September Is Reason To Smile at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Properties

Don’t be upset that September is coming. Atlantic City and Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s have a slew of exciting things happening this particular month that you’ll be sure to smile! More than once, too. And don’t forget how gorge Atlantic City weather is in September. Perfection.


Entertainment  –  Sweet September Thursday Package, $105 includes room, 2 passes to the Waterfront Buffet, Round of Drinks and 2 Show Tickets!  Book Now

Let’s start out with those Sweet September Thursdays. What’s that, you ask? Cake? Not exactly. Amazing shows from some of your favorite classic artists that will hit The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City weekly!

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We’re talking The Dovells (You Can’t Sit Down) & The Trampps (Disco Inferno) on September 4th, Jay & The Americans (Come A Little Bit Closer) on September 11th, The Platters (Great Pretender) on September 18th and The Manhattans (Kiss And Say Goodbye) on September 25th! Don’t these hits just make you feel happy and think of the good ‘ol days?

If you’re looking to stay happy after the show on one of these fabulous Sweet September Thursdays, you should make a night out of it at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City! Click here for an overnight stay, show tickets and credit to the Waterfront Buffet!


Food, Food & More Food  -  Discounted Room Rate for 2014 Seafood Fest Weekend at Bally’s Including Round of Drinks! Book Now

There’s about to be some good eating and drinking going on in September too! First off, it’s Milkshake Month. Let’s just take a moment to get excited about that awesomeness because who doesn’t love a milkshake?!

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Seriously. Score a Heath Bar Cappuccino Milkshake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake, Raspberry Vanilla Milkshake, Creamsicle Milkshake, Reeses Peanut Butter Milkshake or Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake from Cafe Roma at Caesars Atlantic City all month long. Even better – spike it for an extra $4! That’s what we call the best of both worlds, right there!

Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City will also offer the Guy’s Berry Cheese Shake Challenge in September: A mixture of Guy’s Ultimate Cheesecake, fresh assorted berries and chocolate covered pretzels and chips! HELL-O.

Then on September 13th and 14th…The Atlantic City Seafood Festival returns to Bader Field!

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What can you expect this year?

  • Over 50 restaurants & culinary personalities
  • children’s activities
  • cooking demos
  • live music
  • local arts and artists
  • wine seminars and tastings

Click here to book a special room rate at Bally’s Atlantic City and maximize your time at this yearly Atlantic City celebration!


There She Is….

SO excited to be saying this again in Atlantic City…MISS AMERICA!

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Hard to believe that it’s almost been one year since Nina Davuluri was crowned on the Boardwalk Hall Stage. But the Miss America hype doesn’t just exist that one special day in September. Mark your calendars for September 3rd through the 14th because there will be a lot of fabulous festivities going on that you absolutely won’t want to miss! Check out the biggies:

  • September 3rd: The 2015 Miss America Arrival Ceremony at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk – 4:30 p.m. – Come show your support for your favorite state and welcome the 53 Miss America hopefuls to this sweet land of AC. Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, will also be on hand for the first of many speeches during this time. This event is free and open to the public!
  • September 9th, 10th & 11th: 2015 Miss America Preliminary Competitions at Boardwalk Hall – 7:00 p.m. – Tickets for Miss America prelims range from $19.55 to $50.00. Come witness the finalists be named! Click here for tickets.
  • September 13th: Show Us Your Shoes Parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk – 5:00 p.m. – Catch another glimpse of the 53 contestants along with the Forever Miss Americas, fabulous floats, celebrities, military heroes, bands and more march the historic route from Garden Pier to Albany Avenue. Purchase parade tickets here or from the Boardwalk Hall Box Office.
  • September 14th: 2015 Miss America Final Night of Competition – 8 p.m. – History will be made!


And There She Is Again…  -  Enjoy a discounted room rate with round of drinks for this event! Book Now

2014 Miss'd America Pageant

Two weeks after Miss America 2015 is crowned, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City will play host to the 2014 Miss’d America Pageant hosted by Carson Kressley on September 28th! A pre-party will be held at Eden Lounge to kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. and the pageant will follow at 7 p.m. in The Concert Venue. Check out these sexy queens strut their stuff in the categories of swimsuit, evening gown and interview! Proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Schultz Hill Foundation. Then celebrate the winner directly after with an epic party at The Pool After Dark. It’s sure to be the party of parties, ya’ll. And since you’ll be taking it well into the wee hours of the morning, you might as well book this special Miss’d America room rate at Harrah’s Resort!


