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FatBob Aug 4, 2003 11:24 AM

Need to find someplace to meet 2 other couples near Cherry HIll/Haddonfield etc. on a Saturday night. Want to have a good, leisurely dinner. Price ,cuisine not an object. I come up with one of my old favorites Siri's, any other suggestions welcome.

  1. k
    karen Aug 5, 2003 04:09 PM

    I also highly recommend Le Me Toujours, i was just there Sunday night!
    Other favorites: Trattoria Barone on rt 70 Barclay Farms shopping center.
    A Little Cafe, White Horse Rd in Voorhees. Really good food in a fun atmosphere.
    Villa Barone, Haddon Ave Collingswood
    Word of Mouth, Haddon Ave Collingswood or the sister resturant in Marlton Food for Thought
    All of the above are BYOB

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    1. re: karen
      Markarotti Aug 5, 2003 04:16 PM

      Hi Karen.
      A friend of mine recently mentioned Word of Mouth
      to me as well.
      He said that it was less expensive and that the
      menu was more interesting than Food for Thought.

      Can you elaborate on the menu at all?

      I absolutely love A Little Cafe (Voorhees N.J.)
      All of the entres are good and the Crab "cigars"
      appetizers are outstanding.
      Desserts are delicious and the portion sizes are good.

      It is such a small place though, that I find it
      too "claustrophobic" on a weekend night which
      is why I did not recommend it in this thread...


      1. re: Markarotti
        SCIFOS Dec 7, 2003 12:38 AM

        a little cafe is, without question, the best restaurant in South Jersey. it's certainly on par with the top spots across the bridge in Philadelphia, plus it's much more affordable. the menus and specials offer a really cool variety. as for Markarotti's comments on the restaurant's size, i'd call it romantic and cozy, certainly not claustrophobic. the staff strives to be friendly and knowledgable and the chef should be working in NYC or Paris!

    2. c
      CHILL Aug 4, 2003 05:56 PM

      Susan's Gourmet (in the shopping center by Nonna's on Haddonfield-Berlin road) is a good choice--not much atmosphere, but very good "chowish" dishes. I agree with the other posts regarding Laceno and would also suggest Catelli's in the Main Street complex on Evesham Road.

      1. g
        George Aug 4, 2003 02:56 PM

        My opinions.

        1. Laceno is an excellent BYOB right by the Echelon Mall. Their fresh filets are incredible and I've never had a problem sitting for 2 hours or more. the wait staff is also excellent. Just be sure to make reservations.

        2. Thai Orchid (next to Joe's Peking Duck House) in the Marlton Crossing Shopping Center (on 73 slightly south of 70) is (in my opinion) better than Siri's. Thier fish is so fresh and absolutely amazing. It's also a BYOB and try the Mae-Nam.

        3. La Posata specializes in fresh pasta made daily. It is right by the AMC Marlton 8, behind Friday's, on Rt. 73. It's a BYOB and I have never had a bad meal there. Simply perfect every time, and if there isn't something on the menu, just ask and they can probably make it for you.

        4. I haven't been there in a while, but Emerald Fish on Rt 70 was excellent. The fish is hand picked every Tuesday (or was) so mid week dining is best. Can remember much, but it was good.

        5. Chez Elana Wu by the new Ritz Theater was awesome the first time I went. Traditional Chinese Dishes that only use the BEST seafood. We had a dish with Mussels that had the biggest, juiciest, freshest, most tender mussels I have ever had in my life.

        6. Pacific Grill on Church Road in Moorestown is a little further away, but also excellent. I don't know how she does it, but her soups of the day made with fruit are the best thing I have every eaten. I generally get one for an appetizer and another for dessert. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. The last time I went it was prickly pear and cucumber. I don't know how she does it, but they are smooth and very refreshing. If you don't go this time, go some time, but call ahead to check what soups she has.

        1. r
          ron Aug 4, 2003 02:42 PM

          My favorite place in the Cherry Hill area is Melange Cafe. Chef/owner Joe Brown is in the back and much of his family in the front. Incredible blend of creole and italian in a small very comfortable room. Don't go without reservations and don't miss the smoked tomato and crab bisque.

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          1. re: ron
            Markarotti Aug 4, 2003 04:53 PM

            Love Melange Cafe as well.
            Reasonable prices and BYOB.
            For some reason, the last time we went (@3 weeks ago)
            The creole dishes were "right" on and the Italian
            entres were sort of bland and didn't have a lot of
            The steak was excellent.


            1. re: Markarotti
              toohw Aug 6, 2003 02:31 PM

              I'll be nice and not post this at the top. It's nice to read in chronological order.

              Thai Orchid is barely acceptable.
              The last meal I had at Melange Cafe was so uniformly bad it was laughble.

              I know three good chow places (far from hidden secrets) in Camden.

