s

SnowCat's Profile

Title Last Reply

Asian Legend in Lansdale

Good authentic Chinese food. Apparently the cook is formerly from Sang Kee. From the taste of the food, it's a believeable claim. I had the Hong Kong Style Noodle Soup (egg noodles) w/ shrimp dumplings & roast duck. Others at the table had Grilled Beef w/ broken rice and Deluxe Pan Fried Noodles (chow fun). The grilled beef was very tender and flavorful. The pan fried noodles had that critical "wok hei". Reasonable prices. Service was pleasant.

Mar 24, 2014
SnowCat in Philadelphia
1

Wedding cakes with delivery to suburbs

I'm not 100% sure if Alice Bakery & Confectionary in North Wales does wedding cakes, but I have seen pictures of thier specialty cakes such as birthday or anniversary. Beautiful and fondant free. Their buttercream is perfect: smooth, rich, and only slightly sweet.

As an aside, Ciao Bella recently changed owners.

Mar 06, 2014
SnowCat in Philadelphia

The Butcher and the Bar Keep

Visited on a Monday night. It's okay. For me, it felt like the concept was sound, but the execution isn't quite there yet. And for the prices they're charging, I expected a bit better. Ordered the pork belly ($10), garlic parmesan wings ($9 for 4 whole wings), and burger ($11). The pork belly, a picture of which was featured on the Philly.com article about the restaurant, was dry (and looked nothing like the picture). I'm used to pork belly having a crispy skin and then an unctuous 'mouth feel'. It defies logic that such a fatty cut of pork would be dry. They did get the crispy part right though. The accompanying risotto was good - creamy with the rice still having a bit of bite to it. Wings were hot, crispy, and tasteless! They had melted shredded parmesan over the wings and tossed chopped spring onions over top. But the wings had no real discernable garlic flavor... or any flavor whatsoever. The burger was acceptable. The menu description: "House blended beef, seasonal beer glazed onions, smoked bacon, 3 cheese blend, oven roasted tomato, brioche bun, fries or fruit". The beef was flavorful and cooked correctly. There were alot of onions, bordering on overpowering the burger and they were a little sad, a bit of carmelization wouldn't have hurt. The '3 cheese blend' tasted just like American cheese. Tomato was bland with no roasted flavor apparent. The fries were excellent! Everything fresh cut fries should be. Service was perfunctory. The owners were present and active in bartending or seating guests. They did not visit tables, so I did not share any of these comments with them. As an aside, if asked, I will share honest feedback with management. But something has to be pretty egregious for me to "ask to see a manager". Overall, it feels like a step up from a neighborhood joint, but not a place I'd go out of my way for.

Dec 17, 2013
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Burger Monger at Willow Grove Mall

Delicious with excellent service! Located on the 3rd floor of the mall next to the carousel, this quick service restaurant offers premium burgers made of "Akaushi Kobe Beef". I wasn't sure if I would be able to taste any difference from say a Five Guys or even Elevation burger, but the difference is there and quite dramatic. The burgers ($6.99 for 6 oz) are cooked medium well (hint of pink) and are very flavorful and also non-greasy! Served on a Garlic Buttered Challah Bun with unlimited toppings. After placing your order, they give you a number and then deliver the food to your table. In the time I was there, someone checked on me three different times to make sure everything was okay. The hand cut fries ($2.99 for half pound) are quite good as well, but the cheese sauce ($1.49) was bland. For dessert I had the Strawberry Butter Cake ($4.99) which was a slice of pound cake topped with two scoops of hagen daaz ice cream and strawberry sauce. I ordered it to go and they actually packed up each item seperately! I ended up eating it in the car and it was a fitting end to the meal. This is the first non-Florida location for this chain, and I'm hoping they do well.

Jul 22, 2013
SnowCat in Philadelphia
2

Lansdale Farmers Market Bars Alice Bakery

This is so upsetting. I was looking forward the the opening of the farmers market for one reason only - to be able to get Alice's croissants Saturday mornings w/o driving to North Wales. Now there is no reason to go to the market at all.

May 02, 2013
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Capt'n Chucky's Crab Cake Co in Yardley

Did you find it? It's near-ish to Produce Junction, across 309 from the UHaul place. Same complex as Lumber Liquidators.

Apr 04, 2013
SnowCat in Philadelphia

First Time in Nashville - Nailed it?

The Loveless Cafe is a miserable experience. Long lines, mediocre food, lackluster service... just not worth it.

Arnolds is wonderful!! Food is delicious and people are so welcoming. Definitely make a trip here.

Pancake Pantry falls in between those two. Yes, its touristy, but the pancakes are yummy. Service is efficient, nothing special though. So if you can get in on a day when there isn't a line, it would be worth a visit.

