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cpharbor Jan 21, 2007 02:17 AM

My fiancee and I are a couple of months from moving from Philly to Glenside. Please, anyone with thoughts on the food in Glenside, post some suggestions. Thanks!

  1. JanR Nov 24, 2013 06:38 AM

    I don't know if anyone mentioned it yet, but Anne's Kitchen Table is very good. Cozy atmosphere, and wonderful soup.

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      JunieB Nov 24, 2013 07:28 AM

      Thanks! I just looked at their menu and it looks great. I can't wait to try this place.

      Friends are stopping by on their way north - unfortunately on a Monday when Leila's and Argana Tree are closed. Any recommendations for a nice dinner place?

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        JanR Nov 24, 2013 12:12 PM

        If you like Asian food, it looks like Jasmine is open on Mondays.

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          JunieB Nov 24, 2013 01:53 PM

          Yes, we do like Asian and I'm not familiar with Jasmine. Thanks! We've eaten at Mandarin Garden (Yang Ming's sister restaurant) and it's quite good. We used to eat at Yang Ming a million years ago when we lived in Narberth. If you think of anything else worth trying within a 10 or 15 mile radius please post. I'm all ears when it comes to good food.

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      lshopper Aug 20, 2013 10:27 AM

      TreVi is quite good- where Rizzo's used to be. Great pastas and pizza. A bit pricey for entrees though- but great quality.

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        Cheesesteak Aug 20, 2013 08:51 AM

        I'd like to bump this since I'm in the exact same position as the OP. Anyone have any updates that they would like to add?

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          adubs923 Jul 27, 2012 06:43 AM

          I grew up in Abington, graduated in '91, moved to the city, and now I'm back home in Glenside :) I LOVE this post! So many memories. I can remember my dad taking my sister & me to Ho-Jos when we were kids and we always begged to go to Tale of the Whale. Anyway, back to the 21st century! There's a "new" diner in Abington: Bonnet Lane, on Old York Road across from the McDonalds and north of the Target. GREAT diner fare but no alcohol. Believe it or not, I actually like the sushi in the Old town Buffett in the Target shopping center too. And while not in Glenside or Abington, I love going to McMenamins and a new favorite right up from MeMenamins, The Wine Thief. Great little place with wonderful atmosphere, tasty cocktails, and good food

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            arepo Aug 10, 2012 05:12 PM

            Unless I missed it in this long thread, I am surprised no one mentioned Zakes Cakes in Fort Washington, which is very close to Glenside. They are known for great breakfasts but their dinners are really very good too and it is a BYOB.
            Mirnas in Jenkintown is also quite good.

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            josiekat Apr 23, 2010 04:00 AM

            Tiffin is fantastic at all locations as well as Bhgya's in Wyndmoor. Never had a bad meal at Vintage, with the no smoking laws, you can eat great bar food without the smoking issue. Agreed that Kitchen Bar is lacking, their food seems tired. Love Yo Dogs in Wyndmoor for Burgers and dogs. Try Mirnas in Jenkintown. I haven't been in a while, but I always have left happy there.

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            Yo Dogs
            1014 E Willow Grove Ave, Glenside, PA

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              mickeyfinz Dec 28, 2009 11:33 AM

              RE-OPENING MID-JAN 2010!! FINALLY! GONNA' TAKE THE SALE SIGN DOWN OFF MY LAWN. MORE THAN ADAQUATE GRUB, GREAT DARK OLD-TIME ATMOSPHERE AND I HOPE TOMMY CONWELL RTNS ON SAT NITES!!

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              Blue Comet Bar & Grill
              106 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038

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                AmblerGirl Dec 28, 2009 12:05 PM

                Mickeyfinz, you made my day! Would love it if the Razorbacks returned too!

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                  barryg Dec 28, 2009 01:17 PM

                  Great news! Where'd you hear this?

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                    mickeyfinz Dec 29, 2009 11:55 AM

                    I was in The Magnolia Card & Gift Shop on Christmas Eve and Scott (former and future owner) was there. He told me they are just waitng for license approval and expect a mid-Jan grand re-opening.

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                    gardens4me Jan 2, 2010 05:20 AM

                    I've moved away from Glenside, but will make a return trip, just to hit up this bar and their chili cheeseburgers! The best!

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                      b1979 Feb 23, 2010 06:00 AM

                      We have been waiting and waiting for Blue Comet to open, any new updates? That was the coolest bar.

                      So here are my thoughts on the restaurants around Glenside:
                      -Marco Polo-I keep hearing this place is good from this board, but let me tell you that it is not. We went there shortly after we moved to the area for our one year anniversary and it was horrible, awful really. We had to go out again the next night to make up for it. This was 5 years ago, so maybe things changed. The food was worse than Olive Garden, and about as authentic.
                      -Vintage-This place is usually pretty good, but sometimes it's not. So I guess it's hit or miss.
                      -Pho and Beyond-Our new favorite, by far!
                      -Kitchen Bar-Awful food and service.
                      -Lee's Hoagie House-Excellent cheese steakes and the South Philly Italian Hoagie is delicious. Everything there is.
                      -Roman Delight-Best Pizza around. The Bronx is amazing (garlic, eggplant and meatballs)
                      -Franconi's-Our second favorite pizza and cheesesteak spot.
                      -West Ave-Good breakfast and ok food, nothing spectacular, but the place is nice and the food is consistently average.
                      -Drakes-Haven't been there in awhile, but from what I remember the food was good, the service was not.
                      -Bonnet Lane-This place used to be better. The breakfast is still good, other times it's hit or miss.
                      -Zakes Cakes-The BEST breakfast around. Haven't been there for lunch or dinner, but want to
                      -Union Jacks-Just went there last week for the first time and the food was disappointing. Beer selection is good though!
                      -La Pergola-Food is good, service is slow. I usually get the stuffed cabbage and the hummus appetizer is delicious.
                      -Athena-I always want this place to be better than it is. It's average.
                      -Primo Hoagies-Best hoagies (tied with Lees in my opinion).
                      -Darryl's Pastry-Absolutely delicious! Great egg and cheese sandwiches and pastries. The chocolate croissants are so die for and so is everything else.
                      -Tiffin-I loved the one on Girard and the first two times we went to the Elkins Park it was great. The last time the lentil dish had absolutely no flavor, in hind sight I should have sent it back. It may have just been a fluke, so I'll give it another shot.
                      -Buhyans Grill (I'm spelling it wrong, it's an Indian Take-Out place in Wyndmoor)-Excellent food and great prices, cheaper than Tiffin. But it's only take out.
                      Jasmine-Good Chinese food, I really love their won-ton soup. The vegetarian menu is not great though, lacks flavor.

                      That's all I can think of at the moment!

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                        seagulls1 Feb 23, 2010 11:14 PM

                        b1979- wow, we seem to be on the same page with your reviews, here and with Pho and Beyond, it has inspired me to give Jasmine another chance. We live 3 blocks away, When they first opened we were going 2-3 x per month. thats a lot with 3 kids. Then suddenly it went bad, we went 3 more times hoping for a change and have not been back in 2 years. Like so many around here we "save up" and shlep to chinatown maybe 1x per month, I dont mind the drive and we usually get through the traffic ok but the parking takes a lot of the enjoyment out of going downtown. (or maybe I should just get over paying +/- $10 to park,lol)

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                          barryg Feb 25, 2010 12:36 PM

                          I agree that Marco Polo was pretty bad 5 years ago; they have since changed chefs and ownership. You should try it again next time you want Italian. It's not going to blow your mind but it's really good for the area.

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                            JunieB Nov 23, 2013 04:57 PM

                            Very good list b1979, and I absolutely agree - as far as the ones I've been to. Just moved to Wyncote last week but we have friends in the area and have eaten at a few of these places. Do you have anything to add or update for this general area? Are you still here?!

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                        seagulls1 Dec 13, 2009 05:01 AM

                        Great news. We had a great experience at Pho and Beyond. AND it is only 10 minutes away in Willow Grove. Next to Weinrichs Bakery (near Burger King) on easton and york.
                        Great food and even more surprising Great service.

                        There is a 20% off coupon on their web site good until 1/9

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                          layla529 Mar 21, 2009 12:13 PM

                          Nicky Fischers, another Glenside foodery is now closed too.

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                            love_to_dineout Aug 19, 2009 09:58 AM

                            Nicky Fisher was horrible, wish Alfio didn't retire. Sorrento's in Lafayett hill is awesome but usually vey crowded. Others around Glenside:

                            Ott's - Willow Graove
                            Fountainside - Horsham - BYOB
                            Angelo's - Warminster
                            Bonefish Grille - Willow Grove

                            so you have to drive 15 minutes no big deal, saves on parking cost to go downtown or paying 7.50 a person to ride the train

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                              TwoBellies Aug 19, 2009 12:16 PM

                              how is Angelos?

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                                love_to_dineout Sep 9, 2009 09:51 AM

                                never a bad mean at Angelo's

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                                  layla529 Sep 20, 2009 04:20 PM

                                  just dont get their Gnocchi.....gummy...unedible,...

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                                barryg Aug 19, 2009 01:20 PM

                                Marco Polo in Elkins Park Square is very good.

                            2. FriskLamb Jan 5, 2009 09:46 AM

                              Does anyone know what is happening to the Blue Comet - they have a for sale sign ion the window - is this for the business or the real estate... either way does anyone know if it is still open - I went past early new years eve and it looked very quiet. Bummer if it is / has closed.

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                                PattiCakes Jan 6, 2009 09:22 AM

                                gone. Like Comet Kapotek, it was here, enriched our sotted lives for a while, then was gone. RIP, Blue Comet.

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                                  G Goo Jan 8, 2009 06:26 AM

                                  This is sad news. Not the best food, not a great beer selection, but who could compete with Rockabilly Night on Sundays? No one.

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                                    worthyquest Jan 8, 2009 11:57 AM

                                    rizzo's has closed as well, i do believe. glenside will never be the same...
                                    (and if humphrey's pest control closes, well, there goes its entire identity...;)

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                                      PattiCakes Jan 8, 2009 01:36 PM

                                      Is Rizzo's closed forever, or just for renovations? When I took the train from Jenkintown Station, I would drive by, but now I take the train from Glenside & don't go past it any more. I guess it's tough to tell in this economy. Place close for renovations, then never have the money to pull it off so they just fold their tents entirely.

