It’s back, and it’s better than ever!

After the tough task of tasting, shopping and exploring everything SJ towns have to offer, we’ve put together our annual jam-packed list of ALL THAT’S WONDERFUL and amazing in south jersey.

Read it, tweet it, share it – and then go see for yourself just how awesome these SJ spots truly are!




  • Best Restaurant Comeback

    Short Hills Restaurant & Deli
    486 E Evesham Road, Cherry Hill

    Last year’s fire at Short Hills had us crying in our matzo ball soup, but the deli is back and better than ever. The menu is full of our longtime favorites (hello, hot corned beef sandwiches), plus some new surprises (can you say pickle bar?).

  • Best Kid-Friendly Thirsty Thursday

    The Pop Shop
    729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    Milkshake lovers unite every Thursday at The Pop Shop, where triple-thick shakes are just $2.99 and deluxe shakes $3.99. And these aren’t just any old milkshakes – flavors include Snickers bar, chocolate turtle, peppermint twist and shakin’ bacon.

  • Best Place to Find Furniture You’ll Want to Pass Down

    The Front Porch Antiques
    21 South Main Street,
    Mullica Hill

    The Front Porch is filled with the kind of expertly restored furniture pieces you just know will become family heirlooms. You’ll find a huge assortment of 19th- and 20th-century tables, mirrors, vanities, sideboards and more.

  • Best Personalized Dinner

    601 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    The authentic Italian cuisine at Sapori comes from Italy native Chef Franco
    Lombardo. His genuine passion for fresh, authentic Italian ingredients is why Sapori’s “Cook For Me” option is a must. It includes a five-course meal specially prepared by Lombardo himself, based on your meal preferences.

  • Best Hoagies You Never Knew Existed

    693 South Broadway, Pennsville

    You can smell these sandwiches long before you see the food truck where comical Chef Ezell Barnes serves up his outrageous hoagies. He first deep-fries the roll, fills it with fresh, fried meats – chicken, shrimp, fish or crab – and then tops them with special sauces, lettuce and tomatoes to create a one-of-a-kind hoagie.

  • Best Jersey Fresh Pies

    Penza’s Pies
    51 South Myrtle Street,

    There’s a reason why we chose Penza’s fruit pies for this issue’s cover – they taste even more amazing than they look (and that’s saying a lot!). The pies at this South Jersey gem come bulging with ripe Jersey fruit that’s bursting with flavors. And that crust? Unbelievable would be an understatement.

  • Best New Place to Rock Out

    Sweetwater Marina & Riverdeck
    2780 7th Avenue,
    Mullica Township

    Situated on the site of the former Sweetwater Casino, this new outdoor venue on the Mullica River is the hottest spot to hear live tunes every weekend. The Riverdeck also serves up food and drinks all day long, so dock your boat and plan to stay a while.

  • Best Sourdough Bread

    Amber Grain Bakery
    325 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    Since this bakery opened its doors in May, we can’t get enough of the Collingswood Sourdough. Made with a blend of white, wheat and whole rye flours, each loaf’s crackling crust and chewy center make for heavenly slices of bread.

  • Best Way to Show Your Love for the Pine Barrens

    Whitesbog General Store
    120 W. Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills

    More than just an historical landmark, this general store is the place to be if you’re looking for artisan gifts, candy, books, apparel and homemade marmalades that celebrate the wonders of the Pine Barrens. The store first began as a post office in 1923 and has since become a significant part of Whitesbog historical preservation.

  • Best Educational Gifts Kids Will Actually Love

    Discovermore Store
    2040 Springdale Rd #100,
    Cherry Hill

    The educational adventure doesn’t have to end when you leave the Discovery Museum. Stop at the discovermore Store in the lobby for entertaining puzzles, art kits, games, costumes and more, all inspired by the museum’s exhibits.

  • Best Way to Make a Party Even Better

    Royale Crown Homemade Ice Cream & Grille
    1051 S White Horse Pike,

    No matter what type of party you’re hosting, the fresh, homemade ice cream cakes from Royale Crown are a yummy way to make your guests think you’re the best. Be sure to call ahead to place your order – these cakes are in high demand.

  • Best Cocktail Menu For Every Season

    Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
    400 Route 38, Moorestown

    The lively cocktail menu has us wanting to raise a glass every time the seasons change. You’re too late for a raspberry lemonade margarita (check back next spring), but it really doesn’t matter when you can choose between a watermelon martini or a blueberry lavender lemonade. And wait til you see what they offer in the fall. Cheers!

