Healthy Garden Cafe to Open in Collingswood This Week

Healthy Garden Cafe, which has locations in Moorestown and Voorhees, will open another local eatery in Collingswood this Wednesday, July 17th with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, July 19th. It will be located at 740 Haddon Avenue, joining an already exciting food scene in the borough.

Healthy Garden Cafe, 740 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood

The all-day cafe specializes in healthy fare and gourmet pizza using fresh, organic ingredients as well as offering gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian choices. They also feature fresh squeezed 100% vegetable and fruit juices and smoothies.

It will be open daily; 9:00AM-9:00PM during the week, and 9:00AM-10:00PM on the weekends for dine-in, take-out, free delivery, and office/party catering.

I’m already a big fan of their Moorestown location so I will be sure to visit the new Collingswood location when it opens.

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Maui’s Dog House in North Wildwood Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Maui’s Dog House 20th Anniversary

Maui’s Dog House in North Wildwood is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The iconic hot dog stand at the popular Jersey shore town opened in 1999 with one mission: to provide families an inexpensive place to eat good food. Mission Accomplished!

Maui’s Dog House is located at 806 New Jersey Ave in North Wildwood

The menu at Maui’s features over 20 different hot dog variations using German franks from Hofmann Sausage Company with a variety of toppings such as ground beef sauce, spicy mustard, beer-soaked kraut, bacon, cheese, and more. They also offer Black Angus Burgers, chicken cutlet sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, fried seafood, fresh cut French fries, and the famous “Salty Balls.” Something for everyone, even vegetarians — yes, they offer veggie dogs and vegan “chicken” cutlets, too!

Can’t go wrong with ANYTHING at Maui’s Dog House!

Maui’s Dog House is a must visit for good eats in Wildwood! Open daily between 11 AM to 8 PM in season. Next time you’re in Wildwood, stop by 806 New Jersey Ave for a memorable foodie experience down the shore.

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California Pizza Kitchen Has Closed; Midici To Open Later This Year at Cherry Hill Mall

UPDATE DECEMBER 2019: Stone Fire Pizza, a fast-casual concept with small plates, pizza, and salads by Midici, is now open. No booze. Probably BYOB.

The California Pizza Kitchen in the Cherry Hill Mall has closed permanently. All social media pages have been removed and it’s no longer listed on the corporate website. We enjoyed a few meals there over the years, but I have to admit, the last time we went (earlier this year) it was pretty dead in there so I can’t say I’m surprised.

Cherry Hill pizza lovers need not fret. A new, modern restaurant specializing in “authentic” Neopolitan pizza will be opening later in the year. MiDici will be located between Bahama Breeze and the new Fatburger, across from Seasons 52. According to the website, it looks like a more upbeat place with a tight menu.

The restaurant features two, 1000-degree wood-fired pizza ovens showcased in the “heart” (center) of the restaurant which are handbuilt in Naples, Italy and brought here. I’m not really a pizza eater, but they seem to have other items on the menu that I’ll be able to partake in. No word on gluten-free pizza dough, which was a big draw for gluten-sensitive pizza lovers at CPK.

Stay tuned for more as we get it.

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Bagelati Bagel & Gelato Ice Cafe Now Open in Cinnaminson

Bagelati, 1096 Route 130, Cinnaminson, NJ

Bagelati Bagel & Gelato Ice Cafe opened this past Monday at 1096 Route 130 (at Riverton Rd) in Cinnaminson. The bagel and gelato spot (next to Dunkin’) will be open Monday-Saturday 6am-11pm and Sunday 7am-11pm. There’s lots of parking in the front and on the side. It’s bright and spacious inside with a lot of comfortable tables & chairs, including blue velvet couches and chairs, and some semi-private rooms. There’s outdoor seating, too.

Bagelati is bright and spacious. Self-serve kiosks coming soon!

