Dining Out @ MAggie’s Waterfront Cafe with Roundhouse Ron

Oct 10, 2012

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During the course of a week, I try to get spend a little quality time with family & close friendz, by eating around town at our local culinary dining businesses. So, I figured this review, I would bring a few friendz (Ashley Ramirez & Greg Strecker) along for da foodie train ride. This issue, I decided to hit a very eye pleasing establishment along the Delaware River named “Maggie’s Waterfront Café”, on N. Delaware Avenue, between Linden & Arendell Avenues, in far northeast Philly.
“Maggie’s Waterfront Café” took over their chunk of Philadelphia back in 2008, with an idea that was long overdue along the Delaware River. “Kevin Goodchild” (owner) had an outstanding vision & concept that would bring his community family together with a place to eat & have a few cocktails, while still enjoy being close to home, not to mention the awesome relaxing view of the Delaware River. Kevin now has been developing this location into a fine dining experience, as he is hiring the best local chefs & entertaining staff. My boy “John Nagle” is managing the front of house, as well as making sure the back of the house runs like clockwork.
Sit back now folks & enjoy what I gotta say about “Maggie’s Waterfront Café”, because this is gonna get juicy like a “Chef Bob’s” thick filet mignon. The location of this spot is simply fantastic, because I seriously luv the relaxing atmosphere. Let’s not talk about parking, cause “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” is loaded with plenty of on & off street parking. As you begin to walk up, you notice the tranquilizing outside umbrella seating area. People were sitting out, eating, drinking & making new friendz, as everyone was on cloud 9 of happiness (I luved the vibe already).
Entering “Maggie’s Waterfront Café”, you will notice a split level floor plan design, ground level is the tavern/bar area, and on the upper level is the dining room/entertainment area. Great concept as it separates the 2 different environments, from dining conversations to drinking conversations.
I decided to start my evening with a stiff cocktail (Jack Daniels & Diet Coke), concocted by a very talented bartending staff, that included “Valarie”, “Kelly” & “George”. The various selection of interesting cocktails makes “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” a must if you luv your libations, like I do. How can you go wrong with such drinks as, “Maggie’s Very Berry Tea”, “Smores Martini”, “Crisp Apple Martini”, “Skinny Margarita” or a “White Peach Sangria”. Let da good times roll, because now I am starting to feel in my zone.
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As me & my small party of hungry pirates entered the upper level dining area, we were greeted by a very joyful young lady by the name of “Gina”, she sat us and explained our nightly selections. And before we knew it, another one of this awesome staff greeted us as being our waitress for our foodie venture, she referred to herself as “Amanda”. Now, “Amanda” was kinda interesting because, she was so freakin cheerful & excitingly into her job that her personality overflowed into our experience in a really good way. I don’t do this on many occasions, but I would seriously like to thank the following “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” staff, they include “Kelly”, “Charlene”, “Jess”, “Amanda”, “Gina” & “Valarie”.
The nightly specials got my culinary palate wondering the choices I was gonna pursue. I started off with the “Cream Of Crab Soup”, and OMG, I am so glad I made this choice. The soup was loaded with solid chunks of crabs, in a very flavorful creamy soup, the old bay seasoning & oyster crackers just seemed to complete this magnificent masterpiece. My boy “Greg”, had a crock of baked “French Onion Soup”.Both of our soups were like a one way ticket to flavor town.
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Just as our appetizers were complete, I noticed “Amanda” and “Gina” brining out our delightful entrees for this evening. Mine being one of “Maggie’s Waterfront Café’s” signature dishes, the “Steak Au Poivre”, a black pepper crusted filet mignon sautéed in a brandy cream sauce, topped with huge grilled garlic shrimp. This was accompanied by fresh mixed vegetables & a stuffed double baked potato that was to die for. I do wanna make a small comment about my medium done filet mignon that my boy “Chef Bob” created personally for me, Yo “Chef Bob”, “That Steak Au Poivre, Was Off da’ Charts My Brother”.
“Maggie’s Waterfront Café” has many other signature plates such as, “Crab Rosa” (jumbo lump crabmeat sautéed in a white wine tomato cream sauce, served over lobster ravioli), “Stuffed Flounder” (fresh flounder stuffed with jumbo lump crab meat stuffing, lightly seasoned & broiled in a lemon butter sauce), not to mention the tremendous selection of numerous chicken & beef signature entrees. If you want a real treat, stop by “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” on “Fathead’s Hard Shell Crabs Thursday Night”. My main man, Andrew “Fathead” has been cooking up sum of NE Philly’s best damn hard shell crabs you ever tasted, since 1986. Now, he brings his special seasoning & taste to “Maggie’s” every Thursday night from 4pm til closing.
While chillaxin to the acoustic soundz from “Shawn” & “Nick” (that started around 8pm), my party & I decided to scope out the desert menu listings. How da fock can you go wrong with such desert named “Peanut Butter Panic”, “Fried Cheesecake With Sugar & Cinnamon” & let’s not forget “Key Lime Cheesecake”. The selection was obvious for me, I choose the “Fried Cheesecake With Sugar & Cinnamon”. All I can say is, “I Just Died & Went To Heaven”.
After our bellies were full of sum amazing “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” food, now it was time once again to get our drink on. During the fall season, you have to get your azz over here & taste a few of these very interesting beverages, such as “Shock Top Pumpkin Beer”, “Pumpkin Chi Martini” and the sensational “Pumpkin La Margarita”.
Check your calendars now, for October 27, 2012 (Saturday Night), “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” is having a “Girls Night Out Halloween Party”, so bring all your goolish zombie friendz. They will have a DJ dance party, staff dressed in their scariest costumes, seasonal cocktails along with $5 Martinis all night long.
Sum of “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” daily specials include, Monday’s (Honoring Heroes, half off your entire check for all Police, Fire, Military & EMS workers), Tuesday’s (half price appetizers 4pm-12am, $2 domestic bottles & draft all day), Wednesday’s (Quizzo Crazyness 8pm-10pm, 35 cent wings, $3 Twisted Teas & Smirnoff Ice), Thursday’s (Fathead’s Crabs 4pm-10pm, pick & peel shrimp 7pm-10pm & $3.50 Sam Adams seasonal pints), Friday’s ($4 U Call It Bombs 10pm-12am). Also. Don’t forget the “Bucket Specials”, domestic 5 for $14, imported 5 for $19 & “Bud Light” 5 for $10 every day.
What a great place for any private party or special gathering, with onsite & offsite catering being available. For sum awesome package deals & party specials, please contact my gurl “Charlene”, at 215 .637.6716, she will hook you up big time.
I must tell you, I am so grateful to “Mike Vagnoni” & “Out On The Town Entertainment Guide” for giving me the chance to review sum of our areas must amazing dining venues. I eat like a freakin’ king & get to tell you all about my interesting experiences. I gotta tell you all, ‘“Maggie’s Waterfront Café” is one of northeast Philly’s best kept secrets, from the awesome staff, to the scrumptious tasting food, and the very flavorful cocktails, not to mention the live entertainment. My friends & I totally enjoyed our complete “Maggie’s Waterfront Café” experience”. Please, don’t hesitate and get your azz over there as soon as possible for sum culinary magic & when you go, make sure you tell them your boy “Roundhouse Ron” sent you ;-}
Please stop by “Maggie’s Waterfront Café”, 9242 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114, 215.637.6716, www.MaggiesWaterfront.com, they can also be found on social media @ either facebook or twitter, just go to: “Maggie’s Waterfront Café”. “A Great Place For Good Food With A Beautiful View”

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