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The New Goat Hollow in Mit. Airy

asmith Feb 3, 2013 11:04 AM

Has anyone eaten there yet? We went there opening night but the wait was too long, so only got drinks.

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    Bob Loblaw RE: asmith Feb 3, 2013 01:00 PM

    my wife went there and liked it. i've only been for drinks. some friends went last week and had a rough time w/the service, but it *seems* like they're ironing things out. Seriously, though, if they continue having trouble with the service i might go help for free. it's like a block from my house and i'm SO glad it's back!

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      asmith RE: asmith Feb 4, 2013 04:13 PM


      A friend of mine has now been 3 times, and as recently as Friday. She said that it still wasn't sorted out. The food isn't that great, nor is the service. And the prices are higher than McMennimans or Campbells Place. I so hope they are going to be good, but I am going to wait.

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        JanR RE: asmith Feb 5, 2013 06:09 AM

        I also have fond memories of GH. But really aren't the only things they have in common the name and location? Different owners, right?

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          asmith RE: JanR Feb 5, 2013 11:56 AM

          Hi Jan,

          I agree. My husband loved the catfish gumbo and was actually thinking he might get some here.

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        asmith RE: asmith Feb 5, 2013 06:13 AM

        Yes, everything new except the name.

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          94Bravo RE: asmith Feb 5, 2013 07:33 AM

          IMO, it's a mistake to try and re-open something with just the orignal name, and every other aspect changed. They will never be able to get away from people comparing it to the 'old' Goat Hollow escpecially if the food and service are not good.

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            Chefpaulo RE: 94Bravo Feb 5, 2013 11:44 AM

            Hear, hear! Families or institutions that sell their name are doing a disservice to all. What immediatly comes to mind are Rizzo's in Glenside and Otto's up on 611. Both were family run for decades and, after the family retired and sold the name with the estabilshment, have left a wake of disappointment. Thanks for the heads up that its just a name - for now.

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              Bacchus101 RE: Chefpaulo Apr 29, 2013 05:10 AM

              Don't know Rizzo's; however quite right on Otto's!

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          hungry100 RE: asmith Feb 18, 2013 09:59 AM

          I've been twice and wasn't not impressed by the food either time. They need to figure out their reservation system. I've had two sets of friends make reservations that weren't honored upon their timely arrival. I hope these problems smooth out -- GH could be a great addition to the 'hood.

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            Bob Loblaw RE: hungry100 Feb 19, 2013 04:51 AM

            i'm kind of torn about how good i want it to be. i want it to succeed, but not to the point that i can't go sit at the bar on a weekday.

          2. missclaudy RE: asmith Feb 19, 2013 05:47 PM

            Was really looking forward to Goat Hollow reopening, the food I had there last week was not good and any restaurant that offers mussels with cheese curds (in one dish) should be spanked. Porkbelly dumplings were tasteless, lyonnaise salad had a fried instead of a poached egg and unexceptional lardons (which for $11 is unacceptable.) The frites seem to be those coated fries diners use only thin cut.I was expecting the best fries with moules frites especially since the chef was famous for them at Monks. The Mt Airy Restaurant Curse prevails!!!!!

            1. Chinon00 RE: asmith Feb 19, 2013 07:13 PM

              I visit the Goat at least once a week for the "Goat Hollow" mussels; (caramelized onion, house cured tasso, wit beer) and frites. These mussels are the best in the area for sure and maybe the city (altho' fries have be a little cold at times). Staying w/ the positives the beer selection rivals McMenamin's and EB+B and altho' I'm not a cocktail person I thoroughly enjoyed my "Clover Club"; gin, lemon juice, house made
              grenadine, egg white (where else do get that in Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill?) The brown liquor list looks solid as well (always finish w/ a Bulleit). I've had the burger as well and would put it on par w/ Wine Thief and above McMenamin's, Campbell's, and Iron Hill.
              As for the negatives the service was super slow the first week or so and the atmosphere particularly away from the bar area can be a little cold and sterile. Thankfully the service has improved; and I typically eat at the bar;] I haven't had an entree yet and will report back when I do.


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                Bob Loblaw RE: asmith Feb 23, 2013 05:12 PM

                Finally ate there. Liked it a lot. I do think it's a bit expensive for what it is - and really wish it was cheaper since it's so close.
                I got the merguez, my wife got the veggie burger. both were really good. the merguez wasn't really merguez, but it was lamby and tasty.
                the fries were a bit cold, and i get that that's a major sin for many people, but i don't really like fries anyway - next time i'll see if I can get a side salad instead, that's what i usually do.
                service was *super* fast - i thought they'd brought some other table's food, given what i've read/heard, but no, it was ours, just way faster than i expected.
                like i said, i wish it was cheaper, mostly so that i could go eat at the bar 2x/week, but it isn't. really glad to have this in the 'hood.

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                  asmith RE: Bob Loblaw Apr 28, 2013 04:37 PM

                  Thanks for this post Bob! I finally went to Goat Hollow this week twice. Had a Very good burger, and fries to match on night. The next, the fried chicken which was good but I wanted the full Southern thing: fried chicken, mac and cheese and greens. Two out of three ain't bad; missing the mac and cheese. Looking forward to trying the mussels next.

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                  asmith RE: asmith May 31, 2014 07:38 AM

                  We went here 3 times for dinner and for a couple of brunches. The food quality was spotty and we finally gave up, but I do want to love it. Has anyone been lately?

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