Don’t be fooled by the name, Sugarpuddin’s isn’t a bakery or candy store but a restaurant serving up good barbeque!
I walked in and was greeted immediately with warm welcomes.
“I’ll be with you in one second”, said the hostess behind the counter with a big smile on her face as she finished taking care of the guest before me. I smiled back, nodded and moved to the side. As I waited, I looked around to get a better view. There were all kinds of warm, inspirational quotes, some reminding everyone that “life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” and others simply saying “bless this kitchen”. What really caught my attention were the handwritten sticky notes by customers raving about their favorite things about Sugarpuddin’s, some said things like”great customer service”, others just named their favorite dish, and there were a few that felt that “YUM!” was the best way to describe their experience. I knew I was in for a treat.
When it was my turn, I explained to the hostess that it was my first time so I needed her to bare with me as I looked over the menu. At once, she motioned to an empty table and told me she would bring me out samples of a few sides and pour me a sample of the home-made Tropical ice tea. I did as I was instructed as I am not one to not follow orders especially with food as a reward. After a few moments, the hostess presented me with a plate with 3 different sample-sized sides; potato salad, collard greens, and baked beans, along with the homemade tea. I sampled the greens first and made my mind up right then that, that would have to be my side with whatever I ordered. I tasted the potato salad next and the picky-potato salad eater in me was surprisingly satisfied. Last were the baked beans…now, I have to admit I usually will skip right over baked beans but these smelled sweet so I had to try at least one and once again I was pleasantly surprised. I washed all the samples down with the homemade tropical tea and after I tasted the sweetness of peach and what I think was hints of mango, I also knew I wanted that with my order.
I ordered the 1/3 slab of ribs that is served with two sides and cornbread ($16). For my sides I chose the collard greens, of coarse, and the mac and cheese. And last but not least, I ordered a 16 oz. cup of homemade tropical tea ($2.29). A meal for all under $20!
The ribs were not drowned but instead, glazed with a sweet sauce. The ribs were good just dry in same places. The collards were seasoned but not salty…which can be very tricky when handling seasonings. The mac and cheese wasn’t exactly my favorite. The consistency gave me more Easy Mac rather than baked mac but it was still good. The cornbread was sweet and had little corn in it, which is true southern style.
Sugarpuddin’s has surely made her mark on this side of New Jersey!
With 5 being the best and 1 being the worst:
- Customer Service: 5
- Food: 4
- Atmosphere: 4
- Prices: 4
311 N. White Horse Pike, Lindenwold, NJ 08021
sugarpuddins.com or (856)783-3200