              I'll tell if others come up with two more reasonable chowhoundish places to try (Susan's Gourmets seems worthy, anyone else know it?)

              1. re: toohw
                Markarotti Aug 6, 2003 05:20 PM

                I never go to Camden but if you stop being so
                secretive and "fess up" maybe
                you can enlighten all of us!!

                I was not impressed with Melange Cafe last time
                I went and I have not been very impressed with
                Thai Orchid as well.

                I like Sam Sak in Voorhees and I especially
                like A Little Thai Cafe at the corner of Springdale
                Road and Greentree Road in Cherry Hill...
                The Penang Duck at Thai cafe is great!


                1. re: Markarotti
                  toohw Aug 6, 2003 05:28 PM

                  thanks, mk

                  I already know about Little Thai Cafe, but, I'll consider that #2 as a (bow deeply) service to others (and in my view its for lunch, only). So only one more (from someone else) please.

                  And never go to Camden? Maybe someone (besides me) should post a good reason to go. There's a number of ways it supplements my cherry hill existence, but, heck, im enough of a boor trying to get chow reccs.

                  1. re: toohw
                    Bugster Aug 7, 2003 03:22 PM

                    Bombay Cuisine?
                    Authentic Turkish Cuisine?

                    1. re: Bugster
                      toohw Aug 8, 2003 07:51 PM

                      I give up.

                      Corinne's place. Soul food , huge portions, cheap, friendly , in the heart of not-so beautiful Haddon Ave, just west of Kaigns. This is one I can recommmend for the hungry chow. Don't miss the yams (also good are cabbage and collard greens there's a veg sampler for about $7); all entries are the same price. I'm off meat these days, but everyone likes the chicken, pork, or meat entrees; I do the salmon croquettes instead of the fried fish. It ain't fancy, but if you mind then you might be beyond help. Easy to say it's worth a visit; try going just once.

                      Lindo or Mexico Lindo mentioned previously on this board ? at Merchantville border on Federal Street/36th just East of 130. More than adequate down to the tacos and the rice and beans; no comparison to the chains or El Azteca. Hits the spot when in the mood. Ask for fresh chips.

                      Third, Erlton Bakery. At 401 Marlton Pike (about 3/4 mile east of 130), almost guaranteed to miss it (name?s on side under roof - at corner). All breads recommended -- call in advance to reserve the pepperoni/cheese roll (or ask for other ingredients, including the three cheeses, mushrooms,onions)? perfect texture, flavor, made possible by the bread. In part, you can?t believe they?re still there , and it makes it all taste good. (Now, there?s a cutesy branch in Collingswood)

                      1. re: toohw
                        toohw Aug 9, 2003 09:09 AM

                        In the previous message I say just west of Kaigns Avenue -- should be just east (and on south side of Haddon across from Donkey's Steaks).

                        I say east of 130 twice, should be west.

          2. m
            Markarotti Aug 4, 2003 01:29 PM

            Hi Bob.

            If you like Siri's (and I do too!) then You will
            love Le Me Toujours on Route 73 across from the
            Promenade shops. Excellent cuisine, (French-Vietnamese
            or "asian fusion" in my opinion) Excellent presentation,
            and no -rush pace.
            Bring a serious bottle of red or
            white wine. Their filet mignon marinated in tripple
            sec is outstanding! Their seared tuna and the tuna
            carpacio is superb. You can get anything from
            scallops to sea bass to duck to venison or even
            buffalo! It is packed on Saturday nights so make
            a reservation. I think this is some of the finest
            cuisine in South Jersey.

            La Camapagne is a comfy, quaint, BYOB serving French
            style cooking in an old country house right on
            Kresson road near Brace road.
            Their skate in a lemon butter caper sauce is
            outrageous, so are the escargot!
            Dover Sole is a specialty.

            Laceno Italian Grill in Voorhees right off
            of White Horse road serves some of the most delicious
            and freshest food in the area.
            It is also BYOB. Very popular and VERY crowded.
            The salads are superb like grilled octopus or
            squid with garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice over
            The grilled whole fish, filleted at table side is
            their specialty.

            Some of the hottest cuisine in South Jersey is being
            served up at Max's in Cinnaminson right off route
            Also a BYOB, it is in an @ 150 year old house with
            lots of quaint rooms. The menu is southern France,
            Italy (Provence) with some occasional Asian influences
            as well. The large, mushroom -filled ravioli is
            an excellent appetizer. If the grilled Branzini in
            a peeky toe crab risotto is on the menu...ORDER IT!
            Chef was formerly at Brasserie Perrier, I believe.

            There are many other excellent places to dine but
            all four of these would provide you Quality, leisurely
            pace (less so at Laceno) and an outstanding dining

            Please let us know where you decide to go, what everyone had, and how your experience was!


            Bon Appetit!


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