Camden Journals

Camden: Jersey's Misunderestimated Ugly Step Sister

A January 2006 trip to Camden by joellevand

Quote: Ask twenty people what they think of Camden, and crime and murder will be the general consensus; however, Camden is more than its reputation presupposes.

Perla Trattoria

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Restaurant | "La Perla Trattoria"

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Our waitress looks vastly younger than she could possibly be, a 30-year-old bottle blonde burn-out with a deep, carcinogenic tan and tall, thin build. She and a tiny, black-haired waif tending to the barflies in the dark, dank bar seem to be the only two people operating the spacious three-room eatery, and without prodding, she proudly tells us, “That’s my daughter tending bar. I helped my father build this bar with our bare hands, and now, you know, this is our last week here.”She didn’t have to tell us. La Perla Trattoria may sound like your Vegas-style glitzy celebrity-fueled restaurant du jour, but in fact, it is more of the home-cooked, Italian comfort food the way Mama used t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2006

Perla Trattoria
227 Market St.
Camden, New Jersey 08102
(609) 365-8266

Shirley's Brass Rail

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Restaurant

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It's understandable if you miss Shirley's Brass Rail while you're wandering down Market Street from City Hall to the Post Office / Federal Courthouse. A tiny little hole in the wall that denotes its presence only with an over the door sign carrying its name in small, black letters that are almost hidden by the giant Coca-Cola sign above it, Shirley's is the lunch time eatery in Camden if you work or attend classes in the city. Usually packed from twelve to one in the afternoon, Shirley's is home to possibly one of the best cheese steaks on the Jersey side of the river, and the down-home atmosphere cannot be beat. Walk in and seat yourself anywhere in the 50-odd seat establishment; a waitress w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2007

Shirley's Brass Rail
425 Market Street
Camden
(856) 963-3888

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joellevand

joellevand
Edgewater Park, New Jersey