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Great Burger - Upper Dublin Shopping Center

It's basically a locally owned Five Guys copy, so if you like Five Guys go for it. Plus the guy who owns it was pretty nice the time I went.

Sep 29, 2011
gjd131 in Philadelphia

R.I.P. McCourt's Farm to Table

I never made it there, but one of the biggest things that turned me off from trying it were some of the comments that the owner made on the original thread to anyone who had anything negative to say about the place. Most of them were deleted by moderators soon after they were put up, but if you subscribed to the thread you were emailed them. I can understand being defensive, but he was basically attacking people. A better strategy would have been to address the complaints and say how you could do better next time.

The relatively high prices for food that I could have made myself didn't help either. I don't mind paying extra, but it has to be something interesting or unique to draw me in. I think that they were right in that Hatboro is probably ready for something a little more young / upscale, but they missed the mark this time.

Aug 29, 2011
gjd131 in Philadelphia

Ice Cream Parlor for Party

I'm planning a first birthday party for my son, and I am expecting about 30 adults and 10 children, so we were planning on doing a make your own sundae party at an Ice Cream Parlor. Does anyone know of any places that are large enough for something like that or any experiences with a party like that of their own? We live in Hatboro, and we have family in Lower Bucks, so somewhere in the Central Bucks / Montco area would be the best, but I'd be willing to do something in the city or a little farther from home if it is a really good location.

Jan 31, 2011
gjd131 in Philadelphia

McCord's Farm to Table Hatboro

I walked by this evening, and the name is actually McCourt's, and they have a page on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hatboro...

Here's the description from the Facebook page:

Serving Organic, locally grown meals. You bring the wine, we'll handle the rest! Park for free in rear, enjoy the live pianist and savor the tastes of Delaware Valley grown foods. Fresh vegetable & fruit juices for the whole family, too!

Nov 11, 2010
gjd131 in Philadelphia

McCord's Farm to Table Hatboro

There was still paper up on the windows as of this past weekend. I think there might have been some kind of note or sign on the door. I'll try to swing by tonight to see if there's any indication of the menu or opening date.

Nov 10, 2010
gjd131 in Philadelphia

McCord's Farm to Table Hatboro

I was going through Hatboro this weekend and I noticed that On A Roll Cafe had closed, and there was a new sign for "McCord's Farm to Table" Does anyone have any idea what this is? I had never been to On A Roll, but I'm not sure if they went out of business, or if the owners were reworking the restaurant and changing the name. The name sounds intriguing, and it would be a good addition to the town, since the only good options right now are Corner Kitchen and La Morena.

Nov 09, 2010
gjd131 in Philadelphia

The Metropolitan (North Wales Costco)

I finally got to give this place a try on Friday, and I'd say that most of the review are on the mark, the service is good and attentive, and the menu is pretty interesting. I got the Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joe. It was very good aside from the fact they put too much of a fairly generic tasting bbq sauce on it, so it kind of took away from the taste of the short ribs.

I'd say that the thing you have to keep in mind when evaluating this place is if you work in the area around here, even if its not perfect, it is great to have something more interesting to go to than what is currently in the area. The Metropolitan will be a welcome replacement for the Village Tavern on Stump Rd. for business lunches.

Oct 09, 2010
gjd131 in Philadelphia

Anyone tried the braised pork chop recipe from NYT?

Has anyone here has tried making this recipe from the New York Times food section this week? It looks really good, but I was planning on making it for company and I wanted to see if anyone had any feedback first.

Recipe:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/din...

Article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/din...

Nov 10, 2009
gjd131 in Home Cooking

How to Host a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

The obvious solution would have been to host a different holiday that isn't so food-centric. In most families, its difficult to refuse an invitation once it's put out there, and now you've put them in a position where their only options are to refuse your invitation, which would probably cause a whole new set of problems, or let you ruin their Thanksgiving.

Nov 04, 2009
gjd131 in Features

Wilbur Buds: Where to find in Philly

The bulk candy place in the Montgomery Mall has them too.

Oct 14, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

The Candy Made Me Do It

It probably has more to do with the fact that if the parents aren't paying attention to their kids eating habits, they aren't paying much attention to their other behavior either.

Oct 12, 2009
gjd131 in Features

Advice for Despised Laptop Users

Local governments should make some sort of place where you can go and use free wifi, sit and do work, and even borrow books for a set period of time. If only someone would invent somewhere like that, then people could stop sitting in coffeehouses all day doing work.

Sep 24, 2009
gjd131 in Features

Mexican Brunch, Willow Grove area?

PattiCakes, did you end up finding a Mexican brunch? That sounded like a great idea instead of the usual Mother's day breakfast or brunch. Unfortunately there's no way I could have convinced my Grandmothers to go along with that idea! Let us know how it was.

May 12, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Pizza in Hatboro

Thanks for all of the suggestions, I should be set for the next few Friday nights trying them out. I wound up going to Joe's Pizza next to produce junction, and it was pretty good for typical pizzeria pizza. Does anyone know if Bacco up in North Wales is still planning on opening the two new pizza locations? They have excellent pizza and ever since they opened the pizza side, the menu said that a Horsham and Warwick location were coming soon, but maybe with the economy they are delaying that.

May 11, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Mexican Brunch, Willow Grove area?

I'm not sure if they have brunch, but Tortilla's in Willow Grove has awesome Mexican food. I sort of remember seeing something on their special board about a Sunday brunch, but I'm not 100%. The address is 634 York Rd, Willow Grove, PA 19090 and their phone number is : (215) 706-0777. You might want to give them a call and check. If not, definitely give them a try another time.