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                                        worthyquest Jan 8, 2009 07:19 PM

                                        reports i heard from glensidians over xmas were that it had closed completely. a few years ago it was bought (i believe not from the rizzos... i think it was already out of their hands) and it really went downhill then. last time i was there it was pretty empty. not what i remember from childhood!

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                                          oliviasaru Sep 11, 2009 06:58 AM

                                          Amici (in the old Rizzo's space) has opened - anyone been yet? I plan to try it in the next month or so.

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                                          Glenside Pubcrawl Mar 18, 2009 08:08 AM

                                          Rizzo's was bought out by a Korean group, who promptly ran it into the ground. When I drove by in March 2009, there was a group of Asian men renovating the outside of the building. It looks like they will reopen, but not sure of the cuisine.

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                                            oliviasaru Mar 23, 2009 02:24 PM

                                            The Rizzo's signs are still up, renovations appear to be proceeding as Glenside Pubcrawl said, and when I drove past today there was a cloth banner hanging from the second floor that said "Open April." No indication of what will open, but if they haven't removed the Rizzo's signs maybe they will continue to do business as Rizzo's? Guess we'll see in a few weeks!

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                                              Glenside Pubcrawl May 25, 2009 07:43 AM

                                              The latest I have heard is that the Korean owners have dumped a ton of cash into renovating the building and turing it into a fancy Italian restaurant...no pizza take-out.
                                              As a life long Glensider, I can't see how a fancy Italian restaurant operated by a non-Glenside Korean family will work, especially with the lack of parking in the area. Best of luck to them. Glenside is just not a fancy restaurant type of neighborhood.

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                                                Chinon00 May 25, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                One man's "fancy" is another man's "family" restaurant. If it'll look like "From the Boot" in Lafayette Hill or "Bacio" in Mt. Airy it has a shot. But if it wants to be a Vetri or Osteria it probably won't work I agree.

                                                Thanks

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                                                  GDSwamp May 28, 2009 01:14 PM

                                                  I'm giving y'all the benefit of the doubt, but a lot of you Native Glensiders seem fairly preoccupied with the fact that the new owners are Korean. I know plenty of non-Italians who make great Italian food; and the fact is that most of the cooking staff in most restaurants in the city are originally from south or central america anyway, so it's a rare meal that is cooked by people whose national heritage matches the cuisine.

                                                  I get that everybody misses the old neighborhood place, and I also get that it feels more authentic when a family place serves food that comes out of that family's own traditions. But it seems to me that we should all just wait and see how the food is once this place opens, rather than assuming that it's doomed just because the owners don't have an old Italian grandmother stashed at home somewhere. Fact is, Glenside (and MontCo in general) has more than its share of mediocre restaurants, and plenty of those crummy places are owned by locals. If these folks can provide good food at a reasonable price it will be a service to the community (and by the way, how exactly do we know that none of these KOREANS live nearby?).

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                                                    PattiCakes May 28, 2009 01:44 PM

                                                    As a native Glensider, I think I'd be a lot more excited if the Korean owners were to open a Korean restaurant. I'm a lttle tired of the same old/same old. I think the objection is more about someone trying to reinvent an institution that has such a huge nostalgic fan base. For most of those who remember the old Rizzo's, nothing will ever come close to the memories (whether they are legit, or merely magnified over time by active imaginations) of the old place, so why even try.

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                                                      gardens4me Aug 19, 2009 07:58 PM

                                                      I agree. It would be nice to see an authentic Korean restaurant in that spot....and Rizzo's, though I ate their pizza from 1967 onwards, walking down from Beaver College and stopping at HoJos on the way back for a piece of pound cake with ice cream and hot fudge....may they both rest in peace.

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                                                        seagulls1 Sep 17, 2009 09:20 PM

                                                        I stopped at AMICI"S while walking the dog on Sunday 9/12. I am sorry to say the interior and the menu was VERY uninspiring. The menu posted with scotch tape on the door was so basic I have seen more offerings on a lunch truck. The interior was formica tables with paper napkins. "Pesce" was 2 shrimp dishes$10 to $12 and a salmon steak for $17.00. "Meat" was a rib steak (yes thats all) and Pasta was aprox 6 basic spagehetti and linguini offerings.

                                                        I too would have preferred a Korean or some authentic moderately priced family restaurant.

                                                        Has anyone had a good meal at Jasmine lately? We loved it when they first opened then had 3 bad meals in a row. At Xmas time all of the food was cold and the quantity was very poor. We sent 2 plates back and they came back replated on plates that I swear were kept out in the snow.

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                                                          oliviasaru Sep 18, 2009 08:12 AM

                                                          Oh man, that really stinks. :( I was holding out hope that it would be a decent red-gravy place at the very least. Before its decline, Rizzo's was a good place for that and for pizza - and great for kids. If Amici could just fill that niche it would be nice.

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                                                            potroastcat Oct 15, 2009 07:12 AM

                                                            I went to Jasmine when we first moved to Glenside, hoping we would find a good Chinese spot. It was terrible. Overly greasy, even for Americanized Chinese food. Go elsewhere! I don't know if they were ever good, but I doubt it. I'll stick with the city for my Chinese food...

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                                        sarahinabington May 30, 2008 12:15 PM

                                        I agree with most everything that was said about the lack of decent restaurants in the lower montco area. However, I'm surprised that the amazing Korean restaurants in the area, which are some of the best dining options, have not yet been mentioned.
                                        In Cheltenham, very close to Glenside, there are many great Korean restaurants:
                                        -Young Bin Kwan(I'm not sure how this is spelled) is a Korean BBQ buffet that has great food and is a fun experience. It's in the bottom of the big apartment building on the corner of 611 and Township Line. BYO
                                        -Cooking.Papa is located on Cheltenham Ave and 5th street and has great Korean fusion food as well as Shabu Shabu, a.k.a. Mongolian Hot Pot. BYO
                                        - Cafe Soho is just around the corner on Cheltenham Ave which has excellent chicken wings... different varieties although they didn't have buffalo when I was there last, and is a decent bar. I wouldn't recommend much of the other food but the wings are worth the trip alone!
                                        -Makiman Sushi is technically out of montco, located on the corner of Cottman and Castor Aves, but is worth the ten minute drive. The sushi is great, especially their specialty rolls, and they have excellent bi bim bop also. If you go make sure you try the tempura ice cream, it's delicious.
                                        There are so many more excellent Korean options in the area, these are just some of my favorites!

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                                          GDSwamp May 30, 2008 03:19 PM

                                          Mm. Very intriguing. We will have to branch out from Kim's BBQ asap.

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                                          DaisyM May 8, 2008 11:06 AM

                                          I moved to the area from center city when I got married. I have to say that there really isn't anything that compares to center city dining here. The vast majority of time we just go to the city for a great meal. However, the places that we occasionally go to our Osaka and Cin Cin. On another note, we recently went to the Persian restaurant behind Borders. It was quite good. Will be trying Cuba soon and really hope that it is good.

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                                            gardens4me May 9, 2008 10:41 AM

                                            Cuba! in Chestnut Hill is very good. Keep in mind, all, that Cuban food is NOT spicy food, like Mexican, Tex/Mex. But the feel of this place is Old Havana and the food is as good as my Cuban friends in NYC. They were turning them away the other night.

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                                              kiwijen May 9, 2008 03:12 PM

                                              I agree. Shundeez (Persian) was excellent and very accommodating. That's a place I'd happily go back to!

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                                              ullasg May 1, 2008 05:24 PM

                                              I have lived in this area for over 30 yrs. & cannot believe that we still don't have any great eating establishments. This area merits at least 1 decent eatery, but for some reason, in my opinion there are NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                tourmama May 7, 2008 01:54 PM

                                                I've heard lately that real estate developers with properties in the Glenside/Jenkintown/Abington area don't think the area can support an upscale restaurant, so until they change their minds, we can look forward to a whole lot more Chili's, and Ruby Tuesdays, and Houlihan's. Yuck!

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                                                GDSwamp Jan 14, 2008 02:22 PM

                                                I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Fairlane Grill on Beth Pike. Technically it's in Erdenheim, I think - or maybe Springfield? I can't get clarity on this - but it's close enough to be listed in Glenside on the web in various places.

                                                It's not fine dining, but I think the Fairlane is outstanding in its category: a real old-fashioned diner that's not doing retro schtick. They serve great sandwiches and burgers, soups and salads, shakes, etc., everything is house-made, and they're good to their customers.

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                                                  KGalle Jan 17, 2008 07:44 AM

                                                  I don't see Luigi's Pizza (Mt. Carmel and Station Ave). They deliver a simple, terrific pie. Don't forget to consider The Blue Comet's Basket O' Bacon with dipping vinegar. Wash it down with an ice cold PBR and get a taste of The Subgenius while your sould is rocked by the country's finest Rock-a-Billy.

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                                                    kiwijen Apr 27, 2008 05:11 PM

                                                    Yup, it's in Erdenheim which is part of Springfield Township. Erdenheim doesn't have its own post office so our mail is handled by Glenside, which is why we have the Glenside zip code.

                                                    Just a word of caution, Fairlane is very small and doesn't allow strollers inside, which makes it a bit less family friendly (even if the people are good to their customers, this is an inconvenience).

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                                                      GDSwamp Apr 28, 2008 07:48 AM

                                                      Ahh, thanks for the explanation, kiwijen. I've been irrationally irritated by my inability to figure out what town I'm actually in when I'm drinking a vanilla malt at the Fairlane.

                                                      Does your moniker mean that you moved from New Zealand to Erdenheim? If so, that's a serious relocation. Wish I could afford to do the reverse (at least for part of the year).

                                                      Re: the topic at hand: we tried Union Jack's pub this weekend. Nice people but the food was seriously disappointing. Fish and chips were trapezoidal fish cutouts that tasted like the freezer. Wings were similarly uninspired (I make my own for big games so I know the difference between a wing that's been lovingly prepared and something out of the deep freeze. It's not that hard to make homemade sauce, so I don't think there's any excuse for doing less). So we're still looking for a great place to sit outside - maybe with the kid, maybe without - and have a beer and a burger this summer.

                                                      I'm imagining an outdoor space, picnic-style tables, and simple food that tastes like the cook actually made it from scratch. Does it exist?

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                                                        PattiCakes Apr 29, 2008 10:11 AM

                                                        Athena, in Glenside, has a nice outdoor deck. Are you looking for something more pub-ish?

