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FARM TO FORK WEEK – SOUTH JERSEY – JULY 18 -24

Posted in Food and Wine Lists, Top Restaurant Lists with tags , on July 21, 2010 by ballymote

 

 It’s a week to enjoy great local produce prepared by some of the best chef’s in all of South Jersey. Pick a restaurant and get out and enjoy. We will be dining at Catelli’s in Voorhees on Saturday evening. I told you I’d get back there SOON!!

Restaurant Address Phone Website
19 Bar and Grille by Vitarelli’s
3800 Haddonfield Road
Pennsauken
856-488-5800
Andreotti’s Viennese Cafe
1442 Route 70 E.
Cherry Hill
856-795-0172
Anthony’s creative italian cuisine
512 Station Avenue
Haddon Heights
856-310-7766
Bacio Italian Cuisine
2806 Rt. 130 N.
Cinnaminson
856-303-9100
Barnsboro Inn
699 Main Street
Sewell
856-468-3557
Bistro Di Marino
492 Haddon Ave.
Collingswood
856-858-1700
Blackbird Dining Establishment
619 Collings Avenue
Collingswood
856-854-3444
Braddocks
39 South Main Street
Medford Village
609-654-1604
Cafe Capri
745 Corkery Lane
Williamstown
856-629-8000
Caffe Aldo Lamberti
2011 Rt. 70 West
Cherry Hill
856-663-1747
Catelli Restaurant
Evesham & Kresson Rd.
Plaza 1000, Main Street
Voorhees
856-751-6069
Coriander: an Indian Bistro*
910 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd.
Voorhees
856-566-4546
Cork
90 Haddon Avenue
Westmont
856-833-9800
Dream Cuisine Cafe
1990 Route 70
Cherry Hill
856-751-2800
Elements Cafe
517 Station Ave.
Haddon Heights
856-546-8840
Filomena Lakeview
1738 Cooper Street
Deptford
856-228-4235
Filomena/Berlin
13 Cross Keys Road
West Berlin
856-753-3540
La Campagne
312 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill
856-429-7647
La Esperanza*
40 E. Gibbsboro Rd.
Lindenwold
856-782-7114
Los Amigos*
461 Rt. 73 North
West Berlin
856-767-5216
Luna Rossa Biagio Lamberti
3210 Rt 42
Turnersville
856.728.4505
Max’s Seafood Cafe
34 North Burlington Street
Gloucester
856-456-9774
Nonna’s
211 Haddonfield Berlin Rd
Cherry Hill
856 795-1778
Scaturro’s
841 South Route 73
Marlton
856-985-4560
Swedes Inn
1301 Kings Highway
Swedesboro
856-467-2052
Ted’s on Main
20 South Main Street
Medford
609-654-7011
The Chophouse
4 South Lakeview Drive
Gibbsboro
856-566-7300
The Little Tuna
141 Kings Highway
Haddonfield
856-795-0888
The Robin’s Nest
2 Washington Street
Mount Holly
609-261-6149
Tre Famiglia Ristorante
403 N.Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield
856-429-1447
Villari’s Bistro, Bar & Grill*
800 Rt. 73 & Spring Garden
Palmyra
856-829-7373
 
 

THE FIVE BEST THINGS I HAVE EATEN IN THE PAST YEAR

Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Food and Wine Lists, Top Restaurant Lists with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2010 by ballymote

It’s no easy task to reduce a year of great dishes down to the FIVE BEST. I went back through each post and mentally re-tasted each yummy morsel. There were several that stood out but most of the top five were ones I have often thought about during the year.  Interestingly, the final list is composed of one soup, two appetizers and two entrees. There were certainly other items that I hated to leave off the list but five seemed to make more sense than doing ten.

Here then, in no particular order, are the TOP FIVE BEST THINGS I HAVE EATEN IN THE PAST YEAR:

The CRAB CHOWDER at The FAYETTE STREET GRILLE.  There is nothing quite as tasty as a well done crab or lobster chowder and the one offered at the Conshohocken eatery is absolutely first class. Generous portions of crab interspersed with potato and veggies and tantalizing spices made this one an easy choice for the list. Hopefully, a return visit for more of this scrumptious soup is not too far away.

