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givemecarbs Dec 29, 2008 02:47 PM

Was getting my roast beef special fix from Pumpernik's, boy was that parking lot crazy, and I peered in at a little place about two doors down from Pumpernik's called hot breads. The sign says Indian Fusion, and it looked interesting. I think they have been open over six months and replaced a subway there. Was just wondering if anyone had tried it. I want to. but I'd have to get past Pumpernik's and that is hard. :) I was enjoying my roast beef on rye so much that I forgot to take the toothpick out and almost gouged the inside of my mouth. He he.

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    alanalan Jan 4, 2009 08:53 PM

    Hot Breads makes perhaps the best dosa in Montgomery County, with commendable sambar - this is my new favorite lunch.
    And the breads at Hot Breads are excellent. I love the way oriental bakers make white bread - milky and rich. (Compare the similar loaf at the Agape Bakery in nearby Assi Plaza.
    Try the cumin crackers for a new - sweet - take on an old, underappreciated spice.
    But I, too, have found no joy in the stiff stuffed rolls in the glass case, and the puzzlingly tasteless cookies.

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      xavier_vp Jan 2, 2009 09:02 AM

      Hi

      Hot breads is not really a comparison to restaurants - its ok for a quick bite of kinda Indian fast food (although that definition is tricky).

      It is ok from that perspective although some items are no great shakes

      Palace of Asia is lousy - geared towards the "American" or non desis and used to be good bland food.

      Now it is lousy.

      you are better of cooking yourself compared to some of these places - it is not that hard

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        tourmama Dec 30, 2008 05:40 AM

        We got food from Hot Breads about 4 months ago. We love good Indian food - but Hot Breads is basically fast food. As in, the McDonald's of Indian food. NEVER AGAIN.

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          givemecarbs Dec 30, 2008 05:44 AM

          Oh thanks for the heads up tourmama, with two Indian restaurants right near each other in North Wales there is no need to go there then. Which of the two near Assi do people recommend? The frozen items from Trader Joe's are not enough, I need a full meal of Indian food soon.

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            Schpsychman Dec 30, 2008 08:11 AM

            I disagree about Hot Breads, and this is from someone who has tried all the Indian food in the area. Hot Breads is exactly that, fast "street food" (Chat) for the most part but I also think their chicken biranyi is pretty good (and for $10 is serves 2). My family also enjoys their wraps as well. It's good, cheap, and yes, fast.

            About Sultan and Greater India (the 2 that are nearby), SKIP BOTH OF THEM! We used to go to Sultan frequently but they have gone WAY downhill and Greater India has NEVER been good at all. We go to Cross Culture in Doylestown or Tiffin in Mt. Airy.

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              bucksguy14 Dec 30, 2008 09:34 AM

              Schpsychman - we've been avoiding Indian for some time after having a few bad experiences. After checking their website, Cross Culture sounds like a place that we may try. I know it's a BYO and I'm wondering if (a) you BYO when you go there and (b) what goes best with Indian food?

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                givemecarbs Dec 30, 2008 11:53 AM

                Thanks for the info. I'll have to google up Cross Culture. Is the Indian place in East Norriton or something near the k-mart any good?

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                  tourmama Dec 31, 2008 10:47 AM

                  Schpsychman - interesting. I'll give it another try. I usually agree with your reviews! I don't know the places the OP mentions in North Wales, and I hate to re-open the 'where's the best Indian food' debate, but I do think Tiffin in Mt. Airy is well worth the drives from the Montgomeryville area. We've also seen a noticeable improvement at Palace of Asia in Ft. Washington (right off Rte. 309) - we had stopped going there for a while, but in the last month or two we've tried it a few times and liked it.

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                  kiwijen Dec 31, 2008 07:12 AM

                  Don't miss Bhatya's Kitchen (Indian take-out) in Wyndmoor. It's really quite good!

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                    Schpsychman Dec 31, 2008 11:43 AM

                    I'm not saying that Hot Breads is a great "restaurant" but if I'm in the mood for something quick and cheap I have found them to hit the spot. Like I said, skip Sultan and Greater India in North Wales, you'll be disappointed. Cross Culture is right across the street from Paganinni's in Doylestown (and rext next to Pg's Wine Bar). It is in a lovely old house with exposed stone walls and a lovely porch for dining in warm weather. Their prices are higher than typical (most entrees being in the $17-20 range, due to the nice setting I think)) but I think they're worth it. Currently I (and my kids) debate whether Cross Culture or Tiffin is the best we've been to (I lean to Tiffin). We have a NYE tradition of eating Indian and will be at Cross Culture tonight (look for the family with the loud and boisterous children.....).

