White Dog Cafe (redux)

Returned to the White Dog Cafe, in Wayne, PA. This was my second visit. Went for a late lunch after an airshow. For those of you not familiar with this place, the interior features quite a few paintings of dogs as you see here:

White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA, interior.

White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA, interior.

That was our table, the one on the left. Not a bad seat with a good people-watching angle on the bar. An interesting starter caught my eye on the menu: fried pickles. Check them out in the next photo.

Fried pickles at White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA.

Fried pickles at White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA.

There were exactly as described: fried pickles. What was I expecting? Fried pickles. Crunchy batter and pickle underneath, which was quite pleasant, spiced up with the dipping sauce you see on the side. A nice feature this was, adding some variety to my tried an true burger you see next:

Burger and fries at White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA.

Burger and fries at White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA.

Yes, another pickle, this one just out of the barrel. The burger is very good, too. I only wish the fries were a little more crispy. Still, a great meal with fine service at the White Dog Cafe, a place I keep on the list for its fresh offerings and fun people-watching scene.

White Dog Cafe, Wayne, PA, USA

After hearing many good things about the White Dog Cafe, it was time to have lunch there to check it out for myself. First thing, plan on either using valet parking or doing a little walking. I don’t mind the walk, so I parked several blocks away and strolled in. While this place is located in an upscale strip mall, it has a distinctly decorated interior that you’ll find curious to the eye. Lots of framed images of dogs. So, let’s get to the food. Think upscale Main Line eatery. Started out with the mushroom soup as you see here:

Mushroom soup at White Dog Cafe.

Mushroom soup at White Dog Cafe.

No doubt about it, the soup is the real deal, poured from the cruet at your table. Tasty, a little sweet, and subtle mushroom flavor. Next came the main courses, including a homemade pasta you see in the next photo.

Home made ravioli at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

Home made ravioli at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

Inside that ravioli was butternut squash with smoked bacon, cranberries, and lots of other goodies. Note the glass of sangria alongside. The table next to me ordered burgers, leading to a case of burger envy on my part. Hence, I ordered the double cheddar version for myself. Here it is:

The double cheddar burger at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

The double cheddar burger at White Dog Cafe, Wayne.

You see the two kinds of cheddar perfectly melted over that beast. The usual fixings, tomato, grilled onion, and pickle as well. The fries are in the cup and needed some work. A little soggy. This lunch cost some money, but it truly is home made. Excellent service. Fine people watching. Bring plenty of cash. Enjoy every meal! (PS: Parking is a nightmare. Use the valet or find a spot several blocks away and walk in.)

Published in: on January 19, 2013 at 12:37 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

DiNic’s Roast Pork, video

Located in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, Tommy DiNic’s roast pork sandwich was voted the best sandwich in the USA by none other than Alan Richman. I decided to try it for myself. Here’s the video:

That’s a darn good sandwich. Every element is perfectly cooked. Flavor pops from the first bite to the last. There is a long line, too, proving it’s not just me but a lot of people who think DiNic’s does a fine job. There’s also roast beef and beef brisket, both of which I need to go back and try. Stay tuned here for a follow up, also on my YouTube Channel, lenswork4.

Taste of Belgium, lunch, Aruba

I posted about dessert at Taste of Belgium. Well, here’s a photo essay on the lunch there. First, let me say the service here is very good, professional, capable, friendly. That counts for quite a bit at a restaurant and this place gets it right. Now, on to the food. There were two of us, but we started with one salad, a chopped number with asparagus. It was crunchy-fresh delicious. Take a look:

I like my greens and that plate really hit the spot. Nothing was left out, just the way I like it. Moving on. There was a salmon wrap (not my thing) but reported to be tasty. Here it is:

Again, simply presented with the sauce on the side, highlighting a solid-to-the-tooth favorite. Finally, there was the ham and cheese shown here for yours truly:

Sorry to say, the ham was a little weak. However, the bread, the hard-boiled egg, the rest was well above my expectations. Thus, we were well satisfied. And I’ll be back to this place for all the reasons mentioned herein. Posts here at The Bent Page will be made accordingly. Bon dia from Aruba.