1 Get the best of both worlds. The world-famous Chickie’s and Pete’s was voted No. 1 sports bar in the country by ESPN, and one visit to the A.C. C&P at Tropicana Casino and Resort and you’ll know why. It’s located right off the Boardwalk, where you can sit outside with views of the beach or inside on the second level, also overlooking the ocean. Most restaurants can’t fit a big party into one booth, but the main dining area here has six large, high-back booths that can comfortably squeeze a family of eight.
2 Good eats with Pete. Their Crab Fries are what put them on the map. Pete Ciarrocchi, chairman and CEO of C&P, bathed the fries in a secret blend of spices – that apparently only he knows the recipe for – and served them with two sides of white creamy cheese sauce. In addition to the amazing fries, they offer a heaping bowl of steaming mussels red or white. Signature dishes include various types of crab legs including blue shell, Dungeness, snow and king, starting at $17.99 per pound. Plus, the Atlantic City location is the first to feature a raw bar with oysters from up and down the east coast.
3 Drink specials all day every day. No one should get thirsty here. C&P holds a daily, all-day happy hour, each day with its own deals. On Sundays, have a tall glass of Budweiser or Bud Light for $3.50 or a Shock Top drafts for $4.50. On Mondays, Three Olive cocktails are just $5 and you can get Heineken and Dos Equis drafts on Wednesdays (both $4). Signature cocktails on happy hour are $4 to $5 every day such as the Crabby Mary with peppar Vodka, celery, olives, grape tomatoes, fresh lime and a cocktail shrimp or the 19th Hole blended with Absolut Citron, tea and lemonade.
4 The house is loaded with games. They’ve got good food, cheap drinks, an ocean view and to top it all off -- endless games. Atlantic City’s C&P prides themselves in their “Play 2,” a special gaming area meant to attract competitors of a different sort. It is an interactive gaming space with a bar and has five semi-private cells. Each are set with a Wii, Xbox, PlayStation 3 and other games. The rooms cost $40 per hour and fit 10 to 20 people. It’s great for bachelor parties, fantasy drafts or any raucous get-together.
5 What you see is what you get. It’s all about the experience, which is why the servers almost bombard you to explain the menu as soon as your party sits down. No side items come with entrees, so your waiter will push those baskets of Crab Fries as an appetizer. Within both levels of the restaurant, they have more than 50 TVs, but a sports bar must only play sports – no news, no movies and no shows. And there are DJs that keep the energy high starting 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.