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Sunday Brunch near Ambler

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ndeininger Apr 13, 2012 07:45 AM

Hey looking for a nice brunch (not William Penn Inn) for a group (8-10) just need some ideas - We had thought of Max and David's but I heard yesterday that they were closed - We would like bar service too! We'd also like to be able to make a reservation

  1. PattiCakes Apr 13, 2012 10:05 AM

    I am told that the Spring House Tavern has one: http://www.springhousetavern.com/even...

    There is also Zake's Cake, Joseph Ambler Inn, Normandy Farm.....

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      JanR Apr 15, 2012 07:45 AM

      I haven't been in a few years but I always fournd Zake's to be noisy. Also, they have no bar. Joseph Ambler is a good choice. I think Mica in Chestnut Hill serves brunch, as does Avenida. Not too far from Ambler.

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      ken from conshy Apr 13, 2012 10:23 AM

      Max and David might be closed for Passover, other kosher places are. The holiday ends Saturday daytime. Not sure regarding taking reservations. Zake's is smaller then Patticaskes other suggestions.

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        Hungryin theBurbs Apr 13, 2012 10:38 AM

        Max and David's is closing permanently.

        http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

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        Kshell Apr 14, 2012 08:43 AM

        In Horsham, na'Brasa offers a nice brunch. I believe that the Joseph Ambler Inn only serves brunch on certain Sundays, Like Easter, Mother's Day and the like.

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          lauracohenromano Apr 14, 2012 07:35 PM

          What's the farthest from Ambler you're willing to drive?

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            ndeininger Apr 15, 2012 07:49 AM

            not to far maybe within a 30 minute drive

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              Kshell Apr 15, 2012 08:40 AM

              In Chestnut Hill, you have a number of options. There's Cake which is very good, but BYOB. There's Heirloom, also BYOB, but next door to a Wine and Spirits store. Mica's, which has already been mentioned, is also very good for brunch and it has bar service. Bear in mind that all three are kind of small but can accommodate a group of your size. I'd check with them, though. Another place to think about is the Valley Green Inn which is charming and has a bar. However, the last time I was there was about 7 years ago so I can't vouch for them now. At that time they had a very pleasant brunch menu. Oh, and there's Roller's as well which has bar service.

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            Stevefood Apr 15, 2012 06:40 PM

            Best brunch I have had near Ambler has to be Normandy Farms in Blue Bell.
            Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!
            Was there for Father's Day, Mother's Day & Birthdays over the past few years....

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              cwdonald Apr 16, 2012 12:05 AM

              Were you there after Jim gave up control?I have only heard problems about quality and consistency with regard to Normandy Farms. Buyer beware.

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                Chefpaulo Apr 16, 2012 04:43 AM

                BTW, what ever happened to Jim? He's certainly disappeared from the local scene.
                CP

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                  cwdonald Apr 16, 2012 07:45 AM

                  Well he stopped for a drink of water at the World Cafe Live... latest I heard was

                  http://philadelphia.grubstreet.com/20...

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                  Bacchus101 Apr 16, 2012 09:25 AM

                  Yes, yes indeed. Problems, high price low quality is all I have heard about Normandy Farms. Seems to be under that dark cloud! Coleman's was a HUGE failure. Certainly someone could make it work!

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                    Stevefood Apr 16, 2012 09:33 AM

                    I was there when Jim was there so that solves that!

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                  ndeininger Apr 16, 2012 05:12 AM

                  So a decision was made - group decicided to go to the William Penn Inn - thanks for all the input!

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                    burbgirl Apr 16, 2012 09:46 AM

                    I highly recommend NaBrasa. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8433...

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                      cwdonald Apr 20, 2012 07:18 AM

                      They open at 3pm and its their dinner menu.

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                        percyn Apr 23, 2012 09:30 AM

                        Bella 19, a Mediterranean influenced small restaurant in Cedars (near Skippack) is really good and has a unique charm.

                        They also roast their own coffee and bake their own bread.

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