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SoCal gal moving to Cherry Hill needs a little help from her C.H friends

Yep, I need my amigos/amigas to weigh in on butchers, bakers and candlestick makers (and fish mongers,produce)...Who's the best? I've been told a drive to to a German butcher in Tom's River is a requirement, so I am prepared to hit the highway. Thanks!

Oh... and any restaurant recommendations would be awsome.

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  1. Just to clarify, The German Butcher is in Forked River on Lacey Road, not Toms River. And welcome to the East Coast!

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    1. re: ChazE215

      My mistake, I didn't mean German Butcher per se, just that there was a German deli in Toms River that was recommended. BTW,thanks for the welcome!

      1. re: gordita

        There is a place called The German Butcher and it has some great, meats, prepared foods etc... If you are ever in the Forked River area, its definitely a place to check out.

    2. For fish, I would say H-Mart (Korean Supermarket) Rt 70 Cherry Hill (good for produces as well) There is also a Trader Joes and a Whole Foods on RT 73. I live very close to the German Butcher in Forked River and have no idea why someone would especially recommend that over any other place. WF does just as well.
      For Vietmanese there is Pho Eden on Greentree Rd (a turn off of Rt70) and a great Indian Snack food place next door. CH is ~so~ close to Philadelphia, also look to that board for recommendations.

      Still wondering why the recommendation for the German Butcher. If it is for sausages, well, many very good Polish butchers in Trenton.

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      1. re: Quine

        Frankly if you are looking for sausages, you might as well drive across the bridge to the Philadelphia neighborhood Port Richmond where there are outstanding polish sausage makers. Czrews and Swiakis have been making all sorts of kielbasa for generations and are oustanding. And its closer than going all the way to Trenton.

        1. re: Quine

          I'm happy to hear there is a Korean Market, that's great! Any mercados?

          1. re: gordita

            Hum, Not familiar with any in that area, my Mexican supplies and food needs are supplied locally. A friend owns a market and adjoining Mexican restaurant. :-)

            Google the H Mart (it's a chain) location for Cherry Hill, it's a rather odd placement.

          2. re: Quine

            The recommendation the OP most likely received was to go to D.A. Barsch, which was definitely a destination (and many of us simply referred to it as "The German Butcher"). Sadly, they have closed. It was a great place.

          3. Close by is the Collingswood Farmers Market (http://www.collingswoodmarket.com). Collingswood itself is a little gem. I can get you info on at least one CSA if you're interested.

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            1. re: ina_nutshell

              Oh good, I was hoping for a farmers market close by. We went to one in Haddonfield and I was kind of surprised it was so small....? Is that typical?

              1. re: gordita

                Haddonfield has a tiny farm market but the oe in CW is nice and big. One thing Haddonfield des have is the best Japanese restaurant in the area - Fuji!

              2. I forgot to say "Welcome!" We used to live in SoCal, and moved here 10 years ago. Things have improved much since then, but you'll be hard pressed to find good Mexican food here. Esperanza in Gibbsboro is good and we used to go to South Philly. Taqueria La Veracruzana was our favorite but we haven't been in a year or more.

                While we're on the subject, I'd like any recommendations for fresh tamales. Back in the day we went to Juanitos in ELA. :(

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                1. re: ina_nutshell

                  I think i'll be making tamales at home this Christmas...but really, would be fun to organize a group. Not fun doing all alone! Do taco trucks exist?

                  1. re: gordita

                    I don't know of taco trucks in SNJ. Truck vendors in Philly is its own thing, but I haven' t heard of a taco truck, much less of the sort you'd find in SoCal. Things are very different here (as they are all over the country).

                    Sounds like there aren't tamales around. I found a place in Lindenwold that's... well, it serves tamales.

                    There's stuff here, but see my reply to Quine below re:Kansas.

                    I'd be interested in a tamale thing... I've always wanted to try but I know it's so much work. I have two girls 7 & 9 y.o., which is a plus/minus. Keep me posted, although we travel during the holidays.

                    1. re: ina_nutshell

                      I have a 9 year old...we could have a assembly line!

                2. Off subject, but is their anyone delievering alkaline water in the Cherry Hill area?

                  1. Wegman's is THE place to go for the majority of your grocery needs. Superb quality. Local produce. Excellent prepared foods, butcher, cheeses, seafood, bakery, etc. Store brands are great values and equal to the national brands. Great staff.

                    We prefer Wegman's over Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and all the local chains.


                    1. as a 10 year San Diego resident all I have to say is good luck.... H-Mart is as close as you'll get. Better to drive into Philly and go to Chinatown. Mexican Food is hard to come by round these parts... Markets here are NOT even close to the same as SoCal. I do not know about Philly, but some NYC markets can be awesome. Only Mitsuwa on east coast is in Edgewater, across from NYC and near ferry

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                      1. re: chefMD

                        Sad to say, chef MD is totally correct. You will not be in Kansas anymore.

