Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Customer satisfaction is tops as Dan’s Deli looks to 20 years in business

COLEBROOKDALE – You only get one chance at a first impression. For Dan’s Deli, the appreciable impression they have made on their customers has kept them coming back for years, and the staff takes a lot of pride in being able to serve most of their clientele by name.

Staples including milk, eggs, bread and cheese are available — but that’s not the only reason it feels like home. A variety of homemade soups are featured, like Tuesday’s Tomato-Noodle Burger and Thursday’s Cream of Potato. The menu is extensive, including traditional deli products, wings, and potato and macaroni salad, as well as the locally-touted “Triple D”. This sandwich is half-cheesesteak, half cooked ham — and all delicious. Cool lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise complement the savory steak and ham, which is enveloped by a light yet crispy Amoroso roll.

A key element that Dan’s hones in on is the convenience of a quality local deli. They courteously provide business lunch delivery, hoagie and sandwich tray orders, and dine-in service for families that are often to busy to cook. Also, if there is something diners want that’s not on the menu, there is a good chance the staff will be able to make it.

As part of a bi-weekly contest, entrants have chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the deli. Looking in the basket of entrants, The Muncher could tell that there were plenty of patrons who would love the chance to win the special promotion.

Dan’s Deli is located at 1371 W. Philadelphia Ave., 3 miles west of Boyertown and is open Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For takeout orders, call 610-367-8681.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Hometown cooking at Perry's Place

SPRING CITY – The lowering temperature and falling leaves seem to beckon a warm, inviting restaurant that can provide a hearty homemade meal that fills stomachs and spirits alike. Lucky for the Mercury Muncher and the community, that place is Perry’s Place, conveniently located at 60 N. Main Street in Spring City.

It helps that Perry’s, which opened in March 2009, utilizes local produce and food purveyors, with all food cooked on the premises by Chef Joy, and changes the menu weekly. Customers appreciate the freshness and variety as comfort food such as chicken and dumplings and meatloaf are balanced by specialty items like homemade pierogies, which Perry’s takes orders for weekly.

Keeping up with the theme of variety, the Muncher was fortunate to enjoy a sampling of Perry’s finest foods, starting with the creamy chicken corn chowder. Stocked with generously-portioned, shredded chicken and juicy corn, the hearty soup was the perfect beginning to a delicious meal. What followed was a panorama of flavor: soft jumbo lump crab cake, tender grilled sea scallops, a soft and crispy pierogi, a rich and moist potato pancake, and most creatively a “cheak” (chicken steak), made of breaded grilled chicken breast with a barbeque flank steak sprinkled with cheddar cheese.

A B.Y.O.B. restaurant, Perry’s Place is now taking Thanksgiving reservations, providing private and on-premises holiday catering. They can be found on Facebook. Dinner is served Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m. Breakfast is available Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to noon. Call 610-792-3224 for more information.

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Pine Tree Deli feels like home

BARTO — When Marilyn purchased Pine Tree Deli six months ago, she knew she was venturing into something different. What she didn't know was that she would turn the deli into a fresh and friendly destination that customers see as a second home.

The reason patrons continue to visit the deli is simple: The kind atmosphere and the delicious menu. For early visitors, a hearty breakfast of eggs, homefries, scrapple, and assorted hot sandwiches help to start the day off right, while the lunch crowd gets there early to grab the freshly homemade chicken and tuna salad sandwiches.

Hoagies are hand crafted using Dietz & Watson meats. And if you need a sweet treat, you can pick up baked pastries, AP cake and shoofly pie, and a Muncher favorite, peanut butter tandy cake made by Coventry Ice Cream Parlor.

While the food will get you in the door, the family-oriented approach to serving customers with respect and appreciation will keep you coming back.

Pine Tree Deli, located at 429 Hoffmansville Road, Barto, is open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Muncher recommends:

Turkey hoagie with lettuce, tomato, mayo and onion

Fountain Coca-Cola

Peanut butter tandy cake

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