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Conshohocken area best

Hey there! I feel like you might be surprised no one has answered this post yet. At least I was when I first saw the title. But then when I read the genres you asked for.. I couldn't really think of any answers either! :)

What Conshy does best are sandwiches. There are a dozen places off the top of my head I would go to for all kinds of delicious lunch options. My current favorite is the Conshohocken Cafe, just opened up less than 3 months ago. Great sandwiches and breakfasts there. I haven't yet tried any pizza or chinese places in town, though I keep meaning to.

If you like thai food though, I do really like Chiangmai right on Fayette st. They have a good lunch special, like nearly all thai places, and I've always enjoyed my food there. Plus, it's byob. The wings at the Boathouse are pretty decent. They have a special of free wings with a pitcher on Wednesdays, but as with most places with similar specials, I've found the quality to be not so great on those nights. Another bar, Baggataways has good wings as well.

Hope this helps a little!

Apr 25, 2011
wisey22 in Philadelphia

More on Indian lunch buffets in western suburbs

Thanks for posting these fantastic reviews! I love Indian food, but the only lunch buffet in this area I've been to is the Taste of India in the Gateway shopping center. Years ago, when I was an Indian food virgin, I thought it was the best thing ever. My last two trips were still good, but I remember the price had gone up several dollars, and perhaps because of that the quality and quantity of food didn't seem as great? I haven't been back in about a year or so, but I am definitely jonesing for some Indian lunch buffet now!

Do you have one restaurant that really stands out above the rest, to recommend to me? Since I haven't been to any others, I've read your reviews thoroughly, but they seem to be mostly about pros and cons of each, and not any sort of hierarchy. Would you be able to pick one or two and tell me where to go? :) Thanks!

Apr 17, 2011
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Can we talk about Wawa?

I agree and disagree. I still love wawa, and go all the time, but there are definitely inconsistencies with each location. In general though, the hoagies seem to be getting very messy! And I do not really like the normal hoagie rolls. I've been getting everything on ciabatta for at least a year now, I think it tastes so much better!

Jan 19, 2011
wisey22 in Chains

Best homemade pasta in Philly?

Thanks so much for starting this thread! I actually came here today to start a similar thread.

I don't often make it in to the city, but I too have a very large hankering for homemade pastas! I don't mind traveling in the city, so I will definitely be checking out some of these places, BUT..

Anyone have any tips for places to try in the burbs? Maybe around 10-15 minutes in any direction from Conshohocken?

Jan 09, 2011
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Searching for a restaurant open Christmas Day!

haha oh don't worry about recommending chains to me! I am certainly not above them.. especially as I work at a different chain in the mall! I am actually seriously considering Legal, I've never been there before.

Dec 23, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Searching for a restaurant open Christmas Day!

What a great idea, to try Jewish restaurants in the area. I'm pretty particular with my jewish delis, not used to what I could get at home vs. the paltry selection here, you know what I mean? I have never been to Hymies or Murray's though, so I'll call and see if they're open on Christmas! Thanks.

Dec 21, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Searching for a restaurant open Christmas Day!

Thanks for the idea! I actually tried doing that a few days after my original post.. I was unfamiliar with most of the restaurants though, so I really appreciate the personal recs I'm getting here. As much as I love food and going out, I work in a restaurant and don't have the time or budget to try as many new places as I'd like!

Dec 21, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Searching for a restaurant open Christmas Day!

Thank you so much for the ideas! I've been in this area for years, but I still have yet to scratch the surface of the restaurants, as I haven't heard of really any of these mentioned in this post. Of the two Asian restaurants, have you been to both? Do you prefer one over the other?

Dec 19, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Quick Lunches from Trader Joe's - Please Share Your Favs!

Third on these! One of my favorite TJ items. These are delicious enough that the bun is not necessary, but I just love a handheld sandwich, so I use one anyway. Tons of flavor.

Dec 18, 2010
wisey22 in Chains

PJ Whelihans - Downingtown

Hm, I thought PJ Whelihan's was a bar? Never been to the one in Downingtown, but have been to the one in Blue Bell. But only around midnight on a weekend, and it was definitely not a family atmosphere then! Perhaps it's more of a restaurant during the day though, and more bar-oriented at night.

Dec 17, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Searching for a restaurant open Christmas Day!

oh, thanks for the idea of Andy's! I actually haven't been yet, so maybe this is the time to go.

Dec 16, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Searching for a restaurant open Christmas Day!

haha, I do love Chinese food, and that is also what I usually do on Christmas. thanks for the reply!

Dec 16, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Best Hoagie in Conshohocken?

