If you’re serious about sampling a roadside barbecue joint done the right way, check out Back Bay Bar-B-Que in Somers Point.
Adding another cool element to the appeal of Back Bay’s sprawling confines was the purchase of a genuine paddlewheel boat two years ago. Known as the Belle Miracle Anne, this 125-ton vessel, built in 1925, sits docked behind the restaurant. She originally worked as a passenger ferry on the Mississippi for decades before ending up in West Atlantic City, where Dagit, a competitive boating enthusiast, discovered her. Open for touring by customers at present, she may one day become an auxiliary dining space.
Calling this restaurant venture “a labor of love” but adding “it’s exhausting,” Dagit describes patrons as “a very eclectic crowd.” He even allows that the eatery is dog-friendly, provided pets are leashed and well-behaved, to accommodate visitors to nearby Dog Beach in E.H.T. Key personnel at Back Bay include cooks Sergio and Sal Gonzalez, butcher/cook John “Grumpy” Finneran, waitress Valerie Milburn and several members of the Dagit family.
Prior to closing, it is worthy of mention that in addition to all his other hats, Len Dagit also serves as the head of W2BU — an organization that manages Wildwood’s annual Beach Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Now entering its 20th year, the massive event — with over 100 fields erected on the wide sands — contributed nearly $30,000 to various charities in 2011 and will take place the weekend of July 28-29.
Back Bay Bar-B-Que
Address: 135 Somers Point-Longport Blvd., Somers Point.
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11am-9pm. Phone: 788-4853
After announcing the dates, July 26-29, Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City has announced a few of the celebrity chef participants for the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, namely Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, Robert Irvine, Buddy Valastro and Andrew Zimmern, with further announcements to come.
Listen to two tracks from the Texas singer-guitarist's new EP Bright Lights and see videos — and read about the man who will be in town for the music main dish of the 2011 AC Food & Wine Festival.
Leading up to the concert at HOB’s Music Hall — dubbed Rocktoberfest and including an all-you-can eat BBQ buffet and a dozen craft beers — will be the inaugural Horsepower Rally Classic Car & Bike Show that will have about 100 hot rods, muscle cars, choppers and custom motorcycles on display as local favorites Crystal Roxx and the Martini Brothers perform at Showboat’s outdoor parking area.
Included in this week's Local Scene image gallery (July 29-Aug. 4) are Nas and Damian Marley at the House of Blues at Showboat July 29; Pretty Poison, featuring Jade Starling, at Boogie Nights at Resorts on July 31;High Heel Race in Avalon July 31; TV’s “American Teenager” Francia Raisa at Dusk at Caesars on July 31; The Food Network’s The Neelys at one of their events during the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival; The Robert Cray Band at the House of Blues July 31 as part of the “Blues, Brews & BBQ” event during the A.C. Food & Wine Festival; Philadelphia Flyers Dan Carcillo, Ville Leino and Jeff Carter at the House of Blues Foundation Room after attending the Nas/Damian Marley concert July 29; and more....
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