Seaside eating is pretty awesome when you are home to restaurants by some of the most talented chefs in the country. We put together a roundup of our 20 favorite things to eat and drink this summer at Borgata. Can you get through this yummy bucket list before Labor Day?
||Lobster Crab Cake│Bobby Flay SteakNamed one of the best crab cakes in the U.S. by Food & Wine magazine, Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s modern twist on a classic seaside favorite is complete with green-onion vinaigrette and lemon-habanero tartar sauce.
||Salmon Tiradito│Izakaya Modern Japanese PubChef/Partner Michael Schulson just recently unveiled a new menu, including items like Short Rib Rice Balls, Korean BBQ Buns, and Gulf Shrimp Ceviche, but as yummy as they all are, our new favorite is the deliciously light and refreshing Salmon Tiradito with Lime, Yuzu, and Scallions.
We love our sandwiches at the Jersey Shore, and Borgata’s restaurants are no exception. The flourishing sandwich culture in our “little village” gives us a variety to choose from every day. It was hard to limit our favorites, but we narrowed down the top 10 Borgata sandwiches for your eating pleasure. Enjoy!
||Six Hour Porchetta│Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar
This slow-roasted pork sandwich is only available on the restaurant’s weekly Wine Down Wednesday menu, but it’s totally worth a mid-week visit. Served with pan gravy, marsala wine mustard, and aged provolone, we are counting down the hours until we eat it again.
||New Jersey-style Sloppy Joe│Borgata Baking Company
Ciabatta bread piled high with corn beef, pastrami, roast beef brisket, Swiss cheese, provolone cheese, cole slaw, and Thousand Island dressing; Borgata’s version of a “Sloppy Joe.”
Recover from your previous night out a little faster with one of these indulgent brunch dishes found on menus across Borgata…
Keep it simple with a classic breakfast sandwich – yummy bacon, American cheese, fluffy scrambled eggs, all on a carb-a-licious Jersey bagel.
|Rice Krispies Encrusted Stuffed French Toast│The Metropolitan
Yes, you read that correctly. This French toast is encrusted with Rice Krispies, stuffed with raspberry cream cheese, and served with pineapple jam and maple syrup.
Summer calls for evenings under an open sky, and what better way to celebrate than with a dinner party at home with your closest friends? Follow our guide for a seamless summer get together with dinner menus and recipes by two of our favorite chefs, Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.
- Set up tables in different areas of your outdoor entertaining space. Drinks in one spot and appetizers in another. This will encourage guests to take full advantage of the yard before sitting down for dinner.
- Speaking of apps… prepare simple make-ahead starters like Watermelon with Feta, Mint Leaves, and Balsamic Glaze; Fresh Jersey Tomatoes with Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt; Wolfgang Puck’s Edamame Guacamole; and Bobby Flay’s Shrimp with Tomatillo-Horseradish.
- Once you decide on your menu, read through each recipe and prep as much as you can in advance of your party so you can spend more time entertaining than cooking.
- Create a fiery glow with string lights, battery-operated candles, and floating candles. Use a fire pit to enjoy s’mores after dinner.
- Fashion centerpieces using fresh flowers or produce from your garden or local market.
- Make a playlist of your favorite summer jams, adding enough songs to carry you through the end of the party.
- Encourage guests to socialize with yard games like horseshoes, cornhole, or croquet.
When it comes to tomatoes, New Jersey has bragging rights. Picked at the peak of ripeness, a good Jersey tomato requires minimal preparation before devouring its plump, juicy flesh. Wolfgang Puck American Grille’s Executive Chef, Aram Mardigian, celebrates the legendary flavor with three simple recipes you’re sure to love as much as we do – including Hand-rolled Garganelli Pasta with Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic, & Basil; Grilled Jersey Tomato Soup; and Halibut with Confit Tomatoes & Summer Zucchini Puree.
Hand-rolled Garganelli Pasta with Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic, & Basil
“Fresh summer pasta is a staple in my home. It’s so easy!”
- For the Oven-Dried Tomatoes
- 12 each Roma tomatoes scooped out
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 each garlic cloves sliced thin
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Toss tomatoes in olive oil and season well with salt and black pepper.
- Place on a sheet pan with a rack scooped side up.
- In each cavity, place a thin slice of garlic and a sprig of thyme.
- Bake in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 4 hours.
- Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature.
- Peel skin and reserve.
The heat of the summer months requires a different list of go-to wines. Our focus shifts from hibernating indoors by the fire to lounging in the sunshine by the water. Borgata’s Wine Manager, Laura Turenne, shares her favorite wines to enjoy throughout the summer months.
