For the thousands of loyal Phish heads in town this weekend for the band's three-night stand at Boardwalk Hall, 11 ideas for your weekend in the resort.
For the several thousand Phish fans in Atlantic City for the band's three-night stand at Boardwalk Hall over Halloween Weekend, Atlantic City Weekly provides some ideas you may not have thought of to pass the time between concerts.
11. Tony Boloney's. The winner of the Guy Fieri Cheesesteak battle for best cheesesteak during this summer's Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, this pizzeria and sandwich shop provides old-style Atlantic City-style pies, award-winning sandwiches, some great local antiques adoring the walls and the Elvis Lives. What is it? It's any Phish fan's dream concoction. Peanut butter, jelly, Nutella, banannas, something I'm forgetting, all on two plain slices of white bread. See video here and here of owner Mike Hauke making a turn of the 20th century style Atlantic City pizza. (And while you're in town looking for other good eats on a budget, try the newly opened Harlem transplant Redding's for soulful southern-style cuisine, or Tony Baltimore's Grill for pizza, or Kelsy & Kim's for downhome soul food. For Chinese, head to the Imperial Inn.
10. In honor of the Phish song "Bathtub Gin," as the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority's (ACCVA) awesome new Boardwalk Empire-themed Web site notes on its "Historic and Prohibition era locations to visit in Atlantic City" page: Go check out Gardner's Basin. Not only will you find the city's aquarium (doh, that was going to be number 2), restaurants and gorgeous sunsets but, as per the ACCVA: "If you look out from the docks at Gardner’s Basin, New Hampshire Ave. and the bay, to the houses across the way, you’ll see a couple of the original 'boat houses' that have docks under them where rum runners could unload their cargo in privacy. Some of them had speakeasies on the level above the docks." oceanlifecenter.com
(Frank Formica at his family bakery in Atlantic City)
9. When the munchies strike and the lines at the nearby White House Sub Shop are out of hand, stop into Formica Brothers Bakery, at 2310 Atlantic Avenue. Stock up on slices of the unfogetable tomato pie, pastries, fresh rolls and other fresh-baked treats. Serving the Atlantic City region from its current location since 1928, Formica's famous bread (thin crust on the outside, mouth-watering goodness on the inside) has been baked in the city's Ducktown section since 1919. formicabrosbakery.com
8. Head a few miles downbeach to Margate and check out Lucy, the world's largest elephant (9200 Atlantic Ave.). That should be all the incentive you need. lucytheelephant.org
7. The Pier Shops at Caesars. Trip out to the free hourly water show with its 150 individually controlled fountain nozzles, a 19,000 gallon reflecting pool, 179 LED and intelligent lighting fixtures, and "state-of-the-art" audio technology. It runs on the hour and it's free. Oh, and there are also two levels of stores (from Apple to Levis to Brookstone to the Phish-head friendly It'Sugar) and a third level of first-rate restaurants, From Buddakan and Phillips to the Boston transplant Game On! your hunger will never survive here. thepiershopsatcaesars.com
6. The Atlantic City Art Center \ Atlantic City Historical Museum. As long as the Garden Pier is open — it was recently closed due to storm damage — you can experience two of the resort town's most humble yet extraordinary gems — the only art center in the world to hang over the Atlantic Ocean and a historical museum devoted to Atlantic City's storied past — for free. Since the Garden Pier was christened in 1913, it has been home to a stately theater and convention hall, one of the city's biggest ballrooms (where Rudloph Valentino served for a while as a dance instructor) and then to the world's largest typewriter (http://www.acmuseum.org/promotion.html). Boardwalk Empire fans will devour the historical museum.
(A shot of three of the stars of HBO's Boardwalk Empire in Atlantic City for a premiere party at Caesars in September. Photo by Tom Briglia.)
5. Ocean City. If you're in the area for a while, check out Ocean City. About 20 minutes away from Atlantic City, and known as "America's Family Resort," the city becomes a sleepy beach town at this time of year, with mainly locals taking advantage of the less-crowded avenues, beaches and Boardwalk. Stop in GrassRoots Music Store (1059 Asbury Ave.), the area's only all-vinyl record store (they also sell guitars and other gear at great prices) and say hi to Chris. grassrootsmusicstore.com
4. Party at a Club. If this is your first visit to Atlantic City, go check out one of the city's world-class night spots. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a club person, it's a unique experience that you'll never forget. And the city's casinos offer all types of vibes, with the Borgata's one-two punch of MIXX and mur mur, the island-themed Pool at Harrah's, the recently opened and posh Dusk at Caesars, the '70s & '80s retro club Boogie Nights at Resorts and the Casbah at the Trump Taj Mahal — to name but a few — the city has more parties going on into the wee hours of the weekend than most states do. (And acweekly.com has the information that you need to know about them; click here for the Halloween Weekend Party Guide.)
3. IMAX at the Tropicana. Located inside the always energizing, sleek and sultry Havana-themed Quarter at the Tropicana, catch either Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole or the equally intriguing sounding Wild Ocean 3-D on the big screen. And we mean the really big screen. Or check out the many excellent restaurants, shops and clubs in this Atlantic City hot spot. tropicana.net
2. Mexico. One of the best restaurants ever. Pick: The Torta Oaxacanea. One of the least expensive, sloppiest and best sandwiches ever created. (3810 Ventnor Ave., Atlantic City)
1. The Atlantic City Aquarium. Well, we had to throw it in here, if not in the number two slot than as the big number one. Hey Phish fans, go to the local aquarium and see other fish! How cool would that be? The aquarium also just got a new mascot. Here's a mission for you. Have a picture of yourself taken with the new mascot at the Atlantic City Aquarium, send it to email@example.com with your contact information and you'll be entered to win an extraordinary Atlantic City prize. oceanlifecenter.com
Don't forget to send in those pictures!
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