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The Bistro at Cherry Hill – Cherry Hill, NJ

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Forget Nordstrom’s – this is the main attraction.

The Bistro at Cherry Hill (in the Cherry Hill Mall, NJ 08002)
2000 Route 38
Price: $21 (Excludes Tip), for Two
Meal: Dinner / Weekend / 7pm
Website: Bistro Website.

I’ll be honest – the Bistro wasn’t my first choice for dinner. There’s a plethora of places to eat in and around the mall (Bahama Breeze, Seasons Grill, the Food Court, etc..), but Autumn said this place was awesome and I had never had the experience of eating smack dab in the middle of high-end shoppers. I had hoped that one of them would drop a $20 and not bother to pick it up (who has the time?), but I was out of luck. What I was fortunate for, however, is a great meal that really surprised me.

If you like the interior decor of the renovated Cherry Hill Mall, you’ll like the Bistro. You’ll find marble counter tops circling a semi-exposed kitchen area. If you don’t want to be so close to the action, there are a couple tables on the outskirts where you’ll have a little more privacy. The menu is broad enough without a good variety of Italian-inspired sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas. It’s a step up in cost from a fast food place, but it’s significantly cheaper than the chain restaurants we mentioned earlier.

As far as service goes, we have no complaints. We didn’t wait more than 10 minutes for our meal and the waitress even went so far as to recommend that I change my order because, in her view, another sandwich was better (and happened to be cheaper). I took her up on the suggestion and I’m glad I did. I like when wait staff use their experiences to make mine better. We ended up ordering a crab cake wrap and a pasta dish with sausage and peppers.

Both choices were fantastic. The crab cake wrap might be my new favorite. A generous portion installed with lump crab meat, lettuce, tomato, and coleslaw all twisted together in perfect harmony. It came with a side of old bay seasoned french fries which were very good if you are a big fan of old bay. Next time I’ll just get them plain (you just have to ask for it) for my tastes. Autumn’s pasta dish was steaming hot, full of flavor, and was especially visually appealing. We both left full, happy, and went back a few days later and tried the chicken caprese too.

[image title=”Bistro Items” size=”medium” id=”645″ align=”center” alt=”The good stuff – side by side” ]

On the messy side, but a good messy, the chicken was loaded with melted mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers, and had a delicious side of pesto sauce that was like an ambrosia to Autumn. With the same good french fries that accompany most of the sandwiches, it’s a good value for $10 a pop. I can personally highly recommend the crap cake wrap and the chicken caprese sandwich without hesitation.

Overall, the Bistro is not going to kill your wallet, tastes fabulous, and really gives some of these expensive joints a run of their money. As such, and considering we already have multiple visits under our belt, we’re going to bestow a near-perfect rating on these guys.

Pros:

– Great food
– Friendly service

Cons:

– Probably not a good spot for intimate dining
– No alcohol

Guru’s Score: 4.9
Autumn’s Score: 4.5
Combined Score: 4.7 Chews
★★★★½
Subjective rating: Go there.

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