Express Shish Kabab, a fast casual-style Middle Eastern takeout restaurant, opened last week at 2673 Haddonfield Road in Pennsauken.
Located next to Mama’s Meatballs, it specializes in Middle Eastern fare such as fire-grilled beef and chicken kababs and shawarma-style beef and chicken platters that come complete with rice and a slightly spicy red sauce. There’s also a couple of fish options (salmon and branzino) and a vegetarian option (falafel) available as a platter.
Traditional pita wrap shawarma-style sandwiches with a choice of protein and fillings such as french fries are offered next to the untraditional cheesesteak, chicken cheesesteak, and burger wraps. Familiar sides such as Greek salad, cucumber salad, potato salad, and hummus, and desserts such as Baklava and coconut cake round out the menu.
We tried a few items: Grilled Steak Kabab with rice and red sauce ($9.99), Grilled Chicken with rice and red sauce ($9.99), side of fries ($3), side of hummus ($3), cucumber salad ($2), and two desserts–Baklava and Coconut Cake–($2 each).
The platters were generous featuring several chunks of grilled meat with sauce on top, fried potatoes, and lots of rice. While there was good charring on the meat and great grilled flavor, the red sauce with just a hint of spiciness didn’t add as much flavor as I was hoping for. In fact, on both platters, we remarked that we would have liked a bit more sauce as it came off a bit dry. Fortunately, a couple of dollops of hummus and cucumber salad added much-needed moisture, brightness, and acidity to my dish.
As for the desserts, the coconut cake was quite good full of coconut flavor and perfectly moist. The Baklava wasn’t the absolute best I’ve ever had, it needed more syrup in my opinion, but it sated my craving for it.
Express Shish Kebab is a welcome addition to the food scene in Pennsauken. It’s good for a quick, filling meal or whenever the craving for Middle Eastern food hits. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. I know I will go back to try some other things.
Delivery is available through Door Dash and Grubhub, but be prepared to pay a little more because that’s how those services work.
Men in the Kitchen located at 9003 N Crescent Blvd (Route 130 South) in Pennsauken is not only serving up kicked-up sandwiches and belly-busting barbecue, but they’re also offering banging burritos and other tasty selections.
The menu is heavy on BBQ pit favorites, soul food specials, and mouth-watering sides they say are so good it’ll “keep you coming back!” Upon my visit today, I wanted to try the soul-full burritos that JL Jupiter raved about after a recent drop-in.
There are a total of four Soul-Full Burritos to choose from: Brisket, Jerk Chicken, Pulled Pork, and Fish & Shrimp. Upon my visit today, they also offered a Crab Cake Burrito and a Catfish Burrito. I would have loved to try them all, but I chose the Jerk Chicken and Crab Cake Burritos for today’s sampling purpose.
If you especially like spicy food, the Jerk Chicken Burrito ($5) is for you. The well-seasoned shredded chicken will wake up your taste buds for sure. Combined with creamy macaroni and cheese and slightly tangy cabbage, it’s a genuinely satisfying flavor explosion. The heat of this burrito may be a bit much for some folks, but it did not deter me. I found it downright irresistible.
The Crab Cake Burrito ($7) was much more on the milder side. Housemade seasoned crab cakes combined with Cajun rice and sauteed spinach created a pleasurable bite. This burrito also came with homemade tartar sauce, which I appreciated.
Prices are very affordable making the burritos a solid lunch choice. I’m eager to try the catfish burrito next time and… everything else on the menu. In fact, they told me today they will be launching breakfast soon, which is quite exciting to me. Stay tuned!
If you go, keep in the mind it’s more of a take-out place and not a full-scale restaurant. You place your order, wait while they prepare it, and carry it out. They suggest calling ahead for quicker pick-up: (609) 543-9003.
Skip the Taco Bell and head to Men in the Kitchen for soul-full, fresh-made burritos that will leave you so-full and happy.
Crab Du Jour, a chain featuring Cajun-style seafood, will take over where Go Stir Fry Express was located on the corner of Haddonfield Road and Maple Avenue in Pennsauken.
