We were invited to try a few of the new Spring Menu items at the Silver Diner in Cherry Hill. We’ve enjoyed many meals there over the years and is one of our favorite places to eat since it has something for both of us to enjoy.
We started with the Firefly Farms Goat Cheese Bruschetta. It comes disassembled so that you can build it yourself. It contains toasted sourdough, local goat cheese, and a side of basil pesto tomatoes drizzled with balsamic. I love that it comes with sourdough bread which is a bread gentler on my stomach. The tomatoes were so flavorful and goat cheese so fresh. Delicious!
For my main course, I opted for even more tomatoes. What can I say, I love them! I sampled the Hummingbird Farms Roasted Beefsteak Tomatoes over brown rice, organic roasted corn, mushrooms, leeks, zucchini, pistachios, lemon chimichurri, and fresh asparagus. Since I’m reducing my meat and gluten intake, this dish hit the spot for me. It is an incredibly simple, yet flavorful dish that really fills you up. I’m usually scared to order something with brown rice, but it was cooked to perfection and the chimichurri brought it all together. It also comes with a peach salsa which I found a bit too spicy for my liking thanks to chopped jalapeño. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy jalapeño, but I was a bit sensitive to it on this outing. Just saying in case you don’t like anything spicy.
Hubby opted for the Local Tenderloin Steak Frites which comes with three filet medallions, pesto hollandaise sauce, crispy fries, and garlic spinach. The steak was cooked perfectly medium-rare per his request and he loved the spinach and fries, of course! It also comes with a side salad or cup of soup. He had a salad (not pictured). He was very pleased!
Since we were stuffed from the dinner, we took the Peach Pie for 2 home. I forgot to take a picture, but I assure you, it was a wonderful peach pie especially since they give you a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, too!
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you visit The Silver Diner. It’s not your typical Jersey diner; the food is elevated and there truly is something for everyone’s diet and preferences.
Many thanks to the Silver Diner for the hospitality, as always, opinions are our own!
The Silver Diner on Route 38, across from the Cherry Hill Mall, next to Kohl’s may look like an ordinary diner, but the food is elevated several notches above regular diner food. They’ve added some exciting new menu items and we were more than happy to taste test upon invitation. We usually dine at least twice every season which typically coincides with new items being added to the menu. I love that they keep the popular items and offer new dishes. I tend to gravitate towards new things because it keeps things interesting.
There truly is something for everyone on this menu, including vegans and people who adhere to a gluten-free diet. This is so important because I know my plant-based and GF friends struggle with dining out. The Silver Diner is somewhere they can feel comfortable eating.
We tried the Wagyu Brisket Burger, Wagyu Brisket, and Crab Cakes.
All of these dishes are under $20. I love that they use premium ingredients at an affordable price. The burger was HUGE, so if you like big burgers, you’re going to love this one. The apple and butternut squash served with the Wagyu Brisket added a nice sweetness which balanced the richness of the beef. The crab cakes were downright delectable. Everything was well-seasoned, cooked the way we liked, and traveled well. Granted, we live just two miles from the restaurant. YMMV.
Totally going back to try the Wagyu Benedict for brunch someday soon! 🙂
If you go, tell ’em South Jersey Food Scene sent ya.
Thanks to Silver Diner for the complimentary items, but our opinions are our own.
Want to try Mariah Carey’s cookies? If you’re in the Cherry Hill area, you can!
A couple of weeks ago, Mariah Carey launched her own delivery-only cookie brand just in time for the holidays. Cherry Hill is one of the “30 major markets” where the concept launched and is apparently running out of a possible ghost kitchen on Haddonfield Road in the Towne Place at Garden State Park shopping center.
I haven’t had a chance to go over there to scope out the location, but I noticed another concept called “Wing Squad” that shows up on Grubhub operating from that address so I’m kind of guessing.
