DINING OUT: Parkside American Grille, Harleysville PA

by Walter Bender

Hidden on one of the streets intersecting Main Street in Harleysville, the Parkside American Grille offers a contemporary American cuisine that caters to just about every taste. Four of us went to the restaurant to see what Sal and Wendy Carbone offer their patrons.

The restaurant is large, with a spacious dining area, and two outdoor decks overlooking a duck pond for dining when the weather permits. The décor is clean and friendly, as are the people working there. The menu is huge, with a large and varied soup and salad menu, starters, and sandwiches available for lunch and dinner, as well as an extensive dinner entrée menu encompassing over twenty different dishes.

Our party had Fried Calamari with a Lemon Basil Sauce, Wasabi Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna served over a sweet vegetable slaw, and some Spicy Wings with Bleu Cheese and Celery. I enjoyed the sauce on the calamari, giving a twang to the crisp seafood. The tuna was rare, the wasabi understated, and the slaw was crunchy and delicious. The wings were spicy hot, not vinegary (bonus points for that!)

Main courses were Diver Scallops and Lobster Ravioli with sautéed spinach and a maple beurre blanc, Filet Mignon with a Portobello mushroom, fingerling potatoes and red wine veal reduction, Seafood Risotto with clams, crabmeat, shrimp, mussels and lobster sauce, and Pepper Crusted Tuna with baby bok choy, with garlic mashed potatoes on the side. My dish (the scallops and ravioli) was delicious, the scallops cooked to perfection, the ravioli slightly al dente and the beurre blanc a perfect complement to the dish.

The Parkside American Grille is open 7 days a week, offering lunch and dinner hours Monday through Saturday, and a Sunday Brunch. BYOB if you wish to have wine with your meal. Mondays and Tuesdays offer 20% off starters with the purchase of an entrée. Monday-Thursday there is a limited menu that offers 3 courses for $15 if you order prior to 6 PM.

If you are in the Harleysville area and looking for someplace different to dine with a quiet inviting atmosphere, find the Parkside American Grille.

315 Alumni Avenue
Harleysville, PA 19438
(215) 932-8381

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