Monday, August 30, 2010

White House Sub Shop

2301 Arctic Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 345-8599

After a night on the town in AC, ending up better than expected (thank you craps table), I was ready for a few things. An iced coffee (eh Starbucks), some beach time (eh Atlantic City beaches), and a huge hoagie. Enter White House subs. I had never been to White House, but I had been to Sack O' Subs, so I knew what to expect. Except the line.

When we got there around 12:30pm on a Sunday (they close at 2), there was a line out the door. Well, I say out the door, but it was mostly into a tiny glass foyer, and continuing all the way the length of the restaurant. It is chaos. You have to sneak past people (which is no easy task considering the average circumference of the kind of people giant hoagies draw) and then snake your way to the very end of the restaurant in order to get a ticket like at the deli counter of your local grocery store. We noticed that the ticket we pulled was for number seventy, while the ticker just to place the order was at thirty. Disheartening. Mind you, this is just to get an order to go. Much to the dismay of my companions, my journalistic integrity (and the fact that I may never go back to Atlantic City with casinos opening in my back yard, not that I am much of a gambler anyway) required waiting it out to try these subs I have heard so much about. We asked the really, really old lady working the door what the best course of action was, and she suggested we just wait in the line for a seat, as it will be faster. Done and done.

This, of course, required us to stand in aforementioned foyer with some of the most obnoxious, ignorant people South Jersey/Philadelphia has to offer. Which is really, really saying something, and I stand behind my statement. One older woman with her two, twenty something companions felt the need to use the speaker phone option on her phone to hold a fifteen minute vulgarity riddled conversation at high volume, with what I am assuming were her offspring chiming in. This was only one example of the quality individuals with which you had to wait packed in like sardines. Keep in mind this enclosed area is the only place to wait for a table, is hot, and you are constantly bombarded with people pushing past you, all the while having to explain this is the line to sit down, the line to get to-go is inside. Literally had to say this fifty times, luckily some of the other people who were waiting also picked up on this and informed the hordes which line they wanted. One of the worst systems I have ever seen at any food place. Luckily it only took us slightly over an hour to get a table. Seriously? Justice was served when the people pushing past us to get in were still waiting to PLACE an order. The ticker was on sixty five when we sat down.

One large (2 person) Italian and one large cheesteak hoagie were ordered. Although we were now sitting in a booth, the crowd of people was swelling too close for comfort. Not to mention the little girl who was apparently searching for long lost sand in her rear bathing suit bottoms, and then touching everything around while her Mom looked on with glassed over eyes of defeat. Why did she have to keep touching the edge of our table, and how many others had come before her. At this point, it was more of a joke, and we had been so hungry that it had almost we no longer were starving, just slightly nauseous, and very claustrophobic. Below is the Italian with everything. The meat is rolled up and packed in there, but its nothing too special. The pepper spread is good, but I have had much better (within the last 24 hours for example). I would wait about five minutes for this sandwich. Actually, next time, I would just go to Sack O' Subs for the EXACT SAME sandwich without mental anguish that White House proudly serves up.

Cheesesteak submarine (hoagie) below. It was fine. An amazing sandwich if you are from somewhere that doesn't have one of if not the highest per capita ratio's of awesome sandwiches in the world, perhaps, but I was hardly impressed. The entire experience was just too much, and I felt snookered like I wish all of the sad saps eating at the big two steak places in South Philly did. Though I feel that they probably love standing in line and dealing with a bunch of crap for mediocrity, because there is always a line there too.

This is a whole sandwich, really more of two sandwiches, but they call it a whole.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bill's Gyro Souvlaki

1607 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6913
(609) 347-2466

As a general rule, boardwalk food sucks. There are certain staples that jog memories of childhood, and are good for that, but otherwise, it's mostly overpriced, under cared for eats. I also don't particularly care for Atlantic City, but happened to find myself there on a recent weekend night, and after a decent run on the craps table, I was ready for some celebratory calories.

Bill's Gyro beckoned like a lighthouse of hope amid the questionable boardwalkers late in the evening. I had heard it was THE place to eat on the AC boardwalk, and was not disappointed. I called ahead and asked when they were open to and was told "at least until three AM." Awesome. So when I got there and realized they also served alcohol, it was a double score. At this hour, I went for the light beer.

You will also notice that the entire place, including some of the chairs, were covered in currency with messages written on it.

I obviously went for the "Super Gyro" which had double the meat (a no brainer for an extra $2 in my book). They forgot to add feta as requested, but brought out a big plate full of marinated cubes to make up for it. No complaints.

This gyro was huge. Not to mention, it was incredibly delicious. All things aside (being on the boardwalk, at 2 am, after some drinking), this was a perfect gyro. They have spits that crisp the outside perfectly, and the meat was deliciously tender.

What's more, they offer chicken fries, which are one of my dirty secret favorites. These are the "good kind" of chicken fries, thick, crispy, seasoned and satisfying. Throw on some honey mustard and I may never leave the place. Perfect.

They also sell to-go liquor (although at inflated rates, as to be expected) and have a variety of other items on the menu. I highly recommend Bill's, and next time I will skip a soon to be mentioned more popular sandwich place in Atlantic City and go with another gyro.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

While I was out.

I had an awesome trip to Canada. I got some electrical help...

Ate some AWESOME fast food style burgers from a chip wagon...

Saw my dream car...

Ate poutine (a lot)...

Saw some wildlife...

Did some fishing...

The scenery was terrible...

Saw some ghosts...

Did some riding...

And saw the most insane antique store/junk yard of all time.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Livestrong Philly

I did the Livestrong Challenge once again this year. This time, however, we competed in the 10k on Saturday, and the century (100 mile) ride on Sunday.

The 10k went well, but unfortunately, the century ride was cut short. This was due to the fact that we rode for hours and hour through torrential rains, and there was a threat of lightening on the 100 mile course. 76 miles later we were soaked to the soul, but our team "Fat Guy's on Fuji's" raised over $1700 to fight cancer. Not too shabby.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

O Sandwiches (CLOSED)

1205 S 9th St (just North of Geno's)
Philadelphia, PA

I love Vietnamese hoagies, it's no secret. O sandwiches is one of the better spots around, and it's a perfect place to go when someone you know wants to eat one of "big two" cheesesteaks, and you wisely would like to pass.

The summer rolls are pretty tasty, and like everything at O Sandwiches, a great deal. Below is the shrimp variety. Decent, average summer rolls.

The BBQ pork is always my favorite, and a solid version is served here. They bake their baguettes fresh and heap on the ingredients. At $4, the pork is about half as much as a cheesesteak next door, and much fresher. The daikon, carrots, jalapenos and cilantro perfectly complement the sweet and smokey pork, and the rolls have the light airy texture with the crispy outside that one expects from a Vietnamese hoagie.

The shredded chicken is also a good option, though it lacks the punch that the BBQ pork offers.

You can see the proximity to the tourist traps below.

I took a particularly nasty digger at the Wiss that sparked this hoagie hunger.