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Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill’s Jersey Branch Serves the ‘Stuff Munchie Dreams Are Made of’; Geechee Girl Rice Cafe’s Hoppin’ John Is ‘Addictive’

• At Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill’s offshoot in Glassboro, N.J. Adam Erace finds “the stuff munchie dreams are made of” in the form of a chicken cheesesteak outfitted with bacon and ranch dressing. The half rack of ribs “didn’t disappoint,” but the mac ‘n’ cheese “could have been warmed.” [Courier-Post]

• Craig LaBan finds the “grains of jasmine rice all toasty crunch, studded with toothy beans and smoky nuggets of chewy bacon” in Geechee Girl Rice Cafe’s crispy Hoppin’ John “so addictive,” he’s return just for it. Low country staples like the shrimp and grits were a “study in the satisfaction of simplicity.” And while Southern classics like boneless pork loin chops with bourbon-flamed apples and sweet potato hash were “perfectly good,” the “personal riffs” on African-inspired dishes like the tostones “made from sweet potatoes (instead of plantains) smashed then fried to a thyme-scented crisp and served with tangy green tomato relish” were “delightful whims.” [Inquirer]

• Kelly White Phillips checks out Blackbird Pizzeria’s newly introduced wraps, and determines that the “cool, creamy” Chickpea Tuna “is a winner,” with its “serious amount of onions” that “totally works” and adds “tons of flavor to the laidback chickpea spread.” Meanwhile “killer mushrooms and sharp broccoli rabe and peppers” makes the Grilled Vegetable a better choice for those who prefer “grilled and veggie-based” wraps “with more crunch.” [Living on the Vedge]

Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill’s Jersey Branch Serves the ‘Stuff Munchie Dreams