Gilchrist Restaurant is beloved by locals for its budget-friendly breakfasts and satisfying blueberry pancakes. It’s also the only breakfast place with outdoor seating that overlooks the Atlantic City bay. For sides, you can pick from sausage, bacon or fried codfish. There are many fresh cooked egg dishes and brunch sandwiches, and the patty melt is a great pick for lunch.
Address & phone number: 804 N Rhode Island Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-345-8278
The award-winning Southern style cuisine offers classics like chicken and waffles and numerous soul food plates. This is some of the best comfort food you’ll get in the area. Customers rave about their hot, sweet cornbread. Delicious flavors abound in the delicious buffalo sauce, well-seasoned fried chicken and fresh collard greens. Top it all off with their delicious desserts, such as the lemon meringue pie. You can also find another of their destinations, simply called Kelsey’s, on Pacific Avenue.
Address & phone number: 201 Melrose Ave Atlantic City, NH 08401 609-350-6800
Take a stroll down the boardwalk to the Pier Shops at Caesars’s Continental for some chicken and waffles, made with buttermilk fried chicken, white cheddar and a bit of applewood-smoked bacon gravy. If you’re in the mood for something savory, try the huevos rancheros. The classy, retro-style diner will make you nostalgic for the mid-century Atlantic City magic. Dishes are reasonably priced and well worth it for their large portions and sharing plates.
Address & phone number: 1 Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Way, NJ 08401 609-674-8300
The hidden gem, Lenox Cafe, serves Dominican and American style breakfast and brunch. The small cafe features a small bar and open kitchen with about five booths on the side. The mango breakfast platter is a delicious mash of plantains topped with grilled onions, fried cheese, two eggs and salami. Friendly staff, cheap prices and tasty plates—some with spice—make this a must-try after a night out on the town. Come hungry and leave full.
Address & phone number: 2730 Atlantic Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-347-3000
Stack up on crab legs and other food stations at the Waterfront Buffet. Besides the crab legs, the mac and cheese, collard greens and fried chicken will hit the spot here. You can also find fun salad station with hand-picked options and where salads are chopped up for you, and be sure to end the meal with all their decadent desserts.
Address & phone number: Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-441-5000