In addition to showcasing a killer lineup of entertainment, Atlantic City also has lots of new and exciting things happening on the culinary front. With brand new and reimagined restaurants, food festivals, and must-try dishes, AC is the place to be for food lovers right now. Here, seven delicious reasons to DO AC this summer.
Whether it’s on your summer bucket list of things to try or you’ve been there a million times before, the beloved Dock’s Oyster House gives both locals and visitors a reason to get excited. The 120-year-old Atlantic City mainstay just reopened its doors following a major renovation, which features updates like expanded seating, a raw bar, and a piano bar. 2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-345-0092
Food lovers rejoice! Atlantic City’s inaugural Food Truck Festival takes over Brighton Park from June 18-19. The food-filled event will feature live music, a cooking demo by celebrity chef Brian Duffy, and a variety of different cuisines to eat—from seafood to barbecue and everything in between. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite food truck.
Bally’s Atlantic City has a new country-themed Boardwalk Saloon at the Wild Wild West where you can get your drink on indoors or enjoy it on the patio outside. When you get hungry, order table service from AC Snack Shack or Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint. Snack Shack offers juicy burgers, tacos, and chicken, while Guy Fieri’s spot offers three of his famous National Barbecue Hall of Fame sauces. 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-2000
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Cafeteria is currently being transformed into the soon-to-open Marketplace Eatery, a casual dining spot serving a variety of quick-service dishes like sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more. But that’s not all: In the fall, the hotel will also unveil Iron Chef Michael Symon’s first Italian restaurant. 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000
Before the end of 2016, Iron Chef Jose Garces will roll out not one but several seafood-centric concepts at Tropicana Casino & Resort. There’s also good things happening over at Cuban hotspot Cuba Libre in The Quarter where they’ll be debuting a new menu featuring guava barbecue ribs, empanadas, and a new Coco Loco cocktail. In addition, the resto will host a "Your Masterpiece, Our Mojitos" party (June 12, 2-4 p.m.), where guests will spend the afternoon drinking and painting. 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 800-843-8767
After a fun-filled night out, you’ll want to head to Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City for recovery breakfast. Be sure to try new dishes like the Whole Lotta Love Breakfast Burger made with a grilled Angus beef patty, and topped with avocado, bacon, and a fried egg. If you drop by the restaurant during lunch or dinner, don't miss out on their limited-time New World Burger Tour menu, which features adventurous bites inspired by different exotic corners of the globe. A definite highlight is the Aloha burger inspired by Honolulu, which stars an Angus beef patty topped with SPAM, grilled pineapple rings, guacamole, and pico de gallo. 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-441-0007
When you’re craving something sweet, make your way to Buddakan to indulge in one of their new desserts like strawberry kaffir lime oil cheesecake, Tahitian vanilla crème brulee, and toasted Buddha ice cream. 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, 609-674-0100