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Greetings I’m your host and foodie, CHEF DANA

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Grand Lux Cafe in Cherry Hill for brunch.  Today my co-host is none other than my beautiful wife Netesha Herbert.  Also a foodie and graduate of Johnson and Wales University Culinary Program.  Everyone say Hi Netesha.  I was particularly excited because this Weekend is NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY so it fit perfectly with what my thoughts were for my next blog.  Here is the link to their brunch menu.  The prices are very reasonable for the portions.  

We started off the brunch with two great drinks.  Netesha had the Frozen Peach Bellini.  YUM!!!!   It was cool refreshing and the bit of alcohol was not over powering which is what you want when you are doing brunch. I had the Strawberry Bellini also delish.  I am a strawberry person so I had to try it.  I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Secretly I think I was a little jealous of Netesha and her Frozen Peach Bellini though.  They were both great but one had to win.  


I have long been a fan of Chicken and Waffles, so with Waffle Day happening this weekend I had to try it.  The chicken on the waffles was cooked perfectly.  It was so tender and moist on the inside I almost couldn’t believe it.  You know we have all had some chicken before that was kept down in the fryer too long.  This was definitely not the case.  Even Netesha said OMG this is moist.  The waffle had a nice flavor and wasnt over done.  Lightly dusted with powdered sugar and pecans.   Delicious.  Kay was our server and what was nice was that she asked right away if we had any nut allergies and if we wanted nuts.  Gold star for Kay



Where to begin?  This was mmy favorite of all the dishes.  I couldn’t resist going back in for another bite.  They will prepare the eggs any way you like.  I did mine over easy.  It was so full of flavors and the sauce on it was amazing.  The tortillas were so crispy with the cheese it was a perfect bite.

Netesha’s Notes:  Rancheros was amazing so full of flavor. Like a flavor party in you mouth. Couldn’t stop eating it.



If you are a lover of Corned Beef then this would be right up your alley.  The pastrami was cooked with the onions, peppers, and some potatoes.  It also came with a generous portion of hash brown potatoes too.  What I liked about this dish was that the pastrami was tender and cooked delicately.  It also wasn’t salty which sometimes meets such as corned beef and pastrami can be.  Job well done

Netesha’s Notes: I loved the smokey-ness of the pastrami it was flavorful and extremely tender. So tender that is just melting on the tongue like butter. 




I think if french toast and bread pudding had a love child this would be it.  First, the portion is huge.  When they brought it out, I thought I needed to phone a friend to come and share.  Definitely a great bang for the buck.  Pictures alone wont do it justice you just have to order one.  Its topped with strawberries galore and it has this amazing sugar crust on it like its kinda brulee but not turned amber like a creme brulee would be.  Nevertheless its great.   The french toast is like french toast on the outside and a little bread pudding like on the inside towards the center.  The brioche is soaked over night and they cook it in the morning to order so when it runs out, its gone.  Make sure to order it early.  Definitely wont be disappointed.


Overall it was a great experience and you definitely want to do brunch there.  Don’t Miss it.  If you go to the Cherry Hill location ask for Kay.  Her service was great.  Tell them Chef Dana sent you



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