By A. Samara
Have you ever walked into a restaurant and felt as if you were sitting at home at the family dinner table? Well that’s the feeling I got when I wondered into Toners Beef & Ale not so long ago. With their age-old family traditions, cozy dining areas, and delicious food, it was a wonderful experience. Toners has been a long time family establishment dating back to 1963 when John Patrick Toner, a 1st generation from Ireland, decided to take over what was a very small soup-like kitchen and turned it into one of the longest family operated restaurant’s in the area to date. I had the pleasure of talking to Larry Toner, John Patrick’s son, who has been working there since he was 8 years old. Larry was very nice and hospitable and took the time to sit with me and explain some of the history behind Toners. He explained how his father’s business started from just making simple sandwiches for the blue-collar workers when the industrial park opened just down the street. Since then, the place was well known throughout the community and hailed as one of the best places to enjoy a nice juicy roast beef sandwich. I have to say, they were right! In the fall of 2009 after the passing of John Patrick , Larry Toner decided to start renovating, as they have in the past, but this time put a modern day twist on the place. With shiny hardwood floors, and a café like interior as well as really cool tables with casino print on them. He also added on a very nice deck out back, which is perfect for those nice sunny days. I must say I was really impressed with what Larry has done since my first visit last year. Now lets talk about the food! Jessica our waitress was very friendly and helpful and served us an array of delicious specialty items from their menu. Of course we started off with the mouthwatering roast beef sandwiches and worked our way up to one of the best garlic white clam dishes I ever had! In all honesty I was not really a huge fan of clams in the past, but after trying them, I think I changed my mind. Yes they were that good! They also served us a delicious shrimp salad that was so nicely prepared it looked like it jumped out of a magazine. It was very yummy and a good item to try especially on the warmer days or if your trying to watch your figure, I highly recommend it. Brian is the chef, we argue because he says he’s just a cook, but I think he has the makings of a really good chef. His food is just too good to believe, you will have to find out for yourself. In the beginning of April the ALL-U CAN EAT CRABS special went into effect. Every Tuesday & Wednesday you can come in an enjoy Larry’s Cajun or garlic steam brewed crabs. During this season he will have steamy gulf crabs delivered to your table. Just make sure you come hungry, you wont be disappointed. In all, I had a really good time at Toners Beef & Ale and it was really easy to get to. They are just off the Ft. Washington exit of the Pa Turnpike. There is plenty of parking and they’re open 7 days a week. They also offer catering service on and off the premises and could accommodate up to 60 people. For more information on specials, party accommodations, events or directions, please contact them at : (215)-646-5655 Check them out on Facebook too : Toners Ye Old Ale House (Ft. Washington, Pa) You’ll be glad you did!