Dinner and a…Murder?

This is a guest post by Megan Sullivan who is a stay-at-home mother in San Diego, CA. She has two daughters, ages 15 and 8, that keep her very busy. In her free time she volunteers at a local church, jogs, swims, spends time with her family, and writes about her life and her interests. Megan’s proud to say that she’s happily married to her husband of fifteen years, Jack.


The crime scene

Remember when an evening spent on dinner and a show was so complicated? Not so many years ago, you had to ace dinner reservations at your chosen bistro at just the right hour to ensure a timely arrival at the venue for the evening’s entertainment.

It was a scenario filled with opportunities for delays, which could spell disaster for the rest of the evening, and it took the coordination of a moon launch to get it right.

Don’t worry about that anymore. Adelphia Restaurant is here to help.

Situated on Clements Bridge Road in Deptford, Adelphia offers an impressive lineup of cuisine. But hold that thought.

The most striking feature of Adelphia, apart from its food, is the Greased Murder Mystery Dinner. Although you may errantly infer that it’s a reference to the fat content of the meals, it’s actually a link to “Grease”, the musical of stage and screen renown.

Adelphia takes fan fiction to the extreme by spinning a murder mystery around the folks at Rydell High. Danny, Sandy, and the gang must sock-hop their way around a killer, who has designs on sending them all to rock n’ roll heaven.

Suspend your disbelief. The humor and irony are intentional.

A four-course meal, plus a dinner ticket, will run $45. That includes your choice of an alcoholic beverage as well.

In addition to being a night’s entertainment in a comfortable setting, it’s a great value, especially considering how the food compares to sliding your way through a $7 bucket of popcorn at the movie theater.

Your non-popped options for dinner run from traditional American items to heavily Italian offerings. Appetizers range from shrimp scampi to an array of buffalo wings, priced competitively to those at food-only establishments.

Salads are served in impressive variety, from the Rustic Greek to the Cape May. Any is suitable as an entrée for the light eater. Main courses give top billing to fire-roasted pizza, in varieties more true to the old country than to delivery joints. Give spinach or feta cheese a try as toppings if you’re interested in atoning for a few years of cardboard box pies.

Amazing sandwiches like filet mignon paninis and a Philly cheese chicken (not steak) also populate the offerings, and great burgers are served as well. Each builds creatively on the standard restaurant items and makes something unique and distinctly American.

But the star of the show is a dazzling cast of pastas, sauté choices, chicken, beef, and veal. Fresh seafood plays a supporting role as well. The choices run from Steak Alexander to Seafood Basilico, all well-matched with flavorful sides and cooked to order. The combinations are endless and impressive.

A thorough stock of quality wines provides guaranteed great chemistry with your chosen meal, and beers both foreign and domestic are available on tap and by the bottle.

Somewhere in the course of American entertainment and food service, a forward thinker forged the two worlds together and created the dinner show.

Since then, many have auditioned for the plum parts in each city, but Deptford cancelled the callbacks when Adelphia entered the stage. The restaurant and showplace has struck that rare balance between entertainment venue and top-notch restaurant, and it stands to hold that distinction in the Garden State for many years to come.

Adelphia Restaurant

1750 Clements Bridge Road    Deptford, NJ 08096

(856) 845-8200



5 comments for “Dinner and a…Murder?

  1. September 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I absolutely adore Grease! A dinner theatre with grease playing and good food would be. A totally successful evening for me! I went to one here in Boulder to watch Phantom of the Opera but the cool thing here was that the actors were your servers! And in between acting they would come and serve you your dinner, it was all quite amusing and the dinner wasn’t bad. The show was better!
    Great guest post!
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  2. CCU
    September 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Good food and wonderful sounding activities, it really livens the night 😀

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  3. September 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Hehe what a fun idea! I really want to host a murder mystery dinner one evening!

  4. September 28, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    murder mystery dinner, ha that’s fun! I wonder what the folks here would say to that, they might take it too seriously. 😉

  5. November 1, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Wow really innovative
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