well, I looked up Hogate’s in the phone book , cause I was unfamiliar with it…
It looks like they bit the dust! no longer around..
glad you appreciate (and recommend!) Ocean City…!
thanks for the support, Cheesewit….!
and I’m glad to hear you also appreciate Chelsea’s cheesesteak.!
I have always maintained that it’s the subs you go to The White House for. The steaks are dry – mostly due to the lack of both oil on the grill and a bit of fat in the meat.
I’m glad to hear you (and Ellen) go elsewhere for cheesesteaks when you’re "down the shore." I’ve been to Voltaco’s, Sugar Hill, and Chelsea Pizza. I like all 3.
Ellen, all I can say regarding White House cheese steaks, is that people need to compare to other local sub places like I did and like you have done. White House simply doesn’t hold up. I don’t eat salami, etc, either, so I can’t speak to White House’s other sandwiches, but their cheese steak is really blah.
Didn’t get to see Borgata or any other casinos other than Trop. The inside of the Trop reminded me of Paris in LV (the "sky" ceiling). Yes, we saw Ant Bully, which was cute. My daughter doesn’t like 3D (it scares her) so she watched w/out the glasses. The movie itself is just OK, but the 3D effects make it fun. As I mentioned before, it is pricey.
There was quite a bit of flooding in OC as well — we couldn’t go over the 9th St bridge at one point, and had to go over the bridge at the north end of the island instead.
Wish I was on the beach in OC (even if it is cloudy!) rather than sitting here in my office! Oh well…I’ve still got a little sand in my shoes… [8D]
Welcome back !! Thanks for the great trip report……
you are the FIRST person to ever agree with me about the "thumbs down" White House cheesesteaks. (which definitely makes us a minority on THIS roadfood board!)
I just never got all the wild raves about the place…. I find the cheesesteak dries out real quick for some reason. While it is not terrible, it really does’nt do all that much for me!
I find the cheesesteaks at the Chelsea Pizza (in the K-mart shopping center) on rt 40 /black horse pike so much more my style! They stay juicy even after I get them home, and everything blends together so well. Plus ,the AC good bread, just like white house.
I could understand that the White House has Italian subs that people like a lot…(I’m not a ham/salami eater, so it’s N/A for me), but I can’t figure out the high marks for the cheesesteaks.
Glad you liked and noticed all the new changes in Atlantic City !!
Did you have a chance to see the Borgata? I noticed that Ant Bully was playing at the Imax while you were there….is that what you saw?
I know all about Sunday being rain-free.
My sis and my niece and nephews were down in Wildwood Crest from Friday night until tomorrow, Wed. (5 nights) The first night, Friday, there was so much wind and rain (thanks Ernesto!) that they could barely drive into Wildwood. The main drag (rio grande ave) was shut down due to flooding…
they had to really navigate the side streets to get to their Shalimar motel in one piece…(and without a dead car battery, whatever)………there were plenty of fake palm trees knocked to the ground, along with some signage (a minor version of hurricane Wilma with the restaurant signs blowing off)
I drove down to join them Sat. night after work. Picked up a delicious pizza from Sal’s Pizza in wildwood crest.
Sunday was not real warm, just like you said. But at least there was no rain.
The kids (including me, the big kid) enjoyed going down the slide into the motel pool, and jumping off the diving board.
we left for the Wildwood boardwalk around 3 pm, and went on the rides until they closed at midnight.
My sis says yesterday, Monday was the most beautiful day, like you also said, Joanie…
(too bad I had to work Labor Day at the casino, cause I am usually off Mondays)
They went in the ocean, (the jellyfish behaved themselves, thank goodness)
and went to the waterslide park on the boardwalk.
today, the rains came again, but they were able to squeeze a morning bicycle ride in.
But , in the afternoon, they had to do the indoor activities at the Bayshore movie theatre in North Cape May…
with all the "every other day" rain, it was also good that they had 2 tv’s in their motel room.
This way little Matthew, age 7 could watch his Disney channel, while Stacey 15, could watch her E-tv, and game show network…
so nice to read your update, Joanie…
and I appreciate you telling me of your Atlantic County connection (hubby working at FAA technical center)……that is where they also trained the air marshalls ; all the extra ones hired after 9-11.
I’m not a seafood eater, but I’ve enjoyed the prime rib at the Crap Trap…….you are right that the wait would have been crazy……that place always seems to be packed….
Mark in VT
I am glad you had a chance to try Voltaco’s, Just reading your report about them being messy made me drool ! They are expensive, but we normally get a coule and share.Great report on your vacation!
Thanks for the memories…….
Thanks for the report back on your trip/vacation! Despite the rain it sounds like yours wa a family ‘adventure’ !
We need more followup from folks when they do take trips. I am amazed at how many updates of known places it takes to keep ‘current’ on where to go and where to eat !
Glad your back safe![:o)]
Well, we’re back from our rainy vacation. I’ve decided that it is much more expensive to be in a beach town with kids in a nor’easter than it would be if it were sunny. We spent big bucks at the arcades, IMAX theatre, and so on. I think the kids had fun, but my husband and I could use a vacation from our vacation!!
The only real beach day we had was Sunday…we spent most of the afternoon on the beach, although it was cloudy and kind of chilly. My son braved the water, but it was too cold for the rest of us to go in. Yesterday was fabulous, so we stayed in OC for as long as we could before leaving to come home.
Food-wise, I can pretty much guarantee that I gained some weight while at the beach! (think beached whale, folks!!) We ate the requisite fudge, pretzels, Mac & Manco’s pizza, Ove’s doughnuts (fabulous!) clams casino, and lots of cheese steaks. More on that later.
