The Simple Diner: Angelo’s Diner

IMG_0530For residents of New Jersey and Philadelphia, diners mean a lot to them. Everyone has a favorite and that favorite restaurant has a favorite food. For many people in Glassboro, New Jersey, Angelo’s Diner is that favorite diner. For locals and Rowan University students, Angelo’s comes up in each person’s life at least once a week.

This diner is just like many other ones; there are easy-to-talk-to waitresses, all meals available, and eggs however you want one. The difference? The atmosphere. There is more of a city attitude in a small town. The bar being the main seating area and the choose-your-own-seat factor creates an eat-and-go push. This is not a bad thing though! Before work or class, this is want you want! That pork roll, egg, and cheese on a bagel that you just ordered? It’s done inIMG_0533 a matter of 5 minutes. THIS is a diner that represents the diner type of New Jersey and Phila
delphia.

The food and service is what keeps the customers coming back. They will take any s
pecial request and do exactly what the customer wants. If you want crispy bacon, you get crispy bacon. If you want thick scrapple, you will get thick scrapple. Angelo’s will make you happy even if they don’t agree with he way that you like to eat your eggs.

Angelo’s Diner is located right next Rowan University making it only a walk away from dorms and houses. The easy access to this local treasure is key. With more and more dorms being built with the expansion of Rowan University’s life, Angelo’s is a key to keep everyone in the area happy.

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Hometown Flavors: Dippy’s Ice Cream

Everyone has sIMG_0474omething that is truly meaningful to them. People cherish different things; some of these items may be a book, a ring, or even a simple ice cream place. This may sound a little odd considering that anyone can buy ice cream in any area and it usually tastes the same. But when someone comes home from a long vacation or a college student comes home, the first thing they want is comfort and familiarit
y. For people in the Mantua, Woodbury, or Mullica Hill area, Dippy’s Ice Cream is the comfort that they cherish.

For three decades, Dippy’s has been serving ice cream and treating

their customers with delicious food and desserts. One of the many struggles at most ice cream shoppes is the atmosphere or seating. At Dippy’s, this is no issue. There are plenty of picnic tables and other types of seating arrangements for their customers. Since Dippy’s tends to stay open until the winter, there is indoor seating and heat. On a cold December evening, sometimes all you want is a cup of hot coffee and delicious ice cream. Dippy’s can do this for you!

Although Dippy’s offers nearly the same ice cream varieIMG_0470ties as similar ice cream places, people from the area seem to be addicted to it. Dippy’s is mostly known for their smooth handmade, soft-serve ice cream. Different ice cream concoctions and mixes can be found at Dippy’s such as a flurry, milkshake, sundaes of all kinds, and unique flavors of ice cream. One of the most popular flavors, especially during St. Patrick’s Day is the Irish Potato ice cream. There is also flavors like the blue Cookie Monster, various water ice flavors, and more hard ice creams that cannot be found anywhere else in the region. But Dippy’s does not just stop at ice cream: hot dogs and burgers are also served everyday. If you’re in the area and need a quick lunch and also a wonderful ice cream? Come to Dippy’s and enjoy both at once.

Dippy’s is located on the Bridgeton Pike in Mantua Township and it is open Monday through Sunday 11:00AM until 10:30PM. For ice cream cake orders or questions, feel free to contact the store at (856-)468-4441 or email dippysicream@verizon.net.

Hip for the Animals: HipCityVeg

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Sweet Potato Fries.

Recently there has been a lot more news, documentaries, and talk about the awful abuse in slaughter houses and abuse of animals in things like the make-up industry. With the increase of discussion on this topic, there has been an increase of vegetarians and vegans that try to help animals. At most restaurants it is hard to find an option that fits them. At HipCityVeg in Philadelphia, this is no issue. HipCityVeg is a completely vegetarian restaurant with most meals also being vegan.

From organic drinks to meat-free food and delicious vegan desserts, HipCityVeg is the perfect modern restaurant. This restaurant is so popular that lines are usually out the door and there is barely any seating. Since the restaurant is used to seeing long lines and little seating, you can call before and order your food for take out. This is highly recommended.

I’m sure most people think, “I don’t like those foods,” “I’m a meat-eater,” or just plain IMG_0550“ew”. You are mistaken! I can promise you that meals like the Fajita Wrap and the Crispy Hipcity Ranch, which both include chick’n, are just as good, if not better, than your normal foods. With the different seasonings and sauces, the food tastes delicious. One of the most surprising parts of HipCityVeg is that the food is filling! Most times foods like this are known to be unfulfilling to people that aren’t used to this food or just not enough. After eating a Fajita Wrap and their surprisingly delicious Sweet Potato Fries, I was full for the rest of the night.

HipCityVeg also offers drinks that are different than your average drinks. The restaurant offers a Green Lemonade including fresh squeezed lemons, organic kale juice, and raw organic agave nectar, an Iced Green Tea including organic green tea leaves and raw organic agave nectar, and also a unique Carrot Ginger Lemonade which includes lemons, organic carrot and ginger juice, and raw organic agave nectar. Each drink has a very normal taste to it and could even please a young child that only drinks lemonade. IMG_0553They taste so similar to its original that it is hard to tell them apart.

There are two locations of HipCityVeg that are both just as popular as the next both located in Philadelphia. This is definitely a trip that is worth going on!