• 2014 Golden Fork Awards: Good As Gold
Have you ever sat down at a restaurant, been handed the menu, and after staring at it for a while, been unable to decide what to order? Well, we’ve got you covered.
For this year’s installment of our annual Golden Fork Awards, we ate our way across South Jersey to be able to suggest the dishes that should be on your radar the next time you venture out for a quality meal. Here we present appetizers, entrées and desserts from our favorite restaurants at the moment. We even went as far as to plan your entire meal from start to finish at some of the eateries. From Italian to Indian, Continental to Chinese, we promise these 55 mouthwatering plates will linger in your mind like an amazing recurring dream.
• Umi Sushi …A Dining Review… I wasn’t sure what to expect when my dining partner and I pulled off the White Horse Pike and into the parking lot of Umi Sushi. The red structure resembled a dive bar from the outside, complete with neon beer signs hanging in the window and a fair share of faded signs taped to the front door.
• Scarpinato’s Cucina & Catering …A Dining Review… Strip malls are a fairly popular site off the Black Horse Pike in Gloucester County, so much so that the unfocused eye might miss the strip holding Scarpinato’s Cucina. But it’s not hard to miss the restaurant’s parking lot, so packed to the brim that it’s difficult to find a spot for yourself. A packed lot? That’s usually a pretty good sign in terms of South Jersey dining.
• MiaMare Ristorante
A few small steps off Haddonfield’s Kings Highway sits MiaMare, an unassuming storefront that I would have never known about had I not been directed toward it, touting South Jersey’s next great bite. A former East Passyunk eatery, chef and owner Walt Ziejewski made the move to the area to serve his fresh and familiar Italian fare. On this particular night the beautiful summer weather brought us to MiaMare’s enchanting back patio, a romantic space set under a pergola that provided just enough shade from the setting sun.
• Estia Greek Taverna
The South Jersey Magazine offices are just a stone’s throw from the former Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, so when we saw that owners Pete and Nick Pashalis, along with partner John Lois, made the switch from Italian to Greek, we couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow. Estia Restaurant in Philadelphia has been a well-known spot for more than seven years, serving up authentic Greek dishes to the metropolitan masses, but could that concept translate to Route 70 in South Jersey?
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