Anyways, Mariah’s Cookies offers boxes of a dozen or half-dozen cookies in various flavors such as:
Triple Chocolate Chunk
Spiced Oatmeal Raisin
White Chocolate Cranberry (seasonal)
Cookies are available to order via delivery apps including Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats, and Seamless. You can build your own box and pick the flavors you would like.
We ordered a box with a half dozen cookies from Grubhub tonight and had one of six flavors delivered (Heath Bar, Lemon Cooler, Spiced Oatmeal Raisin, Pumpkin, Gingerbread, White Chocolate Cranberry).
While the cookies were tasty, by the time we ordered them (5:45 pm) and they were delivered (6:45 pm), they did not seem fresh. In fact, they were probably made earlier in the day and had been sitting around. They were crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside—certainly not stale at all—which didn’t bother me, but if you’re looking for fresh from the oven, you may not find that here. Or, try to order as early in the day as possible maybe?
As you can see from the photo above, the sizes are also inconsistent. Some are very large (gingerbread), while others are rather small (spiced oatmeal raisin). Not a huge deal, but it would be nice if they were similar sizes. I’d say the Lemon Cooler and the White Chocolate Cranberry were my favorite as each had a good flavor. The lemon especially comes through on the lemon cookie.
A half-dozen cookies costs $11.99. Additional cookies can be added for $1.99/piece. A dozen cookies costs $21.99.
With fees, tax, and tip, I ended up spending $21.68 altogether. A bit steep for six cookies, but I felt I was doing important cookie research. 😉
And while I’m not a big fan of Mariah Carey, I love cookies and had to see what these were all about. The cookies are okay, but I probably don’t see myself spending that much money on them again. YMMV.
Let me know what you think if you try them! Comment here or tag me on social @southjerseyfoodscene.
Rich’s Micro Roast Coffee is a separate business located within the Virtua Samson Cancer Center (VSCC) in Moorestown, NJ. This means that the Doctor’s, Nurses, staff, and visitors have all had the lion’s share when it comes to what Owner and operator, Rich Curry, has to offer. I’m hoping to change that by letting all of you know how amazing his coffee is, and that although Mr. Curry is not a chef–his sandwiches are well worth the visit too.
“I’m not a Chef, I’m just the architect of your culinary adventure!” stated an enthusiastic Rich Curry. He further explained that he likes to play with his menu and listens to feedback from his customers. He described that, “If I listen to what they [customers] like or what they think might go together then I can improve on my menu,” Curry explained.
As I spoke with Mr. Curry, I watched as he energetically took orders, cooked, and made caffeinated beverages for everyone who called or came in. Between moments where he served his customers, I was able to obtain a sandwich of my own: a version of his Reuben. It was made with Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Aioli, and I asked to have his house-made coleslaw on top (keeping the Rye open). It was a bit messy (a good sign) and tasted wonderful–fair note: I dislike coleslaw, but I would go back for more of Rich’s!
Since he is a coffee roaster first, I paired my sandwich with what he calls a Slow Pull, which is something he came up with when he was playing around in the café. “It creates three layers within the coffee, and you can see how good the crema comes out,” stated Curry.
Rich Curry has been in the coffee roasting business for five years, supplying local restaurants and grocery stores with his delectable bags coffee. Wanting to expand his business, he decided to open a brick and mortar location where people could come in to enjoy his coffee. So in April of last year, Rich’s Micro Roast was opened inside of VSCC.
As a result of being a coffee roaster first, he takes pride in seeing the resulting crema (a layer of creamy tan froth that forms on the top of freshly made espresso) when he creates a caffeinated beverage. That foamy layer is a sign that not only was the bean roasted properly, but the process of how the barista pulled the caffeine from the espresso maker was also executed with perfect precision.