Oops, forgot to mention that I've been to the tacqueria as well. I fell in love as soon as I walked in. I highly recommend to anyone who doesn't need nice decor, or a huge menu. Just good food, really tasty, and what stands out most to me is that it all seems to be made by people who just genuinely enjoy what they do.

Dec 14, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Best Hoagie in Conshohocken?

I'm surprised no one mentioned Lenny's Italian Deli! On the corner of 9th and Fayette, it's an awesome deli/takeout joint with a mom & pop feel. Their signature dish I hear is the roast pork sandwich, but I'm not the hugest fan of that so I've never tried it. But I've had enough of their other stuff to say it's the real deal! Large sandwiches, everything homemade, nice and helpful if not 'quirky' employees.

Also, I haven't been to it yet, but my roommate swears by the Deli on 4th. She talks about their great sandwiches and soups all the time.

Dec 14, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

Searching for a restaurant open Christmas Day!

Hey guys! Long story, but I'll be staying in town (the plymouth meeting/conshy area) by myself for the holiday. Haven't decided whether I'd like to take the time to cook a meal for myself, or go out somewhere. Looking for some recs from my trusted peers!

I'm obviously not too picky, as I know the vast majority of places aren't open. Also, as I don't celebrate the holiday itself really, I don't need any sort of festive place or even a really nice place! Just something within 20ish minutes that won't empty my wallet. Thanks in advance.

Dec 13, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

El Limon - Conshy

Anyone tried this new tacqueria yet? I've been pretty excited by the concept, since I live mere blocks away and tiny Mexican places are heaven to me. I have off tomorrow afternoon and am in the mood to try out somewhere in the neighborhood that I haven't been to yet. (Lived here for a year, and have only been to maybe two or three places!)

Nov 04, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

What's the best dish you've ever eaten at a chain? What surprised you most?

I can't right now decide on the best dish I've ever had at a chain, because I am a terrible decision maker.

For the best surprise dish, the first that came to mind was the dan dan noodles at P.F. Changs. Can't remember what possessed me to try them, although remembering that I was about 23 at the time, I have a feeling it had something to do with picking one of the cheapest items on the menu. It was so surprisingly delicious, because it doesn't look like the most appetizing plate when you first get it. All I remember was that there was what looked to be ground chicken, asian style noodles and some julienned cucumbers. When I first took a bite though, it was so insanely delicious I thought I could either take hours to enjoy it or devour the entire thing in two bites. Something about the slight simplicity of the dish maybe, as well as the warm and comforting noodles with the crisp, cool cucumbers. So good.

Oct 25, 2010
wisey22 in Chains

What's the best dish you've ever eaten at a chain? What surprised you most?

I have to say I'm severely biased based on my employment, but I love that salad! It amazed me the first time I had it how an entree with so many ingredients could still taste fresh, and have so many layers of flavor without anything really overpowering another.

Oct 25, 2010
wisey22 in Chains

How is the food prepared at chain restaurants?

I have worked at 2 chain restaurants, Friendly's and currently California Pizza Kitchen.

At Friendly's, every single thing is frozen. Their menu is a lot more specific than some of the chains that you mention, because it's considered more of a sandwich and ice cream place, than a place with entrees that can be cooked; although they do have both. Sandwiches are made to order, usually in a super sloppy way, all with frozen ingredients except for the lettuce and tomato. And mayo. The chicken and steaks for entrees are all frozen as well, and then thawed and cooked to order. The best bet there is actually the tuna salad sandwich, usually, because it is made fresh every day.

California Pizza Kitchen actually makes a large amount of their food in-house. Most of the salad dressings are made every morning, several of the sauces. All veggies and meats like the bacon and carne asada are prepped in house as well. The prep guys get there at like 6 am, when we open at 11:30. Several things are frozen though that I wouldn't have thought would be, like our hummus. Which I would think would be easy to make in house, but oh well.

Oct 25, 2010
wisey22 in Chains

lunch in Manayunk?

I definitely third or fourth lebus on main st in manayunk. Not just because I used to work there, but because the food is really very good. The best turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and plain burgers, as well as other sandwiches. There are at least 2 soups de jour that change daily and all are excellent. chabaa thai has excellent ethnic food as well. Manayunk Tavern also has pretty decent food, and a small and fun atmosphere.

Oct 25, 2010
wisey22 in Philadelphia

La Tolteca in Towamencin shopping center

no idea where Towamencin (new to PA!), but if it's anything like the La Tolteca and La Tonalteca's all over Delaware, it's fantastic! Nothing fancy, just good food, great prices, pretty tasty margaritas. It's a chain in delaware, I just checked the website and didn't see anything about a location in Towamencin, but I don't think they have all of their locations listed for some reason.

