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.
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.
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.
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.
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.