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New to the area, love steak, Indian, chinese, and Italian. Actually any great/very good foodie restaurant. Any and all reqs appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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  1. For steak, we enjoy Bridget's in Ambler, for Indian Saffron, also in Ambler (BYOB). We like Golden Sea in Blue Bell for Chinese and for Italian we like Ariana's in North Wales (BYOB). Also for Italian, there is Tutto Mario in New Britain (BYOB). Many posters like Nadia in Lansdale for Thai, but we prefer Thai Orchid in Blue Bell (BYOB). Saigon@Main in Lansdale is really good Vietnamese.

    1. Welcome to the neighborhood.

      Here's a link to my initial post when I moved here (was only 4 months ago):
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7273...

      I'm slowly making my way through their recommendations. For Italian, I also like Arpeggio in Spring House (BYOB) and, more Mediterranean than strictly Italian, Mirna's in Blue Bell.

      Also, for good, higher end "pub grub," there's Iron Hill Brewery on 309 and Molly Maguire's on Main St in Lansdale. Both make a decent steak (nothing like the center city steakhouses, but good nonetheless) as well. Molly's has the added bonus of a nice 2nd floor terrace, so it's a good spot in nice weather.

      Happy dining!

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      1. re: gaffk

        Welcome to the neighborhood! I moved to Lansdale 2 1/2 months ago, and so far I would consider the following my "worth driving way out of my way for" list:

        Smoke Daddy's BBQ (Fri-Sat) and Uncle Greg's BBQ (Wed-Sun) are located in parking lots in downtown Lansdale, and may be the best BBQs in the Philly area. Go now before they close for the season.

        Lai Lai Brothers has some seriously spicy, authentic Sichuan is just outside of Lansdale in North Wales. Ask for the Chinese menu. Order the dried chicken in chili sauce if you dare (it contained more than 50 chili peppers by my count!).

        Capt'n Chucky's Crab Cake Co., a short drive away in Blue Bell, make 5 different kinds of insanely good crab cakes, plus many other seafood treats.

        Bluefin sushi in Plymouth Meeting may be the best sushi in the Philly area, and BYOB to boot.

        Not a restaurant (although the food court is good), Assi Plaza in North Wales is one of the best Asian grocery I've ever seen, and it doesn't smell like rotting fish (despite having an outstanding selection of fish).

        And I'll throw out some love for the hummus at The Oasis in downtown Lansdale.

        1. re: Tir_na_nOg

          I will second the hummus at THE OASIS...along with most everything else there!!! Kind of like sitting in someone's living room...nothing fancy...just good homemade lebanese food....AWESOME fousalata (bean soup)....freshest tabouleh ever....great grape leaves....to die for chicken kabob dinners!!!! And be sure to leave room for some homemade middle easten pastries for dessert!!!! worth a visit for sure!

          1. re: ilovesummer

            We have wanted to try Oasis but have been unsure about how it works. It looks like someone's home and I always worry that they're not open or that I will be knocking on someone's front door.

            1. re: Kater

              No, it's just a restaurant. Dining room on the left as you enter, take out on the right. The owner is super friendly.

              Closed on Sundays.

              1. re: Tir_na_nOg

                exactly.....great take out area on the right with yummy pastry case...and the left side has about 10 tables! The owners are very friendly...husband usually serving and husband and wife both cook in the back. Trust me...so worth a visit!

          2. re: Tir_na_nOg

            A second on the Oasis hummus. It feels like one is dinning in someones personal dinning room, perhaps because it is in a modified twin. We were attracted because of the Middle East entrees and have found them to be excellent and very moderately priced. Great KaBobs and other Lebanon specialities. Small place, authentic homemade middle east choices nothing fancy just good food.

            1. re: Bacchus101

              Just have to put in my 2 cents for Umai. Fantastic sushi and
              sashimi . Excellent friendly staff and sushi chefs.
              I think it is better than Bluefin.

              1. re: cpski

                Having recently visited Umai for the 1st time and being a Bluefin fan for several years - I would say its a push! Umai does have some very inventive rolls and was very impressed.
                That's being said - I'll still vote for Bluefin since its in my neighborhood and I can walk to it!
                For Italian - try Bocelli's in the Gwynedd Valley train station - its a BYOB with excellent fish and pasta dishes and homemade limoncello on the house. Call for a reservation - its an "Intimate" restaurant.

