Pottstown Council Poised To OK $33K Codes Office Review

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  This is LONG overdue!  I guess we’re spending $33,000 to appear impartial?  In any event this problem needs to be fixed so if this is what it takes…I suppose it’s a small price to pay.

POTTSTOWN, PA — Borough council is set to vote Monday on a proposal to pay a consultant as much as $33,500 to undertake a review of the Codes Department and its operations.

The review comes in the wake of a Mercury report Sept. 23 that the same office is the target of an investigation by a Montgomery County grand jury.

No mention of the investigation was made during Wednesday’s council work session.

Interim Borough Manager Mark Flanders, who is also the borough’s police chief, told council the idea had been floated previously and “I’d like to see it get moving.”

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20121004/NEWS01/121009680/pottstown-council-poised-to-ok-33k-codes-office-review&pager=full_story

Bistro 137 – A Restaurant Review

As promised, I visited Bistro 137 on High Street in downtown Pottstown for breakfast this morning.  I have some interior shots for you and a review of breakfast.

When my breakfast companion and I entered the restaurant we were cheerfully greeted by what appeared to be the owner and two young women who were servers.  We were the only customers for a little while but while we were there 4-5 people came in and ordered breakfast to go.

The interior has been redone.  It is bright and cheerful, yet tasteful.  The menu gives diners a nice selection without overwhelming them with too many choices.

My friend ordered coffee and I ordered hot tea.  Coffee and tea come in three sizes, small, medium and large.  We both ordered a medium, which is a nice size.  My friend likes a good cup of coffee.  Her rating on the coffee was excellent (and she has high standards).

A wooden box was brought to the table and I was allowed to choose my tea from at least a dozen flavors.  Since it was breakfast, I stuck with good old Lipton.  Sweeteners are on the table.  Skim milk, whole milk and half and half are available for those who like a little cow with their beverage.  Hot drinks come in paper cups like at Wawa, with a cozy to keep your hand from getting too hot and a lid.  This is nice if you don’t finish your beverage; you can walk right out the door with it.  Mediums are $1.85.

We both decided on an omelet.  My friend ordered the American omelet and I ordered the Italian omelet.  They come with a choice of bread or roll.  We both decided on a roll with some basil in it.  I especially thought that would be a nice compliment to my Italian omelet.  After a reasonable amount of time, the food emerged from the kitchen.  It was hot and delicious. 

The Italian omelet is filled with Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, peppers and onions.  It was a nice size and had just the right amount of each ingredient.  The basil roll was large and excellent (just the right amount of basil).  The server brought us butter for our rolls and for once there was enough butter!

My friend’s American omelet was filled with American cheese and bacon.  She thoroughly enjoyed it!  It appeared to have a decent amount of bacon in it.  The omelets were the same size, so their portion control is consistent.  She had the same basil roll and enjoyed it as well.

The atmosphere is casual, comfortable and we enjoyed a nice conversation about movies while we were there.  Good place to grab a bite with family or friends and relax.  Prices won’t kill your budget either.  The omelets were $4.50 each.  Our total bill, including drinks and tax was $13.46

We give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Bistro 137.  We plan on making a return trip to review their lunch menu.

Hours of operation are daily from 7:30am to 2:30pm. 

Voice:  (484) 300-4829

Internet: www.bistro137.com

Copperfield Inn At Lakeside, A Restaurant Review

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Wednesday I had the pleasure of dining with my friends JoAnn and Betty at Copperfield Inn at lakeside in Limerick.  I enjoyed Lakeside Inn for many years and was interested in seeing what changes were made physically and to the menu.

 

Visually the space is very appealing.  Rich wood tones, copper accents and more.  We were seated in a booth that was large, comfortable and had a nice pattern on the fabric.

 

Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and was very patient as it took us a while to look over the menu and decide on one thing each.  While the selection isn’t vast, the choices are well thought out.  The majority of the menu items I would have liked to sample.

 

Another thing we liked was that entrées include a garden salad, choice of potato AND a choice of vegetable.  While I would not call this inexpensive dining, the fact that everything isn’t ala carte helps keep expenses down.

 

We finally decided on crab cakes (chef’s signature entrée) and jumbo lump crap meat over whole wheat pasta.  The pasta dish had artichokes and other awesome ingredients in it…a Mediterranean touch.  We all chose creamed spinach, I got a baked potato and Betty chose French fries.  The pasta dish doesn’t come with starch, of course.

 

A basket of warm bread (maybe sourdough) and everything flat bread was brought to the table along with ample butter. 

 

Our salads arrived.  They were fresh and crisp.  Homemade croutons, I believe.

 

Entrées arrived at the perfect time.  Betty and I each got a single crab cake.  Frankly, it was sufficient.  It is all jumbo lump crab meat and was cylindrical in shape.  Nice portion.  The creamed spinach was very good as were the French fries and baked potato.  JoAnn’s pasta dish was spectacular and ample.  She took some home.  She said it was fabulous!  Plates were garnished with candied orchids!

 

Betty and JoAnn shared a strawberry Napoleon which was good, but messy.  I think using a knife would have possibly made things easier.  The dough didn’t cut well with a fork and the filling gushed out.  But again, it was very good.  Maybe not the ideal dessert to share??

 

The ladies also had coffee which they said was good and it was nice and hot.

 

I certainly look forward to a return visit and having the ability to try more menu items!

 

They were very busy for a Wednesday night.  I was glad to see they are doing so well.

 

I give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up for a superb dining experience! A+ 

 

Voice: (484) 938-7082

 

Internet: www.copperfieldinn.net/

A Review Of Dolce Ristorante in Oaks, PA

I had the pleasure of eating at Dolce Ristorante in Oaks this evening.  A friend of mine was treating me to a belated birthday dinner.

The restaurant is located near the Regal Cinema and right behind Max and Erma’s, off 422. We arrived around 6:30 p.m. after our movie was over. The restaurant was not very full but Tuesday night is not a big “dine out” night.

We were promptly greeted and seated. Our waitress was quick to come to the table and take our drink orders. She also told us about today’s specials.

My friend Chris took advantage of one of the specials, which was a mixed grill. The mixed grill featured a rib eye steak, two lamb chops and a chicken breast ($19). Included with that was a choice of soup, salad or pasta. My friend ordered the soup which was Pasta Fagioli.

I decided to go strictly old school and ordered Veal Parmigiana ($18). I ordered a side of pasta with that, of course.

While we waited for our entrees, we were severed some bruschetta which was quite delicious along with a basket of fresh bread.

Chris’ soup came out fairly quickly. It was a BOWL, not a cup. It was light in color but despite the appearance being different from what we are used to, she said it was delicious.

Our meals were served an appropriate length of time after Chris finished her soup. Excellent timing!

Both portions were generous. Chris’ mixed grill came with grilled squash and egg plant. My veal was beautifully presented and fork tender. Just enough breading and mostly veal…the real deal too! My side of pasta was penne. Chris said her meat was all perfectly prepared, juicy and tender.

I asked for some cheese for my pasta which caused a commotion in the kitchen.  I do not speak Italian but when she told the chef that I wanted cheese, it sounded like somebody wasn’t thrilled with my request.  It took a while to make its way to the table.

Neither of us had room for dessert.  We skipped appetizers as well.  I did notice that it is mainly ala carte. The prices were typical for our area.  I did not see the dessert prices but based on everything else, they are probably what you would expect to pay as well.

The décor is nice, upscale Italian. If you have Facebook you can check out their fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oaks-PA/Dolce-Ristorante/166951746007?v=wall

There are pictures of the interior along with the hours, telephone number, address and some basic information.

I recommend this restaurant.