Marblehead Chowder House, the renowned Easton, PA-based, New England-inspired seafood restaurant since 1996, has opened its second location in Westampton, NJ.
Marblehead Chowder House has successfully served delectable seafood at reasonable prices for almost three decades in the Lehigh Valley, and now it’s ready to make a splash on the South Jersey Food Scene.
It’s taking over the property formerly occupied by Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse at 1920 Burlington-Mount Holly Road in Burlington County. It has been renovated from top to bottom, giving it a cozy coastal aesthetic.
Owner Paul Tsiknakis hails from Burlington Township and is a resident of Columbus. The opportunity to acquire the property presented itself, and he and his partners felt the location seemed ideally suited for a new Marblehead Chowder House.
Tsiknakis, his father, Steve Tsiknakis, and his father-in-law Andy Linardos have owned Marblehead Chowder House since 2015. They also own the Red Lion Diner in Southampton, the Monarch Diner in Glassboro, and the Limerick Diner in Limerick, PA. They have a long history of owning South Jersey diners and are now adding the South Jersey Marblehead to their empire.
John Reichard, who has been with the Easton, PA, restaurant since its inception and one of the original employees for over 27 years, is now the GM/partner of the new Westampton location. Kosta Linardos and Executive Chef Edio Barrera (from Red Lion Diner) are also partners.
The celebrated and award-winning Easton seafood restaurant, often called one the “best restaurants in the Lehigh Valley,” is famous for its good value seafood menu and is always booked.
The menu is heavy on seafood and fresh fish and, of course, New England-style chowder. Recognized for its top-selling crab cakes, packed with jumbo lump crabmeat, you’ll also find live lobsters, oysters, clams, shrimp, scallops, salmon, tuna, and other seafood-centric entrees.
Plenty of appetizers, like crab pierogies (!!!), and raw bar selections will surely please seafood lovers.
Seafood and fish, not your thing? Marblehead also caters to non-seafood eaters. Landlubbers will delight in choosing from bone-in prime rib, filet mignon, and chicken dishes. There are always “blue plate entrees” and specials, too. A large assortment of “sides galore” will round out any meal.
Delectable desserts like homemade key lime pie and a Boardwalk-style funnel cake sundae are big sellers. Additional desserts (like bread pudding with whiskey sauce!!) are offered and will be a complete and sweet ending to any meal.
The restaurant, with a full-service bar, can accommodate up to 330 guests indoors, making it an excellent place for family/group and “special occasion” dining.
The refinished 20-seat rustic-style bar with a refurbished tap system will feature 12 beers. Some draught beers will rotate, featuring local microbrews and craft beers.
The bar menu also features creative handcrafted cocktails, wine, and a seasonal sangria. The restaurant is known for its over-the-top Bloody Mary with a shrimp cocktail if you so choose.
The new Westampton restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily and have extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays for a late-night crowd.
The “Captains Club Rewards Program,” with over 30,000 members in Easton, is a loyalty program offering special members-only discounts and promotions. A great way to earn perks if you become a regular customer.
Lastly, Marblehead is known for being very community-minded, supporting fundraisers and other charitable events.
It will be a trendy South Jersey restaurant in no time. I can’t wait for it to open! Speaking of which… the plan is to open in a couple of weeks with a tentative date of May 23rd. (knock on wood!)
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Marilyn is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scene of South Jersey. You can find more of her writing on Philly Grub and NewsBreak.