And Then We Drink   - Drink responsibly and stay at Bally’s with a discounted room rate! Book Now


Happy to say that the Do AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade will be back again this year to close out this amazing month! Taste your way through over 100 wines and champagnes selected by expert and media personality Leslie Sbrocco, nibble on some gourmet eats from Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Harry’s Oyster Bar and more and enjoy live music! Be responsible and book a room at Bally’s September 26th or 27th with this special room rate.


That’s a lot of fun, right? We weren’t kidding! So turn that end of summer frown upside down! There’s plenty of things to look forward to in September at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s and throughout Atlantic City! 

5 Must Have Cocktails from The Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort

You probably know The Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City as a fine dining establishment home to some of the finest cuts of beef and freshest fare you can get in Atlantic City. True statement. However you may not know that The Steakhouse also offers a to-die-for beverage menu consisting of anything and everything you can think of (including Sake) and a multitude of “Brown Goods”, Vodka and Gin original cocktails. Like…we’ve never been blessed with a drink list so long. And it wasn’t even our birthday or anything. Just a regular, ‘ol day at The Steakhouse. Check out our 5 must haves, below.

Apple Crisp 

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This one is bangin’, ya’ll! On the sweeter side if you like it like that. Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka, Tuaca, Lemon, Cinnamon and Pure Cane Sugar. Hence the sweetness. But sooooo, sooooo good! Slides down as easy as water too. Mmm!


Perfect Gentleman 

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The perfect bittersweet selection! Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Noilly Prat dry and sweet vermouths and Angostura bitters.



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Can you feel the fire? We love the color on this one. And the subtle tartness. Tito’s Handmade Vodka (yes, hello), Cointreau, Noilly Prat sweet vermouth and angostura aromatic bitters with maraschino cherry and pomegranate liqours.


Empire Burlesque 

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Can we just say we loved this one in name alone? We didn’t think it was possible to love it any more….until we tasted it. Any gin peeps in the house? Bombay Sapphire Gin, Aperol, grapefruit, lemon and Angostura aromatic bitters.SO refreshing!


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This one is not playin’. Obvi. Bookers Bourbon, Orange Curacao, Lillet Blanc and Lemon! How’s that for brown goods?


Bottoms up would be an understatement at this point. But you catch our drift. Did you know you could get such an array of amazing drink goodness at The Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort? Sit down for an amazing meal with amazing cocktails (cause you can’t have one without the other!) Sundays through Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.!


We Like Being Fishy: The 5 Best Places To Get Seafood in Atlantic City

There, we said it. We like being fishy. Probably because you can really get some great seafood here in Atlantic City. And we don’t know about you, but our seafood radar really goes bizerk during this time of year. Therefore, we’re here to tell you the five best places in AC to satisfy your fishy cravings.

Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood at Bally’s Atlantic City

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Duh, it says it right here in the title. This joint serves up some of the tastiest seafood in town including a raw bar with over a dozen different oyster varieties, clams, shrimp, lobster, tuna tartare, crabs and ceviche! The menus are also printed daily to feature the freshest catches around. Be entertained here, too. Jam out to live music in the courtyard during the warmer months and catch a game or two on one of the nine, large, flat screen TVs. We haven’t even told you the best part yet. Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood at Bally’s is historic! From the same family that brought you Dock’s Oyster House & Knife & Fork Inn, Harry’s Oyster Bar  brings the old-time oyster bar look and feel with a neighborhood vibe.

Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars Atlantic City

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You can also dig in to some of the freshest catches at Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars! Nero’s prides itself on promoting organic selections and using local product and growers whenever possible. The upstairs space also boasts a terrific raw bar (pictured above) and fabulous tableside ocean views of Atlantic City. Plus, their Sunday Brunch is arguably the  best in the city and the only place where you can enjoy the majority of these great seafood offerings combined with classic brunch favorites.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant at Harrah’s Resort

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Harrah’s Resort is home to McCormick & Schmick’s South Jersey location. Menus at this establishment are printed twice daily to get the freshest seafood onto your plates! In order to do this, chefs here work with seafood purveyors  to be on top of all the local “gets” and also bring in more than 30  other selections at the peak of their seasons such as Alaskan Halibut, Northwest Salmon, and Hawaiian Mahi Mahi to name a few.

Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City

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The new Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s offers a mashup of seafood flavors and styles! The best way to start off any meal at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse is by creating your own seafood tower from Guy’s Ultimate Raw Bar. Choose from East and West coast oysters, local clams, half lobster, Split King Crab Legs, Jumbo Shrimp and tuna tartare served with Guy’s signature sauces. The menu also includes multiple seafood cocktails, broiled oysters (like Garlic Bacon Parmesan and House Made BBQ), sushi, crab and lobster selections. It’s a good kind of fishy!

Phillips Seafood at The Pier Shops at Caesars Atlantic City

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This Atlantic City location at The Pier Shops at Caesars marks Phillips Seafood eighth restaurant along the east coast. What started as one seafood processing plant on Hoopers Island in the Chesapeake Bay has turned into full service restaurants, satellite locations and frozen grocery selections. But let’s get back to the AC, shall we? Crab cakes are king here, people. Fun fact: secret ingredient is Ritz crackers instead of breadcrumbs. Also, be sure to enjoy a nice view of the Atlantic City beach while dining here.

So there ya have it. The five best places in Atlantic City for seafood, seafood and more seafood. Sometimes you’re just in that fishy mood!


We’re Still Going: Atlantic City’s Top 5 Summer Views

We love summer in Atlantic City. It’s special. Walking the boardwalk and staring out at the ocean and the bay really make you feel like you’re on vacation and in a very happy place. For some reason, some sly guys like to count down the last days of summer. They like to remind us what little is left of this heavenly time of the year. Well, we have one message left for those pesky folks: WE’RE STILL GOING! (Plus, have you forgotten what it’s like in September? Beau-ti-ful).

To celebrate our awesome “we’re still going” attitude, take a look at Atlantic City’s Top 5 Summer Views:

Caesars Atlantic City Pool Deck

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There’s a second level to the Caesars Atlantic City rooftop pool deck that boasts breathtaking views of the ocean. Particularly while the sun sets. Atlantic City at its finest.

The Pier Deck at The Pier Shops at Caesars

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Doesn’t this view just make you want to sing out in joy? Seriously. Happiness at The Pier Shops at Caesars.

Bally’s Atlantic City Spa Deck

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Wandering out to the spa deck from the pool at Bally’s Atlantic City opens you up to all of THIS! Hello, beach. Hello, ocean. Hello, summer people!

A Window-Side Table at Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar

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You have the best of both worlds at Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars. Great food and a great atmosphere. Who wouldn’t want to dine like this?

The Waterfront Walkway at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

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We can’t forget the bay! Atlantic City is surrounded by multiple, beautiful bodies of water and Harrah’s Resort in particular is known for it’s fabulous bay views. Take a walk alongside of it during your next visit! This path provides the perfect scenery.

So now that you’ve seen the top summer views in Atlantic City, what do you think?! You still have a good six weeks to experience them for yourself if you haven’t already cause…we’re still going!


Top Appetizers at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City

By now, you all should have indulged in the greatness that is Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City. This place has been getting great review after great review from both fans and critics alike and for good reason. The food is just phenomenal, unique and incredibly flavorful.

The menu is extensive too. Soooo many options to choose from. The appetizer selection is killer. In fact, you could make a full meal out of a bunch of these babies. Check out the top appetizers at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse (in no particular order):

Guy’s Ultimate Seafood Tower

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This three-tier tower is customized for your liking and stuffed with the freshest local seafood around. What can you choose from? Jumbo Shrimp, Local Oysters, Seasonal Crab Legs, Sweet Maine Lobster, Alaskan King Crabs and Local Clams. What more can you ask for?! Seafood heaven.

Sashimi Tuna Tacos

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These are the perfect light bite. Crispy won ton wrappers filled with Ahi tuna-mango tartare and topped with wasabi cream, sweet soy reduction and jalapeno. Our mouths are watering just thinking of the beautiful taste. A must have for sure.

Danger Wings

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Hope you like it hot. These cute, little guys sure bring the heat! Marinated, slow cooked, fried and tossed in Guy Fieri’s famous hot sauce. Yes, sir/ma’am!

