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Jan 10, 2008 08:45 AM

A proper old-school diner around Ambler?

I am new to the area and wondering if anyone can recommend a good old-fashioned diner opening bright and early in the Fort Washington-Ambler-Spring House-Maple Glen area. I prefer ol mom-and-pop places to chains. Thanks

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  1. The Pike Restaurant on Bethlehem Pike just south of Springhouse is as close as I can think of. It is family owned, been there over 50 years and has your sizable breakfasts. They resent, however, being called a diner (even though we always did.)

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    1. re: Chefpaulo

      Obviously Chef Paulo hasn't been to the Pike for a while as they've been closed for some time.

      1. re: Den

        Oh well, another one bites the dust. I guess Ristoranti Dori, The Vineyards, Inn of the Raven, Christopher's, The Newport House, The Gallery and Jean's Place have taken off as well. I'd better get down there for a closer visit. My bad.

        I think Rich's Deli (big brother of Rich's Other Place) is still in Ft. Washington up the pike from Zake's Cakes. My supreme bad is that I still call it "Bea's." Anyone else guilty of said sin? Sorry, Rich.

    2. Some time ago, we had breakfast at Rich's Other Place on Bethlehem Pike and were not impressed. Our favorite diner is the Collegeville Diner (I know it's not close to Ambler). Ray's Box Car on Germantown Pike in Norristown is okay for breakfast (haven't eaten dinner there much so can't really comment) but prices have gone up and quality seems to have slipped a bit. Ray's does have the best pancakes in the area. Skip the Double T diner on Dekalb Pike as well as its sister diner on Main Street (Ridge Pike) in Trooper. We had a decent breakfast (only tried it once) at the American Star Diner on Welsh Road in North Wales. If you don't mind the drive, give the Collegeville Diner a try. Zoto's diner on 309 north of Montgomeryville is popular too.

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      1. re: nevets

        I agree nevets, Collegeville Diner and Zotos (also Broad Street Bistro in Lansdale) are good. The wife and I also like the Tea Room (?) in Lederach (on Rt113). The Caboose in Souderton (in the old railroad station) was also good the last I ate there many moons ago... Still, I was trying to get to a walkable place in Ambler :)

        1. re: curdrice

          OK, if you are looking for walkable, you have to go to Zina's Kitchen. It is on Butler Ave in the locatiion of the former Ambler Grill. There is absolutely no atmosphere to speak of, but they serve a great "old school" style breakfast. Great omelets and homefries. Also, they have wonderful crepes (which they spell as craps on the menu, and it makes me smile) that they fill with nutella. The owner is really sweet and is always there cooking and saying hello. I think it might fit the bill for you.

          1. re: AmblerGirl

            Thanks - I'll definitely try them.

            1. re: AmblerGirl

              Just to let you Know...I found the Ambler Grill!! It has moved to Lansdale. It is called The West Main Diner. Everything is just the way my family remembered it! Its great to see that family doing really well! I am so glad I found it!!!! I need to pass the word to all former "Ambler Grill Lovers!!!"

          2. re: nevets

            We have good friends who DO diner breakfasts on a regular basis and they would vigorously second your comment on the pancakes at Ray's; they travel from Chestnut Hill specifically for Ray's pancakes.

          3. Daddypops in Hatboro is exactly what you're looking for. It's not far from Ambler/Ft Wash at all and they do the best breakfast in town. Very mom+pop, you'll love it :)

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            1. re: missfunkysoul

              I was hoping to walk to breakfast on my way to the trains in the morning... But I shall give Daddypops a try this weekend. Thanks missfunkysoul

            2. Have you tried 401 Diner in Conshy?

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              1. re: Den

                ...merely passable...uninspiring breakfast..

              2. Hey, dinner goers, while we wait for hell to freeze over and the opening of the dinner on Bethlehem Pike ( that was formerly the drafting room ) There is a small dinner next to the fire house on 73 just before 202. Ok I know, who wants to take that drive? Well right now I do I am starving and there is literally nothing around here at 2:a. Until Ches " my dog ate my home work that's why we're so far behind schedule" opens I heading out to explore the familiar silver wrapped dinner of old. Hoping for the best....wish me luck ( my god I'm typing faster that when I got those three responses a month on Match ), thank G_od this sites free . Off to dinner for 1, I think that's a good thing,,,,,,,,why didn't I marry you Sherry, I would have ate dinner? AJ