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Special restaurant within 20 minutes of Blue Bell?

AmblerGirl Jan 20, 2011 03:55 AM

My daughter's preschool is offering babysitting next Friday night and it will be one of the very rare occasions my husband and I will be going out as a duo. We only have limited time so cannot drive too far, her school is in Blue Bell so I am thinking within a 20 minute driving radius. We have alot of "regular" spots we go to in the area but since its just the two of us I want to go somewhere special, new, somewhere we have never been, and that will not disappoint? Any suggestions?

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  1. crazyspice RE: AmblerGirl Jan 20, 2011 05:04 AM

    This is a tough one Amblergirl! You have been everywhere!! But I really enjoy Parc Bistro for a great night out.

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      Betharu RE: crazyspice Jan 20, 2011 06:47 AM

      This is true - I feel like AmblerGirl is QUIZZING us!

      Ok - how about -

      Joseph Ambler Inn in Horsham?
      Blackfish is good but I am not sure if you could get a reservation this late
      I liked Teresa's Cafe in Wayne - probably just on the outskirts of the 20 minute window
      Spring Mill Cafe?
      Or - you fake everyone out - drop your daughter off - order takeout from Bocelli's - and have a romantic dinner at home!!!

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      cwdonald RE: AmblerGirl Jan 20, 2011 05:33 AM

      The obvious suggestion is to to try Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington. Not sure how hard it will be to get a reservation but should be well within your driving radius.

      Parc Bistro or Brasserie 73 up in Skippack should be reachable as well.

      Blackfish in Conshohocken is within the radius too.

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        tfalbo RE: AmblerGirl Jan 20, 2011 06:10 AM

        I'm sure you're aware of it if you live in Blue Bell, but the restaurant at Normandy Farm looks really good. I have only walked through the actual restaurant (we are having our wedding there so we've been a couple of times), and the dishes have looked excellent.

        We've had the wedding food before, and I"m amazed to say even that was very tasty, so I feel like the restaurant food would have to be the real deal.

        Enjoy your night out!

        1. AmblerGirl RE: AmblerGirl Jan 20, 2011 09:06 AM

          I used to go everywhere, but since I had my daughter we pretty much go to the same five toddler friendly spots! That is why I am so excited for this dinner! Thanks for the recs, everything looks great. Parc Bistro or Blackfisk look like good choices to look into. I may be heading to Cantina Feliz with some friends in the next month or so, so will be very eager to try it!!!

          I was considering Radice too but nixed that after some mixed revuews...

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            mitchh RE: AmblerGirl Jan 20, 2011 09:45 AM

            You never can go wrong at Parc Bistro, that's for sure. (BTW, it is "toddler friendly" as my parents and I have taken my son there ever since he was in a carrier and since they have pizza, there's always something there for him to eat).

            Just out of curiosity, does your daughter go to Kindercare in Blue Bell? That's where my son goes. If that is where she goes, I wouldn't be surprised if we have seen each other at some point.

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              AmblerGirl RE: mitchh Jan 20, 2011 04:39 PM

              Oh, Parc Bistro might be a good spot to try with the little one in tow, its so tough to find kid friendly restaurants. We're limited to just a handful of spots that are laid back enough to deal with an energetic toddler, and also to places that serve lunch or a very, very early dinner!

              Its actually Play n Learn in Blue Bell, we recently enrolled her, we're lucky there are alot of good schools in the area. They offer a "Kids Night Out" once a month, which gives us a chance to go out to dinner as grown ups. Its the best perk ever, it actially gives us a chance to go out to try "real" restaurants (which is our favorite thing to do but have not been able to do very much since our daughter was born).

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            RitterSportRules RE: AmblerGirl Jan 20, 2011 07:33 PM

            Have you been to Zacharias Creekside? Good food, great desserts and BYOB.

            1. thehungrything RE: AmblerGirl Jan 21, 2011 02:20 AM

              Savona in Gulph Mills would be an good choice. We have always enjoyed their food and service.

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                Betharu RE: thehungrything Jan 21, 2011 04:38 AM

                I always forget about Savona - because somehow I equate Gulph Mills as far away instead of right outside Conshy.

              2. 94Bravo RE: AmblerGirl Jan 21, 2011 04:17 AM

                How about Cake in Chestnut Hill? They've morphed into a regular restaurant since they moved, I worked there for their first 3 years and was there this past summer helping out. Great food in a beautiful setting! Only 15 mins from BB.


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                  b1979 RE: 94Bravo Jan 21, 2011 07:16 AM

                  Cake is a good call. I've been there for breakfast and lunch and it's really delicious. The building is cool too, it's in a greenhouse.

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                    JanR RE: b1979 Jan 25, 2011 02:13 PM

                    I third Cake. Also think Blackfish is a good idea.

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                  truffles2 RE: AmblerGirl Jan 24, 2011 05:44 PM

                  Have you been to the oft-forgotten Trinacria lately? Definitely fills the special, will not disappoint part of your request. If you do, be sure to get the gnocci de jour and ask Mario for a recomendation from the wine list!

                  1. yummykimmy RE: AmblerGirl Jan 24, 2011 06:27 PM

                    What about El Serape?

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                      neener41 RE: AmblerGirl Jan 25, 2011 05:25 AM

                      Honestly if you want good mexican I would go to Cantina Feliz over El Sarape. I was there last week and it was phenominal. Spent less money for great food.

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                        yummykimmy RE: neener41 Jan 25, 2011 07:52 AM

                        Thanks - I haven't been yet, but it's on my list & now I am really looking forward to it!

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                          Displaced California Foodie RE: neener41 Jan 26, 2011 10:46 AM

                          Where is Cantina Feliz and can you please provide details regarding your meal?
                          Thank you!

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                            cwdonald RE: Displaced California Foodie Jan 26, 2011 01:12 PM

                            Cantina Feliz is just off of Bethlehem Pike, in Fort Washington, about a block from the Mercedez Benz dealership. Its in the old Alison 2 space.

                            You can see the menu at http://foobooz.com/wp-content/uploads...

                            The chef is a former chef in the Garces organization so you will find it similar in many ways to Distrito.

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                          gardens4me RE: AmblerGirl Jan 25, 2011 06:03 AM

                          Savona, though lovely, is really too far to drive from Blue Bell on limited time. I love Parc Bistro and I love Radice too, even though I have heard that others don't like it. As long as you are not going on a weekend, you would be fine at Radice. Atmosphere better at Parc Bistro though.

                          1. Den RE: AmblerGirl Jan 25, 2011 02:38 PM

                            You may want to try Spring Mill Cafe...


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                              cgarner RE: Den Jan 27, 2011 12:38 PM

                              I haven't been there in a long time, what a romantic spot for dinner.

                            2. AmblerGirl RE: AmblerGirl Feb 1, 2011 01:58 PM

                              Well, my romantic dinner for two suddenly became a dinner for three since my daughter's school cancelled the event so we had no one to watch our little one. We still decided to go to Cantina Feliz, we just made an earlier reservation so our eneretic little toddler did not disrupt the dinner crowd. Loved it! Fortunately it was very family friendly, the staff was fabulous, the atmosphere was bright and fun. We tried a little bit of everything. The stand outs were the artichoke and truffle flatbread, chorizo tacos, port tacos, grilled corn. We also had the sort ribs, plantains, and mexican chocolate dessert. Everything was fabulous, portios were a bit small so we had to order alot! Small but reasonably priced and interesting wine list. Overall, can't wait to go back!

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