Beer, Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

City Works Eatery and Pour House in King of Prussia, PA

If you want a great beer with mediocre food this is your place. Sorry but the food was a real let down. The beer, however, was alright.

Beer first! You can ask for a sample (more like a sippy taste) of any beer you want before you order one of the two sizes offered. They are offered in full size or a 6 oz pour. You can also order a flight. The flight includes any 4 beers you want. The flight beers range individually in price from $3 to as high as $8 but most of them were between $3 to $4 so you are likely to spend about $12 to $16 a flight. Below is a picture of my flight. (Crunch was my favorite.)

Beer Flight

I ordered a Mushroom Flatbread made with mushrooms, chili oil, mozzarella, caramelized onions, goat cheese, baby arugula, and lemon truffle oil. Now come on man, these are the ingredients for a fantastic flatbread! Unfortunately, the cooking preparation fell short. Flatbread is supposed to be crispy, not soggy and this was soggy all the way around, especially the bottom. The caramelized onions were just plopped in a couple of places rather than being spread about the dough. This was a real disappointment.

Mushroom Flatbread

Dan ordered the fish tacos. They were made with cornmeal beer battered mahi-mahi, chipotle coleslaw, pico de gallo, cilantro lime cream, micro cilantro on white corn tortillas for $16. The portion was hearty with three tacos and a side corn and bean salad. (I was lucky! Dan shared and gave me a taco for the review!) The presentation was spot on and it could have been delicious if only the fish wasn’t overcooked and dry. There wasn’t enough condiments on the taco to make up for the dryness so it was difficult to eat.

Fish Tacos

Bonus food review! My Mom ordered the Baked Mac and Cheese made with smoked cheddar, grilled chicken, bacon lardons (basically fatty bacon chunks), smoked cheddar gratin, and cavatappi pasta. The best part of this dish was the chicken. It was very juicy and cooked to perfection. Sadly, the mac and cheese lacked the creamy, ooey, gooey cheesiness you crave with mac and cheese. Also if you aren’t a fan of smoke flavor, this is not the dish for you. The bacon coupled with the smoked cheese made for an intense smokiness I know I do not like, especially in mac and cheese.

Baked Mac and Cheese

Don’t get me wrong, City Works can be a great place to hang out and it’s large enough to accommodate large parties. On Saturday night it had a “place-to-be” vibe with the music playing from the strategically placed speakers. Keep in mind there are enough TV’s around so you can watch your favorite sporting event while enjoying your favorite brew. If you haven’t already guessed, the highlight of this establishment is the beer. You should be able to satisfy your growling tummy but be aware that the food compliments the beer or at least it will give you a good base in your belly for some beer drinking. If you are okay with that then you have to check this place out. It’s located in the King of Prussia Town Center which has a ton of restaurants and retail stores for the browsing so expect to see people of all ages roaming about and enjoying the elegant outdoor seating with fire pits and greenery all around. Make sure you make a reservation. I give City Works 3 out of 4 forks! Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Eating out, Food, Italian, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar in Conshohocken, PA

Pros: (1) Great food and (2) Fantastic Service (3) Good value

Cons: (1) Dining area layout and (2) location/parking

Me, my Mom and Dan (the hubs) went for dinner on a Monday evening at 6 PM to celebrate Mother’s Day (a day late). We had made a reservation and good thing since this place filled up quick. I have dined here once before and appreciated the smaller room to the left upon entry and requested a table there, sadly I was told that wasn’t possible as it was being reserved for a large party coming in shortly (NOOOO!). We ended up being seated in the main dining room and the only thing wrong with this was that no matter where you are seated in the room, you can feel the cold air blow from the outside every time someone comes in or out and made it a bit uncomfortable. I noticed about half of the diners there had their coats on because of the chill however, it was an oddly cold and wet evening so we have to take that into consideration. Take my word for it, ask for one of the tables in the smaller area to the left and take it if you can. It’s a bit more intimate of space. Alternatively, you can dine in the bar area to the right which has an upbeat environment as you would expect.

