Los Amigos: Torta Ahogada
Nicknamed the “real deal” and for good reason: This traditional Mexican sandwich combines cubed pork shoulder that’s been crisped and bathed in a chile sauce for a bit of heat, then served on a crusty garlicky loaf with cheese, guacamole and pickled red onions. 461 Route 73 N., West Berlin, (856) 767-5216
Marino’s of Mullica Hill: Muffuletta
This New Orleans staple comes to Mullica Hill, giving Gloucester County a taste of The Crescent City with two focaccia bookends holding mortadella, salami, ham, mild provolone and an olive spread. 157 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill, (856) 417-3083
Ponzio’s: Soft Shell Crab
We usually reserve this favorite for sun-drenched days in Cape May, but we can’t resist this popular Route 70 diner’s take, served on toasted brioche. 7 Route 70 W., Cherry Hill, (856) 428-4808
Luigi’s: Pizza Fresca Delizioso
Cubed eggplant and prosciutto star on this panini complete with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and smoked mozzarella. This will make you forget about that boring old Italian hoagie real fast. 529 Old Marlton Pike, Marlton, (856) 810-8888
Carlucci’s Waterfront: Southwest Chicken Avocado
The blackened chicken, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato on a Kaiser roll would be good enough on its own. Add sliced avocado and Dijon mustard and we just found our new go-to lunch. 876 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, (856) 235-5737
•If you’ve been to The Coastline in Cherry Hill lately, chances are you’ve noticed the new décor. You may also notice that Chef Oleg Zelenko has rolled out a new menu as well with items ranging from a 10 oz. grilled filet topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and béarnaise sauce to a grilled chicken panini with roasted red peppers, smoked mozzarella and pesto mayonnaise.
• South Jersey gourmands will have plenty of chances to dine out this month with A.C. Restaurant Week (three courses, $15.11 for lunch, $33.11 for dinner) taking place March 4-10, and South Jersey’s version running March 18-23 (four courses ranging from $25 to $35). For more information, visit ACRestaurantWeek.com and SJHotChefs.com.
• Rowan Boulevard continues to take shape in Glassboro with new eateries taking up real estate. First, burger joint Prime announced its intentions to open this spring, but now Glassboro natives Corey Gardner-Meeks and his wife Jennifer will debut Green Zebra inside the Whitney Center. The restaurant preaches sustainability and will feature low-calorie wraps, soups, salads and more. Also coming to the area is a farmers market on Saturdays (opening April 7) and Yapple Yogurt.
• PBandU, a Philly suburb-based family restaurant specializing in—you guessed it—peanut butter sandwiches, just opened a second location in the Moorestown Mall, where you’ll find creative takes on the old lunchbox staple. Think choices of bread with toppings like apples and cheddar cheese that run the gamut of sweet and savory.
With the warmer winter that we’ve been having, you may not have noticed that it is March already. To combat the unseasonable weather, Cherry Hill Mixology Wine Institute’s Ori Geshury suggests the light and very easy-drinking Aperol Spritz. “The bitterness of the herbs is brightened by citrus, with fresh bold flavors of grapefruit and candied orange jumping out at you,” he says.
1 part Aperol
1.5 parts Prosecco (can substitute with
Champagne or sparkling wine)
A splash of soda
Combine ingredients in glass and garnish with an orange slice.
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 12 (March, 2012).
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