  • Best Way To Treat Everyone To Dessert

    The Melting Pot
    584 Route 38 East, Maple Shade

    What do you get when you combine rich chocolate fondue – in loads of different flavors – with a heaping side of fresh fruit, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies? A decadent dessert buffet with more than enough treats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

  • Best Reason to Eat More Ice Cream

    95 Woodstown Road, Unit 1, Swedesboro

    There are more than 30 creamy, splurge-worthy flavors of ice cream on the menu at Latteria every day (think Tastykake Tumble and Coconut Walnut Bar). The owner also has a huge recipe book of more than 200 homemade flavors and is constantly coming up with new creations, so no two trips will ever be the same.

  • Best Evening with the Wanamaker Organ

    Symphony In C

    The largest fully functioning pipe organ in the world – located at Macy’s in Center City – is getting the Symphony in C treatment on September 23, and it’s grand performance you definitely don’t want to miss. Conductor Stilian Kirov and organist Peter Richard Conte will lead the 8:30 pm show. Tickets to the after-hours Fire and Fantasy with the Wanamaker Organ concert are limited, so get yours while you can.

  • Best Drinks at Sunset

    Carlucci’s Waterfront
    876 Centerton Road,
    Mount Laurel

    When you combine the waterfront patio with stunning views and the drink menu full of expertly crafted cocktails, you end up with a sunset toast you’ll be sure to remember. Just be sure to head there well before dusk so you can snag a seat on one of the comfy outdoor couches.

  • Best Lemonade

    Silver Diner
    2131 Route 38, Cherry Hill

    When life hands you lemons, head to Silver Diner. The hibiscus lemonade is made fresh every day with perfectly sweet lemons and hibiscus. The taste – and its splash of pink – is sure to brighten your day.

  • Best Gourmet Pizza

    Pizza Amore
    77 Hartford Road, Delran

    With more than two dozen types of gourmet pizzas on the menu, you can find the perfect pie for every craving. Try the Carciofo, loaded with mozzarella, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes.

  • Best Way to See The Stars

    Jean and Ric Edelman

    At Rowan University
    201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro

    The planetarium’s 16-inch telescope is available for use during free open house nights, which occur once a month during Rowan University’s semesters. Starting 30 minutes before sunset, guests will take a tour of the night sky, then check out the stars from the fourth-floor observatory.

  • Best Italian Desserts

    Tre Famiglia
    403 North Haddon Avenue,

    Italian desserts are a force to be reckoned with, and Tre Famiglia’s decadent creations are no exception. You’ll find everything from cannoli cake and pizzelles to rum cake and Italian cookies just like your grandma used to make.

  • Best Way to Work Out as a Family

    Katz JCC
    1301 Springdale Road,
    Cherry Hill

    A family that plays together, stays fit together. Classes like family boot camp, pickleball and drums alive get the whole gang involved and spark a lifelong love of fitness.

  • Best Way to Get a Golden Glow

    (Thriv.) Salon & Spa
    2076 Marlton Pike East,
    Cherry Hill

    Hello sun-kissed skin, goodbye harmful UV rays. The organic, custom-formulated spray tans at (thriv.) Will leave you with a natural-looking glow all year long.

  • Best Private-Party Menu

    The Capital Grille
    2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill

    We’ve been hosting our Women’s and Men’s Roundtables at The Capital Grille for years, and for good reason. The beautiful private rooms provide the perfect setting for groups of all sizes, and the menu is full of outstanding dishes your guests will rave about.

  • Best Wing Sauces

    Pic-A-Lilli Inn
    866 Route 206, Shamong

    Everyone knows Pic-A-Lilli is the place to be on wing night, but have you tasted all their wing sauces? The list includes five different flavors, including spicy and garlic parmesan. But only a true daredevil will try the smoker sauce – the hottest on the menu.

  • Best Way to Get Your Game Night On

    Tiki Tiki Board Games
    164 South Broad Street,

    This Woodbury spot is stocked with a massive selection of new and pre-owned board games, including rare and vintage titles. And if you’ve lost a pawn or piece to one of your beloved games, the gaming gurus at the store can help you find a replacement. Game on!

  • Best way to Bring Your Pinterest Board to Life

    Creek Mercantile
    118 Creek Road, Mount Laurel

    Turn that Pinterest inspiration into reality at Creek Mercantile. This quaint shop in Rancocas Woods is filled with tons of vintage, handmade and architectural salvage pieces to decorate your home and garden. There’s always something new in stock, so there’s never a shortage of special finds.

  • Best Way to Make Grocery Shopping Easier

    2 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel

    When we heard Wegmans was rolling out online shopping, we may have done a little dance. Now you can knock out your weekly grocery list with a few clicks. The next day, simply pull up to the curb, and a helpful employee will load your bags right into your car.

