In A Pickle – West Deptford, NJ
530 Crown Point Road
West Deptford, NJ 08086
Price: ~$25 for two, including tip
Meal: Lunch, Friday around 1 PM
Located in a small strip of stores just off of Crown Point Road in West Deptford, I could easily see how one might drive by this little restaurant everyday without a second thought. We at Chewru, however, love to seek out these unassuming little eateries instead of constantly patronizing the big chains. In A Pickle came highly recommended by my dining companion who had never been herself, but had heard great things about it from others. The restaurant is on the small side and struck me as more of a take-out lunch place, but there are a good number of tables if you decide to eat-in as we did on this cold, snowy day. I was a little overwhelmed with the bright green walls and black and white accents, but the place was definitely clean and organized. After a large group of 8 or so people left, we were the only ones seated in the dining area, but a good number of people were in and out with to-go orders.
We initially seated ourselves at a small table near the door, but later moved to another table in the back to avoid the constant blasts of cold air from the opening door. Our waitress was genuinely friendly and attentive. She brought us beverages promptly and told us to help ourselves to the pickle bar. The small pickle bar included sliced dill pickles, sliced bread and butter pickles, roasted red peppers, hot peppers, and sweet peppers. I tried some of each, but really gorged on the bread and butter pickles and the sweet peppers.
I had a difficult time deciding between the Louisiana style BBQ pulled pork sandwich and the BBQ pulled pork quesadilla. At the strong recommendation of our waitress, I ending up ordering the BBQ pulled pork quesadilla. It included savory pulled pork tenderloin marinated in a tangy BBQ sauce with cheddar cheese, roasted bell peppers, and onions and came with ranch dressing on the side for dipping. Aside from the messiness, it was delicious. The pulled pork had a nice flavor and I enjoyed the added zest of the other ingredients. My dining companion ordered the shrimp and crab cake sandwich and was thoroughly impressed. The cakes were topped which lettuce, tomato, onion, and a Cajun tartar sauce and served a long, fresh roll. Her sandwich also came with a bag of chips. We were both satisfied with the portion sizes given that the prices of the sandwiches were a little on the high side – $7.50 for mine and $9 for hers. We were too full for any dessert, but there were homemade cookies near the register that look delicious and flyers on each table advertising their new chocolate pecan and lemon chiffon bars. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this small eatery and would definitely return to In A Pickle for lunch.
Score: 4.2 Chews
Subjective rating: Great.
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