Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Turning Point, Marlton

Hello friend, long time no see!

It's been a while since my last post on South Jersey Places, mainly due to a lack of time to write or my general slowdown in visiting new places in the Southern New Jersey area. It's a shame on both accounts since I enjoy visiting new places and writing about them, but such is life sometimes!

So, coincidentally, the place I'm writing about today helped reunite a friend who I hadn't seen in a while, mainly due to a lack of time that worked for both of us. Art reflects life I suppose.

That said, today I am posting about The Turning Point in Marlton Square, Marlton, which is located on Route 73 heading North, right before you reach the overpass at Route 70. It's a tad bit tricky to get there... not a deterrent by any stretch, but if you're not familiar with the area you may want to map it out first since it's not necessarily apparent, depending on where you are coming from.

The Turning Point, as it even says on the sign above its door, serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch, seven days a week. But no dinner.

Though not serving dinner is kind of unusual in the world of eateries (I presume there's more of a demand and higher margins for establishments that successfully serve dinner), The Turning Point has found its niche and seems to be succeeding at serving plenty of happy customers.

A month or so ago, my wife and I attempted to go to The Turning Point for lunch on a Saturday, only to walk away because there was a long wait and the two of us were starving. Then, when I met with a friend a couple of weeks ago it was on a weekday morning at 8:30, and though it was by no means packed, there was a steady stream of customers, so that was good to see.

The Turning Point in Marlton is one of nearly a dozen locations, mostly located in Northern New Jersey or towards the Shore, in places such as Hoboken or Manalapan. The Marlton restaurant opened in February of 2013 and is the first branch in South Jersey. This one sits in a busy shopping center near Trader Joe's, The Gap, and Victoria's Secret, so it certainly gets a large amount of foot traffic.

During my visit I had a really tasty and refreshing "Fresh Fruit Bruschetta" which was a unique dish with diced mango, pineapple, strawberry, and mint, served with triangles of toasted cinnamon pita. It's a simple concept, but nothing that I've seen elsewhere. It hit the spot! They also serve a wide array of hot teas, which interests me, but if that's not up your alley, there are plenty of other drinks to choose from, including coffees, smoothies, and more. In other words, not your typical Jersey diner... not that there's anything wrong with Jersey diners (I always enjoy them!), but it's also great to have some other options as well.

The atmosphere at The Turning Point is very comfortable and relaxing, kind of like being at somebody's house, for lack of a better description. They have photos of the Marlton restaurant on their Facebook page. The server was also prompt, friendly, and attentive. All in all, a very positive first experience for me, and my friend said he goes there a lot with clients or on other meetings.

Interested in learning more? Be sure to check out The Turning Point's website, or call 856-988-1528.

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