I never give five stars. However, there is NOTHING not to love about this place. Endless waves of goodness came to our table. Don't be a pussy. Order everything. Eat until you can't bear the site of another dumpling. You won't regret it one bit.
What do you do when you get buried in snow and the lights and heat are off for a week?..You go to the pub. This was my first time here and I must say, I'm a fan! I ate at the bar. They have a great selection of local and international craft brews, cool decor and terrific service. What surprised me most, was the quality of the food. A+ in the pub fare dept. The Fish n Chips were outstanding. I highly recommend this joint.
I usually only review good to great places, as I'd like to give many restaurants the benefit of the doubt that they just might be having a bad day on the day I decided to eat there. However, in this case, I feel I have an obligation as a resident of the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania...nay, as a human being, to make a public plea that none of you fine people EVER eat the poor excuse for Chinese food that these people are criminally negligent in serving.
This was take out/delivery. I ordered two entrees. One arrived incorrect and had to be returned. The "correct" one had a distinct odor of cat urine. There was no sauce for the horrible, doughy steamed dumplings, and my Hunan Beef was a tasteless pile of goo.
By now you might be getting the impression that I wasn't thrilled with my $27 dinner. Please, before you consider eating here, stick a hot poker in your eye. You'll likely enjoy that more.
Wow. I was ready to give these guys four stars, but things took a turn for the meh. My first visit was great. It was unbearably cold in Philly and all I wanted was soup. I ordered the "Winter Meal", which includes soup and falafel sandwich. The soup was this amazing red lentil--nice and spicy. The falafel was terrific. Very fresh.
However, their cook (I guess they just have one) quit, and since I've returned (3X), they have not had any soup.
So to Maoz of Philadelphia, I say..."Get your s*$t together".
I'm particularly tough on diners. Mostly because what they do is very simple, and because it's simple, I find it an insult to all the great diners out there when one falls short of the mark. This one falls short. I get the feeling that once upon a time, this place was good. However, now it has the feeling of a punch drunk fighter who should have retired five years ago while they could still count to ten. I would have given them only one star, but the coffee was actually pretty good.
We chose Broad Axe mainly due to their abundant gluten free menu (daughter with Celiac). My wife and I both had the Fish and Chips we both agreed it was in our top 5 category...ever. Looking forward to returning. I'd have given four stars but I think it's a little overpriced for pub food (albeit REALLY good pub food).
If this is indeed a true rendition of Amish eating, then I'm changing my name to Ezekiel and preparing for a life without technology. The food here is both plentiful and really delicious, in a very basic, homemade way. The Beef Vegetable Soup is thick with LOTS of beef and could have been lunch all by itself. I ordered a Grilled Cheese on Rye with Bacon. There was a six-week supply of bacon on it. My waitress was so nice I thought that perhaps she was high on ecstasy. But alas...she was merely Amish. Highly recommend.