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Tony’s Baltimore Cafe Restaurant and Bar – Atlantic City NJ Atlantic City, NJ

Posted on: March 9, 2011


Tony’s Baltimore Cafe Restaurant and Bar – Atlantic City NJ

2800 Atlantic Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Speaking of vintage Italian restaurants – Tony’s Baltimore Cafe in Atlantic City New Jersey is an authentic old time AC eatery, located just a block from the famous boardwalk.

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There are 2 entrances- one on the corner that leads directly to the bar, another into the wonderfully in-tact retro dining room. Either way you’re told to sit anywhere you like, by one of the seasoned waitresses.

Bask in the Glow of Red Neon

We opted for the dining room, which at the time of night we were there wasn’t packed, but did have a decent stream of folks coming in out of this freezing cold windy evening for some warm pasta, pizza and throwback ambiance.

If you’ve spent more than a minute inside one of the many boardwalk casinos, with their recycled air and shopping mall vibe, you will appreciate the authentic feel of a place that has been here long before the giant buildings took over the seashore. And as you can see, they cater to the late night crowd.

HoursOpen for over 70 years, you could almost envision the Rat Pack sitting at one of the booths. (Alas the music on the jukeboxes did not live up to my swingin’ sounds expectation).

Tony's Dining RoomLike the front sign says “Spaghetti Pizza” and we said YES! I got the pizza, RetroRoadhusband got the spaghetti and meatballs and we both split a “Large Salad Bowl”. As well as a couple of affordable beers!

The pizza crust was definitely fluffier than the thin crust pies that are my fave, but this pizza was still good. RRH dug his spaghetti tho the meatballs are on the mushy side, however I informed him that I read they’ve been that way for years.

Tony's Grill PizzaI thought it was ironic that some of the casino hotels and restaurants give that old time vibe (thinking of The Continental, etc) but right here, in the shadow of these behemoths, the real deal lives on.

You Go, Little Guy!

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  • George

    Typically, back in the day, up our way those bar/restaurants had a direct entrance to the dining room that was marked with an exterior neon sign labeled “Ladies Entrance”. Many of them still have the sign.

    • http://www.RetroRoadmap.com Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com

      I recall seeing Ladies Welcome on the sides of old diners, but I totally see the appeal of the separate entrance. When we first stumbled upon this place we were a bit surprised by the tavern entrance!

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/bumperstickersnmore Debbie

    Man, that pizza is making me hungry, I love Italian.
    I better go eat some breakfast.
    Love the vibe of the place.

    • http://www.RetroRoadmap.com Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com

      Debbie- I have learned recently to eat before I write some of these things, or else I get cravings for food that is miles away!

  • willie

    since 1962, I have trekked to the ocean from Philadelphia—back in the 1960′s, the line at Tony’s snaked around the building. inside now, five decades later, nothing has changed. red cracked leather chairs , a plastic juke box in each booth, low flickering lights, smoky voiced waitresses with teased red hair and a pencil in their bun. still, the pizza remains among the best in Jersey. anywhere in Jersey. two years ago, John the pizza king passed away—he made a well done sausage and pepperoni pizza that you would have slit your dog’s throat for. John would fold diced garlic in the dough. pound it out with curled edges and literally lay alternately the toppings. cook it slowly for ten minutes. then right under the flames for three minutes. absolutely world class. go to the bar, right out of the Lost Weekend, a tiny window facing out with a stained oak bar and a clunky brass foot rail. a red faced bartender wearing a plain white shirt and a full starched apron. too wonderful. it makes me tear up.

    • http://www.RetroRoadmap.com Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com

      Willie – thanks for adding your insider knowledge and great details to this post! It’s making me hungry for pizza right now. So glad you see the charm in Tony’s like we do, and other folks find it via the RetroRoadmap!