American cuisine

BBQ and American Food Tavern, Wild Honey Smokehouse, Opens in Tropicana Atlantic City (SLIDESHOW)

With Texas-sized cocktails, a selection of double-barrel smoked libations and a rotating roster of live music, a regional barbecue and American comfort food restaurant, Wild Honey Smokehouse and Tavern is one of eight dining concepts open at the Tropicana Atlantic City this year.

Wild Honey officially opens Tuesday in the Tropicana neighborhood, an Old Havana-themed gated mall featuring more than 30 outposts spanning shops, restaurants and nightclubs at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.

Wild Honey offers the best of every type of barbecue, from Texas to North Carolina and everywhere in between. After pairing the right cut of meat with the right rub, wood, smoke, sauce and cooking technique, the premium meats are slow cooked and smoked on site.

Tropicana BBQ classics on the menu include: St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork Charlotte, Memphis-Rub Half Chicken, and Big West Texas Prime Rib, to name a few. Beyond the BBQ, Wild Honey’s menu offers a selection of classic American comfort foods inspired by scratch cuisine, including: Crispy Hushpuppies, Double Sauce Mac & Cheese, Burgers, Sandwiches and a Leg of 2-pound Texas Fair turkey, and more.

The smokehouse theme extends to Wild Honey’s bar program, with a selection of double-barrel smoked cocktails and an extensive whiskey list.

Wild Honey is led by operating partner Tom Recine, whose experience spans over 20 years running high-volume bars, restaurants, hotels, resorts and casinos.

“After realizing a great opportunity on the Atlantic City Boardwalk for a BBQ, we decided to create Wild Honey, a respite where friends can get together to enjoy the finer things in life – BBQ, bourbon, beer and music. “, said Recine. “Built on a few simple guiding pillars – good food, strong drinks, and great bites – we’ve created a destination and experience that’s seamless enough to gather for happy hour at the bar, grab a table for lunch or dinner, or drop by for an evening with friends.

Wild Honey will open with indoor seating only, with patio seating launching in the coming weeks. Reservations can be made through OpenTable and takeout orders can be placed through Toast. For more information, visit and follow us on Instagram @wildhoneybbq.