  • Best Italian Pepper Shooters

    Holy Tomato Pies
    9 South Black Horse Pike,

    We never knew we could love an appetizer so much. Each cherry pepper is stuffed with sharp provolone and prosciutto, then garnished with roasted red peppers, gourmet olives and parmesan cheese to create heaven on a plate.

  • Best Bread Basket

    Palace of Asia
    480 Route 38 East, Maple Shade

    Palace of Asia will have you thinking outside the basket with their homemade Indian breads. Each basket comes filled with fresh, authentic naan, onion kulcha, tandoori roti and puri.

  • Best Monthly Specials

    619 West Collings Avenue, Collingswood

    Twelve times a year, Chef Ramola designs a special menu that’s full of mouth-watering surprises. The unique monthly creations are prepared with the best seasonal ingredients and showcase his modern take on Indian cuisine. It’s worth a standing reservation every month.

  • Best Lunch with a Purpose

    CK Café
    1506 Federal Street, Camden

    When you grab lunch at CK Café, you get so much more than an expertly prepared meal – you also support vital job training for students enrolled in Cathedral Kitchen’s Culinary and Baking Arts programs. The café is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm for dine-in and takeout, or you can order from the catering menu for your next lunch meeting.

  • Best Gifts to Give Your Foodie Friends

    Cheese Etc. & Gourmet Gifts
    1001 White Horse Pike,
    Haddon Township

    The foodies on your list will flip for the gourmet gifts from Cheese Etc. No matter the occasion, you can’t go wrong with a basket full of homemade cheese spreads, nuts, crackers and chocolates.

  • Best Lobster Pot Pie Worth the Wait

    Bobby Chez Crabcakes
    1990 Marlton Pike East,
    Cherry Hill

    It’s available just one day a week – Friday – but the wait is worth it. Filled with huge chunks of lobster and garden vegetables, then topped with a flaky puff pastry, each pot pie is a savory seafood sensation.

  • Best Place to Bring Old Photos Back To Life

    Arts Plus Gallery
    704 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    Is your favorite old photo losing its luster? Arts Plus Gallery will take any photo and turn it back into that special memory you’ve always treasured. They can fix anything from rips and cracks to dullness and discoloration.

  • Best First Friday with Friends

    Caffe Aldo Lamberti
    2011 Marlton Pike West,
    Cherry Hill

    Make the first Friday of every month a standing date at Lamberti’s with your bffs. You can catch up over $5 glasses of Prosecco and half-off bottles of champagne before the live music starts at 6:30 pm.

  • Best Breakfast In A Box

    Classic Cake Company
    480 East Evesham Road,
    Cherry Hill

    Classic Cake has made the most important meal of the day even better. Each breakfast box is filled with a wonderful assortment of fresh muffins, scones, hot teas and honey, making it a delicious choice for early meetings at the office or laid-back Sunday mornings at home.

  • Best Power Lunch

    Seasons 52
    2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill

    When you need to make the right impression over lunch, Seasons 52 is the place to go. With plenty of menu items for all guests, everyone will feel like a VIP. The various dining rooms are perfect for accommodating groups of all sizes.

  • Best Chef’s Table

    Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
    706 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    This is one reservation you don’t want to miss. Grab six to 12 of your friends and enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Chef Nunzio Patruno himself, while you sit in the kitchen and watch all the magic happen.

  • Best Cajun-Style French Fries

    Five Guys Burgers and Fries
    2026 Marlton Pike West,
    Cherry Hill

    Every good burger needs a good french fry, and Five Guys’ Cajun-style fries are just the thing. Made to order with a heavy dose of spices, they’re the kick your next meal needs.

  • Best Grab & Go Dinner For the Whole Family

    Maurizio’s Bistro
    33 E Main Street, Moorestown

    The family dinner deals at Maurizio’s are the perfect solution for those nights when you’ve got to scramble to get something on the table. The hot and ready meals come with everything you need to feed your entire crew – and make you look like a dinner superstar.

  • Best Reason to Get Out of Bed on Sunday

    The Mansion on Main Street
    3000 Main Street, Voorhees

    The Mansion hosts the longest running Sunday brunch in South Jersey, and there’s a reason why it’s been popular for so many years. The huge spread has everything from made-to-order omelets and eggs to prime rib – not to mention a massive dessert display, mimosas and live entertainment.

