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Nov 7, 2007 10:47 AM

Any good restaurants near King of Prussia?

I just moved to the area and would love to find some good places to eat around here. I'd like to try something new, so no chains. Any ethnic foods would be great. Or even initeresting ethnics stores around to shop would be good. I'm willing to drive up to 30 minutes to find some good chow so please help. Thanks all!

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  1. Unfortunately, you have moved to the land of the chain restaurants....but never fear. I've heard about numerous Indian and Thai places nearby, and I'm sure others who know will elaborate.I do recall a decent indian (or pakistani ??) grocer on Gulph Rd next to Peace-a-pizza. Otherwise, I suggest: Creeds (near the mall), Majolica or Black Lab (Phoenixville).....and a 30 minute dirve can get you to Philly, Wilmington, West there's a lot out the for you.

    1. 333 Belrose in Radnor is my favorite restaurant in the area and just a short (~10 min) drive away.

      For ethnic food:

      Indian - Desi Village on Gulph Road is pretty solid and pretty much the only place I will eat that's actually in KoP. :P Also A Taste of India in the Gateway Shopping Center is not too far away and is excellent.
      Thai - Thai Pepper (Ardmore) or Flavor by Thai Pepper (Wayne) are pretty good.
      Japanese (sushi) - Hana (Wayne) is where we go, also heard good things about Blue Fin (Plymouth Meeting).
      Chinese - Sang Kee Asian Bistro (Wynnewood) has some great noodle soups. But my favorite by far is Han Dynasty in Exton which is truly superb and well worth the ~20 drive from KoP.

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      1. re: worshipsf

        I happened to try Jaipur Indian cuisine for dinner one day - I loved the quality of the is in KOP and very close to Desi Village.

      2. Try Dolce Vita on Dekalb (202) in Bridgeport. It's an Italian BYOB. Although it changed hands about a year or so ago, the new couple that run it seem to know what they're doing.

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        1. re: Den

          Agree - I love that place. Its is such a nice couple that run it and they serve great home style cooking.

        2. You are basically in my territory so listen up.
          In Berwyn is a wonderful Asian restaurant (pricy) called Nectar. Go during the week if you want to hear yourself talk.
          In the Radnor-Villanova area are so many goodies I don't know where to begin.
          Fleming's for steak (yes I know it's a blasted chain, which I totally hate, but not this one -- trust me!)
          Susannah Foo (right next door to Fleming's) for Asian.
          Pond and it's sister across the hall, less dressy, called Bistro Cassis.
          Savona in Gulph Mills is a very upscale New Yorkish restaurant
          Sola (my personal favorite) in Bryn Mawr is a very small gem leaning toward the French.
          Also in Bryn Mawr is a casual, and priced right Mediterranean Grill with the most delectabvle homemade soups, shish-kabobs, hummus, you-name-it. Right up the street in Rosemont is the delicious and sophisticated Blush.
          Yangming for Chinese in Bryn Mawr.
          In Wayne is the toney Taquet. Lunches are delicious too.

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          1. re: idia

            Agree with all of Idia's suggestions. The new Teresa's Next Door has great mussells and fries in downtown Wayne also.

            1. re: idia

              idia - have you ever been to ristorante primavera in wayne? there is never a crowd there AT all (but i've only been for lunches) - i love the service and the food always pleases my groups. the marinara sauce is nice and rich.

              to the OP - definitely check out the looooong thread on indian food in the western suburbs (near the top of the board currently as i believe royal india was reviewed yesterday) - there are enough excellent indian options in there to keep you chowing for a week or more!!

              if you head on down to conshohocken there are some good finds - my favorite being pepperoncini, others are decent like stella blu and the gypsy saloon (though i haven't been to those in a while as i moved from that area a year ago).

              there are some lovely taquerias to be conquered up in norristown - i love la michoacana on the main street. bunch of places on west marshall street, too.

              i always got the feeling that there was some good undiscovered italian chow in bridgeport, but i never found it. i might have to make a trip out of my way to check out den's suggestion of dolce vita one day.

              a hearty second for flavor by thai pepper in wayne (despite its horrible name and lacking wine list) - i eat their spicy noodle dish quite often and it's the best thai in the area.

              a place so out of the way i'd forgotten about it: has anyone been to lemon grass thai near the genuardi's in KoP lately? i used to have them cater lunches often until my company put a ban on ordering in food from outside the work cafeteria. ah, i miss thai for lunch meetings.

              1. re: rabidog

                Because there are so many choices, I have not been to Ristorante Primavera for years but I have enjoyed many lunches are great there.
                In Conshohocken is Blackfish which is also a decent seafood place.

                1. re: rabidog

                  darnit... on a revisit to thai pepper last week i think they might be slipping. i ordered my favorite, the spicy noodle, and rather than the wide rice noodles it usually comes with, it came with the thin noodles, like they use in pad thai. i hate those noodles because they always taste overcooked and mushy to me, and this was no exception. maybe it was just the noodles, but i also thought the spice was toned down... as in, i wasn't sniffling throughout my meal.
                  i really do wish they'd spice up their wine list, too... literally... asian food shouldn't be paired with such watery wines.

                  bah. it wasn't terrible but it wasn't great. i have a label for thai places like that (simply because there are SO many not-good/not-bad thai restaurants in the philly area): T.G.I.Thai-days. :)

                  next time i'm going to revisit that lemon grass place in KoP... i used to like their corn cake appetizer a lot, it's the only thai place i've seen do that one.

