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Taste with Tori

In this video clip Tori Woodill takes you to Merchantville. “Keep calm and eat crepes,” is the motto at Charlie’s Crepes. According to the New Jersey-based renaissance man, his locally sourced, seasonal, and original crepe fillings are created like that of his original songs. They just happen! “I think it’s a culmination of what I’ve read, my life experiences, everything,” says Charlie. “It’s a spark.” And, to spark your interest, they have plenty of specials and, of course, the classics like ham and cheese!

Taquería Moves to Town

If you've grown tired of Mexican-American chain restaurants and crave the flavors and genuine cuisine of a taquería La Guadalupana in Merchantville is the place for you! All the food is prepared from scratch and the aromatic, fresh taste is worth the wait. Customers are fans of their delicious chicken enchiladas with salsa verde and and the chicken burrito - amazing and huge. This family owned and operated authentic Mexican restaurant recently relocated from a tiny corner in Haddon Township to the strip center on Cove Road at 134 East Park Avenue - in the old Rita Marie's storefront. Open Monday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Phone: 856-662-2184. Cash only. Stop in for a meal and welcome them to the borough.

A Dose of Healthy Food

Time for lunch? Try something from The Juice Bar. They offer a huge variety of different juices and smoothies - like a seasonal “Carrot Cake” smoothie for breakfast - treat yourself, it’s healthy and customers have fallen in love with it! They also serve lunch or snacks. Enjoy a scrumptious BBQ chicken panini, vegetarian cheesesteak or new Veggie Bowl salads. Vegan options are also available. The staff is wonderful and their food and drinks are delicious and healthy. Everything is made to order so it's always a great idea call ahead to order: (856)-324-0436. The Juice Bar is open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

Schober Crepes @ Charlie's

Have you ever heard of a Schober crepe? How about roasted pork “Charlie” style with teriyaki. What’s that on top - a few Schober vanilla bourbon peaches and the house made teriyaki sauce. And with peaches in season, expect some creations dressed with Schober Orchards vanilla-bourbon peaches, salted caramel and candied pecans.  Schober’s is a fourth generation family farm, a refreshing step back in time and if you're Charlie, from Charlie's Crepes in Merchantville, where you'll find the freshest local produce in season. As you drive past the lush rows of fruit trees on 275 beautiful acres of preserved farmland, you may see our workers hand-picking the fruit during harvest. And depending on the season, you'll see baskets of colorful, delicious apples, peaches or nectarines as you enter their lot. As Charlie says, “If you’re using good quality local ingredients, you feel good.”  Dining hours are: Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; and, Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Gelato . . . Yummy!

The recent closure of the Cabana's Water Ice downtown has left many residents and neighbors wondering where to go for a summertime ice cream fix. Well, The Station Coffee is happy to announce that they are now serving up scrumptious servings of Villa Dolce gelato - the very best in authentic Italian flavors. Treat yourself during cafe hours: Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Station Coffee is located in the old Merchantville train station along the rails-to-trails path. Owners, Matt and Nicole Eiland, offer a seasonal menu, live music events and a meeting space for local groups and organizations.

Food Foraging

Located in the heart of downtown Merchantville, NJ, Park Place Cafe & Restaurant serves up delicious handcrafted foods highlighting specialty ingredients they forage themself. Chefs around the world are using foraged ingredients to add exciting, fresh and eco-friendly flavors to their menus. By searching for herbs, fruits and roots from the wild, they create fresh, flavorful dishes. They also champion sustainable practices, indigenous produce and a sense of adventure. Ultimately, foraging chefs like Phil Mangano foster a personal connection with the earth and bring diners unique experiences closer to nature.

Diner Property Sold

Several residents noticed that the Merchantville Diner at 24 South Centre Street has been closed for the past few days and questioned its future on FaceBook. On Saturday evening, the borough's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Maura Wexler-Weubker, responded to those inquiries posting "the owner of the diner sold the property; after some sprucing up, another restaurant will be taking over. Your palates will be pleased. Stay tuned..." It's exciting and encouraging news that our borough continues to attract businesses to our downtown. Shop, Eat, Enjoy Merchantville!

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.

 

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