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Iron Hill Brewery – Maple Shade, NJ

Iron Hill Brewery – Maple Shade, NJ

Situated a little off the main roads sits Iron Hill Brewery (IHB). It was a zig-zag of roads it seemed to get there, and their sign popped out of nowhere. Once inside the place is gigantic. It is a good thing as a large crowd was already there and they were hopping for lunch service. I can only imagine what happy hour or the weekends look like at IHB. It is no secret IHB’s big draw is beer, but I came here to eat, was with my toddler aged son, and for his mother to approve of this lunch I did not think drinking would be advisable having to drive him home. After a brief overview of IHB from the bubbly server, the order of the day would be their House Smoked Pork Sandwich.

iron hill

The pork sandwich consisted of hickory smoked pulled pork with St. Louis style barbeque sauce on a toasted bun. I must admit that I was not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. The pork was moist, not chewy in the least, and had a nice even consistency throughout while the sauce really enhanced and was a joy to eat. The fries were above average, cooked perfectly, and portion size was not an issue in the least.

One of the things that surprised me the most about my visit to IHB was the amount of children present. I second guessed bringing my son there, but once inside they treated him like a rock star, provided him with his own crayon set to keep, and they have one of the best children’s menus I have seen around at a very affordable price.

This was my first time to any IHB as they have many locations, but it will certainly not be my last. They have intrigued me with their menu, quality, fast and friendly service, and most importantly their unique beer selection which I will try next time without bringing the little guy with me.


Keg & Kitchen – Westmont, NJ

Keg & Kitchen – Westmont, NJ

Driving down Haddon Avenue it is easier to spot Keg & Kitchen’s (KK) beer kegs sitting on top of their roof than it is to read their curb-side sign which is almost invisible to the naked eye. If you are not looking closely, you can pass KK quite easily. KK’s interior is very warm and welcoming and I can see why they are a favorite among the craft beer crowds that flock here for KK’s many beer themed events and specials. I though, came for the food. First up to start my lunch would be a roasted carrot and fennel soup.

keg carrot

The soup was fantastic. Not too thick with a nice smooth consistency throughout and creamy with a mellow flavor, yet enough flavor to make it a great way to start the meal off. The plating had a little to be desired as it was just splashed into the bowl and was not tidied up before coming to my table with the drips marks on the bowl, but a good soup nonetheless. Next up would be my main lunch entrée Short Rib Sandwich which was one of the better lunch options I have had in quite some time.

keg short

The sandwich consisted of short rib, spicy ricotta, caramelized onions, garlic, and lightly sautéed arugula. The beef just melted in my mouth and was as smooth as silk. The onions were tucked inside, the arugula really shined, and spicy ricotta created a flavor combination that just hit all notes. It was a symphony of deliciousness. The only downfall of my lunch were the supposed hand cut fries. They did not seem at all fresh and were as soggy as a wet paper towel. It really was a shame with everything else being so wonderful. If KK can get the kitchen to perfect a good fry coming out of that kitchen, other lunch destinations better look out. I enjoyed my ten dollar lunch at KK and have spent double that for a far worse meal. With lunch like they serve and a few beers, one may not make it back to office anytime soon if they go to KK and they may be a good thing. 

Four out of Five Stars