  • Best Corn on the Cob

    Blue Claw Crab Seafood & Eatery
    4494 Burlington Pike,

    It’s no secret that the crabs here are delicious, but if you haven’t tried the corn on the cob, you’re really missing out. It’s available in plain, Old Bay, garlic and buffalo garlic flavors, making it one side dish you’ll want to sink your teeth into. (If you order the buffalo garlic flavor, beware – it’s got quite a kick!)

  • Best Taco Tuesday

    Dooney’s Pub & Restaurant
    1361 S Fairview Street, Delran

    That’s right – we said tacos from an Irish pub. Every Tuesday, Dooney’s dishes out zesty tacos for just $1.50. Available in chicken or beef and served with fresh pico de gallo, these tacos are one for the books.

  • Best Cooking Class

    In My Grandmother’s Kitchen
    111 Oak Terrace, Merchantville

    In My Grandmother’s Kitchen owner Jolynn Deloach insists that learning to make homemade pasta isn’t hard, and she’ll even invite you into her kitchen to show you the ropes. A board and a rolling pin are the only tools you need to create egg pasta and even gnocchi during one of her fun, relaxed classes. Every class ends with a lovely meal to taste what you’ve created.

  • Best Gift for Mom

    Chamomile Cottage Soaps & Gifts
    686 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    These handmade soaps, candles, body scrubs and more are exactly what your mom wants. Each item is made with ethically sourced ingredients, and everything smells as good as it looks. (Don’t miss the oatmeal, milk and honey soap bar!)

  • Best Happy Hour Eats

    The Riverwinds
    1075 Riverwinds Drive,
    West Deptford

    This is no ordinary happy hour menu – we’re talking gourmet dishes like Mardi Gras mussels, crab mac & cheese and even an oyster plate. With specials like this (from 11 am to 7 pm every day of the week), there’s lots of reasons to celebrate.

  • Best Reason to Order a Salad

    Carollo’s Little Italy
    77 E Main Street, Moorestown

    There are more than two dozen huge, fresh salads on the menu at Carollo’s, and they’re all equally amazing. It’s hard to pick just one – we’re partial to the strawberry feta, avocado crab and blackened salmon summer salads.

  • Best Pasta Pescatore

    Sal & Joe’s Spaghetti & Pizza House
    300 S Lenola Road, Moorestown

    A quaint little restaurant with big taste, Sal & Joe’s has been making out-of-this-world pasta pescatore for years. It’s loaded with shrimp, mussels, clams and jumbo lump crabmeat, then topped with your choice of red or white sauce.

  • Best Place to Find One-of-a-Kind Gifts

    Wheatonarts and Cultural
    Center Store

    1501 Glasstown Road, Millville

    Wheatonarts is known for housing expert glassblowers and crafters, but now you can share the magic with someone special. The gift shop offers spectacular ornaments, jewelry, paperweights and home décor handcrafted by wheatonarts’ very own resident artists.

  • Best Boozy Baking Classes

    Cupcakes by Ruth

    This is definitely not your grandmother’s baking class. Perfect for a girls’ night out, this super-fun session will teach you how to create picture-perfect cupcakes that just happen to be infused with a little something extra (like brown sugar bourbon!). Ruth’s next class is July 21, so sign up while there are still spots available.

  • Best Retail Treasure Hunt

    Clutter Vintage
    697 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    The inventory at this quaint Haddon Avenue shop is always changing, so there’s never a shortage of new and unique items to discover. Give yourself plenty of time to peruse the shelves full of vintage items, handmade gifts and original artwork.

  • Best Luxury Massage for Less

    Rizzieri Salon & Spa
    400 Route 38, Moorestown

    When you’re tense and need to unwind, it’s good to know that Rizzieri offers its 50-minute Relaxing Essential Massage for just $55. That’s affordable luxury at its best.

  • Best Cookies & Cream Birthday Cake Popcorn

    Cake Stand Bakery
    2999 East Evesham Road, Voorhees

    Yes, you read that right. The genius staff at Cake Stand Bakery decided one day to drizzle chocolate, cookie crumbles and sprinkles over fresh popcorn. The end result is a perfectly sweet and salty treat that you never knew you wanted.

  • Best Place for Couples to Have Their First Dance

    Collingswood Grand Ballroom
    315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood

    A bride and groom’s first dance is a big deal, and Collingswood Grand Ballroom knows how to set the stage. The expansive dance floor is right in the middle of the beautiful room, so couples know all eyes will be on them.

  • Best Early-Bird Brunch

    Tortilla Press
    703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    We hesitated to let this secret out, but it’s too good to keep to ourselves. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to noon, Tortilla Press serves up specials on their amazing brunch spread. It’s the same great food, but without the crowds.

