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Jan 15, 2009 01:08 PM

Help me, my chowhound friends...nice glass of wine in Montgomeryville?

NIght out with the girls tomorrow to see a movie in Montgomeryville. We'd like to have a glass of wine or cosmo afterwards but we're not so into Olive Garden or Fridays. Any suggestions for me?

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  1. The Joseph Ambler Inn is very nice.

    1. not sure what kind of atmosphere you're looking for, but maybe iron hill? not the best wine selection, but it's right across the street and you can definitely get a cosmo.

      1. I'll second crazyspice on the J.A. Inn. Nice old Colonial stone house, fireplaces and a good wine list.

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        1. re: Chefpaulo

          Costello's has a very nice, albeit small, bar in the front of their restaurant. They serve a limited number of wines by the glass but they are all high quality and very reasonable priced for the pours. It's a full service bar and they make cocktails and mixed drinks quite well also. Sometimes the piano player is there. In general, it's a quiet and classy place to relax and have a drink.

          1. re: Schpsychman

            Where is Costello's near Schpsychman? Any good food there as well?

            1. re: givemecarbs

              Ristorante Castello is located in the strip center on Welsh Road where Redner's is. We have had dinner there and it is good, not fabulous. Their wine selection by the glass is very limited.

              1. re: crazyspice

                I would agree with crazyspice that the food is good but not fabulous. Their prices went up after they got their liquor license (naturally) and a meal there can get quite pricey. A pet peeve I have is not stating the prices on specials, which they never do at Castello's, and I have learned the hard way (e.g. $35 for Osso Buco). My wife and I occasionally sit at the bar and order a few glasses of wine (they have a very good NZ Pinot Noir and some good Chianti's for about $7 for a very healthy pour) and an appetizer portion of a pasta dish (again, a very healthy portion) and it's much cheaper than a full blown meal in the dining room (which is lovely though). The best Italian in the area though, IMHO, is at Il Melograno in Doylestown.

                1. re: Schpsychman

                  We had the same experience with the specials. Considering the average price of their entrees, when we received our check, we were quite surprised at the prices of the specials. 2 of us had the whole fish served table side, $35. I have had the same type of special at other restaurants for a lot less. Also, the artichoke appetizer special was $14. It was definitely overpriced for what we were served.

        2. You might also consider Bensi, in the same shopping center as Iron Hill Brewery. Its a local italian chain, with standard wines (woodbridge, etc) at the bar. They also do cocktails.

          Personally if you want interesting cocktails, I would drive down to Fort Washington, about ten minutes down Bethlehem Pike and go to Alison Two. Regardless of what you think about the food there (some like others don't), I really like what they are doing with wines by the glass and their cocktails. I am partial to their Dark and Stormy with homemade ginger beer.

          1. Murano where did you girls finally end up?

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              1. re: murano

                So how WAS the Olive Garden ;-)

                1. re: murano

                  But but I have a really vivid imagination.....:) You don't want me filling in the blanks murano, or cwdonald either. He he

                  1. re: givemecarbs

                    Fine. Ruby Tuesday. Everyone became too tired to drive far. Actually the crabcake sliders are pretty good and the Frei Brothers Chardonnay went down pretty easily.

                    1. re: murano

                      He he! Thanks for the closure. Crabcake sliders sound yummy!

                  2. re: murano

                    Let's see - movie in Montgomeryville. How about across 309 to Red Lobster? Or, maybe down 463 to the Bull & Barrel (is it still called that?). Or, maybe up 309 to Bennigan's. Those would be my kind of "you don't want to know" places.

                    1. re: bucksguy14

                      Trax in line lexington is also umm interesting. Lots of fights.

                      1. re: givemecarbs

                        that's just my game...looking forward to a nice night out.

                        1. re: TwoBellies

                          Does anyone know how the wine list is at Bacco?

                          1. re: Displaced California Foodie

                            Leaves a lot to be desired. Always wished it would improve.