Bagelati offers an assortment of the usual bagel suspects (plain, everything, sesame, poppy seed, cinnamon raisin, etc.) Bagels can be served as is or with a variety of cream cheeses. There’s also lots of breakfast and lunch sandwich options as well as omelettes. They also offer deli sandwiches, burgers, cheesesteaks, and hoagies. Seems like a well-rounded menu!

They’ve got a nice selection of tempting desserts and baked goods. I spotted favorites such as tiramisu, carrot cake, cheesecakes, chocolate cake, limoncello cake, creme brulee, various mousses, even a souffle and some parfaits! A nice place to get a sweet treat.

Various desserts at Bagelati

There’s about 20 or so flavors of gelato with a wide array of toppings. I spotted some fun flavors such as Snickers, Chips Ahoy, Tiramisu, Green Tea, just to name a few. They also make gelato pops or gelato on a stick.

Lots of fun gelato flavors at Bagelati
Toppings for gelato at Bagelati

I was so pleased to see that they have non-dairy/vegan gelato flavors, too. On this visit, they had vegan coconut, key lime, and blueberry gelato. I noticed they also had vegan dark chocolate, but it was empty. I tried the coconut and blueberry which were both very good and grabbed a large combo to go. I hope they rotate flavors frequently.

I noticed quite a few of the flavors were sold out actually. That could be upsetting especially if you had your heart set on a flavor as I did with the vegan dark chocolate. Sad face.

Turkey Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on Spinach Bagel

I enjoyed my turkey sausage, egg, and cheese on spinach bagel. A pretty decent value for $4.69. Hubby just had a plain buttered everything bagel which he liked. Next time, perhaps he’ll spring for the Nova Lox Deluxe ($9.99) with nova lox, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, and capers.

Overall, I feel this is a great addition to the Cinnaminson dining scene. Much better than most breakfast options in the area, but probably not my favorite bagels. I’d like to try some of the deli sandwiches next time, though!

Skip the self-serve coffee. It wasn’t that great. Plus they didn’t offer any non-dairy creamer or soy milk. A must for lactose-intolerant people. Next time I will try one of their espresso bar drinks if they have soy or almond milk. They offer lattes, cappuccinos, etc.

It’s amazing to think how much money and effort they put into transforming the building from an old 7-Eleven into what it is now. I wish them lots of luck and we will definitely go back.

Bagelati (website not available yet)
1096 Route 130
Cinnaminson, NJ
(856) 314-8608

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LBI Eats: Tuckers Tavern

Tuckers Tavern has been around for over 30 years and is a bonafide Long Beach Island institution. Offering gastro-pub inspired menus for brunch, lunch or dinner and an extensive raw bar, it’s truly a comfort food destination and perfect for extra large groups, private parties or intimate dining.

It was extensively renovated after Sandy and exudes a rustic nautical theme throughout. A fully covered outside deck has some of the best views of the bay. And now this year, they’ve added the Buoy Bar, a rooftop bar, open daily weather permitting at 12PM offering shared plates, canned beer, cocktails and with stunning views of the bay! Sure to be one of the hottest spots this summer.

Inside the food is creative, hearty, and comforting. They go heavy on the coastal beach favorites without being overly cliche and with modern twists. It’s satisfying good grub to fill you up after a day at the beach or whatever else you get up to on Long Beach Island.

Variety of oysters from the raw bar
Spanish Octopus with fingerling potatoes, shallots, smoked tomatoes, saffron rouille – a standout on the menu!
Teriyaki Salmon with smashed potatoes and arugula salad
Local Flounder Francaise with creamy crab orzo, lemon-caper butter petite salad
Loaded Kobe Beef Dog with cheddar, caramelized onion, hot peppers, cracked mustard sauce on a pretzel roll with French fries (and we do mean loaded there’s a dog under there somewhere!)

Everything is so tasty and satiating. Tuckers Tavern is such a warm, inviting restaurant on Long Beach Island. You will be hard pressed to find something you don’t like about it. Put this on your visit list when you’re on LBI!

