Category Archives: Where to eat in Fox Chase

Quaker Diner – Time to Revisit an Old Friend

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7241 Rising Sun Ave Philadelphia, PA 19111‎

(215) 745-5055 – Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quaker-Diner/169523603102287

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IMG_1437Businesses come and go but The Quaker Diner has been around since the 1930’s and family owned since the 1970’s. The Diner has just made a major commitment to the community with a major renovation of the outside of the diner and are currently completing a renovation of the interior. It is the kind of place the hipsters in Fishtown wished they had only it is not retro, it is original. IMG_1441 We stopped in for a late evening breakfast and were delighted with the friendly service and neighborhood feel to the place while we talked and listened to other customers. The banter was outstanding and the waitress was on the ball. The diner is clean and orderly and have a great take out section of baked items made on the premises. IMG_1443

Our breakfast order was dished up quickly and ample helpings were provided and quite tasty. The coffee was also outstanding.

If you looking for that great American diner experience, The Quaker Diner is a must visit.   Also of note, right next door to the diner, Chase’s Hop Shop is slated to open with craft beer and sandwiches. With affordable housing and apartments, convenient to train and bus lines, the folks in Fishtown may move up to Lawndale and Burholme. After all it is only 15 minutes by train to Center City and there is The Quaker Diner.  IMG_1444

Joseph’s Pizza in Fox Chase

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7947 Oxford Ave.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

http://josephspizza.net/

Joseph’s Pizza sits adjacent to its five star sister, Moonstruck, in the heart of Fox Chase. Although a pizza joint at heart, Joseph’s offers a limited menu of platters, sandwiches, salads and soups. This being said, if you are looking for a Philly steak sandwich search out Joe’s on Torresdale Ave. or Jims and Steve’s around Cottman and Bustelton.

The decor is retro, unchanged in decades. An ample seating area greets you on arrival by a small bar in front of the restaurant section. The booths permit you to dine in privacy for the most part with a scattering of tables down the main corridor of the restaurant with additional tables in the rear. Should you desire to look around there is a collection of old clocks on the walls and photographs documenting the history of Fox Chase.

Joseph’s runs daily specials on their signature platters and their regular menu permits you to get a great meal for under 10 bucks.  On our last few visits we noticed a change in the wait staff, a nice blending of long time attentive staff with new staff learning the ropes. There appears to be a concerted effort to provide better service to customers. There is never a rush to get you out the door and an apparent design to allow time for you to enjoy your meal.

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The signature platters include soup or salad and rolls. Salads are always more then ample. The soup of the day, if French Onion soup or Minestrone are always tasty. We recommend the platters at Joseph’s for two reasons; they are priced reasonably in this tough economy and are presented well.

We highly recommend the following platters:

Linguini with Clam sauce

Linguini with Marinara sauce and meatballs

Stuffed Shells

Meat Lasagna  

The servings are large and there is always enough to box up and take home for lunch the next day. We would be remiss if we did not mention the great wraps at Joseph’s. They are fresh and fat with meat and veggies.

Like we said before if you are looking for a steak, find a steak shop. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced outstanding Italian offering, the Signature Platters at Joseph’s are for you.

This is the last in a series of review on places to dine in Fox Chase.

Fox Chase Deli – A Neighborhood Deli and Much More

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Editor’s Note: The Fox Chase Deli closed its doors on March 5, 2015. See below.

We are regular customers of The Fox Chase Deli. The Deli has a nice neighborhood quality and the staff is friendly. They offer a full selection of lunch meats, cheeses and salads and are known for their outstanding potato salad.  Their breakfast sandwiches are made fresh on the premises and they offer combinations of eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage and scrapple served on a roll or wrap of your choice.

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The lunch menu consists of what you would expect from a traditional delicatessen.  A full sandwich menu to include hot sandwiches, Corned Beef, Roast Beef and Turkey specials, a great line of Hoagies and Flour or Wheat Wraps.  Having sampled much of the menu I can tell you a sandwich at this deli will leave you fat and happy for the rest of the day.  The deli also offers Stocks pound cake, specialty snacks and a full range of snacks and drinks.

