Three places I have been to lately are all places I would reccomend for different reasons.
We are trying to get our son accustomed to eating out and sitting in a chair for a good chowhound meal from a young age, so we are canvassing the area near home with a few requirments in mind:
Good food and good beer on tap
Not too smoky
friendly staff and equipped with high chairs for 19 month old.
I am happy to report three area locales that fit the bill
1. The Colonial Inn in Oreland near North Hills CC (will get address)
Family place, excellent specials, like ham and cabbage ($5.95)and cream of irish potato soup on St Patty's day, a decent caesar salad, no desserts. at Least 7 o 8 beers on tap. I always get a half and half, and husband is all over the beer choices.
Stand by soup is cream of red pepper which I like and it is different. We have been to the Colonial three or four times, and every time we have had a good, reasonably priced meal, nice people and a nice place to bring the kid while still having options that tantalize the adult palate.
2. The White Elephant Thai Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley shopping Cener by Cedar Road off Huntingdon Pike
BYO now, excellent Thai food, nice atmosphere, hopefully it will remain consistent.
Excellent veggie menu and extensive menu for omnivores.
3. Fatty's in Wyndmoor on Willow Grove Avenue
More of a sports bar, and definitley not the kind of place I would normally go, but the place has a great beer selection Hop devil, A few different IPAs, and Guinness, Harp, etc.
Specials for dinner 12.95 - 15.95, but sanwiches and soups are like 8 dollars. Husband got steak sandwich and they have waffle fries which are pretty good, but the basket is too much to eat with less than 4 people. Son had chicken noodle soup and salad.
Again, I will say, we are just trying to get out there with the kid, get him used to dining out, and setting a precedent for behavior and culinary exploration from a young age. I know these places may not be ground breaking, but our needs have changed.
However, I do enjoy being some place I know I can have a nice beer, conversation, good service and good food all in one place without having to stay home to achieve this. Hope someone else in same circumstances or with similar list can benefit, FWIW.