The service is always warm and friendly and the quality of the food has continued to improve especially after a change in Chefs. Our only bad dining experience involved returning a steak ordered well done that was delivered rare and returned to the Chef. The result was not appetizing to say the least and we were disappointed as we are regular customers. 99% of the time we have a wonderful dining experience at the Hop Angel. Let us talk about the positives.
Our daughters enjoy the appetizer menu. The two favorites are Brauhaus Mac and Cheese and Potato Pancakes. The Mac and Cheese is wonderfully prepared with cavatappi pasta tossed with smoked gouda, parmesan and a cheddar cheese sauce toped off with crackers. The Potato Pancakes are topped with apple sauce and sour cream and are served in a quantity of six. These appetizers are a meal in themselves and the girls are never disappointed. The Fries are also a favorite.
Alone or in a group we normally order the following menu items that never fail in receiving praise from those who dine with us.
- Sirloin Steak: The steak is normally cooked and served as ordered. Grilled and topped with a blue cheese herb it melts in your mouth. The mashed potatoes are outstanding as is the vegetable of the day.
- Meatloaf: It is difficult to polish off the meatloaf that is served in an onion sauce topped with a fried egg. As with the steak the mashed potatoes are outstanding.
- Burgermeister Meisterburger: This 10 oz. burger is simply a belly buster. Topped with ham, crisp onions, Hab Sauce, smoked gouda cheese and a fried egg it rates as one of the best in Philly.
- Build Your Own Burger: For those on an adventure you can enjoy the 8oz burger with a wide array of toppings of your choice to include various cheeses, bacon, fried egg, tomato, onions, pickels, hot peppers, sweet peppers, pickled peppers and of course lettuce.
Our friend Noah and his wife Diana normally order from the extensive German menu and always rave about the presentation of the food and the atmosphere of the Brauhaus.
The beer menu changes often offering a mix of German and other imports; as well as Philadelphia craft beers. A taste is always offered before ordering a beer and we have never been disappointed in our choice.
The restaurant consists of a main dining area and an upstairs dining area. The bar also has seating in addition to the traditional bar seats. The crowd can be unique at times with hipsters and middle aged folks mixing about the bar and dining areas. The Hop Angel is rustic in appearance with Wissahickon stone walls, dark wood molding and tables as well as wood carvings about the restaurant. In the warm weather a Biergarten is open for those who enjoy dining outside. There are always special events at The Hop Angel and you can check them out or just visit on the web at : http://hopangel.com/
The Hop Angel Brauhaus is located at 7980 Oxford Avenue in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. It is close to the Fox Chase Train Station and the 18 bus loop. There is a large parking lot in the rear of the Brauhaus for those who desire to travel by car.
This is the second in a series on eateries in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia.
-g emil reutter