• 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.
• 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?
• Palate: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill …A Dining Review… The Moorestown Mall is back in business. After a slight decline in retail over the last few years, the brains behind real estate company PREIT took advantage of the emerging foodie trend and the township’s sparkling new liquor licenses and set to work creating a localized dining scene that would rival cities and Main Streets. One of those new eateries is Firebirds, a growing national chain of steakhouses specializing in wood-fired food.
• Palate: Ocean Asian Cuisine …A Dining Review… Hiding away in an unassuming strip mall off Egg Harbor Road sits Ocean Asian Cuisine. It’s an eatery that I might never have noticed had I not heard praises for its innovative dishes and sushi rolls. Inside you’ll find a fairly ordinary restaurant, with a small dining room and accompanying sushi bar on the back wall, where a small team of chefs showcase their skills for a fairly packed dinner crowd.
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