Tuckers Tavern
101 S. West Avenue
Beach Haven, NJ 08008

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LBI Eats: Daddy O Restaurant, Garden Rum Bar, and Rooftop Bar

Daddy O is a 22-room boutique hotel that boasts a modern, urban chic interior in Brant Beach on Long Beach Island. Complete with a restaurant, bar, outdoor dining, and a rooftop bar, Daddy O is located just five houses from the beach!

Amenities in the guest rooms include flat screen televisions and wireless internet connections along with luxurious ultra-plush mattresses, fine linens, and rain showers in the marble and natural wood decorated baths, Daddy O is the perfect destination for a weekend escape in any season and ideal for week-long visits to the shore!

Daddy O Restaurant

The stylish on-site Daddy O Restaurant features delicious classic American cuisine perfect for intimate dining or large parties. The adjoining chic bar offers a wide selection of wine and specialty cocktails as well as domestic, imported and craft beers. It has something for everyone to enjoy including vegetarians.

Blame The Gin – Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germaine, Muddled Cucumber & Lime, Miletti Bitter, Cranberry
Buffalo Wingless – Thai chili glaze, candied celery, Maytag bleu cheese, and scallions
Warm Old Bay Chips with Chipotle Ranch
Barnegat Light Scallops Ceviche – aji amarillo, red onion, citrus, crispy wonton
Chicken Cuban – Mojo chicken, Swiss, Serrano ham, house pickles, chipotle mustard
IPA Battered Atlantic Cod Sandwich on brioche roll with house slaw, lemon-pepper tartar, lettuce, and tomato

An outdoor secluded Garden Patio and Rum Bar with umbrellas is the perfect place to relax or dine with a fire-pit in the evenings or enjoy the rays and views from the Rooftop “O” Bar.

Daddy O’s Garden Rum Bar

The cocktails at Daddy O’s Garden Patio & Rum Bar are truly spectacular! Perfect summer sips to kick back with your friends on a beautiful day.

The Rooftop “O” Bar serves sushi and small plates weather permitting. But it truly is the view and festive atmosphere that set this spot apart. Up until last year, it was on the ONLY rooftop bar on the whole island. Tucker’s Tavern has since added a rooftop deck for drinks as well.

Daddy O Rooftop “O” Bar
Daddy O Rooftop Deck

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay and dine on Long Beach Island, Daddy O is highly recommended! This is the hottest spot on the island to stay, eat, and play. You’ll want to return again and again.

Daddy O Hotel, Restaurant, and Bar
4401 Long Beach Blvd. 
Brant Beach, NJ 08008

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LBI Eats: Plantation Restaurant in Harvey Cedars

Plantation Restaurant, 7908 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, NJ

Located in the heart of Harvey Cedars, Plantation Restaurant & Bar is a sophisticated restaurant with a bright and inviting décor and an adventurous American menu. The restaurant which is open year-round completed a full renovation in summer 2017.

The new interior features vibrant and tropical colors with a hint of Miami Beach. Green and white frond leaf wallpaper, new lighting and flooring, and playful artwork brighten up the inside and create a fresh, welcoming and inspiring atmosphere.

For those that enjoy a great cocktail and live music, the energetic bar at Plantation incorporates an extensive menu of specialty cocktails – both classic and creative, as well as beers and wines.

The Kinsey Cove at Plantation Restaurant

One of the new drink additions is the Kinsey Cove, a 51 oz rum punch cocktail featuring Bacardi Dragonberry, Pineapple, Banana, and Coconut Rums with pineapple and cranberry juice, and topped off with prosecco. It is served in an oversized fishbowl-like glass with multiple colorful straws, perfect for sharing with friends! It will set you back $36, but it’s worth every penny!

The menu features traditional, down the shore favorites joined by inventive seasonal items that blend contemporary American beach flavors. They use only the finest and freshest items available from local fresh fish and seafood, but also offer great steaks and other specialties. Vegetarian dishes and a happy hour menu with drink specials round out the menu.