                                                        My husband loves Union Jacks, but I'm not a fan. The booth seats inside are uncomfortably close to the tables, and the food is so-so. Good beer selection, though.

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                                                          GDSwamp May 1, 2008 06:19 AM

                                                          We'll try Athena next. The pub aspect is less important than that the food be good and that it taste like it was made in the kitchen and not in a factory.

                                                          I thought Union Jacks seemed like a nice place to hang out with friends, and I'm sure the food tastes better after a couple beers. But it didn't work that well for a family evening out where our attention was more on the setting and the food than the drinks. I was disappointed that the outdoor seating turned out to be a roofed-over, fenced-in deck squeezed between a parking lot and two busy roads. Not their fault, it just wasn't what I'd been hoping for. Given the suburban feel of MontCo, it seems like there should be room for a bar-and-grill with some nice, pleasant outdoor space.

                                                          Another issue that I realize is just my problem (not a flaw of the restaurant) is that I've gotten used to the Philly smoking ban (and before that, the NYC smoking ban in my prior hometown). It's been awhile since I had someone else's cigarette smoke wafting past as I ate my dinner, and I think I notice it a lot more now that it's not the norm. It's kind of a drag. No pun intended.

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                                                            AmblerGirl May 30, 2008 02:15 PM

                                                            Some suburban towns are implementing their own "informal" smoking ban. I heard the restaurants/bars along Butler Ave Ambler were considering that, I would not be surprised if oother towns like Glenside follow suit.

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                                                              potroastcat Jun 2, 2008 12:58 PM

                                                              The Glenside Pub has had a smoking ban for a couple of months now. I appreciate it and will probably eat there more often due to this change.

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                                                          kiwijen May 8, 2008 09:10 AM

                                                          Well, orginally from NZ but have been in the US for the last 25 years or so. Sorry to hear about Union Jack's fish 'n' chips...that's something that NZ does very well. I've heard their burgers are good. Any opinions on that?

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                                                          JanR May 1, 2008 09:52 AM

                                                          Fairlane Grill's breakfasts are so good that the wait for one of the four booths is worth it. They do have counter seating, but the wait is just a little less.

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                                                        Glenside Pubcrawl Jan 14, 2008 08:56 AM

                                                        For breakfast, try Rocky's across the street from Rizzo's. Best breakfast I have found, and a true local secret. Lack of parking must drive folks away, but their breakfast sandwich is perfect.
                                                        Village Diner also does a nice breakfast across the street from the KT.

                                                        Chinese Food is a different story. We use Jasmine, in the old Hibberts building on Easton Road. Beautiful room, and excellent food. New Star on Rice's Mill Rd in Wyncote has the best General Tso, and Tong's on Mt. Caramel has the best Chicken & Broccoli

                                                        Buffalo Wings - Hands down - Union Jacks on Limekiln Pike, also with the best beer selection around. Second place - Fatty's in Wyndmoor

                                                        1. lisasharyn Dec 9, 2007 12:59 PM

                                                          If you're interested in a good, homemade breakfast (or any other casual meal) the Trolley Car Diner has some very good choices. It is on Germantown Pike - about 10 minutes from Glenside. They just put in a small deli.

                                                          1. FriskLamb Dec 2, 2007 06:19 AM

                                                            Hi, A couple of extra suggestions...5th and Cheltenham Ave has a number of great Korean Restaurants. I have only tried a few, and getting through the language barrier is challenging, but worth while. The last place we tried was just on 5th - 1st Restaurant on lhs. Great BBQ and BBB... If Flourtown is not too far and you want great sandwiches etc, try CISCO's just before the old Black Horse as you come down Bethlehem Pike from CH. Best Cheese Steak in town - but don't tell too many people. Flannerys on Willow Grove in Wyndmoor has good sandwiches / soups etc. Chef owner is former McNallys. Also does a good dinner take out entree combo.

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                                                              G Goo Dec 2, 2007 06:26 AM

                                                              I second Flannery's. Turkey hoagies with real roasted turkey, real lettuce instead of shredded iceberg, nice crusty rolls.....good stuff.

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                                                                gardens4me Dec 2, 2007 03:04 PM

                                                                The turkey chili at Flannery's is also very good.

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                                                                  dream_of_giusti Dec 7, 2007 12:36 PM

                                                                  Just wondering why nobody has mentioned Sam's Grill in Jenkintown? I recently tried their food and found everything to be fresh and good quality. The menu is a mix of home cooking and slight gourmet (for lack of a better term).

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                                                                    lisasharyn Dec 9, 2007 12:59 PM

                                                                    They are expensive and the service is soooooo slow, Maybe that's why there aren't any reviews.

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                                                                Chefpaulo Nov 30, 2007 03:16 PM

                                                                I LOVED reading this post and seeing how many more options Glensidians have. I spent my early childhood there before moving to Gwynedd. Around 1960, the Glenside choices were:
                                                                Rizzo's (when owned by the Rizzo family and FAR superior to the present regime)
                                                                The Tally-Ho Deli (across the street from Rizzo's)
                                                                The Ebbtide - a seafood restaurant across from Penny's Flowers
                                                                The Casa Conti - a cavernous, high-ceilinged noisy Italian place up on Easton Road two blocks north of Keswick
                                                                The Steer Inn - a very short lived steak and rib chain on N. Easton Rd.
                                                                Howard Johnson's - across from Beaver (Arcadia) College (University)
                                                                The Copper Door (at Glenside Ave. and Limekiln Pike)
                                                                Also, a Chinese place at Keswick and Easton.
                                                                That was IT! Nothing else!

                                                                For more weeknight choices, we'd go to Lakey's, Sunken Gardens, The Open Hearth or Barson's in E. Mt. Airy/Cheltenham. Willow Grove had a Horn and Hardart (miss them) and the Waterfall at the Willow Grove Park Lanes. Jenkintown had a Hot Shoppe and Murray's Deli (which closed just weeks ago).

                                                                I know this all happened before you were born but it was fun to see what G'side has to offer now compared to medieval times. Welcome and be glad things are at least moving upward!.

                                                                P.S. Any other Glensidians from the last mid-century who remember more? Chime in.

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                                                                  Hopefulone Nov 30, 2007 08:24 PM

                                                                  I remember the Steer Inn across from the Casa Conti as more like a McDonalds type place. After they closed, it became Seafood Shanty for awhile. There was also a Seafood Shanty later on where Horn and Hardart's used to be. Loved the Hot Shoppe's. That was our high school hang out. Also there was a Chinese Restaurant in Jenkintown behind the current Wawa-Lum Fong's Lotus Garden. (???) I think. Luigi's had the best cheese steaks, they were where Papa John's is across from the Willow Grove Park mall.

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                                                                    PattiCakes Apr 11, 2008 11:46 AM

                                                                    Oh my goodness. I just revisited this site after a while away, and was transported back in time.

                                                                    Do you remember the car-side service at the Hot Shoppe? Great teen hang-out, and home of the Might Mac.

                                                                    Friday night all-you-could-eat fried clams at Ho-Jos?

                                                                    The Tale of the Whale, which replaced the Copper Door? As new parents, my husband and I took our 1 year old son there, and were too embarassed to ever go back. He threw EVERYTHING. And screamed. God, were we young and stupid. Talk about not ready for prime time!

                                                                    There was also a place in Elkins Park that made mile-high sandwiches -- Reubens to die for. Kind of a western theme?

                                                                    Sunken Gardens. The Sunky. Wow. The pseudo-tudor facade. Brings back a lot of memories.

                                                                    I bowled in a Prudential league at the Willow Grove lanes. Never ate at the Waterfall, but had more than my share of beers on the lanes. I was the girl with the peach-colored pearlized ball.

                                                                    I lived in West Oak Lane until I about 13. My parents would drive "all the way out" to Rizzo's for pizza back then. There were no other pizza shops any where close. Then, in high school, you KNEW that it was a special date when he took you to the movies AND to Rizzo's for pizza after.

                                                                    Thanks so much for opening up the time capsule. I'll go home tonight and reminisce with my hubby. He's an Abington boy -- class of 1964. He used to tell me about drinking at the Yorkshire House (the Yorkie) in Jenkintown, and having his first beer there at 17.

                                                                    As a teen, he worked at Burger Chef, across from Willow Grove Park. Hamburgers were 15 cents, and you could get a burger, fries and a shake for 45 cents. Once a year they'd have a "throw back" day, where they serve nickle burgers. People would be lined up for miles. The owner was an SOB who worked the kids to death and paid them diddly.

                                                                    I also remember going to the Keswick for movies. The year my hubby and I bought our first house (in Glenside), we had a tremendous snow storm. We made a thermos full of something very alcoholic, trudged a few blocks to the Keswick, and watched The Bad News Bears. Staggered home.

                                                                    Before "Plush", there was the Slick Duck, home to "Iron Mike", the mascot hanging over the bar.

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                                                                      Chefpaulo Apr 28, 2008 07:09 AM

                                                                      P'Cakes:

                                                                      Yes, I remember car-side service at the Hot Shoppe getting a burger and fries hung on the door of my '64 VW beetle. And, with the demise of Ho-Jo's (there are only two left in the U..S.) the Tendersweet Fried Clam will shortly go the way of the Concorde. Very sad.

                                                                      The Tale of the Whale was one I never visited. But we were Copper Door fans. Do you mean the one at Limekiln Pike and Glenside Ave. next to the pharmacy?

                                                                      The Western-themed place in Elkins park was the Chuckwagon. Great sandwiches but too big to bite. They had birch beer on tap from a big barrel.

                                                                      Lakey's tudor facade. I forgot about the outside except for the jumping trout on the neon sign. If you were into great deli, you HAD to have gone to Barson's on Wadsworth Ave. They had a sundae called an Empire State complete with American flag on top. I don't think I ever finished one but dad always came to the rescue.

                                                                      Yes, I remember you bowling at WGP Lanes. "Peachie Gutterball" we called you.

                                                                      Thanks for remembering the original Rizzo's owned by the Rizzo family. There was nothing better. Aside from great tomato gravy and meatballs, they served Amoroso's sourdough rolls and Locatelli Romano cheese. The pizza slices were loaded in a way you never find these days. They were way ahead of their time.

                                                                      Burger Chef. Wow. I hadn't thought of them in years. I think most of them became Hardee's and then ....whatever.

