Just had a fantastic dinner out in the country last night which got me thinking about adding some coverage of the fringe beyond the burbs to Chowhound. These are some spots I enjoy that are north of the Lansdale exit of the NE Extension, which I think we can all agree is the beginning of the PHL fringes. I'd love to hear opinions from others who have them about these spots, or pointers to other spots out in fringe country worth trying.
Trattoria Milano, Tylersport, intersection of 563 and Allentown Rd. Open about a year now, and putting out yummy Northern Italian food in the space that used to be the Tylersport Tavern for years. Good gnocci in velvety cheese/cream sauce, lots of veal dishes that have all been very tasty so far, and they know their way around mushrooms as well. It's right up Allentown Rd from Hendricks Farms, so worth a visit after a raw milk and cheese run. It's BYOB, and the price point is very reasonable.
Fasageo's, outskirts of Perkasie/Sellersville, on 563 just before 309. Very tasty for red sauce Italian dishes, and some good house specialties. Lasagna, manicotti, linguini with clams have all been winners, as have some of the chalkboard specials like the veal stuffed with fresh mozzarella and served in lemon butter with hunks of crab meat on top. The kitchen seems to know what it's doing, and the space is neat- an old roadside inn that's been in the hospitality business for a couple hundred years under various owners.
Arielle's Country Inn, Allentown Rd a mile or two north of 563. Another old inn that's still in the hospitality business after a few centuries. Fronted by a lovely woman with a German accent, the food is well executed meat and potatoes "modern continental" fare, with some skilled saucing on occasion and a nice confited duck leg in the mixed grill. A little more formal than the other two spots listed so far.
The Perk in Perkasie. Yet another old inn/hotel that is now a restaurant. The Perk on first observation looks a bit packaged and hence unlikely to have anything outstanding. Don't give in to first impressions and let the nostalgic photos on the walls and uniforms on the servers put you off. It's often packed, and not without reason. They put out good pub grub which doesn't taste like it came right out of a Sysco package, and the kitchen does put out hit/miss specials. Great value for money.
Ortino's Northside, Rt 29 in Zieglerville. First attracted my attention for their enormous and very diverse beer selection, they also do some good food. They've been doing some experiments with BBQ pits out back and have had some successes in getting some good smokey meats onto the menu. They also have a good selection of pastas with seafoody saucings.