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Side Dish: March 2016

by Erica Bauwens
QUICK BITE: Fried Pickles

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Salty, sour pickles get an added bit of richness and some extra crunch when coated in corn meal and deep fried. The whole dish gets an extra “oomf” thanks to house-made dipping sauces served with each basket, for a bit of creaminess and heat.

DATES TO WATCH: National Ravioli Day
Ravioli go well beyond pasta, red sauce and cheese. And while we don’t really need an excuse to indulge, the celebration of National Ravioli Day is just another reason to dive into a plate of perfect pasta. Check out some of these great ravioli dishes on March 20.

Crab Ravioli with Asparagus
Cucina Carini, Mount Laurel

Sweet Potato & Shitake Mushroom Ravioli
Severino Pasta, Westmont

Lobster Ravioli Rosa
Botto’s Italian Line, Swedesboro

THE TOP FIVE: Quesadillas
What starts with cheese and tortillas has evolved into a dish that is constantly being reinvented, thanks to creative minds and hungry hearts across South Jersey. Check out these unique and tasty takes on the quesadilla next time you’re in the mood for a cheesy masterpiece.

Bacon Chipotle Ranch
Take your pick from chicken or steak, then pile on gooey cheese and a house-made chipotle ranch sauce for a plate that’s smoky, rich and just a bit spicy.
Dia de Los Burritos, Pitman

Black Bean
Vegetarians flip for this option, featuring a multigrain tortilla with low-fat Cheddar cheese, mixed bell peppers, fresh scallions, jalapeños and a Baja black bean salsa. It comes served with cilantro sour cream for an added burst of freshness.
Silver Diner, Cherry Hill

Mango Brie
Creamy brie is melted on a flour tortilla and topped with soft, tangy mango, sautéed onions and green chiles for a sweet-meets- savory combination.
The Mexican Food Factory, Marlton

Quesadillas de Papas Con Chorizo
This massive variety gets bulked up with smashed potatoes and chorizo, or spicy Mexican sausage. It’s finished with onions and jalapeños, and of course, cheese.
Oasis Mexican Grill, Collingswood

Around here, we’re always looking for new ways to fit cheesesteaks into our diets. Grilled steak and fried onions get melted with provolone and American cheeses and served with a specialty sriracha ketchup.
Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Company, Glassboro


The legendary Oaklyn hoagie shop Amato Bros. has temporarily shut down after a fire. The owners have begun demolition with plans to reopen as soon as possible.

Cherry Hill’s Eat.Pizza has closed after less than a year in business. The space has been bought by Oriental Pearl, an Asian restaurant with locations in Haddonfield and Moorestown.

Haddonfield’s Kings Highway has welcomed a new sweet spot in Gelato Dolceria, an artisan gelato shop owned by Mount Laurel residents Miguel Paletta and John Caiola.

Collingswood’s newest eatery Circles has opened in The Lumberyard. The Thai restaurant is the first New Jersey location for Philadelphia-based chef Alex Boonphaya, who owns several city locations already.

Season two of Simply Laura—hosted by South Jersey resident and YouTube sensation Laura Vitale—will premiere March 5 on the Cooking Channel. This season Vitale takes the show to some of her favorite places including the Harrison Diner and Crescent Moon Coffee & Tea in Mullica Hill.

South Jersey’s newest microbrewery comes in the form of Eclipse Brewing, a Merchantville-based brewery with plans to open later this year.

The owners behind Ocean City eatery Sandwich Bar have opened a second location in Haddon Heights, called Sub Shop.

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 12 (March, 2016).
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