              2. re: Bacchus101

                Umai is definitely a great spot.

          3. Have you been to Pumpernik's yet? Getting a craving for a roast beef special and a chocolate egg cream just typing this. Oh, and some soup if I have someone to share it with.

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            1. re: givemecarbs

              I don't want to be a contrarian, but Pumpernik's was the only suggestion I recieved that I disagreed with. Pickle bar was meh. Mom loved her Reuben, but my roast beef was very chewy, over done.

              Service was great for the tables of regulars around me. Not great for us 1st time diners. I couldn't get a drink refilll for a full 15 mins of chewy, dry sandwich.

              Most reccomendations on this board have turned out great, maybe I just hit Pumpernik's on an off night?

              1. re: gaffk

                Pumpernick's: Lets not forget the SMALL sandwiches matched against the slightly higher prices. Good quality, just tiny. I think i fiinished my beef tounge on rye in about three bites. Servers were friendly and helpful just stretched fairly thin.

                1. re: gaffk

                  Not sure gaffk. Did you get the roast beef special and ask for it rare? No chocolate egg cream or soup to go with it? VTRP I could only eat half my sandwich. I asked for the regular sized one but they used to have a living large size. I did have quite a bit of my friend's beef borsch. The endless wait for a refill thing sounds annoying to the max though. They do love their regulars there and perhaps have become complacent over the years. I simply wouldn't have put up with being thirsty though. I would have told the hostess or even the take out deli I needed a refill. But then I used to hang out at Michael's restaurant where John and I got our own refills on sodas if we had to wait too long.
                  I know what you mean about not wanting to be a contrarian. My favorite poster recommended Golden Sea in bluebell and my friend and I can't stand the place. But maybe they have changed since last we went. Or ordered the wrong thing.
                  Smoke Daddy's secret menu has left me so dazzled that it seems to be overshadowing all else for this bbq starved yank. I have to get on his newsletter by email, I can't keep lucking out by seeing him at Costco on thursdays and hearing about his latest offering. I'm still thinking about that burger I had from there last night. Next week he told my friend it is either cheesesteaks grilled but sliced thin from ribeye, or some amazing sausage concoction.

                  1. re: givemecarbs

                    come to think of it, there was an absolutely agonizingly long wait for a soda refill.

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      Love you too Carbs! I don't like any other Chinese restos around here. When was the last time you went to GS?

                      I can't agree with the WPI devotees. I went to their Sunday brunch recently and was completely underwhelmed!

                      1. re: crazyspice

                        And that's why there's chocolate and vanilla.

                        Love WPI brunch. Didn't find Pumpernick's sandwiches small at all--just that the roast beef was overdone and tough. As I said, mom loved her Reuben . . .I think it was probably the service that most turned me off. (And I guess since it was my 1st time, I didn't feel comfortable getting up and getting my own as I would in some of my regular restaurants. Then again, my favorite restaurants' servers would have noticed the empty glass ;)

                        I'm sure I'll give it another try . . . maybe not when it's so crowded . . . and try a different menu option.

                        1. re: gaffk

                          I've never had a bad soup there gaffk. You can even get hot soup to go from the take out department. But then I'm a sucker for good soup. Had a cup of potato soup on friday at the R and S Keystone. Boy did that hit the spot. Then I heard some teenagers with their parents proclaiming with gusto "it's potato soup day!" so I guess I'm not the only one.

                          1. re: givemecarbs

                            Maybe that was my problem. I only like soup in the late fall-early spring time frame. Except, of course, gazpacho.

                            And I was spoiled--all soup was homemade (carrot, butternut, potato, french onion, turkey or chicken noodle, etc.).

                            My one summer regret . . .I didn't try the BBQ until 2 weeks ago.

                            But as I said, I'll try Pumpernick's again. I've been pretty happy with the CH suggestions in this area so far; it's been a pretty good agree to disagree ratio.

                            There will alwyas be the chocolate vs vanilla argument. Me? I like Vanilla fudge swirl ;)

                            1. re: gaffk

                              Fear not gaffk, Smoke Daddy says after Halloween you can still call and order the bbq and they will bring it out to you if you are not an Eagles club member. So no regrets!! Also I think Uncle Greg is gonna try to make it til Thanksgiving. Since Uncle is open for lunch also it should work.

