Address: 110 S. Jackson St., Media, PA 19063
Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★1/2
Style: Sit-down sandwich shop
Food: Plenty of sandwiches, salads and soups
Atmosphere: Brightly lit, cozy and colorful interior
Parking: Metered street parking
Service: Friendly and casual
Price Range: Most items are under $10
Unique Feature: Kids’ menu, vegetarian options and seasonal offerings
As a TV junkie, whenever I hear "House" I think of the brilliant misanthropic physician with the knack for difficult diagnoses. For those lucky inhabitants of Media, PA, should conjure up images of sandwiches and soups. While a fan of the lovely tea shop next door, I was a stranger to the offerings of House.
The restaurant is brightly lit and colorful as plenty of sunshine floods in through the street facing windows. The space is small but cozy. You are greeted with a smile and even the font looks friendlier than the helvetica or courier fonts popular on so many other menus.
I perused the menu and was delighted that instead of just a soup/sandwich or sandwich/salad combo, you could get all THREE! Ever an indecisive diner, I jumped at the opportunity to try a myriad of menu items for lunch. I ordered the vegetarian friendly "lightweight" panini, winter salad and poblano corn soup. The Greek Lady salad was calling me as well, so I added in that too.
The lightweight panini wasn’t much to look at but proved quite tasty. A card carrying carnivore like myself rarely enjoys sandwiches without meat but the combination of roasted squash, red peppers, fresh mozzarella and healthy dose of aged balsamic vinegar was delicious. I devoured the sandwich in a few bites.
The winter salad with black mission figs, goat cheese, rosemary Marcona almonds, cranberries and cranberry Clementine vinaigrette was visually appealing. While the salad was good, I wanted some more goat cheese crumbles and almonds. The vinaigrette was sweet and tangy but completely dominated by the citrus flavor. Marcona almonds are buttery and amazing on their own but these seemed to be a bit too toasted (very dark in color) and I didn’t really taste any rosemary.
The poblano corn soup was decent. While corn is not in season in the winter, it is still possible to find it at the market. The heat from the poblano chiles was subtle but married well with the natural sweetness from the corn. There was a slightly creamy texture to the soup but it wasn’t too thick. The soup itself had a nice flavor and was seasoned nicely.
The Greek Lady with chicken add-on ($1.25) would be an ideal lunch for anyone looking for a veggie and protein filled option. Generously portioned and well suited for the balsamic vinaigrette that accompanied it, this salad would be good any time of year. I imagined that the "whipped hummus" would be lighter than other hummus but it ended up being regular hummus. The all-white breast meat chicken was quite lean and also quite dry. The olives provided a rich and salty accent to the salad.
House is quite lovely, has a friendly staff and welcoming vibe. In other words it is nothing like Dr. House. I look forward to having another lunch there in the future.
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