                    I have never tried Palace of Asia because I've heard mixed reviews but I may have to give them a try! I also hear great things about Bhatya's Kitchen and pass it all the time as I drive into the city, I must give it a try (take out only, right?). The place in East Norriton is Aman's and yes, I think they are good and worth a trip.

                    As to what to drink with Indian food (or Thai for that matter)? I have my preferences but don't wanna come across as knowing that much. I usually enjoy either a good, crisp white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc from NZ or Gewurztraminer (the raciness of each standing up well to and cutting through the spice and richness of the food), sometimes I even go with a semi-dry or sweet Reisling or Chenin Blanc as well. Beer is really good choice as well and I enjoy lighter lagers. Taj Mahal is a really good Indian beer that goes very well (If you can find it). Personally I don't like red wine with spicy food, the tannins from the wine make the food hotter and things get mixed up tasting, but that's just my opinion.

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                      bucksguy14 Dec 31, 2008 12:34 PM

                      Ah so Schpsychman - your wine choices for Indian match mine for Chinese! I also like some ales with Chinese, so that may also work with the Indian cuisine. Have to give it try!

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                        Schpsychman Dec 31, 2008 02:17 PM

                        Well bucksguy, I'll admit that those are my choices for Asian food in general. I think they pair well with Asian cuisine. As for beer, I think some of the Asian beers are quite good too (Tsingsao, Singha, Export 33, etc.).

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                        givemecarbs Dec 31, 2008 05:39 PM

                        He he Schpsychman! Thanks for the idea. John and I went to Cross Culture tonite. Was having fun wondering if you were the group by the fireplace, by the window or way in the corner in the other room. Or maybe we had missed you. I brought a bottle of menage au trois white wine but since I was driving John got most of it. We really liked the food there, it was perfect on a windy chill NYE.

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                          Schpsychman Jan 1, 2009 10:21 AM

                          Glad you liked it! We were there from about 7:00 till 8:30 and were sitting in the corner by the front door, as you come in (salt & pepper hair, goatee). There were only 4 of us as my middle daughter was at her boyfriend's house. You should have introduced yourself but I understand not wanting to risk a mistake by talking to the wrong people! Where were you sitting? There were two different couples sitting right next to us, were you one of them?

                          I agree that it is a cozy setting and perfect for such a blustery cold evening. Maybe next time we can introduce ourselves. Hope you have a great new year. My resolution? More wine in '09!

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                            givemecarbs Jan 1, 2009 03:23 PM

                            I love your resolution! Best wishes for the new year to you and yours too Schpsychman! I think we were in a different room. We were in the second room fairly near the restroom corridor, but there was a two top behind us, closer to there. The second couple seated there was gettting a little annoyed by people knocking on the restroom door and finally told one of them that it was a corridor and there was no need to knock. Thanks so much for the tip, John wanted to go to some pizza place in Perkasie instead and I was kind of at a loss as to where to go. John has sworn all the time I've known him that he hates shrimp, but he kept asking for more of the shrimp in my biryani. He loved his lamb dish too, to the point that he confided in me that it was so good he just didn't want the meal to end.

                3. bucksguy14 Dec 29, 2008 06:40 PM

                  I've been curious about that store also. I'm sure to get 2 things when I go to Pumpernik's - a hot pastrami and at least 2 plates of those delicious pickles and tomatoes, with a side of cole slaw of course!

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                    crazyspice Dec 30, 2008 04:53 AM

                    My problem with the pickle bar is eating a little of everything and then being too full to eat my sandwich!

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                      givemecarbs Dec 30, 2008 05:05 AM

                      Me too! Not to mention the good soup and the chocolate egg cream I always get when eat there.

                  2. crazyspice Dec 29, 2008 05:32 PM

                    I always get the Reuben at Pumps. Yum! Happy New Year. I haven't been to the bread store.

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                      givemecarbs Dec 29, 2008 10:06 PM

                      Happy New Year crazy and to all the awesome chowhounds from Penna and around the world! I got some chicken noodle soup to go with my special and once I actually escaped their parking lot and got home I was happy happy happy. Pumperniks is one restaurant that will probably survive the tuff times. They are renovating.

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                      IamStarving Dec 29, 2008 02:53 PM

                      I miss Pumpernik's roast beef specials, ugg! Being a vegetarian does have it's downside.

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