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Jem Restaurant

Where were you in the mid-nineteen seventies?  I was living my “Wonder Years” in Junior High School (before middle schools were a thing). 

Owners Tony and Linda Bello began operation of the Jem Restaurant in 1974 in the Swede Square Shopping Center on Germantown Pike and Swede Road.  Tucked between a grocery store and a beer store and easy to escape notice, the spot has been popular with locals for almost five decades.

You can tell when you walk in the door that it’s a neighborhood favorite, serving simple breakfast and lunch service at a reasonable price. The space has a Fifties’ motif decorated with nostalgic items adorning the walls. Formica tables with embedded 50’s ads and knickknacks covering the walls (forty-five records, roller skates, a drive-in movie speaker and time appropriate photos from the era) allow diners to reminisce about the past while contemplating their orders. 
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von C Oktoberfest this Saturday

That's right, as in TOMORROW! This Saturday from 12 to close, which we are very cleverly calling our vonCtoberfest, von C announced on their Instagram page. It will be a day long celebration full of beer, food and merriment. We will have The Willis Brothers here and in addition to their usual ribs and chicken they will be serving up Bratwurst, German pretzels and more. And the Norristown brewery will also be tapping their Oktoberfest beer, a seasonal pour that we're personally looking forward to partaking in! 

Food Truck Friday in Ambler

If you're in the area tonight you should definitely swing by the Ambler Yards Beer Garden between 5 and 9 p.m. There are too many food trucks to mention, but on the roster is Bad Mother Shuckers and BB Kitchen and Grill. And of course there will be beer. And it's all for a good cause, benefitting the Upper Dublin Education Foundation's #UDStrong Fund. 


Nippers chicken cheese steak

In our quest for the best chicken cheese steak in the area we landed at Nippers in West Norriton Township. Solid entry, but it could have used a little more cheese. And we can't seem to get past what a difference toasting the bread, or finishing off the sandwich in the oven before serving, makes. 

Conshohocken Restaurant Rally 

We can say from personal experience that this is one of the most fun-filled events you will attend this year. And it's for a great cause. We know... it's for a great cause... is overused, but this events supports the Conshohocken AMBUCS, who have been doing incredible things in our area for years! Proceeds from the 2021 Restaurant Rally support Special Olympics programs in the Conshohocken area, including Special Olympics bowling, basketball, aquatics, bocce, track & field, volleyball, long distance run & walk, and more!

Please, get your tickets here, even if you aren't going! 

Are you ready for some football!

It's our favorite time of the year. While your weekend might be tied up in front of the tube watching your favorite team, or teams, battling it out, you still don't want to go hungry! Thanks to our friends at, you don't have to! Don't miss that fourth and two that sends the game into overtime because you're trying to whip up a masterpiece in the kitchen. Keep it simple with these football favorite food hacks
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There’s no fanciness here, just good home cooked food, ranging from Eggs, Pancakes, and Belgian Waffles to Creamed Chipped Beef and occasional special creations. Two eggs, Home Fries (shredded or homestyle Red Bliss Potatoes), your choice of breakfast meat and toast sets you back only eight dollars. Coffee, soda, juices, ice cream sodas and authentic blended milkshakes are available as an accompaniment to your meal. Lunch service offerings include soups, salads, and sandwich varieties of Monte Christo, Burgers, Sausage, Cheesesteaks, Zeps, Wraps, and Patty, Ham or Turkey Melts. Though normally open until early afternoon, Jem hosts special Ladies Bingo Nights on the last Wednesday of every month- reservations required (see Facebook).

I ordered a standard breakfast with scrambled eggs, Shredded Home Fries, Scrapple and Rye Toast and DW Sherri chose Creamed Chipped Beef over Toast. Served hot, the food was satisfying and well prepared.  Portions are ample, the service is quick and pleasant, and the prices are reasonable.

The longevity of the Jem is a result of its popularity with a broad spectrum of the population. (It has been said that the Jem was the source of a Montgomery County scandal discovery by an intrepid reporter who overheard suspect discussions by local politicians some years ago.) Area residents are probably aware of this spot but it’s a recommended stop for those traveling through the area for a quick bite to eat. (Just be careful with those “private” conversations!)

Rating 3.5 / 5
Jem Restaurant    
2931 Swede Rd
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 275-1598
Monday- Saturday:  7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday:                         8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ron Knerr is a 30+ year cooking hobbyist who has been a “foodie” before the term was popular.  His home arsenal includes a smoker, a sous vide immersion heater, a sausage stuffer, and several crockpots. Send comments and suggestions to:

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