This is MYSTERY MUNCHER, a feature intended to chronicle dining at South Jersey eating places. These are not reviews, but simply the consumer experience from the 70and73 point of view. We Munch unannounced and always pay our own bill. You might think Muncher never has a bad meal. We do. But we write only about eating places we’d recommend to our friends. A sub-standard 70and73 dining experience means you won’t read about it here. If you have nominations or suggestions, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like a connoisseur of wine, the Muncher savors Eggs Benedict and breakfasting journeys are aimed at tasting the assortment of Benedicts. The heck with those warnings of undercooked eggs — Muncher has made it through countless Benedicts (admittedly, some questionably prepared) with no issues.
It's been a wonderful Benedicts Excursion: from the "normal" with Canadian bacon to crab Benedict to corned beef Benedict. Thank you, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict (Delmonico’s Restaurant; 1860s) or Wall Street broker Lemuel Benedict (Waldorf; 1894) depending on who you believe came up with the dish, according to What's Cooking America.
But, what an amazing, innovative Benedict standout at The Kettle & Grille in Marlton. At a recent Saturday brunch, the Muncher for the first time enjoyed Greek Benedict — with Beef Gyro slipped between the poached eggs and English muffin. Would the spicy meat overwhelm the experience? Not at all. The taste blended perfectly with the Hollandaise sauce and eggs.
The Gryo meat, a Greek specialty, seemed at home in this restaurant in the Crispin Square Shopping Center, 230 North Maple Ave. Walk in, and wait briefly as we did on this busy Saturday morning, and you sense a bit of a traditional Greek diner feel all the way down to the tabletops that hold the advertising-packed paper place mats.
Yet Kettle & Grille, filled with booths, also has the warm look of a regular restaurant. The restaurant opened in 2014, according to its website.
Conventional Benedict is on the menu, as are the Jersey Benedict (pork roll), Italian Benedict (hot Italian sausage), California Benedict (hot turkey and asparagus), Nova Benedict (Nova Scotia lox with the muffins subbed out with a bagel) and Popeye Benedict (sauteed spinach). All Benedict dishes range in price from $9.60 to $9.95 except the Nova, which is $11.
The Captain's Breakfast ($12) is Benedict-like: two poached eggs over two Maryland crab cakes with Hollandaise. Toast is included and served separately.
On this brunch date, the Deputy Muncher selected the Mediterranean Skillet, packed with feta cheese, tomato, onions and, of course, Gyro meat. Mixed in are two eggs any style served with Tzatziki Yogurt sauce. This was a hit with the deputy, who is a Benedict avoider.
Other skillets, all $10.75 like the Mediterranean: Farmer's Skillet (bacon, ham sausage, melted American cheese, peppers and onions with two eggs), Mexican Skillet (tri-colored peppers, onions, chorizo, melted cheddar cheese with two eggs) and Garden Skillet (peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, melted cheddar cheese and two eggs).
Throw in another $1.20 and you can have the Philly Steak Skillet: Philly steak (choice of chicken or beef), fried onions, melted cheddar and two eggs.
Are you sensing a diversified and sweeping menu? Yes. And those selections are but a few of the breakfast choices. The overall menu is formidable. Muncher will need to make a repeat visit for lunch or dinner. Breakfast was a definite "come back."
The server was pleasant, but busy. A request for a second cup of coffee brought a small carafe of coffee for the table. Nice.
Kettle & Grille opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. seven days a week. It takes credit cards.