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Where the Locals Eat

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

The one thing on everyone’s mind after getting out of a session during conference is “where can we eat?”. Plus, there’s nothing worse than finishing late and then realizing you have hunger pains. So, if you need some options to save you during the late night hours or you simply don’t want to break the bank on tourist prices, here are some of our local picks. (Note: we have more local picks in our black-owned businesses article too!)

Chelsea II Pizza

Cuisine: American

Located on Atlantic Ave, Chelsea II Pizza is a great place to grab the normal staples: pizza, burgers, wings, salads. They are typically open until 1am on most days and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Back Bay Ale House

Cuisine: American, Seafood

Okay, this one is slightly a tourist spot. But they have to be a well-informed tourist to end up here. Back Bay is located in Gardner’s Basin, overlooking the bay. You can do takeout but no reservations or delivery. The food is great and they are open until 10pm. 

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Gilchrist Restaurant

Cuisine: Breakfast/Brunch

Another spot that’s enjoyed by both locals and tourists is Gilchrist. There are 2 locations closeby: Tropicana and Gardner’s Basin. This is the place to go for an amazing breakfast, especially for the early birds. They open at 6:30am and close at 2pm. They have lunch options as well. 

Tony’s Baltimore Grill

Cuisine: Pizza/Italian

Baltimore Grill is Atlantic City’s oldest pizza spot. However, outside of pizza, you can still find a plethora of other Italian dining options plus your normal comfort foods. Dining is available until midnight everyday except Fridays and Saturdays when it’s available until 3am.

Maria Luncheonette

Cuisine: Breakfast

How about another breakfast spot? Marie Luncheonette is open from 8am - 3pm, serving breakfast staples to start your day. You can dine in but takeout and delivery are also available. The location is also not too far from the Sheraton if you enjoy an early morning walk.

Tony Boloney’s

Cuisine: Pizza

A quick glance at the website will help you see that this is no ordinary pizza restaurant. Your taste buds are in for a real experience. But if pizza is not your thing, the menu is packed with other staples like unique wings, subs and salads. They close on the earlier side though - 9pm on most days, 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. NOTE: Some menu item names are not the holiest, so try to just focus on the food.

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I recommend Platters AC, and Back Bay Ale House!

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