Time To Keep It Simple serves as a record of my life as a traveler, writer, genealogist, photographer, target sports enthusiast, Rotarian, Mason, Jew, PR professional, and many other (mostly positive) things. In addition to this daily blog I am also the man behind the curtain (not named Oz) at gettingyourphil.blogspot.com and I previously blogged at fromgoytooleh.blogspot.com.
Monday, August 19, 2013
are a few restaurants in the area that my wife and I frequent. We don’t go out
to eat as often as we used to so when we do we usually go to the same places
over and over again. We would much rather go somewhere that we know has good
food and reasonable prices than somewhere that we know very little about.
reserve the adventurous dining experiences for when we are on the road. As a
result we have had some amazing meals (the pastrami salmon sandwich at Bar Louis in Milford)
and some downright horrendous piles of food-like substances (the fish and chips
at the Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick, New Jersey) during our travels this
summer. Overall, we have been mostly lucky and even when we weren’t we didn’t
we are at home and we are looking for something quick and inexpensive, we
usually end up at Hummus Mediterranean Grill in Ardmore. While my wife usually
rotates her selection between the chicken kabob and the vegetable platters I am
pretty set in my ways and I get the combination platter every time. While this
pales in comparison to the many delectable dishes we enjoyed in Jerusalem
(particularly around the Mahane Yehuda Market), this may be the
best Israeli style Middle Eastern food I have been able to find in the states.
I recommend first timers go hungry and order the combination platter to get a
little taste of everything. If that still isn’t enough, and I doubt that, get a
side order of fried cauliflower to top off your bursting belly.
Café in Newtown Square is our other usual dining spot which we were first
introduced to by my parents a few years ago. What confuses some on the Main
Line is the common name that this establishment shares with other restaurants
in Ardmore, Berwyn, and Media. Do not be mistaken, these are completely
separate eateries and the others can’t hold a candle to the one in Newtown
Square which, simply put, has the best authentic Italian food on the Main Line.
For this reason, reservations are recommended.
and every ingredient can be differentiated in their dishes which do not try to
dazzle you with fancy twists or interpretations. This is best exemplified in
their Eggplant Parmesan which I frequently order as my entrée (don’t be fooled
when you see it listed as an appetizer). It has just the right bite and light
breading smothered in a simple red sauce covered in a perfect blanket of creamy
fresh mozzarella. So simple but addictively delicious; this is as good as it
West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073
is only one establishment that I visit on a regular basis which is Aldar Bistro
right down the street in Bala Cynwyd. Each week I attend my Rotary meeting at
this restaurant and I have never been disappointed even having ordered nearly
half of the dishes over the past year. A regular special is the cocoanut
crusted honey mustard salmon which is one of the best pieces of fish you can
order in the area.
though it is described as a Mediterranean restaurant (in more of the Lebanese
style) there is a wide variety of other options on the menu that compliment the
more traditional food quiet well. However, equally exceptional is the service
as Host and general manager Walid Assaf and the rest of the staff treat guest
more like family than customers. While the food and service is exceptional no
matter what time of day, it is especially nice for a casual business lunch. If
so inclined, you can also join us for a Rotary meeting on Wednesdays at 12:15
those are my three regular spots where I go out to eat. Hopefully this gives
you some additional options of where to eat in the Philadelphia suburbs. Whether
you live in the area or you’re just visiting for a few days, set aside a meal
or two and indulge yourself with some incredible food without having to sell
your first born to afford it.