The return of 50 Bites is almost here. Don’t know what it is? It’s only the most inventive and interactive food event ever. Hyperbole? Maybe … not!
This year, however, we’ve expanded it — much like your waistline did during last year’s event. This time, it’s 50 Bites+. Oh yeah … +.
What does that mean? It means that now there are MORE than 50 Bites in more than 50 Places that you should try before you die — and we even venture a bit outside of Atlantic City and head into Atlantic County.
Even though there are now more places, it’s still 50 Bucks. How cool is that?
The eating journey still takes place for 50 Days, beginning Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 1.
Now, we know you probably have questions about this satisfying event. Who wouldn’t? So we’ve created a FAQ of things you might wanna know about.
Q: Where can I purchase them online?
Q: Where can I purchase them in person?
A. You can also pick them up at The Press of Atlantic City, 1000 W. Washington Ave. in Pleasantville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or Atlantic City Bottle Company/The Iron Room at 648 N. Albany Ave. in A.C. We can also mail them to you for a $6 shipping fee. That $6 covers as many passes as you order. So if you order 20, it’s still just $6 to mail them all.
Q: Can I visit more than one restaurant per day?
A: Yes, you can do all 50+ in one day, if you choose. Or you can do one a day, five a day, whatever you like.
Q: Do I have to go to any specific restaurant on any specific day?
A: Nope, tackle the restaurants as you wish.
Q: Do I have to purchase anything when I ask for my bite?
A: No. Although most of the participating restaurants are offering some awesome specials, including upgrades to full portions and drink specials that are certainly worth spending a few bucks on.
Q: How do I get my bites?
A: When you have your all-access pass, just show it to a server. They will bring it out to you and check the box next to the item to make sure you only use it once at their restaurant in the 50 Days. Make sure you bring the pass and the Atlantic City Weekly lanyard that you will receive. You need both for verification purposes.
Q: Do I get a full portion of each item?
A: No, silly. It’s called 50 Bites — so you’ll get a sample size.
Q: What is the value of this pass?
A: We estimate that all of the bites total at least $250. But there is no cash value to the pass itself. You’re essentially only paying about a buck a bite.
Q: What days and hours can I use my 50 Bites pass?
A: You can use it during the restaurants’ operating hours and days. There are no restrictions anywhere.
Q: Will I be seated if I choose to not buy anything and just grab my bite?
A: Some places will restrict the use of the pass to the lounge or bar area. So if there is an open seat, please feel free to use it.
Q: What if I lose it?
A: Buy another one. You’re still ahead of the game in value.
Q: I don’t like some of the items, will they offer substitutions?
A: Sorry, but no luck, Chuck. Use this opportunity to expand your culinary horizons.
Q: I don’t go to Atlantic City that often, is it worth me buying one of these?
A: Well, hopefully this will encourage you to check out places you never ate at before. But if you map it out, you really don’t have to make that many trips. For example, if you go to the casinos, you can bang out a bunch in one shot. For example, Golden Nugget has four restaurants participating, Harrah’s has five, and between The Playground, Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City, you can go to eight restaurants without even moving your car. Plus, as we mentioned, it also takes place in Atlantic County, so there are many more options this year.
Q: If I want to talk this out with someone, who can I call to discuss?
Q: I want to tell the world about how great 50 Bites is. How do I do that?
A: We have a hashtag — #50BitesAC — that you should use when sharing posts about your experience. Do it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or wherever. Write it on your bedroom wall. Just spread the word!