Tried a couple new (to us) restaurants: Ove’s for breakfast, and Spadafora for dinner. Spadafora was walking distance from our hotel, and we enjoyed the casual but fresh meal we had there. We both had the broiled scallops. My daughter ate nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches the entire time we were gone, and she enjoyed the one she got there. Ove’s was just delightful: friendly servers, great location, and those doughnuts are wonderful! We also had a full breakfast there a couple mornings, and it was yummy. We rented a surrey from Ove’s as well, which was a lot of fun. I would like to try the dinner there sometime.
Normally, we’d have gone to the Crab Trap, but the kids would not have wanted to sit around waiting for a table in the rain. So we’ll have to do that next time. I do enjoy their food.
My wonderful hubby ran out in the torrential rain on Saturday night and picked up wings from Charlie’s. Yum! I also went there with my daughter on Sunday night. Had some yummy, cheesy clams casino there. Such a fun place, and now it’s non-smoking! Yippee! Gotta love a bar that doesn’t reek of smoke. It was packed, so business is not being adversely affected.
We went to AC to see a movie at the IMAX theatre at the Tropicana, and I was impressed by all the new stores, etc, in the city. The movie was fun, but very expensive.
About those cheese steaks: I had decided before we left that I wanted to try a cheese steak at three different places: White House, Voltaco’s, and Sugar Hill. Sadly, White House was by far the worst. Dry, lacking in ingredient "density"…just not very good. This is the second time we’ve gotten a cheese steak at White House, and I really have been underwhelmed both times. I won’t go back at this point. Voltaco’s was great…almost too much of a good thing. Really juicey, messy and fun to eat on the beach. But the best, in my opinion, was Sugar Hill’s cheese steak. AND it’s the cheapest, by far. We ordered a whole cheese steak, which we split, at each place. White House was the most expensive, and had the worst ingredients (the steak was dry and flavorless, and it was really skimpy). Voltaco’s was about a dollar cheaper (~$13, I think). Sugar Hill was only ~$7, and it was the fattest and juiciest. I consider that store the biggest "find" of this trip! We will definitely hit that place each time we go back to the area. It’s clean, friendly, and very convenient. And they use the same bread as White House…they just use much better ingredients in it, I think.
Back to work. As always, I was sad to leave S. Jersey. I loved living there before, and wish we could move back!! [8D]
joanie – stay dry! I hope you have a good time anyway. And hey – at least the rain gives you an extra excuse to eat out a lot.
Hello – Just wondered if Hogate’s is still around? I’m another OC old timer from the 40’s/50’s/60’s – I even lived there full time for a year once. I keep recommending OC to all my friends here on the Left Coast.
Sure miss that boardwalk!
Thanks for those suggestions, Ellen…the IMAX suggestion sounds good. I didn’t realize the Trop had IMAX.
No, I wasn’t involved in the gaming industry, although a lot of my friends were. Other than a couple part-time little jobs, I stayed home with my infant son. We originally went to NJ because my husband worked for the FAA’s tech center in Pomona. I eventually went back to school at Stockton State, and took science prerequisites. By the time we got to MD in 1998, I had taken pretty much everything I needed to go to pharmacy school. And I’m proud to say that I just got my Doctor of Pharmacy this past May! My first degree was in music, so this was a big change.
We’ll see how things go with respect to the rain. Last I looked, the forecast looked better for Saturday/Sunday than today or Friday, so maybe we’ll be able to do outdoor things then. I really don’t care if it is cloudy, but downpours make it difficult to play outside!!
I will definitely let you know how it went when we return. Thanks again, everyone, for all the good info!!
Ellen.. didja look for you know who at the Borgata?
Originally posted by joanie41
Ellen, we lived in Galloway Twnship for 6 years (Smithville) and I just loved the area and miss it a lot. Our normal beach was Brigantine, but I used to go to the OC boardwalk a lot to run or play on the boardwalk, etc. And I worked for a short time at South Jersey Regional Theatre in Somers Point. So I know the area reasonably well. And yes, I am well aware of OC, MD, but OC NJ is much, much better. So clean and so family-friendly! You’re right, I should have stated that I meant NJ in my title.
Sadly, I think it is going to rain the entire time we are there, which really sucks.
Did you work in the casino industry? I’m a poker dealer.
I’m still brainstorming for you, trying to come up with ways for you to keep the kids entertained (rain, rain, go away)
Besides our bowling and movies ideas.
I believe there may be one place with indoor mini golf.
How about some air hockey in the game arcades? (I know that those video arcades can get expensive.
The IMAX theatre at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City?
There is a Children’s "career role-play" museum in the Shore Mall
(in egg harbor township, of course). Where one can pretend to be a teacher, a fireman, etc.
Perhaps you can bring a portable DVD and hook it up to your TV in your motel room, so the kids can bring some of their favorite movies.
don’t forget some board games like Scrabble, Monopoly anyone?!?
and of course, a deck of cards…
And have some comfort in numbers!! and above all else, keep a good sense of humor.
My sister and her family are in the same boat as you.
They are going down to Wildwood Crest on Friday for 5 nights, from the Freehold area.
expecting wind and rain the first few days.
(I’ll join them for one of the nights, Sunday for overnight at the motel, the Shalimar)
give us a full report, Joanie!
Mark in VT
Voltacos is on 957 West Avenue.
Thanks Ellen.That does sound like a promising prognosis.Theres really no other place quite like it in the area.Darn few places anything like it anywhere..Thanks again.
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