Hello fellow foodies and happy fall. This week we went off the beaten path a little bit and visited Cinders Wood Fire Grill in Mine Hill. Although Cinders is a well-established eatery, they have revamped their menu as well as the interior of the restaurant.
They have a tented area with more than adequate heating as well as a beautiful covered patio area complete with a roaring fireplace. Inside they have a full bar and seating, along with having an added marketplace with a gourmet deli counter and a refrigerator section selling their sauces, soups, dressings, meats, and various other delicious offerings. They even have wine and produce available.
Now, on to the review….we are happy food loving women! We started our meal with two appetizers off their specials menu. Butternut Squash tortellini with cranberries and hazelnuts in brown butter. It was a wonderful way to introduce rich fall flavors to our pallets. And because…bacon! We had to try the Sweet and Spicy Slab of Bacon. This was a large, thick slice of grilled bacon in a maple sriracha sauce. To quote Thyme, “I could bathe in that sauce”. Our only suggestion, due to the thickness of the bacon, is to grill it a smidgen more to really caramelize all that fatty goodness. Also brought to our table by the wonderful server was a plate of fresh warm bread with a small dish containing olive oil, balsamic vinegar and surprisingly a dollop of ricotta cheese. Already feeling satisfied with all of the food we had eaten, we were unsure if we would be able to continue on to our entrees. Just kidding.
Normally this is the part where were would go right into our descriptions of our entrees. But we both feel that we MUST take a moment to appreciate the house salad that was served to us first. (and after bacon and brown butter, let’s face it, we could use the ruffage). A bed of fresh spring greens topped with thinly sliced sweet apples, onions and cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, small cubes of cheddar cheese and a homemade apple vinaigrette. It was so incredibly flavorful it blew us away. I, (Rosemary), may have bought a bottle or two of the dressing in their market before we left. For our two entrees we chose Chicken and Eggplant Margarita and Ginger Berry Salmon. The Margarita was a huge portion of breaded chicken topped with eggplant rollatini and prosciutto in between, served with a basil marinara over linguine. The chicken was cooked perfectly, and the eggplant rollatini & prosciutto added creaminess and saltiness to the light marinara. The Ginger Berry Salmon was an exceptionally large portion of wild caught Alaskan salmon with brie cheese in a ginger berry sauce over rice pilaf. Also included on the plate were fresh raspberries and blackberries. What a wonderful combination of flavors! Full disclosure, the waiter asked when taking our order, what temperature we’d like the salmon cooked. We ordered medium, but probably should have gone with medium rare in order to truly get the full flavor of the chef’s combination of creative flavors. None the less, it was delicious.
The dessert deserves its own paragraph. All we can say is “YAY! Dessert has been redeemed thanks to the evil genius that came up with Smores Raviolis and peanut butter brownie sundaes!” We know what you are thinking, what on earth are smores raviolis? They are cinnamon and sugar graham cracker like pie crusts wrapped around chocolate and marshmallow, beautifully plated with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. If we were not in public, and so full we probably would have licked the plate clean! The peanut butter brownie sundae is more complex than you’d imagine. Three fresh brownies, plated with a large scoop of peanut butter ice cream, with symmetrically placed dollops of whipped cream, topped with chocolate sauce and peanuts. The flavor was reminiscent of the buster bars you used to get at Dairy Queen, only kicked up a notch! We’re so happy to finally find a place with creative, delectable desserts.
Our overall review is highly favorable. We strongly encourage everyone to give their new menu and market a try. Even as the weather turns chillier, their cozy fire, amazing food, huge portions and topnotch service will warm you from the inside out.
Thank you once again for joining us on another food adventure. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please reach out to us at Rosemaryandthyme.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mine Hill Township, NJ 07803
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