                        2. re: crazyspice

                          It's been years Crazy! If I try GS again what should my friend and I order? Even John didn't like the WPI brunch and someone else was paying. Thankfully not moi. I haven't been to WPI in years and years but I might stop by their bakery this holiday season.

                  2. For Italian, I recommend Bacco on 202 in North Wales. Menu ranges from full pasta and/or meat dinners to brick oven pizza. Nice atmosphere, too. My favorite Chinese is Eastern Dragon by Costco. They have my favorite app - crab rangoon, which can be hard to find. Also offer sushi, which I haven't tried because I'm not a fan.

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                    1. re: truffles2

                      Bacco is great for lunch, but just OK for dinner--I guess it depends on expectations. No pizza at dinner--real bummer, since that's why I go to Bacco.

                      Better yet, try Arpeggio (BYOB) in Springhouse. Full menu of authentic Italian cuisine.

                      Bacco has a bar; Arpeggio is BYOB.

                      And if you're in the area--Mirna's is a Mediterranean BYO with very good food and service. (just before the intersection of 73 & 202 in a shopping center.)

                      If you're more into pub grub, Whelihan's is just across the street and is good for that as well

                      1. re: gaffk

                        Sat at the Bar at Bacco for some pizza and wings on a saturday night. Pizza was thin and messy (eat with a fork type) ..... Im a gluten so i didnt mind the floppy greasy pie. But they offer a wing "platter" which was a very pleasant suprise. Served on a cast iron skillet, an order of a 10 or a dozen wings were drenched in a garlicky, oniony hot sauce. Then the entire thing was topped with sauteed onions and roasted garlic. Not a dainty dish. Can't wait to pop in again for those wings. Highly recommended for wing-heads.

                    2. Forgot to mention. You should probably try the William Penn Inn, perhaps for a special occassion or brunch. It is historic - built in the 1700's. The food is classic american. It is also beautifully decorated during the holidays.

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                      1. re: truffles2

                        +1 for the William Penn. Especially its Sunday brunch. I go just for their min-dessert table, but they have everything you could want for breakfastt\brunch\luch. The atmosphere and service is top notch, and they are always decorated for the holidays.

                        But you have to make reservations for any meal except weekday lunch. And for holiday season brunches, make resos weeks in advance. Definitely the best Sun brunch in the area and the best dessert table short of LBF.

                        Also for the holidays, they open a bake shop (Thanksgiving thru Xmas) for take out. My favorite story: I bought a cake there called "Chocolate Heaven" for Christmas at my sister's. My sister took 1 bite and said "This is heaven"--not knowing the cake's name. It was, indeed, chocolate heaven.

                        And their Russian wedding cookies aren't bad either ;)

                      2. Awesome Sandwiches from Goombas!~
                        http://www.goombaspizzaria.com/

                        Not a restaurant, but worth mentioning, Hearth Baker on Broad Street makes great bread and rolls

                        Ooka is on Route 309 just past 5 points, I had an AWESOME lunch there, and then had an "ok" dinner with my husband, though the service was excellent both times, we had the sushi, and they have a teppanyaki side as well, but we've never tried it yet
                        I will second Saigon for Vietnamese food

                        Huey's is across the street and they have good "pub grub" and awesome home made meatloaf.

                        drive North on Route 202 and go to Los Sarapes for excellent Authentic Mexican

                        If you go to Oasis, get the baba ganouj as well as a chicken shawarma with harissa if you like spicy!

                        Oh and for steak... go to the Century House, yes it's old school and your grandparents probably still eat there, but they cook a mean steak!

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                        1. re: cgarner

                          After hearing about Hearth Baker so many times, I finally stopped last week. I walked in and was unimpressed. But damn, that bread is good. Crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside--perfect .

                          1. re: cgarner

                            Century House? That's a new one.

                            Specifics? Where is it? website? I LOVE a good steak.

                            1. re: gaffk

                              It's on 309 gaffk, the opposite side from walmart, around the hilltown section, maybe a little more towards souderton. Been around forever. Haven't been there in ages but last time I went their prime rib was yummy.

                              1. re: givemecarbs

                                Thanks Carbs! I'll add it to my list.