenomenal sequence, Ralston imagines a flash flood that causes him to be underwater in seconds. We are caught up in the drama, not knowing if it is a dream or reality. Eventually we get to the “arm” part of the story. The crushed limb is already useless and Ralston is logical in his deci-

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sion-making process, a process that is even more excruciatingly painful because he must do the deed by breaking both the bones in his arm and rooting around the muscle, bones, tendons and nerves with a dull knife. The final decision to go for it is more horrifying than the blood letting in any horror film because you feel his agony. Some people have called the sequence too graphic — but that’s the point isn’t it? Boyle, working with a screenplay he co-wrote with Simon Beaufoy, based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Ralston, once again showcases his directorial versatility by taking a simple profile in courage and giving it a cinematic sheen that enhances the story without being excessive. He keeps it real, which is exactly the tone set by the exceptional performance by Franco. 127 Hours delivers much more than you might expect. n

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