Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Willow Grove Eats

We live in a suburb of Philadelphia, and with two kids, we usually stick close to home when we want to go out for dinner.  Willow Grove has a lot to offer, and here are my top five neighborhood haunts, in no particular order:

The Willow Inn
210 N York Rd
Willow Grove, PA
This historic building is a staple in the area -- a bar, a restaurant, and a place where you always run into someone you know.  They have great Italian food with affordable prices and attentive staff.  They are kid friendly, and the other patrons don't seem to be bothered by us either.  Try the Eggplant Parmesan or the ravioli.

La Fusion Cafe
3 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA
This pretty restaurant is in the heart of Willow Grove and BYO.  For those of you who don't live in a state with antiquated liquor laws, BYO means you can bring your own bottle of wine, six pack of beer, or even bottle of vodka, if you wish.  As the name indicates, they serve Asian fusion fare, and they have a full sushi bar in addition to their regular menu.  Try the crispy tofu appetizer, and the chicken curry is amazing.

634 York Road
Willow Grove, PA
Tortillas is a happily decorated Mexican restaurant.  It is BYO also, but you get one complimentary margarita or sangria per person.  The chicken mole is delicious, but the real reason to come here is the salsa.  They make it in house and it is fresh, tangy, and wonderful.

Pasta Fazool
804 S York Road
Hatboro, PA
One would never expect to find such a gem in a tiny strip mall just south of downtown Hatboro.  This authentic Italian restaurant is run by the kind host with a thick Italian accent.  Upon sitting down at your table you get complimentary brushetta and wonderful bread with the most incredible olive oil that I have ever tasted.  This oil actually tastes like olives!  If you don't fill up dipping your bread, try the Pasta Puttanesca, it is garlicky and delicious!

Wayback Burger
2720 Easton Rd
Willow Grove, PA
Yes, this is a chain, and right up the street from another burger chain, Sonic.  The Texas Burger is really spicy, with jalepenos, pepper jack cheese, and chipolte mayo, but absolutely delicious.  They also make their own potato chips in house, and it is worth the trip just for these.

Honorable Mention and fond farewell to Jason's Deli.  We loved this place, but when we tried to go there last weekend it was closed.  They had great sandwiches, baked potatoes, and free soft serve ice cream.  I'm sorry to see it go.

We also absolutely love Gaya, but it is in Blue Bell (about 30 minutes away), so I wouldn't consider it a neighborhood haunt.  Korean food is one of my favorites, so perhaps it deserves its own post anyway.

If I have forgotten any of your favorites, please let me know!  I love trying new places!

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