What's Hot at Hot Potato?

teener's picture

Hey so I stayed away from trying Hot Potato for all these months due to the lack luster reviews on here. Well with the new chef (crap I forgot his name) from Hinge making his home there- we decided to give it a try.

Four of us went on Saturday evening around 8pm.

The not so good- our waiter. I wished he was more experience and on point. We ordered 2 appetizers and about 10 minutes later he came back to ask us for the rest of our order. Then he came back to let us know that the pulled pork was no longer available. After a while he brought us our entrees and when we questioned where our appetizers were he asked us "you ordered appetizers"? Then he came back to tell us that our appetizers got lost in the printer and never made it to the kitchen and promised not to charge us for them. DUH. I would recommend a new waiter or at least remedial training. We still gave him over 20% but the kid needs to learn to focus on his tables and when he messes things up promising not to charge for his mistakes doesn't cut it.

The excellent things that will make us go back many times-
The food. While I have no idea how the appetizers are, the entrees were delicious.

I ordered the Filet with creamy crab sauce because the pulled pork wasn't available. Way to go with the most expensive item on the menu (thats how I roll oh ya baby)- I will order it again and again. Truly delicious- and I don't even like thick cuts of meat. No joke. Every bite was amazing and I didn't want to share- not one piece. The veggies were also very good.

My friends ordered the sheppard pie, the chicken parm, and one of the italian stallions and everyone was very pleased.

The new Chef- he was GREAT. When he found out what happened with our appetizers he made sure we recieved a few desserts on the house. He also talked to us about his vision for the place and how much he cares about the food they are serving, the neighborhood, and its customers. He also said that he reads this website and looks for reviews often and trys to improve things all the time based on our reviews.

Let me tell you guys- the butter cake is simply the best dessert I have ever had. Again with me and the not sharing thing...and I don't even like butter!!!

My suggestions-
The website needs to be updated. The picture with all the empty tables needs to go. They should replace it with a picture of the place when it is crowded- there were lots of people there on Saturday night and a busy picture is way more inviting then the boring thing that is up there now.
While they are at it new pictures of the food would be good-or take away the sample menu altogether and let the actual menu stand for what it is- a nice melody of food good for all different types of clientel.

Ok well anyway- that is my gigantic review. I hope that anyone who didn't try this place out before, will try it now. If you tried it before and didn't like it, you should try it again. We loved the great food and nice casual BYOB atmosphere of this place.

netable's picture

Never been there yet, but I

Never been there yet, but I looked at the Menu per your suggestion and it sure sounds yummy, think Im gonna have to try it =)

ronchito's picture

i don't know if this makes

i don't know if this makes me a pretentious jerk or not, but i got really turned off by the cheesy names of the sections on the menu. in combination with the name of the restaurant itself, it kinda felt like a sandwich shop was trying to pass itself off as a fine dining establishment. but maybe it's time for me to put my judgements aside and give it a shot. i respect any restaurant that makes a genuine attempt at good food of any kind in our neighborhood. glad to hear you had a good meal!

teener's picture

I totally agree with you-

I totally agree with you- the menu section names are lame. However the food is so worth it- so hopefully they will catch on that we don't need to be tricked into eating good food with "catchy" names and maybe they will tone that down too.

Like I said- the new chef seems VERY receptive to this suggestions as are the owners.

ronchito wrote:

i don't know if this makes me a pretentious jerk or not, but i got really turned off by the cheesy names of the sections on the menu. in combination with the name of the restaurant itself, it kinda felt like a sandwich shop was trying to pass itself off as a fine dining establishment. but maybe it's time for me to put my judgements aside and give it a shot. i respect any restaurant that makes a genuine attempt at good food of any kind in our neighborhood. glad to hear you had a good meal!

Check it out- Pops Playground has a website @ http://www.popsplayground.org

AM's picture

I went to the Hot Potato

I went to the Hot Potato last night - I had the crab cakes which were delicious. My dining companion had the filet and thought it was very good. I like having this dining option so close to me (right around the corner). I actually prefer to go on weeknights when it isn't crowded. If you like salads try their walnut pear salad - it's great!

dan's picture

ronchito wrote:i don't know

ronchito wrote:

i don't know if this makes me a pretentious jerk or not, but i got really turned off by the cheesy names of the sections on the menu.

that's really a chicken-and-egg question

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Teener, I have to know about

Teener, I have to know about the butter cake. Was it gooey and runny on top or was it like a regular cake?

teener's picture

It was not like a regular

It was not like a regular cake at all- it was sort of flat and gooey and omg delicious. I have seriously NEVER had anything like it before and while the other desserts were good- they are nothing like this thing that is butter cake.

