Following in the footsteps of Benny's Bar-B-Que USA (that folded about this time last year ), we have a new occupant in the little eatery at the top of the hill - Ava's Place.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ava's Place offers the standard steak/hoagie/luncheonette fare that, in itself, makes it somewhat redundant in these parts. There were some reasonably priced dinner specials (Chicken Marsala and Chicken Alfredo over pasta with veggies) but my first experience was not that great. Two cute waitresses greeted me and attended to my water and menu needs but neither could tell me who Ava was or if she is even a real person. The fish and chips I selected proved to be disappointing fishy tasting slabs of commercially breaded frozen filets served with a cup of bottled tartar sauce and (ugh!) those extruded imitation French fries. C'mon! How hard is it to serve real fries? I never judge by one experience so I went back for a chicken cheese steak with mushrooms on a nicely toasted, good quality roll with a small Greek salad. Redeeming but not memorable.
If Benny couldn't make it there with (IMHO) top quality house-smoked bar-b-que using fresh foods from local purveyors, I fear Ava's days are short-lived. Fairview Lunch and Padrino's Pizza are within eyeshot, Deeg's and Speck's Chicken are two miles up the road and Trooper has lots of options just down the hill at Ridge Pike.
In short, Ava's is convenient for emergency chow but not worth a special trip. I will at least try one breakfast but that will be the last shot if warranting a repeat trip. Any other experiences out there?
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