This is a particularly good year to attend Tropicana Atlantic City’s Taste of the Quarter, taking place Monday, Aug. 21.
Why? Because, while the formula has remained the same for this annual event — restaurants, bars and eateries throughout Trop will offer bites of their best meals, showing off what makes them special — this year has seen the opening of two distinctively great restaurants, Jose Garces’ Olon and Okatshe, both of which will participate in Taste of the Quarter.
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“We’re going to have our table set up right by our restaurants to introduce people to the new spaces, especially if they haven’t been back since it was Fin,” says Olon and Okatshe Chef Maria Schmidt. “Jose will be there, too.”
That’s right — the Iron Chef at the helm of the two new Tropicana concepts will be on hand to show off the choice dishes being prepared by the chefs at Olon and Okatshe. The former, an Ecuadorian concept, will offer shrimp ceviche, made with Mexican blue shrimp, jalapeño, tomato, lime vinaigrette, avocado, and cilantro. The latter, a Japanese-inspired joint, will showcase its Tsukemono, made of assorted Japanese pickles.
“Since part of our branding is coastal seafood, it’s important to showcase seafood,” says Schmidt of the “tastes” Olon and Okatshe will offer. “It’s something people are familiar with, but it’s fun to educate people and show them how it’s made, and that all of the sauces and ingredients are coming from fresh produce and vegetables.”
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The two Garceswill join over 25 other restaurants from around Trop that are also participating in the event.
“Honestly, I’m not from the area, so for me it’s a cool way to see all the things that are in the Quarter at Tropicana,” says Schmidt. “There’s a lot for people to do and see. It’s a cool way to experience a little bit of everything.”
Here’s who’s participating and what they will offer:
A Dam Good Deli & Firewaters: Fresh fruit and veggie bar. Located in the Marketplace.
A Dam Good Sports Bar: All-you-can-eat taco bar. Located in The Quarter.
A Time for Wine: Variety of cheese and crackers. Located in The Quarter.
Boardwalk Favorites Ice Cream: Cake batter ice cream served on miniature waffle cones. Located in the Marketplace.
Broadway Burger Bar: Freshly ground prime beef burgers and French fries. Located in The Quarter.
Carmine’s: Eggplant parmigiana piled with crispy eggplant, topped with sauce and cheese. Located in The Quarter.
Casa Taco and Tequila Bar: Made-to-order fish tacos, traditional guacamole and Virgin Casa Margaritas. Located in the Marketplace.
Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar: Mussels red and white. Located just off the North Tower casino floor.
Classic Cakes: Assortment of desserts. Located in The Quarter.
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar: Ropa Vieja, shredded beef brisket stewed with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and red wine. Served with maduros. Located in The Quarter.
Escape AC: Experience an escape room for just $35 per person plus tax.
Erwin Pearl: 10 percent off regular priced items. Located in The Quarter.
Godiva: Samples of sliced chocolate covered strawberries and mini salted caramel bars. Located in The Quarter.
Golden Dynasty: Mandarin orange beef, a thinly sliced C.A.B. filet mignon, wok-fried with mandarin orange glaze and dried chili peppers. Located in The Quarter.
Hooters: Look for the Hooters girls serving boneless wings. Located in the Marketplace.
Il Verdi: Rigatoni Bolognese. Located near Tango’s Lounge.
James Candy: A “small taste of the shore.”
Marketplace Express: Mini fruit tarts with hazelnut iced coffee. Located in the Marketplace.
Mrs. Fields Cookies: Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. Located in The Quarter across from Tango’s Lounge.
Okatshe: Tsukemono, assorted Japanese pickles. Located in the South Tower.
Olon: Shrimp ceviche, made with Mexican blue shrimp, jalapeño, tomato and lime vinaigrette, avocado and cilantro. Located in the South Tower.
P.F. Chang’s: Spicy chicken and fried rice. Located in The Quarter.
Ri Ra Irish Pub: Irish potato cakes with sour cream and balsamic glaze served with an Irish sausage roll. Located in the Quarter.
The Palm: Bacon-wrapped scallops. Located in The Quarter.
Perry’s Pizza: Bite-size portions of Sicilian pizza. Located in the Marketplace.
Starbucks: Samples of freshly brewed coffee and banana bread. Located in The Quarter and the Marketplace.
Talk of the Walk: 10 percent off all new spring and summer merchandise. Located in The Quarter.
Tony Luke’s: Italian cheesesteak with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. Located in the Marketplace.
Wet Willie’s: Sample of virgin daiquiri, The Weak Willie. Located in The Quarter.
Zeytinia: Ham and cheese sandwich. Located in The Quarter.