Pure_Fishtown wrote:

Teener, I have to know about the butter cake. Was it gooey and runny on top or was it like a regular cake?

Check it out- Pops Playground has a website @ http://www.popsplayground.org

simmer's picture

Most restaurants have

Most restaurants have pictures of their place empty. Most people get turned off by seeing the restaurant packed in the pictures. It makes people think that they will never get a table, it will be packed, noisy, etc. Plus taking a picture of it empty actually make s the place look bigger.

netable's picture

teener wrote:It was not like

teener wrote:

It was not like a regular cake at all- it was sort of flat and gooey and omg delicious. I have seriously NEVER had anything like it before and while the other desserts were good- they are nothing like this thing that is butter cake.

Pure_Fishtown wrote:

Teener, I have to know about the butter cake. Was it gooey and runny on top or was it like a regular cake?

Check it out- Pops Playground has a website @ http://www.popsplayground.org

"I am NOT Genuinely a Nice Person, However I Genuinely try every day to be Nice" (and I definitely struggle)

Stocks use to have great butter cake, but then they switched the pan to a deeper one and it isn't as good as the old one, but it is still yummy.....just not as yummy........

roma258's picture

Thanks for the review, I

Thanks for the review, I didn't know that their new chef was from the Hinge. That alone makes me want to give the place a second chance.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Netable, I never liked

Netable, I never liked Stock's buttercake. I liked Claus', the bakery at Susquehanna and Gaul and Mr. Marsell's (Columbia & Thompson).

We went to Stock's last summer for some danish and they were awful.

I'm gonna see if Hot Potato has it to go.

diamonds215's picture

simmer wrote:Most

simmer wrote:

Most restaurants have pictures of their place empty. Most people get turned off by seeing the restaurant packed in the pictures. It makes people think that they will never get a table, it will be packed, noisy, etc.

??? Do people think the people in the picture are never going to leave the restaurant?

NEW KENZO's picture

diamonds215 wrote:simmer

diamonds215 wrote:
simmer wrote:

Most restaurants have pictures of their place empty. Most people get turned off by seeing the restaurant packed in the pictures. It makes people think that they will never get a table, it will be packed, noisy, etc.

??? Do people think the people in the picture are never going to leave the restaurant?

why not, I mean, it's like a fishtank. I dont expect the fish leave the tank ever, even though I am aware of their eventual toilet destiny.

diamonds215's picture

NEW KENZO wrote:diamonds215

NEW KENZO wrote:
diamonds215 wrote:
simmer wrote:

Most restaurants have pictures of their place empty. Most people get turned off by seeing the restaurant packed in the pictures. It makes people think that they will never get a table, it will be packed, noisy, etc.

??? Do people think the people in the picture are never going to leave the restaurant?

why not, I mean, it's like a fishtank. I dont expect the fish leave the tank ever, even though I am aware of their eventual toilet destiny.

I never thought of it like that. Maybe they don't ever leave.

It's kinda like this site too. Whenever I come on here I look at the Online users list and I think "these same 10 people are never going to leave this forum ever." Even though I am aware of THEIR eventual toilet destiny as well. Unless they have a wireless router.

Kat's picture

diamonds215 wrote:NEW KENZO

diamonds215 wrote:
NEW KENZO wrote:
diamonds215 wrote:
simmer wrote:

Most restaurants have pictures of their place empty. Most people get turned off by seeing the restaurant packed in the pictures. It makes people think that they will never get a table, it will be packed, noisy, etc.

??? Do people think the people in the picture are never going to leave the restaurant?

why not, I mean, it's like a fishtank. I dont expect the fish leave the tank ever, even though I am aware of their eventual toilet destiny.

I never thought of it like that. Maybe they don't ever leave.

It's kinda like this site too. Whenever I come on here I look at the Online users list and I think "these same 10 people are never going to leave this forum ever." Even though I am aware of THEIR eventual toilet destiny as well. Unless they have a wireless router.

Diamonds - that cracked me up. I realized when I logged on today that I never logged off last time which was a few days ago. Then I though "OMG, people are going to think I don't have a life..." LOL!

teener's picture

Hey Kat I never log off-

Hey Kat I never log off- half the comments made under my user name are from people at work. ha ha just kidding- but I really don't log off. Should I?

Kat's picture

teener wrote:Hey Kat I never

teener wrote:

Hey Kat I never log off- half the comments made under my user name are from people at work. ha ha just kidding- but I really don't log off. Should I?

