Get more bang for your buck: South Jersey’s restaurant week is back

South Jersey Restaurant week allows patrons to enjoy four courses for $35.

When an opportunity presents itself to enjoy four courses at an upscale restaurant for $35, take it. As a college student, I understand how difficult it is to afford high-end meals. This week is the perfect opportunity to take that special someone out on a date, or to gather a group of your closest friends for a delicious and reasonably priced meal.

SJHotChefs.com, in conjunction with Holman Automotive group, is sponsoring their fifth annual South Jersey Restaurant week from Sunday, October 17th though Friday, October 22nd.

Forty-five independent restaurants in the South Jersey area are participating, the majority offering a four course menu for $35, and a few offering three courses for $25. With so many places to choose from, every college student should be able to find something that fits their palate and wallet!

Upscale steakhouses, such as the Chophouse in Gibbsboro, seafood stores—like Joe Pesce in Collingswood—and Italian restaurants like the Filomena’s chain all participate in Restaurant Week and have reservations available online or over the phone.

Braddocks, in Medford, La Esperanza in Lindenwold ($25 for three courses), Dream Cuisine Café in Cherry Hill and Los Amigos in West Berlin are among the many participating this year.

Many of the establishments have their menus available for viewing online at SJHotChefs.com.

Generally, receiving four courses for such an outstanding price means sacrificing quality and quantity; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Each restaurant has taken time to develop a strong menu with generous portion sizes.

The Chophouse offers an appetizer, a soup or salad, your choice of entrée (ranging from Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes to Wild Mushroom Risotto to a Wet-aged center cut 8 ounce sirloin) and a dessert for an extremely reasonable price ($35 per person). Add a wine flight, a glass of wine carefully paired with each course, for an additional $20.

La Esperanza offers an appetizer, a soup, salad or enfrijolado, and an entrée (ranging from fish tacos to a dish with fresh rabbit coxoked in spices), and flan or bunuelos rellenos for $25.

Reservations fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute. This is a great opportunity at fine dining that every college student should take advantage of. For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.SJHotChefs.com.

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