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Scoogi's (Flourtown)

Enjoy Good Food Jun 22, 2009 10:53 AM

In recent years Scoogi's was a favorite of mine. I ate there many dozens of times and enjoyed every meal. More than a year ago, however, they changed their menu, upped their prices and plummeted in terms of service. It seemed that others noticed the downward spiral, as the place became less and less crowded. All of the "positives" about Scoogi's had turned to "negatives". After giving the place several chances to reverse my negative impression, I gave up on the place. Can anybody convince me to go back to Scoogi's?

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    mitchh RE: Enjoy Good Food Jun 22, 2009 11:33 AM

    IMO there's too many good restaurants around to convince someone to go back to somewhere that they've become disenchanted with.

    Honestly I never saw the allure of Scoogi's. I thought the pizza was very greasy and the service was mediocre at best.

    1. Den RE: Enjoy Good Food Jun 22, 2009 11:46 AM

      No, but then again I could have never convinced anyone to go there in the first place. It's one of those spots that despite mediocre food, people still go there. Then again, Americans seem to patronize all kinds of places with mediocre food.

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        Enjoy Good Food RE: Den Jun 22, 2009 12:23 PM

        I never ate pizza at Scoogi's. My favorites were such items as grilled salmon with pecan/maple glaze, the seared tuna appetizer, steak, grilled salmon wrap, their to-die-for French onion soup and numerous creative salads. There was nothing mediocre about what I used to order at Scoogi's, but it has fallen to mediocrity lately.

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          crazyspice RE: Enjoy Good Food Jun 22, 2009 02:59 PM

          We were there last week. I used to think they did a decent job, but I left very disappointed. There is nothing more disgusting than a salad (the special of the day) with old lettuce or spinach with tough dried out stems.

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            DaisyM RE: crazyspice Jun 23, 2009 04:20 AM

            Try Roberto's which is just a few blocks away. Their homemade gnocci is excellent.

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              truffles2 RE: DaisyM Jul 14, 2009 11:49 AM

              Where is Roberto's? I work in the area & don't know it...

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                crazyspice RE: truffles2 Jul 14, 2009 03:06 PM

                Roberto's is the old Fingers on Beth Pike in Erdenheim.

      2. bucksguy14 RE: Enjoy Good Food Jun 23, 2009 07:27 PM

        Never liked Scoogi's! My wife tries to get me to go there all the time. I refuse to spend good money for mediocre, and sometimes worse than that, food.

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          AmblerGirl RE: bucksguy14 Jun 24, 2009 04:24 AM

          I'm in the same boat. We've been there a few times and its ok, not terrible, not great. I don't know why but it kind of reminds me of a chain. There are so many other great options in the area, I'd rather patronize a restaurant I love.

          That said, I did host a bridal shower there a few years back and they did a really nice job. So I kind of think of it more of an event location than a restaurant.

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            Enjoy Good Food RE: AmblerGirl Jun 24, 2009 06:25 AM

            I think the downfall of Scoogi's began when they opened a restaurant in Avalon, NJ. The new restaurant was an overnight success. Priorities have shifted and Scoogi's seems to have gotten less attention in deference to other priorities. Consistency or food and service is very important to me. I'm forgiving once or twice, but after the third debacle...."bye bye". Like you said, AmblerGirl, there are too many good dining establishments in the area to stick with a "used-to-be".

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            Mom4 RE: bucksguy14 Jul 9, 2009 05:22 PM

            where do you like to eat in the area??

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              bucksguy14 RE: Mom4 Jul 9, 2009 07:47 PM

              I can't think of a place in the Springfield area that we go to, even occasionally.

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                Enjoy Good Food RE: Mom4 Jul 10, 2009 03:19 AM

                I haven't found anything in the Fort Washington/Flourtown that appeals to me so I often travel a few miles and go to Chestnut Hill. Solaris Grill is good and the Chestnut Hill Grill appeals to me for salads, good desserts and ice cold drafts. Going to Chestnut Hill Grill (admittedly not "great") allows me to stop at Jonathan's Best deli in the next store farmer's market. That deli is costly but fabulous. Cresham Cottage in Germantown is good, if you can bear the cobblestone roads.