Dan and I ordered a Caesar salad with anchovies for an appetizer. Not all restaurants will have anchovies available so for me this was a plus. The lettuce was cool and crisp. The croutons were crunchy (not stale like may places) with a delicious garlic herb blend covering them. The Caesar dressing was made in-house and it had a lovely hint of lemon that really made it stand out from other Caesar varieties. Lastly it was coated heavy with grated Parmesan cheese (but I like it heavy). The salad was a hearty serving and well worth the $11. My mother’s entree came with a house salad. It was very simply made with greens, onions and tomato. She enjoyed it and especially loved the light and fruity dressing. We also shared complimentary Italian bread (with seeds) served with “herb” olive oil (I believe it was just salt and pepper and to me it was a bit too salty).

My main dish was Gnoochi alla Sophia Loren! (Love the name). The menu indicates it is a signature dish made of gnoochi, baby spinach, toasted pine nuts all coated in a port wine gorgonzola cream sauce for $15. Personally, gnoochi is always quite heavy and this dish was not any different. For that reason, I could only eat about 1/3 of the serving provided but that is a good thing because I had leftovers! You could tell the spinach was cooked super quick right before serving because it was not mushy and still maintained some of its shape.

My gnoochi dish

Dan ordered the Pappardelle Bolognese for $15.50. He said he liked it! I’ll say, just look at the evidence below LOL!!

Dan’s dish Before
Dan’s dish after

My mother ordered Chicken Parmigiana served over a bed of linguini for $19. Now my mother isn’t a fan of pasta sauce that has chunks of tomatoes in it so whenever she asks and they say it is with marinara, she asks if they can substitute the sauce with their meat sauce. And sure enough this substitution was no problem at all! Her plate was huge. It was two thinly pounded pieces of chicken, breaded and fried perfectly and smothered in meat sauce with the perfect amount of melty cheese. Her linguinie was cooked al dente (although I’m not sure if it was made homemade in-house….I should have asked!! regret…).

Mom’s meal includes lots of leftovers!

The location is on a corner and the streets around are very steep which make it difficult to walk in heels so note this ladies when choosing your footwear. Parking is street parking so be ready to look for parking and walk a block or two. There was no valet the evening we were there so I am not sure if they offer it or not.

The menu is incredible. There is so much I have not tried so I plan to go back for sure. Personally I cannot wait to try the Cherry Pepper Chicken made with spicy cherry peppers, baby spinach, sharp provolone and white wine herb sauce for $19 (salivating…), or even something from their large list of thin crust pizzas, especially the Italian Stallion made with imported pepperoni and long hots for $12 (OMG). They have a full bar along with a wide variety of wine by the glass or bottle. Honestly, this place is suited for almost any type of group whether it’s a girls night out, a romantic meal with your special someone, or even a meal with co-workers. The modest prices coupled with delicious food are totally worth the ticket. I give Pepperoncini a 3.5 out of 4 forks. You have to give this place a try if you like Italian food.

All-Inclusive, Burger, Eating out, eggs benedict, Escargot, Food, Lamb Shank, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews, scallops, Tropical drink

The All-Inclusive Overindulgence

Let me start by saying I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in the last several days but I was celebrating my anniversary out of the country. But this blog is important to me so I want to take a few moments to say hello and let you know we will be taking my mother out to Pepperoncini in Conshohocken, PA to celebrate Mother’s Day and I will prepare a review and get it posted ASAP!

Quickly though I want to share That The Hubs and I just returned from a beautiful resort in The Bahamas. YES we overindulged on delicious rich foods, including an excess of red meat, strong coffee, a plethora of tropical cocktails, wine, sweets and soooooo much more. Can you say heartburn and indigestion?🥴 Here are a few of the dishes and drinks…

Delicious🤤

Once we returned home we went food shopping and got mostly healthy food to try to make up for the gluttony. We bought chicken breasts, ground chicken, snapper fillets, albacore tuna, carrots, celery, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli whole wheat bread, berries, grapefruit, bananas AND a few more items but mostly all good-for-you food. We needed to food-prep so I prepared some grilled chicken breasts, chicken meatballs, cleaned and cut lots of raw veggies for snacking and for a salad base and some light tuna salad. At least until our next meal out 🤣.