Only if other people use your computer. Then people could really post under your name! One time I left myself logged on. Nunzio got on teh site, posted under my name unknowingly...then I got on to the website and saw the post and thought I had lost my mind...it was hilarious!

zara's picture

tell me if i'm crazy but if

tell me if i'm crazy but if your gonna call a place hot potato shouldn't all the potato dishes be home made / fresh and the main star of the place? the fries aren't hand cut and made to order. they're just frozen? and i haven't had the pierogies, but those don't look hand/homemade either. i haven't been there for a while, just because of that. doesn't make sense to me...

jmminarik's picture

Kat wrote:Then I though

Kat wrote:

Then I though "OMG, people are going to think I don't have a life..." LOL!

Going to?

Kat's picture

jmminarik wrote:Kat

jmminarik wrote:
Kat wrote:

Then I though "OMG, people are going to think I don't have a life..." LOL!

Going to?

Wiener.

Matt Brannon's picture

Went there last night for

Went there last night for the first time after your recommendation, and I thought that it was really good. I had stayed away because of bad reviews as well, and was pleasantly surprised. We split the pieroges, chicken shaye (quite good), shepards pie (which I was a little disappointed didn't have a doughy crust) and the butter cake (awesome).

Lisa33's picture

diamonds215 wrote: It's

diamonds215 wrote:

It's kinda like this site too. Whenever I come on here I look at the Online users list and I think "these same 10 people are never going to leave this forum ever."

I bet I'm always logged on, because I leave windows open on my home computer, and this is often one of them.

teener's picture

yay Matt I am glad you

yay Matt I am glad you enjoyed it! Did you get a chance to speak with the chef? He is super nice and VERY talented!

Matt Brannon wrote:

Went there last night for the first time after your recommendation, and I thought that it was really good. I had stayed away because of bad reviews as well, and was pleasantly surprised. We split the pieroges, chicken shaye (quite good), shepards pie (which I was a little disappointed didn't have a doughy crust) and the butter cake (awesome).

Check it out- Pops Playground has a website @ http://www.popsplayground.org

Matt Brannon's picture

I didn't, but now that I

I didn't, but now that I know that I like it I'm sure I'll get another chance soon.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

omg, I must be the only one

omg, I must be the only one who wasn't impressed with the buttercake.

After Teener's review, I just had to have some buttercake. So, I went around and got some --- the strawberry on top was frozen on both of them and the dessert wasn't what I was looking for in buttercake. The "cake" was very crumby on the bottom, very thin (almost as flat as a pancake) with 10x sugar and a frozen strawberry on top. It wasn't gooey like german buttercake nor high like a traditional cake.

When I was there, there was one waitstaff person who I feel was overwhelmed. Not only was he responsible for the waiting on customers, he had to bus the tables himself, do work in the kitchen and take payment for meals.

brooke's picture

If you didn't like Stock's,

If you didn't like Stock's, I tossed out your reviews anyway. :) I don't like poundcake and I like Stock's!

Pure_Fishtown's picture

brooke wrote:If you didn't

brooke wrote:

If you didn't like Stock's, I tossed out your reviews anyway. :) I don't like poundcake and I like Stock's!

I like Stock's poundcake (not with icing). Growing up here, we had lots of german bakeries; those are the ones my family went to. Years ago, I was always in Stock's getting pastry but they aren't the same as they were. But if you can excuse frozen strawberries on a non-refrigerated dessert; more power to you. :)

Ftown66's picture

Pure_Fishtown wrote:omg, I

Pure_Fishtown wrote:

omg, I must be the only one who wasn't impressed with the buttercake.

After Teener's review, I just had to have some buttercake. So, I went around and got some --- the strawberry on top was frozen on both of them and the dessert wasn't what I was looking for in buttercake. The "cake" was very crumby on the bottom, very thin (almost as flat as a pancake) with 10x sugar and a frozen strawberry on top. It wasn't gooey like german buttercake nor high like a traditional cake.

When I was there, there was one waitstaff person who I feel was overwhelmed. Not only was he responsible for the waiting on customers, he had to bus the tables himself, do work in the kitchen and take payment for meals.

Who puts strawberry on buttercake? One of the best buttercakes back in the day was from Clauses on Girard ave.

PattiMey's picture

Same here . Did not like the

Same here . Did not like the buttercake. Nothing like what we had growing up. Clauses' buttercake was gooey, crispy and cakey all at the same time. As for the powered sugar and strawberries, save it for the cheese cake or angelcake.
I did have a delicious salad and my daughter enjoyed the crab cakes. Server was friendly and we will be going back often.

Matt Brannon's picture

The butter cake was not what

The butter cake was not what I expected (I grew up with the gooey German/Polish bakeries in Fox Chase) but I loved it anyway and will make a return trip for it.