Impressed with how aromatic and smooth Mr. Curry’s coffee was, I made sure to take a bag of his whole bean home with me. Although Rich Curry will gladly grind the coffee beans for you, I chose to have them whole. After all, as an avid coffee drinker, I have a grinder at home and numerous appliances to make a nice ‘cup-o-joe.’ I fully plan to visit with Rich’s Micro Roast Coffee again, and I hope that you will too. It’s a perfect place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a pleasurable cup of coffee.
If you go, Rich’s Micro Roast is open at Virtua Samsom Cancer Center (350 Young Ave, Moorestown, NJ 08057) Monday through Friday 7:30-3:30.
Last summer, I reported that Stone Fire Pizza by Midici would be opening at the Cherry Hill Mall. They quietly soft-opened last December with almost no advertising or announcement. In fact, there was no social media presence to speak of.
Since then, they’ve been active on social media and I noticed a few Facebook ads. I stopped by a few weeks ago to take-out and decided we had to go back for a visit. National Pizza Day seemed like a good day to stop by and dine-in.
It has a fast-casual, yet warm and welcoming vibe. You walk in, place your order, pay for it, they give you a number, and you sit down and wait until they bring it out. The service is prompt and friendly. We ordered spicy Italian Wings to start from the small plates menu. They came out in less than 5 minutes!
Like the pizza, the wings are fired-up in the 1,000-degree pizza oven which produced succulent and juicy wings. The breading wasn’t super crispy, though, which may disappoint some purist deep-fried wing-lovers. I wouldn’t let that stop you from ordering these flavorful wings. The addition of fried jalapenos on top and a generous drizzle of balsamic & red chile oil glaze brought a nice tangy sweet heat to the wings. Six wings cost $9.95.
The made to order pizza here is artisan-style authentic Neopolitan. They use finely ground “00” flour from Italy, non-GMO crushed Italian peeled tomatoes, non-GMO cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, fresh cow’s milk mozzarella, and authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Ingredients matter, friends. If you have dietary restrictions, you’ll be happy to know that you haven’t been left out — they offer gluten-free and cauliflower crusts and vegan meats and cheeses. So rest assured, you can get a pizza made your preferred way!
Hubby was satisfied with his Double Pepperoni ($9.95) which comes with pepperoni and spicy Italian salami. He also added some gorgonzola cheese which added some creaminess and a little funk. That’s the beautiful part of this place — you can customize the specialty pies or build-you-own. Which is what I did.
I built what I’m calling the “Rainbow Pie” ($11.95) because it was so colorful… Italian sausage, vegan cheese, goat cheese, red onions, red and yellow bell peppers, and spinach. The red onions were a little haphazardly sliced, but the pizza was quite tasty. I asked them to swirl a little balsamic glaze on after I took the photo above and it took the pizza to the next level.
We had the pleasure of meeting former Philadelphia 76er John Salmons who is the owner of this restaurant at the Cherry Hill Mall. After retiring from the NBA in 2015, he decided to pursue his entrepreneurial dream and began John Salmons Enterprises where he invests in real estate, tech, and owns several franchises of Midici.
Overall, we had a pleasant experience and enjoyed the pizza and wings quite a bit. We look forward to a future visit so we can try some other variations of the pizza and a few other small plates.
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.
Earlier this year, The Cub & Bunny Cafe opened at 1206 North Kings Highway in Cherry Hill offering Philadelphia-based Bassett’s ice cream flavors along with bubble egg waffle sundaes. Just last month, they started offering Korean dishes such as rice bowls, Korean pancakes, and even Korean sushi. More about that in a bit.
When owners James and Kim immigrated from South Korea 25 years ago, they settled in South Jersey, raised a family, and operated several nail salons in the local area. Earlier this year, with their daughter grown, they were getting tired of running 10 nail salons and decided to sell all of them and focus on running one small business.
Kim had always dreamed of opening a food business, but with no prior experience, she didn’t want to open a full-sized restaurant or even a food truck. Since they owned the real estate on Kings Highway, she felt that opening a take-out only ice cream shop there would be simple to run and get her foot in the food business door so to speak.
