Restaurants in Atlantic City, NJ

If Atlantic City has a signature food, it is salt water taffy, sold in candy shops, casinos, and hotel lobbies. Mythology says that it was invented in 1880 by David Bradley, who ran a taffy stand. Extremely grumpy that strong winds and a high tide sent ocean foam all over his supply of just-made taffy, Bradley sarcastically corrected a little girl who stepped up and asked for taffy. ‘You mean salt water taffy!” he sneered. Candy vendor Joseph Fralinger, who started selling his own molasses taffy on the Boardwalk in 1885, was the first to pack it as the Atlantic City souvenir that every shoreline visitor took back home. But of course, there’s more to eat in Atlantic City — much more if you include casino and hotel restaurants. But for an eating experience never to be forgotten, get a sandwich at the White House Sub Shop. Made on brawny loaves of bread just hours from the oven, these torpedoes — hot or cold — are simply the best anywhere. King of the menu is the White House Special: Genoa salami, ham, capicola, and provolone cheese all tightly packed inside a long loaf, lubricated with olive oil, decorated with lettuce and bits of sweet pepper.

Atlantic City’s Most Famous Dishes

Cold cuts are piled high with garnishes and condiments in a long loaf almost too big to lift

Sub Sandwiches

Peeking out from under the chocolate shell of a candy turtle are almonds, caramel, and dried cherries and apricot


Cafeteria tray holds a square meal of BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, collards, cornbread, sweet tea, and banana pudding

Dinner Platters

Pizza is crowded with meats, veggies, and feta cheese


Atlantic City’s Best Restaurants

Fralinger’s - Molasses Paddle


Tony’s Baltimore Grill


White House Sub Shop - White House Special
White House Sub Shop


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Submarine sandwich overloaded with cold cuts, cheese, and garnishes

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