Ask anyone to name their favorite steakhouse in Atlantic City, and The Palm always seems to be one of their top recommendations. And with good reason. The family-owned steakhouse chain inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort IS one of the best steakhouses in town thanks to its amazing hospitality, belief in using the best and freshest ingredients and devotion to locals.
According to the Tropicana’s Maria Marques, the event has historically been two distinct theme weeks. Those celebrations were both enjoyable on their own, but you know what they say about two great tastes that taste great together: Each proved to be so popular, the organization has merged them into one big gastrointestinal nightmare of a good time.
If 2014 was any barometer of what to expect in South Jersey’s culinary future, good things lie ahead for local food lovers. Here are the most memorable dishes we ate out in restaurants around the region this year.
You can still find Atlantic City Weekly’s comprehensive New Year’s Eve guide, published in last week’s issue, available online at acweekly.com. Meanwhile, if you’re more focused on fine dining than on dance-floor debauchery, here are three NYE dinner offerings that promise to make a spectacular evening.
Roberto Diaz almost never relocated his restaurant El Mariachi Loco to the corner of Bellevue Avenue and South Egg Harbor Road in Hammonton. The space, on the first floor of an ornate and elaborately painted 110-year-old building, the most photographed building in town, had been vacant for a while, but the owner was taking his time deciding who to rent it to.
When it comes to sushi in Atlantic City, it doesn’t get better than Oshi Sushi & Sake. And that credit can be placed squarely on Armiyanto “Harry” Setiyaki. The Japan native learned the craft from his grandfather, improved his technique in Indonesia and eventually came to the United States, where original Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto taught him how to break down fish better than he ever did before.
As Atlantic City’s casinos have looked to the Pacific Rim for creative inspiration over the years, the city’s dining scene has expanded in scope to include a wide variety of global cuisines. To witness the latest step in that culinary evolution, consider Lillie’s at Golden Nugget.