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Zina's Kitchen - Ambler - Very Good Breakfast

nevets Jun 15, 2008 08:53 AM

We had breakfast at Zina's this morning. It was our first time there and we tried it based on AmblerGirl's recommendation. We were not disappointed and will definitely be going back.

We ordered a provolone cheese omelet, a stack of pancakes, the crepes with Nutella and two cups of coffee. The omelet and rye toast were tasty, but the home fries were exceptional. Nice big pieces of potato, perfectly cooked, not greasy with enough golden brown on some of the sides to give good flavor and crunch. The pancakes were a bit thinner than I like but were tasty and were some of the better pancakes that I've had in the area. The crepes themselves had a nice texture and would have been even better with a bit more of Nutella inside.

Breakfast was $14 before the tip. Service was friendly. Mom (Zina ?) was doing the cooking and her daughter was our waitress.

While breakfast is not that complicated, until now we had yet to find a place that we would consistently go back to. After many less than satisfactory $20+ breakfasts for two, we had resigned ourselves to cooking weekend breakfast at home. Ray's Dining Car used to be our go to breakfast, but the omelets and pancakes just haven't seemed as good the past few times and the prices have gone up considerably.

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    cybermome1207 RE: nevets Jun 15, 2008 01:30 PM

    I live in Wyndmoor and go out to breakfast every Sat in the Chestnut Hill /Glenside area.
    One of my favorite places is Elcies at the Glenside train station. There is also a really good Greek diner off of Mt Carmel Ave in Glenside.Right now I am blanking on the name

    1. AmblerGirl RE: nevets Jun 15, 2008 05:02 PM

      I'm so glad you enjoyed Zina's. I love it ther and the owner is just so nice. If you go back, you have to order their fries, they are homemade/handcut and some of the best I've had in a while.

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        crazyspice RE: AmblerGirl Jun 15, 2008 05:20 PM

        Where exactly is it? We haven't gone to breakfast in ages! It sounds like we need to check this place out.

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          AmblerGirl RE: crazyspice Jun 15, 2008 05:39 PM

          It is right on Butler Avenue, about a block or two away from the main drag of shops. It is across the street from (the former) Knopf Dodge. It is a tiny hole in the wall, and looks like nothing from the outside (not much better on the inside but it is clean and the owner tries to add some cute touches like local artwork).

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            crazyspice RE: AmblerGirl Jun 15, 2008 06:13 PM

            Thanks. I was also wondering, I don't eat "breakfast" foods, but my husband adores breakfast, can I get regular food for breakfast?

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              AmblerGirl RE: crazyspice Jun 16, 2008 04:35 PM

              Hmmmmm... I am not sure. They do only have one menu which includes breakfast and lunch. It is such a small place with such a small menu that I'd be spurprised if there were seperate hours for breakfast and lunch. Plus, the owner is so nice, she woluld make anything for you at any time (very motherly!).

              They are not on the menu but I recently ordered the crepes filled with mushrooms and cheese... sooooo good... they would be a perfect lunch with a salad....

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                bucksguy14 RE: AmblerGirl Jul 25, 2008 07:16 PM

                Is breakfast an all-day thing? My wife is a late-riser and we'd be looking for breakfast in the 11:00 - noon time frame.

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                  AmblerGirl RE: bucksguy14 Jul 27, 2008 04:48 AM

                  Yes, we usually show up pretty late ourselves. I do think they offer their full menu (breakfast and lunch) until they close at 2-ish.

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                    bucksguy14 RE: AmblerGirl Aug 12, 2008 07:59 PM

                    Finally made it for breakfast at Zina's this morning - about 11:30. We were the only people in the place! I had my usual - 2 over easy, pork roll, home fries, rye toast and OJ. My wife had the small order of French Toast & cranberry juice. We both liked what we had. The only issue I had was that they only serve 1 piece of pork roll. Other than that, I cleaned the plate! Zina came over to talk with us after we finished. She wanted to know how we found out about the place. I told her Chowhound and she nodded knowingly. She mentioned that they're doing dinners Thurs, Fri and Sat and are now closed on Mon since they are doing OK financially. We'll be back!

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        IrishGuido RE: nevets May 15, 2011 08:00 AM

        Love this place.........great owner and cook, Zina herself. She works hard and has a kind heart.
        It is a very "homey" environment and the food is good and priced very reasonably. Nothing fancy and not a place for Yuppies or Power Brokers. Good for Retires, Young Families, Young Couples and or Young People on date. Nice place for business people to meet clients for a quick coffee meeting in the morning.
        Good Eats is what you get and good service is what you get as well. Zina's daughers (Silvana, Amra, and Dezi) are friendly, fun, and hard working.
        There are a neat cast of characters that are regulary and frequent customers and they add to the enjoyment of the place.
        Come and relax and go back into time while you enjoy a good breakfast.
        Overall.....Zina's Kitchen is EGGSCELLENT!

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          jujuthomas RE: nevets Feb 26, 2014 07:10 AM

          We have recently made Zinas our go-to breakfast spot on the weekends, so I'm sorry to report that they had a fire this morning! I saw the trucks as I was going to the Ambler station to catch the train...

          Amber 19002 on Facebook reports that everyone got out safely but that they will be closed until they can make repairs. Apparently Zina also broker her ankle last week? I sincerely hope they can recover!

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            jujuthomas RE: jujuthomas Feb 26, 2014 10:32 AM

            Thank goodness it seems to have been a minor fire... i was imagining blackened timbers and burnt out shell!


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