The new Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars gifts Atlantic City with comfort food from across the pond.
Foreign hospitality: Ramsay’s British-inspired décor, like the motifs of Buckingham Palace and its famed guards, helps transport the diner abroad—as if the classic pub grub needed any help.
The varied landscape of Atlantic City dining can now claim the British among its ranks. Famed chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay has adapted his wildly successful pub concept at Las Vegas’s Caesars Palace from one gaming capital to another
Integral to the operation is La Tasha McCutchen, the most recent winner of Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Her prize? The position of head restaurant chef, serving under longtime AC chef George Galati, who will oversee kitchen operations. Together they will execute Ramsay’s menu of classic British pub fare. Favorites include bangers and mash, Yorkshire rib roast, beef Wellington, steak-and-ale pie, sticky toffee pudding, and, of course—fitting, given the bounty of the Shore’s waters—fish and chips.
“The location is so exciting,” says Ramsay. “Atlantic City is located right on the Eastern Seaboard, [where] some of the best seafood is caught.” Ramsay’s team will take advantage of more than just the fish, integrating all types of locally sourced ingredients into the seasonal menu. “We [are working] with a variety of suppliers to ensure our top quality ingredients come from local farmers and purveyors,” he says. “It’s important to support your community.”
The décor evokes Britain at every turn, from the booth dividers that resemble Buckingham Palace guards to the red London telephone booths that inspire the backdrop to the long, striking bar. True to the pub spirit, there are currently 16 tapped beers, ranging from British classics such as Wells & Young’s and Fuller’s to local selections from Cape May Brewing Co. 2100 Pacific Ave., 609-343-2600
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