Today we will cover their House Signature Sandwiches. The Deli offers seven signature sandwiches. On our last visit we ordered the Roast Pork. It is served hot on a 9 inch roll with sharp provolone and either broccoli rabe or sautéed spinach. We sat at the window counter that has seating for eight overlooking the hustle and bustle of Oxford Avenue. There is also table seating.  The 9 inch roll was full of excellent pork, provolone and topped with sautéed spinach. The presentation was simply outstanding and the combination delightful.

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Our daughters enjoy The Fox Rock. This signature sandwich is also served hot on a 9 inch roll filled with sliced chicken breast, imported havarti cheese, spinach, and tomato, onion and honey mustard. It is a must have if you visit the deli.

The other Signature Sandwiches are:

Italian: served on a 9 inch roll filled with cappicolla or imported ham, sharp provolone and roasted red peppers.

Turkey: Served on a 9 inch roll filled with provolone, roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes.

The Oxford Avenue: Served on a 9 inch roll filled with roast beef, turkey, sharp provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion , spices and roasted red peppers.

The Fox Chase: Grilled on sourdough bread filled with roast beef, swiss cheese, horseradish sause, tomato, onion and honey mustard.

The Marine: Served on a 9 inch roll filled with buffalo chicken, bleu cheese, onion, tomato, hot sause and melted  hot pepper cheese.

The Signature Sandwiches are all made with fresh rolls and ingredients and you can have one in the seven dollar range. It a good bang for your buck.. The deli also has a great catering menu if you would like them to cater your event. They also offer delivery service on all menu items.

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The Fox Chase Deli is located at 7950 Oxford Avenue directly across the avenue from the Rite Aid.  Weekday hours are currently 8am to 5:30pm, Saturday 9am to 4:30pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. You can find them on the web at: http://foxchasedeli.com/

This is the third in a series of reviews of eateries in the heart of The Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia.

On March 5, 2015 the deli closed its doors. The announcement appears below. We wish Ted and Lauren all the best. 

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Hop Angel Brauhaus- German/American Food and Great Beer

Hop Angel 1We have enjoyed The Hop Angel Brauhaus located at Rhawn Street and Oxford Avenue since it opened.

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.

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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.

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Alone or in a group we normally order the following menu items that never fail in receiving praise from those who dine with us.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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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.

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hop angel 4The 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/

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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.

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Moonstruck Restaurant – Romance and Fine Dining

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We were greeted nicely at the door by the hostess and seated quickly as we arrived for our six o’clock reservation.  Moonstruck Restaurant has a retro elegance and charm about the main dinning area.  Our waiter, Altin, provided excellent service as did the support staff. We were never out of bread, dipping oil or water during the meal. Silverware and plates were removed quickly following the completion of each course. The atmosphere of the restaurant and attentive wait staff lends itself to a wonderfully romantic dinner.

Our first course was a cream of chicken soup with spinach that simply delighted the palate.  The relaxed atmosphere permitted us to savor this course until the arrival of our main selection and contributed to our time for private conversation.

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The main course exceeded our expectations. We both ordered Filet Mignon well done. The cut was excellent and cooked exactly as we wanted. The presentation was outstanding with sliced potato, carrots and broccoli appointed in such a manner to allow the Filet Mignon to be the star of the meal.

Following the main course we were served coffee by Altin and a carafe for a second cup was placed on the table. We ordered dessert and relaxed once again after the filling main course. The beauty of eating at Moonstruck is that there is no rush on the part of the staff that monitors your every need.

Diane ordered Tiramisu and was delighted with the presentation of mousse, mascarpone and poached pear frullata appointed with various other fruits.  I ordered Mela, apple with cider syrup, vanllia amaretti gelato. Both desserts were outstanding.

We did not order wine although Moonstruck has an extensive wine list.  Our meal cost in the $100 range and was worth every penny spent. We departed Moonstruck an hour and fifteen minutes after our arrival as very satisfied customers

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Moonstruck is located at 7955 Oxford Avenue in the heart of Fox Chase.  The restaurant is located adjacent to the Fox Chase train station and across from the 18 bus loop. There is ample parking for customers who arrive by car. If you live in the Northeast, Center City, or many of the great neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the suburbs, Moonstruck is worth the visit. You can visit Moonstruck on the web at http://www.moonstruckrestaurant.com/

This is the first in a series of reviews of eateries in the heart of the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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