CAFE 2825 – not a BYOB
The motley looking crew pictured here, ventured away from the shelter of their Brigantine weekend home to sample some fine food at one of Barbara’s favorite restaurants, Cafe 2825, located on Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City. After our 3 o’clock food orgy it’s a wonder any of us were even remotely hungry but a quick nap had rejuvenated our taste buds.
Cafe 2825 is located quite close to the Tropicana Casino and features a full bar in the front with a nice seating area of 13 tables in the back. Owner/Chef Joe Lautato was ever-present making everyone feel welcome. In addition to the warm bread and butter, we were presented with plates of bruschetta. I thought this was a nice touch, even if the bruschetta was not in the “great bruschettas of all time” class.
Since Cafe 2825 is NOT a BYOB we selected a couple of nice wines from their list. On their website the wine list is described as “extensive”. I would refer to it as “rudimentary”. There are a grand total of 12 whites listed. On the red side, there are 2 or 3 choices under each grape varietal with the exception of wines from Italy, which dominate the page.
Prices are reasonable and we selected the Banfi Rosso Di Montelcino (a baby Brunello) for $48.00 and a Van Duzer Pinot Noir from Oregon at $58.00. The majority of our group seemed to prefer the Rosso. I am a Pinot fan and, although this was far from great Pino Noir, it was very drinkable and went well with my entree.
I passed on soup, salad and appetizers and chose the Chicken Clemente; tender thin chicken cutlets, buttered with seasoned ricotta, and sprinkled with reggiano parmigiana. I could not have been happier with my selection. The chicken cutlets were tender and juicy and the cheese and sauce was a total marriage. In fact, I am getting hungry even as I type this. It’s meals like this that make exploring restaurants so much fun. As I mentioned earlier the Van Duzen Pinot Noir was an excellent accompaniment to the Chicken Clemente. Eight diners makes it difficult to remember what everyone had and I wasn’t taking notes but I know we all left quite satisfied with our meal at Cafe 2825.
We even had enough energy left to drive over to the Borgata for an hour or two of gambling and people watching.
Atlantic City may be hurting from competition in the surrounding states and the effects of the current recession but you couldn’t tell that from the crowds enjoying themselves at the Borgata.
Next time you are in the area I would strongly suggest making reservations at Cafe 2825 for an enjoyable dining experience. It’s not inexpensive but the food makes it all worthwhile.