This curious diner in Atlantic City is a bit of a local institution; it’s been serving subs to the locals and visitors to this casino city for nearly 80 years. We’d heard about it endlessly from many people as soon as we had arrived in...Atlantic City, so decided to check it out for lunch. The main outlet is on Arctic Avenue, on the corner of North Mississippi Avenue, a short walk from the sprawling Tanger Outlets area. You can’t miss the white single-storey building in which it’s housed (there's plenty of glaring signage all over it); I guess that’s the reason for its name. You’ll also see the queue of people wanting a sub; you can order a take out (someone will probably lean out of a serving window while you are in the queue to take your order), or you can wait for a table so you can dine inside. We chose the latter; it took about 40 minutes for a table to become available.
It’s an old style diner that probably hasn’t changed for decades. The walls are lined with numerous photographs of sportspeople, celebrities and the like, some very dated and almost faded. It was clean, an issue which is really important with us.
We ordered two different subs: The Meatball Submarine (from ‘Our Famous Subs’) listing, and Chicken Parm Submarine, from the ’Specialty Subs’ Menu (they are all either ‘Famous’ or ’Specialty’!!!). Both were ‘whole’, about 12 inches long, and both cost $19.50. It took a while for the orders to be delivered, and they arrived on paper plates. The Meatball sub was great; the meatballs were huge, meaty, and full of flavour; the sauce was rich and also very tasty. However, the Chicken Parm sub was disappointing. The chicken was gristly and fatty with lots of skin and bits of brown meat; any significant amount of prime white chicken breast didn’t seem to have been used in the filling for the sub. It didn’t taste particularly fresh, nor in fact particularly flavoursome or indeed reasonably nice.
Service was jolly and cheerful, though a bit slow when it came to getting the bill, and paying.
I believe there’s an outlet in the Hard Rock Casino on the Boardwalk. Would I visit again? Probably not.More