                                                                      And, I love your "Cocktails for the Keswick" story. The Keswick was my Saturday afternoon home for many years - back when Mom and Dad could drop off an eight-year-old and pick them up two hours later. How times have changed.

                                                                      Chime in if you think of any more.

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                                                                        gardens4me May 6, 2008 02:10 PM

                                                                        Ah yes, Rizzo's pizza in the 60s. I went to Beaver College and we would have it delivered...best pizza in the world at that time....and of course, we could just cross Easton Road to go to HoJos for slice of pound cake with a scoop of ice cream and hot fudge/whipped cream on top....after a particularly 'difficult' day at school. And if you could find someone with a car, drive to Chuckwagon in Jenkintown for a gigantic roast beef with russian sandwich on rye....great memories.

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                                                                          PattiCakes May 7, 2008 05:50 AM

                                                                          I worked at the counter at HoJos one summer when I was in college -- it would have been 1965 or 1966(?). Scooped a lot of ice cream and made a ton of milk shakes!

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                                                                            Chefpaulo May 7, 2008 06:19 AM

                                                                            We went there frequently in those days. I would have been 14 and still a carnivore. You probably made me at least one shake to go with my 3-D burger and fries.

                                                                            I just remembered a little place over near the SPS plant in Jenkintown called Switchville. Initially just a bar, the chef became renowned enough to have lines out the door and people waiting an hour to be seated. I wonder if its still there.

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                                                                              PattiCakes May 7, 2008 08:42 AM

                                                                              My dad "discovered" the Switchville many moons ago. I think it had its roots as a neighbohood tappy and a shot-and-a-beer place for the SPS guys. The original chef was a guy who loved to cook but had his own way of doing things. If he didn't like you, he would refuse to serve you. If he didn't feel like making a particular dish on any given night, he didn't. Quire a character. The mussles fra diavlo were to die for. It was very common to just strike up a conversation with people at the table next to you. Someone eventually bought the place from him, but retained much of the original menu, claiming they also got his recipies. They redecorated & opened the upstairs. It became Yuppified. The last time we went would have been in the early 80's. I have no idea if it is still there, but even if it is, it ain't the place you remembered.

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                                                                    robinsoninteriors Nov 29, 2007 07:16 AM

                                                                    I really can't believe in this whole long discussion that noone mentioned 'Vintage' in Abington. The people who own Mirna's in Jenkintown are part owners and I always enjoy the food (particularly the Nicoise Salad!). It is a bar/grill, but has a small non-smoking dining room and a huge menu! Certainly, it doesn't look like much on the outside, but really, I enjoy their food and it's very close-by. Another choice in Abington is 'KitchenBar' right across from Target on 611--owned by the same people who own 'The Drake' tavern in Jenkintown it has recently been renovated and has a nice atmosphere. They have good choices for breakfast lunch and dinner, and service is usually good.... I live in Jenkintown and frequent ALL the places that have been mentioned. Please add these 2 locally owned establishments to your dining choices near Glenside.

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                                                                      G Goo Nov 30, 2007 08:24 AM

                                                                      Yes Vintage has a small non smoking area, but you have to walk through their cavernous smoking area to get there. Food is OK. Some decent beers on tap. Not worth the noxious fumes. The Drake is really bad....not to mention really loud. KitchenBar has had a neat renovation, but it is still only a diner at heart. Stick with the breakfast selections.

                                                                      Just a dissenting opinion.....

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                                                                        layla529 Dec 1, 2007 04:49 PM

                                                                        I mentioned it back in July... http://www.chowhound.com/topics/416075

                                                                        I love it!!!

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                                                                          gwebber Jan 14, 2008 09:36 AM

                                                                          Ugh, KitchenBar. I was really excited about this place. But I went and had a truly horrible horrible dinner. Inedible. I ordered a fish dish, and it smelled of ammonia. The salad was dirty and the bowl was half full of water.

                                                                          It was really awful.

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                                                                          littlecmad Sep 19, 2007 02:03 PM

                                                                          I have seen all the replies and concerns about how far from Glenside you want to go and I think parts of NE Philly (where you will find Moonstruck in Fox Chase and The Melting Pot in Chestnut Hill), Huntingdon Valley (Stefano's), Willow Grove (Mandarin Garden and the Cheesecake Factory that is coming soon), Horsham (Mediterano), Blue Bell (Allison) all aren't too far and the food is worth the trip. If you want to go a little further, try Stoogie's in Flourtown, The Drafting Room in Ambler and Iron Hill Brewery on 309 in Lansdale.

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                                                                            kiwijen Sep 20, 2007 07:16 AM

                                                                            Whoops- that's not Stoogies in Flourtown. It's Scoogie's. Pretty good italian. Kid friendly.

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                                                                              potroastcat Sep 20, 2007 10:51 AM

                                                                              Thanks, we'll have to give that a try. Flourtown is just around the corner from where we are in Glenside! But I have to say that the Melting Pot is way overpriced and not really worth the trip, IMHO. Thanks for the other suggestions, though! We keep meaning to go out to Iron Hill in Lansdale; we've sampled their stuff at Brewer's Plate and it is fantastic.

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                                                                            lisabug Sep 17, 2007 10:38 AM

                                                                            I wanted to add a few great spots in Glenside:

                                                                            You have to try Plush in Keswick Village. It is NOT just a bar -- they have fantastic food! The chicken spring rolls are wonderful -- a meal in themselves, and the bar is cool and fun. Another great spot for lunch is Anne's Kitchen Table -- so many great homemade offerings -- soups, wraps, salads, special sandwiches and fantastic brownies. It's really a special lunch spot. Enjoy!

                                                                            1. Chinon00 Sep 12, 2007 01:40 AM

                                                                              GG Brewery in Glenside has a Wednesday $3.00 bar menu featuring things like chili dogs, tacos, italian sausage sandwiches, etc. Hits the spot and the price is right.

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                                                                                jazziellen Sep 7, 2007 02:10 PM

                                                                                Well I read thru everyone"s replies as I have lived in this area for a LONGGGG time and know all of the restaurnts~~I never understood why aeveryone RAVES about Marco Polo
                                                                                ~~ Plese do not forget Nickey Fishers On LimekilnPike~(The OLde Alfios location) Have had some good diners there. The young chef is adventursesome(and nice besides)(Smile) and the menu is varied with fairly resonable prices! The buttermilk coated Trout is one of my favorites!THe presentation is equal to a"FINE DINING" restaurant! (I love my littel orchid on the plate)

                                                                                They had jazz for a whilel on Sunday Nights and hope it comes back!

                                                                                We need to SUPPORT a local retauranant so it hangs in there!

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                                                                                  jmcsherry Sep 11, 2007 01:29 PM

                                                                                  Thanks, Jazziellen, for that info. I'd wondered what would become of the location where Alfios used to be---that was one of the few diehard restaurants which would make -no, build - a Ceasar salad in traditional style right at your table - complete with coddled egg and real anchovies and good fresh garlic. Can you tell I miss them?

                                                                                  What is a good signature dish at the new incarnation (Nicky Fisher)? I plan to try them out this week.

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                                                                                    jazziellen Sep 15, 2007 11:18 AM

                                                                                    REgarding Nickey Fishers~~~~~~~~~~~As I said I have had their battered trout several times!Freidn Had RIBS which were great but messy, I also had porkchop which comes in everal choice of sauces(I chose Apricot) Crab Cake is not bad~~~~~IF you go(IF you have not already gone) Tell Nicky that the Redheaded jazz lover sent you (Smile) Enjoy~~~~~~~~ Alfio was a legend with his Caesar salad and his magic tricks~ Followed him since he was in the basement of the Benson(Now Collonade) apts~ He even wore his tuxedo there~

                                                                                    Let me know what you think of Nicky Fishers~~~~~~~~

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                                                                                  malkazanie Jun 4, 2007 06:16 PM

                                                                                  I'm a life-longer as well (except for 4 years of school in Western MA) and while the area isn't densely restaurant-ed, there are a few good places right nearby.

                                                                                  -For Chinese I really like Szechuan Mandarin in the Elkins Park Square, or China Garden in Willow Grove, on 611. I've always found Mandarin Garden to be overpriced and not too special.

                                                                                  -For sushi (and I am a sushi addict) I go to Makiman, which is at Cottman Ave and Oxford Ave, just over the border into Philly. Miraku in Springhouse is also quite good, which is in the Genuardi's shopping ctr. off of Bethlehem Pike.

                                                                                  -If you're in Springhouse anyway, definitely check out Arpeggio for great pizza, Middle Eastern dishes, and general yumminess. The BYOB factor is also quite nice. If you want a good sandwich in Springhouse, check out Feast and Fancy (cheap plug since I used to work there!) which also has some nice cheeses and hard-to-find gourmet ingredients.

                                                                                  -BBQ - absolutely Abner's! I'm not a huge fan of BBQ in general but Abner's is some tasty tasty food. The sides are all made there and the meats are amazing. I like their mac and cheese almost too much.

                                                                                  -For family Italian, if you don't dig Rizzo's, check out Roman Delight on 611 in Abington. They have a much broader menu of pasta dishes and all that I've tried are pretty good. Good soups and pizza too, plus they have hoagies and steak sandwiches.

                                                                                  -Good breakfast in the area - now that Murray's has hit the dust (RIP) I usually go to Bonnet Lane on 611. It's nothing fancy, but it's very inexpensive and they do the basic breakfasts really well. West Avenue Grill is also good but super tiny and pricier. If you dig diners, try making the trip to Huntington Valley for Ben and Irv's.

                                                                                  -If you want a really special Mexican dinner, drive the half-hour to Conshohocken and go to Coyote Crossing. It's expensive, but the food is really well done, and it's a pleasure to sit on their patio under the little twinkly lights. The mango margaritas are also amazing.

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                                                                                    robinsoninteriors Nov 29, 2007 07:24 AM

                                                                                    Bonnett Lane DOES have a quality, inexpensive breakfast--I know the people that own it. Great place to take the kids too!

                                                                                    West Avenue Grill is defnitely great for breakfast and lunch, but not enough space for dinner in my opinion. They really do have good food and I don't find it particularly pricey, myself.

                                                                                    I also agree with Roman Delight near the hospital in Abington for pizza, etc. They're MUCH better than Rizzos!

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                                                                                      mjsmith403 May 4, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                                                      I wish everybody would stop the Rizzo talk. It is Rizzo's in name only.
                                                                                      When the Rizzo family owned it it was the best..... sorry just some great eating memories.
                                                                                      As you can see I am having trouble getting over Rizzo's. I wouldn't even think about going there now.