Apr 04, 2013
SnowCat in Kentucky & Tennessee

Jesse's BBQ (Souderton)

Very delicious bbq. When you get out of your car, the first thing you smell is smoked meat. In fact, you can smell it even as you're driving by -- talk about enticing! I ordered the sampler platter which typically includes ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, and 2 sides for $18. On the day I visited, they had run out of ribs, so I subbed wings. Everything was yummy, but my favorite was the brisket. Tender, flavorful, perfect. I ordered the baked beans and mac & cheese for my sides. Good, but small portion size (about 1/3 cup). I checked out the rest of the menu and I think the prices are a tad high for the portion size, but the quality is definitely there.

Feb 08, 2013
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant to open Oct. 23 in Towamencin

I love El Cactus in Souderton!! And I do order the Chimichangas almost every time I'm there! They are definitely still open.

Nov 06, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant to open Oct. 23 in Towamencin

This restaurant has been very busy since opening. 1hr+ waits on most evenings. Had a chance to visit this past weekend. Seated in the main dining room. Atmosphere is lively and colorful, with plenty of Mexican decorations. There is even a movie playing on one of the TVs showing how the various artwork was created (sculpture, paper mache, carving, etc.). That was neat because you could watch something being crafted and then look around the room and find that object hanging on the wall. Chips and salsa are complimentary. Margaritas start at approx. $8.50 with prices not actually listed on the menu. When I asked my waitress about prices, she wasn't really sure. I ordered the Chicken Chimichanga. The food is very americanized. I'm not sure why I was hoping for something more authentic, but this isn't it. The chicken had no flavor at all, despite the menu description of "seasoned chicken and cheese rolled in a flour tortilla". The "mild red chile sauce" accompanying it was similarly bland. Also comes with black beans and rice, which were nothing special. The highlight of the meal was the fried ice cream dessert. The waitstaff was competant and it was a pleasant dining experience for what it is. I would definitely go back, but adjust my expectations accordingly.

Nov 06, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Hot fudge sundae

Fourth for Zwalens! Had a slice of pumpkin cake with Vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on Saturday. Sigh....Bliss!

Nov 02, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Holiday pies

Alice's Bakery & Confectionary in North Wales. Their focus is more breads & cakes/pastries. I haven't noticed pies yet, but they do special items on Saturdays and as the holidays approach.

Another option for you might be Tabora Farms on Main St. in Lansdale.

Nov 02, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

63 Bistro

Went here for a special occasion this past weekend. I ordered and enojoyed the "birch beer bbq short ribs". Dining partner ordered the "colmar chicken". Really didn't enjoy and it was only after he had finished eating did he realize that the cheese mentioned in the menu description had been left off the entree. Brought the omission to the waitress's attention. She checked with the kitchen and offered to add the cheese to the portion in our leftover to-go box. We declined. When reviewing the bill, noticed a small difference in price between what was stated in the menu and what was on the bill for my entree. I asked the waitress about this and found out it was an up-charge for a condiment added to my side dish. She apologized for not having told me about the up-charge at the time of ordering. Upon receiving the credit card signature slip, noticed that the total amount was now significantly reduced from the original bill. The waitress hadn't said anything when she dropped off the slip, so I wasn't sure if it was a mistake? I went and checked with her and she said her manager had run the credit card, so whatever it said must be accurate. So odd. I later realized that the dessert had been comped, hence the difference between the bill and the credit card slip. Bottom line, I enjoyed my meal, but feel that communication/service could have been better. I just left the restaurant feeling confused and awkward.

Oct 01, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Taste of Philadelphia

Worth it if you're getting the groupon (it's also on living social). Not worth paying full price. Huge variety of food and alcohol. Decent sized samples at every booth. There really is something for every palate. You'll leave stuffed.

Sep 26, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Shellfish Sue (Lansdale)

Finally had a chance to visit. Delicious and yes, the owner is very nice. I ordered the fish (cod) and chips and the Baltimore crab cake (made with lump crab meat). The fish was seasoned perfectly and fried in a light tempura batter. Fries are very yummy and addicting. I picked the Italian salt and am planning on trying some of the other salt choices on future visits. The crab cake was good, but on the small side. All in all, you can definitely taste the quality.

Sep 09, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Melodia Grill, Souderton...anyone been?

I've been here for lunch several times. The food is delicious and very high quality. Something as simple as a salad with grilled chicken just tastes better here, probably because everything is made fresh and organic/local when possible. As you would guess though, this restaurant is on the pricey side. Lunch entrees at most restaurants in Souderton average around $8, Melodia averages around $11. Also, service tends to be slow (only problematic if you have a limited lunch hour).

Sep 06, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Three thousand people in two days

The chicken was hot and fresh. They are still super busy though! Word of advice, check your order before you leave. The busyness can result in missed items... In my case, Mac and cheese was left out, but i hadn't left the store yet so was able to go get it.

Sep 03, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Any reliable, decent airport food?

