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Aug 24, 2005 03:42 PM

Place to eat in Ardmore/Bala Cynwyd?

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Looking for a good, casual restaurant in these areas...Thanks!

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  1. Maybe more details: Anything funky or traditional is fine, but no sushi as our guest hates it (sad, sad).

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    1. re: Lauren


      I have heard good things about Taste of India at 36 W Lancaster Avenue and Hunan Chinese Restaurant which is also on Lancaster Avenue. For the less adventurous Fellini's (on Lancaster) Italian offers tons of pasta options. With all the choices on the menu you are more or less making your own pasta. Some nights when I drive by there is a line to get in. I have no idea why, I find the dishes uninventive!

      I don't know of anything in Bala Cynwyd that is worth going to.

      1. re: Saturninus
        Lauren Fenning

        Thanks! We ended up going to Aldar Bistro and I wasn't impressed. My shrimp and rice was flavorless, the shrimp rubbery. The service was truly horrendous and for the first time in my life, I considered not giving the waitress a tip (we gave 10% only).

        1. re: Lauren Fenning

          I wouldn't have reccomended it. There isn't anything good in Bala Cynwyd. Oh well! Maybe next time!

    2. Here's a list of decent places, in descending order of price:
      La Colina in Belmont Hills
      The Guardhouse in Gladwyne
      Marabella on City Line
      Carmine's on Woodbine Ave in Narberth
      Cavistons across the street

      Plate in Ardmore is casual and convenient, but nobody likes the food.

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      1. re: Mister Max

        Marabella closed at least 5 years ago.

        1. re: Saturninus

          Right; Marabella is long gone. Chops is now in that spot.
          Several web pages still have the old name, which confused me.

      2. Don't know how casual but I hear Sola in Ardmore is very good. BYOB.

        1. Yep, Aldar's sucks.

          Right close to Aldar's are two institutions, Hymie's & Murray's, both Jewish delis. Now you know I'm not a true eastern Main Line local when I say I like them both, but I do. Great Jewish deli food, reasonable prices.

          1. There is a new place to eat in Bala that is very good. In fact, it is pleasing its customers so well, that you have to find a tricky time to eat there to avoid (1) a long wait or (2) unbearable noise.

            It is Yzi Tsi, at 146 Montgomery AVe, in a former dress shop. The food is Glatt Kosher Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese. They also do takeout.

            I picked up takeout yesterday at 1: 30pm after a doctor's appointment, and noticed they were empty, but still open. So, a late lunch or a very early dinner (5pm?) is the way to go here.

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            1. re: Bashful3

              Bashful - can you tell me more? I have no idea what all of those cuisines would add up to but it sounds interesting.

              1. re: Saturninus

                The deal is not the wide choice of cuisine, but the fact that this place is Glatt Kosher. There is a shortage of truly Kosher restaurants in the Philadelphia area, so this place has customers in excess of seats, if you know what I mean.

                I have not sampled the Japanese part of the menu, but they must be doing a lot of sushi, etc, as they have more than one sushi chef on the premises. The Chinese food doesn't beat Chinatown by any means, but on the other hand, the ingedients are fresh, well prepared and presented; the prices are reasonable. This is a quality place that deserves to succeed. In a way, they are succeeding beyond their expectation.

                The best time to go there is around 1:30 pm for lunch to avoid crowds, or do takeout if you are in the area.

                It's really a small place, with limited parking in back. Another nice thing about it is the friendly service, and pleasant management attitude.

                1. re: Bashful3

                  My husband and a colleague tried it for lunch. Only soup option was wonton -- they had to send it back because the insides of the wontons were still frozen (so much for "fresh"). They said everything was mediocre at best, and they won't be back. My guess is that they will survive on the kosher market but nobody else will bother.