Seafood Steals on the Shore

Atlantic City is looking for a shot in the arm. You’re looking for a deal on a meal. That adds up to AC’s first restaurant week, which takes place March 1 through 7.

“The idea is to expose people to new restaurants and new cuisines that they might not have looked at before, either it was too expensive or because they weren’t sure about, say, Vietnamese cuisine, but for 15 bucks, they’ll give it a shot,” says Jeffrey Vasser, executive director of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. 

Here’s the deal: During restaurant week, more than 70 restaurants in Atlantic City, Brigantine, Galloway, and Somers Point will offer a multi-course meal priced at $15.09 for lunch and $33.09 for dinner (not including drink, tax and tip). These aren’t just pizza joints; among the participants are pricey spots like Cuba Libre, Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Red Square, Sonsie, Chelsea Prime, the Foundation Room, and (my favorite) the Knife & Fork.

For a complete list of restaurants, special menus, and schedules (some restaurants are participating on weekdays only), go to www.acrestaurantweek.com.

How will it do? We’ll see. It’s the first year of the event, and it will be competing for attention with Philadelphia and South Jersey restaurant weeks. Atlantic City’s been taking its lumps recently, with gaming revenue declines and record job losses, plus the bankruptcy and foreclosures of some of its casinos. 

Coming back in the summer? July 30 to August 2 is the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which is being revamped for 2009. Stay tuned.

ELSEWHERE: The Pop Shop in Collingswood is holding a Dr. Seuss week from March 2 through March 6. They’ll be offering items like green eggs and ham, Daisy-Head Mayzie burgers, Grinch’s roast beef, and Pink Yink ink drink. For a schedule of Seussical events, go to www.thepopshopusa.com/specialevents.html.

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