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.

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.

Hoagie Time: Pal Joey’s

IMG_0387Sometimes it’s hard to find a great hoagie without going to Philadelphia. South Jersey’s own Pal Joey’s can solve that issue! Located in the Timberline Shopping enter in Sewell, Pal Joey’s has been serving out delicious hoagies for over fifteen years and there is no need for them to stop!
When opening the doors in this corner store of Timberline Shopping Center, you can get the idea that it is full of locals: locals that kno

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An Italian Diablo hoagie.

w how to eat well. Everyone has their own favorite hoagie. Many of the favorites are part of the “Diablo” section of the menu. Each Diablo hoagie has a special blend of spices to make the sandwich spicier and full of taste. A highly recommended Diablo is the Italian Diablo which
contains prosciutto, sharp provolone, hot soppressata, and capicola. This hoagie will have your tastebuds screaming for water, but in a good way! The extra spices on top create extra flavor and, of course, extra heat. From a regular Italian hoagie to something a little more exotic like the “R” Special (Genoa salon, Freda Capicola, and Stuffed Pepper Shooters), I’m sure that there is something anyone one could find and love.
Pal Joey’s is open Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM and Saturdays 9AM to 5PM. While normally closed Sundays, Pal Joey’s is open 9AM to 1PM during football season.
If you’re tired of your same old Wawa hoagie, try out Pal Joey’s in Sewell for a delicious hoagie!

Coffee, Tea, and Treats: Crescent Moon

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An Extreme Coffee Toffee with a Plain Bagel and Cream Cheese.

As a college student, finding a place to relax and do homework is sometimes difficult. At Crescent Moon, you can stay and write hour-long essays with their free wifi or meet up with some friends or coworkers with their comfortable seating. Located in Mullica Hill, this coffee shop has created the perfect place for people of all ages to calmly enjoy themselves.
One of the most popular shops opening up recently are coffee or bakery shops with a relaxing environment; Crescent Moon has all of these essentials in one. Crescent Moon has creative lattes with creative names. Some drinks include the French Toast Latte, the Truffle Latte, and the Reese’s Latte. Each name really stands for what the customer thinks it is going to be. The Truffle Latte contains their special dark hot chocolate and adds two shots of espresso which can be topped with whipped cream if you desire. The differeIMG_0395nt flavors and different coffee blends are what helps Crescent Moon stay different from your
local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble.
Drinks are not the only great thing to buy at Crescent Moon! From breakfast to lunch to just a sweet treat, they have anything to feel your stomach. For breakfast, you can have a delicious plain bagel, or their specialty bagels like the Cherry Apple Walnut bagel. They also offer a variety of breakfast sandwiches, quiche, muffins, scones, and more. Surprisingly, you can get a top quality wrap or sandwich. Highly suggested is the Buffalo Chicken Wrap in either a spinach or whole wheat wrap. The wrap has perfectly shredded chicken mixed with Frank’s Hot Sauce, and the ideal amount of bleu cheese. Salads are also a highly chosen lunch from Crescent Moon; a recommended salad is the Greek Salad with romaine lettuce, cucumber slices, feta cheese, black olives, tomato, red onions with a delectable red wine vinaigrette
One of the biggest highlights of going to Crescent Moon is the atmosphere. With the great music selection, cozy couches, and perfect lighting, you will never want to leave.
If you are a coffee lover or someone that needs to get away for ten minutes or two hours,
Crescent Moon is the place to go.

Ireland in Philadelphia: The Plough and the Stars

IMG_0189One of the most accomplishing things a restaurant can do is be able to transcend their customers into a different mindset. Many restaurants are island-themed or Mexican-themed or even home-themed for a more comforting visit. Another large theme is Ireland. Usually this means there is green all over and the restaurant is called a pub. If you are looking for more of a traditional and authentic Irish hangout, check out the Plough and the Stars and you can be transcended right to a bar in Ireland.
With authentic Irish foods such as Shepherd’s Pie and the Guinness Casserole, the Plough and the Stars excels at delivering delicious food to each customer. IMG_0204
Although the Plough and the Stars was able to create an Irish feel and delicious food, there were some downfalls. Our waitress came 10 minutes after we were seated and was able to take our whole order since we were ready. Fifteen minutes later we got our appetizer. Another 20 minutes goes by and only one of our meals comes out. This could’ve been resolved earlier if the waitress checked on us at any point during our long wait for food. The tables around us also got treated the same and were disappointed. One person even made a joke about never seeing the waitress, whom was different than ours. The waitress did apologize blaming the issue on a new machine, but there were many ways around this. If you work at a restaurant always make sure to check on your customers, even if it is not your fault. Thankfully the hostess helped my table and the tables around us whenever we needed something.
Even though the service was awful this one time, I still suggest going to check out the Plough and the Stars. As I have gone there times before with no issues, their machine issues may have resolved. The Plough and the Stars is a great restaurant and it deserves to be noticed for it’s great food and atmosphere over it’s poor service one night.

