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Jun 17, 2009 12:25 PM

Gimaro Seafood & Steak, Montgomeryville PA

I recently dined at Gimaro Seafood and Steak in Montgomeryville, PA. I stayed overnight at the Comfort Inn & Suites and decided to walk across the parking lot and give it a try. It looked to be a very cozy and warm neighborhood restaurant. I was totally caught off guard as the gazillion beers on tap caught my eye and the menu ranged from burgers, filet mignon, snow crab legs, & salmon.

Friends had told me that I had to try the frenched pork ribs, which are bourbon glazed and practically fall off the bone their so tender. They weren’t kidding! Tender and juicy with a drizzle of slightly spicy/sweet sauce bourbon sauce. Of course I had to “pair” this (ha ha) with a cold pint of Yuengling beer. I used to live in PA and this was a favorite of mine. It was a great way to begin the “start” of the “end” of my day.

I was in the mood for a good burger so I ordered the blue cheese burger. I always hesitate to order burgers in a restaurant when travelling because I usually have to send it back to the kitchen because “cooked medium” is open for interpretation. Much to my surprise the burger came out perfect with enough blue cheese to satisfy my craving for that “black & blue” taste.

I’d definitely go back, the service was great – the bartender was friendly and interesting and knew exactly when to talk and when not to hang around. That’s hard to find! I wish I’d had one more night on my trip, I’m a huge seafood lover and I would have liked to try the grilled salmon with Cajun seasoning. It looked great.

Prices are reasonable and the ambience is a great mix of neighborhood flavor and upscale dining. I’d dare to say the locals have a new favorite spot to stop off and relax after work. I know if I lived there I’d have a barstool with my name on it!

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    1. re: crazyspice

      As Sgt. Schultz used to say "Hmmmmmm.......Very Interesting"!

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        1. I was just there and I think we were at two different restaurants!

          My husband and I went to Gimaro's last night and it was AWFUL! I didnt mind that it still looked like was no secret that that's what it used to be. We were seated wasnt busy at all. We ordered drinks and then our appetizer came...the southwest sampler...the eggrolls were ok (hard to mess up a frozen eggroll!) but the nachos and the quesadillas were disgusting! They put the lettuce and tomato inside the quesadilla so they were all hot and slimy....but worse than that the cheese or something in it was definitely spoiled....the whole plate smelled like sour milk! We didnt get checked on either...we sat there with the stinky plate on our table for a long time...finally my husband asked someone to come over and remove it. Then our server came back to us finally after about half an hour and said something about being locked in the walk-in...I didnt think that could even happen anymore! We decided to stay because we ordered fish and chips and figured how bad could you mess up (probably frozen) fish and chips? Well, you can leave them in the fryer too long. When they came out the color of the breading was as dark as chocolate and the fries were super greasy. We picked at it but didnt even eat half (at least the fish wasnt spoiled). We only were offered 50% off of our appetizer plate which was mostly uneaten.

          During all this we were listening to the couple seated behind us. The woman had ordered one of their "fresh seafood steamer pots" and half way through it found that her a lot of her seafood was still frozen. When she told her server, she only took off 20% and told her she should have said something right away, like it was her fault. I'm sure she would have said something sooner if anyone had asked!!!

          All this took about an hour and 40 minutes which is ridiculous for a quick fish and chips dinner when seated immediately. The one bright spot was the side of was definitely fresh not frozen and cooked perfectly. Whoever was on the veggie station is the only competent person there I think!

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          1. re: hungrygirl70

            hungrygirl, I agree, we also tried it as it is not far from home, terrible.

            1. re: hungrygirl70

              I have been to Gimaro twice in the last 3 months and the food was very good both times. We had the Lobster Fettucine, Stacked Shrimp, Ribeye Steak, Steak Fajitas, Crab & Corn Soup, and Peanut Butter Pie. Everything was delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly, the food was sizzling hot, and the side dishes were cooked to my liking (not too crunchy and not too soft). I have to admit that the service it hit or miss. The first time, our service was excellent but the second time, it wasn't so good. We weren't in a hurry so it didn't spoil our dinner. Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

            2. AVOID AVOID AVOID. Beyond horrible. Worst dining experience of my life.

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              1. re: dakinad

                The moderators deleted my more detailed response but I'll chime in that I agree this place should be avoided.

                1. re: AmblerGirl

                  Your detailed review is under the other thread AmblerGirl. I am wondering how this restaurant survives... either through the captive audience of people staying at the Comfort Inn next door or perhaps via catering... certainly not on the strength of its reputation it would seem.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    People are saying that the hard economic times will weed out the bad places but I'm a cynic. I wish this were true though.