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Diner # 244

Hollie, a blogger, runner and prolific diner reviewer - 244 to date - had breakfast in the ville today. "While my parents were in town, we decided to hit up my final diner in Camden County. Considering diners come and go, it’s my last diner in Camden County for now. The Merchantville Diner is a cute diner located in the downtown. Like many downtown restaurants, it’s a storefront and attached to other buildings. Atmosphere: A The Merchantville Diner has a small, downtown feel. It’s not a large, metallic, shiny diner but it’s a little cute, spacious diner." Read her review.

 

 

Middle-East pop-up dinner

Please join us at The Station on Saturday, June 8th at 7pm for an al vegetarian fresco Middle-Eastern inspired dinner, outside on our patio. The meal will draw influence from across the middle east highlighting the distinct flavors of the region. Chefs Justin Lingl, Root Catering, and Matt Moon, Ristorante Alba - formerly Talula's Table and Django, will collaborate and serve a multi course meal perfect to be shared and enjoyed outdoors. This meal will be vegetarian and BYOB. $55 per person (tax/gratuity included). Reservations limited and are accepted now. Email Nicole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat.

Savor Caribbean Cuisine

If you're looking for delicious Caribbean cuisine in Merchantville then head on down to Rasta Kitchen, at 618 Maple Avenue, right next to Wellwood Park. Chef/owner Kevin Nugent is serving up jerk wings, oxtail, sweet chili fried shrimp and jerk chicken marsala - plus desserts like pineapple upside down and carrot cake, and so much more. Caribbean cooking is an incredible blending of savory flavors and multicultural tropical influences enhanced over centuries and based primarily on African, Spanish, Chinese and East Indian cuisine. Beginning on May 21st you can order online for carryout or delivery. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00  a.m. to 7:00 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

 

Crepes a foodie trend

This little crepe shop is well worth the trip, "especially for it's Bacon Jam that sells really well, paired with the Vanilla Bourbon Peaches, or capped off with a poached egg", says foodie trend writer, Joy Franklin, from PhillyBite magazine. Charlie's Crepes also carry "standard" crepes such as ham and cheese, as well as banana Nutella, although our favorites are the NJ farm to table variety highlighting seasonal fare. Stop by their shop on the Centre Street circle.

 

Fiddleheads Sprout Menus

Yes, fiddleheads look like they came right out of a Dr. Seuss cookbook, but the furled fronds are actually a delicious, nutritious, and increasingly popular spring seasonal ingredient. The menu at Park Place Café & Restaurant in Merchantville is often busting with seasonal (even foraged) ingredients, so we weren’t surprised to find they celebrated fiddlehead season with a simple, show-stealing roasted side dish. Here’s a small round-up of New Jersey restaurants serving fiddleheads right now. 

Making rustic bread

You gotta get the rustic with Chef Philip Manganaro. At Park Place, we offer you an inviting space where friends & family gather around the table to enjoy an evening of handcrafted foods that are a feast for the palate as well as the eyes, leaving our guests fulfilled. Enjoy the art of bread making. Fresh, rustic Italian bread right out of the oven.

Cabana's Back

Cabana Water Ice in Merchantville is now hiring! If you or someone you know is interested in serving up the most delicious water ice and soft ice cream, please respond by messenger or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Amore Mio" plans opening

Owner/Executive Chef Alfredo Fischioni of "That’s Amore" in Collingswood has announced he will be opening a sister restaurant called Amore Mio in Merchantville. The location at 177 S Centre Street was most recently occupied by Ms. Nancy’s Place. Chef Nancy Miller left Merchantville to open a new restaurant in Burlington. Aiming for a May opening, Fischioni promises the same great Italian dishes albeit in a space even smaller than his Collingswood location. It will be interesting to see what kind of upgrades will be done to accommodate guests. If I recall correctly, it only seated about 20 people in tight quarters. Either way, this is exciting news for Merchantville.

Have a grape day

The Juice Bar at 20 S. Centre Street in Merchantville offers simple, healthy snacks on the go! Red grapes are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamins, & minerals. The nutrients in grapes may help protect against heart disease, high blood pressure, constipation and much more! Stop by and have a “grape” day. Cups are are only $0.75! 

2015 Golden Fork awarded to Bella Vita

carloSouth Jersey Magazine's selected Cafe Bella Vita in Merchantville for one of thier annual Golden Fork Awards. They rounded up 32 of their favorite plates from delectable appetizers and small plates to hearty steaks and perfectly cooked pasta. These dishes were both memorable and mouthwatering and satisfy so much more than just our appetite. Bella Vita's Chef Carlo Finazzo won for "Best Simple But Complex Plate" for their Gramigne Carozza. http://bit.ly/1D7JRfO

Shout Outs at Blue Monkey Tavern

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