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Gina's in Millville draws a crowd because food is so good

MILLVILLE - It was below freezing on a mid-week night when we went to Gina's, but the frigid weather didn't keep customers away. This charmingly decorated restaurant is pretty small, housing less than a dozen tables, but it is big in other ways, which is why, no doubt, we had to pass some time until we were seated.

Gina's in Millville draws a crowd because food is so good

MILLVILLE - It was below freezing on a mid-week night when we went to Gina's, but the frigid weather didn't keep customers away. This charmingly decorated restaurant is pretty small, housing less than a dozen tables, but it is big in other ways, which is why, no doubt, we had to pass some time until we were seated.

Colombian cuisine debuts at El Rancho del Pollo in P'ville

Previous home to a Mexican restaurant and a uniform supply company before that, the building at 375 S. Main St. in Pleasantville now houses El Rancho del Pollo serving Colombian cuisine.

800 Bay has extraordinary food served with a French flair

SOMERS POINT - For years, we have been fascinated by the red brick and wood structure located at 800 Bay Ave. in Somers Point. Something about the building with its many interesting architectural details demands your immediate attention. Maybe its the wrap-around porch that leads to the comfortable foyer, or maybe the sweeping vistas extending out to the barrier islands, but the building definitely has a personality all its own. Several restaurateurs have tried and eventually failed at making a go of it in this very same spot. Hard to believe, since the location has so much going for it. Restaurant concepts are much more fleeting than sturdy structures. Through several semi-successful concepts, the now simply named 800 Bay Restaurant & Bar, may prove to be the one that finally succeeds.

Vincenzo's serves wonderful Italian cuisine in trattoria setting

Everyone has a favorite go-to Italian restaurant, and there is certainly no shortage of them. They're all pretty good, too. Most of the menus we find offer standard fare we've become accustomed to: an array of pasta dishes with all kinds of sauces, "homemade" specialties such as lasagna and gnocchi, plus seafood, chicken and veal entrees prepared every which way you can imagine. This is what we expect and look forward to.

Friendly Hi Point Pub in Absecon excels at bar food

ABSECON- If your idea of a pub is simply a bar that also serves some food, you might want to browse through the menu at Skelly's Hi Point Pub, but make sure you have a few extra minutes.

Friendly Hi Point Pub in Absecon excels at bar food

ABSECON- If your idea of a pub is simply a bar that also serves some food, you might want to browse through the menu at Skelly's Hi Point Pub, but make sure you have a few extra minutes.

Food, service and views: Latitudes in Lacey Twp. has it all

Everything about our visit to this restaurant seemed familiar. As my guest and I slowly drove along winding East Lacey Road, I knew I had been there before, especially when we approached the building that sits along the river at the end of the street. In fact, I had been there five years ago to review this restaurant when it was called Southwinds (the marina where it's located is still referred to as Southwinds).

Fabulous decor with food to match found at Fin

Visually, Fin at the Tropicana Casino and Resort is stunning. Overlooking the ocean, the former Wellington Steakhouse has been transformed into a chic seaside oasis. No expense was spared to create an environment that whisks you away from the tumult of the casino floor to a place that oozes luxurious tranquility. With a color scheme of soft sea blues and greens, every facet of the decor is exquisite, from floor-to-ceiling mosaic tiled columns to stylish glass charger plates and blue goblets set on white-clothed tables. A jazzy soundtrack adds an extra touch of panache.

Yuki Hana serves the best of Chinese, Japanese cuisines

BRIGANTINE - Chinese restaurants have become as common as Italian restaurants in our area, and Japanese restaurants, especially hibachi grills, are hot on their trails. This is not a bad thing, but it makes visiting those restaurants a little less exotic than it used to be.

Great food, impeccable service make meal at Ram's Head memorable

There are many reasons to reserve Ram's Head Inn in Galloway for a special occasion. Over and over, it's been referred to as the most romantic restaurant in the area. But whether you're looking for romance or not, you can't help but feel its effect by the time you leave.

Southern hospitality, good food found at Kelsey and Kim's

ATLANTIC CITY - We had the feeling we had been here before. We had, in fact, dined at the same table near the window, in another incarnation when it was still Corbin's on Melrose Avenue, one of our very first review restaurants. There was something familiar about the artwork, three squiggly mirrors and some candle sconces on the wall that evoked the memories. A quick survey out the window revealed an empty lot, an empty Boardwalk and a glimpse of ocean waves. Not much seemed to have changed at this end of the island, other than new ownership of the property, now called Kelsey and Kim's Southern Cafe.

Merrill's in Belcoville still offers delicious home cookin'

WEYMOUTH TOWNSHIP - You have to be of a certain age to remember when the trip to the Jersey shore from Philadelphia could only be made through a series of numbered roads and "shortcuts" through the Pine Barrens along winding backwoods blacktop. The watering holes and eateries that flourished along those old byways are now gone for the most part. Just past the intersection of Routes 40 and 50 in Mays Landing sits Merrill's Colonial Inn, in a green and white wooden building from another era, with a homestyle menu and a familiar atmosphere from a simpler time and place. And just like going home for dinner, mom is busy in the kitchen and daughter is out front clearing tables.

Legacy Restaurant's food above par, service exceptional

If a golf club is not one of your first choices when you think about where you would like to have dinner, you might change your mind once you've eaten at the Legacy Restaurant at Sea Oaks County Club in Tuckerton. For an affordable, top quality meal, it's as good as any restaurant in its class.

Beach House Restaurant on LBI serves seafood with flair

Each time I head to Long Beach Island, I feel as though I'm going on a vacation to someplace new. That's the fun and convenience of traveling to the "island" for a quick getaway.

Villa Fazzolari brings slice of Italian to Buena Vista Twp.

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP - We shouldn't have been surprised to find an Italian villa sitting smack dab in the middle of the township. There are, after all, several historical connections between Hammonton, Vineland and here ... and the many large Italian farming communities that bind them. Isn't it nice to discover a little taste of home, somewhere you least expect it?

Kitaro brings an Asian feel to the seaside city of Ventnor

VENTNOR - All the traffic signals were dark along the barrier island; as we got closer to Kitaro we realized that storefronts too, failed to offer their normal neon light. We pulled up in time to see a server dragging tables and chairs from the outside patio indoors. We knew that wasn't good.

The food stands out during meal at Neil's in Wildwood

Neil's Island Pub & Grill sits a stone's throw from Morey's Pier, and the hubbub was palpable on a gorgeous summer night.

Food was good, but service needed work at Salvo Cucina

LONGPORT - We were the first to arrive for dinner at Salvo Cucina and caught the staff still sitting together at a corner table. It took them a second to realize customers had arrived and for someone to take charge and offer to seat us. We brushed some crumbs from the chair before we sat down and noticed other chairs at other tables were not quite ready for service to begin. Since Salvo Cucina serves lunch it must have been someone's job to straighten up the dining room and get it ready for dinner service.

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