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                                                                                        PattiCakes May 5, 2009 11:18 AM

                                                                                        I hear ya. We drove past this weekend, and the windows are taped up with "we are doing something in here but we don't want anyone to see" paper. They should just change the name & be up front about it. NOT the Rizzo's of my "yoot", and Tony Soprano would say.

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                                                                                          Chefpaulo May 6, 2009 04:27 PM

                                                                                          You got that right, PCakes. Families should never sell their good name with a business. Look at all of the confusion and disappointment it has caused. The same with D'Alessandro's in Roxborough.

                                                                                          They're now just signs out front, folks. Just signs. The people who made those places tick and gave us those great memories are long gone. But at least we had the real stuff. Remember it well and be glad we did!

                                                                                          CP

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                                                                                    potroastcat Apr 17, 2007 01:28 PM

                                                                                    Any recs for Old Town Buffet on 611?

                                                                                    I heard good things from a friend who was surprised at how nice it was inside and at how good the food was, which was in stark contrast to the bleak exterior of the building.

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                                                                                      Hungryin theBurbs Apr 17, 2007 07:49 PM

                                                                                      This is the place under Target. We go here often because it is decent, reliable, and our kids love it. I don't know that I'd say the food is great, but if you are selective, you can eat fairly well. The Mongolian grill has a large selection of fresh ingredients you can use to assemble your own dish. Several of the hot items are pretty good. The crabs legs are inconsistent--sometimes great, sometimes dried out and overcooked. They seem to have gotten a new sushi chef because they have a much greater variety than they used to. It isn't the sushi you'd get in a real sushi restaurant, but it is decent.

                                                                                      All in all, it's not a terrific restaurant, but a good choice given the lptions around here (or lack thereof)

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                                                                                        BucksFoodie Apr 30, 2007 03:05 PM

                                                                                        Old Town Buffet is not for the faint of heart. Due to the high numbers of people who go to this place, the turnover of dishes is high so the food is always fresh and hot. The Mongolian grill does offer the chance to mix your own stir-fry of sorts, but the sauces are very salty, so be careful. I personally have a hard time watching people stuffing their faces, hoarding the seafood as soon as it hits the buffets; it's a true Gluttony Fest.

                                                                                        I had forgotten about Jonathan's. We had dinner there about a year ago, and enjoyed it very much. We also thought their prices were quite reasonable.

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                                                                                          gsider Jun 4, 2007 04:32 PM

                                                                                          so i am way late on this, but enjoyed reading everyone's input
                                                                                          i am surprised no one mentioned marco polo's in elkins park
                                                                                          surprisingly good food
                                                                                          and i would agree with the fiance that our food stores are so good that everyone is home cooking
                                                                                          someone please take your foodie knowledge and open a fabulous resturant!

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                                                                                            dream_of_giusti Jun 14, 2007 08:37 AM

                                                                                            To quickly interject. I disagree strongly with the recommendation of Marco Polo's. Last spring, DH's family and I went to dinner there to celebrate birthdays. I have never had a worse meal! I played it safe because I've heard horrible things previously. I had Chicken Parmigiana. To say the pasta was overcooked is a gross understatement. The food was bland. The service horrible. In an empty restaurant, our party of 6 was seated right by the kitchen. Every server bumped our chairs on their way in and out of the kitchen. I was very dissappointed as it is rare that we all get together and I would have been happier at...Houlihan's. Some of the rumblings I've heard are that the management is prejudice. I hate to say that about any establishment but my experience coupled with stories from other people I know leads me to never patronize Marco Polo's again.

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                                                                                              gsider Jun 15, 2007 08:06 AM

                                                                                              i am truely sorry to hear of your awful experience, i have eaten there only a couple of times, and was always pleasantly surprised
                                                                                              as far as predudice goes, i thought there was a lot of diveristy there the few times i have gone, but i do not blame you for not returning since its not a cheap place, i would let them know your experience and see what they will do about it

                                                                                    2. PattiCakes Apr 10, 2007 12:47 PM

                                                                                      OK. My husband and I have lived in this area for years, and are always in search of good food. Here are some of my suggestions.

                                                                                      Bocelli Restaurant: at the Gwenedd Valley train station (Plymouth Road). Very small, intimate, fabulous food. BYOB

                                                                                      Cafe Lombardis: Horsham Road, Horsham, PA. Another BYOB. Italian, and very reasonable. Excellent food, but very noisy. Still, it's a plae we keep coming back to.

                                                                                      White Elephant: Exceptionally nice Thai food. It's in a shopping center on Huntinton Pike in Huntington Valley, and the store front does no justice to the upscale interior. Also BYOB (are you spotting a trend here?)

                                                                                      The Drafting Room: Bethlehem Pike, Ambler. NOT a BYOB, but great beer selection. Good, ecclectic food. This is another one of those places where people seem to come back time after time. They have a nice Sunday Brunch.

                                                                                      Palace of Asia: I know that this has been mentioned before, but they have a great buffet lunch on the week-ends. It's a good way to try Indian food without making a commitment to just one or two dishes.

                                                                                      Two chain restaurants that are worth mentioning, but can be pricey: Caraba's (right at the Willow Grove turnpike exit), and Bonefish Grill (the Staples shopping center at 611 & Fitzwatertown Road). I have never been disappointed at either, but it'll cost 'ya. There is a Chinese/sushi restaurant in that same shopping center that is also worth trying.

                                                                                      AND, if you finally get yourself on that train to Center City, our absolute favorite is Ristorante Valentino, at 13th and Pine. Small BYOB, with extra-ordinary service and great food. I think it's very reasonable, especially by center-city price standards. The second time you go there, they will remember you and greet you with happy recognition.

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                                                                                        asmith Apr 12, 2007 05:46 AM

                                                                                        My H and I went to Jonathon's American Grill on Sunday for brunch and were very pleasantly surprised. The room was beautiful, the food was quite good and the service decent. We have been on the hunt for our favorite Sunday brunch place since Grassroots Cafe in Manyunk closed last fall. We've been all over but never found the perfect place. We will definitely be back. Cresheim Cottoge and Solaris are our other two choices. Tried to go to Plate but as of March, they didn't serve brunch.

                                                                                        We would definitely try Jonathon's for dinner at some point.

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                                                                                          redandtall Apr 13, 2007 04:35 PM

                                                                                          I like to support KitchenAid's "The Book and the Cook" and have even had chefs cook at my house in Glenside. If you are visiting Glenside for a show at the Keswick, don't overlook the Glenside Pub; it used to be a great bar with ok food now its a great bar with great food. The Coll's understand that using the freshest seasonal food with consistant service and a neighborhood atmosphere is the best reason to return to this Glenside landmark. The sandwiches are made fresh and their turkey platter has fresh gravy! If you are steering away from a heavy dinner go with the Pub Salad that also boasts FRESH turkey! I also like Nicky Fishers; their chef makes a fabulous tribute to southern cooking. I live in Glenside again after moving to Abington for 12 years....I couldnt get away from O'Neills Food Market and their fresh ceasar dressing!

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                                                                                            G Goo Apr 14, 2007 07:26 AM

                                                                                            I agree about the Glenside Pub. The food is simple and consistently fresh and delicious. Excellent service with some of the friendliest waitresses, bartenders (and patrons!). Now if they'd only update their beer selection......but I digress.

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                                                                                              redandtall Apr 14, 2007 07:44 AM

                                                                                              They need some good belgium beers...a Chimay perhaps. You have to go to the Blue Comet for that, but the Pub has Harp and my redheaded sisters and I love a good Harp.

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                                                                                              PattiCakes Apr 17, 2007 07:12 AM

                                                                                              Ditto to the Nicky Fisher's recommendation. The location and exterior are not what you would expect of a fine dining establishment, but don't let that turn you away. The chef is adventurous, and the food quite good!!
                                                                                              Glenside Pub is also good, but not quite on the save level as Fisher's.
                                                                                              Ah, O'Neill's! I remember hauling my little ones to "downtown Glenside" in their wooden wagon to go grocery shopping. Thanks for bringing that memory back for me. Did you know that their delivery van's license plate is "FOOD 4 U"? Always made me laugh.

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                                                                                              mjsmith403 May 4, 2009 06:14 PM

                                                                                              Try the Valley Green Inn for Brunch......great location....great food

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                                                                                              potroastcat Sep 26, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                                              We just had White Elephant for dinner last night. I was in the mood for Thai so I went back to this board to search. We split corn cakes (excellent) and crispy roll (just okay) for appetizers. For dinner I had the siam noodle which is basically tofu pad thai, and it was fantastic. Cpharbor had the sesame seared tuna which was beautifully presented and very tasty. I also shared his sticky rice which came on the side and I'm still dreaming about that.

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                                                                                              potroastcat Apr 9, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                                                              Hello again, cpharbor's fiance here. I just wanted to give a quick report since we moved in last Saturday.
                                                                                              Went to Rizzo's last Sunday because it was the only place walking distance that was open (we didn't have a car yet). I still feel the same about it - dark restaurant with greasy food. Service was good.
                                                                                              Dined at Mirna's in Jenkintown on Friday night. We got seats quickly and service was very good. But the food was completely boring. Maybe we're a bit spoiled coming from the city, but neither of us was that enthusiastic about the "Mediterranean" entrees. I had spaghetti with eggplant and a plain red sauce, fiance had vodka sauce on his pasta. Neither dish was good or bad, just plain and not worth the price. The only outstanding thing was the Mirna's salad which was very good, and fiance's seafood bisque. Maybe this place is better for appetizers/starters?
                                                                                              So, we still have lots to try, and despite the negativity in my post, so far I love here it in Glenside. My favorite food is still the Whole Foods salad/hot bar. And the grocery stores here in general are wonderful, so we'll be cooking lots at home. :)

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                                                                                                Schpsychman Mar 7, 2007 07:23 AM

                                                                                                G Goo, I work in the Doylestown area and live nearby and I wholeheartedly agree with you that, given the wealth of the area, the restaurant scene is quite poor. I would recommend Il Melograno for good Italian from the Apuglia region (in the Genuardi's shopping center) and Cafe America for some casual Latin food. I have heard that Slate Blu is good but, at their prices I am afraid of an expensive disappointment (a la Freight House). I have also heard that Madame Butterfly has good Japanese and sushi but have never eaten there. Doylestown is usually a place I go for drinks with my wife (e.g. Stephanie's, Chambers the Other Side, etc.) but we avoid when it comes to food.

