Three years ago at the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Guy Fieri told me how much he enjoyed the ambience of Atlantic City and its growing reputation as a foodie paradise. He also said he would love to open a restaurant in town. This summer that wish has come to delicious life with Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s, a steakhouse that has a casual vibe.
For a magical six months out of the year, our region transforms into a literal cornucopia of the world’s finest vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Keep in mind, New Jersey’s “Garden State” moniker doesn’t come from Essex, Bergen or Hudson counties. It’s here in southern New Jersey.
Cape May’s culinary scene, once the envy of the East Coast, has largely transitioned from fine dining to casual, family-oriented fare. A notable exception to that statement remains the Ebbitt Room: the Virginia Hotel’s timeless space fronted by a magnificent entryway and breezy front porch.
In the shadows of a massive “DO AC”-adorned water tower near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Route 30 in Atlantic City’s inlet section, adventurous diners will discover a latest addition to our thriving local underground culinary scene.
Possessing coveted tech degrees from Philly’s prestigious Drexel University, Linwood brothers Antonio and Nick Ballias might have been expected to opt for careers in the corporate world. Instead, the pair of multi- talented 30-somethings went foodie.
Housed in a charming two-story cottage facing Somers Point’s bay front, Latz’s by the Bay has, since opening in autumn of 2011, become one of the mainland’s definitive BYOBs.
We adore BYOBs and are constantly on the lookout for new openings in both Atlantic and Cape May counties, so it probably shouldn’t have taken us a full year to sample Ventnor’s Stella.