Over in Princeton, they’re getting in on all the farm-to-table action with the opening of Agricola (which we wrote about a couple months back). It’s a little past the projected February 1 opening originally proposed by French Laundry vet Josh Thomsen, but who cares? He’s taking full advantage of the first (distant) hints of spring and putting together a menu full of stuff provided by the affiliated Great Road Farm. We’re talking market salads made of whatever comes out of the ground that day, poached eggs from Great Road served with Rose Finn potatoes, potato fries with roasted beet ketchup and all kinda of pickled vegetables (see above), in addition to utilizing cheeses from Valley Shepherd, chicken from Lancaster County and Atlantic cod (which he turns into fritters).
You can check out the full menu below.
The highly anticipated Agricola restaurant in Princeton will open around February 1 with the kitchen under the command of executive chef Josh Thomsen, the French Laundry alum and StarChef “Rising Star Chef” who opened Tao in Las Vegas and ran it as the highest-grossing restaurant in the country. Thomsen will be preparing foods sourced at his co-owner’s nearby farm, as well as other farms in the area.
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South Jersey favorite Catelli Ristorante, which closed its doors back in 2011, has been brought back to life in the form of Catelli Duo Osteria and Wine Bar in Voorhees as of yesterday, September 17th. The newest iteration of Catelli brings its signature Italian fare but at a lower price point than the original. With a rustic Italian menu in a more casual atmosphere, the restaurant will fit 150 seats in the dining room, 16 seats at the bar and 52 more outside.
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French Laundry alum Josh Thomsen will be the executive chef at Agricola, a new farm-to-table restaurant opening in Princeton this fall. Thomsen is a CIA grad who also worked under Michael Mina at NobHill in Vegas’ MGM Grand and as chef de cuisine at Tao, also in Vegas, which was the highest-grossing restaurant in the U.S. during his time there.
Agricola (which takes over the old Lahiere’s landmark on Witherspoon Street), is so farmy and local that it makes Talula’s Garden look like a soulless corporate chain. Owned by Jim Nawn, a New Jersey farmer who attended the Institute of Culinary Education and held a residency at NYC’s Michelin-starred Veritas to prep for his new role as restaurateur, the 200-seat Agricola (which means “farmer” in Latin … but maybe you already suspected that) will serve seasonal American fare (natch) sourced from nearby farms (double natch).
Nawn is promising a comfortable space whose rooms each display their own personality and – our personal favorite – a “lively bar capable of entertaining guests from morning brunch through last call.” Service will start with dinner seven days a week then add lunch and weekend brunch shortly thereafter.
Agricola [Official website]
Alas, Delilah’s wasn’t the only restaurant serving cuisine from the African diaspora to close this month.
Scotch Bonnets Restaurant & Catering, the year-old Jamaican BYO in Medford, NJ owned by local TV chef Janet Davis, closed March 10th. Chef Janet, as she’s known, hosted and produced The Pepper Pot Cooking Show on MIND-TV. She was also the regional media spokesperson for Cabot Creamery, and makes frequent appearances on NBC-10 and Fox Philly.
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Just when you thought they couldn’t do anything more with tube-shaped meat, someone went and did the unfathomable: they turned a hot dog into dessert. Now don’t get us wrong, we like gooey, high-fat gluttony just as much as the next guy (probably as much as the next two guys, actually). But did the owners of Cherry Hill’s Cool Dog Café really need to deep fry a hot dog (granted, an all-beef hot dog which, we guess, makes it a little bit healthier) and top it with peanut butter, chocolate brownie pieces, caramel sauce and chocolate syrup?
Yes. Yes they did.
We suppose we shouldn’t be that surprised that the creators of the Homewrecker Challenge hoagie might conceive of the Gadzooks Dog, which they sell for $4.50. So this leaves just one final question: since the dog has been on the menu for a few weeks already, has anyone out there actually tried this monster yet?
Cool Dog Cafe [Official website]