May 08, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Pizza in Hatboro

I just moved from Chalfont to Hatboro, and I'm fairly familiar with the area, but I don't know any good pizza places yet. Does anyone have any recommendations in the downtown area?

May 08, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Need suggestions near Penn State

You can't go wrong with the Corner Room for just regular casual food. It's right at the corner of Allen St and College Ave. If you want something a little more upscale, upstairs from the Corner Room is Allen Street Grill. The Deli is another good place for sandwiches, salads, etc, that's at 113 Hiester St. I also always liked Beulah's BBQ, that's at 114 S. Garner St. If you go to Beulah's, try the burnt ends sandwich. Its all the burnt ends of their beef brisket. The BBQ pork is great too. Skip the ribs though, they don't really rate compared to the pork or brisket.

Feb 13, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Cho Cho San in Montgomeryville

Thanks for letting us know, I'll have to get over there one of these Sundays and give it a try. I'll try to write down the special menu and post it here if I go.

Jan 20, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Cho Cho San in Montgomeryville

I didn't notice this thing that adds the link to the resturant automatically...

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Crabby Larry's Brewpub Steak & Crab House
237 W Butler Ave, Chalfont, PA 18914

Jan 16, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Cho Cho San in Montgomeryville

It's a small family owned seafood place on 202 in Chalfont. Their website has their menu and address: http://www.crabbylarrys.com/. They have a great selection of your standard seafood dishes, but all done well. Some highlights are the drunken mussels, the crab cakes and the stuffed flounder. The real plus is that the owner has been brewing his own beer there for a few years, and he always has a solid selection of seasonal brews. You don't hear much about it compared to the big brewpubs, but his stuff would compare favorably to anything you would get at Iron Hill.

Jan 15, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Cho Cho San in Montgomeryville

That sounds awesome, where do you get it? I agree about supporting the local places, it's bad enough up here in central Bucks/Montco as it is, I would hate to have to choose between Friday's or Applebees every time we went out. Luckily, Cho Cho was the busiest I've ever seen. Every other time, we were either the only ones there or there was maybe one other table. This time, about 3/4 of the tables were filled, and this was lunch on Wednesday. Crabby Larry's is another favorite of mine around here that always seems kind of empty, but I hope they are doing ok.

Jan 15, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Cho Cho San in Montgomeryville

I tried the Sunshine roll, it was a tempura shrimp roll with spicy tuna sitting on top of it. It was really different, espcially with the warm shrimp going with the rest of the cold ingredients, I would get that one again. My boss got the sashimi lunch special, which is a little plain for me, but that's his favorite. We both got the miso soup, and he got the house salad, which has a ginger dressing on it.

Jan 15, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Cho Cho San in Montgomeryville

I went to Cho Cho San for the first time in awhile with my boss the other day, and it was great as usual, but has anyone ever gone to the Sunday all you can eat deal? How does it work? Do they have certain rolls that you can choose from, or is it whichever ones you want to order? I wanted to get an opinion from someone who has been to it, before I invite some friends, since it's kind of a long drive for them.

Jan 15, 2009
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Best Cafe at bookstores in montgomeryville area?

Atlantic Books is going out of business? That sucks, they are my favorite for actually buying a book, rather than hanging out. I don't think there's any other bookstores in the area other than the chains, unless you go into Doylestown.

Nov 15, 2008
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Driving Philadelphia to State College

If you are taking the turnpike and US-322, you definetly have to stop at the Red Rabbit drive-in and get a Bunny Burger and fries. Its only open Friday - Sunday, but its worth the stop. Other than that, there's just about nothing that I've ever found in all the years I've been making the trip.

Nov 12, 2008
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

The whole article can be summarized:
"Whaaaa...Whaaaa!! Nothing in the world can possibly meet my expectations. Every store should only sell exactly what I deem worthy and only allow people as cool as me to shop there! Whaa!!"

Oct 30, 2008
gjd131 in Features

Ordering Off the Kids' Menu

Swsidejim, why do you consider it "lame"? I personally might not want to do it, but why should it matter what someone else orders, if they have a reason, or if they just want the toy, it's their choice and it shouldn't matter to anyone else.

Oct 16, 2008
gjd131 in Features

Ordering Off the Kids' Menu

Why are people so worried about if what they order will make the restaurant enough profit? If you go to the mall and buy a shirt on clearance, do you go and buy something full priced to make up for it? It’s up to the management of the restaurant to set the pricing, and if too many people are buying the smaller portions, a good businessperson would see the opportunity there, and expand their selection of small dishes and increase the margins on them. That way its a win-win situation, the customer's bill is lower in total dollars, so they can afford to come out more often, and the restaurant can just increase the profit margin on those small dishes to make up the difference. If you want something when you go out, just order and leave it up to them to tell you that you can't have it.

Oct 15, 2008
gjd131 in Features

Good chow near Langhorne

Friends Bar & Grille in Newtown has good food, its in the big shopping center with Genuardi's and Acme. I think the food is a bit better than Isaac Newton's, and the whole place has a pretty lively atmosphere. The only problem with Isaac Newton's is if you are bringing a kid, the bar area is fun, the restaurant area is separated and kind of quiet.

Oct 14, 2008
gjd131 in Pennsylvania

Bad Dinner, No Tip

Plus, the main thing that Helena is missing is that the waiter embarassed them in front of the entire place for not leaving a tip, so he clearly knew that they didn't leave one for a reason.

Oct 02, 2008
gjd131 in Features