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Breakfast in Blue Bell, Plymouth Meeting...etc.

jillphilly Feb 20, 2008 03:48 PM


Where can I find a good breakfast place in Blue Bell, Plymouth Meeting, or near the Blue Route? I heard the Blue Bell diner sucks, which is a shame.

Any ideas?


  1. j
    jujuthomas Aug 15, 2008 08:32 AM

    Blue bell diner was closed when you originally posted. They are now open (since Easter) under new ownership and are really good. Give them a try, the staff is friendly and attentive, the menu is extensive. Their breakfasts are generous and they're always busy on weekend mornings.

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      theparp Aug 14, 2008 08:18 PM

      The William Penn Inn does a Sunday Brunch Buffet that is to die for. They have everything...I mean EVERYTHING.

      1. AmblerGirl Feb 25, 2008 03:28 PM

        I completely forgot abpout Zake's Cakes in Ft. Washington. Amazing breakfast, definitely above "diner" quality. Best pancakes I have ever tasted -- pancakes with carmelized mangos and hazelnuts. Yum! Cute atmosphere, in a converted victorian home.

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          Den Feb 26, 2008 03:18 AM

          Has to be one of the loudest places I've ever eaten in.

          1. re: Den
            crazyspice Feb 26, 2008 04:08 AM

            Been there for lunch. VERY loud, but at least their iced tea is brewed! We have eliminated a number of restaurants because of the syrup iced tea they serve.

          2. re: AmblerGirl
            JanR Mar 14, 2008 04:20 AM

            Went to Zake's Sunday for breakfast. Very good. Not loud. It is very loud at dinner.

          3. d
            Displaced California Foodie Feb 22, 2008 09:08 AM

            There are NO good bfast places anywhere near BB or plymouth meeting. All of the restaurants listed here serve diner-quality bfasts -at best.
            May I suggest that you have cereal and head to Philly and eat at Sabrina's Cafe at 9th and Christian. Prepare for a wait unless you get there early!

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            1. re: Displaced California Foodie
              jzerocsk Mar 14, 2008 07:10 AM

              Maybe it's my Jersey upbringing showing, but what constitutes a "diner-quality" breakfast vs. what goes into a superior breakfast?

            2. AmblerGirl Feb 21, 2008 04:21 PM

              Go to Zina's Kitchen in Ambler. It is a tiny little place, the owner is always there and makes everything herself. It has no atmosphere to speak of but the food is fantastic and the prices are dirt cheap.

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              1. re: AmblerGirl
                Jdbc Feb 22, 2008 12:09 PM

                We're always looking for a place to eat breakfast in the Blue Bell/Ambler area. Can you tel lme where Zina's Kitchen is?

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                  AmblerGirl Feb 22, 2008 12:52 PM

                  It is right in the borough on Butler Ave across from the Dodge dealership. It is in a completely non-descript building and a bit dumpy looking from the outside. The homemade food more than makes up for lack of atmosphere. They serve yummy nutella crepes!

              2. Den Feb 21, 2008 05:13 AM

                You may want to try Ray's on Germantown Pike near 202. Also, if you're going down the Blue Route, try the Radnor Hotel just off the Rt 30 exit. Other than that and possibly not as close in as you need would be Bruno's in Lafayette Hill or the Fairlane in Erdenheim.

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                1. re: Den
                  mitchh Feb 21, 2008 07:10 AM

                  The Blue Bell Diner hasn't been open in quite a while, but it looks like yet another incarnation will open there in the relative near future.

                  Den's suggestion of Ray's is decent, but IMO, that place has gone downhill quite a bit. The service has gotten slow and the food has gotten to be mediocre.

                  The Blue Bell area is dying for a good breakfast place. The closest thing is in Montgomeryville at a deli called Pumpernicks.

                  1. re: mitchh
                    jujuthomas Mar 13, 2008 07:15 PM

                    Mitchh, I totally agree with you about Rays. We went there the other night at 7-ish, and even though the place was practically empty didn't get back out again until after 9! YUCK service.
                    I drove by the bb diner tonight, there were lights on and cars outside, so it looks like someone is doing something in there for sure.
                    I've heard good things about a diner on 63 in Lansdale, but haven't been there yet myself. Pumpernicks is the best around, IMHO.
                    I'm going to have to look for Zina's in Ambler tho, it's much closer to home.

                    1. re: jujuthomas
                      FoolForFood Mar 14, 2008 06:41 AM

                      Rays is ok. The chocolate chip pancakes and greek salad stand out. Everything else is typical and somewhat sloppy. I've made the mistake of ordering florentine eggs - don't make the same mistake.

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                  idia Feb 21, 2008 04:01 AM

                  I guess my last post was not acceptable for some really odd reason.
                  All I said was, you might want to try the 401 Diner in Conshohocken. (not fancy but okay)
                  If you wanted to get a bit more upscale, Cassis in Radnor has a lovely Sunday brunch and they are right near the Blue Route.
                  (now, what was wong with what I said forum nanny?)

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                  1. re: idia
                    jzerocsk Mar 14, 2008 07:00 AM

                    I really dig the 401 Diner for breakfast. The "Corn Muffin Delight" and "Southwestern Grill" are just great. The creamed chipped beef is good, too.

                  2. cheesewit Feb 21, 2008 03:01 AM

                    If you're willing to travel a bit further west on Germantown Pike, I recommend Deeg's Place in Evansburg. Evansburg is just past Methacton High on the way to Collegeville.

                    Deeg's Place is only open for breakfast and lunch and has a large menu of items. Their omelettes, french toast, and specialty pancakes are fabulous, and the lunch menu is quite good too by the way.

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