As the ball drops onto a new year, so too does most American’s daily caloric intake, with the number one New Year’s resolution being to lose weight.
With New Year’s Eve falling on a Monday, this gives you an entire week to let your bad self out with the most decadent desserts and enticing entrees on the East Coast. So before you make a pledge to shed some pounds, make sure you brace your stomach for a night out on the town where calories are king – Give yourself another week of indulgence and start that New Year’s resolution on Monday, January 7th.
And for those of you who already have a balance between indulgence and working out, treat yourself throughout the year and try one of these tasty delights once a week/month in 2013:
10. Five Pound Lobster Tail (Atlantic Grill at Caesars) – Any seafood lover will tell you that there isn’t a better experience on the planet then dipping a succulent, juicy lobster tail in cup of hot drawn butter, but what happens when your lobster tail is too big to fit or if it is so heavy it causes a drawn-butter tidal wave? Guests dining at the Atlantic Grill are extremely pleased to have that issue, as the restaurant known for serving up the freshest catches the ocean has to offer features a five-pound lobster tail that looks less like food and more like a sea monster. Earlier in the year, a humongous 21-pound lobster was caught off the coast of Cape Cod Massachusetts. No word yet if Chef Matt Donovan of the Atlantic Grill is eyeing it up as a new special.
9. Pizza Fondue (Sammy D’s at Harrah’s Resort) – Fondue was all the rage back in the early seventies. Well, break out those disco platforms shoes because Sammy D’s modern spin on this classic is turning Atlantic City into “Funky Town”. Melted cheese alone is pretty good, now combine it with pepperoni and tomato sauce, then serve its contents in a pot, and what you have essentially created is a bowl of pizza soup. Now replace the spoon as the meal’s utensil with a crispy cheese cannelloni stick and you’ve achieved utter euphoria.
8. Super Nacho Higante (Worship Surf Club at Showboat) – Now coming to the table, weighing in at over 56oz and hailing from Mexico, your opponent SUPER NACHO HIGANTE!!! The mammoth is comprised of nacho chips, salsa, cheese sauce, jalapeño peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, and chopped cilantro making it the perfect food fiesta. The titanic tower, known for dwarfing normal nachos, can be had for free. How, do you say? Simple, justfinish the entire plate during the halftime of a football game and there you go – it’s on the house. Sound easy? Afraid not! This is a challenge that’s sure to give its competitors the carb chills.
7. The Devil Made Me Do It (Phillips Seafood at The Pier Shops at Caesars) – Funny that this saying has stuck since the 70’s when it became the popular catchphrase of the outrageous Geraldine Jones from The Flip Wilson Show. She usually uttered these words after dropping way too many pretty pennies on some unnecessary additions to her wardrobe, but gluttony comes to mind after eyeing the delicious dessert that holds the name at Philliips Seafood. Overindulge in 2 pounds of warm chocolate brownie smothered with classic vanilla ice cream, gooey white chocolate drizzle, whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It’s the bigger and better hot fudge sundae, and it’s okay. ‘Cause the Devil made you do it.
6. Cajun Tempura Battered Flounder Sandwich (Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant at Bally’s) – It’s no fluke that this mouth-watering sea-sandwich makes our list. Steps: Take the day’s freshest catch, dredge in flower, dip in egg-binding-wash, encase in crispy panko breadcrumbs, deep-dive in the fryer, place world’s tiniest potato buns around and serve. This sandwich is so big it not only covers the bread it sits on, but the plate it’s served on. Think of the brontosaurus rack so huge that it flips over Fred’s car in the opening credits of The Flintstones, now replace that with a Flounder and you’ve got Harry’s signature sandwich.
5. Strawberry Balsamic Gelato (Café Tazza at Caesars) – Okay, there’s an old Italian saying, “If it works in a salad, it works in anything.” Alright, that might not be an actual Italian saying, but it has to be what the creators at Café Tazza were thinking when they premiered their Strawberry Balsamic Gelato. A bunch of Strawberry tart cut with a bite of acidity makes this a must-order at any time of the day. And for those who are unfamiliar with Gelato, think of it as ice cream’s suave, richer cousin that drives a Ferrari and has hair like Fabio.
4. S’more Pancakes (Sammy D’s at Harrah’s Resort) – Doesn’t that last bite of pancake always come too soon? Don’t you wish you could have some more? You can at Sammy D’s as the breakfast menu literally boasts S’mores Pancakes. That’s right, those gooey treats said to be invented by the Girl Scouts; marshmallow, chocolate chips and graham crackers, all atop a classic buttermilk stack. Say some-more-S’mores ten times fast and you have the world’s tastiest tongue twister, literally. Warning – Do not try and add pancakes to your next S’more campfire roast, only a licensed pancake professional like Sammy D should attempt. Plus, it would probably fall off your stick, thus creating a gooey mess and one angry park ranger.
3. Smithfield Char Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop (The Atlantic City Country Club) – The Country Club’s Executive Chef, Ed Daggers, has cooked for celebrities, athletes, and even for royalty (cough) Sultan of Brunei, so it’s no wonder he makes our list with a little down-home southern cooking. “You had me at Double Cut Pork Chop,” sounds as though it should have been a famous movie line, but alas, it’s not. It is however paired with a molasses-ginger BBQ sauce so good that you won’t just be licking your own fingers, you’ll be licking the fingers at everyone sitting at your table! And Chef Ed takes applesauce to a new level with his stewed Granny Smith apple and dried cherry compote. Add some Whipped Sweet Potatoes to complete the meal and now all you need is a golf-cart to get you back to your car.
2. Banana Bread French Toast Sundae (The Reserve at Bally’s) – What could be better than the choice of two, sweet breakfast treats to start off your day? When they are combined and eaten for dinner…or after dinner, whatever your preference! Known more for creating a fabulous steak and seafood menu, Chef Joseph Muldoon shows that he can do a whole lot more than surf and turf. The King of The Reserve dessert menu, this banana bread French toast is decorated with vanilla gelato, chocolate ganache, cinnamon, sugar, roasted pineapple, glazed banana and walnut amoretti crumbles. Everything that makes up the most important meal of the day and more!
1. Pizza Tartuffo (Mia Restaurant at Caesars) – America’s favorite pastime should really be eating pizza, sorry baseball. With over 350 slices being eaten every second, that argument carries some weight. Also carrying a bit a weight is Chef Chris Scarduzio’s monstrous pizza masterpiece topped with forest mushrooms, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, fresh-seasonal truffles, lobster, and melted foie gras. Did someone just say truffles, lobster and melted goose-liver on a pizza?! No, you are not hallucinating from the forest mushrooms. This lavish delight is Mia restaurant’s richest pie, and at $75, it is Mia restaurant’s richest pie.