By the sea…
Summer weather requires something light, fresh, and flavorful. Massaya Rose 2014 ($19│Vintage Wine Boutique) is a clean, delicate rendering of Cinsault and Syrah that lets you enjoy the raspberries and strawberries found in heavier red wines, but in that light white wine style that will keep you cool in hot weather. And what could be better with seafood than grapes grown on an island in the Aegean Sea? Domaine Sigalas’ vineyards of Assyrtiko 2012 on Santorini, Greece ($27│Vintage Wine Boutique) produce a dry white wine that has just the right balance of subtle citrus and minerality to make fish and white meats sing.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut Zinfandel 2012 ($30│Vintage Wine Boutique) is a classic pairing that will stand up to hearty ribs grilled in your favorite sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, but you could also opt for a softer Roger Perrin Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone 2012 ($24│Vintage Wine Boutique). Bright, juicy reds like Catena Malbec 2012 ($28│Vintage Wine Boutique) complement a burger’s beefiness and any veggies you choose to pile on top, while a light, crisp Robert Eymael Mönchhof 2012 Riesling ($18│Vintage Wine Boutique) counterbalances the char flavor on grilled items like chicken.
You have to love it when serendipity kicks in and the timing is right here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Grammy award winning singer Miguel Pimentel comes to Borgata’s Music Box this August 8 playing with L.A. rock band Dorothy. And that means Borgata will host one of his first concerts after his new album “Wildheart’ drops. The single “Coffee” is already out.
And it’s much anticipated album, coming off the success of 2012’s “Kaleidoscope Dreams”, which made the Los Angeles native a star and earned him a Grammy for the single “Adorn”. The album set off a slew of live performances on TV, including a pretty controversial one at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 (Google it).
Throw in his hit duet with Mariah Carey of “Beautiful” and it finally made Miguel a star, but as he recently told Rollingstone.com, he wasn’t exactly and overnight success.
“It was just like pushing a boulder up and up and up a hill and then you finally get to the top,” he says.
Well, he’s at the top now and describes “Wildheart” as “an ode to love of self … the ongoing infatuation with whatever you’re f—ing into.”
The album mixes rock, soul and post-Prince freakiness into stark, atmospheric territory.
At this point, you have to give comedian George Lopez his due as a pioneer.
Lopez—who brings his stand-up act to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the Event Center July 11—was the first Mexican American to headline a TV show (two actually) and the first Latino host of a late-night talk show.
Lopez is best known for his six-season run on the TV show George Lopez, which is still a hit in syndication. He also spent two years as the host of Lopez Tonight on TBS. He’s produced and acted in the movie Spare Parts and appeared in several others and is the author of “I’m Not Gonna Lie and Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50.”
If it sounds like we’re rattling off his resume, well, … it’s a pretty impressive resume. As Lopez often says, not bad for a poor kid from Los Angeles.
Of course, for Lopez it all started with stand-up more than 30 years ago—he returned to it a few years ago—which eventually brought him success.
“It means a lot in that I always felt invisible, and I was louder in my own head than I was verbally, … I was torturing myself, wanting to say things and not knowing how to be.” Lopez says. “The stand-up was a way out but it never came easy. So to have something that’s named after me make it, and that has history tied to Desi and Freddie and now Freddie Jr., it’s unbelievable to me because I never really thought anything good would happen to me.”
Still, success hasn’t softened Lopez—at least not on stage—and he still can bring it to a stand-up audience.
In American pop culture, few things are as much fun to watch as when a singer explodes on the music scene and becomes the hot star of the moment.
A case in point is Meghan Trainor. Ever since Trainor’s “All About the Bass” rocketed to No. 1 on the charts last year, everything Trainor does, says and sings about gets tweeted, blogged and discussed.
So when doctors advised the “Dear Future Husband” singer that she had to rest her voice due to a vocal cord hemorrhage and she began cancelling shows on her new tour—including her July 3 scheduled appearance at Borgata Festival Park—a lot of concern was expressed in cyberspace.
And the ton of “get well soon” messages that flooded Twitter and Instagram may have helped as the 21-year-old singer has gone on Instagram to say she’s recovering.
“But there is good news! I’m feeling much better,” Trainor wrote after announcing a couple more cancellations.
“Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much.”
After cancelling her July 4th weekend shows, Trainor said “Right now the doctors want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed. I have never missed a tour date before so this is killing me.”
We have to admit that here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we get a little crazy about the Fourth of July.
It is the perfect summer holiday and when you’re in Atlantic City at the Jersey shore, well, that makes it the perfect holiday period. And when Fourth of July happens on the weekend—it’s a Saturday this year—and considering that every summer weekend is a party at Borgata … well, that’s just more perfect.
How can something be more perfect? Well, check out this lineup for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Fourth of July celebration this year.
We start with Meghan Trainor at Festival Park on July 3, offer up the best view for the traditional 4th of July Marina Fireworks Show (again from Festival Park) on July 4 and finish it off with … well, a bunch of stuff from a full entertainment schedule at Borgata’s Nightclubs to great promotions in our casino.
Of course, fireworks are the first thing people think of for the 4th, and our new outdoor venue at Festival Park is the perfect place to view this year’s show.
Atlantic City is putting on two shows this year, with a Boardwalk show July 3 and a marina show July 4.
These unique and brilliant fireworks shows are being created by one of the country’s largest fireworks companies, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the presenter of pyrotechnic displays and shows around the world including the Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular in New York City.