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Apr 5, 2011 08:02 AM

Fort Washington Exit?

Anything new, good, not terribly expensive in Ft. Washington? Meeting a friend who's passing through and will get off at the Ft. Washington exit of the turnpike to meet for dinner on a weeknight. Don't want to stray more than ten minutes (ideally less) from the exit. Less opportunity to get lost.
Thanks for your help!

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  1. Your best option is 2 minutes off the turnpike, Cantina Feliz. It is a new mexican restaurant that was started by a former chef at Distrito in Philadelphia. You get off and you make a right onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Take this up and through several lights until it intersects with Bethlehem Pike (Mercedes Benz dealership on the left, Beef and Ale on the right). Turn left onto Bethlehem pike. Less than a quarter mile on the right will be Cantina Feliz. You have to go around back to park.

    Alternatively you could drive to Ambler, PA where there are a lot of good restaurant options including good italian (From the Boot), Dettera (wine bar and pizza), Shanachie (irish pub),
    Bridget's steakhouse, or Saffron (indian). To get there, turn right onto Pennsylvania Avenue, and take it til you reach Bethlehem Pike. Instead of turning left as above, turn right. Follow the street to Butler Ave and turn left. All of the restaurants listed above are on Butler Ave. There is a municipal parking lot as you come into town on the right.

    Search the Philadelphia board for more discussions of all these restaurants.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Excellent suggestions by csdonald. One detail, though - when getting off the turnpike at the Fort Washington exit,just go straight ahead out of the toll booths to get onto Pennsylvania Ave. If you turn right, you'll end up on route 309 or in the office park.

      An additional choice is Zake's Cafe, for a great dinner. It's just past Cantina Feliz on the right on Bethlehem Pike.

      1. re: tourmama

        To clarify the directions, you go straight out of the tolls, and turn right at the third opportunity to turn right, (the first two being the entrances to 309 N, and 309 S. respectively.) But you do turn right. Pennsylvania Ave is perpendicular to the exit from the turnpike.

        Someone mentioned Palace of Asia. I have not been there in a while but it used to be good indian. Directions there: Make a right onto Pennsylvania Avenue, and then make your first right onto Commerce Drive. Follow commerce drive around (it will curve and go under the turnpike) and at the end you will come to Palace of Asia.

        1. re: cwdonald

          CW, what right turn are you talking about? If you come out of the turnpike, go straight at the tolls, the next move is a left on Bethlehem Pike then a right between Cantina Feliz and Rich's deli. Not to be argumentative, but I work in the area and drive past there every morning. Agree that would be a great spot, been enjoying it for lunch.

          1. re: truffles2

            I drive there every day too. Pennsylvania avenue is Perpendicular to the exit road when you are coming off the turnpike, YOU PHYSICALLY TURN RIGHT. You pass two other opportunities to turn right. The exit to North bound 309 and South Bound 309. If you go "straight" and do not turn right you will crash into a building.

            1. re: cwdonald

              CW and truffles: In the words of the warden in Cool Hand Luke, what we have here is a failure to communicate. The exit road actually curves into Pennsylvania Ave. at about a 135 degree angle. So, its neither a 90-degree right nor a straight. You're both correct but interpreting the angle of entry differently.


              1. re: Chefpaulo

                Always love how you have a different angle on things ;-)

      1. All excellent suggestions! Also Mexican (actually Yucitan) is Tamarindo's. in Blue Bell. It is BYOB, as is Zakes, so that may impact your decision.

        Good advice, tourmama, about going straight ahead out of the toll booth. Easy to get flumoxed around in that area.

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        1. re: PattiCakes

          I would also add Palace of Asia. It is a pretty good Indian restaurant you can almost see from the Ft Washington exit. They have changed hands relatively recently, and the food is quite good.

          1. re: asmith

            off subject but thanks for the update on Palace of Asia
            it's the first Indian restaurant I'd ever tried andf I always think of it fondly, good to know that the food is still good.

            Love all the options given, especially in Ambler

            1. re: cgarner

              I agree with the Palace of Asia, it's about one minute off the highway, and I really liked the food. When we went there I'd read some old reviews that judged it pretty mediocre, so I didn't go with high expectations - just was in the mood for Indian, didn't want to drive far, and hoped it would be better than what Tiffin has turned into. We were very pleasantly surprised.

              1. re: cgarner

                I like P of A. They offer buffets (need to check website for days/times) that are very good. Not crazy extensive, but very well done, with a broad range of dishes. Since I don't get to eat Indian food often, but love it, the buffet is a nice choice for me -- otherwise I have menu angst trying to figure out what one dish to order! The buffet lets me have a little of this, a little of that....

              2. re: asmith

                Is the Rail Road car still there? If so, that's a good "marker".

            2. Hi - we've decided on Zake's.
              Thanks for all your help!

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