Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Philadelphia >
Sep 27, 2010 10:56 AM

Business Trip to Philly/North Wales

I will be flying into Philly Wed evening and then heading to North Wales for work. I am trying to plan my food adventures for the short time I am there. Suggestions for dinner in Philly on Wed evening, lunch and dinner on Thursday. I will be in North Wales but I will drive for something amazing (what else do I have to do?) Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

I need some regional must haves.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Will you actually be staying in Philly or just at airport and north wales?

    3 Replies
    1. re: leepinleemur

      I am staying in North Wales. I land at 5ish on wed evening so I am planning on Philly for dinner on wed night. I would drive back on Thursday evening too, its not that far.

      1. re: Lucky Leona

        Philly has a large number of worthwhile restaurants. It's hard to recommend something specific without more parameters, but Chowhounder uhockey recently visited and did a lot of eating. He wrote up his experiences on his blog, it is a pretty good place to look to get an idea about "destination dining" here:

        1. re: Lucky Leona

          L Leona....Good suggestion from BarryG referencing unhockey's experiences in Philly. I would offer Amada, Zahav and Tria as some good food/fun spots with many choices as they are small plates places. When in North Wales the Wm. Penn Inn is just down the road. One can find old standards done well or some specials which might prove interesting. Very nice place, old school for sure but in North Wales well it is about as good as it gets. Hard to beat Philly offerings in the burbs.

      2. I assume the city is out of the question for lunch, since you're working. What kind of time do you think you'll have for lunch? That would influence suggestions there.

        I agree with going to the city for dinner. You might find it easier to take the train, though; dinner time traffic between the northwest burbs and the city can be horrendous. There are plenty of stations around--North Wales, Lansdale, Pennbrook. Here's a link to the weekday schedule for the Lansdale line:

        1. If you are a beer drinker, Iron Hill Brewery has a location there. I've only been once (and I live in philly, so I don't know n. wales that well), but the food I had was very good and my dining companions enjoyed their meals as well. I also think they do a great job with the beer. It's kind of corporate in the decor, but if you're looking for a solid (and large!) meal with a good brew, this could be a worthwhile stop. You can find their website on google.

          Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
          , North Wales, PA 19454

          Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
          710 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

          1. If you like French, I would definitely try Bibou. They have 2 bar seats at the kithchen that you may be able to snag last minute although I recently wasn't able to, but it was a Saturday. Perhaps on a Wednesday/Thursday you'd be ok. Excellent food and Charlotte the host owner and Pierre owner chef are lovely. 8th and Carpenter

            1. Lunch I'll have about and hour, so something close to the north wales area.

              I am a beer fan so Iron Hill might be good Thursday evening so I don't have to worry about traffic. Although I am from So Cal, so traffic is standard to me.

              Any other suggestions in the area would be greatly appreciated.

              Oh and optioins on best cheese steak? I know there are postings for this but any suggestions would be good. Might be my quick stop before heading to the airport friday evening.

              18 Replies
              1. re: Lucky Leona

                For lunch on Thursday you can get a very decent cheesesteak at Pudges on route 202, about 15-20 minutes from North Wales.

                1. re: RitterSportRules

                  I've worked in Blue Bell (near Pudge's) and North Wales. Pudge's steaks are bigger, though not necessarily better, than Ray's; but I don't think it's possible to get there, eat and get back to N. Wales in an hour. Generally when I meet my Blue Bell coworkers, Whelihan's or Mirna's, both several miles south of Pudge's on 202, stretch the limits of an hour lunch. It would, however, be a good option if you're thinking of making a cheesesteak run before heading to the airport on Friday.

                  I should mention that another plus for Ray's is that you can order a half cheesesteak. I am one of those people who, despite being a Philly native, cannot eat a whole cheesteak (or hoagie for that matter). So the 1/2 steak is a great option. And if you like to eat more, you can always augment the 1/2 with Ray's mozzarella cheese fries which I must say are very yummy.

                2. re: Lucky Leona

                  In the North Wales area, Ray's has a pretty good cheesesteak (it's in the shopping center at Valley Forge & Allentown Roads). That could be an option for your lunch as well.

                  For an hour's lunch, you could try the Sumneytown Tavern, which has decent pub grub and usually a good fish special of the day. It's at the intersection of Sumneytown Pike and West Point Pike.

                  Boston Pizza, which has good "Greek" style pizza as well as large and tasty Mediterranean salads and platters not to mention your standard steaks, sandwiches and hoagies.

                  If you like sushi, there's Umai on Church Rd near the Pennbrook train station--a little pricey, but very good. There's also Le Gourmet European Bistro on Main Street in North Wales--I've never been there, but know coworkers think it's very good.

                  All of these spots are within 2-10 mins of "downtown" North Wales.

                  If you don't go to the city on Thursday, Iron Hill has very good food and brews. Also, the staff is very knowledgeable and will allow you to taste as many as you like before deciding.

