Sunday, August 24, 2008

Robin's Nest & Crow Bar, Mt. Holly

Mt. Holly, NJ is one of those towns you don't really hear much about. It's a Main Street designated community, with a growing downtown area, but doesn't get much in the way of press in South Jersey. Perhaps it should...

The town itself is very quaint with beautiful colonial houses, streets lined with small-town shops, and various historic buildings that date back to the 1700s (and probably even older). Now it is also an Urban Enterprise Zone with lower taxes and other benefits, in the hopes that it makes a comeback from a downturn. The Rancocas Creek cuts through town, providing some pleasing sounds and wildlife. And right in the middle of all this is the Robin's Nest and Crow Bar, two interconnected establishments serving good food and drink.

These restaurants sit on 2 Washington Street at the Mill Race Waterway. On a nice day or night you can enjoy the outoor scenery that overlooks the river, or you can cozy up inside the old Victorian building for some elegant, upscale dining. The bar also has a separate, more affordable menu and has a TV for watching sports; and you'll often hear Jimmy Buffet or other leisurely music as you enjoy the alfresco experience. They have a few specialties but quite frankly all of the French-American food is superb.

Robin's Nest is pretty easy to find. Coming from 295, take exit 47 onto Rt 541 toward Mt. Holly and just stay straight until you hit the downtown area. You'll see the restaurant, a yellow house on the right corner at Washington Street. There's parking all over, and a lot about a block down on the right if needed.

Reservations are suggested, particularly for the outdoor seats when it's nice out. Call 609.261.6149. Bon appetit!

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