STOVE AND TAP
329 West Main Street
Inside, Stove and Tap has exactly the kind of inviting and comfortable vibe of a proper brew house. But that casual dining room, with its comfort-food menu and 38 ales and lagers, is nested in a building originally built in the 1920s. Luckily, some of the exterior art deco appointments have been handsomely preserved. And did we mention they were voted Best Brunch in the 'Burbs?
ROUND GUYS BREWING COMPANY
324 West Main Street
Round Guys’ long bar makes it a terrific place for a group outing. Also there’s the flight that features 17 beers all made onsite – one more reason to bring a handful of friends. And here’s a tip from the locals: Park in the lot across from the brewery, on Wood Street.
825 West Main Street
Mexican food can be found just about anywhere, including, you’ll forgive the expression, your local grocer’s freezer. But authentic Mexican can be tough to locate. El Tapatio is the real-deal. Nothing fancy, tight seating and sometimes a wait, the food and service more than overshadow any of its (perceived) shortcomings.
5 West Main Street
The owners of this diner hail from Bulgaria, where crepes are called “palatschinke.” They’re a little thicker than the French version, which means they stand up better to being deliciously stuffed with fruit and Nutella.
821 West Main Street
The Ibrahim family has been serving home-cooked Mediterranean dishes since 1984, when takeout customers arrived at what was a former Lansdale residence. Now, they’ve got a 27-seat dining room and a deeply devoted fan base. Standouts in the excellent menu include hummus, fasoulata, stuffed kibbé and pistachio baklavah.
UMAI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
220 Pennbrook Pkwy
Sushi fans take note: When eating at Umai, order “omakase,” which means “at the pleasure of the chef.” You’ll be in very good (and creative) hands, resulting in a five-star culinary experience. Oh, and save room for dessert. The choco-pie tempura is a must.
UNCLE GREG'S SMOKIN' BBQ
650 North Cannon Avenue
In a lot next to the Lansdale Business Center is a food truck bearing a cross-eyed, cartoon pig. And although the mascot is goofy, the BBQ is very serious. A blend of woods – hickory, cherry, peach, apple, mesquite and oak – imbues the meat and poultry with lick-your-fingers flavor.
5th & Chestnut Streets
Guiliano’s is the very definition of a neighborhood gem; the Chestnut Street side is a residence and the Fifth Street side is the deli. Hoagies and cheesesteaks are beyond compare, and if you show up often enough, Louie behind the counter will remember not only your name but your order.
839 West Main Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
This is a friendly burger/beer place where sports fans gather on Sunday afternoons to cheer for favorite teams. Each night features a 4-6 p.m. happy hour, and Wednesdays are trivia nights. The array of sandwiches – turkey club, grilled cheese, Reuben – are even tastier with a side of waffle fries.
1801 North Broad Street
This ice cream extravaganza can be a little intimidating at first glance, with nearly 70 varieties vying for your attention. But the helpful counter-staff is eager to guide you, even supplying a little taste to help you make up your mind. Off-beat flavors include Key Lime Pie and Banana Pudding.