Wish me luck with the dietary “clean-out”. 😂 I’ll be posting my review for Pepperoncini ASAP!

Ohhh to be back there again 🌴🌞
Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

No restaurant review today folks because I ate leftovers yesterday! I don’t usually throw away food unless its spoiled. I love some good leftovers. My next restaurant review will be in a couple of days so I figured I’d try a little something different until then.

I thought of this topic because I just enjoyed a delicious cup of Wawa coffee. Wawa is Philadelphia and surrounding suburb convenient store. I understand its currently making moves to other states so if you see one, pull over and give it a try. Maybe I’ll do an entire review on Wawa someday since they do serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, smoothies, beverages, etc.

Anyway, I just enjoyed my Guatemalan bean coffee, a medium blend with a mix of a little Irish Cream creamer and low fat creamer. Delish.

I am open to trying different blends or preparations so today share with me! How do you enjoy your coffee?

Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

El Sarape in Blue Bell, PA

So yesterday we celebrated Cinco de Mayo!

A few ingredients are key with this celebration and they are and good friends, good food and good drinks. Dan and I had dinner with our friends Dana and Ben. Dan and I arrived first. The hostess sat us despite that the rest of our party had not arrived yet and their was a crowd of people waiting for a table. We had a reservation! Score!! Note to yourself, always have a reservation. We were instantly greeted with a special guest DJ. We did expect a bit more traditional music but we were pleasantly pleased with the popular 80’s tune Jesse’s Girl from Rick Springfield as we entered the restaurant. Later in the evening we heard most of the Grease soundtrack and we were entertained by another group who were happily (and loudly) singing along. But we didn’t mind. It was a party after all!!

The menu was a special Cinco de Mayo menu so it basically just cut their regular menu in half. I also believe some of the prices were increased by a buck or two. But it was fine. We were provided entertainment after all.

at $21I ordered chicken enchiladas with spicy green sauce at $21. Can you say YUM? Oh yeah it was so flavorful. The chicken inside was pulled and juicy. The sauce wasn’t overwhelmingly spicy but it was tasty. The refried black beans were no canned refried beans. They were creamy and beany 😂 The rice was lite with a touch of corn and just the perfect accompaniment to this dish. I would order it again.

My chicken enchiladas

Dan ordered chicken with mole sauce. He liked the mole sauce (was a bit sweet to me). However even though it had been doused in mole, he said the chicken breast was a bit dry. Presentation on his dish was also a little lackluster.

Dan’s chicken with mole sauce

I had to take a pic of Dana’s dish for you all because it looked really nice and very unique. The sauce did not look appealing to me. (What does the sauce look like to you??? LOL). Well, despite its appearance, Dana said it was good! (I didn’t tell her what I thought of the sauce while she was eating. That would’ve been plain old rude 😉).

Dana’s dish

The restaurant’s atmosphere was AWESOME! It was very clean and the decor was spot on Mexican themed. It was busy and exciting. It had a happy go lucky feel as patrons danced and swayed to the music, really just having a good time.

No complaints here on the service. Food and drinks came out correct and just perfect. Our server never missed a beat. He was constantly checking on us and making sure we were okay even with their full house.

Oh wowI forgot to mention our apps and drinks! We shared house-made guac, salsa and chips. Chips were thick and crunchy. Guacamole was fresh and chunky. The salsa, however was just chunks of tomato, pepper and onion. It was difficult to get in the chip and really not very flavorful but it was fresh I’ll give ‘em that! I’m also partial to complimentary salsa and chips but here they charge you $5.

One thing special about El Sarape is its huge tequila menu. You have to go check it out if tequila is your thing. You can even order a sampler I believe. We had tradition margaritas that were made with fresh lime juice and other ingredients as opposed to just a mix. Really this is MUCH better. Their margaritas ranged in price from $10.50 to $16 with no pitcher options. Pitchers would be a great offering since their individual drinks are somewhat pricey. They offer a nice variety of different flavored margaritas.

El Sarape is more upscale than your nearest taqueria hence the increased prices. You have to take that into consideration as their environment alone is worth the extra bucks. I would go again if friends wanted to try it out. Now if all you are looking for is delicious, inexpensive Mexican fare, better options are out there and YES I will review them for you in the future!