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                                                                                                  BucksFoodie Mar 11, 2007 08:22 AM

                                                                                                  Sorry to hear about the diappointing food experiences in D'town. I agree that there are several overly rated restaurants there, but there are some good bets. Despite G Goo's comments about the Mesquitto Grill, I have eaten there many, many times and can't say I've ever had anyting to complain about. Prices and portions are very good, but don't expect gourmet or true southwest. Siam at the Black Walnut was surprisingly affordable and very good. I prefer the old menu, sans Siam, but that's no longer an option. Had a couple of excellent meals at Chambers, much to my own surprise. Chef and menu completely changed in the past year. The opposite goes for Maxwell's -- a terrible turn for the worse since the new owners took over. Haven't tried Pane e Vino yet; mixed reveiws on that one.

                                                                                                  Went to Slate Bleu once; food was quite good, but too pricey for country French. Prices should be lower for what they serve.

                                                                                                  A great little Italian in what's probably Chalfont (little strip mall near the Acme on Rte 202) called Tutto Mario. Inexpensive, BYO, owned by a man witha history of impeccable service.

                                                                                                  In the other direction, the best burgers in the area are at The Porterhouse in Lahaska.

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                                                                                                  Glenside Pubcrawl Mar 6, 2007 06:45 PM

                                                                                                  Ambler Girl. Did you end up going on the Glenside Pub Crawl? It was a blast!

                                                                                                  Regarding food, how can you all be forgetting Plush. Their appetizers are outstanding. I've never made it past them to order a main course.

                                                                                                  The Blue Comet also has a great menu, and I've seen kids in there mid-week. Try the bacon Cheeseburger with peanut butter. The meatloaf is also very good. I'd compare the inside smoke level to Union Jacks.

                                                                                                  Elcy's has a great sandwich menu, and is a staple on the way home from work. They just added 2 new partners, so the menu is getting even better.

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                                                                                                    AmblerGirl Mar 7, 2007 05:17 AM

                                                                                                    We never made it to the pub crawl, our friends backed out last minute. We'll plan for next year!

                                                                                                  2. BucksFoodie Mar 5, 2007 11:50 AM

                                                                                                    Sorry to hear Glenside hasn't added much of note since I lived there (actually I lived in Wyncote, next door).

                                                                                                    If you're willing to venture into the 'burbs a little farther than the inner Montco towns, you will find some gems. Perhaps because the wealth is moving further into the netherlands of the outer burbs, the restaurants are following them there. If you ever want to verturen up to Doylestown, you'd be amazed at what the restaurant scene looks like there.

                                                                                                    Athena is decent, but I wouldn't call it outstanding Greek.

                                                                                                    Don't forget La Vang's in Willow Grove, on Moreland Road.

                                                                                                    Carambola's is a dependably consistent restaurant -- I'v been there many, many times over the years and have never had a bad meal. In Springhouse there is a nice Mediterranean restaurant called Arpeggio's -- probably a 20 minute ride from Glenside. Someone mentioned Ooka (innovative sushi), Mandarin Garden (ALWAYS good, sister of high end Yang Ming in Bryn Mawr), and Los Serapes in Horsham is a new outcrop of the original in New Britain, Bucks Cty. They are known for high quality ingredients in traditional Mexican fare (the family is originally from Mexico City).

                                                                                                    If you're headed toward Ambler, go a mile or so farther down Butler Pike to Skippack Pike in Broad Axe. In a tiny little run down plaza behind the inn is a wonderful Mexican called Tamarindo's, which serves complimentary margaritas. They are from Veracruz and make excellent fish dishes among other things. A fun place to go with a group. I hear that the Broad Axe Tavern is being renovated (finally) into a Belgian restaurant -- anyone know aobut this? And finally, another mile or so up Skippack Pike, there is Allison's on the right. Fantastic BYO, cash only place (Alison Barshak of Striped Bass fame). They're adding a liquor license, but are going to continue to allow BYO. She is a big supporter of local farmers and artisanal foods.

                                                                                                    Oh, I forgot. in looking at lisaspb's post, I forgot about sandwiches. Don't know if this is still the case, but the Village Deli on Jenkintown Road used to make the most decadent Italian Hoagies I''ve ever tasted. The best meats -- one of them would feed three of us, plus require a liter of water to wash down the salt -- but worth every bite.

                                                                                                    Enjoy the adventure...

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                                                                                                      G Goo Mar 5, 2007 12:38 PM

                                                                                                      I've been disappointed by the Doylestown restaurant scene almost entirely. I've had 2 of the worst experiences (both food and service) at The Freight House and the Mesquito Grill. I couldn't get over the trendy "scene" and the cost of the Freight House compared to the actual meal. It was horrible.....no overstatement....horrible, and it was expensive and still the place was packed. I've been twice with both times the same. Additionally, I was directed to try Jules Thin Crust which I was told was "better than Tacconelli's." Simply put, it was not. Lots of different toppings, none of which were particularly inspiring. Had a good meal at Domani Star, but it was so ridiculously expensive we probably won't be returning.

                                                                                                      My parents and in-laws live in D-town so I eat there fairly often. Still looking for a great place that's a decent value.

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                                                                                                        gigibell214 Mar 5, 2007 01:26 PM

                                                                                                        I actually liked Jules but I wouldn't compare it to Taconelli's. I LOVED the salad I ate at Jules and the dessert was just AMAZING. Tacconelli's is the best though.

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                                                                                                        geena Aug 9, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                                                        I recently tried the Broad Axe. Not very good at all and high-priced for the sandwiches we ordered. However, down the road in Blue Bell is the Limit, which is terrific. . Very casual atmosphere. We didn't expect much. We went with a Groupon and were nicely surprised

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                                                                                                        lisaapb Mar 5, 2007 10:16 AM

                                                                                                        Regarding Jasmine, on Easton Road near Hibberts - this is the new place by the owners of Schezwan (sorry - that has to be spelled wrong) Mandarin in Elkins Park, and they have won a few 'Readers Choice' (local) awards over the years. Jasmine's menu is identical to that of S.M. so if you liked it there, no surprises here. Good, solid Chinese Food.

                                                                                                        Pizza - I'm very picky about my pizza, I admit. From NY originally, so I struggled to find take-out pizza I really liked here for years (I do not like Bellas or Rizzos or Pizza Box, etc.). Fortunately, the old Stazi Milano at the Jenkintown Train Station has been turned into Jonathan's American Grille (www.jonathansamericangrille.com) and they have several types of gourmet pizza. We probably do pizza from them every week or so. They took one with Chorizo off the menu, that was the only sad thing. Otherwise, this is a good place for mid-scale dining with friends or family. A lovely setting. Some interesting food variations we don't see here in this part of Montco. They also won a 'Best of Philly' for their stromboli, but I haven't tried it.

                                                                                                        Brunch - Tried Nicky's in Glenside on 152 for their Sunday brunch menu and found it just 'ok'. I'd bring my parents here, but we wouldn't go back on our own. It seemed like a gourmet spread from what we heard, but the execution was just average. Not bad - just average.....We heard good vibes regarding the place (Plate?) in Trilogy Apartments; this location is a followup to another of theirs that has received good reviews and we want to try out their brunch. The atmophere makes it seem as if it's a mid-scale type of place.

                                                                                                        BBQ - Have to, have to try Abner's on 611/ Old York Road. Its in the shopping center with the Dunkin Donuts. They were in Zagats as of a year ago, I think and were told the only reason they didn't qualify for any stars was because they do not have table service...I think even Craig LeBan enjoys the bbq from here. It's addicting, as are the mashed sweet
                                                                                                        potatoes.

                                                                                                        Sandwiches - In Keswick Village across from the theater is Primo Hoagies. Nothing basic about the hoagies here, although you can get plain, simples sandwiches if you want. Very fresh, great bread; I was surprised anyplace would compete with Lee's Hoagie House's freshness. Also, in the same shopping center as mentioned above for Abner's, there's a Old Philadelphia Sandwich Shoppe - nothing to look at, but very, very good quality meats. Call early as there's always a longer wait than you want.

                                                                                                        Mexican - Yes, Tortillas in Willow Grove - good quality, but sometimes the service is off. Our fav weekly mexican place till Baja Fresh opened closer to us. Baja is a chain, so the types of mexican are different, of course, but still....if we don't feel like driving the 20 min down the road to Tortillas, this is a great option. Also, not close by Los Serapes in Horsham (sorry I don't have the address handy). It's a surprise - its in a strip mall, but the quality is superior. I think Craig LeBan also has been here/to its sister location and it always gets high marks from people who tried it. I crave the banana cheesecake thingy dessert....

                                                                                                        Blue Comet bar and Grille - not a family place. Dark and moody. Brian Setzer performs there sometimes as he's a friend of the owner. Decent food; I'm just not crazy about the smoking here and would likely go back much more often if there wasn't any.

                                                                                                        Cheers,

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                                                                                                          geena Aug 9, 2012 06:26 AM

                                                                                                          Pizza ? Best around is Pizza City on Willow Grove Ave. in Wyndmoor. Tony still tosses and twirls the dough up in the air. We wouldn't go anywhere else except maybe Giuseppe's on Bethlehem Pike in Ambler.
                                                                                                          Do they still allow smoking at Blue Comet? Didn't know that. A definite deterrent.

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                                                                                                            oliviasaru Aug 10, 2012 07:56 AM

                                                                                                            There's no smoking inside the Blue Comet. They have a lovely little enclosed patio/garden out back with a fountain.

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                                                                                                          dream_of_giusti Mar 5, 2007 07:33 AM

                                                                                                          There are no hotels within walking distance. This is a very suburban middle class area. The closest hotels would be in Willow Grove, I recommend the Courtyard.

                                                                                                          1. G Goo Mar 5, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                                                            Within walking distance?? I don't think so. I can't even think of a hotel within a couple of miles. Chestnut Hill maybe.

                                                                                                            Anyone else?

