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Has anyone tried Morelia's in Horsham, where the old Via Veneto used to be? It just opened up this weekend and I'm wondering about it.

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  1. Where was the old Via Veneto?

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    1. re: Den

      Norristown Road and 463 (Horsham Road)

      1. re: crazyspice

        Whoa. That's mighty close to another semi-upscale Mexi place, Los Sarapes. Can that area sustain both? My sister went to Merelia's for luch & wasn't imprressed. Thought it was too high priced. Then again, she's a big fan of Rey Azteca, so consider the source.

        1. re: PattiCakes

          We went to Los Sarapes Friday night and thought it was just okay.

          1. re: crazyspice

            The one in Horsham? There are 3 "Serape" restaurants that I know of. The original is El Serape, in Chalfont. There is another in Blue Bell, near the intersection of 202 & 73 -- I think that is Los Serapes. The one in Horsham is the newest. I've been to all but the one in Horsham. It used to be that Chalfont was the only "real" Mexican place around & you used to see a lot on Mexican workers in there because they couldn't get good Mexican food any where else. It is not inexpensive. The one in Blue Bell opened next, and was BYOB for a while. Now they have a liquor license. I think that there are now many more options available if your want Mexican food, from taqueria-type places to more up-scale places. There are also more places where you can get the legit ingredients to cook at home. My daughter's father-in-law is Mexican, and is always hunting for a good taste of home, so we are probably more on top of it than most.

            1. re: PattiCakes

              Yes, the location in Horsham. I think part of the problem was our server. He was not knowledgeable about the dishes and kept trying to rush us out even though it was not busy. I asked him if there were bell peppers in the shrimp dish I was ordering and he told me there was not. It was Loaded with bell peppers. I had to pick around them and just eat the shrimp. I could have sent it back, but that would have put a damper on our evening. The Margaritas were average for $10 a piece.

              1. re: crazyspice

                Was he Mexican, or Anglo? I wonder if he didn't recognize "bell pepper"? That's too bad -- you go out for an enjoyable evening & then end up with something less that that. $10 for a margarita is a little high, more like center city prices. I know that there are some places where you provide the tequila and they will mix the drink -- I think there is a place in Willow Grove that does that (across from the ice-skating rink on York Road).

                If you have any good Mexi places, please post -- sounds like we live in the same general area. I need to go pump my daughter's FIL for some local places he thinks are worthy.

                1. re: PattiCakes

                  Mexican. When we were ordering, he had ZERO patience for any questions. It was almost like he had to rush everything. He came over to fill one of our water glasses then took off without even looking at the rest and they were all close to being empty. I may give it another try since it is so close and I enjoy Mexican food, but I definitely want a different server!

                  1. re: PattiCakes

                    Tortillas in Willow Gove will one up that... free margaritas and sangria! Food is pretty good, decor is shabby chic, but you gotta love the free booze.

                    Tamarindos in Blue Bell offers free margaritas. La Cava in ambler is BYOT and they will mix the margaritas for you. Of the three La Cava has by far the best food.

                    1. re: AmblerGirl

                      Price-wise, La Cava is highest, Tamarindo 2nd & Tortillas least? I would like to go back to both La Cava & Tamarindo. we went during the 1st few weeks after opening of each & were not impressed. That's not really a fair assessment, given the newness, so I want to go back to try again.

                      1. re: PattiCakes

                        I would say that is a pretty fair assessment on price. Tortillas is downright cheap. Tamarindos and La Cava cost a bit more, but considering they are BYOs and the quality of the food at both is really good, its worth it. I'd say give them another try. I'd recommend Tamarindos on a weeknight, though, because it gets crowded and really loud on weekends.

                        1. re: AmblerGirl

                          We had lunch at Tamarindos a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I did think it was a bit pricey for lunch. We are in a new era, where you have to pay for chips and salsa. Makes a difference and I do understand.

      2. I tried Morelia's last night for take out. The food was really good. Great chicken tortilla soup and taquitos, and don't forget the chocolate mousse for dessert (just a hint of cinnamon). However, the decor definitely needs some work ..... no character and very dark and dreary. Reminded me of a finished basement. Don't think I'd go there for dinner, but I'd definitely get take out again!!

        1. Oh, and Morelia's is BYOT. They'll make the margaritas for you and will even give you some mix to take home, if you're doing take out.

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          1. re: burbgirl

            I have been jonesin' for Mexican/, so we are going very local tonight: Tequila Joes, in Oreland. Would not ordinarily be my choice because it's more Tex-Mex than Mex, but they have good beer, big TVs, and I found a 2fer coupon on their web site for a free margarita. If you are married to a Phillie's fan, you have to make compromises -- especially when it's a game night.

          2. I tried Morelia's it for lunch today and it was fantastic. The restaurant was pretty empty so the service was extremely attentive. The decor was nice, very simple in dark colors. Chips with a light fresh tomato salsa are served. I had the three taco platter - steak, chicken, and carnitas. The steak and the pork were stand out. The pork was extremely homemade tasting. The side of black beans was greayt -made smokey with some ham. I definitely plan to go back for dinner.

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            1. re: AmblerGirl

              Yes, the restaurant is pretty good. One of the desserts with ice-cream in the middle around warm cinnamon type tortilla rolls was beyond great. Just need a little more mexican spices or what ever they put in Mexican food to make it spicier. It can help attract more Indian customers as myself.