Chowhound, which we have always found invaluable, let us down in connection with Atlantic City. We went to two restaurants that had been praised by numerous chowhounds:
1) I'm sure White House Sub Shop is a local institution, and it's great to look at the pictures of DiMaggio, Dean Martin, the Beatles, various Miss Americas, et. al. Enormous numbers of people take numbers and line up for take-out. The praise on Chowfound for their philly cheese steak subs led us to order one (a half sandwich is fine, given that a full sandwich is 17 inches long). They may be better than Philadelphia (as some indicate here), but they are still pretty poor. Maybe the whole genre needs re-evaluation (or maybe they are in fact better in Philadelphia). Certainly the meat in the sandwich is shoddy, and the cheese was very bland. The over-rating may be a result of a mania on the part of some for cheap regional/ethnic food, even when it isn't very good.
Dock's Oyster House was uneven. The Maine clam chowder was spectacular, creamy and very nicely seasoned. The clams -- topnecks -- were very fresh, meaty, just fine. The shrimp in the shrimp cocktail was tasteless (though their cocktail sauce was very good.) Trying to navigate our way through the high prices, we decided to share a 16 oz lobster tail. It was overcooked, dried out and tough -- a terrible disappointment. We should have sent it back. The Jersey peach cobbler got our hopes up with thoughts of sweet peak-of-the-season local peaches. But they weren't very good peaches, and they were buried in an unbearably sweet caramelized sauce, a cliche which we have seen elsewhere.
The bread and butter were good, as was the house chardonnay. The service was good. The place looks nice as does the crowd -- ethnically and demographically diverse.
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