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                                                                                                              dream_of_giusti Mar 2, 2007 12:00 PM

                                                                                                              Thank you tourmama, I couldn't rememeber the name Ooka, I was going to add it to my list. Everyone I know loves Athena, I haven't tried it yet. Indian you can get in the NE (where I just moved to) at Kashmir garden, which is good (great Chicken Sorba soup) but not as good as Uni. City. Pizza Box's logo is Pizza is for lovers. I found it does the job on those friday nights when you have the pizza craving. My cousin just started working at Macaroni Grill, she said the food is much better than it was in the past (I trust her she has a budding foodie palate). Like I said I don't venture too far into the suburbs to eat but I am willing to help locally. If you like cheesesteaks, you have to try Steve's on Bustleton & St. Vincent. I was skeptical at first, but am now a convert.

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                                                                                                                tourmama Mar 2, 2007 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                Potroastcat,

                                                                                                                Try Palace of Asia in Fort Washington for Indian dinner. It's good, although not as great as it used to be. It's right off Rte 309. Also try Ooka in Willow Grove for Japanese. Little Marrakesh in Dresher has great Moroccan food at very reasonable prices.

                                                                                                                1. AmblerGirl Mar 1, 2007 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                  Speaking of Glenside, has anyone done the Glenside Pub Crawl? How is it? It is coming up this weekend and we're thinking of going but have not heard much about it? Anyone been?

                                                                                                                  www.glensidepubcrawl.com

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                                                                                                                    dream_of_giusti Feb 28, 2007 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                    I've lived in Cheltenham forever and work in Glenside and can definitely agree with everyone who goes into the city to eat. There are good restaurants in the Glenside area, you just have to search for them. In Glenside area: Pizza Box (a little overpriced) is my pick over Rizzo's, which made me dread pizza parties in elementary school. Mandarin Garden is my grandmother's favorite chinese, she travels from North Philly for it. I think its overrated, but the food is consistent. 211York is supposed to be good, the place for dinner meetings. Drake's Tavern in Jenkintown has surprisingly good food, not your typical bar fare. Queen in Keswick has good takeout chinese, try the wonton soup but not the fried noodles. Annie's Kitchen & Elcy's at the train station in Glenside both have good sandwich/soup type lunches. West Ave. Grille in Glenside serves a good breakfast, never been for other meals. Speaking of breakfast, Silver Moon right up Easton Rd has good diner type fare. If you like Mexican, everyone raves about Tortillas in Willow Grove (BYO) which is very family oriented. Sorry to be so long winded, but as you can see I've done my research. Please let me know if you need anyother suggestions.

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                                                                                                                      potroastcat Mar 1, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                      dreams_of_giusti: Thank you for the descriptive reply. I'm cpharbor's fiance and we are very excited for our move back out to the burbs!
                                                                                                                      So, you prefer Pizza Box? I've only had Rizzo's so far, which I thought was just okay. What's so special about the Box? I must say the name makes it sound boring.
                                                                                                                      Where is the closest Indian food to the general area? I get to have some wonderful Indian fare for lunch all the time because I work in the UPenn area, but I would love any suggestions for Indian dinner/buffet.
                                                                                                                      What is the best brunch/breakfast in Glenside? Elcy's at the train station is so cute, and I'm excited to try them out.
                                                                                                                      Is that Greek place near the Keswick any good? I do love a good moussaka or a nice baklava!
                                                                                                                      Hmm, anything else of interest? Middle eastern cuisine? Any other ethnic fare? We like just about everything! Even chain restaurants. We were driving through Willow Grove recently and were excited to see that we have a Macaroni Grille out there. I know, I know, it's a chain, it's boring, but it actually has surprisingly good Italian food.
                                                                                                                      Thanks again!

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                                                                                                                        AmblerGirl Mar 1, 2007 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                        I can say that Athena (the Greek restaurant) has a great mousaka. I really enjoy that place, good simple food, reasonable prices. The outdoor patio is nice in warm weather.

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                                                                                                                          singerjan Dec 1, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                          Anyone in the neighborhood of 211 York should try La Pergola, right around the corner. I love their Greek food. The service is not perfect, but it is not overpriced. I also like Athena. It's true that there's not much within walking distance of the Keswick. I like Shanachie [sp?] in Ambler.

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                                                                                                                          potroastcat Jan 7, 2009 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                          By the way, I found my local Indian Cuisine: try www.bhagyaskitchen.com. They only serve take-out but it is quite nice mild Indian food. I had their chicken tikka masala and alu gobi last weekend and it was a nice way to enjoy my Gilmore Girls re-runs on my couch!

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                                                                                                                            geena Aug 9, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                            If you want to try it, it's on Willow Grove Ave. in Wyndmoor, Springfield Township.

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                                                                                                                        lambrettaGP190 Feb 7, 2007 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                        hi me and my wife just moved out here also [oreland] and i agre there is not much for good food but you forgot mandirin garden in willow grove

                                                                                                                        1. rabidog Jan 29, 2007 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                          i'm not too familiar with the geography here, but i recently attended a concert in glenside at the keswick theatre and used their website as a recommendation for dinner. i ended up at a place called 211 york, where i found absolutely spotless service, and good food (great salad). cute atmosphere and yummy wines. i can't comment on exactly how close to town it is, though. i think it was a 5-min ride or so. i could see it being the kind of place where i'd get to know the owner and the bartender, if i lived nearby.

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                                                                                                                            G Goo Jan 29, 2007 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                            211 York is in Jenkintown, right up the street. That's great news......I always wondered about that place. Gotta check it out.

                                                                                                                            And yes the Blue Comet. Sunday night is rockabilly night and it's always a killer good time......usually great live music.

                                                                                                                            Not a fan of the Pizza Box either. Maybe its just me.

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                                                                                                                              G Goo Feb 22, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                              Went to 211 York on a snowy Valentine's Night with my lovely wife and was rewarded with a great night. Food is simple (she had the veal I had the roast duck w/ red cabbage and mashed potatoes) but done very well. Nice selection of wines. Service was friendly but confused at times. Nothing major. A little expensive, but that seems to be the trend at better suburban restaurants.

                                                                                                                              Thanks for the recommendation!

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                                                                                                                              kag0002 Jan 29, 2007 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                              I can't believe no one has mentioned the Blue Comet. It has awsome food, great specials, and a super cool atmosphere. And if Rizzo's is too overated for you try Pizza Box.

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                                                                                                                                kiwijen Feb 9, 2007 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                What kind of atmosphere? We always assumed it was more of a bar than anything else. We've got 2 small kids - would it be too noisy/smokey to bring them?
                                                                                                                                Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                  AmblerGirl Feb 12, 2007 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                  Blue Comet is great but DEFINITELY not for kids. It is more of a bar scene.

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                                                                                                                                    missclaudy Feb 12, 2007 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                    I've been there on Sunday's (live rockabilly music) when spirited women were dancing topless on the bar. It's lively as hell and lots of fun , the music is exceptional sometimes, absolutely not for kids on Sunday. During the week, early might be okay.

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                                                                                                                                    geena Aug 9, 2012 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                    Yeah, Blue Comet. We love it. Good salads.

                                                                                                                                  3. Chinon00 Jan 27, 2007 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                    G&G Brewpub is definitely open. I had there APA, IPA and Smoked Rye beers tonight. I enjoyed them all but I really liked the Smoked Rye. The smoke flavor was very restrained simply complementing the rye beer flavor. Think delicate Gouda taste; very nice. The others were nice and malty with decent hop backbone. Welcome back to a decent NW Philly suburb alternative.

                                                                                                                                    1. G Goo Jan 22, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                      How could I forget Carambola?? I second that....

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                                                                                                                                        Hungryin theBurbs Jan 22, 2007 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                        I've never understood the popularity of Carambola. I've eaten there twice--once for dinner and once for lunch. I thought it was fine, but nothing special. I suppose it does stand out in the culinary wasteland that is Eastern Montgomery County (I live here too, and while it is a great place to live, the paucity of decent restaurants is astounding), but there are so many better places if one is willing to drive a bit. Maybe I should give it another chance. What are the things you like about it?

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                                                                                                                                          G Goo Jan 22, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                          I've been twice and have been completely satisfied with both visits. Food was very good, not fantastic but good. I would say it is a little overpriced.

                                                                                                                                          Yes, compared to offerings in Center City it's nothing special. But in these parts we'll take what we can get.

                                                                                                                                          Which leads me to a question. Why is there a dearth of good restaurants in Eastern Montco? It's a relatively affluent area that seems ripe for some great restaurants. Is the tax structure such that it scares away the type of restauranteurs we are looking for? Take Keswick Villiage for example. Charm out the wazoo. Great theater with a built in crowd on show nights. Despite this, it's a food wasteland. Why?

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                                                                                                                                            AmblerGirl Jan 22, 2007 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                            OK, I know this probably deserves a whole new topic unto itself, but I think we are pretty fortunate in Eastern Montco. to have some pretty good restaurants. Of course, the dining scene in any suburban area will never live up to its urban counterpart mainly by virtue that the urban centers (such as Philly) have a higher desity of people per square mile (which equals more customers) and also a higher number of foreign born citizens (which usually means great authentic food).

                                                                                                                                            But if you compare Eastern Mont Co to its other suburban counterparts (e.g. Bucks and Delaware County), we have some great options as long as you know whree to look. If you bypass all of the chain restaurants, there is a great dining scene in Ambler (Bridgets, La Cava, and Trax being the standouts), there is Alison and Tamarindos in Blue Bell, Ravenna and Braserie 73 in Skippack, Arpeggio in Springouse, Ooka in Willow Grove, the list goes on and on. I think I am very furtunate to live in an area with so many great restaurants nearby, and with center City also just a short drive away.

                                                                                                                                            Of course, I think there is so much wasted potential in areas like Glenside and Chestnut Hill (ok, that is Philadelphia but still the same applies). But the more we support and patronize local restaurants in our areas, the more the dining scene will continue to grow.

                                                                                                                                            OK, I'm off my pedastal now....

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                                                                                                                                              G Goo Jan 22, 2007 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                              I guess when I speak of "Eastern Montco" I'm referring to the Glenside, Cheltenham, Rockledge, Abington, Willow Grove, Huntinton Valley, Elkins Park area. All the areas you speak of are not really that close to Glenside. I live in Glenside right next to Keswick Village and I hate the fact that I have to get in my car and drive to get a decent meal in the burbs. Such a great area deserves better dining options. 9 times out of 10 I'm taking the train into the city. I'm all about patronizing my local joints (which I do to a point) but if I'm often disappointed what good is it doing?

