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Aug 22, 2010 07:03 PM

OK - my Ambler/Blue Bell area foodies - Help me with this one!

I am planning a dinner with my friend/boss in November. We are celebrating 10 years of working together. The secret of our success ... a good meal and a nice California Sauvignon Blanc ... but I digress.

Want to go somewhere special - not our usual hangouts which include Mirnas in Blue Bell and Bocelli's in Gwynedd.

Would like to keep it close to the Blue Bell area - say a 15 minute radius.

My 1st thought was Brassiere 73 in Skippack. I've been told, if you can get a table near the fireplace, its pretty cool. Anyone had this experience?

Also high on the list is DeTerra in Ambler.

We are both into wine but I would rather not go to a BYOB this time. Otherwise, we are pretty flexible on menu choices except no sushi or Mexican!

Put on your thinking caps! I'm counting on your help!

P.S. Loved the idea of getting together for a dinner! Count me IN!!!!!


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  1. Radice just 3 blocks off 73 on 202 north has gotten very good reviews on their food. The grand opening bugs should be smoothed over by now, certainly by Nov.

    1. My vote would be for Bridget's, they have a good bar and wine list, great service and atmosphere, really good steaks. Thats my go-to special occasion place.

      If Deterra is on the company credit card, that is a good choice too. The atmosphere is amazing. They have a really nice patio with an outdoor fireplace that always looks so inviting.

      I do really enjoy Brasserie 73, and it does have a nice atmosphere, both indoor and outdoor (they have a beautiful patio so great choice if the weather is nice).

      I haven't been there in years but I recall the Skippack Roadhouse being really nice as well.

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      1. re: AmblerGirl

        Radice is a possibility although my friend was there and said there were still some major bugs in the service - entire drink order for the table wrong - food coming out at different times for the table. I have not been there so hopefully by November, the kinks will be worked out.

        I have never been a Bridget's fan - thought it was very overpriced.

        Anyone been to the West Avenue Grill "2" in Dresher??

      2. Since Skippack is in play, I would give some thought to Parc Bistro. I really enjoy Bridget's as well. I have been to Dettera a few times and each time I walk away feeling like it is way overpriced for just average food.

        1. I agree with comments about Radiche....not high on my list...
          Deterra has new menu that is supposedly more reasonably priced...
          Hear that West Ave grille is good...tho not much atmosphere and REALLY loud!
          I put in a vote for PARC BISTRO if coming to Skippack....interesting food...beautiful space...

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          1. re: ilovesummer

            Wow - I must be weird - I like Parc Bistro but have never thought it was great. I've had a couple of dinners with friends there. I would compare it to a higher end Broad Axe Tavern.

            1. re: Betharu

              I personally would pick Deterra over Bridget's. I think Bridget's is more expensive, and in my experience lately the food's not as good at Bridget's

              1. re: Betharu

                You must have been there on an "off" night when Bill wasn't cooking. I'll also vote for Parc Bistro - IMHO leaps and bounds above Broad Axe.
                If you and boss are really good buds, share a lobster, asparagus tip and wild cherry risotto appetizer. Its too much for one person but a great starter creation to seal a friendship. And the Blackberry Napoleon is not to be missed, if available.
                Brasserie 73 is good but pricey and Fiesole disturbingly so for the quality of fare.

                1. re: Chefpaulo

                  thanks...didn't think i was crazy with the parc bistro rec.....always have had GREAT meals there and last two times at broad axe were so disappointing...that they are off my radar for now...

                  1. re: ilovesummer

                    I don't think Broad Axe has had a decent review since it re-opened. I love Parc Bistro!

                    1. re: ilovesummer

                      I'll have to give Parc Bistro another try - maybe I just wasn't with the right crowd! Sometimes the meal loses something if you aren't with people who appreciate culinary creativity or a good glass of wine!

                2. re: ilovesummer

                  I heard the same thing about Deterra's menu, that they repriced to ensure all entrees are under $30, many under $20. I think that makese sense and is a smart move by the owners, they have been getting some bad word of mouth about the prices. I do personally lke Deterra (I know some do not on these boards) I would never pay the outrageous prices that were on the "opening" menu. I remember seeing a gorgeous veal chop that a patron next to me at the bar was eating and when I investigated it on the menu I almost fell over when I saw it was around $40.

                  1. re: AmblerGirl

                    I do like Deterra. If you are looking for lower cost fare there, I highly recommend their pizza. A friend and I have made a habit of going for pizza and wine once a week after yoga. Our favorite is the arugala and fig pizza. Perfect combination of savory flavors, all on healthy crispy wheat crust. Give it a whirl!

                3. Hi Beth - your dinner plans sound like a lot of fun. Congratulations on having a friend for a boss. That's quite an accomplishment nowadays. I have not personally been to Deterra, but a friend of mine was just there and said he had a great time - said his dessert was awesome. They have a really nice outdoor patio dining area that looks inviting. As far as the menu, I did look it over the last time I was in Ambler and most of the entrees were on the high side, but they also had a few less expensive offerings. I also thought of From the Boot, but that can get very crowded and noisy. If you decide to go with a BYOB, I would give my highest recommendation to Mina Cucina Rustica in Springhouse. Have been there several times and each time the food and service were outstanding. We took wine, champagne and limoncello for after dinner. Another choice would be The Stone Rose Restaurant in Conshy. We had dinner there last week and it was awesome. Try the Short Rib/Mac and Cheese appetizer and would also recommend the Scallops. Great service too. Count me in for a Chowdown if we find any others that are interested in meeting somewhere one evening or afternoon. Enjoy your get together

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                  1. re: curly girl

                    Thanks CG - I will honestly say the secret to our success is that we enjoy a good bottle of wine (and save the really good stuff for each other!), make sure we have "friend" time outside of work - whether its a round of golf or a nice dinner, and realize we will only have work for 10 or more years but will be friends forever!

                    She loves Mina and frequents it often. I have not been yet and would love to try but probably will save that for another night.

                    I have not heard of The Stone Rose. I'll have to look them up.

                    Which leads me to think of another possiblility - Spring Mill Cafe.

                    1. re: Betharu

                      Stone Rose is on Fayette St (Butler Pike) in the center of Conshy. Spring Mill Cafe is on my restaurant "bucket list" but I have not been yet. I believe they are a BYOB but I could be wrong. They are just up the road from where I work in Conshohocken, which reminds me of a few other places that you may want to try - Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar on Poplar St in Conshy. Excellent food and they have a nice wine selection. Right now they are offering $10 off bottles of wine on Thursdays. There's also The Fayette Grille (BYOB) with a prix fixe menu - Starter, Entree & Dessert for $34. Thankfully you have until November to make your choice.