New Jersey – 19769 Miles Driven.
Atlantic City is a destination often cast in harsh light, whether that be for its widely documented economic decline or that it plays second fiddle to Las Vegas. What it lacks in glitz and casinos that haven’t gone out of business, it more than makes up for with a pretty impressive boardwalk, buckets and spadefuls of character, and some rather splendid sandwiches.
White House Subs
Not to be mistaken with the home of America’s president or a nautical warship, family run White House Subs has been serving ‘world famous’ submarine sandwiches since 1946. It’s very a much a no-frills diner setup; seating options include booths or barstools. Nearly every inch of the wall space seems to be filled with photos of famous clientele that have eaten there over the years; I’d be happy taking a spot next to The Beatles.
It’s lively place; the sub guys work at lightning speed to make them and the servers, many of whom have worked there for decades, look like they could do their jobs serving them blindfolded.
I was given specific instructions to order the Italian, described in the menu as being 80% fat free, which makes it sound deceptively healthy. It isn’t. One young White House fan opted for a six-foot monster instead of having a birthday cake. My 10” mini monster half sub came packed full of black pepper-specked salami, ham, and provolone cheese. It’s topped with slices of tomato and onion, herbs, and a whole lot of hot chili oil.
It was definitely tasty, it definitely wasn’t healthy.
Sold to me as serving the BEST cheesesteak, Tony Boloney’s is relatively young having only opened in 2009. It’s owned by New Jersey local, Mike Hauke. He may be the new kid on the block, but Mike has already picked up some notable accolades, including winning both ‘Guy Fieri’s cheesesteak challenge’, and the ‘Live with Kelly and Michael Food Truck competition’. English folk may need to look those names up.
What makes Mike’s cheesesteak stand out from the rest is his Mexican twist, hence it being named the Ole’. The steak is marinated in mescal, a Mexican liquor and 10 different spices. It’s fried together with some onions and Mexican white cheese, all slopped on top of a bed of lettuce and tomato, and served in a freshly baked Atlantic City roll. It’s a cheesy, tasty, messy to eat sandwich. The spices, tomato, and lettuce gives the sandwich a freshness that cheesesteaks tend to lack.
No doubt about it the Ole’ represents a very good cheesesteak, but does it beat a Philly cheesesteak? Next stop Philadelphia.
White House Subs is located at; 2301 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Telephone; +1 (609) 345-1564.
Tony Boloney’s is located at; 300 Oriental Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Telephone; +1 (609) 344-8669.