It’s always tough saying goodbye. Especially when that goodbye means not getting to eat bite after bite of some of the finest food in all of Atlantic County. And while many would choose to simply throw their faces into a sofa pillow and sob their way through this final week of 50 Bites+, we at Atlantic City Weekly feel that would be a sad waste of both time and culinary satisfaction.
After all, crying never solved anything, and the fact remains that while we may be reaching the end, there are still a few precious days left on the calendar in which to use your passes to this most revered event. So dry your eyes and polish up your lanyard, because we have one final mission left.
We start our journey at Tropicana Atlantic City, where five of the 10 bites we hope to tackle on this outing all reside. Stop one is Carmine’s where their humble meatball easily earns our respect. From there it’s off to Cuba Libre, Trop’s Cuban-themed hotspot who is offering up the delicious and somewhat adventurous grilled baby octopus as their bite.
Once the last tentacle has been munched we skip on over to Okatshe for their outstanding chicken wings before heading next door to Olon, where the shrimp ceviche offers a refreshingly light change of pace from some of the more decadent bites found at many of the spots on our list. Rounding out the first half of the day is Chickie’s and Pete’s, whose deep fried lobster ravioli provides the much needed ying to Olon’s yang.
With Trop properly conquered, we strut down the street to Tony’s Baltimore Grill where their meatball slider makes its great return for the second year in a row. From Tony’s it’s on to another Italian paradise known as Girasole where the Tagliatelle Bolognese does a fine job of adding a bit of pasta to an otherwise pastaless afternoon.
We’re still scratching our heads as to why Thanksgiving Eve is such a big party night. Perha…
Next we head south to Mexico —no, not the country, the restaurant, where their chicken chimichanga will leave you in stunned disbelief due to its tastiness.
With just two spots left, there is no stopping us now. We head to Wonder Bar with an unexpected pep in our step, ready and willing to knock back their Philly cheesesteak spring roll.
As we head out the door and down the few blocks to The Iron Room, a tear or two is shed, for in our hearts each of us knows the end is upon us. Luckily The Iron Room Chef Kevin Cronin has allowed our journey come to an end on a high note, serving us his house-cured salmon with cucumber, kewpie mayo and pickled mushroom on crostini.
And that is that. No more words needed, 50 Bites+ comes to a perfect, satisfying close … until next year.