A restaurant week at a mall? Is that even possible? Well, there is only one mall in South Jersey where this could happen…and that would be the Cherry Hill Mall. Over the past number of years, they have assembled a group of quality, upscale restaurant chains such as Seasons 52, Grand Lux Cafe, Maggiano’s and Capital Grille. After all, if you’re going to have chains, why not get the best? And – why not show them off by having a restaurant week?
And so they shall.
Cherry Hill Mall Restaurant Week is taking place from July 14 to July 20 and will feature special menus from nine of their restaurants. I had the great pleasure of being invited to their preview that was held at Capital Grille. Those of us there were treated to lobster rolls with riddiculously good parmesean truffle fries, pan seared scallops, and the showpiece for this steakhouse: a dry-aged kona-crusted sirloin. We were also able to watch Executive Chef Kevin Kramer show us how he makes his scallops and the velvet-like shallot butter sauce that adorned the sirloin.
I left Capital Grille with a very positive feeling, wanting to come back for a bigger sampling. If you’re intrigued, check out the list of participating restaurants and plan accordingly.
Restaurant News and Notes
Lisa went down to Revel this past week and is giving an enthusiastic thumbs up to Chef Jose Garces’ new noodle place Yukoba. They’re serving up soup dumplings, and that alone would be worth the trip…The Reeds boutique hotel in Stone Harbor opened up on June 20 and has two restaurants: Water Star Grille and Sax Restaurant…A Polish/Euro-themed bistro will be opening up next month in Magnolia called Royal Cracovia…A new sammich place is opening up in Haddonfield called Marie’s Sandwich Bar…And sorry to see that Umparsi in Cherry Hill is temporarily closed due to damage suffered by being hit by a car on May 31.
The Farmers’ Market Report
Blueberries have arrived! Went bluebery picking at Emery’s in New Egypt over the weekend with kids. Duffield’s in Sewell and Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford are already talking about corn!
Triple Oaks in Franklinville is now launching a CSA. Check out the details on Old School Heirloom Farms.
Blogging Out Hunger
April’s annual Taste of Southern Ocean Dinner raieed $80,000 and those funds are to be distributed among eight food banks.
And in other food news this week…
AC says no to food trailers on the Boardwalk.
Ocean City was named as the third best boardwalk for food by USA Today.