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Apr 17, 2012 09:58 AM

Weekday Dinner near Huntingdon Valley Library

A friend and I have a meeting once a month at the HV Library. Are there any places very close by where we could meet for dinner at about 6 and still get to our meeting by 7? We've been chowing down at All Ways Cafe, but the service has been abysmal the last few times we went.

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  1. Probably not for a fast dinner but Tavola in HV is very good.

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    1. re: JanR

      I tried to access their web site (, but was unsuccessful -- web page not available. I figured they either went out of business or have as new page. When we drove to the meeting last night , after another very very slow service t All Ways Cafe, we noticed that Saffron has now opened. We might try that next time.

      1. re: PattiCakes

        I think its just a problem with their website. If you go to the website for the sister restaurant in warrington you will see a link for tavolo. And it says the website is under development. BTW is Blue Sage too far away? It should be a straight shot down second street pike to H Valley.

    2. Cafe Preya on Huntingdon Pike used to be quite good. I have eaten there at least fifty times but not in the past few years.

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      1. re: Unkle Al

        Good suggestion, Al. I'll check it out.

        Cw: I had found Blue Sage -- that might be an option as well. My problem is that I am coming from the Glenside train station and meeting a friend who is usually coming from Elkins park. The earliest I've been able to get to All Ways in the past is 6, and we've got the meeting at 7. If the train is late, or traffic is bad, the time frame is even tighter.

        1. re: PattiCakes

          If you are coming from that direction, Blue Sage will be further. I wonder if HoAngel at five points in philadelphia/rockledge might work. You can eat and then drive on up 2nd street pike.And your friend could get off the train right there.

          1. re: cwdonald

            In an amusing twist, the group that holds this particular meeting is contemplating a change of venue from the HV library to the Waldorf School, in Germantown (across from the Trolley Stop Diner). Now I get to search for new places to meet my friend for dinner! Any and all suggestions welcome -- I am coming from the Glenside train station, and need to squeeze dinner in between 6:00 - 7:00. My friend is coming from Elkins Park. It is better if we find a place closer to the meeting site rather than one that is on the way.

            1. re: PattiCakes

              The Waldorf School is not in Germantown. It's in Upper West Mount Airy, just across the border from Chestnut Hill. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, most of which have been reviewed many times. The issue, as you pointed out, is the short time frame. Some which come to mind are Avenida, Wine Thief, Iron Hill, Cin-Cin (maybe), Roller's (maybe), Hokka Hokka, Osaka, Cafette, McNally's Tavern (home of the Schmitter) and several others which I can't recall at present. I'd call the restaurant and explain your situation. I'm assuming that you're going on a weekday which should ease the situation. Anyway, you're lucky since the Chestnut Hill-Mount Airy area houses many more restaurants than Huntingdon Valley! Oh, and there is a decent Chinese American restaurant at the juncture of Germantown Ave. and Cresheim Valley Drive. It's called Yu Hsiang Garden and will do in a pinch.

              1. re: Kshell

                Many thanks! Sorry I misspoke about the school being in Germantown -- it's off Germantown Ave. & I just wasn't thinking.

                Our meetings are on a Tuesday night. I'll have to map those places to see what's reasonable. I have been to Rollers & to CinCIn, as well as McNally's -- all 3 would fit the bill food-wise, but that time thing needs to be worked out.

                1. re: PattiCakes

                  Yes, the time thing makes it difficult. If you had another half hour or more, I'd recommend Heirloom or Mica. Anyway, best of luck and let us know how it all turns out!