Boiled seafood platters blended with a variety of seasoning flavors and heat levels to choose from will be served low country boil style with corn and potatoes. Popular seafood such as king or snow crab legs, shrimp (with the head on or off), lobster tail, crawfish, clams, mussels, and more will be available. Sausage can be added to each boiled platter for an extra charge.
Fried seafood, fish, and chicken baskets will be offered served with choice of fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, coleslaw, potatoes or corn. Selections of fried seafood and fish include catfish, shrimp, tilapia, calamari, and oysters.
Raw or steamed oysters and scallops, wings, sliders, and salads round out the menu. Prices seem fairly reasonable for seafood.
While I’m very sad that Go Stir Fry Express closed (they had the best poke bowls), I am cautiously optimistic about Crab Du Jour in this “doomed” location. Go Stir Fry had a pretty good run for the 3 years it was opened. Before that, it was a short-lived soft pretzel store.
According to the website, they are planning locations in Cherry Hill and Delran as well. More details as I have them and stay tuned for a review once it opens.
Slabs and Crabs, located at 1100 Route 73, is the new kid on the barbecue block making Pennsauken BBQ central in South Jersey.
Owned by brother and sister duo Malcolm and Patricia Lee of Burlington, along with their cousin Alvin Williams of Woodbridge, Slabs and Crabs opened on September 14th to much excitement. They have been actively promoting the new business via their Facebook page and have already built a large following of instant fans.
Malcolm is a former plumber who originally opened a BBQ food truck and catering company called Slabhouse in Burlington, NJ. It quickly became popular at car shows and private events building a steady stream of loyal catering customers. When the opportunity to take over the location in Pennsauken, formerly a computer repair shop, he jumped on it, thinking it was the perfect location to add a brick and mortar location. He could park his smoker outside and still have enough room inside for a stove, refrigerator, storage, and prep area.
While Malcolm has no formal training, just a love of good ‘cue, Patricia Lee is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. She told me she always wanted to be a food critic, but decided to take the cooking route instead.
The menu changes daily but brisket, ribs, and pulled pork are mainstays. Other proteins that rotate are smoked and fried wings, smoked drumsticks, pulled chicken, jerk chicken, turkey wings, meatloaf, smoked meatballs, fried cod, whiting, salmon, jerk shrimp, and of course whole crabs! They’ve also done some whole fried chicken and turkeys on occasion. Platters with 2 sides and cornbread will run you anywhere from $12-$17 depending on what you choose.
Sides that rotate include baked macaroni and cheese, rice and beans, baked beans, collard greens, yams, baked potatoes, black-eyed peas, and corn on the cob just to name a few. The baked mac seems to be on the menu just about daily.
Moist cornbread comes with every platter or can be bought separately. I can see Patricia’s creative culinary side come out with her strawberry or strawberry-peach cornbread – the latter adding just a little extra sweetness which pairs so well with the smoked meats and savory sides. A little something extra to take the platters to the next level.
They also offer each of the proteins as a sandwich ranging from $3-$7. The pulled pork goes for $4 each and sometimes they run a BOGO special — that’s right — two pulled pork sandwiches for $4! What a steal.
Barbecue sauces are made in-house featuring a variety of regular, hot, sweet, jerk, and more.
They will be featuring tacos on Tuesdays starting soon – your choice of available proteins that day in tortillas with all of the fixings.
They make freshly squeezed lemonade daily and will have an assortment of sweets on hand by Philadelphia’s Puddins Cake Corner. Upon our visit, they had brownies available.
I have to say, this is an exciting new BBQ establishment in Pennsauken. It is take-out only, so there are no tables and chairs. Call ahead for easy pick-up or order through Uber Eats. Other delivery will be offered at some point. They’re open for lunch and dinner (11AM-9PM) and they accept cash or cards which is awesome. There’s plenty of parking.
I’m both excited and terrified that this is so close to my house. Haha! I really wish them well and will definitely be dropping by again soon.
Slabs and Crabs is located at 1100 Route 73 in Pennsauken (going towards Philadelphia) before you get to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Once you pass the Wawa (on the left), they are directly on the right.