Best Chef Awarded

The 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists for the James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One have been announced and nominees will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric…
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Craving A Crepe?

At Charlie's Crepes, 177 S. Centre Street on the Merchantville Circle, you'll find the freshest local, seasonal produce delicately woven into scrumptious meals! Whether you're a carnivore or vegetarian or you crave a homemade butterscotch custard cream crepe with praline pecans and whipped cream, southern style “Smothered Chicken” served with Dauphinois potatoes or something heartier like Charlie's weekend brunch "Benedictus" - a blend of jumbo lump crab and roasted garlic sautéed in butter and extra virgin olive oil, finished with a caper brandy sherry cream sauce and topped with shaved parmesan and chili pepper flakes - you'll never leave disappointed! Follow his Instagram feed for daily specials. Hours: W-F: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 - 8:00 p.m., Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 ​p.m. and, Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Hidden Gem

Bluejeanfood - better known as Derek Timm host of Small Bites the #1 listed "Food Radio Show Philadelphia & South Jersey" by Wildfire Radio - recently posted a review of Rasta Kitchen in Merchantville's West End on his "Quick Bites/Takeout" page. This place is a South Jersey hidden gem. Not only was the drink great, the meal was amazing. From the jerk chicken, plantains, rice, and cabbage everything was cooked perfectly and tasty as could be. It was very affordable as well for the amount of food provided. If you love Jamaican food or happen to be in the area you should give them a try for sure.

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Monkey Reopens Today

Pineapple Jalapeño Burger Special by chef Chef Luis is coming in hot under new ownership at The Blue Monkey Tavern! New owners, Remo and Lindsay Croce and Michael and Marci Chapman can’t wait to open their doors on Tuesday, August 16th. They will feature $5 Tonewood Poolside, $5 Troegs Sunshine…
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Try Rasta Kitchen

If you're looking for delicious Caribbean cuisine in Merchantville then come to Rasta Kitchen at 618 West Maple Avenue. We serve jerk wings, oxtail, curried shrimp, jerk chicken marsala, and much more! We're located by Wellwood Park and available for carryout or delivery. Chefs Kevin and Errol specialize in home cooked Caribbean, Curry and Asian Fusion cuisines. We also offer vegetarian and vegan options. They enjoy winning reviews like this, "The food was very tasty, my mouth was singing. The homemade drinks had my palate dancing! Would definitely be going back!" and this, The food here is amazing!! The best mac I’ve had from a Caribbean restaurant yet! I had the curry goat, Mac, yams, & rice & peas. Will definitely be going back to try more of the menu options." Check out their menu and order online or call Rasta Kitchen at (856) 356-2522.
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Two Eateries Coming Soon

It's going to be a delicious spring in Downtown Merchantville! Two new restaurants will be opening in our the downtown next month. Chef Omega Ellis will bring Omega’s to the McFarlan's Market space, at the corner of Park and N. Centre Streets in the borough. Before becoming the specialty chef…
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Avocado Fiesta On abc7 LOCALish

The partners behind Mexican restaurant Avocado Fiesta were featured on abc7 Local this week. They say their labor of love and family's support helped amid the pandemic. Co-owner and chef Alfredo Ramírez says, "We are passionate to cook for you. And that's why Avocado Fiesta is here for you guys." Their restaurant serves 100% authentic Mexican food and delicious pastries. "We're really passionate what we are doing here," says co-owner and baker Delia Leana. "We try to make everyone happy here and have a good ambience." Menu options include: sandwiches, salads, tacos, and popular plates such as chiles rellenos and carne asada. Be sure to save room for tres leches and tirmisu. Avocado Fiesta serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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Monkey Hiring!

The Blue Monkey Tavern is readying for increased dining this Spring and hiring servers. They're looking for team oriented, experienced, hard working, and bar knowledgeable candidates. Tell your friends - Tell your neighbors - Tell everyone! Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information or just stop in Wednesday-Sunday around 4:00 for a quick interview. This week, Halil Gungor, was hard at work painting their new outside seating surround and his team looks forward to welcoming old and new customers back as the weather warms up.
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Closed for the Holidays

Due to the current Covid situation The Blue Monkey Tavern will temporarily be closing our doors until early January 2021. We are saddened to miss the holiday season with our beloved customers who have become like family to us. You have rallied behind us before and we’re asking for your patience and understanding once again. We thank you for your support! We’re not monkeying around. We will take the proper precautions needed to clean and disinfect so we can open again as soon as possible. We promise to keep you updated and please have a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season!

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Juice Away That Extra 15

Have you gained that "Quarantine 15"? A juice cleanse is a great opportunity to take a break from unhealthy eating habits. A juice cleanse can help to refocus your diet with a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables that aim to detox, energize, repair, & hydrate you from the inside out! A cleanse supports the body’s natural detox process, breaks the cycle of craving unhealthy foods, reduces your appetite, increases your energy, eliminates foods that cause problems for many people (dairy, wheat, gluten), helps balance the gut microbiome, and blasts your body with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Please call ahead to order a juice cleanse from The Juice Bar, 22 South Centre Street.

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Road Closure Supports Business

Chestnut Avenue Road from Centre Street to the will be closed from June 22, 2020 through November 30, 2020 to support outside dining at The Blue Monkey during restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. New Jersey permitted shuttered bars and restaurants to offer outdoor dining on June 15, requiring establishments to place tables six feet apart, limit eight customers to a table, require employees to wear face coverings and gloves and post signs prohibiting customers with a fever or symptoms of the coronavirus from entering. On Wednesday, Gov. Murphy signed an order permitting establishments that can open up two (2) walls - allows for ample air flow - to reopen for indoor dining.

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