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Over the years the Double TT diner been a half dozen different eateries (always a diner), and sometimes it’s been good and others not so good or clean.  It changed names around the holidays to the 202 Family Diner.

I was an infrequent visitor during it’s decades+ run as the Double TT because the food was always average at best and the service could be spotty.

On a quiet Friday evening I stopped in to try out the new place.  After perusing the gigantic menu i settled on the crab cakes and was told “excellent choice” by my pleasant waitress. After choosing applesauce and a baked potato as my vegetables, I was offered salad or soup.  I selected the vegetable soup and was again told “excellent choice”.

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The soup came first.   I’m going out on a limb here:  it was the best vegetable soup I have ever had.  It was homemade and full of freshly chopped oversized vegetables:  carrot, celery, corn, okra, tomato to name a few.  It was full of flavor and light and the veggies were tender and delicious.

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The crab cakes came out not long after I finished my soup.  I am a realist.  A $13.95 plate of crab cakes in a diner should be better than Mrs. Paul’s but not as good as Red Lobster or a higher end restaurant.   These were right on target.

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They were home made, but an approximate equal amount of filler and crab.  Tasty and well fried without being greasy.  They were served with both cocktail and tarter sauce and both sauces were flavorful as well.

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The baked potato was very well prepared and served with ample sides of butter and sour cream.   The applesauce was canned, but fresh (I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ordered applesauce in a restaurant and gotten spoiling applesauce served to me).

I would return and try something else next time, if only to get more vegetable soup and to try something else on the giant menu.

I was prepared to be disappointed and was pleasantly surprised to be satisfied and a little impressed.

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What do you get when you mix the old fashioned American cheeseburger and new fangled trendy environmentalism?

A burger joint that doesn’t have bacon as an option.

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I first patronized the Bridgeport Rib House at their second former location the creatively named Conshohocken Rib House.  That closed some years ago, but the original in nearby Bridgeport is still producing great ribs and a fair price.

There is not much in the way of ambiance.  This is a biker bar that serves great ribs and has for many years and offers up live music on many nights of the week.  The motif is something of a witch doctor’s lair with spooky pig looking things scattered about and a collection of ties tacked to the walls.  Legend says if you enter the place after 9:00 p.m. wearing a tie it gets cut off and tacked to the wall.

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Penn’s Tavern is the casual dining room at Lower Gwynedd Township’s historic William Penn Inn.  The WPI shimmers during the winter with thousands of miniature lights.  The circa 1714 Inn is one of the premier dining locations in Montgomery County and offers banquet facilities and three dining rooms:  The semi-private formerly members-only exclusive Commonwealth Club on their second floor, the main Monet Dining Room for fine dining (both the Commonwealth Club and Monet rooms have the same menu) and Penn’s Tavern.

I have probably been to the WPI fifty times in my life but I had never dined in Penn’s Tavern so when we tried to get reservations to celebrate my birthday on Mothers Day weekend…Penn’s Tavern was all they offered.  It was as good a time as any to try it.

We were seated within 15 minutes of arrival, which wasn’t bad considering the crowds.  We took our seats in one of the tables in the modest bar area with live piano player (as opposed to a dead one, I suppose).  The pianist played mostly saloon songs from the 50’s and 60’s and instinctively played “As Time Goes By” just as one of my companions said “I’d really like to hear…”

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It is a pretty good bet if MaGerks was around when George Washington and his troops were marching by during the Revolution, they would have stopped in for a sandwich and a beer.  The former Bent Elbo Tavern reinvented itself last fall as MaGerks, the third outpost of a Maryland-based restaurant operation run by area natives.

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The new Broad Axe Tavern is fresh off a multimillion dollar renovation.  The restaurant, dormant for the last half dozen or so years, has finally reopened with a menu that tries to be fresh while keeping a nod to the Inn’s historic past.

There are no remnants of the old Broad Axe, famous for it’s bar, it’s crabcakes and it’s fall off the bone ribs.

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NOTE::  This restaurant closed in October 2009.

H.I. Rib & Co. replaced the beleaguered Lonestar Steak House on Ridge Pike in Plymouth Meeting a few months back.  This was my second visit, I took my mom because she loves ribs that aren’t spicy, and we both enjoyed our meal.

The menu is pretty diverse, offering a fair selection of entrees, sandwiches, appetizers and drinks both for light appetites and those looking for a big meal.  The meal starts with a wonderful bread basket with a sourdough loaf of bread and corn muffins. (more…)

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