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Side Dish

by Erica Bauwens

Quick Bite: Warm Rustic Apple Pie
Grand Lux Café, Cherry Hill
With autumn quickly approaching, we’re embracing all things warm and spicy. Cue this made-to-order marvel. Grand Lux’s pie starts with a warm and gooey apple filling stuffed into pie crust, then hand formed and baked with a crispy sugar coating. It gets topped with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel before being delivered piping hot to your table.

Key Ingredient: Cranberries
The cranberry harvest has officially begun. But you don’t have to spend your days in the Pine Barrens bogs to get your hands on some. Check out these local restaurants and their seasonally-inspired plates.

Hot Turkey with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce
Redstone American Grill, Marlton

Tuscan Field Greens with Honey Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Walnuts
That’s Amore, Collingswood

Wood Grilled Pork Chop with Golden Raisins, Sliced Apricots and Dried Cranberries
Terra Nova Restaurant, Sewell

Lunch Under $15: Swedesboro’s Kings Highway
Whether you're doing work at your desk during your lunch break or taking an hour to relax outside, Kings Highway in Swedesboro has an ample amount of eat-in, take-out and delivery eateries to meet your busy schedule.

Red Hen Burger
This Red Hen original puts a twist on your classic cheeseburger. The half-pound patty combines beer cheese with bacon and egg to create a taste unlike any other. $12 at The Red Hen, 1301 Kings Highway

Filet Mignon Sliders
With Botto's filet mignon sliders, you get three mini sandwiches, each with grilled filet medallions, spinach, roasted peppers and Provolone cheese. $12.95 at Botto's Italian Line, 1411 Kings Highway

Fireside Crabcake Sandwich
Rode’s house-made crab cake sandwich features one of their fully-loaded jumbo lump crab cakes, lettuce, tomato and your choice of cocktail or tartar sauce, served on a brioche bun. $13.99 at Rode's Fireside Restaurant and Tavern, 533 Kings Highway

Chicken Broccoli Stromboli
Freshly-made pizza dough gets stuffed with chicken, broccoli and mozzarella cheese. $12.99 at Vesuvio Ristorante, 550 Kings Highway

Pasta Doriana
Mixed in a pink cream sauce, this seafood pasta dish includes sautéed shrimp, sundried tomatoes, spinach and your choice of spaghetti, linguine, penne or angel hair pasta. $12.99 at Mama Francesca Pizzeria Trattoria, 1241 Kings Highway

Fast Food

Philadelphia Indian restaurant Tiffin has announced plans to open two South Jersey locations in Voorhees and Cherry Hill this month.

Al DiBartolo and Manny Agigian of DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood placed second out of nine teams on TLC’s Next Great Baker starring Buddy Valastro. Meanwhile, Burlington Township’s Dante Foggy placed second in the Chopped Teen Tournament finale on the Food Network in August.

Cherry Hill’s Ponzio’s Diner is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a fundraising dinner on Sept. 23 in honor of late family patriarch Jim Fifis. Money will go to the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at Cooper.

Marc Vetri’s Osteria in Moorestown is now serving lunch along with their dinner and brunch menus.

Collingswood has announced the sale of The National Market on Haddon Avenue. The market will be renovated by the owners of McFarlan’s Market in Merchantville, for a second location slated to open in the spring.

Both Marlene Mangia Bene in Woodbury and Mangia Bene Pizzeria in Bellmawr have been shuttered.

The Pop Shop in Collingswood plans to open a second location on Main Street in Medford. The restaurant is slated to open in the fall.

The former Genuardi’s in Marlton has re-opened as a Rastelli Market Fresh, a larger-scale version of the Deptford store. It offers prepared foods, groceries, beer, wine and liquor.

The Moorestown Mall’s PBandU has closed, but has plans to take their business on the road via a new food truck concept.

Classic Cake has opened a new dessert bar at the Cherry Hill location. The menu features dine-in dessert options like a cookie gelato sandwich and chocolate fondue, along with drinks to pair with your dessert.

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 6 September, 2014).
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