Several South Jersey restaurants were participating in the "Off The Hook" 4 day promotion where local restaurants featured a four course local seafood dinner for only $30. Since Linda and I are seafood lovers, how could we resist such a deal?
For the third course, Linda had the Blackened Catfish with jalepeno cheddar grits and collard greens. The catfish was nicely blackened and cooked to perfection. I've had the grits and greens before so I already knew how wonderful they tasted. Linda admitted that it was the first time in her life that collard greens ever tasted good to her.
I had the "Oyster Pearls" tapioca pudding. Rather than being a normal thick pudding, this pudding was more soupy--but not in a bad way. Rich and velvety with a pearl-sized tapiocas, it was a delightful end to what was an extraordinary meal.
Our server, whose name slips me now, was wonderful. Friendly and attentive, she was on-the-ball yet not overbearing. I believe because I was taking pictures of the meal, we were visited by the Restaurant Manager, and then the Chef, and finally the owner. It was nice to have them visit and helped make our meal seem even more special. I told them that I would be blogging about the meal and that my daughter and her boyfriend would be coming in on Monday for her 29th birthday dinner.
Don't let the $30 special menu fool you. Their regular menu is moderately priced as well with appetizers like light and crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls ($6.50) and my personal favorite, Peking Duck Flatbread with a hoisin barbeque sauce ($12). They have fabulous solo pizzas with crisp crusts that range from $10 - $12 and main courses like Grilled Atlantic Salmon ($19), Bison Meatloaf ($20), Grilled 12 oz Rib Eye Steak ($22), and a Seafood Potpie chock full of scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, and salmon ($23). The have an extensive wine list (bottles are half price on mondays) as well as a large selection of draft and bottled beers. Speciality drink and martini prices range from $8.50 - $9.00.
If you're looking for fine dining and the charm of Collingswood but want to drink and don't want to pay exorbatant prices, then Cork is your place. Cork is located at 90 Haddon Avenue in Westmont. For reservations call 856-833-9800 or vist opentable.com.