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Aug 22, 2008 08:07 AM

Hatfield/Montgomeryville/North Wales Area

Any places to drink great beer in the area of Hatfield/Montgomeryville/North Wales, or anywhere within a half hour? Good food tips also welcome (something real Pennsylvanian for a New Yawk tourist)!


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  1. The Drafting Room in Springhouse is a great option if you are looking for a gret draft beer selection and pretty good food.

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    1. re: AmblerGirl

      For a food related place to visit, you could check out Hendricks Farm and Dairy in Telford. Trent is a real farmer - philosopher living out his dream, they always have something new happening at the farm, and they welcome visitors. If you are looking at this weekend (8/23), you could dig some potatoes to work up a thirst for beer!

      From an email I received on 8/19 (Tuesday):

      The potatoes have been neglected again. The beautiful red, white and blue spuds are in need of harvesting. We are calling out to the lovers of a good deal and fanciers of premium potatoes. This Saturday we are hosting dig a potato day, it works like this. Dig as many potatoes as you can, keep half for yourself. It's that simple, oh and dig 100 lbs or more and we'll give you the highly sought after HF&D ball cap too! Snacks and drinks provided; bring your own shovels, 10 to 3. Please email us of your interest.

      Ok, it's time for me to go drink a yogurt and peach smoothie, cheers!

      Hendricks Farms & Dairy, LLC

      202 Green Hill Road
      Telford, PA 18969

      1. re: refinnej

        I'm finding it hard to visualize a potato farmer sipping yogurt and peach smoothies!

        Is Iron Hill Brewpub still in biz?

        1. re: Jim Leff

          Yes Iron Hill North Wales is still in business, and has good beer, Food is up and down.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I'll second that Iron Hill's beer is good and the food is up & down. Couple of other places - Shanachie Irish Pub in Ambler and Cravings Cafe in Lansdale both have interesting beer selections, with decent food offerings.

            1. re: bucksguy14

              Any great food anywhere near there? Specifically local cuisine?

              1. re: Jim Leff

                I don't know about 'great food', but if you're into mysterious pork products, you could have some scrapple. Doesn't get any more local than that...Hatfield is home to Hatfield Quality Meats. Any local diner like Zoto's on 309 would have scrapple.

                For local food I'd rather have the ice cream at Merrymead.

              2. re: bucksguy14

                Shanachie's beer selection is good.. not great. Usually have a couple of micros on tap from a place like Victory or Dogfishhead. A few interesting bottles.Its an Irish pub, that used to have very creative food. They recently reduced their menu substantially, and is no longer an interesting dining destination. Best thing about Shanachie is the music, including the traditional irish music session on Tuesday nights beginning at 8pm.

      2. A little further away, but not far (I don't think) is Capones. They have a great beer selection too. Iron Hill can be tough to find a seat depending on the night. Great beer there too though.

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        1. re: KateForbes

          I'd drink the beer at the Drafting Room or Iron Hill then- take a cab ;)- to Argeggio in Spring House. Arpeggio has the best food in the area and it is in between the Drafting Room and Iron Hill.

          1. re: Displaced California Foodie

            Thanks, but coming from NYC I'm not very interested in nouveau Mediterranean wood-fire oven cuisine in Buck's County, PA!

            Any good pie around here? Home fries? Milkshakes? Dumplings?

            1. re: Jim Leff

              Why dont you go down to Lancaster and have the "Amish" experience. The suburbs of Philadelphia are just like the suburbs of NY, and FWIW Hatfield Montgomeryville are in Montgomery County not Bucks.

              If you want milkshakes in and around North Wales go to Merry Mead or Freddy Hill. And you can pet animals too...

              1. re: Jim Leff

                Its really not a rural or country-ish area that you are visiting, it is really just a philly suburb so there is no regional food per se, unless you are looking for philly type food such as cheesestaks or hoagies (there are tons of threads on this board about that). Like cwdonald said, if you are looking for that type of country regional food, it might be worth the drive to Lancaster, it is about an hour drive. The do have some good regional food out there.

                But we do have lots of good places with great beer :)

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  The R and S Keystone has lots of pies. The one that tickles me pink is only available this time of year and only once in awhile. I never even heard of it before I saw it on their menu. Ground cherry pie. Made from ground cherries. YUM!

            2. So did you find anything good at all in our area Jim? I like living here but when the cofounder of chowhound can't find good eats in our neck of the woods maybe it's time to move on.

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              1. re: givemecarbs

                Haven't gone yet! But I usually manage to find good stuff pretty much wherever I go (<;), and I'll report back!

                Thanks, all!

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  The best and most unique food Montgomeryville had to offer has relocated to Quakertown quite awhile ago. Fleck's Sticky Buns used to be in the farmer's market in Montgomeryville but they are now serving the lucky lucky patrons of the Quakertown Farmers Market. I think they are about half an hour away. Also go to the R and S Keystone in Telford for their breakfast buffet on sundays. They also do regular breakfasts at that time, and have a lot of older customers. If you order breakfast just ask for your homefries crispy like I always do. I enjoy the chocolate milkshakes from the Friendly's in Lansdale on broad street. They have a nice chocolately flavor but the ones at Merrymead are creamier.

              2. There is very nice little Mexican place in Hatfield, Los Habaneros. Wish I had an address or telephone number. Awesome breakfast -- my fave is the chilaquiles verdes. Great with a side of chorizo.

