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May 17, 2012 12:35 PM

Jenkintown/Abington/Glenside/Willow Grove

I feel like this is beating a dead horse, and I know it's been covered, but I'm looking for a quiet, nice (not bar/restaurant) for dinner with my 86 year-old mom. Is there anything other than York 211 or do I need to go to Chestnut Hill (thinking Flying Fish). Sounds like Marco Polo gets mixed reviews, we've done Trevi (which is very good) about Pub Kitchen?

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  1. I'll answer my own question -- Flying Fish for soft shell crabs!

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    1. re: hungry100

      Also, in Chestnut Hill I'd suggest Osaka and Mica.

    2. We went to Rollers with a group of people in their 80's and 90's recently and it was perfect.
      I believe it's now called Rollers/Flying Fish - or maybe jusst Rollers. It moved from up the hill to
      its location on Germantown Avenue - easy parking.

      A place we like very much is on Oxford Avenue just below Rhawn, where Rhawn turns into Huntingdon Pike. It's Moonstruck. It's beautiful, the food is very good, and it's divided into small rooms so it's always quiet. it has a parking lot. it's a step above Rollers as far as the quality of the food. Might be closer for you than Chestnut Hill.

      And Marco Polo might be fine for her.

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      1. re: sylviag

        Thanks Sylviag. I'll look into Moonstruck.

        1. re: sylviag

          +1 for Moonstruck. We have gone there for a number of years with my family in various groupings and the food is good and the space is not loud (except when my entire family rented a private space - but that's away from the regular dining areas : )

        2. Is Indian out? The Tiffin in Elkins Park (same plaza as Marco Polo) is usually pretty quiet. Also, Curds and Whey in Jenkintown (down behind the Barnes and Noble, next to Jules) tends to attract an older crowd and is usually quiet. It is more casual, but the food is decent.

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          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            Have you been to Curds and Whey recently? I used to really like it there, but then found the food started slipping while at the same time the prices started rising. Because I'd previously enjoyed it numerous times, I gave it 2 more tries after the first downhill experience, but I counted 3 times as a strikeout and haven't returned in probably a year. If anyone has recent experience I'd be interested to hear.

            Other suggestions have all been good. Thien Thai which has both Thai and Japanese menus, on Old York Rd., is quiet and the food is good. There's also a Thai place in Roslyn that's good, if you're interested I'll get you the name.

            Keswick Village in Glenside is ripe for new and better restaurants, imho.

            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              Tiffin also opened an Indian restaurant on Huntingdon Pike in Huntingdon Valley (next to Tavolo - formerly Stephano's). That might be a little closer than Elkins Park, depending on where you live.

              1. re: cheflynnie

                Cheflynnie, are you sure that's Tiffin and not Saffron?

                1. re: PattiCakes

                  That location that is being described is Saffron. It's pretty good, Naan is a bit bland but the other dishes we have had from there have been good.

                  1. re: YoccosFan

                    Hi~ Am on the "mature side"(Not 86)and live in the area! I would NOT recomment Tiffin for this occasion~~~~ Not real comfortable seating and a bit stark! Moonstuck is lovely and White Elephant in Huntington Valley Shopping Center(Near Genuardi's) is pretty, quiet and although Thai has a vaied menu(LOve their Cornish Hens)
                    A good place I think! New little FrenchBistro in Jenkintown~ Very small~ Heard the food is good and it is upscale(Equal to 211 York I would say) Good luck!

                    1. re: jazziellen

                      i believe the New little French Bistro in Jenkintown is called Leila's Bistro and its on West Ave. It is very small, maybe 25-30 seats. A reservation is needed but the food is delicious and it is appropriate to take an eldery person to. Try it, you wont be disappointed.

            2. I am also going to vote for Moonstruck, but also consider The William Penn Inn, in Gwynedd.

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              1. re: littlecmad

                Oh and there is also Mandarin Garden. by the Willow Grove Train Station.

              2. I went to Colonial Quy Bau last night and it was really good and had a lot of slightly older (not 80s, more 60s and 70s) people, but they were all having fun and seemed really happy. The food is french and vietnamese, but you could order more on the french side if your mom's not comfortable with the Viet food. It was excellent food and great service. It's in Willow Grove on MOreland road.