Ardmore Station Café

August 25th, 2009

6 Station Rd
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 642-3889

Rating: 3 silver spoons out of 5

Overview: A small, bustling local restaurant with solid diner fare, great brunch menu and really good, strong coffee.

Food: Located across from the Ardmore train station, above the Peace a Pizza, the Ardmore Station Café is clearly a neighborhood staple, attracting everyone from businesspeople to families with small children to college students. The menu is filled with typical diner fare; huge, customizable omelets, burgers and pancakes are just a few of the selections. Weekend brunch offers a whole new page of choices, including eggs benedict (and several varieties such as smoked salmon and crab benedicts), a variety of stuffed French toasts and specialty omelets. While my dining partner can’t get enough of the veggie omelet with a side of sausage, on the weekends I usually get eggs benedict, a Greek omelet, or pancakes. I would especially recommend the pancakes – they’ve been voted “Best pancakes on the Main Line” numerous times. Light and fluffy, with a delicate vanilla flavor, they are among the best I’ve had, and can either be ordered plain or with additions like bananas, strawberries or coconut.

While the food is generally good, I’ve experienced a number of missteps. On a few occasions, the poached eggs in the eggs benedict were overcooked and, once, I received eggs that were so undercooked that I had to send them back. During busy times (most notably weekend brunch), the wait staff will occasionally forget to bring out side dishes or honor special requests. However, any time this happens, the oversight is swiftly rectified.

Ambiance: Though small and sparsely decorated, everyone is made to feel welcome and, even during the busiest times, I’ve never felt rushed. Be warned: during peak times, the place can get very loud. However, I’ve never found the noise to be unbearable or to preclude conversation.

Service: Though they can be a bit overwhelmed during peak times, the wait staff is always friendly and helpful.

Value: Diner prices with large portions and more than decent food.  A solid value.

Details:
# of times we’ve eaten there: 5+
Reservations: No – wait times can be quite long during weekend brunch.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm; Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 7am – 2pm
Payment: Cards

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