  • Best Parties for Adults Who Want to Feel Like Kids Again

    Big League Dreams
    15 Fostertown Road, Medford

    Who says kids should have all the fun? When you book a Hall of Fame party at Big League Dreams, you and your grown-up crew get the facility all to yourselves for three hours of awesome activities like Wiffle ball, kickball, dodge ball, laser tag and even arcade games.

  • Best Eye Candy IN A Candy Store

    The Candy Jar
    742 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    Stop in for a chocolate-covered pretzel, bubble gum – and a new handbag. The Candy Jar’s accessories include bags, scarves and jewelry, so there’s something for everyone. These bags are the perfect accessory to any piece of candy, and they’re just as bright and colorful as you’d expect them to be.

  • Best Experience for Chocolate Lovers

    Michel Cluizel Chocolatrium
    575 Route 73, West Berlin

    There’s a chocolate museum right here in SJ, and it’s everything chocolate lovers could hope for and more. After you take a tour of the museum, try your hand at chocolate making, enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing, or even attend a chocolate painting class that produces pretty, delicious results.

  • Best Scalloped Potatoes

    Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
    500 Route 73, Marlton

    These potatoes are the house specialty at Fleming’s for good reason. Made with rich cream, jalapenos with just the right amount of kick and gooey cheddar cheese, it’s the side dish dreams are made of.

  • Best Way to Impress Your Hosts

    Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
    7000 Midlantic Drive,
    Mount Laurel

    Up your guest game by picking up a pot of meatballs from Anthony’s. You’ll wow your hosts with the huge, homemade meatballs topped with fresh tomato sauce, basil and ricotta cheese. The meatballs (there’s enough to serve six) come in a silver pot your host can keep and use again! A packet of seeds is attached so your host can also grow their own basil plant.

  • Best Gluten-Free Menu

    Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
    400 Route 38, Moorestown

    When it comes to gluten-free options, restaurants tend to cut the menu short, but Firebirds has everything to satisfy your gluten-free cravings. From gourmet steaks and seafood to extravagant salads and sides, there’s nothing small about this menu.

  • Best BBQ by the Pound

    Lumpy’s BBQ
    1261 Blackwood Clementon Road, Clementon

    Whether you’re craving rib tips, beef brisket, pulled pork or pulled chicken, this is the place to get it – in bulk! Pick it up for any backyard barbecue or dinner with the whole family, and you’ll be the best host in town.

  • Best Special Occasion Dresses

    Jan’s Boutique
    406 Marlton Pike East, Cherry

    We once again turned to Jan’s to outfit our Women of Excellence honorees, and this year’s gowns were even more stunning than the last. With more than 10,000 dresses in sizes 000 to 32, the boutique has something to make every woman feel beautiful.

  • Best New Twist on Kids’ Birthday Parties

    Dibartolo Bakery
    667 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

    The birthday parties at dibartolo’s birthday parties make balloons and a clown look like child’s play. Each kid gets their very own cake to decorate – under the assistance of master baker Al Dibartolo himself – and then take home. Plus, the birthday kid gets a special cake to blow out candles and devour at the party!

  • Best Bite-Sized Delicacies

    Devour Desserts
    671 Bridgeton Pike, Mantua

    These desserts might be small in size, but they’re big in flavor. You’ll find sweet little treats like chocolate-dipped maraschino cherries, banana split bites and brownie batter truffles – and they’ll keep you coming back for more.

  • Best Farm to Fork Experience

    Johnson’s Corner Farm
    133 Church Road, Medford

    You’ve never experienced Johnson’s Farm like this before. Start with cocktails outside the Johnson family home, then head into the beautifully transformed market for a special menu prepared by their executive chef (how’s scallops and fresh strawberries sound?). They only hold two dinners a year, both in the summer, and both sell out – fast.

  • Best Crepes, Without the Plane Ride

    Le Café Creperie
    139 Kings Highway East,

    You don’t have to go to Paris to get a good crepe now that Le Café Creperie is serving up some decadent treats right here in SJ. Enjoy a lunch crepe, like the poulet Dijon and la fiesta, or a dessert crepe like the classic Nutella or dulce de leche. One bite of these will transport you right to the city of light.

  • Best Place to Geek Out

    Retro Station
    735 Mantua Pike, Woodbury

    If it’s cool, odd or intriguing, chances are Retro Station sells it. We’re talking tons of retro comics, posters, records and 8-tracks, toys and pop-culture memorabilia. You can even buy an ice-cold, glass-bottled Coca-Cola from the old-school cooler on the front porch (that alone makes this place worth a visit).

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July 2017
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