In our annual Wish List column last January, the final item was a simple request; more women leading local kitchens. We got what we asked for at Tropicana’s new Casa Taco and Tequila-owned by restaurant/retail magnate George Siganos — in the form of executive chef Jennifer Galligan.
Their business model is a combination of high-end boutique liquor store plus the attached eatery that features brilliantly eccentric new American small plates — something we feel Atlantic City desperately needs.
The bivalves were moist and fresh, locally-sourced and tasting of the briny ocean plus a gentle dose of butter and garlic.
There exists an adage about winemaking that dictates that one cannot learn the business, but instead must be born into it. We like to think that axiom also applies nicely to the restaurant industry, where many of the most successful operators we’ve encountered were second or even third-generation scions.
For the fourth annual Somers Point Restaurant Week, I decided to go to the town’s most popular restaurant while taking advantage of the bargain rates. Can there be any doubt that said restaurant is the Crab Trap, which usually manages to have lines out the door all year ‘round.
Wander in through the back door of Somers Point’s iconic Crab Trap seafood restaurant early in the morning and you might be in for a bit of a surprise.
Ask Henry Zhang, the baby-faced 40-year-old owner of Margate’s midtown restaurant Miyako, to explain the origin of his restaurant’s name and he will quickly tell you “The capital city, like Washington D.C.” Go to an online source and the definition becomes broader, drawing from three separate Japanese words: Mi (beautiful) ya (night) ko (child) — making it also a popular name for girls.