                  I would also second the William Penn Inn (was just there for brunch yesterday--very old school and very tasty). On Thursday evenings the Inn has a prime rib and seafood buffet which is excellent.

                  If you like Italian, there is Arpeggio, which is a BYO in the shopping center at Sumneytown Pike & Bethlehem Pike (you can pick up wine at the state store next to Ray's or beer at the Blue Dog bar next to the state store or at the Food Town at Broad Street & White's Rd.). The food there is very good.

                  If it's nice out, also consider Molly McGuire's on Main St in Lansdale. Very good beer choices and very good food. Also a large outdoor patio on the second floor with ample parking behind the restaurant.

                  OK, so that's enough to feed you for a week :)

                  1. re: gaffk

                    Great recommendations gaffk. My daughter and her husband (very into sushi) tried Umai recently based on reviews I read on here. Hope to get there myself soon. They said the food was very good, portions were generous and the staff were really nice. Those are all very important in my book. I agree with Ray's for the cheesesteak recommendation as well as Arpeggio. Have not been to Boston Pizza, Molly Maguire's or Le Bistro yet, so can't comment, but great info for Lucky Leona to check out. Didn't see it listed above, but would add Nadia's Thai in Lansdale near the train station. Have always enjoyed great meals there.

                    1. re: curly girl

                      Yes, can you guess that I've worked in North Wales & Blue Bell for some years? I have the hour lunch time thing down pat.

                      And now that I also live in the area, I've been working my way through the dinner suggestions you and others made in response to my post.

                  2. re: Lucky Leona

                    You could stop at Tony Luke's on the way down to the airport for a cheesesteak or Roast Pork Italian (the other great Phila sandwich)--they do a great job on both. It's an institution and not too far out of the way.

                    1. re: barryg

                      I have lived in North Wales for 20 years & here are some of my favorites, in no particular order. ITALIAN - Bacco on 202 near 63. Good medium priced Italian restaurant. My favorite pizza, coming from their brick oven. For high end Italian, go to Trinacria at 202 & 73. This restaurant is on par with anything in the city, IMHO. Don't miss the gnocchi of the day! MEXICAN - Tex/Mex connection. Tasty southwest style mexican food, killer margaritas. AMERICAN - Cravings Cafe on Rt. 63. BYOB. If you venture one neighborhood away, to Ambler you have additional options. Bridget's for steak, seafood, and tapas. Shanachies - really creative Irish & American dishes in a setting with great atmosphere, and De Terra for seafood and gourmet pizzas in a fabulously remodeled building. All these are within a few blocks of each other on Butler Pike.

                        1. re: Betharu

                          Dang, Cravings is closing? I meant to get back there for another creme brulee of the day.

                          1. re: Betharu

                            Wouldn't surprise me. The few times we at at Cravings Cafe the dining room was mostly empty. We found the menu to be uninspired, a bit too expensive for the quality, and overall no compelling reason to eat there. Seemed more like upscale diner food (1.5x the quality at 3x the price).

                          2. re: truffles2

                            truffles mentioned Cravings Cafe, a BYOB on 63. There is also a Cravings restaurant on Church Rd near the Pennbrook train station. I wonder which one is closing? I haven't heard of the cafe before, but I know the restaurant on Church Rd (which has a full bar, not BYO) is very overpriced for mediocre food and usually empty.

                            1. re: gaffk

                              Cravings is closed - I was just over in that shopping center last night..

                              This is the note on their website -

                              Cravings Cafe is no longer in business. Thank you for many of years of support. We have made many friends and loyal customers. It has been a pleasure serving you.

                              If you were a fan of Cravings then all is not lost. Chef Ted has moved on and is now employeed at 63 Bistro in the Montgomery Commons Shopping Center with Redners and US Toys.
                              Many menu items are the same and even some great new ones.
                              Feel free to stop in and visit him

                              On a separate note, went for the 1st time for sushi at Umai. I am a Bluefin in Plymouth Meeting lover but I was pleasantly surprised with Umai - some very different offerings.

                              The only negative - it is strictly sushi - so if you have someone who wants another alternative - this is not a good place.

                              1. re: Betharu

                                But I'm still left wondering which one closed. The Cravings Cafe on 63 or the restaurant named Cravings (which is in the same strip mall as Umai)?

                                1. re: gaffk

                                  Cravings Cafe is the one in Pennbrook Station by Umai... where on 63 is there another Cravings?

                                  1. re: cgarner

                                    Cravings Cafe used to be in a much smaller space on 63 - before it moved to the location in Pennbrook Stations.

                                    1. re: Betharu

                                      That's what I thought... wasn't it behind Assi or Redners or somewhere over there?

                                  2. re: Betharu

                                    Always loved Cravings, especially before they moved to Church Road. I think he "jumped the shark" when he moved. Ted is an excellent chef, and I am so glad to hear that he is at 63 Bistro.