Continuing the Trend: Dia De Los Burritos

Hidden right off the main strip, Dia De Los Burritos brings the taste and sights of Mexico to Pitman, New Jersey. Burrito joints like Chipotle, Moe’s, and more are popping up in every town. The difference? Dia De Los Burritos brings a hometown and comfortable feeling. A tiny restaurant, with a big future.

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A customer is choosing what kind of burrito she would like on the clip board. The board of the menu is in the background to the right.

Right off of Broadway on Pitman Avenue, Dia De Los Burritos opens their doors at 11:30AM everyday and closes them at 7PM during the week, and 8PM on the weekends. Instead of the normal Italian food, grabbing a burrito bowl or a taco would be a great change before walking throughout town or seeing a show at the Broadway Theatre.
With the mass amount of burrito restaurants appearing rapidly through the Northeast, it is easy to be accustomed to the same atmosphere. At chain restaurants, the tables are the same, the music is the same, and usually even the workers act the same. Walking past Dia De Los Burritos a person can just feel the different vibe that the restaurant brings. There are tables set up like picnic tables and customers are greeted face-to-face once they arrive. There is calming and fresh music playing. At night, there are Christmas lights hanging on the windows which creates a modern and cozy feeling. This generates a warm feeling and makes the customers and staff feel comfortable with one another. It seems as though these conditions are hard to come by these days!

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Chicken and cheese quesadilla with sour cream and salsa on the side.

Rowan University students should take full advantage of this! Getting away from the campus for just a night would be an eye-opening and surprising opportunity. Glassboro is close enough to Pitman where it is no hassle to find yourself a nice night with the girls or your boys with some delicious burritos and tacos for only a five minute drive.
Plus: Dia De Los Burritos features vegan and vegetarian tacos and burritos! Food for everyone.
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Mexican Mania: El Vez

Margaritas. Guacamole. Nachos. Do you really need anything else in life? Modern Mexican restaurant, El Vez, is known for each of these items! El Vez is located on 13th and Sansom in Philadelphia. El Vez is perfect for a night in the city, happy hour with coworkers, or a lunch date with old friends.

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Chicken Taco from their lunch special.

El Vez has a lunch special Monday through Friday from 11:30AM until 3:00PM for about $16. This includes a soup or salad followed by a choice of Vaca Frita Burritos, Black Bean Enchiladas, Chicken Tacos, or Torta de Pollo with a soft drink.
Not looking for a meal? No worries! Margaritas and guacamole are the main crowd pleasers! The margaritas are known for their realness. They are made naturally with no sour mixes. There are six different guacamoles to choose from. The favorites are the El Vez (“The Original”) and the “Bazooka” Limon which includes goat cheese, chile flake, pistachio, and roasted tomatoes.

Looking around El Vez, is unlike any other restaurants in the area. Walking into the restaurant, you are greeted by hostesses to the left. Right in front of you is the bar; but not just any bar. This bar has a rotating motorcycle smack-dab in the center which was ridden by wrestler De La Hoya when he was going to his last fight. Since El Vez is named after the Mexican Elvis Impersonator, there is a huge portrait of Elvis with a subtle hint of Mexican

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The “dancers de muertes” are featured on the wall behind the large booths.

heritage surrounding him in the landscape. There is even a photo booth! The most unique part of El Vez is the wall of “dancers de muertes”. There are tiny 3-D boxes covering a wall, each unique with a different story for the Day of the Dead, a famous holiday in Mexico. If you ever fear there being a shortage in conversation between you and a companion, El Vez can help you! There are conversations all around the restaurant.

El Vez is owned by restaurant master, Steven Starr. Starr owns 31 restaurants across the United States; including two in New Jersey and nineteen in Philadelphia. Many of these restaurants are well-known and have even been featured in the public eye. Starr’s restaurant, Buddakan, is located in New York City; the restaurant made an appearance as Carrie and Mr. Big’s rehearsal dinner location in the Sex and the City movie. Also, actress Katie Lee chose to talk about El Vez’s nachos on the show “Guilty Pleasures” on the Food Network. Starr also cares about his customers. While at any of the Starr restaurants, customers will be comfortable. Comfortable in knowing that they will be taken care of and cared for. Starr goes beyond the limit of just your average restaurant owner; he even goes as far as making sure the temperature of the restaurant will be satisfying and relaxing for it’s customers. After all, that’s what most people desire when going out; being comIMG_0059fortable in the unknown.

For more information on El Vez, go to elvezrestaurant.com or call 215-928-9800.