FUN TIMES AND LOTS OF SILLINESS IN ATLANTIC CITY

The Sports Diva is on another 30 Plus Teams Tour.

This time I’m going to the original place to gamble, Atlantic City , New Jersey .

Shoutout to Ken Dowell from Off The Lease for correctly guessing where I was going,

I’m not going to a sporting event as there aren’t any professional sports teams in town but you can place a bet on sports teams in United States and Canada, and it’s all legal.

That’s not what I’m here for, though .

I’m here with family members for some rest and relaxation .

Some money might be won and a lot of money will be lost.

We’re even staying at the same hotel that we stayed at last year.

Of course, I’m bringing you along with me for all the Atlantic City craziness .

I’m here for three days, so who knows what kind of craziness is gonna hsppen.

Can’t wait, God willing.

Here’s to some fun times in Atlantic City .

EATING GOOD AT THE ACE RESTAURANT

While in Atlantic City, my auntie, cousin and I could have eaten at one of the many restaurants on the Boardwalk.

Instead, we ate all of our meals at the restaurant inside of the Showboat Hotel, the ACE Restaurant.

This restaurant was remodeled and is located on the first floor of the hotel.

There was once an Italian Restaurant and the House of Blues restaurant in the hotel, but they’re both closed now.

The restaurant opens at 8am and closes at 11pm, although the last night that we were there, it closed at 10pm.

They have a breakfast special that’s served from 8am until 11:30am and costs $8.50.

The special consists of home fries, toast, two eggs, and meat, which is either bacon, sausage or pork roll, which is very popular in New Jersey .

Trust me, the breakfast special was worth it .

As we ate the majority of our meals here, I had the chance to try almost everything, and believe me, I did.

The Buffalo Chicken Wings were tasty, with extra sauce on the side.

The Onion Rings were to die for and put all those fast food onion rings to shame.

The hot dog that I had for lunch was one of the biggest , juiciest hot dog that I have ever had, and it was loaded with onions.

No, not raw onions or onions with tomato sauce like you find in New York City , but carmelized onions, like they came off the grill.

Maybe I was hungry, but adding the onions made my hot dog even more juicier and mouthwatering.

The salad that came with dinner entrées wasn’t just any old salad with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

The salad came with lettuce, cucumbers, Jersey tomatoes, which, sorry, not sorry are some of the best tomatoes ever.

(Jersey Beefsteak Tomatoes are big and plump and oh so good.)

The hotel kicks their salad up several notches with red onions and cranberries.

You don’t even have to ask them to put your salad dressing on the side.

It’s as though the restaurant knows that you want that Bleu Cheese, Ranch, Honey Mustard or Balsamic Dressing on the side.

(Don’t look for French, Italian , or Russian Dressing, they don’t have it at the restaurant, just the ones that I mentioned. If you want any other kind for your salad, BYOB, bring your own bottle of dressing.)

The only food order that I wasn’t feeling was my Chicken and Waffles, which I had for the last evening.

Y’all were a little stingy with the chicken, people .

A couple of Chicken Wings or a Chicken Thigh on top of the waffles would have been wicked awesome and worth the $18 thatI paid.

Just throwing it out there, guys.

Like most of the hotel , the restaurant didn’t have a lot of people eating there.

The restaurant has another section to it called The Surfside Bar.

They had Happy Hour Specials.

Need I mention that it was ALWAYS full of people?

All in all,I did enjoy eating here.

The Hot Dog, Onion Rings, salad, and Chicken Wings held me down.

I didn’t even want to go to any of the other places that had buffets.

If you happen to go to Atlantic City and you don’t want to go to a buffet or spend a lot of money for a decent meal, ACE Restaurant is the place for you .

Oh did I mention that you can have a nice quiet conversation here with the person next to you without being overwhelmed by the music in the restaurant ?

You can, and that’s another plus in my book.

WALKING THROUGH THE HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO

There are many branches of the Hard Rock Hotel all over the world, and while I have never stayed in any of them, I have spent time at the one in Las Vegas, which I did this past June.

Last week, while I was in Atlantic City, I spent time at the Hard Rock Hotel there.

This branch opened this past June.

It has many of same things that the one in Las Vegas has.

There’s even a Sugar Factory Restaurant right inside, the very same one that sells those humongous drinks just like the one in Vegas does.

This hotel used to be the Trump Taj Mahal, but like most of Atlantic City casinos, it was forced to close due to bankruptcy.