Oct 15, 2009
wisey22 in Pennsylvania

Top 10 Chain/Fast Food Items

-cheesecake factory bistro shrimp pasta. only had it once, as i don't go often and like to try new things, but the shrimp was so incredibly delicious and delicate i can't stop thinking about it! the jambalaya pasta is a very close second, mainly because it has spinach fettuccine that tasted like it was just made.
-anything taco bell. the grilled stuffed chicken burrito, and the cheesy beef and rice burrito are my current faves.
-cheesecake factory peach bellini drink. probably 5 percent alcohol, but tastes heavenly.
-california pizza kitchen sonora egg rolls!
- qdoba pulled pork nachos. they let me put whatever i want on it, so i get extra lettuce, tomatoes, queso,guacamole beans and rice and literally everything and it's a crazy delicious meal for two days.
-tgi fridays green bean fries. Although it used to be their aaamazing ahi tuna sliders. got them a few times before it was taken off the menu, and i honestly thought i had never had a dish with more flavor.
-oh, also tgi fridays cedar seared salmon pasta, and the prime rib stroganoff of their their right portion right price menu.
-dairy queen's mushroom swiss burger. comes with this mushroom sauce that is sinfully good.
-friendly's reeses peanut butter cup friend z
-panera chicken caesar sandwich on tomato basil bread with a cup of tomato soup.
-i'm also a sucker for wendy's fries. not salty, and a much more potato to fried flavor ratio.

Sep 24, 2009
wisey22 in Chains

Bloody Mary's in Montco!

Now, this may be secondary to some foodies.. but like some of you may be snobs about certain food items, I am a self-proclaimed Bloody Mary snob!

I live in the KOP area, and frequent Manayunk as well. I used to be a fan of the mary's at the Manayunk Tavern, but the last time I went, they were just ehh. Not at all spicy, even though it was requested. And also to clarify.. when I say "snob" I really just mean about flavor. I'm not looking for a 10 dollar, made from scratch right in front of you (although if I could afford it, I would live on them!) drink. I just need something that tastes good, has a good quantity of vodka, and doesn't taste like bland tomato juice. For example - don't laugh - one of my old favorites used to be a Bloody Mary from Bennigans. For under five bucks, the bartender would fill up half the glass with Absolut, and add extra horseradish, hot sauce, etc just for me.

So.. any recommendations for me, now that my old standby at Bennigans is no longer??

Nov 20, 2008
wisey22 in Pennsylvania

Chinese Take Out in MontCo

hey, I wish I could help but I don't live near North Wales. I do, however, live near Audubon and have been looking for good takeout. where is Little Shanghai?

Nov 20, 2008
wisey22 in Pennsylvania

Dim Sum in Delaware?

Have you tried the International Buffet in Elsmere? It is by FAR the best buffet I have ever been to (being a young and new foodie, anyway), with a really large selection of foods. The cool thing about it is that the amount of food is at least two-three times more than what you'd normally get at any neighboring places, yet it's fresher than any other place. And I've been at both peak and non-peak hours. They also have multiple sushi chefs making sushi all day long. No dim sum, though, unless you count the one or two tins of shu mai or other small dumplings that they have out on the buffet.

Mar 03, 2008
wisey22 in Pennsylvania

Manayunk: Recommendations?

try Winnie's Lebus. Known for it's brunches, but also has a very tasty dinner menu. Hardly any red meat on the menu, and all of the fish and vegetarian options are my favorites. They have these vegetarian enchiladas, stuffed with all sorts of veggies as well as sweet potatoes I think, that are amazing. It's also not overpriced, except the alcohol. And there isn't a restaurant on main st that doesn't serve overpriced alcohol, haha.

I also second machismo! haha, I love that place. Tiny, with maybe like three tables or something? Definitely not a restaurant, but it's great to stop in and get a burrito when you don't feel like brown bagging lunch. Just good, cheap food.

Feb 14, 2008
wisey22 in Pennsylvania

Restaurants for Noisy Friends

hey! i just moved from manayunk, and it's a great neighborhood to go with a ton of loud people. i second the rec for bourbon blue. it's got good food, a nice atmosphere and a great bar. the brew pub also has good food, and even a late night sushi chef on random weeknights.

i'm not sure if it's what you're looking for, but winnie's lebus is a good choice as well. it's got great food, with a low key atmosphere. i would say during lunch/bruch (brunch is what they're known for), it's more like 12-15 a person and dinner would be around 20-30 depending on alcohol. drinking in manayunk is definitely not cheap.

Dec 30, 2007
wisey22 in Pennsylvania