Atlantic City’s Iconic Eateries

Food & Beverage, Magazine Features

From signature subs and classic Italian favorites to a fusion restaurant like no other, the Jersey Shore has all your dining needs and wants covered

Whether your feet are pounding the boardwalk or your toes are sinking into the warm soft sands, Atlantic City evokes a special affection for its iconic coastal community. Along with myriad family attractions and adult avocations, A.C. is home to some of the most beloved eateries in the Garden State.

New Jersey is not only the diner capital of the world, but it’s also the birthplace of the mighty submarine sandwich. Some call them subs while others prefer hoagies. Either way you slice it, White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City has been serving the community and beyond since 1946. With freshly baked local bread delivered multiple times daily and their sourcing of high-quality fresh ingredients, it’s no wonder stars like Joe DiMaggio and The Beatles have visited the humble sub shop.

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White House Subs is renowned for making some of the best sandwiches in America.

In Atlantic City’s historic Italian American Ducktown district, a little slice of Italy called Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern has been creating bona fide Italian cuisine for 87 years. The Mancuso family has been lovingly cooking up Italian staples since 1935 garnering a reputation as a “gathering place for friends and a haven for the hungry.” Enjoy a group meal with signature dishes such as baked lasagna, chicken cacciatore and eggplant parmesan, as well as a variety of seafood specialties and steaks.

The landmark spot Gilchrist Restaurant opened its doors in 1946 with Marie Gilchrist at the helm. Starting out as a humble bait-and-tackle shop serving sandwiches to hungry fishermen, the family-owned and operated establishment has since offered home-style comfort food just like Mom used to make. Over the years, people have flocked to this breakfast and lunch spot for a taste of yesterday’s classics like hotcakes, fluffy omelets, fresh salads and sandwiches.

Legendary food establishments abound in Atlantic City

In 1919, the Formica family combined their Italian heritage with the unique waters from underneath the New Jersey Pinelands resulting in handcrafted legendary loaves with a one-of-a-kind flavor. Ultimately made popular by hungry WWII soldiers, the Formicas’ over 100 years of outstanding baking would later merge with another revered New Jersey baking family. The Freitag Bakery, founded in Camden in 1890, carried on its solo legacy until a partnership between the two households was forged. The Formica Freitag Bakery is a combined 200+ years of scratch-baking experience from two Italian families.

If you find yourself back in Ducktown, stop into Ducktown Tavern for an array of drinks and classic American fare. Bring your group for wings and burgers while watching a game on one of their 28 televisions. This family-friendly A.C. staple also showcases live entertainment for patrons to enjoy.

Incredible seafood can be found at Dock’s Oyster House.

In 1897, Harry “Dock” Dougherty imagined a cozy seaside restaurant that would serve up the finest delicacies the ocean had to offer. Dock’s Oyster House was born, and Harry’s labor of love has been serving the community and beyond since. Patrons can enjoy creative signature dishes like Dock’s crab au gratin and seafood fry while swaying to the tunes drifting from the piano bar. Don’t miss the fresh oysters at Dock’s impressive raw bar, a local favorite.

While their menu is currently being revamped, the Atlantic City Bar & Grill is another A.C. must-visit. Beginning as a humble pizzeria 25 years ago, the family-owned restaurant has been whipping up local and celebrity favorites from steaks and seafood to signature cocktails with the games playing for the ever-present sports enthusiasts.

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Heather Colache


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