Fried Calamari with fried long hots & basil aioli
Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Ship Bottom IPA battered with horseradish dill aioli
Local Tuna with Crispy Rice Cake, Mango Salsa & Green Onion-Soy Vinaigrette
Steak Frites with Chimichurri Sauce and Creamy Roasted Corn Salad
Local Scallops with Bacon-Pea Risotto and Tomato Pesto
Lump Crab Cakes with Baby Spinach-Cherry Tomato Salad, corn, dill aioli, and matchstick potatoes 
Chocolate Truffle Torte – crème anglaise, whipped cream

Everything we tried upon our recent visit had a stunning presentation and great flavor. This restaurant in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island executes fresh and delicious dishes thanks to Executive Chef Jeff Alberti, Director of Beverage Len Boris, and General Manager Pete Palladino.

There is live music throughout the week and acoustic artists on the weekends.

If you have plans to visit Long Beach Island this summer, put Plantation on the list of restaurants to dine at.

Plantation Restaurant
7908 Long Beach Blvd
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
(609) 494-8191

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South American Restaurant Que Ricas Opening in Westmont

Update: Que Ricas will be opening on Wednesday, December 18th!

A new restaurant specializing in South American fare such as empanadas and arepas will be opening at 46A Haddon Avenue in Westmont in early October.

Que Ricas announced on Facebook today that it will be “opening soon” with “a menu that caters to meat lovers, vegans, and the gluten-free community as well as featuring many locally sourced and organic ingredients.”

Haddon Township resident Sahar Soleymani comes from a family who has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. They owned and operated long-standing Skyler’s Hoagies in Mount Laurel until they sold it earlier this year.

Soleymani explains, “We have always done delis and cheesesteak places but it was time to have something that represents who we are, and serve food that we feel good serving to the community.”

The menu at Que Ricas will feature treasured recipes passed down on her mother’s side of the family.

In addition to traditional South American cuisine, they will be doing Philly/Latin twists like the “Jawn” which is a Philly cheesesteak empanada and will be working on a porkroll, egg and cheese arepa.

The space is currently under construction so they are targeting a grand opening sometime between August and October.

More details as they become available. In the meantime, follow Que Ricas on Facebook where they will share a full menu soon.

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Eat This: BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Tacos at Tortilla Press Cantina

I’m pretty sure I’ve never had jackfruit before, but I kept hearing about how it’s a good, plant-based alternative to meat, especially as a vegan-friendly alternative to pulled pork and chicken.

Jackfruit has a mildly sweet flavor and a dense and fibrous “meaty” texture. While not packed with protein, it is very high in fiber. It’s also low carb and can be a vegan meat substitute for sweet or savory dishes.

It has become more popular as more and more restaurants are adding plant-based alternatives on their menus. One local restaurant offering a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes is Tortilla Press Cantina.

On that menu, they offer BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Tacos. They slow cook the jackfruit and then pull it, like pulled pork, and add a peanut chipotle bbq sauce, cabbage slaw, and pickled red onions. Most of the flavor comes from the bbq sauce, but 3 tacos were quite filling. They are served with rice and beans.

If you’re looking for more plant-based options in South Jersey, check out these jackfruit tacos and the rest of the veggie menu at the Tortilla Press Cantina located at 7716 Maple Avenue in Merchantville, NJ.

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Valente’s Italian Specialties Launches Cilento Sandwich Co.

Valente’s Italian Specialties has launched Cilento Sandwich Co., Haddonfield’s first Virtual Restaurant. It will operate out of Valente’s storefront at 7 Kings Court

Proprietor Marcello De Feo explains, “A hole was left in Haddonfield when Angelo’s Pizzeria moved and Marie’s Sandwich Shop shut down. We’re opening Cilento to help fill that hole with fresh, authentic, house-made products using locally sourced ingredients.”

In addition to Cheesesteaks, Parms, Hoagies, and Salads, they will also offer specialty items like vegan options, Reubens from house-made pastrami, and Po’Boys.

View full menu here.

Call (856) 298-1937 to place your order for pickup or delivery.

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