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                                                                                                                                                Hungryin theBurbs Jan 22, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                I agree completely. I'm in Cheltenham and the places Amblergirl mentions are almost as far as going into Center City (some are even farther), which I'd rather do if I am going to get in the car for that amount of time. It seems to me that there are more than enough people in this area to support better restaurants. The chains are always packed, and the demographics suggest that all kinds of different cuisines would do well. Jenkintown has several non-chain restaurants, but none of them are very good. I just don't understand it. I would think a good restaurant would make a killing in this area. I don't know much about the tax structure, but I suspect that must have something to do with it.

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                                                                                                                                                  AmblerGirl Jan 24, 2007 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                  You are both right. Eastern Montco covers a fairly large area. I do think the Ambler/ Blue Bell area offers some relatively good restaurants, but I agree that as you head further towards Abington, Glenside, etc. it is a wasteland. There is such wasted potential.

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                                                                                                                                                    G Goo Jan 24, 2007 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                    My wife and I go to 3 or 4 shows a year at the Keswick Theater, and it is always difficult to decide a place to eat. Becuase we can walk to the theater it make sense to either eat at home or eat somewhere near the theater. I'm sorry to say we usually end up eating at home. The last show we attended we ate @ Plush and the service was so bad.......ah, I don't want to talk about it!

                                                                                                                                                    And I hate to sound like everything is awful in Keswick.....The Diner is not bad, Athena is....well...not bad, GG Brewers is....not bad. But I'd love to be excited about the show AND the dinner.

                                                                                                                                                    I'm interested to find out about how Ambler approached their revitalization; find out more about Abington's political and tax conditions and make a few suggestions to the township council....couldn't hurt. Right? Any Glenside foodies with me? (Cue the cricket sounds)

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                                                                                                                                                      AmblerGirl Jan 24, 2007 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Amblers revitalization was really driven by a strong "Main Street" group that is essentially focused on making that strip of Butler a destination again. They are primarily funded through grants, I do not believe local government contributes much to the group. We still have a long way to go (too many open store fronts on Butler for my taste) but we are light years ahead of where we were even just a few years ago.
                                                                                                                                                      I think that any kind of revitalization you can get started in Glenside will be welcome by everyone! Myself included! I love Glenside and think it has such potential to be a great destination place.

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                                                                                                                                                  geena Aug 9, 2012 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                  For down to earth, add Fatty's on Willow Grove Ave. in Wyndmoor. Good pub food, sports on TV, but not a loudmouth bar. Great service.

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                                                                                                                                                    geena Aug 9, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                    It depends on whether you are looking for fine dining, which you will find downtown, or some place to eat. There are plenty of decent places to eat, but not much fine dining.

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                                                                                                                                                LowerGwyneddGirl May 1, 2008 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                I love Carombolas too! i just had the lobster risotto last week and it was very good and it was only $20.00.

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                                                                                                                                                  geena Aug 9, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I just looked up Carambola's and it is permanently closed. So much for that!

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                                                                                                                                              JohnnyT Jan 22, 2007 02:47 AM

                                                                                                                                              You are just a few minutes away from Carambola, in the Dreshertown Shopping Center, on limekiln Pike. It's a BYOB that has an eclectic, inventive cuisine, which is much better than anything you will find in the immediate area of Glenside.

                                                                                                                                              1. Chinon00 Jan 21, 2007 03:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                There was a nice little brew pub called "G&G" but it's been closed for a while. It may have reopened though. It's across the street from the Keswick Theater. The beers are served warmer than usual which personally prefer and they had some decent pub grub. I miss it.

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                                                                                                                                                  G Goo Jan 21, 2007 03:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                  G.G. Brewers is open for business again....I think. I believe there was some flood damage after one of the larger storms in the fall.

                                                                                                                                                  Beer has been a bit iffy whenever I've been there. A little inconsistent, but that can probably be expected in a new brewpub. The owner/brewer/chef/host/waiter is a nice guy and is always up for a conversation.

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                                                                                                                                                    cpharbor Jan 21, 2007 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the feedback!

                                                                                                                                                    I love what I see in Glenside, though I can see the food options are not all that spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                    I grew up in Huntington, Long Island where there's tons of great stuff to eat. At least its just three hours away.

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                                                                                                                                                      AmblerGirl Jan 22, 2007 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I really love GG Brewers and are so happy they have re-opened. The beer is good, though I'm sure you can get better at a larger brew pub chain. What I like about it is that the owner/brewer is there and happy to chat, there is a low key friendly vibe, the people are nice, and it is a truly local business. They even serve wine from local PA wineries. That is the exact kind of place I want to support.

                                                                                                                                                  2. G Goo Jan 21, 2007 02:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I live in Glenside and to put it simply, we didn't move here for the food! Great neighborhood, great neighbors, pretty town, lousy restaurants (with a few exceptions). Some decent places here and there. Athena (Greek) in Keswick Village is good. Union Jacks in North Hills has a mean burger and wings and a very good beer selection, but it can get so smokey that my wife and I only go in the summer when we can sit outside. The Keswick Tavern is terrible and should be avoided. We just tried a new Chinese place on Easton Road near the Glenside Pub and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the atmosphere. It's called Jasmine, I think. The Glenside Pub is a friendly place with OK food. Rizzo's Pizzeria ia very, very overrated...and I'm sure I'll get an arguement on that one.

                                                                                                                                                    Other favorites (not in Glenside, but nearby)
                                                                                                                                                    Mirna's - Jenkintown (Good Mediterranean BYOB)
                                                                                                                                                    From the Boot - Lafayette Hill (Italian)
                                                                                                                                                    General Lafayette Inn - Lafayette Hill (Food is OK but the beer is fantastic)
                                                                                                                                                    Cafette - Chestnut Hill (BYOB with a beautiful outdoor seating area)
                                                                                                                                                    McMenimans - Mt Airy (Pub grub and good beer)
                                                                                                                                                    Ambler has a nice collection of places.

                                                                                                                                                    So there you go. But remember, Center City is only a 20 minute train ride from Glenside Station....

                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy Glenside! We moved here from the city and couldn't be happier!

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                                                                                                                                                      YoccosFan Jan 23, 2007 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                      One place to add to the list I think would be Bitar's in Mount Airy. They're food is terrific and the prices are very reasonable. They offer a variety of food from chicken wraps to falafel.

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                                                                                                                                                        JohnnyT Jan 23, 2007 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                        There's a branch of Bitar's in Mount Airy? Where, please?

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                                                                                                                                                          YoccosFan Jan 24, 2007 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Bitar's is next to McMenamin's just a little up from Mt Airy Ave and Germantown Pike.

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                                                                                                                                                        givemecarbs Sep 5, 2008 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Anyone been to Jasmine recently? Mitch gave it a nice write up in the Trend this week and I'm thinking of heading over there!

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                                                                                                                                                          oliviasaru Sep 7, 2008 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                          We (my husband, our 4-year-old, and I) were there last week. The food is very good, but I was surprised at how slow service was. They seemed to be catering more to two larger parties in the back of the restaurant, and flagging someone down for more water and then the check was shockingly difficult. If it had just been the two of us minus the antsy kiddo maybe I would have been less annoyed. :)

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                                                                                                                                                            givemecarbs Sep 7, 2008 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the info! I'll try it when I have plenty of time. I know I can mapquest it up, but what is Jasmine near? I always seem to get lost in that area even with a printed out mapquest. Blush.

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                                                                                                                                                              oliviasaru Sep 7, 2008 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                              No worries! Jasmine is on the same side of Easton Road as the Glenside Pub, Hibbert's stationery, and Humphrey's Pest Control. ;) Directly across the street is the Won Institute, Glenside Hardware, and a State Store. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                            kiwijen Dec 29, 2008 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                            We live in Springfield Twp (Montco) and we've been fairly disappointed by the Chinese offerings in our neck of the woods, except for Jasmine (Glenside) and Kings Palace (Andorra). Since it opened, Jasmine quickly became and has remained our "go to" Chinese spot for eat-in and take-out. They're very accommodating of our small children.

                                                                                                                                                            What's especially good is that Jasmine's food seems to travel well, which is not a given for Chinese food. The fried items are not soggy when we get them home. The soup is still hot. This week we we ordered the Orange Beef (nicely spicy), Hunan Lamb (not fried; good flavor, spicy), House Special Fried Rice (excellent; especially for lunch the next day), Lo Mein (good, solid effort), Chicken with Cashews (lots of nuts), Sesame Chicken (good flavor), and Shrimp with Broccoli, as well as egg rolls, spring rolls, "cold egg rolls" (not fried), crab rangoon (why does anyone order that? go ask my friends), and wonton soup. It was a feast that fed 8 adults and several kids, and everyone enjoyed it.

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                                                                                                                                                              geena Aug 9, 2012 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Try King's Garden on Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Good food, inexpensive/moderate. Pleasant, low key atmosphere. Good selection.

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                                                                                                                                                            mjsmith403 May 4, 2009 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                            No arguments on Rizzo's. It was once the best Pizza in Delaware Valley.
                                                                                                                                                            It has changed hands a few times and now might even be closed.
                                                                                                                                                            It really went down hill. Still trying to replace them.
                                                                                                                                                            Try Pizza Box on Limekiln Pike between Glenside Ave. and Mt. Carmel.
                                                                                                                                                            And yes, I get all my Chinese food from Jasmine.

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                                                                                                                                                              singerjan Dec 1, 2009 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Rizzo's is indeed closed, and the restaurant that took its place, Amici, is not worth the trouble. The food was nothing special, the service was abysmal. I did not taste the pizza, but there is better pizza out there.

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                                                                                                                                                              Marc Listokin Apr 29, 2010 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                              First of all there are a few decent places to eat in Glenside or nearby. First one worthy of considerration is Michaels Diner on Easton Rd opposite Beaver College( I refuse to be politically correct and call it Arcadia). Pretty good salad bar and decent menu. OK sandwiches and the entres are pretty good as well. I've never had a bad meal there. My favorite in Glenside however is Rocy's Deli and Restaurant, on Glenside Avenue, just off of Easton Rode across from Rizzo's. The Hoagie is to my lights perfect. Just the right balance of vegetables, meats and Cheeses. Soups are homemade and usually quite good. All the sandwiches are great. For a treat try the Monte Cristo or any of the Steak Sandwiches of Cicken Steaks. And the Milkshakes are really fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                geena Aug 9, 2012 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                What about the Blue Comet on Easton Road? Their food is generally good and well priced. The salads are especially good.

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