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Carmine's Atlantic City
I hope you don’t think this is sneaky, but I do have to know for sure whether or not the smiles on servers faces in restaurants are real. Here’s how I do it. I walk around giving
out the appearance of being lost. The idea is to see if anyone comes up to me to offer help. I’m satisfied if I get one person to do so. While dining recently at Carmine’s in the
Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City I had three. Okay I was convinced.
I was also convinced how good the food was when it arrived at my table. I had what was perhaps the best linguini in red clam sauce I ever had, and trust me I have
dined in many Italian restaurants. Like how about Little Italy here in Baltimore. I also ordered a salad. Big deal almost all restaurants have salads. No my friend not like this one.
Again it ranked up there among the best salads ever. Not sold? Okay head up to Carmine’s and try one. Then give me a call.
Carmine’s offers what was described to me as southern Italian cuisine. Personally I don’t care where it’s from, if it’s Italian I’m there. Here is where you have to be careful what you order. When they say this is family style dining do not compare this to what you might have in Lancaster. How can I describe the portions. I’ll keep it simple by using one word,
huge, very huge, extremely huge. If you are at a table with six people you can easily get away with three or four entrees, unless the other five are sumo wrestlers. That night there were two of us. I had leftovers for two nights.
The restaurant opened in December 2004 and was a big hit in Atlantic City right away. It is named after a jockey since the owner is a big fan of his accomplishments. This is a big restaurant. There’s seating for about 500 on two levels. Most of the seating is done upstairs. It appears as if the lower level is used for overflow dining and private parties, though the upstairs is also used for parties. I do suggest you at least go downstairs and see how many people you can identify by their picture on the wall. I didn’t do too well.
The menus are on large wall boards and that too is fun selecting your meal that way. You should know just about everything is prepared fresh. They don’t have a pot of
spaghetti sitting on the burner waiting to be served. Your order is prepared when you order it. I got a tour of the kitchen and it is indeed a madhouse back there and I
saw it when it wasn’t at its busiest. I can imagine the activity on a night or holiday. By the way, you can order smaller portions, but you have to know when. You can
get them at the bar and at the tables until three. That’s good information to have. Of course you can order a full meal and carry out.
The wait staff works as a team. In other words, you might not necessarily get the same serving you throughout your visit. Everyone pitches to make sure the diner gets the best
service they can provide. For the diner that simply means you don’t have to look around the restaurant until you see the person who took your order. Anyone can assist. How
many times has that happened to you. You need something simple, say more ketchup, and you have to wait until your person appears. Not at Carmine’s.
Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 weekdays with taster items at the bar. There are lunch and dinner specials (the same items). Some of those specials could be fish, pasta, meat or
salads. And yes there is a gluten free menu. If you were the one ordering food, you have to order about 600 pounds of chicken breast per week, 200 pounds of garlic per week and about 600 to 800 pounds of cheese. That is just a tad more than I get when I shop. The menu stays basically the same year round.
Carmine’s is definitely casual and I do suggest you make reservations just about any time. I was there on a winter night and by 7 the place, at least upstairs, was just
about full. There are tv’s in the bar area so you wont miss any sporting event regardless of the season But be advised this is New Jersey so you’ll probably be watching the Eagles and the Phillies. Parties of 15 or more should go through the Special Events department.
As a final tip, there’s this – go in hungry. If you’re going there for dinner have an early lunch. When in The Tropicana go to the area known as The Quarter. That’s where
you’ll find Carmine’s. After your meal you can walk about 100 yards and gamble, or better yet, take a stroll on the boardwalk. For more information call 609-572-9300 or go to
carminesnyc.com. By the way, there are Carmine’s in Washington and New York. I’m already looking forward to a visit.
A Tribute To Our MilitarySep 11, 2011 -- 8:46am
A Military Tribute
Now that I lay me down for some sleep
My family’s secure as I take a quick peek.
With all of my heart I must give my thanks
to all those in uniform - regardless of rank.
Each time that they’re seen my heart sure does swell,
They serve our great country and serve it so well!
Freedom’s not cheap, it sure isn’t free...
If it wasn't for them, then where would we be?
They give us their all, and do what they must,
with God they do live, and in God they do trust.
So as I lay down and rest my tired eyes
our freedom still rings, and our flag - it still flies!
Safe is my family, my country, my home,
Because of our Military it must surely be known!
My very last prayer in the deep of the night:
"God bless them & keep them strong for their fight."
- Steve Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You United States MilitaryMay 02, 2011 -- 3:16pm
Only a minute number are born to take on such a mission! Imagine leaving the luxuries of American life. The likes of leaving behind your favorite sporting events and your favorite TV shows, the fast food restaurants, the nights out on the town, the cookouts. Leaving behind perhaps your girlfriend or wife, your mother and or father, your brothers or sister, your best friend, maybe even your own son or daughter, basically everything you grew up ever or just began loving! Imagine your former lifestyle is now just a faraway fantasy. Every day you spend your free time hoping to one day return to that former utopia. As if this scenario was not unbearably thought-provoking, just try and fathom the idea of waking up each day with the sword of jihad pinned up against your throat! For those days where you are fortunate enough to avoid the jihadist dagger you wonder will tomorrow ever come? Or will today be your last? Every day you wake up in fear as you dwell in the most dangerous location his holiness above has allowed to ever exist! You routinely gaze upon ruin and carnage both from a physical and mental point of view. You see the blood and destruction first hand of both your enemies and allies. You just hope and pray it would come to an end. Who would trade your everyday American existence of freedom and liberty for such a hellish way of life? Only those who understand that freedom is not an eternal virtue, rather it is a occasional lifestyle that must be defended with the blood of heroes! As Ronald Reagan once said “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” Thank you United States Military for making sure freedom does not become an extinction in America! Thank you for taking on all the above to save us the burden of having to do the same!
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