                        1. re: Quine

                          Fiesta Mexicana in Hammonton is a fantastic Mexican restaurant. http://www.fiestamexicana-nj.com/

                          Bringhursts is a great family owned butcher shop in Berlin, NJ http://www.bringhurstmeats.com/

                          I second the recommendation for H Mart. Their fish and vegetables are second to none.

                          McMillans Bakery in Westmont, NJ has great baked goods, not sure about their bread, never tried it.

                          The Collingswood farmers market is pretty good, but if you are looking for more unusual stuff the Headhouse Square market in Philadelphia is a better choice.

                          There are several CSAs in the area, well worth participating in.

                          1. re: MooseInSJ

                            "I second the recommendation for H Mart. Their fish . . . [is] second to none."

                            You should leave the western part of the State. H Mart's fish is good, but there are much better places along the Shore.

                            1. re: MGZ

                              Well, H Mart (at least the one in Cherry Hill), have many live fish in tanks, that they will process for you. Hard to get much fresher than that.

                              Also, I have spent quite a bit of time along the shore (the southern shore at least), and have found relatively few decent fish mongers.

                              And finally, since the original poster was asking for recommendations in the Cherry Hill area, I naturally assumed my comments would be taken in that context.

                          2. re: Quine

                            I won't ever claim we're close to SoCal, but I feel it's important to keep perspective. Ten years ago, H-Mart didn't exist. Since then, we have gotten the Asian Market at Barclay Plaza, the SunSeng in Pennsauken, and the Subzi Mandi in Woodcrest Plaza. Without debating the merits of any of them, they exist.

                            There was only one pho restaurant in SNJ (in Pennsauken), and now Cherry Hill has three of its own (Pho Eden, Pho Barclay, and the one at Chapel Ave. and Kings Hwy.).

                            There was maybe one place to get pan fried Chinese noodles (widely available in SoCal in the 90s, but hard to come by in the Bay Area), and the area has several joints that serve serviceable versions.

                            I have family in Maryland, and in their area, they still have to drive 20-30 minutes for H-Mart. We have the expanded Rajbhog and Sankalp.

                            Don't get me wrong. I miss California. But I miss it a lot less than I did 10 years ago. And there are offsets like good delis and family-run Italian joints. This isn't SoCal, but it's not a total wasteland, either.

                            1. re: ina_nutshell

                              Oh yeah, NJ has Red Sauce ("gravy") places like on each block.

                              H-Mart has good dependable fish. The best fish, with the largest selection at *any* time is the Hong Kong Supermarket on Rt 18 in East Brunswick. I live at the Jersey Shore, and unless I have an "in" on local day(boat) scallops, I do my fish on my monthly or so market trips to H Mart or Hong Kong.
                              What you are used to as Chinese take-out will also be probably very different.
                              Just expect a good amount, of, it's not the same...and when you get here, just keep us posted to we can help steer you to new places, as you find what is here and what you crave and how we can help to make them somewhat close/

                              FYI, I live by LBI and I drive to Marlton/Cherry Hill every 4-6 weeks to stock up on my Asian, WF market items, and to indulge in my Pho and Dosa cravings, There are two good Pho places in Atlantic City, but I don;t usually drive that 30 miles just for it. Tho' I do get my Indian Grocery supplies in Absecon.

                              1. re: Quine

                                Quine, if you;re willing to drive to Pt Pleasant, there is an excellent seafood store called Point Lobster. I am also a lover of the day scallops and have found theirs are absolutely the best. Also, other great seafood at this store. Sadly, shopping there has turned me into a real snob when it comes to my fresh seafood. Wegmans, Whole Paycneck, H Mart. nothing compares to this store Simply the best.

                                1. re: mschow

                                  Thanks! For local caught, we have Ahearn's, (Waretown) small and usually sells first to restaurants.
                                  For me there is something about being a Jersey Shore local (life long) that I hate to go into other Jersey shore towns, as some sorta weird life rule. But will keep this in mind, for the odd lobster craving mania. :-)

                                  1. re: Quine

                                    Hey, Q, is there still a fishmonger in Viking Village in Barnegat Light? That place was terrific when I used to go there some years ago.

                                    Otherwise, I agree with mschow about Point Lobster - although I was disappointed this year that there was no cheap lobster sell off in September/October. I had to pay $6 a pound for our annual Octoberfeast - twice what I have paid the past few years. If you do find yourself in the area, do not hesitate to engage the guys. They know quite a bit and often have more "in the back." Personally, I was thinking of going to get some Monkfish tails for dinner during the storm's early stages tonight.

                                    1. re: MGZ

                                      There probably is, MGZ. Being a local, I am just so used to avoiding LBI, that I never think to shop there, off season. Tho' The 3 B's in Surf City (I think) does carry a decent stock of Polish Kielbasi and Babka. Good as a short trip stock up. For the major Polish Deli, we head for Trenton.

                              2. re: ina_nutshell

                                The food is really amazing...seriously. I agree with you.

                            2. re: chefMD

                              I was coming from Carlsbad. What part of SD were you in?