The writer was invited to visit Erlton Social Craft Bar & Kitchen, and the meal was complimentary.
Whether you’re meeting up with friends, going on a date, having a family night, or looking for an after-work hang with officemates, it’s time to add Erlton Social Craft Bar & Kitchen, one of Cherry Hill’s newest dining spots, to your “must” list!
Get Ready to Have Fun
Maggie Partker, events and experience director, recently took me on a tour of 1960s building, which has undergone a full renovation. We started with the bowling alley, located in the “Big Event” area. Guests can bowl on their own, join a league, host a party, or rent the venue out for a special event. In addition to billiards, ping-pong, and shuffleboard, the Big Event is home to an arcade where you’ll find video games, claw games, and a prize redemption area.
Time to Dine
With urban chic décors such as trendy filament lighting, industrial touches, cozy bar, and copper electric fireplaces, the dining area offers a completely different vibe from the flashing arcade, neon bowling lanes, and laid-back table game rooms. It offered a distinct reminder that we were just a stone’s throw away from Philly.
Once we settled at a table, Erlton’s Joe Czeiner, Erlton’s dining experience manager joined Maggie and me. Together they told me about the restaurant’s ‘almost’ beginnings on the eve of the pandemic, the dining and entertainment concept, and, ultimately, the reopening. Now that they are open they are finding a huge amount of support and patronage in the community.
As I contemplated what to order, I knew I really wanted to experience a fan favorite. I started with the Mediterranean grilled vegetable plate. This shareable platter includes feta, roasted red peppers, seasonable vegetables, olives, hummus, and pita. The tuna avocado appetizer arrived next. This beautiful plate includes seared tuna encrusted in sesame seeds, over guacamole. Fried plantain slices and flowers top it off. Both fresh and delicious starters looked amazing and offered generous portion sizes.
My meal continued with the salmon B.L.T. from the menu’s “handheld” options. This sandwich really requires TWO hands! Served on thick toast, the caper mayo went well with the perfectly cooked salmon, and I couldn’t get enough of the bacon’s sweet glaze.
The Meal Continues
It’s safe to say that no meal at Erlton is complete without the Flight of Fries! Sweet potato waffle fries, beer battered twist fries, and truffle Parmesan fries pile high in individual baskets. The accompanying—yes, you guessed it—flight of sauces includes beer fondue, barbecue sauce, ranch, honey mustard, and maple honey butter. This tray stole the show and I highly recommend it as a fun, sharable group appetizer.
My meal ended on a sweet note, with a towering slice of Oreo cookies-and-cream cake—one of the current seasonal selections.
Specialty Cocktails and Craft Beer
It wouldn’t be a night out at a Erlton Social Craft Bar & Kitchen without a specialty cocktail. My options included both specialty and seasonal mixed drinks, and my drink of the night was Natalie the Pop Rocker. This fun sweet-and-sour drink sports a Pop Rocks rim.
More traditional bar goers can count on an old fashioned or a cosmo. And if beer is your drink of choice, Erlton has you covered with over 40 beers to choose from. At least 25 on the list are local craft brews.
Since the restaurant’s opening, the community has shown its support. In return, Erlton Social Craft Bar & Kitchen has made it a true mission to give back, with weekly “Gifting Tuesdays.” Every Tuesday, 10% of food sales support a local 501c3 charity.
In addition, the restaurant allows for back room space to be used during the week by any local organization that needs to hold a meeting. The restaurant’s staff is glad to be able to provide a space for this purpose. Organizations such as PTAs and local sports teams have greatly benefited from this offering.
For more information on reserving event space, to view the seasonal menu, upcoming entertainment, Happy Hour details, and info about all-ages Trivia Nights, check out the website.
Erlton Social Craft Bar and Kitchen
1536 Kings Hwy N #2
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034