I drove by Wally’s Wicked Wings several times over the past few weeks and I KNEW it would be out of this world once I actually stopped! It had the word “Wings” in it’s name… WIN / WIN for me! I was not let down when my good friend, Bristen and I went for a ‘guys night out’ this past week. Don’t get me wrong, Wally’s is great for the guys but while we were there we saw an array of groups having a great time. Families were their with their kids in the game room section of Wally’s (kids get free $$$ to play Continue Reading
I remember when I first started eating sushi. I quickly ascended into a culinary obsession for the Japanese fast food. Fortunately, living in the flourishing suburbs of Philadelphia allowed me to indulge whenever I wanted to as there was an amazing tiny Japanese restaurant close to my home in Doylestown, Pennsylvania called “Ooka”. The restaurant was so small it couldn’t have sat more than 15 people, while the rest of the space housed a huge fish tank with some beautiful gold fish and a couple of exotic koi . Truly a hidden gem.
That was Ooka Sushi at least ten years ago. A couple years ago, it went through a major overhaul and has doubled in size. In addition to the extra space it’s received an incredible contemporary look, complete with glowing bar and multiple hibachi tables. Ooka brings you a sense of the elite interior decor of a high end Miami nightclub in sleepytown suburbia, a refreshing change of pace. In addition to the ambience, Ooka offers a diversified menu of sushi rolls to choose from as well as the typical faves. One of my absolute adorations is the “New York Roll”, fresh Salmon, with Fuji Apple. To die for. Ooka, also has a nice collection of Sake’s to compliment any taste.
Ooka is great for impressing a date or just a casual business meeting, but call ahead to make sure it isn’t crazy busy. Ooka, has built up quite a reputation over the last few years, and has couple locations to boast their status. In 2010, Philadelphia Magazine named Ooka “Best of Philly 2010” for “Best Sushi”. Not to pat my own back, but I was saying that 8 years ago…. If you’re a foodie and like to try new places, Ooka Doylestown is perfect. Located in a bustling little town with lots to do, give it a try, you won’t be sorry.
110 Veteran’s Lane
Doylestown, PA. 18901
Link to Menu - http://www.ookasushi.com/menu/
Monday thru Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12noon to 3:00pm
Sunday thru Thursday 4:30pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:30pm – 11:00pm
The one good thing about getting my taxes done every year, is that I get to enjoy a casual stroll around my hometown of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. I love the quaint boutiques, the plethora of restaurants that I can choose from, and the friendliness the locals share. I can honestly say, growing up I had it pretty good.
It was lunchtime so we decided to stop at one of my faves, Café America. Café America is one of, extraordinary restaurateur, Lilly Salvatore’s phenomenal locations. Opened in 2000, Café America offers a fresh menu of Latin American cuisine.
When you walk in, you are invited into a colorful cafe that has a few tables downstairs and seating upstairs in what looks like an open loft. The menus are artfully displayed on chalk boards all over the walls. When you approach the small bar you order your food and beverages including cocktails and have a seat at any open table where they bring your food and drinks to you.
I can’t even begin to tell you how quick the food came out, and all of ingredients were so incredibly fresh! First things first though… I ordered a perfectly made Patron Margarita to get my palate ready for some Latin deliciousness… And, in a perfect marriage to my tasty cocktail, we got a dish of homemade tortilla chips with accompanying salsa and guacamole.
625 Old Bethlehem Road
Quakertown, PA 18951-5500
Open Daily: 11:30 am – 1:30 am
Off the beaten path sits a hidden jewel of a tavern called the “Raven’s Nest”. I speculate that a lot more people know about this place then it lends to be known, at least judging by the hundreds of pictures of patrons and music acts on the wall. Tucked away in the woods of Haycock Township off of Old Bethlehem Road, this 1700’s stagecoach stop, Inn, and even part of the underground railroad boasts a small, but comfortable bar, pool table and an offset room with tables, a big stone fireplace, and stage.
The stage offers a venue to open mic nights on Wednesdays, and various artists throughout the end of the week and Saturdays. I suggest calling for details. Most of the music played there is of Blues genre. In fact, Raven’s Nest has hosted some really big names in Blues, names such as Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission and even Craig Thatcher Band. Best part is… No cover.
Raven’s Nest offers a simple pub style menu and you can observe from anywhere at the bar your meal being prepared. Multi-talented bartenders are not only mixing your cocktails, but also cooking up some excellent cheesesteaks right before your eyes! They have some interesting tidbits on the menu you don’t often see like wing dings, pizza rolls, and even just some chips and pretzels with picante sauce.
On this occasion, we heard that the “Honey Dipped Chicken” was a signature favorite ordered quite often by the locals. So obviously an order of that along with, also a local favorite, cheesesteak (fully loaded with banana peppers, mushrooms, onions, and extra cheese) with curly fries was the final decision. The chicken was perfectly fried, crispy coating with a hint of sweet honey in the taste, chicken was moist, perfect. A lot of places claim to have the “best” cheesesteaks, the Raven’s Nest humbly says they’re “pretty good”… No, our cheesesteak was “pretty amazing”. I’d say they’re right up there with some off the best real South Philly cheesesteaks that I’ve had. That includes Tony Luke’s, Jim’s, Geno’s and Pat’s…
So, if you decide to make the trip out to the Raven’s Nest and get lost in the woods of Haycock, there are a couple things to remember. First, they only take cash. Second, smoking is not prohibited. And, third they’re always open holidays, snowstorms, you name it. I grew up only a couple miles away and I can tell you there is nothing like getting in the truck, cranking the heat, slowly making your way down to the Raven’s Nest, walking into a full house, and enjoying a good burger, great beer, and a warm fire.
19A W. Bridge St. – New Hope, PA. 18938 -1.800.60.SAUCE - suzieshotshoppe.com
This is going to be short and sweet…actually short and HOT. I was in New Hope, PA for a bit on Sunday Morning and had to visit a place I’ve been to EVERY TIME I go to New Hope! Suzie’s Hot Shoppe is all things hot sauce.
They have sauces, powders, extracts, jellys, jams, popcorn, etc. Even HOT Chocolate. Literally! HOT Candy Bars!
Melinda’s Habanero Ketchup looked pretty interesting and they also have it in Jalapeno and Chipotle Ketchup. They even have Chili Pistachios! “Ass Reaper” Hot Sauce (umm…yes that’s the name), Ass Kickin’ Habanero Popcorn, and Dave’s Gourmet Original Bloody Mary Mix. All of those are some of my favorites!
I actually never was in McCoole’s Red Lion Inn and didn’t even make it in the day of the fest. I did, however, enjoy their parking lot festivities! It was a special day as it was my wife’s best friend’s birthday! A TON of us had a great time and it was nice to meet new people and see people there that I never expected to see.
Over 30 vendors selling merchandise or slingin’ beers! I enjoyed the Octoberfest Brews and the IPA’s a little more than everything else but I did try a TON of beer…and yes…I’m still feeling it. It was a blast! I didn’t want to name specific brews because they all were good but I seriously endorse IPA’s, and Octoberfest beers! Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale was pretty slamming also! I took a TON of photos and you can see them ALL HERE!