PENNSDALE, Pa. — The land of scrapple and chipped ham is starting to get a taste for jambalaya and boudin.
Thanks to an influx of Southerners filling jobs in north-central Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry, a region not often placed on many culinary maps is finding itself flush with the foodways found below the Mason-Dixon line, arguably the source of some of the nation’s richest culinary traditions.
Suddenly, convenience stores stock sweet tea, barbecue is a hot seller, and the almost Norman Rockwell-quaint Country Store in Pennsdale even makes its own boudin, a pork sausage popular in Louisiana.
Store owner and Pennsylvania native Tom Springman had never heard of boudin until a few months ago, when a customer — a relocated Southerner — came in looking for a local source.
Ice House recently started serving breakfast. This morning I made a spur of the moment visit and must confess that it was excellent! I have eaten at Ice House for years and have always enjoyed their food, so I was expecting big things from breakfast and was not disappointed.
Ice House hired a new breakfast chef and came up with a pretty comprehensive breakfast menu. My friend and I both ordered the same thing but with variations. One of the best deals on the menu is their combination platter. Two eggs (any style), two pancakes or pieces of French toast, two strips of bacon or sausage patties and toast (white, wheat or rye). There was so much food we each had two plates! I had scrambled eggs, sausage patties, rye toast and French toast. My friend had eggs over easy, bacon, French toast and either white or wheat toast.
The French toast is made with two thick slices of brioche. The sausage patties are huge, made fresh and the bacon is thick sliced. You also get your choice of homemade jam for your toast (strawberry, blueberry or raspberry). I had strawberry and my friend had blueberry…OMG! A breakfast fit for a king or queen, for only $7.99!
In addition to what we ordered, there are breakfast sandwiches, omelets, breakfast scrambles, eggs Benedict, creamed chipped beef and the list goes on and on. Another homemade delight on the menu is donuts. My friend had one with breakfast and took six home. $2.49 for a half-dozen and $4.99 a dozen. She said the donut was excellent!
Between adding breakfast and the new remodel, Ice House is poised to be around for another 20 years. Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up for price, quality and quantity. If you have not already tried Ice House for breakfast I hope you will give them a try. I do not think you will be disappointed.
Ice House Steaks & Pizza
Corner of King and Manatawny Streets
Pottstown, PA 19464
Voice (610) 326-9999