Vegas Fries

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Say what? Sidewinder fries tossed in buffalo dust and covered with blue cheese. Served with carrots, celery, Blue-Sabi sauce and of course, Guy Fieri hot sauce. Fun Fact: Guy coined this recipe when he was a poor college student at UNLV. Those late night cravings for buffalo wings were halted by his empty wallet, so Guy improvised and made his version of buffalo fries, instead.

BBQ Stuffed Mushrooms

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OH. EM. GEE. When we say these are absolutely amazeballs, you seriously have to trust us. Just thinking about the party in our mouths makes us all antsy and excited. Roasted mushrooms stuffed with slow cooked pork and roasted sweet corn, and topped with asiago cheese and Guy Fieri’s Carolina Sweet BBQ Sauce. Also, served with crispy potatoes. MMMM! Seriously?! This guy knows what he’s doing.

Now that you’re probably salivating at the mouth, you absolutely HAVE to hit up Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s during your next visit to Atlantic City. There’s really nothing like it. Stop by daily starting at 5 p.m. and BONUS! Guy Fieri’s Chophouse will begin opening for lunch Sundays through Thursdays starting at noon!


Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars Atlantic City Makes Sundays & Mondays Worth It

Sundays and Mondays can be depressing for some. Sundays = looming. The impending arrival of another week of reality to get through until you can have fun again. And Monday, well, Monday is the start of that reality. But they don’t all have to be like that! Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars Atlantic City have recently added some specials to help get us through the funk that are Sundays and Mondays.

The Atlantic City steak and seafood joint has just added Sundae Sundays. What this means is that Sundays are now the best of both worlds: ice cream and alcohol. Every Sunday at Nero’s will be welcomed with a new special. Check out some previous creations:

Don’t Tell Charlotte

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Four scoops of vanilla ice cream, 2 shots of bourbon, cherry soda in a stemmed fishbowl garnished with bacon!

Herb’s Downfall

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Shortbread cookies topped with four scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream mixed with a shot of Patron Café XO and a shot of Godiva with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and green crème de menthe.

And if you can’t tell…they’re massive. And delicious.

Mondays at Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar are none other than Margarita Mondays! Let’s face it, that’s good stuff. Previous Monday Margaritas so far have been the Canta-Berry Margarita (a strawberry cantaloupe margarita) and the Mahalo Margarita (Blanco tequila with with fresh pineapple and strawberry juices). So refreshing.

Doesn’t it all just make you smile? Even on a Sunday or Monday?! Stop by Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars on a random Sunday or Monday to make it a good one!

Celebrate National Hot Dog Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City!

Nothing says summertime like a good, ‘ol hotdog,especially July as it’s National Hot Dog Month! To celebrate, Cafe Roma at Caesars Atlantic City, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City and Pickles Deli at Bally’s Atlantic City are all serving up four specialty ‘dogs for the occasion!

Check them out:

Pretzel Dog

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Hot dog soaked in IPA Beer and topped with Cheddar Cheese Sauce and Crispy Onions in a pretzel roll.

BA Bacon Dog

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Bacon wrapped Kobe hot dog with Caramelized Onions and Sweet Hot Mustard.

Deli Dog

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Hot dog covered in Spicy Mustard, Onions, Corn Beef and Coleslaw.

Italian Dog

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Hot Dog topped with Mustard, Peppers, Onions and Potatoes.

Nom nom. We really want one now. In all its juiciness. Try them out for yourself until the end of the month at Cafe Roma at Caesars, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat and Pickles Deli at Bally’s. Pretzel Dog, Deli Dog and Italian Dog are priced at $8 a piece while the BA Bacon Dog is $12. Get one today!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City!

I scream, you scream….we all scream for ICE CREAM, ya’ll! And Caesars Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City are all making it easy for you during this month of July since it’s National Ice Cream Month! Woohoo!

Cafe Roma at Caesars and Crossroads of House Of Blues at Showboat are both currently offering Ice Cream Sundae specials starting at $8.99. Check a few out right here.

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Pina Colada Fruit Waffle Sundae: Pina Colada Ice Cream topped with Malibu Syrup, Whipped Cream, Medley Fruit and Shredded Coconut

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Sundae: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream topped with Crushed Peanut Butter Cup, Whipped Cream, and drizzled Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter Sauces.

