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Picking up college daughter at a bus stop at Plymouth Meeting Mall the evening before Thanksgiving. Will need to grab dinner before we finish our journey over the river to grandma's house in New Jersey. Looking for a place with excellent cheese steaks and pasta dishes. Any suggestion? No chains please. Thanks.

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  1. If you want a good cheese steak, head over to Pudge's! It is about 10-15 minutes away from the mall, in Blue Bell.

    I'm not sure where the bus stop is, but if you head down Germantown Pike, go to Walton Rd (or Jolly Rd), which will take you to Township Line Rd. Turn left and keep driving until you reach Rt 202/Dekalb Pike. Turn right, and soon you will see a very, very small shopping center on your right, with a produce market in the front. That's where Pudge's is.


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    1. re: Mag454

      Second the Pudge's idea. Love that place! I get mine with mushrooms, and they put a lot on, and my friend John likes his cheesesteak with roasted peppers.

    2. Pudges has great cheesesteaks but does not have pasta dishes. Dolce Luna is in the shopping center just north of Pudges. The serve a decent cheesesteak (not as good as Pudges) but also serve pizza and a wide range of pasta dishes.

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      1. re: nevets

        thirding Pudges, best Cheesesteak outside of Philly and rates a big 5 out of 5 in my book. Little dumpy inside, but who cares when you take your first bite.

        1. re: IamStarving

          So true Iam! Maybe their new digs in the shopping center next door will be plusher, but I generally get mine to go and eat it at alternate universe two doors down while I am playing cards. :)

        2. re: nevets

          I've got to put a thumbs down on Dolce Luna. The cheesesteak is nowhere near Pudges. The pizza is about the worst I've had in Montgomery County and the pasta is usually overcooked. My take on Dolce Luna - pass by!

        3. Maria's Pizza and Pasta on Ridge Pike in Conshohocken. Its a few blocks from the highways.

          1. Farther West on Ridge Pike (Trooper/Jeffersonville) is Gino's Italian BYOB. Great sit down Italian meals. Take out pizza and sandwiches as well, but meals are excellent.

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            1. re: EastPA

              Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I can always count on chowhounders! Maria's Pizza sounds promising. How far from the Schuykill(not sure if I spelled that right) Maria's is? Or is there anything right there at Plymouth Meeting Mall? Thanks again everyone!

              1. re: Rheta

                PM Mall: Redstone grill, PF Changs, Cali Pizza kitchen. Close by - Macaroni Grill, Ruby Tues, Cracker Barrel, Outback (all less than 1 long mile)

                1. re: EastPA

                  Great suggestions as far as chain restaurants. As far as chains they are pretty good especially PFChangs and CPK. We have plenty of chains here in Metro Detroit so would like to stay away from them when we are in the east. Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!

                2. re: Rheta

                  Thanks again everyone for all the suggestions! Checked out the map and it looks like Maria's pizza is pretty easy to get to from PMM. So I think that's the one! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

                  1. re: Rheta

                    Last I heard Maria's was closed for renovations, so you might check. I would also suggest Redstone American Grill @ Plymouth Meeting Mall. Although it's a chain, their burgers are supposed to be really good, and their service is great. Everything I've had there has been good.

                    1. re: Jdbc

                      Thanks, I appreciate the info. I'll give them a call. When I lived in Minneapolis, I went to Redstone quite often. I really enjoyed it. But we have to have cheesesteaks. We left the Philly area 20 years ago so when we visit, we have to have our cheesesteak fix. thanks.

              2. I think your best bet is to head down Germantown Pike, into Lafayette Hill, and go to From the Boot. Good pasta, good pizza, BYOB, not pricey. I think you'd enjoy it.

                1. I second the From the Boot suggestion. While I have not had their cheesesteaks...I do know they are on the menu... I have had pizza and pasta there. Both are very good. Last time there I had their rigatoni bolognese..i though it was very good.

                  It is also a straight shot up Germantown Ave from the mall..L onto Germantown from the mall..maybe 5 or 6 lights up germantown to the Shoppers World strip mall in Lafayette Hill (on left).

                  It's a pretty good bet.

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                  1. re: GBak504

                    From the Boot looks good. I did read that there are frequently quite long lines there to be seated. Any input on that info. Thanks!

                    1. re: Rheta

                      there is typically a wait. usually if you get there by 6pm i think you will beat the main rush. there's still a wait but not overly long. as to the eve before thanksgiving...cant say...

                      1. re: GBak504

                        Picking up daughter at Plymouth Mtg. Mall at 7:30 give or take a few minutes. We would probably be at the restaurant by 7:45 or 8:00. Do you think it would be less busy at that time? Thanks.

                        1. re: Rheta

                          Rheta - we never go before 7:45 and have never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes. You should be fine at that time.

                  2. Rheta, my advice is decide which you want, cheesesteaks or pasta. You will not likely find the best of each at the same place. The best local cheesesteak places are often just sandwich shops not really restaurants. If you look through comments you have so far, I would try Pudge's. I't made the top 20 in a recent WIP citywide competition. And believe me, there was lots of competition!!

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                      1. re: GBak504

                        Who better to hold a Philly cheesesteak competition than a Philly sports station? !!Glen Macnow went to 45 sandwich shops and narrored the field to 6 finalists. The winner was chosen by a panel of celebrity judges including the likes of Georges Perrier!

                        1. re: rocknroll52

                          pretty good contest. That got some from places I'e never heard of. Outstanding.

                      2. re: rocknroll52

                        Hey rocknroll. Hubby and I need our steak fix. Daughter not a meat eater and would enjoy a nice pasta dish. That's why we need someplace that serves both. Pudge's sounds great. Maybe the next trip! Happy Thanksgiving!!

                      3. Rheta - not to be obvious here, but make sure you call first. Some places may close early on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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                        1. re: nevets

                          Thanks nevets. Good advice and I will give them a call. Happy Thanksgiving!

                        2. Pudge's closes at 8:00 pm though.

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                          1. re: ANT1008

                            I wanted to thank everyone for all of your advice and suggestions.It looked like Maria Pizza & Pasta was going to be the one, but then was told they might be closed for renovation. I called and that was the case. Had a couple of recom. for From the Boot and called them, per someone suggestion, to make sure they were open next Wed. night. They are and I guess that's where we'll go. Great looking menu. If hubby and I weren't getting our steak fix, there would be many other things that looked great to choose from. I'm sure college daughter will enjoy the selection of pasta dishes. Thanks again for all your help and everyone have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

                            1. re: Rheta

                              You too Rheta! Don't forget to come on back and let us know how it worked out for ya!