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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nachos at Sam Adam's in Atlantic City International Airport

When flying from Detroit to Tampa and visa versa we have always been able to get a direct flight.  I'm not sure why but we could not get a direct flight from Tampa to Detroit for our return trip.  It was supposed to have been a direct flight but was changed to a brief stop in Atlantic City with no de-planning.  We had been keeping a close eye on how the storms were tracking throughout the week, the worst in Joplin, Missouri.  We knew our travel day was full of storms.  When we arrived in Atlantic City rather than picking up passengers and traveling on, we were asked to deplane.  My husband and I immediately looked for a restaurant and it's a good thing we did as the delay ended up being three and a half hours long.  Seating in the restaurant was quite limited with a line forming rather quickly waiting for a table.

nachos at Sam Adam's in Atlantic City International Airport
The Atlantic City International Airport is rather small in comparison to Tampa and Detroit.  There was a Samuel Adams Brew and Pub near our gate on the second floor terminal.  This is a small pub and grill specializing in casual dining and craft beer.  We decided that would be a good spot to spend a bit of our delay time.  We would have liked to have taken a cab to see the Boardwalk but thought it best to stay at the airport.

As airport pubs go, the prices at Samuel Adams were not bad.  The atmosphere was very much like a British pub, warm and cosy with lots of dark wood.  Bar, table and booth We ordered beer battered onion rings ($5.60) as an appetizer.  My husband had New England clam chowder ($3.50)  and build a better burger ($8.90).  I had the fireside nachos ($8.75).

Nachos are a popular pub and grill food.  The fireside nachos consisted of crisp tortilla chips topped with chili, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions.  Jalapeno peppers and sour cream were served on the side by request.  The nachos were good but I do have a couple of complaints.  The biggest complaint is the cheese was a cheese sauce not actual sredded cheese and more than likely it was a cheese product similar to Cheez Whiz.  As a result the flavour was somewhat lacking and the tortilla shells softened where the cheese sauce hit.  These would have been much better using real shredded cheddar cheese.  The jalapeno peppers and sour cream came in small, disposable plastic containers that negated any savings to the restaurant by using the cheese sauce.  Other than that, the nachos were average pub grub food. 

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