Rec for graduation Lunch for 15 on a Sunday in Cherry Hill area?
Putting together a gathering in 2 weeks of about 12-15 family members to celebrate my daughter graduating from college. The family includes 7 people over the age of 80, some of whom have a little difficulty walking or hearing. Family is coming from Lumberton, Medford and Cherry Hill so could really be near any of those places. We live in PA and so don't know all that many South Jersey area restaurants.
Looking for suggestions of places for lunch on a Sunday, around 11:30, that have good food, be able to accomodate handicapped (i.e. seating for large group not too far from front door), wouldn't be too noisy and close parking (which eliminates most places in Haddonfield or Collingswood). Buffet would not work. The only place I could think of is Siri's but they are closed for Sunday Lunch. Was debating about Aldo Lamberti's but wasnt sure if that would be too noisy...and on Sunday they only serve dinner starting at 1.
Appreciate any help you can give. Thanks...
I totally understand your situation, having parents who are two picky eaters, and my mom being handicapped. We have to plan every dinner out based on easy, close parking, and ease once inside the restaurant. We need tables, and close to the front, not passing tons of other tables or out near the back! It really does limit things for my mom, but we work with it. That being said, you will not find close parking at the CH Mall for Seasons 52 on the weekend. Even if you have a handicapped card (mom does), those spots fill up quickly on the weekend and you will be parking rows away.
One suggestion I have is Mirabellas in Cherry Hill. It's right on 70 in an easy to find shopping center with plenty of parking. I don't know what their menu is on Sunday, but they do open early. It's good Italian and the menu will have something for everyone.
There is also a McCormick and Schmick in shopping center on Route 70, and though the shopping center is crowded on the weekend, I think parking close to the restaurant should be OK.
I had a bunch of other suggestions, but all of them open later on Sunday. You are correct about the parking in Collingswood and Haddonfield. I did check Melange in Haddonfield, which would have been a great suggestion, excellent food and a parking lot out back with rear entrance, but they don't open until late in the day on Sunday.
Heads up in case you come across the suggestion of Viennese Cafe in CH . Lovely setting and good service, but horrendously mediocre food.
Thanks for the suggestions. I actually went to SEasons 52 last summer with my sister and i think we are the only people not to like it. The meal wasn't bad but it wasn't anything I cared to go back for. Maybe we hit an 'off day'. However McCormick's is absolutely perfect. I just called them and they can accommodate our group, putting us in an area with no one else. We'll see if they come thru in reality but it seems just right....and they serve lunch rather than dinner so the older folks will like that portioning size better. Appreciate the input.
Another chain recommendation: Iron Hill Brewery in Maple Shade, not far from Moorestown Mall. I've been there a few times and service was very good, even accommodating gluten-free diet and a spot more quiet due to one hearing impaired family member. At your early lunch, it shouldn't be terribly busy and parking would be easy to navigate.
I actually called Iron Hill before posting the Original Post as several of the family have enjoyed going there...Iron Hill, or rather the person I talked to, wasn't really very accommodating....i was surprised, actually. They said we'd be in a far back room, likely with other large parties. Since I don't live close and couldn't check out the layout ahead of time, I had to decide against it.
There is a restaurant called Seasons 52 on Rt 38 at (but not IN) the Cherry Hill Mall that I think would really fit the bill.
Before you run screaming, Seasons is a SMALL chain that started in FL, iirc--their focus is on GOOD food, and it's billed as a "fresh grill and wine bar" on their website. I've been to one of the FL locations and thought they did a great job. AND it's an attractive place, and the FL one had a small private room. If I were you, I'd get on the phone and see if you can get a reservation there! It will probably make everyone happy.