National Sundae Month 3

Flaming Bananas Foster Split Sundae: Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Captain Morgan Warm Butter Rum Sauce,Whipped Cream and a Cherry!

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Sweet Cookie Indulgence Sundae: Mint and Chocolate Ice Cream and Oreo Cookies topped with Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream and a Cherry.

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Cheesecake Brownie Sundae: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Cheesecake Brownie topped with Whipped Cream, Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Sauce.

Another amazing $8.99 sundae option to consider is the Dulce De Leche Sundae (Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Dolce de leche and Plantains).

Additionally, you can also score a super, huge $39 Boardwalk Cupcake Crusher Sundae at Cafe Roma and Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar at Caesars, Scarduzio’s Steak & Sushi Lounge and Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat and Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s!

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This delicious monstrosity is composed of four cupcakes, seven scoops of ice cream, warm chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sauce, vanilla sauce, and caramel sauce and is finished with a heaping mountain of whipped cream! Now THAT’S a sundae. Are we right, or are we right?

AND…that’s not all. That’s right, we said it. A 100% sugar $100 Treasure Chest is also available at Nero’s Chophouse & Bar.

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Before any kind of word leaves your lips, listen to what we have going on here. The box itself is Sugar Diamond encrusted white chocolate. All of it. And it’s filled with Chocolate Valhrona Ice Cream, shards of Chocolate Bark studded with 24K gold, Sea Salt Pretzel Bark coated in Dark Pacari Chocolate from Equador, a 7 Layer Mini Ultimate Chocolate Cake Wedge with Salted Caramel Ice Cream AND…to finish it off…a shot of 100 year-old Grand Marnier on top! Holy smokes!!

That leaves us so speechless…we don’t even know what to say anymore! Moral of the story = celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s! Yum!

Steve Martorano Talks Martorano’s at Harrah’s Resort & Life Stories

After weeks of exciting anticipation, Martorano’s at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City officially opened its doors last night to the public. Drinks were flowing and food was plentiful. Some of the evening’s menu selections included:

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Homemade mozzarella. To die for.

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Linguine in White Clam Sauce.

And so much more. And that’s just the food. Cook (as he prefers to be called as he is not a trained chef) Steve Martorano is a story in and of himself. His words can only do it justice. Check out the interview, below.

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TAC: What are you most excited about opening a Martorano’s here at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City?

Steve Martorano: I came from nothing. I didn’t  go to schoo.l I didn’t have no trade. I didn’t have no vision or no dream. I just knew I had to go to work and pay bills. I was a street guy. You have to read between the lines about that. And now, I’m going to have my name up in lights in Atlantic City. I had it in Vegas, which is great. I have it in Florida, which is great, but coming back home to a native area where you were born and raised means more to me than anything.

TAC: What will guests be able to experience at Martorano’s that they won’t get anywhere else in Atlantic City?

Steve Martorano: What they are going to get from me, they’re not going to experience anywhere else in the country other than somewhere that copied my concept. I’ve been doing this concept for 24 years and now you go around, and other places are doing what I’m doing. The problem is they all think that playing music videos makes the success. The bottom line is that the star is the food. That’s why I’m here 17 hours a day and six days a week because my brand is the most important thing to me and I want this thing to be right because because the bar is set so high. People from New York, Connecticut, Boston, Philadelphia and South Jersey who have already been to my restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale will come to this one, so their expectations are already high and that’s the difficulty. This place is five times bigger than Oakland Park Boulevard, so that that’s my biggest dilemma right now. And the bar is even higher because I’m home. I used to come here, down the shore, when I had no money. I remember not paying money for the tolls, I would just drive through. And now, for me to be here with my name Martorano, right in my backyard, that’s a blessing.

TAC: You are also a talented DJ. Will you be DJing at Martorano’s at Harrah’s Resort at all?

Steve Martorano: Absolutely, yeah. I used to be the guy who brought the music to Valentino’s in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I’m a Philly guy so I was raised on Howard Melvin and The Blue Notes, the O’Jays and the Trammps. I’m more excited bringing bringing the slow jams back.

TAC: We know that you didn’t want to get into the family business and that school wasn’t your thing. What was it that made you choose this career path and stick with it?