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                1. re: PattiCakes

                  I like their breakfasts too. If I could get Rancheros Huevos for dinner, I'd be there twice a week. Their number is (215) 855-2040 and they are at 42 E Lincoln Ave, Hatfield, PA 19440

                2. For breakfast, I highly recommend Daddypops diner on York Road in Hatboro. It's not far from Hatfield. If you're looking for honest-to-goodness homefries then this is THE place. They're only open until 2pm, but you really want to go for breakfast anyway. They also serve scrapple, which is definitely a regional thing that you won't get in NY. I'm from NY originally also, and am still not quite brave enough to try it... :)

                  Agree with the previous poster re: Fleck's Sticky Buns @ the Quakertown farmer's market. Especially amazing when they're hot from the oven. Plus, the Q-mart is kind of entertaining in and of itself.....

                  For beer, I also recommend Iron Hill Brewery in North Wales (right on 309). The beer is fresh and tasty (love the porter), and the food is relatively solid. Personally I'd skip the Drafting Room. My friends and I have had several issues with not-so-clean lines... which, of course, isn't an issue if you're going for bottles. I think their food is inferior, also.

                  Ice cream, do Freddy Hill in Lansdale. I think the whole dairy-mini golf is a PA thing.

                  Agreed with the others that the area is pretty suburban - kinda like Long Island Lite :) But these are gems that you will enjoy. If nothing else, do Daddypops!!

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                  1. re: missfunkysoul

                    I live in this area and agree that it is not a food destination area by any means. The Drafting Room has the best selection of microbrews in the area (much better than Iron Hill) but skip the food, which has gone way down hill to the point where it is just bad.

                    Though not in the area, I would suggest The Grey Lodge Pub in NE Philly. Probably the best selection of microbrews perhaps on the East coast along with some killer tomato pie make this a place worth visiting.

                    1. re: Schpsychman

                      Wow tomato pie! I might have to go there and try it because I was just getting psyched up for a trip to Trenton NJ for the excellent tomato pies to be had there at various fine establishments.

                      1. re: Schpsychman

                        Scoats place is nice.. (Been going there over a decade) but would hardly call it the best selection of micros on the East Coast.Isaac Newtons, Standard Tap, to name two places have better selection, especially of local micros.

                        And if you want a tomato pie, you have to go to Trenton. Scoats tomato pies are made on commercial crusts not home made, Personally I think his Thai Curry mussels are the best thing he serves.

                        1. re: cwdonald

                          Well all I know is that every Friday the 13th is Friday the Fikenteenth at Grey Lodge and all the microbreweries in the general area go THERE and open up Firken's of their latest brews. I'm sure you must have been to one? Never been to Isaac Newtons but the Grey Lodge and Drafting Room have more and better microbrews than Standard Tap in my opinion. And yes, upon thinking about Scoats' tomato pie it is not home made, but still pretty good.

                          1. re: Schpsychman

                            How does Capone's stack up? I'm a beer noob but I'm enjoying the thirst for knowledge quest immensely!

                            1. re: Schpsychman

                              I have been going to Greylodge for over 10 years and have been to the Firkinteenth celebrations, participated in Stout season and so forth. I find his selection of micros to be good, though actually not always having a good selection of local beers. I love the place, though I would not send someone there for the tomato pies. I would send someone there for the experience, for the bathrooms, for a place to hang out and play darts.

                              1. re: cwdonald

                                Greylodge has been on the Philly Beer Tour in years past. Of course everyone is pretty wasted by the time they get there, but the beer is good!

                        2. re: missfunkysoul

                          Ooh, just thought of another good beer place for you.....

                          Spinnerstown Inn, in Spinnerstown. Not far from the Quakertown turnpike entrance. Awesome beer selection (especially Belgians), and they probably have some good regional food, too. Just up 309 from Hatfield...

                          1. re: missfunkysoul

                            Definitely a great place for beer. Food is OK, rather heavy-handed, and not really regional. How 'bout The Farm House in Emmaus......

                          2. re: missfunkysoul

                            Best thing about the drafting room is the one tap that is on cask. Tends to be Victory or another local beer. Nice place. Food is mediocre. Decent happy hour prices on half price appetizers. Decent cream of mushroom soup. Rest of the menu is forgettable.

                            Freddy Hill you can get ice cream and salmonella when you pet the animals! Personally prefer Merry Mead to Freddy Hill.

                            The other place that is of local flavor is Pudgies in Blue Bell for Cheesteaks. They are big and greasy and the staff there has 'tude.

                            1. re: cwdonald

                              Pudge's is awesome. The biggest complaint from the gaming shop two doors down is that they randomly close a little early. I was loitering outside once taking a break from my game when I saw a guy pull up real fast and honk his horn like a maniac when he realized that they had just flipped the closed sign. He was enraged. To no avail. Darn now I'm hungry for a cheese steak with mushrooms and they are closed. Cry.

                              1. re: cwdonald

                                I'll put a yeah on Pudge's! The staff definitely has a 'tude! One of my favorite things about the place - other than the cheesesteaks!

                                1. re: cwdonald

                                  oh, for cheesesteaks, I've never seen this outside of Souderton/Quakertown - a Weber is a cheesesteak with MAYO, lettuce, tomato, and onions. Talk about heart attack on a plate. Never had it myself as I don't like mayo.

                                  1. re: Dib

                                    If that's what a Weber is, then, other than having cheese and steak, it bears no relationship to a cheesesteak!

                                    1. re: Dib

                                      They commit this atrocity in Lansdale too. I actually called the Reporter a few years back and left a message saying how I felt about this practice and they printed in their Sound Off column. Hey, it felt good to vent. If you innocently order a cheesesteak and don't specify you gets the mayo. Even if you say no mayo half the time they gives it to you anyway. But since I found Pudge's all other cheesesteaks pale in comparison, so I can't bear to order one in Lansdale or Hatfield anyway.

                                      1. re: Dib

                                        I don't know the origin of a Weber, but what you described sounds like a cheesesteak hoagie..