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Feb 27, 2008 03:35 PM

Places to eat before we expatriate [Moved from Mid-Atlantic board]

My husband and I are moving to Slovakia in July and we're not sure when we'll be back ... we're very excited but also a little bummed about all the good stuff we're leaving. We're making big to-do lists, including a to-eat list with favorite restaurants. We'd like to include some places where we haven't been but really should go to before we leave the country. Any recommendations? We live in Collingswood and work/go to school in Philly.

Here are our favorite places:

1. Oh Yoko in Cherry Hill
2. Taco House in Pennsauken
3. Cafe Antonio II in Collingswood (for pizza)
4. McMillan's Bakery in Collingswood (for donuts)
5. Everything we've ever experienced in the Reading Terminal Market
6. Random snacking in Chinatown

We love casual, relatively inexpensive authentic places with amazing food--all cuisines welcome. We'd be willing to spend a little more money than usual for a really special experience.

Thanks in advance for your input!

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    1. Hot Chocolate at the Naked Chocolate Cafe
      Capogiro (not that I'm a fan but just wanted to suggest it before someone else does...)
      Make sure to hit the Italian Market Fesival for porcetta and the St. George's Greek Festival in the Spring.

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      1. re: bluehensfan

        A good hot chocolate sounds perfect right now. =)
        We love food festivals ... got to go to a couple good ones when we lived in Texas. We were sad to miss the Greek Festival last year, but this year we'll be sure to catch it!

      2. The list can be incredibly long with all the great restaurants in the area.

        Nonetheless, if you want somplace close to home and haven't tried it, go to Alisa Cafe in Cherry Hill.

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        1. re: Den

          I like a long to-do list. =) We've decided to have a local adventure every weekend until we leave ... not involving eating out every time, but fairly often. Thank you for recommending Alisa Cafe! It looks like a good place (best duck ... I'm there!) and we're looking forward to checking it out.

        2. Is Taco House the one near Gaetano's? We stop for cheesesteaks most every time we head to Camden county and I noticed that place last week... looks like a prime spot for a few chowhounds...

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          1. re: mamakto3

            That's the one! My husband and I absolutely love it, and it would be great to see it getting more business. Really simple authentic Mexican comfort food; I usually get the fresh guacamole, a chicken taco with cilantro and onion, a corn tamale and a Coke (real sugar!) or a Tamarindo Jarrito.

            Here's a thread about it:

          2. Love the Taco House, BTW.
            I just tried Teds on Main in Medford. Worth the trip and it is charming inside, but small. Got a good writeup from Craig LeBan recently
            Dutch Wagon Market on Route 70 in Medford. Open Friday and Saturday with all sorts of Amish food. EXCELLENT roasted chickens that are as tender as can be (this really is a take out place). Great Ribs and fresh Amish hot pretzels. Be sure to try some of the Stolfus fresh bacon as well.
            Cippoli Cannoli in Collingswood for excellent cannoli. Napoleons Creampuffery in Lindenwold for unbelieveable cream puffs made while you wait. Fuji in Haddonfield for Japanese. Just a few ideas...

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            1. re: mschow

              I'm so glad you chimed in here! I've followed your recommendations before and you've never led me astray. =)
              The words "Amish hot pretzels" immediately set my husband to mapquesting ... the trip is planned!
              Cippoli Cannoli should have been on that list of favorite places--can't believe I forgot it! Your description of the creampuffery had the same impact on me that the pretzels had on my husband ... we'll definitely be checking that out, too.
              Thank you again!

              1. re: matermagna

                You're quite welcome! I love those pretzels. I've found they do not keep well at all, but if you put them in the freezer, you can reheat them in the toaster oven (from frozen). Most of the salt comes off, and they don't taste as good as when they are straight out of the oven, but they're still very good.
                You'll be happy to know that Napoleons is open on Sunday!! My favorite filling is the pistacio. If you do go there, you can make a left out of the parking lot and go a mile or so. On the right side, just before Route 30 (WHP), is a mexican restaurant called La Esperanza (it's bright pink) . Pretty good chili rellenos and many other Mexican specialities. Skip the carne asada and the beans, which are flavorless. They make great guac there, and you also get alcohol. Large menu of good, (though not excellent), Mexican food.
                Desserts by Design in Audobon should be another stop if you haven't tried it. Their cakes are incredible, but the mini desserts are show stoppers. They have minatures of most of the cakes they make that are sold by the pound. They are about 2 bites each, and also make a great hostess type gift; everyone is impressed by them.