Steve Martorano: I didn’t have any options. My family was locked up during the 70′s and 80′s and a lot of people around me were getting killed and a lot of things were happening on the streets. I had two kids. People compliment me on my ‘vision’ and ‘dream’ all the time. What the f*ck you talking about, dream?All I knew was that I had to go to work to pay the bills. There was no vision. I like music so I cooked and played music. I like The Godfather. I like Goodfellas so I play those movies in my restaurant. There was no dream. It just happened. My goal was to pay bills and keep a roof over my family’s head.

TAC: Why was Florida the right place for you to start opening your restaurants back in 93?

Steve Martorano:  I opened a restaurant in Philly during the Iraqi War and at that time, the economy was going south. I lost everything. A friend of mine from Philadelphia was living in Ft. Lauderdale and I was about to go to the streets again. I needed a change and had to get out, so I went to Florida. Someone whispered in my ear to go to Coral Springs. I went and stayed for two days and everyone in the town was in bed by 9 o’clock. I was like what am I going to do here? I need some action.I called my friend who lived in Ft. Lauderdale and said this isn’t for me, I’m going back to Philly. He told me before I went back to look at this little store across the street. If I never went to look at that store, my life would have been completely different. I would have got on that plane and never went back to Florida again.I looked across the street on my way back to the airport. There were five tables and an open kitchen and I said, this is for me.  I went home back to Philly, called a realtor, made a deal, and that’s how it all started. But if I didn’t go look at that spot, who knows where I would be today.

TAC:   How has your menu changed from when you opened your first restaurant to now?

Steve Martorano: It’s basically still the same. We’ve grown. I have grown personally and my team has grown personally. The menu is basically what made us. Staples always stay. I have five restaurants and I add to them, but I always try to keep that Philadelphia comfort/neighborhood style of cooking. I have Pastina and Butter on my menu. When is the last time you saw that at a restaurant? The first time I did the Jimmy Kimmel show, I made meatballs. Jimmy told me to come to his house one Sunday to cook for about 30 guys. So we went to his house and did all this shopping. I cooked chicken cutlets, beer cutlets, calamari, stuffed calamari. I cooked for like seven hours and at the last minute, I made Pastina and Butter. They flipped out over the Pastina and Butter. I wanted to create a place that reminds me of the way my mother, my grandmother and my grandfather used to cook. I expect to bring this home feeling to Atlantic City.

TAC: Your meatballs have been named the best in the world by countless celebrities including Jimmy Kimmel. What makes them the best?

Steve Martorano: That’s another story. I have a new book coming out. My first book was called Yo Cuz: My Food, My Family, My Life, My Way. I self-published that book because publishing companies weren’t interested. I could only sell it in the restaurant and then eventually a division of Random House, the biggest publishing company in the world, bought my book.My new book comes out in September in every bookstore in the country. It’s called It Aint Sauce, It’s Gravy which tells why my meatball is better than everyone else’s. Ninety nine percent of restaurants make a meatball and they put it in marinara sauce. Martorano puts it in the Sunday gravy that’s flavored with meats and that’s what brings my meatball to that next level.

TAC: You’ve been featured on television shows and cooked for the cast of the Soprano’s among so many other things. Which one of these moments have been the most memorable for you so far?

Steve Martorano: I think going to Jimmy Kimmel’s house because there’s a funny story there. I was cooking and all of these guys were hanging around and laughing when the doorbell rang. Jimmy asked me to get the door, so I go to the door and it’s Tom Cruise and his mom! Tom Cruise looks at me and goes I heard you’re making bucatini carbonara. I said yeah, that’s what I’m making and he said that’s why I’m here. We ended up making three batches of bucatini carbonara. Another great moment in my life would probably be when Shaq gave me a championship ring with my name on it from the Miami Heat. That was great.

TAC: Famous last meal question. What would yours be?

Steve Martorano: If I had a choice I would want to sit and have dinner with Joseph Bonanno. He is a man of honor a man of respect.

TAC: What else is on your bucket list to accomplish?

