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Jamie
2008/07/19
  • Soups a plenty!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • House of Pasta is an inexpensive place my husband and I frequent when we want to have soup, sandwiches and beer. They have anywhere from 5-10 kinds of soup each night. I usually get the French Onion, which is more than enough for 1 person, but my husband likes their white chicken chili and creamy beef noodle. The last time I ate there I got a cheeseburger sub. It was alright, but the burger was way too fat to be in there...way too much meat. I almost would have preferred to just have a cheese sub.

    The service is usually pretty good when we dine inside and we'd had some really great servers, but be prepared to be a bit ignored when you dine outside in the "beach". The last two times I sat outside it took at LEAST 15 minutes form someone to come over to us. And by the time we did get a waitress the kitchen had just closed. If you decide to dine inside, just be aware that you will leave smelling like smoke. There is no non-smoking section, for the smoke wafts into the restaurant area from the bar.

    I have to say that even though the atmosphere isn't the most desirable, the soups and beers are what keep me going back. I will not, however, be taking my 14 month old daughter there anytime soon, just because the smoke is that bad.

  • Order: French Onion Soup, Beer, Cheeseburger Sub, sweet potato fries
 
Jeremy
2008/03/17
  • House of Pasta is a nearby bar/restaurant that...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • House of Pasta is a nearby bar/restaurant that my wife and I frequent, especially in the evenings of summertime (they have a "beach club" style outdoor deck area with sand and tables). If you're looking for atmosphere, this is not necessarily the place for you. The decor is not really that special, and the bar is pretty smoky and dingy (and it is the first place you experience upon entering). There is a separate indoor seating area just past the bar, but again, not that great. The atmosphere is really just not that inviting or cozy. As I mentioned before, there is an outside deck with high wooden fenced-in walls, and this is really the main redeeming quality as far as atmosphere goes, just because it's nice to be able to eat outside, and this is one of the reasons why we like to hang out there in the summer.

    The atmosphere is the only thing that makes the rating 8 though, because if it were solely based on food - 10! And I'm not talking about gourmet or delicacies for the "refined" palate, I am talking honest-to-goodness delicious bar food. This is why we keep coming back. They make the most delicious soups this side of Lancaster, all homemade on the premises, and there are at least 7 different soups featured daily, which are but a few of the total soups offered in the rotating schedule. Here are just a few really tasty soup offerings: French Onion, Creamy Beef Noodle, Crab Bisque, Creamy Potato (yeah, these all sound like standard offerings for soup, but they just have the best touch for making each soup their own... they are just really good) .

    They also offer just about anything else you might expect to find on a bar menu, and I do mean anything. Cheesesteaks, Burgers, Sandwiches (huge ones! Get the Jewish Hero and have it toasted; it rules), Wraps, Wings (their spicy BBQ are my favorite), fries (the most deliciously crispy fries I've had in a while), onion rings... even popcorn and soft pretzels (popcorn?). And of course, Pasta (and out of my whole list, that is really only the tip of the iceberg, or menu). The funny thing is, being called House of Pasta, I have actually never had any of their italian dishes (unless you count their stromboli wrap, but that's the closest I've tried).

    And what bar/restaurant wouldn't be complete without beer? Their on-tap offerings maybe consist of about 8 or so different beers, which isn't a huge variety, but it's not the variety that's so great, it's the glasses you get them in. And by glasses, I really mean tankards, because House Of Pasta is the home of the Big Ass Beer (their wording!), which is a giant-scale glass mug full of beer. Yeah, I know, there are other places that offer large-sized draft beers, but this really completes the experience for me. There's just something to sitting outside in the summertime with a huge ice-cold beer and a basket of delicious wings, or a big sandwich and crock of soup, or a plate of fries. It's just the bar experience that I go for.

  • Order: Yuengling Lager (in "Big Ass Beer" mug), Jewish Hero sandwich, French Fries, Creamy Beef Noodle Soup
 
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