Blue Monkey Tavern : Stuffed Roasted Peppers (pictured)
This place is well-known for their expansive craft beer list, but they should also be known for these peppers stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto that are baked in the oven and finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
2 S. Centre St., Merchantville
Slice: Truffled Ribeye Stromboli
This Philadelphia transplant combines the tender meat with caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese and a fragrant white truffle oil to appeal to all your gourmand senses.
137 Egg Harbor Road, Washington Township
Little Louie’s BBQ: 20 Hour Brisket Empanada
Any barbecue fan will tell you the secret to success is cooking low and slow, and that’s why we love this black bean and brisket pocket full of flavor where the meat’s been cooked for so long, it melts away like a breath strip.
505 Haddon Ave., Collingswood
Severino Pasta: Tortelloni
Here they do pasta all kinds of ways, from traditional to modern, but we love the pear and gorgonzola tortelloni wrapped in a red wine dough.
110 Haddon Ave., Westmont
Bobby Chez : Fried Macaroni and Cheese Balls
It may not be the healthiest option, but these breaded baseball-sized orbs are cheesy, gooey and a satisfying alternative to the crab cakes here.
Route 38 and Marter Ave., Mount Laurel
(other locations in Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Washington Township)
• The latest installment of the Taste of Gloucester County will take place at Auletto’s Catering in Almonesson on April 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person and include wine tastings and the ability to sample food from more than 20 county restaurants including Mullica Hill’s blueplate and Pitman’s Carolina Blue. For more information, call (856) 415-9084.
• Pub grub chain Miller’s Ale House has unlocked its doors in Mount Laurel on Fellowship Road. Two bars, a slightly separated dining area and walls of flat screens just in time for Phillies season.
• The Food Bank of South Jersey will now reach more families in need thanks to a planned 20,000-square-foot expansion to their Pennsauken site. The additional space will allow the center to store 2.5 million pounds of food, roughly a million more pounds than previously.
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 1 (April, 2012).
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