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barryg Jun 22, 2012 06:48 PM

And now for something completely different...

Inspired by this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/849438

What hospitals in Philly and the area have good food? The menu bagelman01 was offered looks great, definitely light years ahead of any experiences I've had (which I am fortunate to say are far and few between).

  1. Bacchus101 Jun 23, 2012 04:01 AM

    Abington Memorial Hospital provided varied and somewhat tasty meals, served hot and timely during a recent brief stay. A Chowhound delight, well no, but very satisfactory. The cafeteria always seemed very busy with a big selection of items, some looking tempting and definitely not reflecting any diet restrictions.

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    1. re: Bacchus101
      barryg Jun 23, 2012 05:48 AM

      Was there a menu to order from?

      1. re: barryg
        cwdonald Jun 23, 2012 06:23 AM

        At Doylestown Hospital you do order off a menu. And you are not restricted to specific meal times. You can order anytime between 6:30 and 6:30pm. Friends of mine who have had surgery there said the food wasn't bad.

        You can see there menu here

        1. re: barryg
          Bacchus101 Jun 23, 2012 08:40 AM

          barryg, For resident meals, yes. Not sure if a visitor can order from those menus. In the cafeteria I only noticed wall menus, not sure about printed menus and ordering.

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        Chefpaulo Jun 23, 2012 03:45 AM

        OOhhhhhhh, you mean CAFETERIA food. I was thinking PATIENT food. My last experience with that was "breakfast" at Jefferson after minor throat surgery the day before. To my recollection, the soup course of beef boullion was a tad on the salty side and a bit under heated. Next, the main course of Puree of Oats a la Pablum could have used a drop of agave nectar although I doubted it would be handy at the nursing station. For dessert, there was a luminous green liquid resembling Prell shampoo (remember that?) I eventually realized was partially set lime Jello. After this sumptuous repast, I wished to linger over my cup of Lipton while watching "Sunday Morning" except that the resident came in and rubber stamped me "well enough to be booted" and so I was. For this they received NO tip.

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        1. re: Chefpaulo
          barryg Jun 23, 2012 05:19 AM

          I wasn't clear in the post, but I actually meant inpatient meals (like the linked thread). However cafeteria quality is worth discussing too.

          1. re: barryg
            Hungryin theBurbs Jun 23, 2012 05:45 AM

            I don't have a ton of experience in hospitals, but had my children at Jefferson and had a close family member at Abington. Both those times, the inpatient food wasn't anything like the thread you link - no choices, very basic and not very good. It would be nice if the hospitals here started that kind of food program.

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          Philly Ray Jun 22, 2012 07:14 PM

          Unfortunately, I have spent a night or two at CHOP, and while I was not in full Chowhound mode I have to say that the cafeteria did offer a wide variety of choices (prepared sushi, an ice cream bar) and the food was pretty good.

          Also, I used to work near Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and their cafeteria was a good option for lunch.

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