The LOBSTER RISOTTO at TISHA’S FINE DINING in Cape May, NJ. This appetizer was so good that the picture on the left is NOT that of the dish I had. I got so caught up in the taste-tempting creation that I neglected to take a photo of it. This is just a “losbster risotto” pic from the internet. For the real thing, you have to head down the shore….but not yet. Tisha’s has moved from their “on the beach” location to the Washington Street Mall and their much anticipated re-opening is scheduled for July 14th.

The LOBSTER MAC n CHEESE at RITZ SEAFOOD in Vorhees, NJ and the LOBSTER MAC n CHEESE at the BLACK LAB in Phoenixville. It may just be that it’s hard to NOT make a great lobster mac n cheese. But both of these restaurants do a fantastic job of creating an appetizer that you wish was your entree. They were both delicious and both worthy of a spot on my Top Five.

The CHICKEN INDORATI at LoBIANCO’S in Collingswood, NJ. This place is one of our favorites as it is consistently good. This dish with the truffled potatoes, baby spinach and glazed fontina atop the perfectly done and full of flavor chicken breast was a perfect example of why our friends thoroughly enjoy this star of the Collingswood culinary scene.

As I mentioned in my review, the dish pictured here may not totally stir your taste buds but it’s truly a case of looks being deceiving. The HOMEMADE POTATO GNOCCHI with CRABMEAT which is one of the signature dishes of Chef Alex Capasso, who presides over the kitchen at BLACKBIRD RESTAURANT, one of the shining stars on the Collingswood, NJ dining scene. The dish is just perfect. Light, great flavors, perfectly seasoned and available as both an appetizer and an entree. You can also chop six dollars off the price by skipping the crabmeat but you do NOT wanna do that.

There they are, the FIVE BEST, my apologies to a few others that came so close. I’m looking forward to another year of great food and great wines.

TOP TEN LOCAL RESTAURANTS AS SURVEYED BY “OPEN TABLE”

Posted in Top Restaurant Lists with tags , , on May 7, 2010 by ballymote

Most of you know “Open Table” as the online restaurant reservation website. I have only used them twice and have accumulated “200 points”. I’m not even totally sure what you do with those points but that’s not really the focus of this post. I discovered yesterday that Open Table did a survey in the Philly/South Jersey area to compile their list of TOP TEN RESTAURANTS in our local dining universe. According to what’s posted on their website, this survey had over 200,000 responses so that should give it a certain amount of validity.

Anyway, I love lists so here are the results of the Open Table survey of TOP TEN area restaurants.

Best Overall Restaurants – Philadelphia

10 Diners’ Choice Winners

Restaurant Name Price
Center City | Continental
$$$$
South Philly | French
$$
Center City | Italian
$$$$
Center City | French
$$$$
Northeast Philly | Italian
$$$
Center City | Japanese
$$$$
Rittenhouse Square | Steakhouse
$$$$
Center City | American
$$$$
Center City | Brazilian Steakhouse
$$$
Center City | Greek
$$$$
As voted by more than 247,300 diners. Learn More

and here are their choices for South Jersey:

Best Overall Restaurants – New Jersey – South

10 Diners’ Choice Winners

Restaurant Name Price
Haddonfield | Creole / Cajun / Southern
$$$
Franklinville | Seafood
$$$
Haddonfield | Italian
$$$
Cape May | American
$$$
Galloway Township | American
$$$
Cape May | Contemporary American
$$
Cherry Hill | French
$$
Gibbsboro | American
$$$$
Voorhees | Italian
$$$
Haddonfield | Italian
$$
As voted by more than 247,300 diners. Learn More>

Most of their choices are NOT BYOB’s but it’s still fun to see what folks consider the best. How many of these top choices have you dined at? Better jump on Open Table and make reservations for them soon.

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