We decided to go to this restaurant to get away from typical boardwalk food. Several items on the menu which we reviewed on their website interested us. The restaurant is located in Gardiner's Basin, near the aquarium. If you have been to Atlantic City recently, you know that the area has not been well maintained. At this time of the year, it looks even more dreary, but we gave it a try and I am so glad we did. The restaurant is a converted house and not very large. The ground floor is a small bar area. The dining area is upstairs, so if you can not walk up and down stairs, this is not the place for you. The dining area is small, but there is a larger area that overlooks the water that opens in the summer.
We ordered "The Carmine" as an appetizer. Shrimp and lump crab sauteed in butter, garlic and other seasonings, served with garlic bread for dipping. Yes it was as good as it sounds, and we had to get more bread for additional dipping. I had the house specialty cream of crab soup. It may be the best soup I have ever had. It had plenty of real crab in it. I had to fight my son, who would have finished it himself. The rest of the menu is a combination of sandwiches, burgers and main courses. Among us, we ordered mini crab cakes (excellent as long as you like your crab cakes fried instead of baked), a ribeye steak (fabulous and reasonably priced) and Chicken Maryland (grilled chicken breast topped with lump crab and the most delicious creamy butter sauce). The portions were plent large, the prices were good and the food was outstanding. The service was also great, expecially considering the waitress had to keep running up and down the stairs.
This place is not at all fancy. Soft drinks are served in plastic cups, so if that will bother you, stay away. But frankly, the food is so good you won't even notice the plastic cup.
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