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Best Atlantic City Restaurants

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The best Atlantic City restaurants tend to be glammed-up versions of celebrity chef eateries that rose to fame in New York City. Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck both have restaurants here, and you'll find an Atlantic City incarnation of Buddakan and Carmine's, two popular Manhattan hot-spots. That's not to say, however, that all of the best Atlantic City restaurants are New York knock-offs: Knife & Fork and Dock's Oyster House are AC originals, and proud of it. Likewise, there are plenty of casual, beachy hangouts that dish up savory ethnic eats and classic American dishes like pizza, burgers, wings and ribs.

Dock's Oyster House

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Expensive
The best raw bar in all of Atlantic City, Dock's usually has at least 10 types of the mollusks at hand, from Chesapeake Bay beauties to local Cape May salts. There's no end to the seafood at Dock's, from clams casino to oysters Rockefeller, with plenty of scallops, shrimp and calamari in between. On the main menu, there's beef-n-reef (Dock's version of surf-n-turf), crabmeat sautée and crabmeat au gratin, and the house specialty: the Dock Seafood Fry (a cornucopia of seafood dusted in Japanese panko crumbs and lightly fried.)

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IL Mulino New York

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Expensive
Go for knockout glamour at Taj Mahal's white tablecloth version of Il Mulino, or its more casual incarnation in the trattoria section, where you'll get the same perfectly cooked, richly spiced Italian dishes at half the price. At Il Mulino, even the spaghetti is gorgeous. Just one look at the towering plates of meat tortellini in cream sauce with black truffle sauce, or baby clams in olive oil and spicy broth, or the Bucatini, pancetta, onions and red and romano cheese and you'll be smitten.

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Knife & Fork Inn

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Expensive
Aim for a table in front of the restored 1912 fireplace, which crackles merrily away on cold winter nights. The atmosphere of this old Victorian is a large part of its charm. Find old mahogany wainscoting and historic photos that line the walls. You can choose from among expensive imported French wines or the owners' homemade vintages to go with your top-shelf meal, which could be braised lamb, lobster thermidor, Brazilian lobster tail, spice-rubbed salmon and several variations on filet mignon.

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Angelo's Fairmount Tavern

Neighborhood: Ducktown Price: Moderate
A longtime Ducktown favorite, Angelo's is generally packed on weekends, but bearable on weeknights. As a classic red-sauce joint, Angelo's prides itself on its savory, tasty pizza pies, but also dishes up crowd-pleasers like crispy calamari, baked lasagna, eggplant parm and meatball subs. You can also find plenty of surf-n-turf options: Angelo's serves everything from shrimp to scallops to steak and veal.

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Teplitzky's

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Moderate
All traces of Teplitzky's history as a dour, two-bit kosher deli are long gone and have been replaced with bright blue plaid counter stools and great views of The Chelsea hotel’s famous saltwater pools. Even the waitresses are bright and cheery in their Easter-yellow uniforms. Breakfast is served all day, so come any time for hot apple pancakes or stacks of French toast. There are also cheese-stuffed pierogies, blue cheese burgers, and hefty, decadent desserts on the packed menu. Happy hour runs daily from 5 to 10PM.

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Megan's Good Grub & Pub

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Moderate
A rare find on the boardwalk, Megan's is a step above regular fast-food fare, but much less rarified than the several gourmet offerings. The airy, open dining room and bar is a lovely place to nosh, and your choices range from  the "small menu," with tapas-style eats, to a "big menu," with a Kobe burger, lobster-studded mac-n-cheese, Shepherd's pie and baby back ribs.

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Los Amigos

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Budget
This is one of the best places to eat in Atlantic City—if you like salsa with that. Pretty stenciled drawings on ocher and terra cotta walls give this Tex-Mex spot an appealing, relaxed vibe and a distinct feeling of being South of the Border. Lovers of Mexican food will appreciate the tasty enchiladas, burritos and chimichangas, but the menu's got a few local twists, like a crab quesadilla and clams Mexicana (little necks simmered in garlic and jalapenos in a white wine broth).

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Little Saigon

Neighborhood: Ducktown Price: Budget
Everything is pho good at Little Saigon! Owner Lien Pham opened this authentic Vietnamese joint about 15 years ago when she immigrated to the U.S. It's located in the heart of Ducktown (aka Little Italy) but there's nothing out of place about the fresh spring rolls, salty beef broth, lemon pepper chicken over noodles and thick, creamy Vietnamese coffee upon demand. A few bites and you'll start to see why the walls are lined with awards and accolades from local papers.

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Tony's Baltimore Grill

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Budget
The firm belief at Tony's is that their pizza is the best in Atlantic City, and although there's no empirical evidence to prove it, their long lines of hungry patrons seem to suggest a modicum of truth to the buzz. Aside from cheesy, warm pies, Tony's is known for its huge platters of meatballs and fries, Italian sausage and fries and chicken tenders and fries. For spaghetti lovers, there's pasta with anchovies, clams, mushrooms and much more ... with or without fries.

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PHO' Sydney

Neighborhood: Marina District Price: Budget
There's no sugarcoating the situation at PHO' Sydney--it's a dive. Or at least it looks that way from the outside, with its small dingy entrance and lurid, spotty lighting. Once into the main dining room, however, the decor brightens up: ample lighting, comfy chairs and plenty of elbow room. The convivial atmosphere adds spice to the excellent lemongrass chicken, delicious beef pho ga and bun bo hue, a stew of fish sauce, pork, beef noodles and dried chilies.

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