Sofia Karakasidou drew on recipes from her childhood in Thessaloniki to open her Zagat-rated restaurant Kuzina by Sofia. Her second venture, Kuzina Express, brings a more casual take on fresh Mediterranean cuisine to the Moorestown Mall food court. Karakasidou imports many traditional menu items, such as moussaka and housemade dolmades, from her flagship restaurant. But she gives other classics modern twists, stuffing pita burgers with spicy bifteki patties and crowning flatbread pizzas with gyro meat, crumbled feta, and tzatziki sauce. She cooks with fresh, local ingredients when possible, preparing for the winter by freezing enough farmers to provide fresh produce until spring.
By using only high-grade, sustainable ingredients in its tasty, fast-casual fare, Elevation Burger prepares a menu headlined by burgers made from 100% grass-fed and free-range organic beef that’s ground on the premises to ensure quality and safety. Outfit your naked maw and pants-less gullet with the trademark Elevation ($5.99), a double-patty delight that comes topped with real cheddar cheese and your choice of fancy fixings, ranging from tomatoes and lettuce to caramelized onions and balsamic mustard. Any sandwich can be side-kicked with Elevation Burger’s fresh-cut fries ($2.59), which are thin cut from real potatoes and fried in the heart’s smokin’-hot yet healthy girlfriend, olive oil. Lastly, reward your mouth for its bullfighting victory over bull meat with a hand-scooped malted vanilla milkshake ($3.89) topped with chocolate syrup and strawberries or bananas harvested from Hawaii's volcanic cocoa arboretums.
Homemade pastas, hand-formed gnocchi, and meatballs made from a savory blend of beef, veal, and pork proudly showcase Thomas' Ristorante's dedication to Italian culinary traditions. However, the menu also features a handful of dishes that draw more inspiration from the sea in general than the Mediterranean in particular. This is evident in dishes such as the almond-crusted salmon with citrus glaze as well as the crab cakes with homemade cocktail and mustard sauces. The unifying factor amongst all the dishes is the chefs' reliance on locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Gleaming wooden floorboards and exposed brickwork lend a cozy vibe to the space, making it an inviting spot for people watching out the large front windows. Although the white linen-covered tables are set with crystalline wine glasses entire bunches of chardonnay grapes, Thomas' Ristorante doesn't serve any wines. Instead, the BYOB eatery encourages diners to bring one of their favorite bottles from home.
With outposts in Moorestown, Voorhees, and Collingswood, Akira is one of New Jersey's go-to spots for sushi, noodles, and grilled hibachi meals. Chefs behind the sushi bar expertly assemble rice, fresh fish, and vegetables into maki rolls and hand rolls, while their counterparts behind the hibachi grill put on a performance for diners by searing meats and seafood. The hibachi side of the restaurant gets lively with conversation and jumping flames, making it a festive venue for group dinners and pyromancer parties.