In closing, I give El Sarape 3 out of 4 forks. Until next time my friends!!

Thanks for reading!
Restaurant, Reviews

Dettera in Ambler, PA

The Hubs and I went for dinner at Dettera in Ambler, PA yesterday. Ambler is a cute little town with A LOT of awesome restaurants. I can’t wait to review them all for you!

Okay so Dettera…we would go back for sure. There was a good vibe in the bar area with lots of laughter and perfect lighting. Take my advice and make sure you sit on the first floor with the bar. They have tables upstairs but its not nearly as inviting.

As with many of our dinners out, we start with a cocktail. They have a lengthy cocktail and wine list which is sure to please even the pickiest of drinkers. I had my fave, a gin martini with blue cheese olives. It was PERFECT in every way….chilled Hendricks gin, 3 hand-stuffed olives (that weren’t frozen…yes I have been given frozen olives in the past), and a little extra from the jigger to top me off. Dan (the hubs) had a sazarac. He said it was good. I guess it was good as he ordered a second!

The bread offering: I was impressed that the server asked if we would partake in this course as quite often bread is given and not eaten and just tossed in the trash. Well of course we were having bread! We were brought two slices of traditional Italian bread with a delicious firm crust and a soft middle. Also served were two pieces of what I presume is their signature “bread”. It looked like corn bread but it tasted like cheese bread, perhaps their take on a traditional Brazilian cheese roll. Lastly was a small portion of olive oil for the dippin.

The menu is limited but in this case it was a good thing as the chef clearly prepared everything with care. Dan and I are big fans of octopus so we usually order it if its offered. In this case we ordered the octopus appetizer to share. Grilled Baby Spanish Octopus with Artichoke Hearts, Garlic Confit, Pickled Shallots, and Charred Lettuce Sauce for $15. CHARRED LETTUCE SAUCE?! “What the heck is that?” I thought. Well let me tell you, it was awesome. As with most restaurants, the octopus portion was extremely small, however the octopus was cooked to perfection and it wasn’t drowned out with too many spices. Delicious but I wasn’t satisfied as I wanted more octopus. Its surely is not the appetizer for sharing.

I ordered the only chicken dish on the menu for my entree. Roasted All Natural Chicken with Grilled Romaine, Hedgehog Mushrooms, Bloody Butcher Grits, Shishito Peppers, and Smoked Chicken Jus for $27. Again I had a “what the heck is that moment” with the bloody butcher grits. Despite the gross sounding name, it was an absolutely delicious plate. Everything on this plate was fantastic and it was a perfect portion. I was even able to restrain myself and took a little bit of the meal home.

My chicken dish

Dan enjoyed the dish which was recommended by our very knowledgeable server. Atlantic Cod Smoked with Fingerling Potatoes, Charred Leeks, Cockles, and Sauce Vin Blanc also for $27. I only tasted the cod and it was cooked perfect. He seemed very pleased with his meal as he cleaned his plate. Again the portion was simply perfect for him.

Dan’s cod dish

The only thing that I wasn’t super pleased with was our dessert. We ordered the “butter cake”. Their version of Warm Butter Cake, per the menu, is Poached Bosc Pear, Pomegranate, Creme Anglaise, with Toaste Oat Tuile. Note that I put quotation marks on the butter cake because this was no butter cake, at least that which I am used to being born and raised in Philly. Philly’s butter cake is oooey and gooey. This was not. Also, I don’t remember having any pear or pomegranate on top! Ours had blueberries. Now I don’t recall exactly what the printed menu stated at the restaurant (remember I had a straight-up gin martini lol), but I suppose it could have indicated blueberries. I got this description from their online menu. Not to say it didn’t taste delicious because it did…but it was no traditional butter cake.

Overall I give Dettera 3.25 forks out of 4. Good food with delightful presentations, romantic and trendy atmosphere, knowledgeable and attentive staff, a bit pricey on the appetizer (for what we got) and drinks (any cocktail over $11-$12 is too high in my book). I would recommend this place for a romantic evening with that special someone. A special occasion perhaps?