Top of the Crown Grill is over-priced for average food. Personal size flatbread pepperoni pizza was $10 and I think the hot dog was $6.50.

Aug 30, 2012
SnowCat in General Topics

Alice Bakery and Confectionary at 129 South Main Street in North Wales

Just found out that ABC has started serving lunch, but only on Tues through Fri. As I was there on a Saturday, i had to "settle" for four cupcake and a chocolate croissant. The strawberry lemon cupcake is the definition of perfection!

Aug 20, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Shellfish Sue (Lansdale)

Thanks for the new updates! Sounds great!

Aug 18, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Shellfish Sue (Lansdale)

I would like to try this place and probably will in the near future. A little puzzled by the "people" who have been and posted... no chow histories at all.... curious. Anyway, since the restaurant doesn't have a website, does anyone know what's on the menu, price range, hours, etc.? "unique menu", "so good", and "nice owner" doesn't really provide much to go on...

Aug 17, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Shellfish Sue (Lansdale)

Just opened in the space formerly occupied by the Thyme for Tea. Any chowhounds visit yet?

Aug 14, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Tabora Orchard now coming to down town Lansdale

They had a little preview event yesterday with music, activities for the kids, and free samples at the kugel ball area. They are hoping for a June 27th opening!

Jun 18, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Smoke Rack BBQ - Lansdale, PA

This place only opened up in Lansdale a couple of months ago, not 2 years. I tried the beef brisket and mac & cheese. The brisket was decent, pink smoke ring was visible, good aroma, okay flavor. Mac & cheese was yummy, but miniscule portion size. For $2.50, you got what seemed like a 1/4 cup serving. I prefer Uncle Gregs, but would return here in a pinch.

Jun 14, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Barbuzzo, Fish, or Amis?

Thanks again to everyone for their recommendations! We did end up going to Barbuzzo for dinner. Enjoyed our meal immensely! Shared Pizza (Mia Pera), Pasta (Casarecce), Plate (Grilled Spanish Octopus & Calamari), and Dessert (Salted Caramel Budino). Highlights were the octopus and budino. Total w/ tax was $51 and left feeling pleasantly full. :)

Jun 04, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Barbuzzo, Fish, or Amis?

Thank you everyone for the responses! I've made my reservation for Barbuzzo. However, I will have my dining companion check out the menu for Jamonera and see what they think. Still have a couple weeks to change things if need be. Or go to one place before the show and one place after!

May 16, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Barbuzzo, Fish, or Amis?

Looking for a pre-show dinner (Academy of Music) on a Friday evening (planning on a 5pm reservation). Narrowed down my choices to Barbuzzo, Fish, or Amis, but now on the fence on which way to go. Looking for quality food, relative value for money (not looking to spend more than $50 for two not including drinks or tip), and timeliness of service since we have to get out in time to see the show. Am open to other suggestions other than the three listed though... Thanks in advance!

May 15, 2012
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Melt Down

Tasty, but pricey for what you get. I ordered the Signature Sliders for $8.43 which includes the BLT, Cheesy Caprese & the Baja and three dipping sauces. The sliders are each slightly smaller than a deck of cards. The cheese is gooey and the bread is crispy and the flavors are great. Just not very filling due to the size.

Nov 07, 2011
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Am I alone here: underwhelmed by Zahav?

I love the service at Zahav! The staff just go out of their way to make your experience perfect. But what really surprised me was when the manager stopped at our table and asked not only what was good about our meal, but what the restaurant could do better. I eat out alot and that has never happened before. In all honesty, very few of the dishes wowed me (although i would definitely go back for the crispy haloumi or fried cauliflower - and i hate cauliflower!), but maybe thats because i'm still learning about that type of cuisine. It was the overall experience that would bring me back there again.

Jul 26, 2011
SnowCat in Philadelphia

Very New

I debated about whether to post about Hen & Hog because it is so new, but since you started the thread... Visited a week ago at lunchtime. When we walked in, we were told to seat ourselves anywhere. The place only had two other customers, so not difficult to find a table. It took the waitress 10 minutes before she came over to take our order. Puzzling because there were at least 9 people working there that day. I would have expected someone to come over sooner than that to greet/take drink order. Anyway, the food. As the OP stated, there's a learning curve here. We ordered a sampler of ribs, pulled pork, and fried chicken. Sides were mac & cheese, pineapple suffing, baked beans and fried pickles. The pulled pork was too sweet. The chicken too dry (probably from sitting under a heat lamp?). The ribs were bland, no smoke flavor at all, and had a thick layer on fat on them. Sigh... i really wanted to like this place, as I'm always on the lookout for good bbq, but it wasn't to be. On the way out to my car, i think i found the problem. Their smoker (the one that's in the front of the building) is small. Maybe they have a bigger, restaurant size one located somewhere else. But if not, this would explain alot.

Jul 26, 2011
SnowCat in Philadelphia