Planning on checking out the NJEA teachers’ convention this year? Chances are that you’re not exactly going to AC with a company card or expense account at your disposal: you’re on a teacher budget! Whether you’re going to the NJEA with a frugal, no frills approach, or you’re looking to keep a couple of your meals on the less expensive side to justify that one special occasion meal at the Iron Chef casino restaurant, these Atlantic City food destinations should do the trick. The Teachers’ Lounge staff has compiled the below list of delicious and affordable options to help you save money, without giving up quality. This list is all about value. You work hard for your money and you’re probably a pro at stretching your dollar—hey, you’re a Jersey teacher!

So check out one of these AC landmarks when you’re “down the shore” at the NJEA Convention. And while you’re at it, save a little more money on your car insurance with Teachers’ Insurance Plan when you pay us a visit at the Plymouth Rock Teachers’ Lounge booth in the exhibit hall, booth 2229. See you there!


Tony Bolony’s 


Tony Bolony’s is an Atlantic City favorite. A unique dining experience that is not just affordable but also unbelievably delicious. They are best known for their taco pizza, which you can order by the slice or whole pie. A slice of pizza starts at $3 per slice. For educators with dietary restrictions, this may be a great choice. The menu features both gluten free (for an additional cost) and vegan options.


Gilchrist Restaurant

American (breakfast/lunch)

If breakfast food bargains are your thing, Gilchrist may be the perfect breakfast or lunch option for you. They have a traditional breakfast menu featuring hotcakes, French toast, omelets, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches. In addition to breakfast, they also have a lunch menu featuring deli sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups. The breakfast and lunch entrees begin at $2.95 and range up to $9.95 ($12.95 for the enormous Hungry Man Combo).


El Tacuate Mexican Restaurant


This is a well-regarded, well-reviewed spot for authentic and well-priced Mexican cuisine. If you are in the mood for tacos, guacamole, burritos, or chips and salsa, stop in at El Tacuate with a colleague and hang out for dinner after a long day of PD sessions, or grab a quick bite for lunch to break up the day.


Bill’s Bar & Burgers


Bill’s Bar and Burgers has wonderful reviews as the go to burger joint in Atlantic City. Their prices are also very reasonable with burgers starting at $10, sandwiches starting at $12, and wings for $9.


Perry’s Cafe & Deli


Hot or cold deli sandwiches are what Perry’s Cafe is most known for. If you just want to grab a quick bite to eat between events at the NJEA, stop by Perry’s for a $5 sandwich. That’s even better than most fast food prices (or pretty close to it). Perry’s also has breakfast options, including omelets, French toast, eggs, and a selection of side dishes.


Bill’s Gyro Souvlaki


Bill’s Gyro Souvlaki is the place to go in Atlantic City, for Greek cuisine on a budget. As TripAdvisor reviewers have said, it is delicious and affordable. One reviewer wrote, “This place is a must visit in Atlantic City. Delicious gyros, large servings and at a great price…interesting surroundings while dining.” Stop by Bill’s for both Greek food and traditional American breakfast items. Prices are under $10.

See you there!

Happy savings! See you at the convention! For more tips on planning out your convention itinerary, check out our 8 Tips for Making the Most of Your NJEA 2019 Convention Experience here. And don’t forget to visit us at booth 2229 for some cool freebies and a chance to save a bunch on your car insurance!


-Jenna Garvin'

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