The hotel reopened as the brand spanking new Hard Rock Hotel, and like the other Hard Rock branches, there is a huge guitar right outside.

The only thing this one shares with the one in Las Vegas is the name, although Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic fame has brought the one in Las Vegas so we really don’t know how that will change the hotel.

As much as I love the city of Las Vegas , sorry, not sorry, but the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City makes the one in Las Vegas look like the baby sister that gets the hand me down clothes from big sis.

This place is BEAUTIFUL AND SPACIOUS !

It’s also very high tech.

If you want to get a drink while you’re at the slot machines, you don’t flag the waitress down as she walks by.

Oh no.

Look on your slot machine.

Right in the middle of your machine, there’s a drink icon.

Push it for whatever you want to drink, water, wine, beer, or hard beverages.

The waitress will bring it to you.

Just remember, tip your waitress when she brings your drink, no matter what it is.

Don’t be stingy with your tip either.

(However, when I ordered a Pina Colada, the waitress never brought me my drink. Maybe I didn’t order it correctly or something, I don’t know , but that’s another story for another day. I didn’t need that drink THAT badly.)

As for the casino floor, there are lots of tables and slots and you can move around freely.

As I mostly play the slots, I looked for the slot machines that I play a lot.

I’m “old school” so it’s machines like Wild Cherry, Double and Triple Diamonds for me.

Always the penny machines by the way .

(My machines didn’t let me down. I hit for $78 and $46 on the same machine. Thank God for the bonus play. Instead of putting in the usual $20 that I play with, I only put in $6.50 to start with.)

The Hard Rock does have the cafe inside and yes, there are pictures of past and present musicians lining the walls of the restaurant, not to mention the rest of the hotel.

While the first floor is a sight to see , it pales in comparison to what’s happening on the second floor.

You can take the escalator as you watch the screen all around you showing different artists in the concert series known as “Hard Rock Calling.”

As I rode the escalator up to the second floor, the screen showed the rock group The Killers in concert followed by the Country and Western group, Lady Antebellum.

I could have watched the screen change all day, not to mention how mesmerized I was watching the stairs in between the two escalators changing colors.

The stairs were too beautiful to walk on.

I took the escalators to the second floor and checked out the food court as well as check out some of the stores.

(You don’t have to ask. Yes, I did buy some stuff to take back to New York City . )

Besides the pictures of muscians on the walls, there is an area known as “The Rock Vault”, which celebrates artists and venues in New Jersey .

I left the Hard Rock amazed at how dazzling this hotel really is.

It’s a Las Vegas style hotel with a party atmosphere and it’s right in my backyard .

I don’t need to fly across the United States to party like a rock star or like it’s 1999 (sorry but I just had to go there.)

A two to three hour bus ride from New York City to Atlantic City is all I need to get lit at the Hard Rock .

STAYING AT THE SHOWBOAT HOTEL

The few times that I went to Atlantic City , I never stayed overnight.

It was just a day trip.

This time, I stayed for three nights, Monday through Thursday afternoon when the hotel rates are cheaper.

I went to Atlantic City with my landlady and her mother , who have been here more times than I can count.

Her mother always stayed at one particular hotel – The Showboat.

It’s right on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and used to be owned by Caesars Palace Corporation , but not anymore .

It’s right next door to two other hotel resorts, Resorts Casino and Hotel and the brand spanking new Hard Rock Hotel , which I’ll be talking about in an upcoming post.

The Showboat , like a lot of Atlantic City , has fallen on hard times.

Gone is the casino that used to take up most of the hotel.

There is a miniature golf course and arcade in the hotel for the kids and the kids at heart.

To get upstairs to your room, you have to use your room key.

Once inside your room, you have a great view of the Atlantic Ocean .

Some of the rooms have balconies.

Maybe next time I come to Atlantic City and stay here, I’ll splurge for a room with a balcony.

I had read reviews on line on how this hotel had gone downhill from when it had a casino, but sorry, not sorry, I didn’t notice.

I thought the service the three of us received was excellent .

Even though there was one guest service agent at the desk when we checked in, she was very professional and was very friendly .

The hotel was close enough to the Boardwalk so that I could cross another thing off my bucket list.

I was able to sleep like a baby on the bed, which I thought was very comfortable .

Would I recommend the Showboat Hotel to anyone if they want to stay in Atlantic City ?

I sure would and God willing, if I come back to Atlantic City , this is the place that I’m going to stay at.

Thank you Showboat Hotel for making my stay so enjoyable .