Alexander's Cafe, Elkins Park
We had lunch here yesterday, so happy to have this addition to the area. Food was outstanding, very reasonable prices. Specialties are Polish tho' the menu is eclectic. We enjoyed sitting on the outside deck on a gorgeous day.
We shared a delicious Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella and juicy fresh tomatoes, and then shared the Polish plate which came with four pierogies (choice of types), 2 large pieces of stuffed cabbage, 2 large pieces of kielbasa, and sauerkraut. Since this was our weekly "break from being healthy" meal, we also shared two desserts, both homemade, both delicious - the apple cake with vanilla ice cream, and a cheese blintz with caramel sauce.
I want this place to survive the difficulties of being new and not being visible from a main road! It's on a small side street near the EP train station, right around the corner from the wonderful Creekside Food Co-op.
My husband and I FINALLY got around to trying Alexander's tonight. The food was delicious and very nicely presented. Although there were several compelling dinner specials we opted for a couple of their specialties since it was our first time there.
I had the caesar salad to start and my husband had a house salad with the house vinaigrette. The lettuce was very crisp and fresh, as were the other vegetables in my husband's salad. The parmesan in my caesar was a little chewy and could use an upgrade - and the croutons were kind of stale tasting. The salad was still good because the lettuce was so fresh. My husband had no complaints about his house salad at all. Both were lightly dressed and served on very pretty modern dishes.
My husband got the potato pierogis (I think there were 8 or 9) and I got the stuffed cabbage (2) and we shared. The pierogis were served with caramelized onions and sour cream. The stuffed cabbage came on a bed of light tomato sauce with thinly sliced cucumbers on the side that had tzatziki sauce spooned over them. They were served on pretty white plates with a kind of 60's design on them. I think each entree was $10 and the salads were $5 - $7.
As Polish food can tend to be heavy, one of the things I really liked was that this food was not. The food itself had a light, refreshing taste and the plates were not loaded up with food. We left full but not stuffed and that's what we prefer.
The space is very well appointed in a simplistic, understated style with low lights, but not too low, a nice bouquet of flowers, a couple of iron candleholders, and a beautiful white orchid growing in a "bay" window.
We arrived early and there was only one other table of diners but by the time we left it was pretty full. It seemed to be run by one woman and I don't know how many people were cooking. She was really hustling, and doing a great job by herself, but I hope she has help on busier nights. We went to the co-op to do some shopping after dinner and she came in to buy something! I can't tell you how many times I have been in a restaurant where I have been told they are out of milk, hot sauce, or some easy to replace thing and I always say to my husband "Can't they just go across the street and get it?" Well, evidently she did!
I'm very happy to have this restaurant in our area and I hope they succeed. We will be back and do our part to support them.