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                  AmblerGirl RE: Enjoy Good Food Jul 10, 2009 04:29 AM

                  What about Allison Two in Fort Washington? I've heard great things. I've not been there yet (am going to have my birthdayty dinner there later this month and am very excited).

                  Zake's in Ft. Washington is quite good too. Great brunch.

                  Can't think of anything else further up towards Springfield.

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                    Den RE: AmblerGirl Jul 10, 2009 04:48 AM

                    Went to Alison 2 last night for a special farm market dinner that featured all fresh items from local farms. It was a $40 price fix for 4 courses. We enjoyed it very much. Great presentation and very enjoyable food. The wine list there is claimed to be offering their bottles at $10 over cost although I'm not quite sure about that. There were 3 of us so figure $120 for the price fix. The bill was $202 without tip so we spent $82 on booze. $46 for a bottle of wine and each of us had 1 mixed drink so the drinks averaged $12.

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                      Enjoy Good Food RE: Den Jul 10, 2009 05:58 AM

                      Den, it's obvious that the economy isn't affecting (worrying) you. Twelve dollars for a drink and forty dollars for a meal translates to a once-ever-five or ten-years treat for me. Plus, I couldn't possibly eat four courses at a meal and often order only an appetizer for dinner. But.....differences in people is what makes the world so interesting. I'm delighted that you enjoy Alison Two.

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                        hillster RE: Enjoy Good Food Jul 15, 2009 02:51 PM

                        In defense of the $12 drinks (aside from the economy) the drinks at A2 are THE BEST! They make all of their own mixers. Everything is freshly squeezed, the lime juice, lemon, sour, cherry, orange and all the other funky flavors. You can really taste the difference.

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                        SUZSS0811 RE: Den Jul 16, 2009 01:04 PM

                        Den - The drinks at Alison are $10 not $12. You are including sales tax in the price. Just letting you know! Love A2 - it's a favorite!

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                          Den RE: SUZSS0811 Jul 16, 2009 03:41 PM

                          If I'm paying sales tax that's what the items "costs" right? I don't understand your point. I pulled $12 out of my pocket for the drink.

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                      doxiemom RE: Enjoy Good Food Jul 13, 2009 09:50 AM

                      Cresheim Cottage is in Mt Airy, not Germantown, and it closed last year - a victim of the Germantown Ave reconstruction project. However rumor has it that it will be reopening, and there is a LCB sticker in the window...so we shall see....

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                  Mom4 RE: Enjoy Good Food Jul 9, 2009 05:21 PM

                  I love it there for the food. I know I am getting homemade and freshly prepared food. I hate going to chains and tavens where it is all fried or frozen food that they are serving, I can do that at home. And I think thier prices are resonable it is a place I can frequent unlike most others in the area.

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                    masonwasp RE: Enjoy Good Food Jul 10, 2009 03:06 PM

                    We stopped going to Scoogi's a few years ago when we realized the food and atmosphere wasn't worth the hour-long wait. Also had problems with small children being allowed to roam to our table repeatedly while the adults in their party looked on indulgently. Once or twice is fine - but this was above and beyond reasonable. Besides that, the food was sub par and service was slow and cranky.

                    Also, we have tried Roberto's a couple of times and found the food was just okay and our waiter seemed overwhelmed. The pasta is good, but the salads and appetizers are kind of cheesy (i.e. iceberg lettuce, a wedge of tomato, and dressing clearly coming from a gallon-sized industrial jar). On the plus side, the art is so campy that it is wonderful. I think some of the frames are wads of masking tap spraypainted silver. I get a kick out of it everytime I see it!

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                      AmblerGirl RE: masonwasp Jul 11, 2009 04:41 AM

                      Masonwasp, do you know if Roberto's has handmade pasta?

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                        DaisyM RE: AmblerGirl Jul 11, 2009 04:28 PM

                        The pasta at Roberto's is handmade.

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                      wordbond RE: Enjoy Good Food Jul 11, 2009 09:51 AM

                      in response to enjoy good food I believe cresheim cottage is closed....scoogis was never better then fair to me....people rave about from the boot in lafayette hill I've never been..cincin in chestnut hill is consistent[and noisy] chinese with a french twist. Also umbria on gtown ave and wine thief both in mt airy.

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                        gardens4me RE: Enjoy Good Food Aug 26, 2009 05:55 PM

                        Scoogi's totally over-rated, IMHO.

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