Richeez Kitchen at The Old Rail Tavern
101 Clements Bridge Road
Barrington, New Jersey 08007
Cash Only No Credit Cards
Meal: Lunch for Two $19
Sunday-Tuesday 11 AM to 10:30 PM
Wednesday-Thursday: 11 AM to 11 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM to 12 AM
The prospects of a snow free, and sunny, Saturday called for the start of antique store visits. In the Camden County community of Barrington, the Haddon Heights Antique Center on Clements Bridge Road is both large and varied so that you can while away an hour or so there. A moderate sized parking lot in the rear was a convenience. Having perused and purchased it was time to grab a casual lunch. There were actually two establishments within a 60 second walk of the store and I asked the staff about the Old Rail Tavern visible just up the road. It was recommended so my travel partner and I put our treasures in the car and went up to the “Tavern”. Now if you don’t enjoy that type of environment there is a luncheonette on the other side of the Antique Center. Since it was past twelve the bar counter was not deficient of patrons; there is a short flight of stairs leading upstairs to Richeez Kitchen. At best there are a half dozen tables available, the majority of which are on the “balcony” side and abut the food preparation area. It is a cozy place to be sure.
Our waitress came over right away to present menus and take our beverage order which was not particularly in fitting with the surroundings in that they were two diet soda’s. The menu offerings include freshly made pizza with red or white sauce that come in variations of small, large or Sicilian squares. A plain cheese small pizza will set you back $8 while the Sicilian equivalent is $15. Hot steak sandwiches, Beef or Chicken, start at $6.25 for a plain steak and escalate up to $7.50 for the Cheese Steak Special that includes Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Sauce & Mozzarella. Grilled Chicken Subs, a nice variety of other hot and cold sandwiches, Stromboli, Hoagies, classics like Hot Roast Beef or Pork offer a nice variety. Want burgers? They have all beef at $6.25 with a variety of toppings.
Surprisingly the other side of the menu revealed about two dozen Appetizers including Steamed Clams, Mozzarella Sticks, Pierogies, Shrimp Cocktail, Curly Fries and Cheese Nachos. Hot Wings in a variety of intensity and choice of Garlic or Honey BBQ come as an order of 10 for $7. Hot Soups can be had for $3.25 for a cup or $3.75 a bowl. A dozen Salad offerings are available the house version starts at $5.00 and includes Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Cucumber. An Antipasto or Chef Salad are priced at $9 each. If you have a wish for a more substantial meal there are about a dozen and a half to choose from including Shrimp Cacciatore for $15, Homemade Lasagna $12 or Mussels, Claims & Shrimp for $16. All dinners are served with Garlic Bread and a Dinner Salad.
My travel companion ordered a Cheese Steak Sandwich with Bacon; I selected a Three Egg Omelette with American Cheese served on an Italian Roll. Because of my bedevilment with cholesterol I requested, and was granted, a two egg version though at the same tariff. Rounding out the order was a basket of fries to share. While we waited we watched the action in the kitchen and everything seemed cordial and efficient at least during this time of the day. The downstairs “tavern” became even more brisk, and I should note that meals were also offered at the counter in that section or at the few “big boy” tables on the periphery. Our meals were served within a reasonable period of time and the Cheese Steak appeared to be very substantial as well as satisfactory. Both the quality and temperature of our selections were good. My sandwich was likewise to my satisfaction, although the cheese was of the institutional white version although I do prefer yellow. The roll was a good quality Italian and as much as I tried I could only manage to eat half of it. So a take home box materialized and the other half will be consumed in the morning. All in all this first visit was very satisfactory and I would return when in the area. With a Chewru rating of 3, Richeez Kitchen delivers a low key and casual environment with friendly staff. Enjoy !
Pop Pop’s Score: 3.0 Chews
Subjective rating: A good stop for lunch.
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