After a successful summer with many new and returning customers raving about Bassett’s ice cream (only a few places carry it in South Jersey), Kim began to think about adding some comfort food dishes especially as the colder weather approaches.
It made sense to offer what she knows – authentic and traditional Korean items such as Bulgogi and chicken rice bowls — and some with a few Americanized twists such as Korean bulgogi and Spicy Pork cheesesteaks and spicy fried chicken to pique curiosity.
A variety of Korean seaweed rolls, or Gimbap, rice rolls that look like sushi rolls, as well as approachable Korean egg pancakes, or pajeon, are also on the menu. The rolls and pancakes can be ordered together as combos encouraging adventurous eaters to explore the menu.
Upon my visit, Kim was gracious to cook for me in her small, but well-stocked kitchen. First, she fried up some kimchi with bacon. I’m a long-time fan of kimchi, but never tried it with bacon. The aroma from pan-frying the spicy kimchi with the rendered bacon was intoxicating. Combining spicy, fermented cabbage with fatty bacon is truly a glorious taste sensation. It was even better when she put it into the Bulgogi beef rice bowl she also prepared for me.
I’ve been eating Korean food for about 20 years. I remember the first time I tried it, I had absolutely no clue what to expect. It was a flavor revelation — the combination of spicy, sweet, sour, and savory all in one mouthful was truly a culinary awakening in me. It opened my mind and palate to keep exploring new cuisines and flavors.
Observing Kim prepare these dishes, I could tell she is leaning on her many years of home cooking, with family recipes, taking great care and putting much thoughtfulness in the preparation of the dishes. Not only was her mise en place well organized, but her calm, methodical approach to cooking demonstrated confidence and natural prowess in the kitchen. I saw her take each component, as it cooked on a small induction cooktop, seasoning as she went to build layers of flavor. What she lacks in commercial cooking experience, she wholly makes up for in traditional Korean home cooking know-how. In other words, she knows how to cook and people should be eating her food!
Each rice bowl comes with Japchae noodles, which are a clear noodle made with sweet potato starch. They are naturally gluten-free and take on the flavor of whatever they’re cooked or paired with. The bowls are also packed with lots of fresh vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, mushroom, peppers, and spinach. It’s all mixed together with a slightly spicy sauce, but nothing that will blow your head off. Just lots of lovely, deep flavor and freshness. I am eager to try the rest of the menu now that they are available on Grubhub. Ice cream and Korean food, who knew?
The Cub & Bunny Cafe is open for lunch or dinner seven days a week and available for pick-up or delivery through Grubhub. Hours are Monday-Friday 12:00-8:30PM, Saturday 12:00-9:30PM, and Sunday 3:00-8:30PM.
Call 856-354-9999 to place your order. Then come back here to tell me your thoughts!
Don’t forget to tell them South Jersey Food Scene sent you! This is a new small business in South Jersey worth supporting.
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.
Central Taco and Tequila, the popular Westmont, NJ restaurant known for its creative taco dishes, is the perfect place to celebrate National Taco Day on Friday, October 4. To celebrate the day they’ll be offering a special $1 Throwback Taco along with their regular taco menu.
The Throwback Taco features a simple flour tortilla, ground beef, shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, lettuce & diced tomatoes. Perfect for kids and adults alike.
Tacos on the extensive menu include this month’s seasonal special — Oaxacan Steak Taco with seared flank, garlic-jalapeño chimichurri, queso fresco, and pickled red onion.
Another popular taco on the regular menu includes the Veggie Taco with roasted broccoli, squash, brussels sprouts, onion, carrots and potatoes topped with a goat cheese crema and spicy pecan chipotle salsa.
Other tacos favorites include Korean Short Rib, Coconut Shrimp, or Spicy Crispy Chicken.
I highly recommend the Mexican Street Corn! I could easily eat 2 bowls of that alone.
Don’t forget to wash it down with a fresh margarita.