Philadelphia’s famous foodie scene may be just a short trip across the Delaware River, but Burlington County, New Jersey’s restaurants are proof you needn’t travel to the big city for fine fare. From contemporary American and authentic Argentinean cuisine in Bordentown to traditional Indian and Italian food in Mount Laurel, we round up Burlington County’s very best restaurants.
A Burlington County institution for many years, the family owned and operated Maple Shade Custard Stand is the place to go in south New Jersey to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. Choose from a variety of frozen custards, soft serve ice cream cones, sundaes and milkshakes. Other sweet treats include banana splits, ice cream sandwiches, flurries and refreshing water ice in flavors like watermelon, black cherry and root beer. Better still, Maple Shade Custard Stand is open year-round so visitors can get their fix come rain or shine.
Founded in the late 1920s, Pic-A-Lilli Inn is today owned and operated by the fifth generation of the original owner’s family. Its as well-known for its rich history as for its deliciously traditional, homemade American eats. A range of salads, sandwiches, burgers and cheesesteaks are served alongside entrées including crab-stuffed fresh tilapia filet and meatloaf served with mashed potatoes, gravy and onion rings. But if you try just one thing, make sure it’s Pic-A-Lilli Inn’s award-winning wings available with mild, spicy, hot, smoker or garlic parmesan sauce, they’re often hailed as the best in south New Jersey.
Pic-A-Lilli Inn, 866 Route 206, Shamong, NJ, USA +1 609 268 2066
Serving some of the best-loved classic Italian cuisine in all of south New Jersey, the family owned and operated Illiano Cucina Mediterranea has been serving its signature Neapolitan cuisine for more than 20 years. Here you can get appetizers including fried calamari with tangy marinara sauce or provolone and prosciutto stuffed long hot peppers with garlic and olive oil. For something heartier try the homemade potato gnocchi with pomodoro sauce, fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella or shrimp parmigiana. But make sure to save some room, Illiano Cucina Mediterranea’s classic Italian desserts are an indulgent treat worth sticking around for.