Steve Martorano: Mario Lopez fell in love with my brand and fell in love with the idea of a guy that came from nothing trying to inspire people. No matter what life throws at you, keep going forward.I keep on getting knocked down and keep getting up, so that’s that inspiration. We own this brand called Yo Cuz which is a slang we use in Philadelphia. Whenever we sell Yo Cuz, the proceeds go to help the kids. These are kids that are told that they are nothing.  I’m here to show them look, I started out selling sandwiches door to door. I made the sandwiches in a basement. I didn’t get to where I am today by someone giving it to me, I got to where I am today from breaking my balls and going to work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you no. That’s why the Mario Lopez wants to do a show with us. He is in the process of selling the show, so I’m hoping to sell it.

So awesome! If you’re looking for great food, great stories and a great vibe, hit up Martorano’s at Harrah’s Resort the next time you are in AC! The best.



Boardwalk Cupcakes at Bally’s Atlantic City NOW OPEN!

The summer and beyond are both set to be sweet at Bally’s Atlantic City! Boardwalk Cupcakes JUST opened its doors to a very enthusiastic and sugar-craving crowd.

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Brought to life by Chief Cupcake Officer Deborah Pellegrino, known for being the award-winning Executive Pastry Chef for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic city AND the winner of the Food Network Challenge Mythological Chocolate Creations episode, the shop boasts an array of classic, favorite flavors: red velvet, vanilla, chocolate buttermilk, banana, gluten free and sugar free as well as some incredible, original flavors you surely can not get ANYWHERE else!

Check some of them out, below:

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Candy Bomb: Vanilla cake with Oreo cookie filling topped with toffee bits, Reese cups and Twix.

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Elvis: Banana cake, raspberry jelly filling, peanut butter cream and apple-wood smoked bacon.

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Pig Tails: Maple vanilla cake, butterscotch icing and crispy bacon.

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Popcorn: Cake & salted popcorn buttercream.

And check this out. There are even some infused creations. Intoxications. As in glazed and infused with alcohol.

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This right here is the Beerita - Lager cake, filled with tequila key lime filling, iced in salted meringue.

And then there’s also the 007.

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Orange vodka cake filled with lemon lime filling, iced in orange Cointreau whipped cream. NOMS! Other intoxications include Chocolate Mudslide, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Pina Colada and Jack and Coke.

And to get even more 411 on the fabulous Boardwalk Cupcakes, see an interview with Deb Pellegrino, below.

TAC: How did your vision for Boardwalk Cupcakes to come about?

Deb Pellegrino: I love to create fun, funky desserts….but it has to be good, really good.  Looks are everything but taste is more!  When I was asked about doing a cupcake shop, I was not thrilled until I was allowed to do exactly what I wanted and they have certainly allowed me to do that. After visiting many, many cupcake shops in NYC, I knew exactly what I wanted in my shop.  Clean and white with bursts of bold colors.  I want the cupcakes to be the star of the show.  No tchotchkes needed!

TAC: Why will Boardwalk Cupcakes appeal to visitors in Atlantic City?

Deb Pellegrino: Who doesn’t love moist cake with enough icing for every bite  AND spectacular boardwalk treats rolled into a tender little cupcake?  I know our Boardwalk Collection will be the talk on the boards with the popcorn, cotton candy, coconut macaroon, sea salt, lemonade and soda pop flavors.

TAC: LOVE it. Did you already have these recipes in your back pocket or did you come up with some especially for Boardwalk Cupcakes? Which ones?

Deb Pellegrino: Only  the classics were in my back pocket, the rest were created just for Boardwalk Cupcakes. And I have to say that was a lot of fun.  The problem I had was there were too many flavors I wanted to put on the menu, but I managed to narrow it down to 32.  I still have options to add in daily specials!

TAC: What are the key elements to a perfect cupcake creation?

Deb Pellegrino: Love, care and then comes taste and how it looks.

TAC: Which one is your favorite so far?

Deb Pellegrino: Elvis is pretty darn cool.  It looks like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made out of icing.  I love it.  And I can’t just choose one favorite, each cupcake has a special place in my belly.

TAC: How often will flavors change?

Deb Pellegrino: Holidays and seasons for the daily cupcakes, and if I see a cupcake is just not getting the love I intended it to get, we’ll retire it to the smash cup and create a new one!

We love options. And we love cupcakes. Don’t you? What’s not to love. Check out Boardwalk Cupcakes at Bally’s on the Wild Wild West end of the boardwalk daily from noon until 10 p.m.