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Lunch in Willow Grove

bankcello Apr 11, 2012 10:05 AM

I find that I will be in Willow Grove at lunch time every two weeks. I am hoping to find somewhere to eat. I have tried Pho & Beyond which was not terrible, though the choice for pho was very limited. I also tried Mandarin Gardens, which was terrible.

When in Willow Grove I am near Mandarin Gardens and get there from the Turnpike. Any suggestions for that area?

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  1. iL Divo RE: bankcello Apr 11, 2012 10:16 AM

    if I was you and I have been my choice would be The Giant.
    I told my husband we're moving there just for that market- great food

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      bankcello RE: iL Divo Apr 11, 2012 10:26 AM

      Do they actually serve lunch there, or is it all take out, which wouldn't work for me.

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        iL Divo RE: bankcello Apr 11, 2012 02:14 PM

        hi bankcello

        yep, they do, it's by the cooking school part of the market which is to the right when you walk in the door of the market. it has chairs couches and a fireplace for you to eat.
        the food is just so good, the atmosphere just as good, the choices are why I'd go there instead of close by cafe's or eateries which in my opinion wouldn't give me the zillions of choices I'd have at the Giant. just my opinion though.....like I said, I told my husband we're moving there simply for that market.........oh but then I told him that on Bainbridge Island too when we stepped into Central Market, so.....................

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          bankcello RE: iL Divo Apr 11, 2012 05:14 PM

          Even though it sounds nothing like the Giant in my area, which is just an ordinary supermarket, I think I will give it a try. What can I lose?

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            iL Divo RE: bankcello Apr 11, 2012 06:06 PM

            I live in California and I'm obsessed with supermarkets are even markets in general. Sad but true. When I think about walking into the Giant, well, it's just lovely.
            A cooking school, a childcare room with such fun stuff, huge in volume, an enormity of food products, the 'wing bar' is enough to stop me in my tracks. The men at the meat dept. are so nice and helpful, even referring to my asking where something is that isn't meat. The array of options for lunch or dinner is daunting because you have to at some point make up your mind as to what you'd prefer.

            You know what? I have nothing to lose if you decide not to go. No biggie, do what floats your boat and makes you happy. I would.

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        iL Divo RE: iL Divo Apr 18, 2012 02:04 PM

        "if I was you and I have been my choice would be The Giant."
        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ some times, I think I'm just in too much of a hurry^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^sorry but had to clear that up..........
        If I was you [and I have been in this spot-position] my choice would be the Giant.

      3. PattiCakes RE: bankcello Apr 11, 2012 11:12 AM

        I believe Giant may have a seating are.

        There is a Panera in the shopping center where Barnes & Noble is. Not terribly adventurous, but OK. If you go away from WG on Moreland Road, there's Mad Mex, in a small strip on the left. Colonial Quy Bau is on Moreland Road in the other direction -- off to the left after you go over the RR tracks.

        If you are coming from the turnpike, there is an Asian place in the Staples shopping center -- China Garden. It's not bad. Bonefish Grill is in the shopping center as well, but I don't know if they do lunch. There are also a number of places in WG Mall , and an OK food court.

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          jujuthomas RE: bankcello Apr 11, 2012 11:29 AM

          not sure how close it is to where you'll be, but a friend of mine just tried Mad Mex in Willow Grove and said it's great.

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            PattiCakes RE: jujuthomas Apr 11, 2012 11:43 AM

            LOVE Mad Mex. They do not tone down their salsa for gringos however. Lots of vegetarian options, a great beer selection and awesome fish tacos.

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            Kshell RE: bankcello Apr 11, 2012 11:30 AM

            Ooka (Japanese) on Easton Road in Willow Grove: Iron Abbey (gastropub) on Easton Road in Horsham; Los Sarapes (good Mexican) on Horsham Road in Horsham. If you're not familiar with the area, Horsham is very close to Willow Grove. Bonefish Grille is not open for lunch, but does open early for dinner.

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              PattiCakes RE: Kshell Apr 11, 2012 11:35 AM

              Ditto on all. After you get off the turnpike, you would just go on Easton Road (rt. 611) away from Willow Grove rather than towards it.

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                cwdonald RE: PattiCakes Apr 11, 2012 01:57 PM

                Agree with a lot of the selections above, especially Iron Abbey and would add that for Vietnamese you have Pho and Beyond as well, which is very close to where the Panera is located. I am not a fan of that particular Panera especially at lunch time. It is very crowded. Off hours not a bad place for a cup of coffee and a decent place to use wifi.

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              pzandqz RE: bankcello Apr 17, 2012 09:06 AM

              Hatboro is close to Willow Grove. On Old York Road, there is Mings and the Corner Kitchen. Also near the Wawa is Silvios the best sandwiches in the area. They bake their own bread.

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                cwdonald RE: pzandqz Apr 17, 2012 09:22 AM

                +1 for Silvios, though I still prefer Altomantes.

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                  PattiCakes RE: pzandqz Apr 17, 2012 11:03 AM

                  +1 Silvios on the bread alone.

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