It’s peak weather season for outdoor dining in good ole Eastern Pennsylvania so this is where I am trying to go so I can share my experiences with you! Last year, Panache in Blue Bell built a new outdoor patio. It has outside fire pits for when its cool and many large umbrellas to block the blaring sun. There are several tables available for the crowd as well as an outdoor bar with high top tables. Note there is always seating inside, with several rooms and two additional bars.
Dan and I went here for “happy hour” on a Friday at 5:30 pm. We had a reservation and good thing we did because it was already packed, especially outside. Even with our reservation we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table but it was surely worth the wait.
Our server greeted us with a perky attitude and friendly smile and took our drink order. I ordered a beautiful and delicious drink. Sooooooo this is where I have failed you. It was a seasonal cocktail and I don’t remember the name or what was in it other than vodka and a beautiful little rose floating on the top. For this I apologize but just order the pretty pink drink with the little rose floating in it for goodness sake. Dan had a seasonal old-fashioned. Both were amazeballs.
While we were waiting for our drinks, another server brought us complimentary Italian bread and a very unique side of oil with roasted red peppers and spices. The bread was warm and soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The oil was so flavorful that just a little dab’l do ya. Soooo good!
As you probably know already, Dan and I love to share a Caesar salad, especially if we can get come anchovies on top. This salad was nice. The lettuce was cool and crisp, the dressing was creamy and tossed about each piece of lettuce and the croutons were fresh and crunchy. It was all topped off with anchovies and grated parmesan cheese. It was a great appetizer although since it wasn’t that big, next time we will each get our own.
The next dish was AMAZING (sing it because that’s how I want it to be heard). We ordered the Metro-style (long flatbread pizza). You can pick 2 or 3 signature styles from their pizza/flatbread menu for $24.00. Totally large enough to pick 3 so do it!! We chose:
Arugula & Prosciutto
A combination of mozzarella and fontina cheese, fresh baby arugula, prosciutto di Parma, balsamic glaze,
Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese
Sweet roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, arugula, rosemary and herb white sauce, and
Steak & Pear
Steak tips, Gorgonzola, roasted pear, field greens drizzled with balsamic glaze.
Their pizzas and flatbreads are cooked in a wood-burning, coalfired oven and ours was cooked to perfection. Each flavor was better than the next. I mean look at this picture!! With our cocktails, our shared salad and this amazing flatbread (for which we only could eat half), it was so worth the visit.
We have been here before with a large group (12 people), small group (4 people) and just the two of us and it is perfect for all group sizes. The food is always spectacular (and so are the drinks!!) If you go, I totally recommend the flatbread above, but I also recommend my favorite dish, the Fettuccine Liliana which is housemade fettuccine tossed with arugula, goat cheese, shrimp, extra virgin olive oil and garlic 21.20. It’s so freakin’ good. I have had several dishes here and really everything has been great.
I am rating Panache a 3.75 out of 4 forks. The service, ambiance, food, and cocktails have always been on point. Give this place a try for sure. Keep eating deliciousness and thanks for reading!