Prospector’s Steakhouse and Saloon
Mt Laurel, NJ
Menu: Visit Website
Price: $26 (two – includes tip)
Route 38 is one of those roads that is a microcosm of southern New Jersey – something for everybody. If you are heading eastbound with no particular destination in mind (how likely is that?) then plan on stopping at Prospector’s. As you might expect from the name, it’s an adaptation (of sorts) of an old western saloon without the dirt floor of course. The parking lot is ample and there is a porte cochere ( yeah that’s western) to be sheltered from any bad weather. Through the glass doors and you will enter a rather dark interior. A linear salad bar is almost dead ahead, and the “check in” counter to the left. If not crowded you should have your pick of either the “saloon” section or main dining room. Booths are available in both; your reviewer prefers the “saloon”.
The main dining room has an overhead train that competes for your reviewers attention. Having been here for lunch about 4 times over the last six months it is part of your reviewers “comfort circuit”. The wait staff tends to be young and relatively informal. Lunch for your reviewer and companion typically include at least one appetizer – sometimes shared, other times just for one individual. This could range from a nice sized bowl of chili topped with green onions and cheddar cheese at $4.99 or fried cheese sticks at $6.99. Your reviewer enjoys the bacon cheeseburger at $8.99 while my companion chose the quesadillas as an entree at $8.29. An iced tea and diet soda (to counter act the cheese sticks) were soon followed by the home made diamond shaped snow flake-esque rolls. Clearly they should come with an ” addiction warning label”…and yes, you will be asked if you would like more by the obliging staff.
Your reviewer on two occasions had to send his well done burger back to get the pink out of it…so chews are lost for consistency here. No such problem for my companion…the quesadilla’s seemed to hit the spot. Overall, and taking into account the send backs, about 2.5 chews. Had there not been send backs then a solid 3 chews would be in order. The menu itself is quite broad with more than a dozen appetizers ranging from $6.99 to $8.99. A soup du jour as well as chili are common priced at $4.99. If you are eating “green” the fresh salad selection starts at $7.99 for the house salad up to $9.99 for three variations of chicken salad. Steaks and chops predominate…and can range from $14.99 to $21.99. Half a dozen chicken entrees also start at $14.99 up to $16.99. Another half dozen choices in Pasta present alternatives to beef or poultry all common priced at $16.99. Specialty burgers are 11 in number and are certified Angus beef. Expect to pay from $7.99 to $9.49. Sandwiches are also available, 15 at last count, including buffalo chicken, crunchy grouper and shrimp bacon. Prices range from $8.29 to $9.99 for the Prime Rib. If you are a counter culturist check out the selections are about 7 fish and seafood including a “claim jumper” and Boomtown Shrimp. This category ranges from $16.99 to $20.99 for the Bat Masterson ( fried combo of stuffed shrimp, grouper fillet and a crab cake). You will also find Fajitas and numerous side items. There are Texas sized desserts including a brownie a la mode, carrot cake, cheesecake and the like but your reviewer and companion never can squeeze them in. The old expression “try it, you’ll like it” would seem to work here. Enjoy!
– Nice interior
– Pleasant staff
– Can’t seem to get burgers right on the first try
Pop Pop’s Score: 2.5 Chews
Subjective rating: Average.
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