                  1. re: rabidog

                    Rabidog - I assume you're talking about Thai Pepper in Wayne? I'm surprised that the spicy noodles were not up to par. Thai Pepper is by far my favorite thai restaurant on the Main Line. Lemongrass, in my opinion, has awful service and subpar, greasy food. But maybe I'll give it another try.

                    1. re: FoolForFood

                      If not too far, try Thai L'Elelphant in Phoenixville- it is so good! And they have a nice lunch deal-7.95 for 3 courses. I think far better than TP & LG. you can print the 20% off coupon for dinner.

                      Somethingnew...along with Thai L'Elephant try Twin Bays Cafe & Black Lab (I like their lunch). Los Mariachis (Gay Street) is great authentic Mexican. Also, Iron Hill is a local chain, far better than any regular chains in KOP, and great brewed beer.

                      In KOP, Bagelicious for best bagels around. For pizza, Sicilian something (next to Wild Rice/Dairy Queen) has good pizza & wraps/subs. For breakfast/lunch (only open til 3) try Classic Diner in Frazer, not too far.

                      Also, really like Dolce Vita- the female owner makes a great ceviche as a special. A really nice homey atmosphere too.

                      1. re: pamd

                        I really enjoyed Dolce Vita the last time I went except for one thing which won't keep me from going back. I had gnocchi with pesto and the pesto separated and it ended up to be gnocchi in a pool of oil with basil on it. They need to work on the pesto...probably too much oil or not enough cheese.

                        1. re: pamd

                          Where is Thai L'Elephant (I live in Phoenixvile)....and is Los seems to be the only mexican place in the area...but the somewhat shady exterior and block have kept me at bay. Yes...I know these are usually good signs for good chow....but for some reason, I;ve just never been inside.

                          1. re: Major504

                            Thai L'Elephant is on Rt. 23 about a mile west of Rt. 113.

                            1. re: Major504

                              Thia is in the shopping center across from French Creek/Staples/redners. The mango duck is so good if that suits your style. Be sure to print a coupon. We love Los Mariachis- shady looking, but authentic good food, and they are very nice. Need to order pretty straight forward since little English. We love the enchiladas de mole. nice large burritos, great guacamole sauce. Always a nice crowd in there when we go. And fresh homemade flan too. Def try if you like Mexican!

                              1. re: pamd

                                Can you give me better directions to Los Mariachis?

                                1. re: anamika74

                                  downtown Phoenixville- 201 Gay Street

                            2. re: pamd

                              pamd, what do you order at the Sicilian pizza place? I'd love to give it a try.

                              1. re: FoolForFood

                                I actually take my toddler there for pizza & he loves it. I've had a few wraps & a hoagie. It is always crowded & the staff is super nice. I was once in there & a girl mentioned it was her 3rd time in that week for the same thing she liked her meal so much- some meat wrap or sub with fries. It's the best I've had in KOP area for that type of food. Give it a try- they have specials daily.
                                My favorite pizza in that area is actually Franzones, but it's sweet, so will only appeal to those who like sweet sauced pizza.

                                There is a really good steak sub place out Phoenixville too Joey's (next to Rita's water ice)

                            3. re: FoolForFood

                              foolforfood, yes, and it's usually my go-to place, too. i'd just noticed recently it's not been on par with previous visits.

                              haven't been to lemongrass myself in ages, wondering if anyone has recently?

                              phoenixville's a hike for me in the opposite direction, but maybe next time i try to catch the produce junction during business hours (they're always closed by the time i get there!) i'll give it a shot.

                              1. re: FoolForFood

                                Lemongrass Thai greasy? Awful service? Hmmm - don't think I've experienced this and I go here a fair amount for lunch, as it's close to work and they have a great lunch deal. Love their thai iced tea and green papaya salad. For the lunch special I usually get the Basil Tofu. Give it another try.

                                Thai Place in Phoenixville (Giant Shopping center) is great - love their adorable menu, too. Still haven't tried the other Thai restaurant down the road (Thai L'Elephant across from Staples) but will have to get there.

                                1. re: jayellobee

                                  Here I am restarting an old post but - wanted to update everyone on LemonGrass Thai in KOP as i know its always getting mixed reviews. I had been about a year ago for lunch but only had soup - which was great. but didn't feel that was an adequate enough of an experience to post about. We went for dinner this weekend (saturday night) and everything was wonderful! Husband got an appetizer of pork dumplings (or something like that) and a seafood dish for his entree. He loved both and he isn't easy to please sometimes! I ordered the fried tofu with sweet/sour dipping sauce for my appetizer (4.95) - awesome and a lot of it!! then for entree got the vegetable/tofu pad thai (10.95) which was incredible! We both left here saying we can't wait to go back. At first the service was a little slow on drink refills (husband sucks down soda like crazy!) but once they noticed he was drinking them down, she was more prompt on refills. They aren't friendly or chatty, thats for sure, but our food was timely and service otherwise good. Only complaint husband had was that he felt his entree portion wasn't big enough, making him especially glad he got an appetizer all to himself. we didn't order dessert - as we planned to go to whole foods for cupcakes on the way home haha... Anyway, we both left there saying we can't wait to go back, maybe this weekend to try their lunch out. Loved it. Oh - also it appears they no longer have a website...

                          2. re: idia

                            What makes Savona particularly "New Yorkish"?


                          3. Crawdaddy's in West Chester on Rt. 3 is our favorite restaurant. The jambalaya and shrimp creole are to die for!