With just one bite of Jeweler Joes Southern Chicken Sandwich from Guppy's Good Times in Conshohocken, I knew it was love. The chopped pickles mixed with coleslaw, crunchy 7-spice fried chicken and gooey pepper jack cheese make this sandwich a splurge that's worth every calorie.
In Hammonton, New Jersey, at El Mariachi Loco, the Molcajete was a home run. It's a bowl made from volcanic rock, filled with steak, shrimp, pork, grilled cactus, onions and peppers in a spicy special sauce topped with Mexican cheese. It comes with a side of rice and tortillas, but I'm telling you, you don't need it, just order a sweet pineapple water to wash it down.
At Le Virtu in South Philly, they made me the Maccheroni Alla Mugnaia, known to me now as the first dish I've ever finished on camera. It's one strand of al dente noodle, that stretches out to 4.5 feet, mixed in a simple sauce of olive oil, garlic and hot peppers.
At Bocelli's Restaurant in Doylestown, they told me that the Lobster Ravioli was the most popular item on the menu, and I can see why. It's cheesy, pillowy raviolis set in a blush sauce that's so good, I could drink it!
When you go out on the town in New Jersey, it's rare that someone doesn't mention Giumarello's in Westmont. They have the best happy hour around, and even better Thai Chili Mussels.
At the Smithville Inn in Smithville, NJ, they nailed the home style Chicken Pot Pie. It's creamy and comforting with huge chunks of chicken bedded underneath a flakey pie crust. But the best part about these pot pies? The two moist dumplings hidden inside.