Hump Day Report: AC Restaurant Week
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Dining out is a luxury item for my weekly budget, but this time of the year I indulge big time thanks to the fabulous Atlantic City Restaurant Week. It runs from Sunday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, March 5. More than 70 restaurants throughout Atlantic County will offer fixed price, three-course lunches for $15.11 and dinners for $33.11.
Over the past two ACRW’s I’ve enjoyed sensational meals at McCormick & Schmick’s at Harrah’s and the Inn at Sugar Hill in Mays Landing. I’m leaning towards a casino restaurant this year since I went to Sugar Hill last year. Of course I could really indulge and go to casino for dinner and a local city restaurant for lunch.
As always, most of the menus are amazing. For example Evo at Trump Plaza is offering Surf & Turf with filet mignon and lobster tail, as well as Chilean Seabass with sweet pea risotto. The appetizers include P.E.I. mussels with chocolate lava cake for dessert. How can they do that for $33.11?
The Knife & Fork Inn has one of the best lunch menus around with the same appetizers as the evening, including corn and crab chowder or a classic Caesar salad, entrees that include Sliced Filet Mignon arugula, cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan and citrus vinaigrette or a crab cake sandwich with lobster Remoulade, and a dessert sampler trio of lemon bar, chocolate mousse and walnut-crusted cheesecake.
Gallagher’s Steakhouse at Resorts is serving up a 16oz prime rib with crème Brule as a dessert option. At Bally’s 6ixA Bistro you can start off with grilled & chilled tiger prawn with charred pineapple salsa and sweet chili mango sauce, followed by NY Strip “Oscar,” 10 oz. NY strip steak topped with crab meat, asparagus, Hollandaise sauce, served with rice and vegetables, with a finish of Bananas Foster bread pudding or a chocolate Twix tower.
At Phillip’s Seafood you can start with shrimp cocktail, have their famous crabcakes, a broiled seafood platter, Citrus Baramundi or a steak & shrimp combo with grilled flat iron steak and Peruvian shrimp skewer. The desserts are chocolate lava cake or New York cheesecake.
So many choices, so much more research to do before I decide on my restaurant for this year.
For those of you with smart phones, Atlantic City Restaurant Week has joined forces with Foodspotting.com, a new smart phone app, to give you a chance to win Restaurant Week gift certificates. Foodspotting.com is a Web site that allows users to create and contribute to dining guides for cities around the country by posting listings of their favorite menu items.
The Foodspotting page on the Restaurant Week site features a simple entry form, and five winners will be chosen from those entries. In addition, five winners using the Foodspotting app will win Restaurant Week gift certificates when they spot the specific menu items listed and submit a photo of one or more of those dishes.