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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ardmore Pizza (Ardmore) - Cheesesteak

Appears a 12" long roll that's been toasted.  The beef is finely chopped and interlaced with onions. - 2.5

The roll is an Amoroso brand roll.  The soft interior is just ok.  Too many other good options out there.  To make matters worse, they throw this through the oven like a grinder.  Not sure what all that's about. - 2.5

The meat is finely chopped.  There is a light oil presence that isn't too bad.  The steak stays moist and flavorful with just a touch of spicing. - 3

The cheese is stuck to the interior of the roll.  Appears to be mostly unmelted, unfortunately.  Enough cheese but the unmelted portions fall short of the ideal steak and cheese sandwich. - 2

Overall, this was ok.  I know it's on a bunch of people's short list of favorite cheesesteak places.  On the plus side, the service is extremely fast and the staff is friendly.  The product just needs some major tweaking to become a player among the big league boys in the Philly area. - 2.5

Total Score: 2.5/5

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Frank A. Smith Beverages (Pottstown, PA) - Beer Selection

I took a recent trip to Frank A. Smith Beverages in Pottstown.  This establishment has quickly become a beer lover's destination in the deep burbs.  I first learned of this place a few years back when a woman I work with recommended it to me.  I took my initial trip back then and I was impressed with the selection but I wouldn't say that I was roaring to get back based on the available beers that I was still able to find a little closer to home at that time.  To put it mildly - Things have morphed into full out beer ecstasy as you walk through the doors!

Upon entry, I can't help but notice the large stack of some the best domestic craft beers available in our area.  Stacked varietals produced by Founders, Moylans, Hoppin Frog, Stone, Ommegang, Lost Abbey/Port, Voodoo, Jolly Pumpkin, and Southern Tier.  Right off the bat, you just get amazingly overwhelmed with the selection.  A distributer having a few of these...ok.  One having all of these?  Simply awesome.

Smith Beverages also has a nice, beautiful section dedicated to beers imported from The Netherlands, and Scandinavia. Such brands include De Molen, Amager, Norrebro, Olfabrikken, Haand, Mikkeller, and Nogne.

If you feel like perusing a selection of Belgian brews, Smith boasts over 30 feet of specialty Belgian beers.  Such favorites include the best offerings by Chouffe, Duvel, Alvinne, Grimbergen, de Rocs, Val-Dieu, DupontCantillon, Lindemans, Corsendonk, Delirium, Affligem, Fantome, Caracole, St. BernardusDeKoninck, De Dolle, and of course the Trappist selections of Chimay, Rochefort, Orval, Westmalle, and Achel.
Lastly, don't forget to check out the walk in cooler with a tremendous selection of sixtels consisting of choices from Allagash, Bruery, Cigar City, Dark Horse, Lancaster, Saint Somewhere, Voodoo, and many more!
Frank Smith makes local service runs to pubs and restaurants in Pottstown, Limerick, and beyond.  They also have a variety of cigars that you can pick up and enjoy while sipping on your favorite Old Ale, Barleywine, or Imperial Stout.

Frank Smith's Website & telephone: (610) 323-1320
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